I read a lot more than I thought I did this month: eleven books. Of those eleven books three were library books, two were galleys, three qualified for 2013 challenges and one was nonfiction. I guess I read so much this month as I was avoiding life so if I wasn’t out walking (84 miles in July so far), I was reading. It’s amazing what you can do when you don’t want to do something else.
July was a busy month, but thankfully rather than a roller coaster ride it was more just one of those rides where you go straight up and then all of a sudden you drop; so only a couple of hiccups, but many self-created (I spend WAY too much time in my mind). On the plus side I completely cleaned my room and organized my desk and a pile of papers which had not been organized since September 2012 (if you’ve read my blog this long you know what happened then) and it was what I needed. It made me feel better and happier than I have in a long time. So now to close out 2013 with a bang or a kiss! 😉
Above you see the four physical books I purchased this month, whoops. I’ve already read The Velvet Rage (posted in early August) and I’m really looking forward to Blindness (thanks for the recommendations Dominic!). I won Jane Bites Back as part of the Mount TBR mid-year check-in and I can’t wait to read some of the Austen fan-fiction I’ve got saved up for Austen in August. And of course I had to buy a copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling knowing that it is J. K. Rowling’s latest piece. I wish I had discovered it on my own, but I never would have as I rarely read mystery. In addition I got John Irving’s In One Person as one of the Kindle Daily Deals and have one last galley I haven’t read that I requested this month, In Another Life (yay trashy romance!).
I was busy this month! I’m not sure how I squeezed in two official challenge books and a bonus book this month, but I did! Thankfully, it feels like I have gotten over my challenge slump as I am a tenth of the way into Les Misérables and that will qualify for multiple challenges for next month.
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Monthly Progress: 1 book + 1 not listed
- Overall Progress – 9/12 (75%) + 10 not listed
- Back to the Classics Challenge
- Monthly Progress: 2 books
- Overall Progress – 8/11 (73%)
- Tea and Books Reading Challenge
- Monthly Progress: 0 books
- Overall Progress – 2/4 (50%) + 1 not listed
- The Classics Club
- Monthly Progress: 2 books
- Overall Progress – 26/100 (26%)
As I said above, I’m in the middle of Les Misérables and I’m enjoying it so far, but good grief Hugo included WAY too many details – I may prefer the musical/movie to the book just for the sheer time saved and efficiency of it. I’ve already decided I will break up the reading with a few lighter books.