Before I get to my month in review, remember to send in your past posts for the upcoming Bookworms Carnival. You have two weeks, and your posts can be from last year if you don’t have anything recent. See the details of what I’m looking for.
This list of my month in review makes it look like I read more in the past month than I have any previous month! If I add up the number of pages read, I sure did. But my books were shorter and more modern than I’ve been reading in the past months, so they went quicker. I also gave YA a chance, and there were a few children’s books and rereads. If I read modern fiction every month, I think I’d read this much every month!
I tried to go a little out of my comfort zone as I picked books this month. Most books weren’t for challenges either, and I certainly enjoyed the spontaneity of what I read. I’ve indicated on the list below the books that I want to reread at some point. (I have a hard time limiting favorites, as you may see.) I also read a few books from a series, so now I want to read the sequels!
Fiction and Nonfiction Reviews
In July, I reviewed a few things I finished previously.
- Chicago: Then and Now by Elizabeth McNulty
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaeffer and Anne Burrows
I also finished or reviewed the following:
- *The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution by Linda R. Monk (263 pages; nonfiction). Began in June.
- *Wit by Margaret Edson (85 pages; drama).
- *The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (audiobook, 9 discs, about 10.5 hours total; fiction). Began in June.
- The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean (230 pages; fiction).
- *A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg (310 pages; nonfiction/memoir).
- The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy (425 pages; fiction). Read in May, June, and July.
- The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters (about 250 read of 500 pages; nonfiction/cookbook). This is a cookbook I’ve read and cooked from for the past six months.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (750 pages; children’s fiction) Began in June. Reread/no review.
- Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (150 pages; children’s nonfiction). Reread/ no review.
- Lost Chicago by David Lowe (250 pages; nonfiction/coffee table book). I skimmed in places.
- The John Cheever Audio Collection (audiobook, on 6 discs, about 6 ½ hours; fiction/short stories).
- The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King (350 pages; fiction).
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (425 pages; YA fiction).
- Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (160 pages; children’s fiction). Reread/no review.
- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (345 pages; YA fiction).
- *The Door by Margaret Atwood (120 pages, plus audio disc; poetry).
- *Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (240 pages; fiction). I’m going to giveaway my copy on Monday!
In July, I didn’t read any of the classics on my list for my history of children’s literature project, but I did review a few of the picture books my son is reading these days.
- Doggies by Sandra Boynton
- Dogs by Gail Gibbon
- Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis
- I Drive a Freight Train by Sarah Bridges
- Freight Train by Donald Crews
- Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
- Black & White by Tana Hoban
- Reading Journal (1 July): Summer Reading
- June in Review
- Reading Journal (8 July): The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Blogging
- Recent and Upcoming Bookworms Carnivals
- Call for Submissions for Really Old Classics Bookworms Carnival
- Reading Journal (15 July): Movies of Books
- Reading Journal (22 July): Reading as a Priority
- Kreativ Blogger Award (in which I discuss things I like other than reading and different types of books I like to read)
- Really Old Classics in Retrospective
- Reading Journal (29 July): Summer Mode to Blog Reading
Past and Finished Challenges
Really Old Classics Challenge (until 31 July 2009). FINISHED! 5/5. This was a challenge that I hosted. For this challenge, I read Hippolytus by Euripides, The Iliad by Homer (trans. Robert Fagles) , The Odyssey by Homer (trans. Robert Fagles), Utopia by Thomas More , and The Arabian Nights, trans. Husain Huddawy. I loved The Iliad so much I plan on reading another translation of it next year. I really did enjoy all the books I read, and I look forward to reading more really old classics in the coming year. I want to continue to keep these books as a part of my general reading repertoire.
Martel-Harper Challenge (until 30 Sep 2009). FINISHED! 2/2. During second quarter, I didn’t finish one of my books, so I made sure I got this challenge finished very early this quarter! I read The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck and The Door by Margaret Atwood. I enjoyed them both.
Dewey’s Books Challenge (until 31 Dec 2009). FINISHED! 5/5. I was going to make sure I read five books for this challenge that didn’t also count for a different challenge, but I’ve decided to count the challenge as done. The pressure of challenges is getting to me. I want to read what I want to read at random to a greater extend. At any rate, the books I read for this challenge were these:
- The Book That Changed My Life by R. Coady and J. Johannessen (also counted for Dewey Decimal Challenge)
- Plato and Platypus Walk Into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart (also counted for Dewey Decimal Challenge)
- Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
- A Caldecott Celebration by Leonard S. Marcus
- 1984 by George Orwell
There are dozens more books that Dewey reviewed that I’m dying to read, but I’m going to read them as I want to, not under the guise of a “challenge.” Some of them are these: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie; The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood; The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck; Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.
No new challenges this month – I still have plenty of old ones to finish! See below. In fact, I’m going to hold off joining any more challenges as long as possible. (Yeah, right. I always say that!)
Some projects appear on more than one list because part of the challenge is timed, but the overall project is not. I’ve made a note if I’m currently reading a book that applies to a particular challenge.
Beowulf on the Beach Challenge (until 7 Sep 2009). 0/1
Summer Lovin’ Challenge (until 22 Sep 2009). 1/3
Take a Chance Challenge (until 30 Nov 2009). 0/10
9 for 09 challenge (until 27 Dec 2009). 3/9
BiblioShakespeare Challenge (until 31 Dec 2009). 3/6
Dewey Decimal Reading Challenge (until 31 Dec 2009). 6/10
Everything Austen Challenge (until 31 Dec 2009) 1/6
Science Book Challenge (until 31 Dec 2009). 0/3
The Spice of Life Challenge (until 31 Dec 2009). 2/8
World Citizen Challenge (until 31 Dec 2009). 5/7
HTR&W project: poetry. 0/21 poems
Nobel Challenge. 14/101 authors
Pulitzer Challenge. 11/82
Newbery Medal. 28/88
Caldecott Medal. 39/72
My Children’s Literature Project. 6/15 chapters
U.S. Presidential Reading. 2/44 presidents
Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1/15 presidents
My Short Story Author Project.
My Poets Project.
Favorite Authors to Read.