September Wrap-up

What a month! I was right; school picked up like crazy, and wedding stuff took a lot of my time, but somehow I still managed to read 10 books this month! Yay! I hope I can keep this up.

Other fun things: I finished up the Summer Lovin’ Challenge this month, which was a super fun time because I got to re-read some of my favorite books! Thanks to Jules for hosting it, and I hope she hosts another one soon, because I might not ever re-read a book again if she doesn’t. πŸ™‚

I also had my first book club meeting with my Mary and my Amy, and it was pretty good even though we neglected to come up with good questions to discuss about the book, and none of us were sufficiently thrilled with it to have strong opinions about anything. Now we know for next time!

A weird thing: Of the nine fiction books I read, only four of them were genre reads. I’m not used to reading so many books that can’t be classified! It makes me twitch a little in my compulsive-organization mind.

Days spent reading: 24
Books read: 10
…in fiction: 9
…in speculative fiction: 2
…in mystery: 1
…in fantasy: 1
…in non-fiction: 1
…in young adult: 4

Series reads: A Wrinkle in Time, The 39 Clues

Favorite book: Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer 10/10 and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart 10/10

Challenges
Summer Lovin’ Challenge: +1 books for 10/10 Completed!
RIP Challenge: +2 books for 2/4
My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge: +1 books for 5/12
The Baker Street Challenge: +2 books for 2/3
Orbis Terrarum Challenge: +1 books for 9/10
Back to School Challenge: +0 books for 0/4
Critical Monkey Challenge: +0 books for 1/6
Countdown Challenge: +4 books for 4/55

August Wrap-up

Well, August is done now, and I start my third LIS class tonight! I’m taking three classes all at once now, rather than one at a time as I did over the summer, so I don’t know how that’s going to affect my reading. And I’m going to try to get some volunteer work with a library or two or twelve so I can get some of that experience stuff that people like so much. Also, Scott and I purchased a Wii over the weekend. And got Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box for the DS. So… yeah. Books? What are those again?

The numbers!

Days spent reading: 24
Books read: 13
…in fiction: 11
…in non-fiction: 2
…in speculative fiction: 6
…in humor: 1
…in fantasy: 1
>…in thriller: 1
…in young adult: 2
…in children’s: 1

Series reads: A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Codex Alera

Favorite book: The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (Review) 10/10

Challenges
Summer Lovin’ Challenge: +3 books for 9/10
The Baker Street Challenge: +0 books for 0/3
My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge: +1 books for 4/12
Orbis Terrarum Challenge: +0 books for 8/10
Critical Monkey Challenge: +1 books for 1/6

July Wrap-up

Holy crap I read a lot of books this month! Sadly, that list includes the worst book I’ve ever read, but what can you do? It’s gotta be read sometime.

I read a lot of thrillers this month because apparently it’s “recommend thrillers” month everywhere, and they were mostly okay, except for the aforementioned worst book ever. I’m not sure what it is I don’t like about thrillers, but I think I’ll trade them in for more mysteries next month if I can find some good ones.

I also finished two challenges this month, holy crap again! I finished off my 45th book for the Countdown Challenge, which seemed to take forever! I had six of the years done by February and the seventh by May, but it took then two more months to finish off 2007 and 2009. The latter I understand, since I had to wait until January to start those, but I wonder why books from 2007 didn’t make it to my list much.

The Chunkster Challenge is also officially finished, with six 450-page monsters finished. I’m going to keep listing books there until November, though, in case you find yourself hankering for giant book recommendations in the future.

Other things I did this month: I tried to start some discussions, but failed miserably! If you want to give me a months-early birthday present, you could go check them out.
Wisconsin Library Debate
On Serialized Novels

Alternately, you can tell me that you come here because I’m pretty and I should keep my non-book thoughts to myself. πŸ™‚

Onto the numbers!

