Total Books Read: 22
Audio: 9 — 85.25 hours
Print: 12 — 2,964 pages
Fiction — 14
- Gods In Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson: I may have never been farther south than Washington, D.C., but I do have a bit of a weakness for books set there. A charming Alabama setting provides an interesting backdrop to an engaging mystery. I was surprised by just how serious Gods In Alabama actually is; based on the cover and my (very) limited knowledge of the book, I was expecting fluff. Instead, I got an engrossing look at the bonds of families and how secrets can haunt them.
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: On the other hand, I expected to really enjoy Ishiguro’s Booker Prize shortlisted novel, but I just feel ambivalent. (I am still looking forward to the movie, however.)
- The Humbling by Philip Roth
- Beastly by Alex Flinn: Modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, from the beast’s perspective. I didn’t agree with some of the messages it seems to give–like needing only your love and no other friends when you’re in a relationship–but to be honest, it probably would have been my favorite book as a teen.
- Deliver Us From Evie by M. E. Kerr: I saw this one on Huffington Post’s 13 Great Books for Gay Teens list last month. It’s a decent read, but the best part is that the representation of Evie on the cover actually LOOKS SIMILAR to the description of the character in the book! They didn’t traditional-gender-expression-wash it (I made that phrase up, bet you never would have guessed)! …I get excited over minor victories sometimes.
- Avalon High by Meg Cabot
- Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
- Caught by Harlan Coben
- A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Eliott
- Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- Deal Breaker: Myron Bolitar #1 by Harlan Coben
- The Boy With the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
- Drop Shot: Myron Bolitar #2 by Harlan Coben
Non-Fiction — 8
- Going Rouge: An American Nightmare edited by Richard Kim and Betsy Reed
- Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich: Flashes of brilliance, but most of it was ho-hum. Worth a read just for her excellent chapter criticizing the “celebrate breast cancer” culture.
- In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey Into the Heart of the Evangelical Church by Gina Welch: Quick summary: Evangelicals are people too. They’re not all evil. (If you are already aware of this, you won’t miss much by skipping this one.)
- The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Frank Rich
- God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
- Freakonomics by Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner: I missed the hype. And how is this required reading in schools?? Don’t get it.
- Sing Sing: The Inside Story of a Notorious Prison by Brian Denis: I wanted to learn more about the history of Sing-Sing after reading John Connolly’s Newjack, so I read this. Denis is very detailed with the blood and gore, not so much with the rest of the history. Also, the last 30 pages or so are a rehash of Newjack, just not anywhere as good.
- Stiff by Mary Roach
Own — 2
Borrow — 19
Publisher — 1
Countries Visited: United States, England, Scotland, France
Oldest Book Read: Deliver Us From Evie by M. E. Kerr (1994)
Newest Book Read: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (2010)
Favorite: Gods In Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
Least Favorite: The Humbling by Philip Roth
Bella at A Girl Reads a Book is hosting a challenge to not buy any new books in the entire month of September. I’ve signed up to participate with these restrictions:
- No purchases of books at bookstores, online, or through Paperback Swap.
- Do not put any books on hold at the library.
- Only pick up the books already waiting at the library–no extras!
- Post about each owned and read book (not necessarily a review).
I have 142 owned and unread books on my shelf right now. My goal is to read at least fifteen of them in September.