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:
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
- 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.
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.
When I remember this book, I remember in cartoon form for some reason. Is that weird?
I can definitely still hear the narrator in my head.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Scumble by Ingrid Law
Nice but it wasn’t any Savvy.