August: the dog days of summer … and high wedding season if you’re in your late 20s/early 30s. Luckily road trips/weekends away leave lots of time for reading, and very little time for writing or reviewing. I’m trying to take advantage of what time I have left for pleasure reading since I start school on September 10th (more on that later!) I have a sneaking suspicion that school’s going to take up all the time I had tucked away for pleasure reading. 🙂
Now that summer has drawn to a close, what was the best book you read this summer?
For me, it was hands down Carrie Lofty‘s Starlight. Damn that woman writes a good book!
(Links take you to full reviews on Goodreads. Go ahead and click. Sometimes the snark is worth it.)
Another month of no teaching, very little exercise and work due to two elbows, so I got a lot of reading done. Truly, not much else to do 🙂
How is your summer reading going? Read anything that’s a MUST READ?
June was an interesting month for reading. I had a whole stack of books from the library and had to return most of them. Why? Early in the month I fell while running and broke both elbows. Trade paperback and hardcover books became impossible to hold. So even though I had all kinds of time to read, I was limited to what slim paperbacks I could find at the public library and what I was willing to purchase on my Kindle. Honestly, I ended up watching a lot of TV.
Here’s what I did manage to read in June.
Spring has a way of sneaking up on you and stealing all your time. For me, it’s blogging time. What little I had is now even less.
Where am I?
Between 9 and 5 I’m working, after 5 I’m teaching, and after teaching I’m sleeping. Sandwiched somewhere in between, I still read. Lunch hours, bus rides and the precious few minutes before I zonk out at night I sneak in a few pages. Luckily, I’ve hit a really great run of wonderful books and authors. It’s almost as though Karma is acknowledging what little reading time I have and gifting my with some fantastic stories and characters to make up for it.
How do you sneak in those quiet moments for reading (or other leisure-pleasure) activities when life gets busy?
Here’s March … a little late, but really good!
Not a lot volume-wise for February, but quite a bit better in quality. Only one real stinker. The rest, a mix of romance, mystery and literary fiction kept me one very happy and interested reader.
Seriously rough reading mojo this month. I put two books down, unfinished and the ones I finished, with a few exceptions, were pretty blah. However, The Night Circus saved me from giving up completely. It’s not a perfect book, but the blend of magic realism, history and romance was exactly what I needed to start climbing up out of my slump.
As always, links take you to my full review on Goodreads.com
This yearly wrap up isn’t late! I’m working on a lunar calendar, so it’s right on time. 🙂
This was a good year for reading. My new commute to work has given me an extra 45 minutes of time to read, though the new smartphone does sometimes pose a distraction. I met my reading challenge for 2011 of 80 books and have set a new one of 86. In 2012 I’d like to branch out a bit more, read more non-fiction, some travel writing, and discover at least one new author with a deep backlist I can dive into.
So with goals reviewed and new goals set, here are the numbers for 2011. (Full spreadsheet here if you’re interested in that kind of stuff.)