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:
second quarter books i loved and didn’t love
Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs by Ron Koertge – Practically perfect books.
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.
When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton – I wanted this to be October Sky. It kind of was.
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.
I So Don’t Do Makeup by Barrie Summy – When I remember this book, I remember in cartoon form for some reason. Is that weird?
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – I can definitely still hear the narrator in my head.
The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube by Michelle Goodman – I have recommended this book to a lot of people. I still would.
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.
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.
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose – I’ve kind of already forgotten 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.
Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham – Quite good, but not sure that I’ll read follow-up books.
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.
Ivy’s Ever After by Dawn Lairamore – Delightful.
Scumble by Ingrid Law – Nice but it wasn’t any Savvy.
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