What I Read – August 2010 – and a Reader’s Poll!

Hello summer reading mojo!  It was in full swing this month as I read a lot in terms of both quantity and quality.

As usual, links take you to my full reviews on Goodreads.com.  Asterisks mark books that have been moved into the Pantheon of Favorites.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Steig Larsson
4 stars
Keeping up with popular culture, I, along with the rest of America (or at least everyone else on the beach, bus, subway or eating lunch on the quad) read this dark, disturbing, thrilling series.  Larsson wraps it all up in this final volume with a legal trial to rival anything seen on Law & Order.

*Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
5 stars
Richard Mayhew is an ordinary guy who “falls between the cracks” into London’s magical and deadly Underworld.  Classic fantasy at it’s best.  Gaiman pays homage to the shoulders of the giants he stands on, and yet makes this novel his own.

*The Boneshaker, Kate Milford
5 stars
Natalie Minks lives in Arcane, MO near a crossroads.  And everyone knows strange things happen at crossroads.  A little bit Caddie Woodlawn mixed with Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Boneshaker is YA fiction at its best.

A Slight Trick of the Mind, Mitch Cullin
3 stars
(A KLS Book Group selection)
It is the mid 1940s and Sherlock Holmes is quietly retired in the Suffolk countryside when a letter from a fellow bee-fanatic asks him to travel to Japan to look for a rare tree and share bee knowledge.  Think Remains of the Day combined with a Sherlock Holmes mystery and you have this slim and fascinating tale.

**Meditations from the Mat, Rolf Gates
5 stars
A page-a-day yoga guide written by a master teacher with more life experience than you can shake a stick at.  An absolute must for the serious yoga student, teacher or anyone looking for insight into something deeper.

Tales from the Yoga Studio, Rain Mitchell
3 stars
Funny, biting and honest, Mitchell’s got the pulse of the modern yoga studio.  The first in a series of five books, TALES will come out on December 28th, 2010.

How was your summer reading mojo?  Do you tend to read more in the summer or in the winter?

BIG QUESTION:

What was the best book you read this summer?

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