Days spent reading: 27
Books read: 15
…in fiction: 15
…in fantasy: 6
…in thriller: 4
…in speculative fiction: 3
…in historical: 1
…in mystery: 1
…in young adult: 2
…in children’s: 4

Series reads: Codex Alera, Old Man’s War, Harry Potter

Favorite book: The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster (Review) 9/10

Challenges
Countdown Challenge: +3 books for 45/45 Completed!
Summer Lovin’ Challenge: +6 books for 6/10
Chunkster Challenge: +1 books for 6/6 Completed!
The Baker Street Challenge: +0 books for 0/3
My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge: +2 books for 3/12
Orbis Terrarum Challenge: +0 books for 8/10

June Wrap-Up

Days spent reading: 25
Books read: 10
…in fiction: 9
…in science fiction: 2
…in mystery: 2
…in non-fiction: 1
…in thriller: 1
…in short stories: 1
…in fantasy: 1
…in graphic novels: 1
…in young adult: 3

Series reads: none

Favorite book: Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow (Review) 9/10
and Woman With Birthmark by HΓ₯kan Nesser (Review) 9/10

Challenges
Countdown Challenge: +2 books for 42/45
Summer Lovin’ Challenge: +0 books for 0/10
Chunkster Challenge: +1 books for 5/6
The Baker Street Challenge: +0 books for 0/3
My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge: +1 books for 1/12
Support Your Local Library Challenge: +4 books for 50/50 Completed!
Orbis Terrarum Challenge: +2 books for 8/10

May Wrap-up

Still just decent books this month. What a waste… got any suggestions for me?

Days spent reading: 24
Books read: 9
…in fiction: 7
…in non-fiction: 2
…in science fiction: 3
…in humor: 2
…in historical: 1
…in mystery: 2
…in young adult: 2

Series reads: Uglies

Favorite book: People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks (Review) 8/10

Challenges
Countdown Challenge: +2 books for 40/45
Chunkster Challenge: +0 books for 4/6
The Baker Street Challenge: +0 books for 0/3
My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge: +0 for 1/12
Support Your Local Library Challenge: +8 for 46/50
Orbis Terrarum Challenge: +2 for 6/10

April Wrap-Up

Lots of decent books this month, but nothing super-spectacular. I need Tana French to finish her next book or get my hands on an advance of The Angel’s Game

Days spent reading: 23
Books read: 8
…in fiction: 7
…in non-fiction: 1
…in science fiction: 2
…in fantasy: 1
…in classics: 1
…in humor: 1
…in young adult: 2
…in children’s: 1
…in graphic novels: 1

Series reads: Uglies, Mistborn

Favorite book: An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green (Review) 8/10

Challenges
Countdown Challenge: +1 books for 38/45
Chunkster Challenge: +1 books for 4/6
The Baker Street Challenge: +0 books for 0/3
My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge: +1 for 1/12
Support Your Local Library Challenge: +7 for 38/50
Orbis Terrarum Challenge: +1 for 4/10

March Wrap-Up

Another good month for reading… unemployment suits this habit! Sigh. But! I have been accepted to start a master’s in library science come June, so pretty soon I won’t feel like such a loser anymore. πŸ™‚

Days spent reading: 25
Books read: 13
…in fiction: 11
…in non-fiction: 2, if humor columns count?
…in mystery: 3
…in science fiction: 2
…in fantasy: 1
…in classics: 1
…in short stories: 4
…in humor: 2
…in young adult: 1
…in children’s: 1

Series reads: Nursery Crime, Old Man’s War

Favorite book: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Review) 9/10
and The Manual of Detection, by Jedediah Berry (Review) 9/10

Challenges
Countdown Challenge: +5 books for 37/45
Chunkster Challenge: +0 books for 3/6
The Baker Street Challenge: +0 books for 0/3
My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge: +0 for 0/12
Support Your Local Library Challenge: +13 for 31/50
Orbis Terrarum Challenge: +3 for 3/10