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