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)

August 2011 Wrap-Up

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Books Read

  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Mary Poppins by PL Travers
  • Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Wheels of Change by Sue Macy

No Books Acquired

No Books Added to TBR List

July 2011 in Books

Books Read

  • Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (I didn’t actually finish it–listened to about 2/3 of it though)
  • Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (reread)
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • Heartless by Gail Carriger
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New Year’s Resolutions Progress
  • 1 book towards my Memoir/Biography Resolution (2 more needed)
  • 0 books towards my Non-Fiction Resolution (1 more needed)
  • 0 books towards my Travel the Globe Resolution (4 more for this one)
    1 more for the “Further Exploration” sub-resolution (6 more to go)
    0 more for the “Regional USA” sub-resolution (6 more to go)
  • 1 book from my Personal Collection, making 11 of 10 for this resolution
  • 2 books towards my completed Published in 2011 Resolution, making 11 of 5 for this resolution!

the half-way mark of 2011 (and June 2011 wrap-up)

2011 Half-Way Update

As it’s the beginning of July, and therefore halfway through the year of 2011, I thought I’d give a little update as to how my resolutions, challenges, and reading life are going. So I’ve taken what I keep track of for the year and shortened it a bit, to let you all know how I’m doing.

  • Total Books Read: 43
  • Books: 38
  • Audiobooks: 5
  • Pages: 10138 (average of 290 per book)
  • Hours: 32.5 (average of 6.5 hours per audiobook)
  • Fiction: 36
  • Nonfiction: 7
  • Female Authors: 24
  • Male Authors: 18
  • New-to-Me Authors: 29
  • Not New-to-Me Authors: 10
  • Most Read Author: Suzanne Collins (3 books)
  • Books by Dead Authors: 8
  • Books by Living Authors: 38
  • American Authors: 24
  • Non-American Authors: 13 (3 British, 3 Canadian, 1 Maori, 1 German, 1 French, 1 Latvian, 1 Ukrainian, 1 Greek, 1 Australian, 1 Turkish)
  • Longest Book: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (509 pages)
  • Shortest Book: Persuasions Vol 31. by various authors (66 pages)
  • Longest Audiobook: Edenborn by Nick Sagan (9.5 hours)
  • Shortest Audiobook: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (4.5 hours)
  • Challenges Finished: 1 (of 2): Victorian Literature Challenge
  • Challenges Continuing: 1 (of 1 remaining): Harry Potter Reading Marathon
  • Resolutions Finished: 2 (0f 7): Published in 2011 Resolution & Personal Collection Resolution
  • Resolutions Continuing: 5 (of 5 remaining): Memoir/Biography Resolution, Non-Fiction Resolution, Travel the Globe Resolution, Further Exploration Sub-Resolution, Regional USA Sub-Resolution)

June 2011 Wrap Up

Books Read
America Pacifica
 by Anna North
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (audiobook)
Edenborn by Nick Sagan (audiobook)
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (audiobook)
Bliss by OZ Livaneli
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

New Year’s Resolutions Progress
  • Victorian Literature Challenge 2011 already completed
  • 1 book towards the Harry Potter Reading Marathon (6 more to go)
  • 0 books towards my Memoir/Biography Resolution 😦 (3 more needed)
  • 1 books towards my Non-Fiction Resolution (1 more needed)
  • 1 books towards my Travel the Globe Resolution (3 more for this one)
    1 more for the “Further Exploration” sub-resolution (7 more to go)
    2 more for the “Regional USA” sub-resolution (6 more to go)
  • Personal Collection Resolution already completed, but 1 book added
  • Published in 2011 Resolution already completed, but 3 more added