Even though I slacked on writing this summer, I didn’t slack on my goal of reading 50 books in a year. Actually, I reached that goal yesterday when I finished James Barclay’s Shadowheart. I only read 22 books this summer, but I must say I enjoyed them. I challenged myself to read 3 nonfiction books outside of what I’d usually read. I came home with a dating book, internet sex psychology, and useless trivia. And the some more.
- St.Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Karen Russell)- A collection of delightful short stories. Biggest complaint was that many of the short stories felt unfinished. It was like reading the first chapter in the book; It raised more questions than answers. None the less, the short story that gives the book it’s namesake was probably my favorite and made the entire book worth it.
- Wolfsangel (MD Lachlan)- Vikings, werewolves, and sorceresses, oh my! An interesting take on the Norse myth that promises for the next two books in the series to be equally as captivating.
- Zombie Blondes (Brian James)- One of my least favorite books I read this summer. Those high-school cheerleaders really are soulless.
- A billion Wicked Thoughts (Sai Gaddam)- One of the nonfiction books I read this summer. Experiments on human sexuality based on the internet. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this one. There are quite a few assumptions on sexuality that make me go ‘ehhhh’ (Girls don’t like to watch porn. What about the girls that do?)
- Elfsorrow (James Barclay) The Chronicles of the Raven. A review told me that they lost track of the body-count by page 10. Great for fans of RA Salvatore. I hate elves and mages, but for some reason I keep reading about them.
- Given up for Dead (Flint Whitlock)- A book-shelf raid from a close friend. Told me a whole part of WWII I didn’t know about. Short, personal, and descriptive.
- Retail therapy (Amanda Ford)- Library book picked up on a whim. It’s rare I say a book is useless, but I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.
- The Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger)- It seems like everyone in the word, except for me, has read what’s considered the first YA novel. Finished this one instead of sleeping. enjoyed it.
- Lament (Maggie Stiefvater)- Read the sequal first. Stiefvater has got to be one of my favorite authors. Faeries, and with none of the glitter.
- Forever (Maggie Stiefvater) I’ve been waiting for this book since I finished Shiver. The perfect ending to the trilogy. And guess what, Ms.Stiefvater? I didn’t cry.
- Three Black Swans (Caroline B. Clooney)- one of the most boring books I’ve ever read. see how many times they drop the title.
- Legacy of the Drow Collectors Edition (RA Salvatore)- 4 books in one “slender” book. Finished this in a weekend. How I missed high fantasy and Cattie-brie being a badass.
- The Silent Blade (RA Salvatore)- Look what Legacy of the Drow made me buy? The series I was missing. Did not disapoint.
- The Spine of the world (RA Slavatore)- Me Wulfgar. Me drink. Me Smash. Not my favorite, but its Salvatore so it didn’t kill me.
- Sea of Swords (RA Salvatore)- Lesbian pirates and the reunion of the Companions of the Hall.
- Bird Flu: Everything you need to know about the next pandemic. (Marc Seigal)- A very repetitive book telling me not to panic and drink lots of fluids, oh and to beware of SWINE FLU! Nonfiction book number two for the summer.
- Pox Americanna: (Elizabeth a.fenn)- While I love history, I’ve never been great at linking events together. The small pox epidemic was mentioned in a footnote in my history books. This helped fill the void I was missing and put everything in perspective. Nonfiction #3
- The Automatic Second Date (Victoria Rodgers) If you have money and goodlooks, it’s easy to get a guy. If you don’t have goodlooks, its still easy to get a guy if you have money. Actually it was pretty insightful. I know several girls I could recommend this to. Nonfiction #4
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats ( Mario Acevedo)- A Birthday present from my best-friend. Surprisingly, there was pretty much zero sex in here, but lots of aliens.
- What to do if a bird flies into the House (Elizabeth Nix)- I’m a sucker for useless knowledge books. Because of this, I learned how to set a formal dinner setting, help jump-start my car when it died (a week after reading this book!) and crack open oysters (even if I don’t eat them). Presented in a way so the advice sticks.
- Writing for Children and Teenagers (Lee Wyndham)- This book assumes all teenagers are 12. Not terrible, but I’ve come across better writing guides. Felt a bit…dated. Nonfiction #5.
- Sacrifice of the Widow (Lisa Smedmen)- D&D, Drows. Spiders. another birthday present from a friend who knows me.
Favorite Book this Summer:
YA: Forever (Maggie Stiefvater)
Adult: Legacy of the Drow Collector’s Edition (RA Salvatore)
Least Favorite Book this Summer:
YA: Zombie Blondes (Brian James)
Adult: Retail Therapy (Amanda Ford)
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