Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Reading Round-up 2

Well, it's that time again. Another third of 2009 has passed, so I'm reporting in with my reading thus far. May 1 I posted about my first 4 months of reading in which I achieved a little over a third of my yearly reading goal (20 out of 52). I've read like crazy this summer and discovered some treasures along the way.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
The Duggar's: 20 and Counting (yes I know, silly, but I was curious!)
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
The Seance by John Harwood
Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Love of God by Oswald Chambers
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman
Kafka's Soup by Mark Crick
Now You're Speaking My Language by Gary Chapman
The Big Nap by Ayelet Waldman
Protuguese Irregular Verbs by Alexander McCall Smith
The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs by Alexander McCall Smith
At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances by Alexander McCall Smith
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
The Cradle by Patrick Somerville
Note to Self by Samara O'Shea
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
April and Oliver by Tess Callahan
A Broom of One's Own by Nancy Peacock
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee
For the Love of Letters by Samara O'Shea
A Playdate With Death by Ayelet Waldman
The Wild Trees by Richard Preston (audio book)
Songs of the Humpback Whales by Jodi Picoult
Death Gets a Time Out by Ayelet Waldman
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan (audio book)
Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet
The Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

By my count, that's 39 more books bringing me to 59! I'm excited to have reached my goal already since I've fallen short the last several years. I know I'll keep reading some new books this fall, but I'm hoping to spend some time re-reading books I've loved in the past, as well as reading books from my own library (my shelves have been seriously neglected since I started working at the library).
I've thoroughly enjoyed reading some mysteries this summer--Ayelet Waldman, Carola Dunn, Alan Bradley--and imagine I'll pick up a few more before the year is out.
Some favorites from the list are The Elegance of the Hedgehog (noted in a brief review I wrote a couple months back), Now You're Speaking My Language (very insightful, challenging and encouraging book about communication in marriage), The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton, A Homemade Life, and The School of Essential Ingredients.
New Moon is the worst book I read. Seriously, I just couldn't do the Twilight series. I tried. I read the first two and decided it was a complete waste of my time (sorry to all the Twilight fans...I don't know how you do it!).
If there is any book on my list you'd like a further review of, let me know.
Have you been reading anything great? I'm always up for recommendations.
Happy Reading, Friends!


sam said...

I'm curious what you thought of The Host. I just finished it a couple of days ago.

jeremy said...

Ghost Hunters : William James etc by Deborah Blum

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

good job on your make a librarian proud!

Margaret said...

Whoa, dude you've been busy! I was just talking to Philip last night about my disease called "casual bookwormism." It's wear you have the desire, but not the drive to read. A past history of reading, but not a current lifestyle of reading. It's very sad...I'm working on it.

Anonymous said...

The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs


At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances

I want to know more just because the titles make me smile...


Margaret said...

And when I was describing my disease, apparently the other part of it is using the wrong words in writing....ugh. What I meant to say is, "It's WHERE you have the desire, but not the drive to read." :D

Heather L. said...

Thanks for the booklist!

liz nelson said...

you always put me to shame with these lists.:) i'm pretty sure i have the same disease as margaret these days.:)

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