Friday, August 30, 2013

August Chapter

Happy Friday!

Starting today, I will be posting a monthly wrap-up.  I plan to touch on the books I read that month, the progress I made in my 100 Best Novels goal, give you a few book-related Internet gems I discovered lately, as well as general blog news.  If there is something else you'd like to see added to these monthly "chapters," just say the word! I'm open to ideas!

August News

It's been a big month for Read.Write.Repeat.  This month launched our new Facebook page.  If you haven't gone over and liked it yet, you should!  It's a great way to stay connected as well as spread the word about the blog.  If you like what you're reading, you probably have friends that would as well.  

This month also brought my first participation in a book tour.  While I started off small with a cover reveal for Rebecca Ethington's Through Glass, I am very excited about this new avenue of posts.  I am currently reading a great book for a book tour and will be posting about it on September 10th.  This is just one more way I hope to find great books to share!

Books Read

These are the books I finished this month.  You'll notice a few don't have posts on the blog yet.  Consider this your sneak peek.  They'll be up in the next few weeks.  I try to stay a few weeks ahead in my reading vs. my posting.  The date with each book is when I completed them.
  1. Shift - Hugh Howey - 8/5
  2. A Passage to India - E.M. Forster - 8/15
  3. Beyond Ordinary - Justin & Trisha Davis - 8/16
  4. C.S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet - Alister McGrath - 8/20
  5. Dust - Hugh Howey - 8/20
  6. Matched - Ally Condie - 8/21
  7. Living History - Hillary Rodham Clinton - 8/23
  8. Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan - 8/24
  9. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark - 8/27
Pages Read: 3,594

Favorite Book(s) Read: I have to go with the Silo series by Hugh Howey.  Seriously.  I'm obsessed.


100 Best Novels Progress

  • 2 completed this month (A Passage to India and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)
  • 9% complete


If you are relatively close to my age at all, you remember the American Girl books.  If you were like me at all, you probably owned the complete sets for Felicity, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, and Molly. Maybe even Josefina and Kit later on.  (No shame in the fact that I just typed all their names from memory.)  I truly believe these books kick-started my lifelong love of history, which only makes things like this even more sad.

In more depressing news, here's a list of great children's books that became awful movies.  

Check out this incredible cool ad campaign for reading.  

I always find myself torn over young adult literature.  Is it worth my time?  Sometimes it's fantastic. Sometimes it's not.  For those of you fighting the same battle, here's a list of 25 YA books that us adults will enjoy as well.  

I also am locked into an eternal inner battle over "chick-lit."  The closest I have been able to bring myself over the last year are J. Courtney Sullivan's books, which I've sheepishly enjoyed.  This long but worthwhile article tackles the big question: What makes a book chick lit?

If you read this blog, I guarantee you've expereinced at least one if not all of these Book Lover Problems.  
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That's it for August!  Here's where my dear husband would encourage you to put down your books and get outside to soak up the end of summer.  Instead, I'll just encourage you to follow my example of compromise: take your book outside!

What did you read this month?

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