August 2012 Wrap-Up

Books Read

  • Fifty Shades Freed by EL James
  • Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (audio)
  • The Storekeeper’s Daughter by Wanda E Brunstetter (audio)
  • Fifty Shades Darker by EL James
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Strange that I have a nice mix of inspirational and erotic romance?

Books Purchased

  • none
    (But September 7th is my library’s book sale, so expect a large list in September)

2012 Resolution and Challenge Progress

  • 0 book towards my Copyright 2012 Resolution — 2 more to go
  • 0 book towards my Personal Collection Resolution — 7 more to go
  • 0 books towards my Years of Books Resolution — 2 more to go
  • 2 books towards my Inspirational Resolution — 1 more to go
  • 0 book from the Around the World in 12 Books Challenge — 5 more to go

July 2012 Wrap-Up

Books Read

Books Purchased

  • none
    I’ve done pretty good with buying a small amount of books this year. I think I’m only at 3 books for all of 2012

2012 Resolution and Challenge Progress

  • 0 book towards my Copyright 2012 Resolution — 2 more to go
  • 1 book towards my Personal Collection Resolution — 7 more to go
  • 0 books towards my Years of Books Resolution — 2 more to go
  • 0 books towards my Inspirational Resolution — 3 more to go
  • 1 book from the Around the World in 12 Books Challenge — 5 more to go

January 2012 {monthly summary}

Books Read

Books Acquired

  • none
    (I did finish a book of my own collection, so I am allowed to buy a book, but I’m waiting until a book I’m eagerly awaiting is released in February)

Books Added to TBR List

  • Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka
  • A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead
  • Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor
  • Bunheads by Sophie Flack
  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

2012 Resolution and Challenge Progress

  • 0 book towards my Copyright 2012 Resolution — 5 more to go
  • 1 book towards my Personal Collection Resolution — 9 more to go
  • 2 books towards my Years of Books Resolution — 3 more to go
  • 0 books towards my Inspirational Resolution — 5 more to go
  • 1 book from the Around the World in 12 Books Challenge — 11 more to go

December 2011 Wrap-Up

Books Read

Books Acquired

  • I, Coriander by Sally Gardner
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
  • LA Candy by Lauren Conrad
  • Nancy Drew #1 The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
  • The Annotated Persuasion by Jane Austen and David Shapard
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Euginides

Books Added to TBR List

  • The Gendarme by Mark Mustian
  • Awkward Family Photos by Mike Bender
  • A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova
  • The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Tsotsi by Athol Fugard (this and the next five books are for a 2012 challenge)
  • Of Blood and Fire by Jahanara Imam
  • The Honey Jar and The Girl from Chimel by Rigoberta Menchu
  • Paradise by Abdulrazak Gunrah
  • The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
  • The Crimson Field by Rosie Malek-Yonan

2011 Resolutions Progress

  • 0 book towards my Memoir/Biography Resolution (5/5 COMPLETE)
  • 1 books towards my Travel the Globe Resolution (6/6 COMPLETE)
    1 for the “Further Exploration” sub-resolution (11/11 COMPLETE)
    1 for the “Regional USA” sub-resolution (4 unfulfilled)
  • 0 books towards my Non-Fiction Resolution (5/5 COMPLETE)
  • 0 books from my Personal Collection (13/10 COMPLETE)
  • 0 books towards my completed Published in 2011 Resolution (12/5 COMPLETE)

November 2011 Wrap-Up

Books Read

Books Acquired

  • none  😦

Books Added to TBR List

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • Darke by Angie Sage
  • Modelland by Tyra Banks (this is purely for fun–I’m not really expecting much out of it)
  • A Love that Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar
  • The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
  • Habibi by Craig Thomas
  • Emma by Nancy Butler (a graphic novel of Jane Austen’s Emma)
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente (discovered from Shannon’s post of TBR books)

