This post is just a quick change of pace. I wanted to share with you the books I’m reading this month. The books we read tell so much about us, and I thought it would be a unique way for you to get to know me.

Books I’m Reading in September

Cool Japan Guide

Don’t ask me why — I know next to nothing about the Japanese culture, but I love sushi. Also, as an aspiring photographer, I feel like I need to know about places to see and things to do around the world. I love how this book was written in a handwritten font, and the comics are so cute. You basically embark on a comic adventure in Japan and learn things on the way. It’s easy to read and memorable.

Survival Arabic 

I’ve learned Arabic already and totally don’t need to read this, but I still love the feeling of starting fresh with a language. I also love just coming back to some old learning and reinforcing my knowledge and use of the language. I found some old phrases I forgot about. When I’ve stopped speaking Arabic for a while, I make sure to do brush ups and this book helps a lot.

How to Photograph Everything

I recently saved enough to buy a Canon T6 Rebel camera although I’ve already got eyes on my next camera purchase. I’ve always loved photography and I’m doing my best to learn the craft so I can make better images for College Mamma.

Vintage Parties

I love to fantasize about decked-out events decorated to the finest detail. I also know some folks having big parties this year and would love to offer my opinion if ever asked.

Sam's Club

Creative Lettering and Beyond

I’ve studied and practiced a bit of calligraphy, but I wanted to come back into it to make my own fonts for this website. It’s been a huge learning curve, but this book brings me lots of inspiration.

The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering

This is another book I ordered to catch up on calligraphy and font making.

It’s the Little Things: Francis Brennan’s Guide to Life – I love books about etiquette, and I love how this one goes into detail about the little things in life: home life on Sunday afternoons, grooming, dealing with neighbors, making polite complaints, big events… Brennan recounts many of his experiences in beautiful detail. I will re-read this gem many times and keep it as a reference book.

Kombucha, Kefir, and Beyond – After coffee, my next favorite drink is kombucha although I’ve only discovered it earlier this year. I became addicted right away, and now brew about 4 gallons per week. Now that I’ve gotten into fermented drinks, I’ve recently started making milk kefir at home and wanted to see what else I could do with it. I didn’t find a lot of milk kefir recipes that I really wanted, but I found a recipe for doogh, a Persian yogurt drink that I loved when I was in college. Fortunately, it works with milk kefir too. So, I’m excited to try it soon.

Adobe Photoshop – I’m a DIY kind-of-gal, so naturally, I want to be able to do almost anything I can on College Mamma. I remember learning Photoshop in high school but then being reduced to utter frustration and tears over it. I’m going as slow as I possibly can with it once again. Hopefully, by reading this book as if it was a holy book, I will be able to become a master at Photoshop. If not, at least I might learn one of the other Adobe programs like Adobe Lightroom which has been pretty easy to learn.

Duct Tape Engineer – I’ve picked up duct tape from everywhere, but I picked up this book because I was thinking about the flooding in Houston and if there was any possibility to make your own duct tape boat. Well from this book, I learned about the duct tape kayak that will hold up to 200 lbs of weight. However, it’s not easy undertaking and requires a lot of time. It’s nothing that could be built in a hurry. In any case, I picked up some awesome ideas on a DIY duct tape back pack that would look awesome with some of the colored/ patterned duct tapes.

Survive a Hurricane – I like kids’ books. This is a kid book, but it’s for older kids. Anyway, this one seems like a no-brainer as to why I’d want to read it at a time like this. Not only do I love the graphics in this book, but the pictures give excellent examples of what to expect in different wind scales of hurricanes. The audience for this book is most likely older children and teenagers, but all-in-all I learned new terms and things to look out for.

Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions – As if this book needs any further promotion! All I need in my adulthood is an adult child-book full of laughter on each page. If you can read tweets on Twitter, you will be able to read this, and you will love it. This book also includes tweeted confessions of other individuals and a place for you to log in your own confessions. Whenever I feel down, I can confidently say that this book will be my renewed source of happiness. USA, LLC


So I guess from my list of September books, you can tell that I’m pretty crafty and love to pick up new skills anywhere I can. You’ve also found out that I like kids’ books and that I’m a huge fan of Stephen Colbert. Want to know more? Ask me in the comment section below.

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Author: College Mamma

College Mamma is a professor who blogs for students. She is also a mother of two and a lover of coffee.