Sunday, August 8, 2010

June & July Reads

Since I haven't posted my reading summary for June, I decided to cover two months in one post. Considering I read very little in both months (as far as what my personal expectations are), I figured separate posts for each month weren't warranted.

Broken: A Love StoryThis Must Be the Place: A Novel

Books I enjoyed the most in the last two months were quite varied in genres. There's a memoir, a thriller, a contemporary fiction and a historical fiction. So they might have been two of the slowest reading months but they were definitely rich in material. Broken by Lisa Jones is the memoir and even though I read it two months ago, it's still on my mind. This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia, is a contemporary fiction novel that has already found a permanent place on my 'Best' list. The historical one I mentioned above is Heart of Lies by M.L. Malcolm for which I have yet to finish writing a review but which made me want to read more historical fiction again. And finally Lisa Gardner's Hide, such a good thriller that it made me go online and purchase the two others in the D.D. Warren series immediately after finishing this one.

Heart of Lies: A NovelHide

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A NovelI think that The Thousand Autumns of Jacob the Zoet by David Mitchell was the biggest disappointment in the past several months. I was expecting a wonderful, exhilarating read and as it is, I'm surprised I even finished it at all. It was boring and self-indulgent.

June Reads:

1. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell - historical fiction, literary fiction
2. Broken: A Love Story by Lisa Jones - memoir
3. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens - thriller
4. Lovers by Vendela Vida - contemporary American fiction/women's literature
5. The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley - dystopian lit
6. A Walk In the Woods by Bill Bryson - travelogue, non-fiction, memoir

July Reads:

1. Roseflower Creek by Jackie Lee Miles
2. Halfway to Each Other by Susan Pohlman - travel memoir, non-fiction
3. This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia - contemporary American fiction
4. Damaged by Alex Kava - thriller
5. Heart of Lies by M. L. Malcolm - historical fiction
6. Hide by Lisa Gardner - thriller

Monday, August 2, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list. It is hosted by Sheila from One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

I didn't manage to read any books last week due to heavy emotional overload that still continues into this week. Hopefully, the clouds will lift soon.

The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno: A NovelI am still reading The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson. Even though I still have 100 pages to go, I can already tell that this book is not my cup of tea. The life of 'freaks' of nature (half of whom aren't even born that way but simply 'made') is not all that interesting in itself.

I will be a little wild (I was called 'a wet blanket' last week) and despite my feelings that this week is not going to be productive reading-wise, I will still make plans on what I want read by Sunday. One can always hope:

The Alibi ManThe PalaceBy Fire, By Water

The Palace by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

By Fire, by Water by Mitchell Kaplan ( I know, it was supposed be read last week)

The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag

What are you reading this week?