Thursday, August 2

July Wrap-Up!

And it's August! Summer is almost over, and the year is creeping closer to the end. Is anyone else finding this hard to believe? Only 5 month left in the year. 5 months to kick butt in the rest of the challenges I'm participating in - which I think I can do. I will do! Staying positive here - but all in all I'm very happy in reading, reading challenges and all that. Now, I just need to be more social and actually comment on the other reviews out there. I have countless ones tag to go back to, then I forget. Maybe the last half of the month will be different!

The Books

Another good reading month for me where I read 12 books, just like last month so I'm right on target with where I want to be at this point to reach all my reading goals. And this month I did read some really good books and a quite a few short story collections. My favourite books this month was the short story collection Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod and The Years by Virginia Woolf.  My least favourite book of the month was The Colour by Rose Tremain followed by A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews.

  1. Reliquary (SGA - 2) - Martha Wells (Ebook) -8.75/10
  2. Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris (Ebook) 7.5/10
  3. The Sea-Folk (Frank Delaney Storytellers) (Ebook) - 8.75/10
  4. Street of Riches - Gabrielle Roy - 8/10
  5. The Years - Virginia Woolf - (Ebook) 8.75/10
  6. The In-Between World of Vikram Lall - M.G. Vassanji - 7.5/10
  7. A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews - 5.5/10
  8. Chocolat - Joanne Harris - 7.5/10
  9. The Colour - Rose Tremain - (Ebook) 3.75/10
  10. Light Lifting - Alexander MacLeod - 9/10
  11. The Sentimentalists - Johanna Skibsrud - 7/10
  12. This Cake is for The Party - Sarah Secky - 8.25/10

The Challenges

I finished a challenge this month, and it wasn't the one I was expecting to finish. I have multiple challenges with just a few books away from being finished. Some of which have been like this for a few months, but my reading moods don't seem to want to read the books to finish them. But, still in the up coming months it does look like a lot of challenges will be completed. Looking at my challenge progress, I am fairly confident I'll finish almost all. Only two are questionable right now. The 12 in 12 and the Mount TBR challenge. We'll see how things go in the up coming months.

Completed Challenge(s)

The challenge I completed this month, and it was down to the wire too, was the short story challenge. As I said in my final thoughts on the challenge page, I was surprised I finished it as early as I did. But I really enjoyed the challenge and have found I've really enjoyed reading short story collections. Try as I might to savour the collections and read them slowly, I find my self inhaling them!

Short Stories Reading Challenge 2012 - 12/12 - 100% Complete - Completed on July 31 2012

Current Challenges

12 in 12 - 74/144 - 51% Complete
100+ Challenge 2012 - 70/100 - 70% Complete
1001 Books to Read Before Challenge 2012 - 11/15 - 73% Complete
Alphabet Challenge 2012 - 23/26 - 88% Complete
Canadian Book Challenge VI - 6/13 - 46% Complete
Finish That Series Challenge 2012 - 0/3 - 0% Complete (2 books read from series one)
Global Reading Challenge 2012 - 11/14 -79% Complete
Ireland Reading Challenge 2012 - 4/6 - 67% Complete
Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012 - 24/50 - 48% Complete
New Authors Reading Challenge 2012 - 41/50 - 82% Complete
Speculative Reading Challenge 2012 - 14/24 - 58% Complete

Countries Visited

This month I visited, Canada, USA, England, France, Ireland, Kenya and New Zealand

Create your own travel map - TravBuddy

Book That Followed Me Home

I still stand beside the claim all these books follow me home. I am helpless in the matter, and have no say what so ever in them entering my home! I have to say, my Kobo got quite the work out this month. As it had quite a few books, erm.... shall I say magically appear on it?

I was shocked read about Maeve Binchy's passing. I've only read one book by her, part way through a second and have many more on my shelves. I'm constantly eyeing up her other books as I pass them in the book store, but tell my self I have to read the ones I own first. So to celebrate her memory in the literary world, which I doubt will ever fade, I got my self two of her short story collections. I just finished a short story collection, but I doubt I'll way long before I dive into these.

Dublin 4 - Maeve Binchy (EBook)
Victoria Line, Central Line - Maeave Binchy (EBook)

The Hunter and the Hunted - Kelley Armstrong  (EBook)
The Sea-Folk - Frank Delaney  (EBook)
Heart's Desire (SG-1 20) - Amy Griswold  (EBook)
Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris  (EBook)
Deafening - Frances Itani  (EBook)
The Hundred Thousand Kindoms - N. K. Jemisin   (EBook)
The Broken Kingdoms - N. K. Jemisin  (EBook)
The Kingdom of the Gods - N.K. Jemisin  (EBook)
The Killing Moon - N. K. Jemisin  (EBook)
The Shadow Sun - N. K. Jemisin  (EBook)
Daughters Who Walk the Path - Yejide Kilanko  (EBook)
Firebird - Mercedes Lackey  (EBook)
The Soldiers Song - Alan Monaghan  (EBook)
Elantris - Brandon Sanderson  (EBook)
Small Change - Elizabeth Hay
A Student of Weather - Elizabeth Hay
An Irish Country Girl - Patrick Taylor
Rules of Civility - Amor Towles

And there it is, July in a nut shell! Happy August Everyone, hope the last half of the summer brings you many enjoyable reads!


  1. 12 books is pretty good! I think I am averaging about 8, with about 3 or four audios thrown in. But then again, I have been listening to Wolf Hall for the past 3 weeks, so that has thrown off my rhythm. It's a great book, just looong!

    1. Wolf Hall has been a book I've been eyeing, but have never found the time to read it.

  2. I'm impressed with the number of challenges you're juggling! I love book challenges too. My main one is the 12 in 12 LibraryThing challenge, and so far, I'm on track but finding it hard to give attention to all my categories evenly.

    1. I always try too many challenges at once - this year I've been a little better. I find that some of the 12 in 12 (or it's previous challenges, 11 in 11) are hard to keep even. I picked my categories this year to make sure it's more balanced. But some are easier to finish than others.