TSS: July 2009 Reading Wrap-Up

tss I completed 9 books in July, which I think is pretty darn good considering I have a brand new baby in the house!  I’ve only reviewed half of them so far, though.  Partly because I had a few reviews that still needed to be written from before Daniel was born and partly because it is a lot easier to get reading time in than writing time.  I’m going to go with the positives, though, and concentrate on the fact that I read over 3,000 pages instead of thinking of my 4 unwritten reviews.  I’ve finished a total of 111 books this year, which means that even if I keep reading just 8 books per month I should be able to hit my goal for the year of 15o books.

After my list of what I read this month, you’ll find a list of the other reviews I posted, as well as some other posts from this month that might be of interest:

What I Read:

A Secret Alchemy by Emma Darwin (this leans a little towards historical fiction, but I’m going to classify it as fiction)
In the Kitchen by Monica Ali
Only Milo by Barry Smith (review pending)
The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal (review coming August 5th)

Historical Fiction
The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles (review coming August 3rd)

The Big Steal by Emyl Jenkins

Nonfiction – Health
Smart Mama’s Green Guide by Jennifer Taggart

Nonfiction – Natural World
Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

Nonfiction – Biography
American Eve by Paula Uruburu (review coming August)

Pick of the Month

last days of the lacuna cabal

I can’t really sum this book up quickly, so you will have to come back on Wednesday and read my review.  Suffice to say that it is completely bizarre and I was completely enthralled.

Guest Posts:

“I Can’t Believe That Story Came Out Of Your Brain!” by Karen Harrington, author of Janeology
“Those Who Do Not Study History Are Condemned To Repeat It” by Donna Woolfolk Cross, author of Pope Joan

Book Spotlights/Discussions:

“War on the Margins” Released Today
Reading Biographies: “American Lion” – Book Spotlight
Catherine De Medici – “The Devil’s Queen” and Something I’ve Never Seen Before

What I Reviewed:

The Blue Notebook by James Levine
The Lost Hours by Karen White
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Young Adult Ficton
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Wake by Lisa McMann
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Historical Fiction
The Belly Dancer by DeAnna Cameron
A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
The Traitor’s Wife by Susan Higginbotham

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

Nonfiction – Sociology
Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh

Nonfiction – History
In Triumph’s Wake by Julia Gelardi

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