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A Month in Books: August 2012

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.)

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A Month in Books: July 2012

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?
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A Month in Books: June 2012

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.
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A Month in Books: March 2012

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!
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A Month in Books: February 2012

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.

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A Month in Books: January 2012

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

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A Year in Books: 2011

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.)
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