Wednesday, July 17, 2013

For the Record: June 2013

Not only am I quite late in posting about June, but I didn't finish many books in June either.  I decided to start reading Les Miserables, and with that decision came the realization that I'm not going to come close to my 2013 goal of 100 books.  I'm okay with that - especially if it's a matter of quality vs. quantity.  Les Mis is wonderful so far.  Also in progress (and not quite as wonderful) is The Grapes of Wrath. July will see more completed books simply because it has taken me a while to get through some of them!

Also in June was a big family vacation that I'll be posting pictures of soon!

4 Books Read in June: (44 year-to-date)

1 for Book Club:
  - Wild, Cheryl Strayed (2) [Rather pointless, as I don't think she went "from lost to found"...she seemed to stay pretty lost throughout.  see my review on GoodReads]

1 Classic:
  - Eugene Onegin and Other Poems, Alexander Pushkin (3) [Reading this was work - no joke - and I was quite proud of myself for finishing it.  I much prefer prose to poetry.]

2  from my Wishlist:
  - Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki (3.5) [More emotionally detached than I was expecting, but still interesting and relevant, both historically and (for me) geographically.]
  - The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness (4) [Not my preferred genre or topic, but still an engrossing read that sucked me in.]


3 Current Reads:
  - Les Miserables, Victor Hugo.  Wonderful.  And LONG.  What else can I say?
  - The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck.  almost done almost done almost done
  - Flapper: The Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern, Joshua Zeitz.  This has been a fun addition to the nonfiction about the '20s and '30s I've read recently


On My Nightstand:
I still haven't gotten around to all the books from my last glut at the book store, so I'm still hoping to get to all those, with the addition of a couple of books on loan from my book club friends.  How many do you think I'll be able to get through in the next couple weeks?

  - The Sufferings of Young Werther, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.
  - The Dog Stars, Peter Heller.
  - The Great Crash 1929, John Galbraith.
  - Hard Times, Studs Terkel.
  - Mary Coin, Marisa Silver.
  - Coraline, Neil Gaiman
  - Kiss Kiss, Roald Dahl


1 comment:

  1. Sometimes you just need to read something epic like Les Mis. It is on my list. I'm reading David Copperfield--it'll take me a while because I'm reading it aloud to my dd. Fun! I have never read any Dickens. I wanted to read it when it was the 200th anniversary of Dickens birth, but was overwhelmed by the length. Now it's time! My dd warned me against the Grapes of Wrath. She said the writing is wonderful and the story is horrible.


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