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Reading Log: July 2013

July has been a busy month, and my reading has been sporadic.  I settled down with Lonesome Dove for quite a while, and when it was over I felt a bit adrift.  I’ve picked up a few things and put them down again… this definitely wasn’t a good month for finishing!  I’m trying to decide if it’s worth persevering with the books that aren’t keeping my interest, or if I should just pass them on and be OK with not finishing every single one.  Sometimes I think it would be a big weight off my mind just to start with a clean slate and no books looming over my head.  Something to think about…

So here’s my Reading Log for July 2013, with my thoughts about each book to help me remember what I read.  I’ve included all the books that I’ve read or finished during the month (even if I started some of them outside of the month).  And of course I keep track of my rating on the grade system, the binding, genre, etc… just for fun!

July 2013

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.
F = Fiction, HF = Historical Fiction, NF = NonFiction, YA = Young Adult,
CL = Children’s Lit, B/M = Bio/Memoir, SF = Sci-Fi/Fantasy, C = Craft







by Rainbow Rowell





Lonesome Dove,
by Larry McMurtry





Just Like Family,
by Tasha Blaine


Still Reading




Miss Seeton Draws the Line,
by Heron Carvic


Still Reading



Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir),
by Jenny Lawson


Still Reading




by Veronica Roth


Still Reading



Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts,
by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen






Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell – A

The Amateur Librarian // June 2013 Reading Log

Reading this book was like cuddling on the couch with my favorite rom com – sweet, witty, quirky yet comfortable.   Another very specific time period – 1999 and the Y2K hype.  The main character is stuck in a rut, working in IT security monitoring the emails in a newsroom for inappropriate internet usage.  Lincoln starts reading the emails between two co-workers, and falls in love.  The consequences were realistic and not quite as predictable as most romances, which was nice.  I also loved the realistic friendships, and the female characters themselves are rational, funny, with body issues and baggage that actually seem authentic.  At some parts, you can tell it’s Rowell’s first book – the characters aren’t as fleshed out and don’t pack quite as much punch as Eleanor and Park, maybe, but the writing is still great.  I can’t wait for her next book, which comes out this fall!


Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry – A+  

 The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: July 2013

Book club pick for July/August (because no one else finished it in July).  I’ve never read a Western before, so it was fun to start with the best of the best.  Slow going at first, but as it picked up I got hooked on the characters.  Call and Gus, Deets and Pea Eye, Newt and Lorena, Clara and July Johnson… I loved them all.  By the first death, I was already shedding tears even though I promised myself I wouldn’t get too attached.  I really enjoyed the writing – crisp and descriptive, yet delightfully rambling.  All the characters felt real and flawed and endearing in the best sort of way.  Not only were the characters complex, the plot covered so many themes that went beyond the storyline… racism, abuse, male friendships, frontier life, etc. were all explored on the epic drive from Texas to Montana. Even at 1,000 pages, I just wanted it to keep going and going.  I guess that’s a sign of a good book!


Just Like Family: Inside the Lives of Nannies, the Parents They Work for, and the Children they Love, by Tasha Blaine – TBD

 The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: July 2013

I plucked this book off the shelf to finally get it off my To Read List.  It’s nonfiction but reads like fiction, following the lives of three different nannies and their experiences.  I got this book through back when I was babysitting full time, and I think it would have been more absorbing if I read it then.  It’s still interesting, but slow going compared to other books I’ve since picked up.  I’ll keep at it, but it might take me a while to finish.


Miss Seeton Draws the Line, by Heron Carvic – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: July 2013 

I found this at a used book store and brought it with me on our trip, thinking a short British mystery would be just the thing for reading on the beach.  But it was hard to get into… it’s a sequel in a series, which I didn’t think would be a problem, but the characters weren’t introduced and already had nicknames that I didn’t understand… plus some very British slang that I couldn’t pick up from context clues.  So I brought it back unread, and may or may not pick it up again….


Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), by Jenny Lawson – TBD

 The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: July 2013

An impulse buy in the airport on our way home from the beach.  I’ve heard great things about the memoir (although I didn’t follow my own advice to stop reading books by bloggers since they tend to rub me the wrong way).  I started it on the plane and laughed out loud a few times, then promptly fell asleep… I guess a nap was much needed!  Still want to read this, but I haven’t had a chance to pick it back up since we’ve returned home.


Divergent, by Veronica Roth – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: July 2013 

Something about the summer makes me want to read a YA series again… and since the movie is coming out next year, I thought this would be fun.  So far, I’m enjoying it but it’s definitely not the page-turning action of Hunger Games.  I’m finding it hard to relate to some of the characters, and the main girl character is doing that SUPER ANNOYING thing in YA books where she doesn’t realize that the love interest likes her.  Seriously, no matter what kind of dystopian society you grow up in, any 16-year-old still knows what flirting is… and she even recognizes it all around except when it’s happening to her.  I just find it aggravating… I would love for a female character to actually know what she wants for once, instead of acting oblivious about feelings when she’s smart and strong in so many other ways.  But besides that… it’s interesting and I like it!


Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts, by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen – A

 The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: July 2013

I read this while I was prepping for my colonoscopy… sorry, TMI?  It was very soothing… and just what I’ve been looking for as a new quilt idea has been percolating in my mind.  I aim to incorporate a few improvisational ideas for a more modern look, and I think I can use a few of the techniques.  I don’t actually like any of the quilt projects, but the ideas are inspiring.  I like modern quilting to an extent, but overall I would not say it’s my quilting “style.”  Still trying to figure it out!

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the month of July.  Anyone reading a good book?


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