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 Håkan 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. 🙂

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

February Wrap-Up

Still unemployed, so still going strong on reading… well, except for the last week of course. Darn you, Scott! Here’s what we’ve got:

Days spent reading: 20
Books read: 9
…in fiction: 7
…in non-fiction: 2
…in science fiction: 2
…in popular science: 2
…in fantasy: 3
…in young adult: 1

Series reads: Codex Alera

Favorite book: Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson (Review) 9.5/10

Challenges
Countdown Challenge: +4 books for 32/45
Chunkster Challenge: +2 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: +8 for 18/50

January Wrap-Up

Whoo! Being unemployed certainly gives you time to read… and watch full seasons of How I Met Your Mother and Firefly, and play an exorbitant number of Pogo games (they have Monopoly!).

But what matters here are the books, of course.

Days spent reading: 28
Books read: 11
…in fiction: 11
…in science fiction: 1
…in mystery: 2
…in humor: 2
…in fantasy: 2
…in thriller: 1
…in short stories: 1
…in graphic format: 1
Series reads: Thursday Next, Old Man’s War, Codex Alera, Nursery Crime

Favorite book: Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi (Review) 8.5/10

Challenges
Countdown Challenge: +9 books for 28/45
Chunkster Challenge: +1 book for 1/6
The Baker Street Challenge: +0 books for 0/3
My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge: +0 for 0/12
Support Your Local Library Challenge: +10 for 10/50

Year in Review

I’ve been doing my Summer Reading Project for a few years now, but since I graduated, I realized I had so much more time for reading that I wanted to keep recording it through the year.

I started this blog at the end of August and retroactively put up all of my summer reviews to start it off. Then I started reading like crazy, apparently! It really amazes me that for the past two months I’ve read two books per week, and most of them fairly long books at that.

Not counting all of the books I read for my spring semester classes (and there were a lot!), I read 41 books in eight months. Thus, using my math-jitsu skills, I’m going to set next year’s goal at the same pace, 60 books in one year. I think I can totally do it.

Without further ado, because lists are awesome…

2008, in review
Books read: 41
Favorites:
The Sparrow (Rating: 9.5/10)
The Likeness (Rating: 10/10)
In the Woods (Rating: 9.0/10)
The Palace of Illusions (Rating: 9/10)
Right Ho, Jeeves (Rating: 9/10)

New favorite authors: Tana French and Jasper Fforde
Authors I’ll be keeping an eye on: Mary Doria Russell, John Green, Neil Gaiman

Month by Month

May
Books read: 3
Favorite: The Philosopher’s Apprentice (Rating: 8/10)

June
Books read: 4
Favorite: The Palace of Illusions (Rating: 9/10)

July
Books read: 2
Favorite: Storm Front (Rating: 8/10)

August
Books read: 6
Favorite: Right Ho, Jeeves (Rating: 9/10)

September
Books read: 5
Favorite: The Sparrow (Rating: 9.5/10)

October
Books read: 5
Favorite: Misery (Rating: 8/10)

November
Books read: 8
Favorite: The Likeness (Rating: 10/10)

December
Books read: 8
Favorite: The Shadow of the Wind (Rating: 8/10)

My New Year’s resolution for this blog is to do a wrap-up at the end of every month. Maybe I can keep this one!