Wednesday 5 August 2009

July Monthly Roundup and bits and bobs.

I have to say July has been my worst reading month so far. Only 9 books. Last month I managed to read 14! I can't even think why as I haven't achieved anything else. I think in the evenings I have definitely been a lot more tired and where before I could read at least 150 pages a night, I have been lucky to read about 20.
So here is my round of books this month.

1) Waiting on Manana - Miranda Innes
2) The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong
3) Angels in My Hair - Lorna Byrne
4) A Lion Called Christian - Bourke & Rendall
5) The Post Office Girl - Stefan Zweig
6) Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
7) Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch
8) Quentins - Maeve Binchy
9)Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson.

I have read 72 books since the beginning of the year, so I know I will definitely reach 100 by the end of December. I have managed to finish two for August already, so maybe it won't be a bad month for August.

How did you do?

I thought I would share a picture of my kids in their cat costumes I made. I made the tails out of old tights filled with socks, the cat collars out of velvet ribbon and their ears out of felt covering a head band. I also had to put felt over their Tshirts to cover the HSM logo! Not bad for my first attempt.

Yesterday I was tagged by Carmen over at Whoopidoo...ings

Here is what I had to do.

1. Collect the book that is most handy.
2. Turn to page 161.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Cite the sentence on your blog.

Here is my sentence.

When asked to elaborate, she could not, but only described his intentions as "ominous".

It is from The Lace Reader, which I have to say improved greatly and I am glad I stuck with it. I will review it next week now.

If anyone would like to join in, then feel free! Have a lovely day. TTFN!


  1. The cat outfits are purrrrrrrfect!

    *g* You knew someone would say it - I might as well get in first ;) They are fabby!

  2. The girls' cat costumes are awesome! Well done. Nine books doesn't even come close to my worst reading month yet! I think August might be mine. I haven't read ANYTHING in like a week. Nothing.

  3. Your girls are adorable in their cat costumes! I'm very impressed with your talent.

  4. You know I need to stop commenting when I first wake up and haven't eaten yet. All I can think of is CUPCAKES - I WANT CUPCAKES! :P

    Sorry July wasn't all that great. I find that I'm either so hot that I can't bear to read or quite the opposition. I also predict that August/September (with the beginning of the school year) being a tough month for me.

    Oh and your cat costumes. Super duper cute. Like seriously. They got the "aw" factor going on.

  5. Nine books – that’s a lot! Your girls look so cute!

  6. You did an excellent job with the cat costumes! The girls look adorable :D

    I don't know what it is with July and reading. So many bloggers had less than great reading months!

  7. I think a lot of people had a slump in July, but you still did well. Those costumes are adorable - are your girls twins?

  8. Those costumes are adorable! My reading for the past month has been, well just terrible. But I think I have a decent excuse. :)

  9. Thank you all for your kinds words. It definitely seems to be that I am not the only one who has struggled with my reading this month.
    Amanda - yes they are twins.

  10. Your girls are so sweet and the costumes are purr---ecious!!!

    I didn't have a stellar month of reading either. However, I was buried in a lot of graduated history books that I didn't include.
    I think summer keeps us busy outdoors a lot.
    Congratulations on your year total so far. You're ahead of me by 10. :)

  11. wow, the outfits are so cute!!! great job!!

    you had a great reading month. 72 books so far is excellent.

  12. Very cute cat suits, Viv! Great job!

    I hope August will be a better reading month for all of us. Having read 9 books is really, really good.

  13. The girls are adorable! I love their costumes. Nine books is awesome. Most months I only read 10. I still haven't done my wrap up. I'm behind in blogging and commenting due to a headache last week. I'm glad you stuck with The Lace REader-I can't wait for your thoughts on it.

  14. The cat suits are too cute! Looks like you had a great month of reading, too.


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