Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wrapping up July 2012

July might have been my best month of reading yet. Thanks to a heatwave that left me inside near the air conditioning, a relaxing five-day weekend trip with girlfriends, and a generally low-stress time of year at work, I was able to read seventeen books! I was shocked when I saw the total number, although it does explain how I'm behind in reviews again! I hope I can keep up the reading pace (and level of enjoyment) in August, and I also plan to catch up on reviews. Even the titles I ended up rating somewhat lower, I still (mostly) enjoyed reading them. After I sat down to think about them, however, I began to see holes and thus assigned a lower rating. Here's what I read in July 2012:

The excellent (rated 4.5 stars or higher):


The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay (my review)
Close Case by Alafair Burke (my review)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed (my review)

The good (rated 4 stars):
Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain (my review)

The somewhat disappointing (rated 3.5 stars or lower): 
Flight from Berlin by David John (my review)
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Wallace (my review)
The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett (my review)

The not yet reviewed:
Indiscretion by Charles Dubow (coming February 2013)
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents
Babylon Sisters by Pearl Cleage 
Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
Miss Me When I'm Gone by Emily Arsenault 

I'm on vacation from work for another week and a half, and I'm looking forward to a lot more reading, Olympic watching and time to spend with friends and family. I'll be dipping into the first few Booker longlist titles this week, and those reviews will probably jump to the top of my review queue. 

Now tell me: what was the best book you read in July?

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9 comments:

  1. Wow! 17 book in one month! Congratulations! For me Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin was the best book that I read in July. It's also the best crime novel that I read in a long time. I think that Scandinavian authors are known for being great crime novels' writers. Echoes from the Dead is full of surprises and it's hard to stop reading it. I'm looking forward reading more books of Johan Theorin.

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    1. Anna, I love crime novels, so thanks for the suggestion of Echoes from the Dead. I'm adding it to my list!

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  2. I'm reading Megan Abbott, The End of Everything right now and I think I will probably pick up the new one. Hope you liked it.

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    1. Laura, I really enjoyed both The End of Everything and Dare Me!

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  3. I haven't read anything by this author although I do own all 3 of her books. Hope to remedy that soon. This one sounds intriguing.

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    1. So many authors, so little time, right, Diane? Enjoy!

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  4. You did have an amazing month! I can't imagine a month where I had 17 reads, but I sure hope that that will one day happen for me too! Great picks for your 5 star reads as well!

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    1. Zibilee, I was shocked when I saw the number! I guess I had a lot of good luck picking books that I wanted to read all the time!

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  5. Seventeen books?! Wow. Go you!

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