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The Lost Reading Logs: July 2010

We’re driving back from the beach today (sad face) and I didn’t have time to get WIWW together, so here’s a lost reading log in its place!

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  There are entire months unpublished, although (I promise!)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!

July 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
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress,
by Rhoda Janzen
7/6/10 7/6/10

B-

PB

M

Five Sisters,
by James Fox
7/7/10 10/23/10

B+
PB

Bio

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
by JK Rowling
7/10/10 7/14/10

A+
K

YA

Lies I Told My Children,
by Karen McQuestion
7/10/10 7/10/10

B
K

M

Rumor of Bones,
by Beverly Connor
7/14/10 7/16/10

B-
K

Mystery

Anne of Windy Poplars #4,
by LM Montgomery
7/19/10 7/21/10

A-
PB

YA

Anne’s House of Dreams,
by LM Montgomery
7/22/10 7/25/10

A
K

YA

The Happiness Project,
by Gretchen Ruben
7/26/10 7/31/10

A
K

Self-Help

Kitchen Table Wisdom,
by Rachel Remen
7/28/10 9/3/10

A+
PB

M

Why Do I Love These People,
by Po Bronson
7/31/10 8/9/10

B+
AB

M

Thoughts:

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, by Rhoda Janzen – B-

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Started out really funny, trailed off a bit.  Down South, Mennonites are more a religion or way of life than an ethnicity.  Fun read for a few hours, but not great.

 …

Five Sisters, by James Fox – B+

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Breakfast book, long into school months.  Very interesting family history, sometimes confusing but fascinating, like people are.  Some history was too detailed—over my head.  But good.

 …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by JK Rowling – A+

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

So good!  So satisfying!  This was only the second time I’ve ever read it.  I liked it more this time.  Everything was answered so well and very climactically.  : )

 …

Lies I Told My Children, by Karen McQuestion – B

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Humorous essays.  Funny, but not lol hilarious.  I could identify with her a lot, which secretly confirms my worry that I am not funny at all.  Mundane, in fact.

 …

Rumor of Bones, by Beverly Connor – B-

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Recommended by Sam’s Grandmother.  Hard to shift from writing style of HP.  No adverbs or adjectives, but plot finally picked up.  Interesting.

 …

Anne of Windy Poplars #4, by LM Montgomery – A-

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Not my favorite of the series, but a few stories I’ll always love.  Nothing can beat L.M. Montgomery.

 …

Anne’s House of Dreams #5, by LM Montgomery – A

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Sweet book.  Sometimes I yearn for older times, when expectations were centered around housework, needlework, and babies.  There’s so much more to worry about these days.  I love these books, though they are sentimental.

The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Ruben – A

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Very cool concept, related to author so well—exactly my personality and organization.  Only problem I had was having previously read A.J. Jacobs saying some of the same things, but funnier.

 …

Kitchen Table Wisdom, by Rachel Remen – A+

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Read very slowly over many breakfasts.  Essays about the mysteries of life and illness from a doctor.  Very thoughtful.  Friend of Mom’s gave it to me.

 …

Why Do I Love These People?, by Po Bronson – B+

The Amateur Librarian // July 2010 Reading Log

Pretty good stories, about families and relationships.  I always feel pretty lucky, I can talk to my family.  Sad and hard times, all interesting.

A little context…  in July 2010 my first summer break after my first year of teaching was winding down.   I finished the Harry Potter series for the millionth time, and continued re-reading the Anne of Green Gables series.  I used to re-read my favorite books all the time, maybe I should try it again!  Somehow there just doesn’t seem to be enough time anymore.

So that’s what I was reading in July 2010… hard to believe that was 5 years ago already!

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