The year, she is flying by.
Hard to believe we're already in the latter half of 2014. The following are my reads for the second quarter of the year. I deliberately skipped reviewing Fidelity by Grace Paley (a reread) and Outrageous Fortune by Anthony Russell (a book I found disappointing), but still plan to review everything else that lacks a link, including the Fact or Fib books and I'm Not Cute, both read at the beginning of May. Links are provided where applicable.
47. 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Germany - Steven Pressman
49. The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga (1-paragraph description w/in text)
50. Femininity - Susan Brownmiller (brief mention)
60. Birds of America (stories) - Lorrie Moore (1-paragraph description w/in text)
61. Fidelity (poems) - Grace Paley
62. Fact or Fib 2 - Kathy Furgang
63. I'm Not Cute - Jonathan Allen
65. Fact or Fib - Kathy Furgang
66. Outrageous Fortune - Anthony Russell
83. The Longest Way Home - Andrew McCarthy (reread)
84. The Scatter Here is Too Great - Bilal Tanweer
85. Time and Again - Jack Finney (reread)
86. World of Trouble - Ben H. Winters
87. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles - Fabio Geda
88. Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle - Pflugfelder and Hockensmith
89. Doctor Who: Tales of Trenzalore - Richards, Mann, Finch and Morris
It took me some time to get around to reading poetry in April for National Poetry Month, but when I got around to it I had a blast. I love poetry because it's challenging and thought-provoking, although admittedly I like poetry that has a clear theme better than poems that puzzle me. I'll often read and reread a poem to try to figure out what the author is trying to say when I don't get it, though. Favorites besides the poetry in April were Itch Rocks, 50 Children, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry and How to Lose a Lemur. I also enjoyed The Accidental Caregiver, A Single Breath and The White Tiger.
I'm not sure how I managed to skip the Fact or Fib books when I was reviewing but May was a rough month. I loved almost everything I read (with only one exception) but it was probably because I read so many fabulous books in a row that I went through a miserable book slump. Favorites were We Were Liars, All the Birds, Singing, Echo Boy and Anton and Cecil.
I included a DNF in my June list because I took the time to write a post, although I'm Nobody was not the only book I set aside. Traveling gave me some extra reading time, both on the plane and sitting on my son and daughter-in-law's breezy porch. Favorites in June were Half Bad, The Humans, World of Trouble and In the Sea There Are Crocodiles. I also enjoyed rereading Time and Again and The Longest Way Home, both favorites from past years, and thought the newest Nick and Tesla book was the most entertaining in that series, so far. Tales of Trenzalore was also a great escape.
I will try to remember to update this post with links as I review the books I haven't gotten around to reading, yet.