Friday, July 31, 2009

July 2009 Reading Update

Not a bad reading month this month. The number of books read was down a little, and I am not really sure why, but overall I have been reading less all year so that just continues the trend.

The books I did read this month were:

Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham 4/5
Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas 4.5/5
The Dream Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon 4/5
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee 4/5
Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn 4.5/5
Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts 4.5/5
Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich 4/5
The Dark Rose by Cynthia Harrod Eagles 4.5/5
Chosen by P C Cast and Kristin Cast 4/5
An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James 4/5
Lord of the Silent by Elizabeth Peters 4.5/5
The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella 4.5/5

Of the challenges that I have not yet completed this year, I didn't make any progress on the Art History reading challenge, but I have borrowed a couple of books that will fit the theme, so hopefully in the next couple of months I will make some progress.

I read two books this month for the War Through the Generations challenge - The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee and The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella. I think I have one more book to read to complete this challenge.

At this point I have read 86 books that I started this year and so not long to go before I finish the 100+ reading challenge.

This month I joined in the Period Drama Challenge, which isn't about reading at all, but rather watching period dramas. Last night I watched the last quarter of North and South (again) so now I will probably watch the whole thing again and then that will be one down for that challenge as well.

I did mention last month that I was thinking about joining a couple more challenges, and now I am officially joining both the Harry Potter reading challenge. Whilst I have read the first four books in the Harry Potter series, I didn't ever get around to reading the last three. My brother is supposed to be giving me the audio version as read by Stephen Fry so I will most likely listen to that in order to complete this challenge.

The other challenge that I am signing up for is the Reliquiae Challenge because I really can't resist paranormal books! I am going for the highest level (Haunted Nights). My first three books are going to be Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur, Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I will work out the other three books in due course.

Finally, a big thank you to Gina from Book Dragon who has awarded me the Kreativ Blogger award. Thanks Gina!


  1. You're doing better on your challenges than I am on mine! And, anyway, it looks like you're reading great stuff. =)

  2. You had a good reading month Marg. I have to get my update together this weekend. YOu're doing much better on challenges than I am. I don't know why I join them since I never seem to read many of the books. lol.

  3. I remember when I had time to read all of the time, now I spend so much time writing, I have not as much time as I want to read some very good books that are coming out.
    I enjoy this blog and have added a link to it on my site

  4. I still need to read Deanna Raybourn's most recent book. I was so excited about it--almost ready to go and beg for a review copy to get it early, and now look--I've not even read it yet! (Good thing I never went begging). I also need to get back to Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' books, too!

  5. It looks like you had a good reading month. I going to buy "Not Quite a Husband" - it's good to know you liked it. And wow, I'm impressed that you keep up with all the challenges.

  6. You had a great month! My update will be fairly short as I have had a pathetic month.
    I am no where near 86 books for the year...:(
    Have a great week.

  7. You're on a roll this year! Congrats on a great reading month and on the much deserved award.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  8. Thanks Anna and Alice!

    Kim, I know that 86 is pretty good, but it is way behind where I have been at in previous years! Oh well.

    Taja, I really enjoyed Not Quite a Husband! Very unusual choices on the author's part when it comes to setting and some of the characters actions.

    Danielle, I do that all the time! I didn't like the second book anywhere near as much as I liked the first one, but this third one was really good again!

    Beth, I have three hours of reading time every day thanks to my commute, otherwise I would never get anywhere near as much reading done as I do! Thanks for the link love.

    Dar and Meghan, I am surprising myself at how well I am doing with the challenges

  9. You had a better reading month than I did Marg. It must be because it's summer here. I got to enjoy every moment of it before it's gone!

  10. That was a lot of books in one month. I am always amazed of the amount of books everybody seems to be able to read ;o) Maybe I should put an effort into reading more books. In a week I have two weeks vacation, so hopefully I will get a lot of reading done there. I also have a couple of challenges I want to get going on.

  11. Here's mine