July Round-Up

Ethan took this picture last month when we took an impromptu trip to Northampton, MA

Total Books Read: 21

Audio: 12 — 107.5 listening hours
Print: 9 — 2,065 pages

By Genre
Fiction — 13

  1. Follow Me Down by Shelby Foote: I downloaded this book on a whim because I couldn’t make a decision on what to listen to at work. Oops. Foote is known for his civil war novel Shiloh and for appearing the Ken Burns documentary about the civil war. Follow Me Down is not about either of those things. It is also rather terrible.
  2. The Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
  3. Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bonjalian: About World War II and the Holocaust. Very graphic, and very not suitable for work listening. Oops again.
  4. Bellfield Hall: Or, the Observations of Miss Dido Kent by Anna Dean: I kiiind of hated this book, and I’ve been surprised by the positive reviews around the blogosphere.
  5. All Sleek and Slimming: Stories edited by Lisa Heggum
  6. Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days) by Bill Willingham
  7. Fables: Wolves by Bill Willingham
  8. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham
  9. Jack of Fables: The (Nearly) Great Escape by Bill Willingham
  10. Fables: Sons of the Empire by Bill Willingham
  11. Fables: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham
  12. Fables: War and Pieces by Bill Willingham
  13. Fables: The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham: I’m kiiiind of addicted. Although I need to catch up on the Jack series before I read the most recent Fables collection, Fables: The Great Fables Crossover. Because it’s um, a crossover of the two series.

Non-Fiction — 8

  1. This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson: There’s a lot to love here, especially for book nerds, but I was wary of the constant referrals to the Internet as “the web” and “cyber space,” and the narrator’s tendency to pronounce library incorrectly. (Although I suppose it just sounded wrong to my New England ears.)
  2. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
  3. It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments by Amanda Marcotte
  4. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McClain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
  5. The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman
  6. Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover: I really liked this book, which I read because of Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness. Now I want to read an in depth history of Sing Sing.
  7. Conservatize Me by John Moe: In the style of Supersize Me, NPR host John Moe tries to become a conservative by eating beef jerky, listening to Toby Keith, and talking to Bill Kristol. Shockingly, it doesn’t work.
  8. Love is a Mix Tape: Love and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield

Own – 1
Borrowed – 20 (19 from Boston Public Library; 1 read at Barnes & Noble)

Countries Visited:
USA, England, Germany, Canada

Oldest Book Read: 1950: Follow Me Down by Shelby Foote
Newest Book Read: February 2, 2010: Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian; This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson

Favorite: Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner
Least Enjoyed: Follow Me Down by Shelby Foote; Bellfield Hall: The Observations of Miss Dido Kent by Anna Dean

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  1. I love how you did this wrap up. It’s fantastic! I never thought reading a wrap up of what someone else has read could be so fun… usually it’s just a boring list of books — this was actually interesting. :)