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A Reading Vocation

"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.

 

A Year in Reading Suggestions: July Recap & August Plans

The Longest Date: Life as a Wife - Cindy Chupack Encounters: With the Strange and Unexplained - Matt Hoyle Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything - Barbara Ehrenreich The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy - Carrie Ryan, Blythe Woolston, Bree Despain, Lili Wilkinson, Terri  Clark, Sarah Rees Brennan, Adrienne Kress, Mary Borsellino, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Elizabeth M. Rees, Sarah Darer Littman, Cara Lockwood, Leah Wilson, Ned Vizzini Night Sweats: An Unexpected Pregnancy - Laura Crossett Undine - Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué

So, I've completed another month in my Year of Reading Suggestions. The theme for July was reading from a book social networking site:

 

In July, read a book you found on NoveList or Fiction Connection (or GoodReads or LibraryThing).
Log in and see what new book you can discover using these valuable reading tools.

 

I read off my long Goodreads "To-Read" list this month, and while I didn't really make a dent in it, I did get to move these books from "want-to-read" to "read":

 

The Longest Date: Life as a Wife by Cindy Chupack - I got this book through Bookmooch, and when it arrived, I couldn't remember where I found out about it. When I visited my Goodreads list for this month's challenge, I saw it there, and the lightbulb went on. I found out about this book on Goodreads! This book managed to get four stars out of me despite the fact that I didn't really like the "characters."

 

Encounters with the Strange and Unexplained by Matt Hoyle - Learned about this book through a friend's review, and gave it a similar lackluster review to him. (Sometimes, you just need to learn a book isn't great for yourself.)

 

Living with a Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich - I was really excited to read this one, then found myself a little underwhelmed for the first 3/4 of the book, then captivated by the end.

 

The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (editor) - I really wanted to read this book when I first learned about it (through Goodreads), but none of my local libraries had it for ages. Then I moved and the library in my new home had it, but by then my fervor to read it had cooled. When I finally did read it, I wished that a) I remembered the Hunger Games trilogy better; and b) that more of *my* favorite authors actually *were* featured -- only a couple of them were immediately recognizable to me,and none could be considered amongst my faves.

 

Night Sweats: An Unexpected Pregnancy by Laura Crossett - Probably the book I was most looking forward to, and while it didn't blow me away, it also didn't disappoint.

 

Undine by Friederich de la Motte Fouque - This is one of the July/August "group reads" for the Into the Forest Goodreads group, so it squeezed in under this theme nicely.

 

So, what's up for August?

 

In August, read a genre or format you don’t usually read.
Do you avoid graphic novels, audio books, or any genre, like the plague? Pick up a book that is completely different from what you normally read and find out if it is worse (or better!) than you thought.

 

In August I plan to read graphic novels, poetry, Westerns, and/or short stories, but I'm a little worried about my ability to get to them, since I'm currently reading another Into the Forest Groupread (Rusalka) that is quite a bit longer than the first. I guess I'll be back in a month to share my results!