September 2009 Reading Wrap-Up

Let me just preface this entire post by saying that I’m stubborn.  Very stubborn.  I had impressed myself in August by somehow returning to my pre-baby reading levels of around 18-20 books per month, but I was fairly certain my reading levels were going to plummet in September when I would be returning to work part-time midway through the month.  But no, I’m too stubborn for that.  I was determined that I WOULD get my reading in whenever I could, so I did.  I actually read more books this month than I did any other month this year other than April, when I participated in the the Read-athon.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I read more pages than I have any other month this year.  Here are the stats: I read 21 books, of which 18 were paper format and totaled 6,902 pages.  Three of my books were audio books and I spent 1.4 days listening to audio books.

Oh, and did I mention that the last book I read in September brought me to my goal of 150 books for the year?!?  I was very excited about that, now I’m on track to read 200!  Of course, it was purely my stubbornness that made me finish that last book.  I stayed up late on the 30th to finish the book I was reading because it was a review book and I didn’t want it to count against me in the Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge.

After my list of what I read this month, you’ll find a list of the other reviews I posted this month:

What I Read:

The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
Crossing Washington Square by Joanne Rendell
City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
Real Life and Liars by Kristina Riggle – review pending
The Right of Thirst by Frank Huyler – review pending

Young Adult Fiction
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (audio)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner – review coming October 5th
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (audio)

Historical Fiction
The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick
The Tudor Rose by Margaret Campbell Barnes
The Queen’s Mistake by Diane Haeger – review coming October 6th, author guest post & giveaway October 7th

Posed for Murder by Meredith Cole – review pending
The Strain
by Guillermo del Toro (audio) – review pending
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The Mistress of the Vatican by Eleanor Herman
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs – review pending

Pick of the Month:

city of refuge

“City of Refuge” was just so powerful and so beautifully written.  Loved it.

What I Reviewed:

Only Milo by Barry Smith
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Young Adult Fiction
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Historical Fiction
The King’s Confidante by Jean Plaidy
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
God is an Englishman by R.F. Delderfield (book spotlight)

Your Amazing Newborn by Marshall and Phyllis Klaus
Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

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