"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.
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!