Friday, August 1, 2008

CHALLENGE: July Book Blowout

Here's my list of books I read in July:

Miss Julia Throws a Wedding - Ann B Ross
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
The Snack Thief - Andrea Camilleri
The Night Watch - Sarah Waters
The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
Crow Lake - Mary Lawson
Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
The Planets - Dava Sobel
Maus I and II - Art Spiegelman
A Fraction of the Whole - Steve Toltz
Pretties - Scott Westerfeld
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher - Kate Summerscale
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
The Birth House - Ami McKay

I don't know if I can pick a best book, there are a lot of really great books here. Candidates would include: Crow Lake, Things Fall Apart, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Water for Elephants

Least favorite: Running With Scissors, The Princess Diaries

Series I continued: Miss Julia, Inspector Montalbano, Uglies

Mrs S asks:
Since you’ve worked so hard this month why not write a wrap up post (either on your own site or here in the comments).

Here’s some questions to help you out - though you’re free to write whatever you wish!

1. Did you discover a new author? several. I'll read and look for more by: Mary Lawson, Sarah Waters, Chinua Achebe

2. Where was the most unusual place you found yourself reading? In teh books? Nigeria, death camps in Germany, future world of Pretties. Or actual reading? at ball fields

3. Did you read more than usual? I always read more in the summer, but I read some longer books and some nonfiction which usually take longer

4. Did you give up anything in order to read more? No, but I made a real effort to carry a book with me and to read during the day whenever I could. I guess I gave up sleep when I read too late into the night. (but I often do that)

5. If you won the Amazon voucher what would you spend it on? a book! Likely the next Camilleri in the series

6. Would you like to see a 2009 Book Blowout? sounds great!


  1. Wow! Great job! You've got some great ones listed there. My list of July books is pretty wimpy.

  2. Looks like July was a good month of books!

    How hard was it to get used to carting a book around? I've done it for so long it's second nature. Some days I think that my purse would be so much lighter without one but what would I do in line? Waiting? In case of earthquake? Apocalypse?

  3. suey - thanks. Don't feel like your list is wimpy - I've been home everyday, on summer vacation.

    carrie k - I don't often read more than one book at a time, so I have to remember to pack the book in my purse every time. I still forget sometimes. I don't have a purse book, maybe I should look into it.


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