July was a HUGE reading month for me, partially because I was on vacation for a week. In July I read:
- #80 â€“ Spook (Mary Roach)
- #79 â€“ Ms. Taken Identity (Dan Begley)
- #78 â€“ A Man for Amanda (Nora Roberts)
- #77 â€“ Killer Takes All (Erica Spindler)
- #76 â€“ On Writing (Stephen King)
- #75 â€“ Courting Catherine (Nora Roberts)
- #74 â€“ Fluke (Christopher Moore)
- #73 â€“ Naamahâ€™s Kiss (Jacqueline Carey)
- #72 â€“ Finger Lickinâ€™ Fifteen (Janet Evanovich)
- #71 â€“ Do Not Deny Me (Jean Thompson)
- #70 â€“ Night Play (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
- #69 â€“ The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl (Belle de Jour)
- #68 â€“ Skin Trade (Laurell K. Hamilton)
- #67 â€“ The Accidental Human (Dakota Cassidy)
14 books! Plus 3 or 4 more that didnâ€™t get reviewed until August (the last of those reviews will be up this week). Out of these books, my favorite was definitely Naamahâ€™s Kiss. On Writing was also quite good, but obviously for different reasons. Disappointments? Skin Trade.
I also finally posted some challenge wrap-ups. Marked completed were:
- 1st in a Series Challenge Completed
- 2009 eBook Challenge Completed
- The 2009 Pub Challenge Completed
- 2009 Audiobook Challenge Completed
- Spring Reading Thing Wrap-Up
Right now Iâ€™m reading Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason and listening to The Memory Collector by Meg Gardiner, which I have to admit Iâ€™m quite disappointed with. Not completely disappointed, but itâ€™s not as good as Iâ€™d hoped. I just finished (and need to review) Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell. The next book up will be The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson.
Iâ€™m trying to be more even about what ARCs I choose to read when, so Iâ€™m dividing them into 4 categories — books from Amazon Vine, books from LibraryThing, books from publishers/publicists, and books from authors. Iâ€™m going to be rotating through each category. I find that I tend to neglect some of the publicist/publisher books, so I need to work those in more.
Around the house, Iâ€™m nearly finished with my â€œput every book I own and every book Iâ€™ve read (in the past several years) into LibraryThingâ€ project. I had a lot of books in LibraryThing (1000+), but some of the stuff I owned Iâ€™ve now swapped, a lot of the stuff I own and have read was not catalogued (especially if I read it more than 4 years ago), and a lot of the books Iâ€™ve brought into the house recently were also non catalogued. I also took the opportunity to weed some books out of my TBR collection that Iâ€™m no longer interested in reading. These went directly onto my PaperbackSwap shelf (room). SO, Iâ€™ve physically touched every book in the house and have taken note of what LT collection(s) they belong in, and now I just need to put that info into LT. I expect that will take me at least another week or two, and then I have some reshelving to do.
Is a book loverâ€™s work ever done?