"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton
This is where I chronicle my reading life. I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.
I have not fallen behind on my reading, but I have fallen WAY behind in writing about my reading. I have already decided: next year, I will not do so many reading challenges. Really!! I didn't get a chance to write an update in July, so this entry will cover both my June & July progress.
As a quick recap, my challenges this year are:
1) A personal challenge created to help me read down my own collection;
2) A challenge from Into the Forest, a fairy tale group I belong to on Goodreads
3) A challenge to read as many source materials for Disney movies as possible and
4) Just for the fun of it, a challenge to see how many of the books I read happen to fit with the Popsugar Challenge.
From my personal reading challenge, June's theme was "Take Me Away" (travel, fantasy, etc.); and July's theme was "Blast from the Past" (old obsessions). Here is what I read:
June - Take Me Away
July - Blast from the Past
From my Into the Forest Reading Challenge, I read
1. A novel or collection based on a theme you aren't familiar with or haven't read in the last 5 years. (Themes could be anything;enchanted forests, snow maidens, the Evil Queen, coming of age, and so on.): The Rose Bride by Nancy Holder (I was not familiar with the original story of "The White Bride & the Black Bride."
2. A retelling of one of your favourite originals: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell. (This is a bit of a stretch since Disney's "Aladdin" is not the "original" version -- it is itself a retelling. But I think a retelling of a retelling still counts as a retelling, right? ;))
For the Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge I read ...
A Book By Someone Under 30 - Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie
A Book Based on a True story - X: A Novel by Ilyasha Shabazz (about Malcolm X, in progress.)
A Book With Bad Reviews: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell (sadly)
A Banned Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, review forthcoming
For Disney Source Materials, I read ...
I didn't read as many Disney books these past couple months because I read most of the "source materials" for the Disney Renaissance years when the movies first premiered.
Phew! Hopefully I don't get so far behind again! My theme for August is "Local Flavor," so I am reading books set in or by authors from places I have lived. Currently I am reading The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin, who used to live down the hall from me. It doesn't get much more local than that!