Wednesday, August 21

July Wrap-Up!

Another month done, the year and the summer are winding down. This was a great reading month for me, in both books I read and working on challenges, this side of the year things still look good, and with summer holidays coming up, here hoping some more great reads come my way.


The Books

I had a great reading month, which is a relief after the last few months, where I didn't read a lot of books, or any books that I could say I really enjoyed. This month my favourite books were; Away From Everywhere by Chad Pelley, Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso, and Skeleton Women by Mingmei Yip. My least favourite was Gold Digger.

Gold Digger: A Klondike Mystery - Vicki Delany - 6/10
The Mysterious Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - 7.5/10
Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris - 8.5/10
Skeleton Women - Mingmei Yip - 9/10
The Nine Fold Heaven - Mingmei Yip - 8.25/10
April Morning - Howard Fast - 7.75/10
Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show - Frank Delaney -7/10
Wildcatter - Dave Duncan - 7/10
Wild Geese - Martha Ostenso - 9.5/10
Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris - 8/10
Emma - Jane Austen - 7.5/10
Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle - 7.25/10
Away From Everywhere - Chad Pelley - 10/10

The Challenges

This month I finished two challenges, but joined one. Still, finishing two challenges is a good thing. I finished the Mystery/Crime Reading challenge, and while I do have a list of books I plan on reading this year that would be great for the next level of the challenge, I did do what I intended, and since I have other challenges I'm still sort of neglecting, I think it's best for me to focus on them. I also finished the War Through the Generations challenge which I struggled through, while I like challenge, this year wasn't my favourite theme.

Current challenges are going as well as expected. I do need to focus more on certain ones, or categories in the 2013 Category challenge, but I may still be able to finish that one. Overall, they challenges are becoming a challenge, but I'm still having fun with them all, and that's the main point.

Completed Challenges
Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge 2013 - 5/5 - Completed on July 6, 2013
War Through the Generations Challenge 2013 (American Revolutionary War) - 3/3 - Completed on July 14, 2013

On-Going Challenges
100 Books in 2013 Challenge - 73/100 -73%
2013 Category Challenge - 64/131 - 49%
7th Annual Canada Book Challenge - 4/13 - 31%
777 Challenge - 5/7 - 71%
Alphabet Challenge 2013 - 33/52 - 63%
E-Book Challenge 2013 -33/50 - 66%
Finish That Series Challenge 2013 - 1/4 (Series), 2/7 (Books) - 25%
Ireland Reading Challenge 2013 - 5/10 - 50%
Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge - 5/12 - 42%
Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013 - 33/75 - 44%
New Author Challenge 2013 - 44/50 - 88%
Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge 2013 - 3/5 - 60%
50 Book Pledge - 73/100 -73%

Countries Visited
Canada, China, England, Ireland,  and the USA,




Create your own travel map - TravBuddy

Books That Followed Me Home

The Book of Tomorrow - Cecelia Ahern
The Garneau Block - Toff Babiak
Long Lankin - John Banville
The Law of Dreams - Peter Behrens
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - A Novel - Neil Gailman
Under the Sun - Justin Kerr-Smiley
Silver Linings Playbook - A Novel - Matthew Quick
River of the Brokenhearted - David Adams Richards
The Life Boat - Charlotte Rogan
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton

EBooks
April Morning - Howard Fast
Definitely Dead - A Sookie Stackhouse Novel - Charlaine Harris
All Together Dead - A Sookie Stackhouse Novel - Charlaine Harris
In the Land of Birdfishes - Rebecca Silver Slayter

Review Books
The Accidental Law Librarian - Anthony Aycock
The Nine Fold Heaven - Mingmei Yip



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