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The Lost Reading Logs: April – May 2010

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  There are entire months unpublished, although (I promise!)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 my thoughts, and maybe get some book recommendations!

April-May 2010

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

Title Start Finish Grade/
Format
Annotated Pride and Prejudice,
written by Jane Austen and edited by David Shappard
4/24/10 5/2/10 A+Paperback
I See You Everywhere,
by Julia Glass
5/6/10 5/16/10 B-Paperback
The Five Love Languages,
by Gary Chapman
5/16/10 5/19/10 APaperback
Austenland,
by Shannon Hale
5/17/10 5/27/10 B+Audio Book
Under the Tuscan Sun,
by Frances Mayes
5/20/10 6/18/10 APaperback
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,
by J.K. Rowling
5/23/10 5/24/10 AKindle
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,
by J.K. Rowling
5/24/10 5/24/10 AKindle
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,
by J.K. Rowling
5/25/10 5/30/10 A+Kindle
Heart of the Matter,
by Emily Giffin
5/30/10 6/2/10 AKindle

Thoughts:

Annotated Pride and Prejudice,
written by Jane Austen and edited by David ShappardThe Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: May 2010

Will always love this story!  Annotations made reading choppy, but overall did add to understanding.  Will always, always laugh during Mr. Collin’s proposal, burn during Elizabeth’s visit to Pemberly, and rejoice when Elizabeth and Darcy are finally united!

A+

I See You Everywhere,
by Julia GlassThe Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: May 2010
 

Story about two sisters—neither very likable, plot kind of wandered.  Couldn’t make out a point till the end.  Interesting, not riveting.

B-

The Five Love Languages,
by Gary ChapmanThe Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: May 2010
 

Fun to read aloud parts to Sam, inspired some conversations.  I like relationship stuff, and this made sense.  Always fun to talk—I’m Quality Conversation, obviously.

A

Austenland,
by Shannon HaleThe Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: May 2010
 

Really cute.  Plot a bit threadbare, but fun Chick lit.  Great narrator, very expressive.  Fun but shallow.

B+

Under the Tuscan Sun,
by Frances MayesThe Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: May 2010
 

Finally finished!  This was my breakfast book, read in bits and pieces now that I finally have time to eat in the morning.  A little slow, but lovely.

A

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,
by J.K. RowlingThe Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: May 2010
 

First Kindle read!  Fun to re-read—want to do the whole series, of course.  Hard to get through the first few chapters, I’ve read them so often.  Still remember the excitement of the series, so fun to be caught up in it!

A

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,
by J.K. RowlingThe Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: May 2010
 

Quick read, really starting to enjoy the Kindle!  My favorite aspect is defining words I don’t know.  Next book of HP series has always been my favorite.  This one starts getting better with humor.  Loving summer!

A

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,
by J.K. RowlingThe Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: May 2010
 

Ah, the best!  Really fun to re-read and remember all the details.  This is when the story arc really begins to unfold.  Next book is least favorite.  Love these books!

A+

Heart of the Matter,
by Emily GiffinThe Amateur Librarian // Reading Log: May 2010
 

My favorite contemporary writer.  Good stuff—complex emotions, good characters.  Perspectives of the wife and other woman.  Ending fell flat, though.  Still love EG, but nothing will be as good as her first two novels.

A


A little context… May began my first summer break after my first year of teaching.  To celebrate, I  read day and night and started re-reading the Harry Potter books for the umpteenth time as a birthday treat to myself.  I had completely forgotten it was my first kindle read – illegally, oops.  I read the series almost every summer during high school and college, up to whichever book had been most recently published (so I’ve read the first four or five almost twice as many times as the last two) so they evoke such a strong feeling of humid nights with the fan on and the radio and cicadas in the background…  such an intense memory of summer associated with this series.  And i think that’s actually the last time i read the Harry Potter books – maybe it’s time for another re-read!

So that’s what I was reading in 2010.  Anyone remember any good books from that time of year?

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