Thursday 3 September 2009

August Book Round Up.

This month started off as a slow reading month, only to escalate at the end of the month by reading five books in one week. So I ended up reading twelve books in all.

73) Mr Toppit by Charles Elton
74) The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
75)Magyk by Angie Sage
76) Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeiffer - Fabulous
77) The Shack by WM Paul Young
78) The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Armin - Fabulous
79) Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton - to be reviewed
80) 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff -Fabulous
81) Indian Mutiny by Pratima Mitchell - to be reviewed
82) If I Stay by Gayle Forman.- Fabulous
83) The Knife of Letting Go by Patrick Ness - to be reviewed. Fabulous
84) Mayflower - The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple - to be reviewed.

Out of all the books I read I would say that five were outstanding reads, which I have marked and I would definitely recommend to everyone to read.

I feel bad that out of all those books only two were my own, the rest came from the library. I really need to limit my library visits and start catching up on my own books. You should have seen me taking books back yesterday, trying not to look at the books, especially when I noticed a Barbara Erskine and simliar authors stand full of supernatural books! It took all my strength to walk out empty handed.

I am pleased to have read 84 books this year and hope to reach a 100 books by November. It has not been as hard as I thought it would be. I know a lot of my friends are under the impression that I have a book permanently perched under my nose, but I really only read in the evenings. I don't really watch television anymore as I would rather read a book.

With September upon us, I am aware that I need to start concentrating on finishing some of my challenges instead of taking on new ones. Though the new ones were just too tempting for words.
The girls go back to school next Monday, so I am not sure how my reading will go as I won't be able to stay up so late reading, when I have to be up again at 6 in the morning to get the girls up. I hate the thought of them going back to school, as we are not good at mornings in our house and tempers seem to fray early. I also don't like the mornings gradually getting darker as I find it quite depressing and hate getting up in the dark. At least the nights will become cosier, in front of the fire with a good book.

So that wraps up August for me this month. How many did you read?


  1. chewing a leaf
    Thanks for marking the fab ones, I'm off to read those reviews.

    Don't feel bad about most being library books. I think that's fantastic - support your library, less tress cut down, lol.
    I don't have an English library near me to where we have moved (Eastern Europe) and it kills me. Be thankful for your. :)

    Enjoying your blog.

    (p.s, could you enable name/url option for comments?)

  2. Snap, I read twelve books this month as well. It dragged a bit in the middle for me. Glad to see you read so many fab books this month :)

    This is the first year that I've really kept track of the books that I read, and I'm quite pleased to have already passed the hundred mark (I'm at 106!)

    As for all the library books, I cannot help myself. I do not have the strength to walk out of the library empty handed. I know I desperately need to read my own books, but how can I with so much other temptation?! Argh. Will have to do something.

  3. Though, having said that, I realise that in August, HALF of the books I read were my own. 6/12 is not bad. Maybe I just need to carry on in that direction.. Every OTHER book from my own personal library? Maybe. I don't know.

  4. MOn - thanks for visiting my site. I would love to do as you asked, only I haven't a clue where to find it change it. Help anyone?

    Michelle - you are definitely as bad as me for the library.

  5. I'd say 90% of my reading comes from the library. I used to feel bad, but now I just feel like it's better for my budget, my clutter, and the earth! :)

  6. You did great this month! You're almost at the 100 mark. Wonderful!

  7. You had a great August! Thanks for highlighting your favorites too.

    BTW: I see you are reading Angelica? I will be waiting for your review. I recall starting this book, but there was a part about a cat that upset me, and i told myself I would never read this author.

  8. You had a great reading month! 5 out of 12 being fabulous is pretty darn good in my book.

  9. I'm looking forward to your review of Crossed Wires.

    Overall, 5 fabulous books in a month is wonderful!

  10. You've read a lot of books this month! I am glad you liked them! I am looking forward to your great reviews!

  11. Yes, best to focus on the long, cosy evenings side of it! I hate getting up when it's still dark too.

  12. You have read 84 books this year? I am really amazed. That's so wonderful. Love your blog.

  13. You go girl! you had a great reading month. I think I read 2 books in august :( But one was over 600 pages long...the other boleyn sister.

  14. Great month!!! Looks like you read a nice assortment of books as well :-) Hope you have a great September, too!!

  15. Good month :D
    Left you an award over at my place

  16. Yay -- you had a great reading month! :) I ordered Life As We Knew It after reading your review -- hopefully I'll get it this week or next. Can't wait to start it!

    I read 12 books in August -- a great month for me! I got pneumonia and was off work for a week, so that helped me catch up on everything! haha

  17. 12 books is great, Viv! You did fabulously.

    My friends seem to have the same impression too. LOL!

  18. You did an awesome job reading in August! I've been using the library too much lately too. One of the challenges that I'm doing the worst on this year is reading my own books. Between ARCs and library books I fill too much of my time. I've got seven library books checked out right now and I know there's no way on this earth they are all going to get read before their due dates. I guess I need a little bit more self control.

    I don't know how well that's going to work though because the library's having another book sale in two weeks. :)


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