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The Lost Reading Logs: June 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  There are entire months unpublished, although (I promise!)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!

June 2010

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
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,
by JK Rowling
6/2/10 6/17/10

A-

K

YA

The Other Boleyn Girl,
by Phillipa Gregory
6/10/10 7/31/10

B+
AB

HF

Notes on a Scandal,
by Zoe Heller
6/10/10 6/15/10

A
PB

F

Home Game,
by Michael Lewis
6/10/10 6/11/10

A+
K

M

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,
by JK Rowling
6/17/10 6/30/10

A
K

YA

Eat, Pray, Love,
by Elizabeth Gilbert
6/19/10 6/22/10

A
K

M

The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment,
by AJ Jacobs
6/21/10 7/3/10

A+
AB

M

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,
by JK Rowling
6/30/10 7/6/10

A+
K

YA

Thoughts:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by JK Rowling  – A-

The Amateur Librarian // June 2010 Reading Log

My least favorite—a little formulaic with the tasks, and villain telling all under a truth serum.  Still sucked me in, just took me a while.  Next book is the darkest.

 …

The Other Boleyn Girl, by Phillipa Gregory – B+

The Amateur Librarian // June 2010 Reading Log

Took a while to finish, what with less driving—summer, plus surgery.  I can see why it was such a page turner, although historical inaccuracies (via Wikipedia) are maddening for me.

 …

Notes on a Scandal, by Zoe Heller – A

The Amateur Librarian // June 2010 Reading Log

Very interesting, well-written.  Might want to see movie adaptation now.  Unreliable narrator, wonder how they’d portray her.  Not sure what I got from it, overall.

Home Game, by Michael Lewis – A+

The Amateur Librarian // June 2010 Reading Log

Funny!  Lol’d at the tire shop.  Didn’t know the author, so no bias from me.  Taken from his journals about the first year of his three children’s lives.  Short, but worth it.

 …

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by JK Rowling – A

The Amateur Librarian // June 2010 Reading Log

Took a while, but worth it.  Always a depressing, angsty read but I took it better this time around.  Getting darker now.  As always, love the details.

 …

Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert – A

The Amateur Librarian // June 2010 Reading Log

Really enjoyed.  Really anticipate the movie.  Finished the day of my surgery.  Felt timely to be calm, reflect on spiritual matters a bit.

 …

The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment, by AJ Jacobs – A+

The Amateur Librarian // June 2010 Reading Log

Clever, funny.  Enjoyed listening in the car with my parents.  Took the edge off long rides, especially before surgery.

 …

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by JK Rowling – A+

The Amateur Librarian // June 2010 Reading Log

Very good, very sad.  The series is almost over now.  It was so fun to be a part of the original anticipation.  Much more satisfying than the conclusion of Lost.

Lots of book-to-movie adaptations!  A little context…  June 2013 was 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.  Mid June was my thyroidectomy, my first major surgery.  It was scary, although in hindsight three years later, thyroid cancer was small potatoes compared to what I would later go through dealing with Crohn’s Disease.  Reading my thoughts on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince made me laugh – obviously, we had just finished the finale of Lost!  We watched constantly all summer long while I was sick and then recovering from surgery.

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

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