Sunday, September 9

TSS: August Wrap-Up!

Summer is coming to a close, it's back to school for some of you and now there is only four months left in the year. Where did it go? This month, was a busy month for me. Between work, holidays, a science fiction convention, and other things, I've been busy. Yet, still had time to do some reading - the long lines at the convention where a great place to read. As is my commute to work - which I'm  not a fan of, but the GOTrain, is an excellent place to read. I have to say I'm looking forward to fall, because it get cooler outside, and I always find reading a book goes great with a hot steaming cup of - anything.

The Books

This month I managed to read 10 books. I came close to to 11, but I had fallen asleep while reading my last book, having about 10 pages left. But, considering how busy I was this month, I'm happy with the amount I read. This month, I read a lot of "okay" books, and books I found I didn't enjoy that much. They all ad something that kept me reading, but for the most part, the weren't books that really captured me.  My favourite book this month is Circle of Friends and Daughters Who Walk This Path. With special mention to Years of Red Dust: Stories of Shanghai. My least favourite books were The Bad Girl and Do No Harm. Those Stargate books are just hit or miss for me, this one was a big miss. This month I had a very Canadian Theme going on for me as six books were by Canadian Authors - all of which were new to me. So although I didn't love all my books, I did experiment with different authors, and I'm glad I did.

1. Circle of Friends - Maeve Binchy - 8.75/10
2. Mistress of Nothing - Kate Pullinger - 6.75/10
3. The Bad Girl - Mario Vargas Llosa - 5/10
4. Due No Harm - Karen Miller (Ebook) - 5/10 
5. Nikolski - Nicolas Dickner - 6.5/10
6. The Heart Specialist - Claire Holden Rothman - 5.5/10
7. Stanley Park - Timothy Taylor - 6.5/10
8. Deafening - Frances Itani (Ebook) - 7.5/10
9. Years of Red Dust: Stories of Shanghai - Qiu Xiaolong - 8.5/10
10. Daughters Who Walk This Path - Yejide Kilanko (Ebook) - 8.75/10

The Challenges

I finished another challenge this month, and I was 10 pages from finishing a second challenge. But, as I stated above, as I was reading the book, I had fallen asleep (no the books fault). But regardless, well on my way to finishing up a handful of challenges for September, one of which I have finished already. The only challenge that has me concerned is the Finish That Series Challenge. I may just have to read the books back to back, that way I won't have to worry about forgetting what's happening.  But otherwise, I think this year I'll finish almost all of my challenges,

Completed Challenge 

New Authors Reading Challenge 2012 - 50/50 - 100% Complete - Completed August 30, 2012

Current Challenges

12 in 12 - 84/144 - 58% Complete
100+ Challenge 2012 - 80/100 - 80% Complete
1001 Books to Read Before Challenge 2012 - 11/15 - 73% Complete
Alphabet Challenge 2012 - 25/26 - 96% Complete
Canadian Book Challenge VI - 12/13 - 93% Complete
Finish That Series Challenge 2012 - 0/3 - 0% Complete (2 books read from series one)
Global Reading Challenge 2012 - 13/14 -93% Complete
Ireland Reading Challenge 2012 - 5/6 - 84% Complete
Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012 - 29/50 - 58% Complete
Speculative Reading Challenge 2012 - 15/24 - 63% Complete

Countries Visited

This month I visited a few countries through my reading including Canada, USA, Egypt, Peru, China, Nigeria, and France.

Books That Followed Me Home

I was rather good this month and only 6 books followed me home. Partly because of the Sci-Fi convention I went to, I wanted to save my money for that. Still some good books followed me home.

1) 13 - Kelley Armstrong (she was at the convention, so I also got her to sign it for me)
2) The Colour of Tea - Hannah Tunnicliffe - EBook
3) Hetty Dorval - Ethel Wilson - EBook
4) Years of Red Dust: Stories of Shanghai - Qiu Xiaolong
5) Gold Mountain Blues - Ling Zhang - EBook
6) Secrets: Book Five of the Legacy Series (SGA - 20) Jo Graham and Melissa Scott - EBook

At the convention they had the Throne from Game of Thrones there. So, I got a picture of me in it, while reading a book.

And that was my August! Now I can catch up in September reviews, and hopefully a post regarding this years Giller Prize. Yup, I've caught Giller Fever.  Happy Reading Everyone!

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