Sunday, August 2, 2015

Reading Recap - July

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal of reading 70 books.  Within that total, I wanted to expand my reading horizons a little by including one memoir/biography, one classic, and one blog reader recommendation each month.  I'm providing a round-up of these reads at the close of each month.

This month's selections ...


Memoir/Biography

by Alida Nugent
I've been following Alida's tumblr, The Frenemy, for quite a while. She's funny, smart, and honest. Those characteristics carried over into her book, naturally.  It's a little weird when twentysomethings write memoirs. I mean, are they even old enough to have enough to fill a book?  Not really, but Alida's book was a fun, light read, which was kind of necessary with my other two reads for the month.  Four of five stars.

Classic
by J.R.R. Tolkien
I think I might have enjoyed this more if I actually read it instead of listening to it. I didn't realize there would be so much singing/chanting, and the narrator's voice during these segments got kind of annoying.  I loved the writing though. It was a bit wordier than I typically enjoy, but I think it was necessary to really pull you into this other world.  I don't know that I'd need to read this again though. Three of five stars.

Blog Reader Rec

by Jeffrey Eugenides
One of my library co-workers told me this was one of her all-time favorite books, so I decided to pick it up.  I vaguely remember all the chatter about it when it first came up. I think it might have even been an Oprah Book Club selection. I can see why it garnered so much attention. It's a fascinating story and left me thinking about it for a long time after. Three of five stars.

Bonus Reads
by Kiera Cass

by Kiera Cass

I just have one book to finish to complete the Selection series, and I just picked it up a few days ago, so I'm sure I'll breeze through it this week. The characters take turns annoying me, but overall I've really enjoyed this series.

+++++

My reading challenge progress:




4 comments:

  1. I remember hating The Hobbit when I had to read it in 8th grade. When The Lord of the Rings movies started coming out, I was determined to read them, starting with rereading The Hobbit since that's where it all begins. I liked it better when I read it the second time. Truthfully, though, I never made it through the first book in The Lord of the a Rings series. I just couldn't do it!

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  2. Middlesex was one of those books that clicked for many people but not for me!

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  3. I really liked The Hobbit, but I think the audiobook version would drive me crazy. There is just WAY too much singing in Tolkien's books!

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  4. I'm reading Middlesex now. For me, it's one of those books that I can't read too much of it in one sitting. But, it definitely makes me think.

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