August 2013 Reading Wrap-Up

So, I finished 12 books in August, which seems to pretty much be my new normal. This month it was almost half and half, 5.33 audiobooks and 6.66 print or ebooks (I started Godiva in audio, and then switched to print partway through. This comes down to a little over 60 hours of audio and not quite 2500 pages of print. The audiobooks are flying by these days, because I started doing the Couch to 5K running program (I’ll be running an actual 5k at the end of September) and I listen while I run.

One thing I have been not so good at lately is getting stuff actually posted on the blog. I have about a million posts in draft, and never any time to write them. I’m hoping I can get in a slightly more regular schedule again after Daniel goes back to preschool.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie, narrated by Marisa Calin
The Humans by Matt Haig, narrated by Mark Meadows
Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff, narrated by Mitchell Zuckoff
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams, narrated by Kathleen McInerney

Fiction
The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon
Gods and Beasts by Denise Mina
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Historical Fiction
Godiva by Nicole Galland

Pick of the Month:

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Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
The Registry by Shannon Stoker, narrated by Kate Reinders
The Rathbones by Janice Clark, narrated by Erin Spencer, Cassandra Campbell, Malcom Campbell, Gabrielle De Cuir
The Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Freemantle, narrated by Georgina Sutton
Freud’s Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman, narrated by Suzanne Toren

Fiction
The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

Historical Fiction
Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye
It Takes Two to Tangle by Theresa Romain

Nonfiction/Memoir
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

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

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Bookish Family, and a Giveaway

In the past couple of weeks the girls have become completely obsessed with books. All the time it is “book! book! book!” (unless there’s a dog around, of course, in which case it is “dog! a dog! woof woof! woof!”). They’re bringing books to anyone who can read and having us read them 53 times in a row. It is awesome.

We had more bookish fun this week when I put the girls in their Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts. On a whim I decided to change Daniel into one of his Cat in the Hat shirts and his Cat in the Hat hat and take them all outside to take a picture. The result was probably the most popular picture I ever posted on social media, other than perhaps when the girls were born (although maybe not even that).

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Thanks for the books (and the picture), Little, Brown!

So, I know the month is half over and I was supposed to tell you about this weeks ago, but Bloggers Recommend is giving away a total of FIFTY copies of Donna Tartt’s newest book, The Goldfinch. Tartt’s A Secret History is widely beloved, and The Goldfinch promises to be one of the hottest books this fall. It comes out in October, but YOU, my friends, YOU can read it early. We’re giving away a copy a day for the rest of the month from Bloggers Recommend (enter here), and I have another three copies here. Enter both places because, why not?

To enter to win a copy of The Goldfinch from me, fill out the form below by 11:59pm Central on Friday, August 23rd. US-only, please. I would also strongly encourage you to subscribe to the Bloggers Recommend newsletter and get the hottest book picks sent to your email inbox once a month.

 

 

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July 2013 – Reading Wrap-Up

This was a busy month. We had a birthday party for all three kids and headed down to Indianapolis twice. The busy-ness, combined with my blog being hacked on the 4th of July sent me into a big blogging malaise, hence the 11 posts this month. I finally semi-recovered after I re-did the design of my blog, but I have 20 or so unwritten reviews plus a whole bunch of other posts and I’ve been busy with work, so things might pick up right away.

I got a decent amount of reading in though, somehow. I finished a total of 12 books, 8 print and 4 audio for a total of 2700 pages and 43 hours.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
Revolutionary Summer by Joseph Ellis by Stefan Rudnicki
Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister, narrated by Angela Brazil
Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

Fiction
Tampa by Alissa Nutting
If the Shoe Fits by Megan Mulry
The Water Witch by Juliet Dark (mini review)

Mystery
The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina
Grace Takes Off by Julie Hyzy

Historical Fiction
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory (mini review)

Other Posts:
BOOK CLUB – The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina
D.E.A.R. – July 2013

Pick of the Month:

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Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman
The Humansby Matt Haig, narrated by Mark Meadows
Her by Crista Parravani, narrated by Crista Parravani

Fiction
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

Mystery
The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott

Historical Fiction
A Questions of Honor by Charles Todd
A Fatal Likeness by Lynn Shepherd

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D.E.A.R. – July 2013

5266982960 275572c3ca m pictureDo you remember D.E.A.R? At my elementary school that meant “Drop Everything And Read,” something we typically did for 10 or 15 minutes every day. Best part of my day, really. As my TBR and Library piles are battling for supremacy and trying to sneak in around the review copies who have staked out places on my calendar, I’m thinking back to the simpler days of D.E.A.R., when I believed I had time to get to any book I wanted. And that, of course, got me fantasizing about a world where I really could just Drop Everything And Read for more than just 15 minutes a day.

Well, July has really gotten away from me! Of course there are about a million wonderful books out this month, so I’m really feeling the pain of having so much on my shelves that I haven’t read, but work, kids, birthday parties, and memorial services have beckoned.

Godiva by Nicole Galland – July 2: I loved Nicole Galland’s I, Iago, and now she’s writing about Lady Godiva. LADY GODIVA, you guys. The noblewoman reported to have ridden through town naked in order to relieve the tax burden of her people. If anyone else has written about her in the last 10 or more years I haven’t heard about it.

Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambra – July 2: Based on a young girl’s journal and loteria cards, Loteria contains the story of a family’s downfall, as well as full-color illustrations.

The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian – July 9: I adore Chris Bohjalian and I’m fascinated by the idea that he is exploring WWII-era Italy, I don’t often find that in fiction. This is one that I really can’t believe I didn’t get to before pub date, but soon, I swear!

The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan – July 9: A man falls overboard in the Arctic Ocean and is discovered and reanimated a century later by a team of scientists, one of whom finds herself falling in love with the man.

The White Forest by Adam McOmber – July 9: A spooky and magical trip to Victorian London? Sign me up!

The Age of Ice by J.M. Sidorova – July 23: In order to punish a disgraced nobleman, Empress Anna Ioannovna forces him to marry one of her maids and has the couple spend their wedding night naked in a palace constructed of ice. Sidorova imagines the progeny of this union as twin boys, one of whom discovers that he is impervious to cold.

A Dangerous Fiction by Barbara Rogan – July 25: I’ve reviewed books about literary agents-turned-sleuths before, but A Dangerous Fiction seems to be more of a traditional mystery, rather than a cozy mystery like Every Trick in the Book. Bonus: it is the first book in a new series!

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Sunday Salon – July 14

Big publishing news broke yesterday! It turns out The Casual Vacancy isn’t the only adult book that JK Rowling has written and published. It seems that the crime novel Cuckoo’s Calling, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the work of Rowling. Cuckoo’s Calling has been well reviewed – including by my friend Michelle at That’s What She Read – but had reportedly only sold 1500 copies. Since the news broke it has shot to the number one selling book on Amazon and has sold out there. I have a copy on my shelves I may have to start it now, but if you want to read it you may need to call around to some independent bookstores!

Around these parts things have been busy and I still don’t have my blog back in order after the hacking last week, I really need to fix my sidebars, but part of me wants to go ahead and do a whole new theme and look as long as I am at it. I did spend a bit of time looking through themes and couldn’t find anything that seemed flexible enough for me. I don’t know, if anyone has any great theme recommendations, I’d love to hear them. I’d also like to know what people use for stats on WordPress.org, I had been using the WordPress stats, but that got messed up in the hacking (actually I think it was in whatever my host did to fix the hacking because they worked while the front page of my site was down and not after it went back up) and I can’t seem to get them fixed. ALSO, it seems that if I link to my own blog in a post, everything after that link is deleted from the post. If anyone has aaaaaany ideas how to fix that, I would love to hear them.

While avoiding dealing with my blog, I did get some reading in:

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I would link you to what I posted and reviewed this week but, you know, can’t link to my own blog without having things vanish!

 

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