2011 Resolutions Progress (ONLY ONE MONTH LEFT!!)

  • 1 book towards my Memoir/Biography Resolution (5/5 COMPLETE NOW!!)
  • 0 books towards my Travel the Globe Resolution (1 more for this one)
    0 more for the “Further Exploration” sub-resolution (1 to go)
    1 more for the “Regional USA” sub-resolution (5 to go 😮 )
  • 0 books towards my RIP VI Challenge (2/2 COMPLETE)
  • 0 books towards my Non-Fiction Resolution (5/5 COMPLETE)
  • 0 books from my Personal Collection (13/10 COMPLETE)
  • 1 books towards my completed Published in 2011 Resolution (13/5 COMPLETE)

October 2011 Wrap-Up

Books Read

Books Acquired

  • Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire

Books Added to TBR List

  • On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe (Eva @ A Striped Armchair’s Library Loot post here)
  • The Dawning by Milka Bajic Poderegin (Eva @ A Striped Armchair’s Library Loot post here)
  • The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Eva @ A Striped Armchair’s Library Loot post here)
  • The Aguero Sisters by Christina Garcia (Eva @ A Striped Armchair’s Library Loot post here)
  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert (loved Honolulu)
  • Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman

2011 Resolutions Progress (ONLY TWO MONTHS LEFT!!)

  • 0 book towards my Memoir/Biography Resolution (I’m reading the last one that will count for this currently)
  • 1 books towards my Travel the Globe Resolution (1 more for this one)
    1 more for the “Further Exploration” sub-resolution (1 to go)
    1 more for the “Regional USA” sub-resolution (6 to go :O )
  • 2 books towards my RIP VI Challenge (2/2 COMPLETE)
  • 0 books towards my Non-Fiction Resolution (5/5 COMPLETE)
  • 0 books from my Personal Collection (13/10 COMPLETE)
  • 0 books towards my completed Published in 2011 Resolution (12/5 COMPLETE)

September 2011 Wrap-Up

Books Read

Books Acquired

*Those in green I got at my local library’s booksale, all for $20 (which included a couple of DVDs, too)–a great deal!!

  • American Gods and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (both in one Barnes & Noble leatherbound)
  • Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.–Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson (three guesses why I picked this one *cough*AudreyHepburn*cough*)
  • the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (all in one)
  • The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde (I have The Eyre Affair, but haven’t read it. Pretty sure I’ll like it and read the series)
  • Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (sometimes I like the chick-lit)
  • Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich (meant to read this last year)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (started it once, but didn’t really get into it; think I’ll try again)
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (had on TBR list for awhile)
  • The Blind Side by Michael Lewis (yeah, a hyped up biography recently made into a movie, but I like to see what happened that didn’t make the movie)
  • Jarhead by Anthony Swofford (see above comment–and I thought my husband might like this)
  • The Messenger of Athens by Ann Zouroudi (honestly only bought this for its cover)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (this was very popular when I was in high school, about 6-7 years ago, and I never ended up reading it)
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant (I like a nice story about art set a long time ago)
  • Europe’s Last Summer–Who Started the Great War in 1914? by David Fromkin (I’m very interested in WWI, as a licensed social studies teacher)
  • Out of Many: A History of the American People Volume I by Faragher, Buhle, Czitrom and Armitage (I studied from the Volume II from these editors while in university and really liked it)
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen (I read a similar book, That’s Not in My American History Textbook, and really enjoyed it. Seeing if this has more to offer!) 

Books Acquired for Work (Daycare)/Future Children

  • Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  • Where is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen Katz
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes illustrated by Annie Kubler
  • Little Quack’s Bedtime by Lauren Thompson

Books Added to TBR List

  • My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke
  • The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke
  • The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  • A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
  • The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw by Bruce Barcott
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  • 1906 by James Dalessandro
  • The Rum Diary by Hunter S Thompson
  • Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Michelle’s review here)
  • Robbing the Bees by Holley Bishop (Eva mentioned it in a Library Loot post here)
  • The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam (Eva’s Library Loot post here)
  • The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley (Willa’s review here)
  • Vaclav and Lena (Michelle’s review here)
  • Purge by Sofi Oksanen (Willa’s review here)
  • Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips (Willa didn’t review this in a great light, but I think it still sounds a bit interesting)