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The Lost Reading Logs: June and July 2009

I’ve been keeping a Reading Log since late 2008.  And when I started trying to organize all those Reading Logs in the blog archives, I realized I was pretty inconsistent about sharing them.  There are entire months unpublished, although (I promise!) I was still keeping track of what I was reading.

So now, mostly for my own organizational sanity, I thought I’d share some of those Lost Reading Logs–and then I can fill in the gaps of my archives.  The first logs I kept were for my purposes only, so they’re short and sweet.  I hope you enjoy the book recommendations!

June and July 2009

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.

Title Start Finish Grade Format
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,
by David Sedaris
6/14/09 6/21/09 B PB
The Average American Male,
by Chad Kultgen
6/21/09 6/24/09 D HB
Marley and Me,
by John Grogan
7/2/09 7/23/09 A PB
Alice’s Tulips
by Sandra Dallas
7/2/09 7/3/09 A PB
Firefly Lane,
by Kristen Hannah
7/4/09 7/8/09 B- PB
The Water is Wide,
by Pat Conroy
7/12/09 7/27/09 B+ PB
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict,
by Larie Viera Rigler
7/27/09 7/29/09 A+ PB

Thoughts:

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,
by David Sedaris

Not as funny as Me Talk Pretty One Day (that one was LOL the whole time).  Great for honeymoon because of short stories.  Only began laughing at airport, of course.

B

The Average American Mail,
by Chad Kultgen

Terrible.  Disgusting and I never came around.  Some parts were tolerable, but I hated the ending.  Terse discussion with Sam about its accuracy.  Do not recommend.

D

Marley and Me,
by John Grogan

Much better than the movie, though I can see why they tried.  I’m late on the bandwagon, but this was truly enjoyable during stolen bits of time.

A

Alice’s Tulips
by Sandra Dallas

Had to read quickly to send off to PBS.com.  I like SD’s writing and historical topics but she definitely has a pattern.  First book was great, second book was terrible, this one is much better.  Always included: young newlywed, lower-class people show up on land and become friends (with a child), rape, “men are evil” message, quilting, female friendship, happy ending.

A

Firefly Lane,
by Kristen Hannah

First Book Club read with Heather.  Definitely plot-driven, characters were rather 1-D, borderline Lifetime movie.  But—she still made me cry.  So I guess it worked.  Not awesome, but I liked it.

B-

The Water is Wide,
by Pat Conroy

Recommended by Sam’s grandmother.  Not as relatable as I thought, but interesting.  Ending made me question his motives for writing.  Solidly good.

B+

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict,
by Larie Viera Rigler

Loved it.  Wish I wrote it—the questions that arose in my head were directly expressed and mused over.  Although everything wasn’t answered, it’s the best unanswered ending I’ve ever read.

A+

Quite a varied bunch of books to read the first two months of marriage!  I remember reading David Sedaris while we were waiting for our flight to go on our honeymoon… and I just kept thinking it was so strange to be married and reading and sitting in an airport together.  Ha!  Also, I remember being so disgusted by The Average American Male, and grilling Sam with questions like, “You can’t actually relate to this character, can you?  Do you ever think thoughts like that?  Is this really what guys are like, and I just never knew?”  Good times!

So that’s what I was reading in July and July of 2009!  Anyone remember any good books from that year?

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