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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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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June 2013 Reading Wrap-Up

Goodbye, June. Goodbye, June is Audiobook Month. Hello me coming ever closer to not being able to keep up with my current posting schedule because I’m not reading enough. I finished a total of 13 books in June, 6 of which were audios (for a total of about 62 hours) and 7 of which were print (for a total of about 2300 pages).

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
Snapper by Brian Kimberling, narrated by Macleod Andrews
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, narrated by Kathleen Wilhoite
Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas, narrated by Bernadette Sullivan
Stormbringers: Order of Darkness by Philippa Gregory, narrated by Nicola Barber

Fiction
Still Midnight by Denise Mina
The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
Penny, n by Madeline McDonnell

Young Adult/Middle Grades Fiction
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Nonfiction
Burning the Page: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Reading by Jason Merkoski

Other Posts:
Joe’s America – guest post by Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat
Saint-Exupery in New York – and in Studio Saint-Ex – guest post by Ania Szado, author of Studio Saint-Ex
Going Public…In Shorts and an interview with narrator Cassandra Campbell
D.E.A.R. – June 2013
2012-2013, you audiobook year – Audiobook Week discussion
How do you choose your audiobooks? – Audiobook Week discussion
Audiobook Week mid-week meme
Audiobook tasks – Audiobook Week discussion
Learning about audiobooks – Audiobook Week discussion
Author and narrator roundtable – Mary Kay Andrews and Kathleen McInerney discuss Ladies’ Night

Pick of the Month:

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Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie, narrated by Marisa Calin
Revolutionary Summer by Joseph Ellis, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
Rescue for a Queen by Fiona Buckley, narrated by Wanda McCaddon
Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell, narrated by Matthew Wolf

Fiction
The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle
The Village by Nikita Lalwani
Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Nonfiction/Memoir
Blue Plate Special by Kate Christiansen
Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

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

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May 2013 – Reading Wrap-Up

Well this was by far the most audiobooks I’ve ever listened to in a month AND the most time ever spent listening. Hellooooo yard work and long walks! I finished 8 audiobooks this month, for a total of over 90 hours of listening. My reading, however, was not so much, as much of my free time was spent outside. I only finished 5 books, for a total of about 1400 pages. The fact that 2 of those books were under 150 pages… yeah. Not so much with the non-work reading. Hopefully I can pick back up at least a little bit, because at this rate, I’m going to run out of scheduled reviews. On the bright side, I can always squeeze in a few extra audiobook reviews.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale, narrated by Wanda McCaddon
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight, narrated by Kristine Hvam
Inferno by Dan Brown, narrated by Paul Michael

Fiction
The Smart One by Jennifer Close

Historical Fiction
The Other Typist by Susane Rindell
Call Me Zelda
by Erika Robuck
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen
River of Dust by Virginia Pye

Nonfiction/Memoir
The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
You’re Not Fooling Anyone When you Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing by John Scalzi

Other Posts:
Black Venus by James MacManus – Author Interview
D.E.A.R. – May 2013
BOOK CLUB – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
June is Audiobook Month – Audiobook Week

Picks of the Month:

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Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff, narrated by Mitchell Zuckoff
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, narrated by Kathleen Wilhoite
Snapper by Brian Kimberling, narrated by Macleod Andrews
Bristol House by Beverly Swirling, narrated by Kristen Sieh, Christian Coulson, and James Langton
The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh, narrated by Jayne Paterson
Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas, narrated by Bernadette Sullivan

Fiction
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Penny, N. by Madeline McDonnell
If the Shoe Fits by Megan Mulry

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

 

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April 2013 Reading Wrap-Up

In April I read a total of 14 books, 9 of which were print/ebooks and 5 of which were audio. This ended up being a total of about 2800 pages and 54 hours of audio. This is a bit disappointing after the old days of getting to 15 or 16 print/ebooks and 5 or 6 audios, but it does mean that I’m now keeping up with my new posting schedule, so if I can keep this up and this schedule allows me enough time to do my job then the blog is in a good place. I would really hate to have to cut back to only 2 total reviews per week, instead of the three (two print and an audio) I’m doing now.  How was your month?

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer, narrated by Angela Brazil and Stephen R. Thorne
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson, narrated by Fenella Woolgar
Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss, narrated by Scott Brick

Fiction
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen
End Me a Tenor by Joelle Charbonneau
Angelopolis by Danielle Turssoni

Historical Fiction
The Liars’ Gospel by Naomi Alderman
The Edge of the Earth
by Christina Schwarz
A White Wind Blew by James Markert

Other Posts:
So is it a Fantasy? – Guest post by Beverly Swerling, author of Bristol House
BOOK CLUB – The Liars’ Gospel by Naomi Alderman
The Attraction of Cults – Guest post by Peggy Riley, author of Amity & Sorrow
D.E.A.R. – April 2013
On Audiobook Week

Pick of the Month:

Considering the number of books I reviewed this month I should, by rights, only be picking one book here, but I read and reviewed so much this month that was truly phenomenal that I just can’t help myself. Here are my (far too many) picks of the month:

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Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister, narrated by Angela Brazil
Life after Life by Jill McCorkle, narrated by Holly Fielding (no review coming)
The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace by Kate Summerscale

Fiction
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The Other Typist by Susanne Rindell
Driver’s Education by Grant Ginder

Historical Fiction
Margot by Jillian Cantor
River of Dust by Virginia Pye
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck

Nonfiction
Burning the Page by Jason Merkoski

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

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