It has been a busy reading month for me. I originally set my goal for the July book blowout, hosted by The Blue Archipelago, at 20 books. I actually read 25 books this month, and most of them were pretty good! I’m pleased with myself, as that’s the largest number of books I’ve read in a single month since I started keeping track in 2006. The list, with links to reviews:
- When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Feather Man by Rhyll McMaster
- The Leper Compound by Paula Nangle
- The Hours by Michael Cunningham
- American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
- So Long at the Fair by Christina Schwarz
- The Pools by Bethan Roberts
- The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden
- The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
- Inda by Sherwood Smith
- The Gunslinger by Stephen King
- The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart
- The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
- Enemy of God by Bernard Cornwell
- The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
- The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig
- Stealing Athena by Karen Essex
- The Streets of Babylon by Carina Burman
- Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
- First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader
- My Antonia by Willa Cather
To be honest, I struggled a lot with choosing a favorite from this list. There are just too many! So, instead, I’ve chosen a few:
I highly recommend all these books! If you’ve got them on your TBR pile, read them soon, and if you haven’t, you should!
The Blue Archipelago has provided some questions for a brief survey of the challenge’s reading:
1. Did you discover a new author?
Several – I really liked books by Michelle Moran, Rhyll McMaster, Karen Essex, and Michael Cunningham this month, and I’ll be looking out for future releases of their work.
2. Where was the most unusual place you found yourself reading?
Nowhere unusual, though I did finish The Winter King somewhere in between Connecticut and New York on a train.
3. Did you read more than usual?
Yes, a lot more! I had a lot of time and I was happy to have a goal to complete.
4. Did you give up anything in order to read more?
Not really. I haven’t been playing any video games this month, but it seems to be my natural trend away now, rather than a specific exclusion in favor of reading.
5. If you won the Amazon voucher what would you spend it on?
More books, of course! I have a huge wishlist. I’d love to get The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig, The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro, and Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell in particular.
6. Would you like to see a 2009 Book Blowout?
Sure, why not? I enjoy challenges like this one. Thanks for hosting it, Mrs. S!
As you can see, I’m still behind on reviews, probably about 5 or 6 left to write. I should have a review for The Richest Season up later, though. I enjoyed it quite a lot. As for today, I finished The Sea by John Banville, my unexpected first book of my Book Awards Challenge II. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed by it. For the rest of the day, I’ll be reading Sweetsmoke by David Fuller, my LibraryThing Early Reviewer book. I’m not far in enough to say whether or not I’m enjoying it, but I’ve read some good reviews and I am looking forward to getting further in. No idea what’s up for the rest of the week, I’m just going to see where my random choices take me.