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July Wrap Up

The on-line kittens are still taking away from my reading time, but I’m back to listening to books while hanging out with them (and the folks I’ve met while watching. Ultimate kitten cuteness is available for your viewing with the Scientist Kittens!

Meanwhile, what I’ve been reading:

Paper Books

  1. Trail of the Spellmans (The Spellmans #5) by Lisa Lutz
  2. The Future of Us by Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler
  3. Cottage by the Sea by Robin Jones Gunn

Nook Books

  1. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger
  2. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness

Audio Books

  1. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth *
  2. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth *
  3. How to Marry a Duke (How To Series #1) by Vicky Dreiling
  4. An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs #5) by Jacqueline Winspear
  5. The Duke Is Mine (Fairy Tales #3) by Eloisa James
  6. A Question of Blood (Inspector Rebus #14) by Ian Rankin
  7. The Witness by Nora Roberts
  8. Trouble in High Heels (Fortune Hunter #1) by Christina Dodd

* re-read

This brings my yearly totals to 89 books read:  25 paper books, 18 Nook books and 46 audio books.  I’m on track to pass 100 books read in August– even with the Olympics cutting into reading time!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any real highlights this month (I don’t count re-reads– both Insurgent and Divergent were flagged the first time I read them)..  I liked most of the books.I read, but none of them are likely to make my top books of the year.  Hopefully I’ll get something that really gets to me this month.

My August reading will include The Submission by Amy Waldman and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller for book clubs, The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy and 12.21 by Dustin Thomason are both scheduled for tours.

I hope you had a good reading month in July, and I hope your August is even better!

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2012 in books, summary

 

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July Wrap Up

I think I’m finally out of my reading slump!  This was a good month for both quality and quantity, and I enjoyed most of them– some quite a bit.  A few of them weren’t great for me, but that’s ok, it happens at times.

Print Books

  1. The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock (review posting Thursday)
  2. Pirate King (Mary Russell #12) by Laurie R. King (review coming in September)
  3. Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer (review posting Wednesday)
  4. Deed to Death by D. B. Henson (review coming soon)
  5. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  6. Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski (review coming soon)
  7. Things We Didn’t Say by Kristina Riggle

Audio Books

  1. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (review coming soon)
  2. All Clear (All Clear #2) by Connie Willis
  3. Blackout (All Clear #1) by Connie Willis
  4. I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson (review coming soon)
  5. Ten Things I Love About You (Bevelstoke #3) by Julia Quinn
  6. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  7. The Heroine’s Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore
  8. Paladin of Souls (Chalion #2) by Lois McMaster Bujold

Nook Books

  1. What Momma Left Me by Renee Watson (review posting Friday)
  2. Learning Curves by Elyse Mady
  3. Beekeeping for Beginners (Mary Russell #11) by Laurie R. King (novella)

I’m amazed to have finished 7 paper books, considering I spend the last week avoiding one that really didn’t work for me.  A few of the books I read are quite short (one is a novella), but one of the audiobooks was almost 24 hours long, and another was over 18 hours.  I think my average is fine :-).

Totals for the year now stand at 106 books read: 43 paper books, 50 audio books, 11 Nook books,  1 other e-book, and 1 book in multiple formats.

I’m having a hard time identifying the best books of the month.  I think it comes down to State of Wonder and Pirate KingBlackout and All Clear were great rereads, even if I had… issues… my first time through. Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet would have been the top read if it’d come in a different month.

I published 11 reviews.  One of those was a guest post by my daughter, and one of my reviews covered two books, so I guess that works out :-).  I was posting like crazy at the beginning of the month, but slumped a bit at the end, I hope that doesn’t continue in August.  I’ve started posting an audiobook review every Friday when I’m not committed to something else, so watch for those.

I’ve got two tours scheduled in August, then I’m taking a bit of a break from those, unless something I really can’t pass up comes along.  I’ll probably resume in January.  (As a general rule, I don’t mind having some structure to my reading, but I’ll still have two book club books a month during this interval).

How was your July?  How is your August looking?

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in books, summary

 

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July wrap-up

j0439526July was a very good reading month.  I decided to make reading a summer priority.

I read 15 books— 10 on paper, 5 audiobooks.  Wow!

This brings my total for the year to 71 books.  28 of these were audio, the rest were paper.

What did I read? I’ve listed them, and  (in keeping with the recent meme) I’ve also noted where my copy came from.  I always disclose if my copy came to me (free) for review.  I only request/accept books I want to read.  The source of the book does not affect what I write about it.

(Click to see my review)

Audio:

On paper

I’m currently reading Halting State by Charles Stross and listening to Slam by Nick Hornby.  They won’t quite make it into July, but will by my first books finished in August.

I posted my first 4 giveaways this month, thanks to Hachette Books (This is part of why I have so many books from the publisher on my list– they offered great books to give away!).  2 are complete, with the names sent to Hachette.  I picked the winners for one last night (see the previous post), and one remains open!  They were fun, and I will continue to do them as long as books I’m interested in are made available.

My favorite books for the month were probably Last Night in Montreal, The Castaways,  and Mind Scrambler. They were all good books, but I’m not sure I’ll find any of them memorable a year from now.  There weren’t any particularly bad books, either, but I try to avoid those to start with.

After spending my first months  blogging telling myself I wouldn’t get sucked into reading challenges,  I started two of them this month.

everythingausten2The first was the Everything Austen challenge at Stephanie’s Written Word.  I’m not off to a very good start on this one, with exactly 0 of 6 items complete.  I’d wanted to watch one of the movies (probably Emma) with my daughter, and the logistics just didn’t work out.  I’ll probably try to watch a movie and read a related book in August, to get myself back on schedule.

Sookie StackhouseThe second was the Sookie Stackhouse challenge at Beth Fish Reads.   I’d seen the discussion around this on Twitter, but since I hadn’t read any of the books or watched the TV show, I wasn’t very tempted.  Then I ran into the first book when looking on NetLibrary for something to listen to.  If I enjoy a series, I tend to want to read through it, so I figured I might as well join the challenge.  I’ve now read the first 2 out of 9 books.  I think I’ll listen to about 2 per month until I’m finished or I decide I don’t want to read the rest, whichever comes first (challenge or no challenge, there are too many books out there to spend time on ones I don’t enjoy)

Looking into August:

I have specific dates to read:

Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz (A buddy read with @lithousewife)
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (for Twitter Book Club)
Two Years, No Rain by Shawn Klomparens (The Summer Reading Series at Books on the Brain)
Laced with Magic by Barbara Bretton (Book Tour with Pump Up Your Book)
Looking for Alaska by John Green (Book Club L)
Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas (Book Club M)

Beyond that, I want to clear out more of my backlogged review books, I’ll read books for my challenges, and I’ve requested several other books for giveaways.  As always, there are too many books to read.  The joy of the book blogging world is how many more of them I discover now.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2009 in books, summary

 

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