August 2010 Reading Wrap-Up

Okay, no more complaining about slow reading, because August was a *banner* month. TWENTY THREE BOOKS. Read’em and weep…no pun intended.  Five audiobooks, for almost 3 days of listening, and 18 print books of over 5,300 pages. Don’t ask how, I have no idea. Even better, I’ve already reviewed almost all of them.

I’m feeling quite accomplished at the moment, if you can’t tell.

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:

Audiobooks
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, narrated by
How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson, narrated by
The City & The City by China Mieville, narrated by John Lee
Kraken by China Mieville – review pending
Body Work by Sara Paretsky – review coming in October

Fiction
Simply From Scratch by Alicia Bessette
29: A Novel by Adena Halpern
Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne
What He’s Poised to Do by Ben Greenberg (short stories)
Lake Overturn by Vestal McIntyre
Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart
The Life You’ve Imagined by Kristina Riggle
Dracula in Love by Karen Essex
American Music by Jane Mendehlson
Numb by Sean Ferrell

Young Adult/Middle Grades Fiction
Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mystery/Thriller
The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

Historical Fiction
The Report by Jessica Francis Kane
The Gendarme by Mark Mustian

Memoir
Everything is Going to be Great by Rachel Shukert
Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell

Pick of the Month:

It has been a long, long time since I have had such a difficult time picking a favorite book for the month. Of course, it has also been a long, long time since I finished 23 books in a month, too. I considered Rachel Shukert’s Everything is Going to be Great, The Life You’ve Imagined by Kristina Riggle, and Lake Overturn by Vestal McIntyre.

The winners, however, is: The Report by Jessica Francis Kane, partly because it was such a sleeper hit, and The City & The City by China Mieville, which was just a phenomenal audiobook..

Honorable mention to The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva and Body Work by Sara Paretsky, both of which made me want to read all of the previous books in both of these prolific series.

What I Posted:

Announcements/Specials
An Interview With…Me!
My Kind of Book: A Celebration of Chicago Literature

Fiction
The Stuff That Never Happened by Maddie Dawson
The Time it Snowed in Puerto Rico by Maddie Dawson

Historical Fiction
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

Note: Some of these books were provided to me for review.

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