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Reading Log: October 2013

Happy Halloween!  Life has been a roller coaster lately with medical stuff, and in the midst of it all another month passed by all too quickly.  I guess change is the only constant, as the saying goes.  I wish I had a cute costume or something holiday-related to share, but this month’s reading log will have to do!

Below is my Reading Log for October 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!

October 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

Title Start Finish Grade/
Format
Genre

 

Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices,
edited by Leonard S. Marcus
9/15/13 10/5/13

 

A

M/Bio

The Moon by Night,
by Madeleine L’Engle
9/30/13 10/9/13

B+

YA

Doodle Stitching Embroidery and Beyond,
by Aimee Ray
10/5/13 10/5/13

A

Craft

The Young Unicorns,
by Madeleine L’Engle
10/9/13 10/20/13

B-

YA

A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself,
by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman
10/9/13 10/27/13

 

C

Craft

A Ring of Endless Light,
by Madeleine L’Engle
10/20/13 Still Reading

 

TBD

YA

Thoughts:

Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices, edited by Leonard S. Marcus – A

The Amateur Librarian // September 2013 Reading Log

I’m fascinated by authors who experienced enough fame during their lifetimes that they had the chance to carefully construct their life story for public consumption (LM Montgomery comes to mind).  Good stories were embellished, embarrassing episodes were smoothed over or omitted… it makes the truth hard to glean, but this book does a fabulous job of catching glimpses into L’Engle’s life from many different points of view.  L’Engle is so multi-faceted, from her early career as an actress, her fame as a writer and lecturer, her marriage to a soap opera star, her deep seated faith, her love of music and pageantry… it was really neat to see how she affected so many people throughout her life, for better or worse.  Very interesting portrait, and it makes me want to catch up on her books I never got around to reading.

 …

The Moon by Night, by Madeleine L’Engle – B+

The Amateur Librarian // September 2013 Reading Log

I’m on a L’Engle kick, so I’ve decided to read all the Austin family books in order.  This is the 2nd in the series, and follows the family on a cross-country camping trip during a transitional summer when Vicky is 14 and the family is about to move from their rural hometown to New York City.  I’ve never read this one, and I have to say that I probably would’ve enjoyed it more in middle school than as an adult.  L’Engle is great at capturing the angst of young adult years, but now the young characters seem impossibly mature and the spiritual overtones are a bit heavy handed.  The love interest Zachary was pretty insufferable and the cold war fears seemed very dated.  It’s interesting to read this right after her biography, knowing that the fictional Austins’ itinerary mirrors the same route that L’Engle’s real family took in the 1960s, and especially after learning that her fiction could be closer to the truth than her nonfiction memoirs.

 …

Doodle Stitching Embroidery and Beyond, by Aimee Ray – A

The Amateur Librarian // October 2013 Reading Log

I wish I had more time to study the techniques in the book, but it was overdue at the library so I had to hurry through it.  Lots of stitches beyond the basics, with cute project ideas.  Compared to her previous book about doodle stitching (which I own), I think the projects were more achievable but just as adorable.  I jotted down a few ideas and made a few photocopies, so we’ll see if I ever make the time to attempt one.  I would say this book is worth buying if you’re interested in embroidery, and I just might put it on my Christmas wish list.

The Young Unicorns, by Madeleine L’Engle – B-

The Amateur Librarian // October 2013 Reading Log

The Austin family has moved from the rural country to New York City, and they find themselves in the middle of a mystery while they transition to city life.  I have to say I wasn’t enthralled.  It was interesting, but I didn’t fall in love with any of the characters and the “gang” seemed helplessly dated (really, they call themselves the Alphabats?  They all wear a bat on their sleeves and the leaders go by letters of the alphabet.)  It just didn’t touch me at all, and felt out of sync with the rest of the series.

A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself, by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman – C

The Amateur Librarian // October 2013 Reading Log

So, this book is definitely what it says it is, and nothing more – an “idea” book.  The “inspiration” is extremely basic and there’s really no technical information at all.  The project ideas are pretty cute, and all the photos are very pretty but it seems more like a book that the creators put together to showcase their blog.  I saw a few cute ideas for Instagram, but I don’t really see any other use for this book.  Any time I use a bunch of “air quotes,” you know I was rolling my eyes quite a few times.  Still, it was cute and fun to look through.  Definitely glad I checked it out from the library instead of buying.

A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle

The Amateur Librarian // October 2013 Reading Log

Still reading.  I remember loving this book in middle school, but all I can really remember now is that it was about dolphins.  So far, this is still my very favorite of the Austin family series, along with the first.

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

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