Second Quarter Reading Round-Up

The fact that I used the term “Reading Round-Up” lets you know I spent a few too many hours in an elementary school over the last year.

Also, I’ve noticed that having your husband out of town for some eight weeks results in a lot of reading, while having him home and working a lighter summer schedule means your reading drops off a lot. Hence, 19,747 pages and 76 books in the first quarter of the year, while the second quarter was a comparatively measly 31 books and 9,041 pages. We shall see what a baby does to this mix.

Anyway, here is what I read, in brief, during Q2 2010:

  • Fireworks over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff
  • This book annoyed me like crazy. But I can’t tell you why without completely spoiling the book. 

  • A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana by Haven Kimmel
  • Meh. 

  • The ABC’s of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
  • I mean, with a title like this, I didn’t have really high expectations, but it was surprisingly not as terrible as I anticipated. 

  • Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
  • I wanted this to be The Wednesday Wars. It was not. But it was still quite decent. 

  • The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  • Quick and fun. Perfect for Cancun. 

  • Genesis by Bernard Beckett
  • This book. . . . just got weirder and weirder. 

  • Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris
  • Gothic-y ghost story set in New Orleans. Good, but not great. 

  • The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie
  • What a freaking bizarre book. I had no idea what was going on. 

  • Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings
  • I was so obsessed with books about people going blind when I was a kid. I would have loved this one. 

  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • I can’t stop thinking about how the French stop eating when they are full while Americans stop eating when the food is gone. A little more technical than I would have liked, but interesting. 

  • Locked Inside by Nancy Werlin
  • This kind of made me ready to be done with Nancy Werlin for a while. It was good, but not gripping. 

  • The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
  • Exactly what you expect from Elizabeth Scott – fluffy, circumstance-crossed romance. 

  • Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer
  • This is the one that hooked me on this series. Jackie Faber is a force to be reckoned with. 

  • Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
  • I generally really enjoy her books, but this one forced me to write Jeanelle a long angry email about how atrocious this book was. 

  • Under the Jolly Roger by L.A. Meyer
  • More Jackie Faber.  

  • The Candidates by Inara Scott
  • Good enough, but kind of slow. 

  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Read this aloud to the third graders. I love this book. 

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Dahl’s usual weirdness. 

  • Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • A nice, fluffy teen summer book. Just the way I like it. 

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Am I the only person who didn’t love this book? I wanted to, I swear. 

  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • This book was so so good. It’s coming out in the fall and I will have many raving things to say about it at that point. 

  • In the Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A. Meyer
  • This series is taking a turn for the less awesome, I’m afraid. 

  • Scumble by Ingrid Law
  • Nice but it wasn’t any Savvy. 

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  • Reply Jeanelle July 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Because I so totally trust your opinion I will never read it either. I'm still really disappointed in her. I hate that we waited a year for her to write a new book and this is what she gave us. Boo hiss.

    My friend had a baby girl last week. Holding a day old baby is quite possibly the most delicious treat in life. Can't wait until it's your turn.

  • Reply Life of a Doctor's Wife July 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    As always, I am in awe of your prolific reading!

  • Reply Jessica July 5, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Dude, you got to read Matched? I saw the ARC at ALA, asked for one, and was told to get in a ten-year-long line. For an ARC! I couldn't handle it. But I'm glad it's living up to the hype.

  • Reply craftyashley July 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I should have suggested this earlier- since you are having your baby this month. But if you want to get a full night's sleep sooner than later AND have a happy baby, read these:

    On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam

    Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weisbluth.

    It's the way to go. Good luck!

  • Reply hollyhs July 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    i didn't love the maze runner either. i mean, i liked it, but i thought it would blow me away and it fell really flat for me.

    I'm excited to hear about Matched.

  • Reply alisonwonderland July 6, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Except for Mrs. Frisby – which I read and adored as a child – I haven't read anything on your list, although I've got several of them on my to-read list. I'm eager to read Matched!

  • Reply megan July 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    your best review and the book isn't out yet: "Matched by Ally Condie
    This book was so so good. It's coming out in the fall and I will have many raving things to say about it at that point."

    You know where I live and you know I am good for the shipping charges 🙂

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