Sunday, July 04, 2010

Sunday Salon: Reading, Read, To Read #27

Happy Sunday! Happy Fourth! For those that are curious, I've got June's wrap-up post and also a little post assessing my April through June reading. I don't know if numbers mean much to you. I don't know that they mean that much to me. But it was interesting to see how they compared to the first three months of the year. For example, I read fewer books, but read more pages. Want to know my top ten favorite books that I've read this year? You've got two opportunities: my 2010 Top Ten Picks and my 'everything-else' Top Ten Picks.

I also registered for Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

One of my goals for July is to read more 2010 MG/YA books. But I'm quickly learning that that will call for catching up. There are so many series books that I need to get caught up on! There are just so many series period. And it can be overwhelming if/when you get behind.

What I've Reviewed This Week:

The Man in the Queue. Josephine Tey. 1929/1995. Simon & Schuster. 256 pages.
Bath Tangle. Georgette Heyer. 1955. Harlequin. 336 pages.
The Daughter of Time. Josephine Tey. 1951/1995. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages.
Star Begotten: A Biological Fantasia by H.G. Wells. 1937/2006. Wesleyan University Press. 172 pages.
Moon Over Manifest. Clare Vanderpool. 2010. October 2010. Random House. 368 pages.
Anna Karenina. Leo Tolstoy. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. 2004, this translation. Penguin. 864 pages.
Pamela. Samuel Richardson. 1740/1801. (Penguin) 540 pages.
Z for Zachariah. Robert C. O'Brien. 1974. 250 pages.
Magdalene. Angela Hunt. 2006. Tyndale. 448 pages.
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-Made Catastrophes. Lenore Look. 2010. September 2010. Random House. 192 pages.
Beyond the Grave: The 39 Clues #4. Jude Watson. 2009. Scholastic. 192 pages.
Welcome Summer by Jill Ackerman. Illustrated by Nancy Davis. 2010. Scholastic. 10 pages.
I Like Bugs. Lorena Siminovich. 2010. March 2010. Candlewick. 10 pages.
I Like Fruit. Lorena Siminovich. 2010. July 2010. Candlewick. 10 pages.
All God's Creatures. Karen Hill. Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. 2010. Simon & Schuster. 16 pages.

Currently Reading:

Uncommon Reader. Alan Bennett. 2008. Picador. 128 pages.

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris. R.L. LaFevers. 2008. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 400 pages.

Peter and the Sword of Mercy. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. 2009. Hyperion. 528 pages.

The Nine Tailors. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1934. 420 pages*.

What I've Read and Haven't Reviewed Yet:

Julia Gillian (And the Art of Knowing) by Alison McGhee. 2008. Scholastic. 290 pages.

Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover. Ally Carter. 2009. Hyperion. 272 pages.

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. 2007. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 343 pages.

The Pirates! In An Adventure with Ahab. Gideon Defoe. 2005. Knopf Doubleday. 160 pages.

The Treasure Map of Boys. E. Lockhart. 2009. Random House. 256 pages.

What I Hope To Begin/Finish Soon:

Only The Good Spy Young. Ally Carter. 2010. Hyperion. 272 pages.

Real Live Boyfriends. E. Lockhart. 2010. December 2010. Random House. 240 pages.

Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus. R.L. LaFevers. 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 375 pages.

Julia Gillian (And the Quest for Joy). Alison McGhee. 2009. Scholastic. 320 pages.

The Foundling. Georgette Heyer. 1948/2009. Sourcebooks. 448 pages.

*Sad but true, I only now "saw" that this one has a skull on the cover. Sad mainly because I've been reading it a few days.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Julie P 5:22 PM  

You had a wonderful week (as usual), Becky! Looking forward to your reviews....

Anonymous,  7:17 PM  

Ah, I'm of course terribly curious to hear your impressions of "The Nine Tailors" - I mean, apart from the skull (I'm not sure if it is any comfort - but it took me a while to find the skull even when you'd said it was there - reminds me a bit of a Picasso exhibition I was to once... never found the skull in one of his paintings.) :) L.

dining table 12:01 AM  

I read the book Julia and Gillian. It has a very nice and interesting story. All other books in your blog are interesting too. I will try to read all those books.

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