Just finally getting around to posting my July reads in review:
I didn't write much about any of them, but I liked every single one. Absolute favorites were A Town Like Alice, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Johnson's Life of London and The Knights of Derbyshire. Links lead to my reviews, such as they are. Some are a mere paragraph.
Moving did get in the way of reading, a bit, but I'm extremely happy to have read 9 books. Book time served as my escape when I had time to rest a bit and it helped me recharge for the next round of packing, painting or cleaning.
Recently finished but not yet reviewed:
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shadow Show, ed by Weller and Castle
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
Enchanting Lily by Anjali Banerjee
I'm going to start cranking out those reviews, ASAP. Don't want to fall so far behind that I start forgetting what they were about.
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian - will finish this one, today
Looking ahead to future reading:
I've received enough books to make the husband lift his eyebrows in the past few weeks . But, I've also donated 2 bags of books, have swapped a few and have 6 more full bags lined up by the front door (this is a combination of justification and "thank goodness because books are heavy things to move"). I neglected to mention at least one week's arrivals, so brace yourself.
- Rock Solid Faith Study Bible in NIV, "for teens" came from Zondervan, for review.
- Undecorate by Christiane Lemieux - purchase
- Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson - purchase
- Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn - from Harper for review
- The Cutting Season by Attica Locke - from Harper for review
- Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon - from Harper for review
- Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon - from Atria, I think via their annual giveaway during Book Expo America
- Khatyn by Ales Adamovich - from Glagoslav Publishing for review
- The Mirrored World by Debra Dean - from HarperCollins for review
- Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower - purchase
- The Stars Shine Bright by Sibella Giorello - from Thomas Nelson for tour
Rock Solid Faith Study Bible - because I love study Bibles and am always interested in the extra info, which doesn't necessarily agree from one edition to another.
Undecorate and Paris in Color (<---that one's Bellezza's fault) - because I need inspiration for dressing up the new house and a bit of an eyeball feast -- I really love design books. I don't want the interior of my new home to just look like "Same old stuff; new space".
The Stars Shine Bright - Love this mystery series and can't bear to miss a release.
The Mirrored World - I confess I requested the title because I loved her first book so much. I didn't even bother reading the description.
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned - was on my wish list along with several other books, all of which were short-listed for the Franklin O'Connor Award the year Simon Van Booy won (2009). I found this one at Off-Square Books in Oxford, MS, last week.
Oh, did I forget to tell you Kiddo and I drove to Oxford to wrap up some last-minute details before his big move? I was also sick with a summer cold, all week. It's lingering a bit, hence the lack of a Monday Malarkey or Tuesday Twaddle post.
Irritating book news:
Have you noticed Goodreads changed the "To Be Read" shelf to "Want to Read"? What do you think? My opinion can be summed up in one syllable: eck. "To Be Read" and "Want to Read" are two completely different concepts, in my humble opinion. If it's a TBR book, that means I already own a copy or am planning to chase one down as soon as possible. "Want to Read" is more a more wishy-washy kind of thing, in my mind. To me, it means I'm interested in a book but don't own it -- and who knows if I'll end up with a copy. I wish they'd just added a separate shelf instead of ditching "To Be Read".
Favorite headline and lead line from a news article, this week:
Nome resident opens fire on musk ox in defense of her dogAuthorities in Nome say it would be better for dog owners to fence their yards than rely on firepower now that large numbers of dog-hating musk oxen have taken up residence in and around the Western Alaska City.
--from the Anchorage Daily News
I don't know why; that just made me laugh.
Back with reviews as soon as I can find the time and muster the strength (or whenever I feel like it). :)