Monthly Review (August 2009)

This month went by really quickly, though not at quickly as June and July did. Thank goodness for that; classes started last week for me and I’ve been busy trying to keep up with my reading there, working at my library (with more hours than I’ve ever worked before), collecting postcards, and writing a book review here and there. Plus last weekend was Bubonicon 41 (write-up coming soon), and all together I haven’t had much of a rest.

Nevertheless, I’ve managed to put away nearly three books since classes started, and I had a pretty good sized hunk of reading done before that. If I spread out my reviews, I think I have enough to last until fall break, maybe (in October). Maybe to make up for less reviews, I’ll be writing other, non-review posts! I keep thinking of all these nifty things I want to discuss with people, but the topics fly out of my head by the time I get to a computer. Boo!

Anyway, altogether I think this has been a pretty successful month for me. I changed my layout to something a little more colorful (including a new banner), I reorganized my sidebar and updated my About Me page, and I’m even nearly caught up with my reviews for July! Huzzah!

On the other hand, my posts are taking way too long to show up in my Google Reader, and I’m not sure why. Frustrating! How quickly are they showing up for you guys?

But now, time for some stats. I’m trying something new this time, mostly so I’m not spending two hours formatting this thing.

August’s Reading Stats
14 total books read
25 total books reviewed!
1 ebook
13 pbooks
0 audiobooks

9 were by authors new to me
0 were rereads

2 had underground cities
3 had people on ships
1 had a fop

Reading Challenges Status Updates:
Arthurian Challenge 2009-2010 (+1, 1/5)
The Final Frontier Challenge (+1, 3/7)
Seafaring Challenge II (+3, 5/10)

Compass Points Challenge FAILED. Only 1/4 books completed for this challenge. 🙁

Books read in August (with links to reviews):
158. Thank You For Smoking – Christopher Buckley [rating: 3.5/5]
159. Unexpected Magic – Diana Wynne Jones [rating: 5/5]
160. Eighth Grade Bites – Heather Brewer [rating: 3/5]
161. Time Switch – Matt Chamings [rating: 3.5/5]
162. The Diamond of Drury Lane (Cat Royal #1) – Julia Golding [rating: 4.5/5]
163. Cat Among the Pigeons (Cat Royal #2) – Julia Golding [rating: 4.5/5]
164. Swallows and Amazons (Swallows & Amazons #1) – Arthur Ransome [rating: 4.5/5]
165. Swallowdale (S&A #2) – Arthur Ransome [rating: 4.5/5]
166. Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone: The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival – Dene Low [rating: 3.5/5]
167. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City – Kirsten Miller [rating: 4.5/5]
168. Peter Duck (S&A #3) – Arthur Ransome [rating: 4.5/5]
169. Tanglewreck – Jeanette Winterson [rating: 4/5]
170. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp – Rick Yancey [rating: 3.5/5]
171. March Upcountry – David Weber & John Ringo [rating: 4.5/5]

Other books reviewed in August:
120. Watermelon – Marian Keyes [rating: 4/5]
122. Where I’d Like to Be – Frances O’Roark Dowell [rating: 3.5/5]
124. Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks #1) – Jennifer Rardin [rating: 3.5/5]
125. Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries #1) – Charlaine Harris [rating: 4/5]
126. Living Dead in Dallas (SVM #2) – Charlaine Harris [rating: 4.5/5]
127. Club Dead (SVM #3) – Charlaine Harris [rating: 3.5/5]
128. Dead to the World (SVM #4) – Charlaine Harris [rating: 4.5/5]
129. Dead as a Doornail (SVM #5) – Charlaine Harris [rating: 4/5]
130. Definitely Dead (SVM #6) – Charlaine Harris [rating: 4/5]
134. All Together Dead (SVM #7) – Charlaine Harris [rating: 4/5]
135. From Dead to Worse (SVM #8) – Charlaine Harris [rating: 3.5/5]
136. Dead and Gone (SVM #9) – Charlaine Harris [rating: 3/5]
137. Not A Girl Detective – Susan Kandel [rating: 3.5/5]
138. Shakespeare’s Landlord (Lily Bard #1) – Charlaine Harris [rating: 3/5]
140. For Love of Mother-Not – Alan Dean Foster [rating: 3.5/5]
143. 9Tail Fox – Jon Courtenay Grimwood [rating: 3/5]
149. East Coast Rising Vol. 1 – Becky Cloonan [rating: 3.5/5]

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Cover Battle: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

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0 thoughts on “Monthly Review (August 2009)”

  1. busy, busy!!! i could never review 25 books in a month! i’ve been reading a ton…prepping for my pleasure reading hiatus which commences when school starts. i just never seem to have the time to read as much as i do during the summer. boo. 🙂 great job on the month of august!

  2. Impressive, again. You read a ton! I didn’t finish as many books in August because I was reading Infinite Jest, but I still think have a good backlog of reviews that I’ll have one review a week until I can finish more books to review. I cannot believe school is starting already, where did summer go?

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