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July 28, 2019

six in six
posted by soe 1:11 am

Nan at Letters from a Hill Farm and raidergirl3 at an adventure in reading highlighted a meme that Jo at The Book Jotter runs annually, considering the first half of a reading year. It seemed fun, and she has a ton of categories to choose from, so play along if you’d like.

Here are my chosen selections:

  1. Six bookshops I have visited
    1. Politics and Prose is the biggest bookstore in D.C. and my favorite. It now boasts three locations: its flagship store in Chevy Chase with its expansive children’s section and two outposts in newer, hipper neighborhoods at Union Market and The Wharf.
    2. Kramerbooks is my local bookshop (and restaurant and bar) and has recently expanded. It keeps late hours on a daily basis in case you have a book emergency in the wee smalls.
    3. Capitol Hill Books is a used bookshop adjacent to Eastern Market and is the sort of used bookshop that immediately makes you love its owners and fear for their safety. They have removed the piles of books from the stairs since we moved here and have begun hostly monthly Saturday afternoon happy hours in their back garden.
    4. Bridge Street Books in Georgetown is the last indie bookshop in the lower part of the neighborhood. Beloved by university professors, it has a great poetry collection and a number of books in foreign languages, as well as a discount table out front and the usual bestsellers. Plus, it faces down an Amazon storefront on a daily basis.
    5. East City Books is just a couple blocks from Capitol Hill Books, but instead of selling used and antiquarian tomes, it is home to newer books. It has an excellent children’s and YA section downstairs (and spacious stroller parking in their pedestrian alley) and welcomes the dogs of the neighborhood (it has an alcove with their photos featured).
    6. Loyalty Bookstore is the new name of Upshur Street Books after the original owner sold it to two of his booksellers. They are a small, highly curated shop and are highly attuned to the needs of their Petworth neighborhood. If you go on a weekend evening, you can go to the bar next door for literary-themed cocktails.
  2. Six new authors to me
    1. Jasmine Guillory (The Proposal)
    2. Sonali Dev (Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors)
    3. Mary H.K. Choi (Emergency Contact)
    4. Stephanie Garber (Caraval)
    5. Nnedi Okorafor (Akata Witch)
    6. Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!)
  3. Six favourite places to read
    1. The couch
    2. The park
    3. The Western-facing patio of the coffeehouse near my apartment
    4. The metro
    5. At the sink while washing dishes (audiobooks, obviously)
    6. In line at Trader Joe’s
  4. Six series of books read or started
    1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (recently finished #2)
    2. Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery by A.J. Herbert (#1)
    3. Gethsemane Brown Mysteries by Alexia Gordon (#1)
    4. Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (#1)
    5. Lady Sherlock by Sherry Thomas (#3)
    6. Veronica Speedwell by Deanna Raybourn (#4)
  5. Six books I started in the first six months of the year and was still caught up with in July
    1. Jasper Fforde’s Early Riser
    2. The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss
    3. Naughty on Ice by Maia Chance
    4. Front Desk by Kelly Yang
    5. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
    6. Insomnia by Marina Benjamin
  6. Six authors I read last year — but not so far this year
    1. Neil Gaiman
    2. Barbara Kingsolver
    3. Andrew Shaffer
    4. Melissa Albert
    5. Leigh Bardugo
    6. Karina Yan Glaser
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