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The Lost Reading Logs: August 2010

No Meow Monday this morning…. the cats slept through another week and didn’t do anything blog-worthy. Instead, another Lost Reading Log!

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  There are entire months unpublished, although (I promise!)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’m sharing those Lost Reading Logs bit by bit–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!

August 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
Anne of Ingleside #6,
by LM Montgomery
8/2/10 8/22/10

A-
PB

YA

Little Earthquakes,
by Jennifer Weiner
8/10/10 8/19/10

B
AB

F

Naked,
by David Sedaris
8/19/10 8/21/10

B+
AB

M

The Mighty Queens of Freeville,
by Amy Dickinson
8/21/10 8/31/10

A
AB

M

The Know-It-All: One Man’s Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World,
by AJ Jacobs
8/28/10 10/26/10

A+
PB

NF

When Patty Went to College,
by Jean Webster
8/30/10 9/5/10

B+
K

F

84, Charing Cross Road,
by Helene Hanff
8/30/10 8/30/10

A+
PB

M

Girls in Trucks,
by Katie Crouch
8/31/10 9/10/10

C
AB

F

Thoughts:

Anne of Ingleside #6, by LM Montgomery  – A-

The Amateur Librarian // August 2010 Reading Log

Sweet, though it marks the downhill.  I never like the stories about the children.  I always skip #7, though the last is wonderful!  But still lovely.

 …

Little Earthquakes, by Jennifer Weiner – B

The Amateur Librarian // August 2010 Reading Log

Audiobook. Pretty good chick lit.  Painted motherhood rather bleakly, and everyone ended up reconciling each relationship which may not be very realistic.  But, an enjoyable listen.  More to come.

 …

Naked, by David Sedaris – B+

The Amateur Librarian // August 2010 Reading Log

Audiobook. Very short, but pretty funny.  Nothing will beat Me Talk Pretty One Day.  Had to get used to his voice narrating the audiobook, but Amy Sedaris was hilarious.

 …

The Mighty Queens of Freeville, by Amy Dickinson – A    

The Amateur Librarian // August 2010 Reading Log

Audiobook. Pretty interesting—raised by strong women, becomes the next Ann Landers.  Read by author—always good.  I like to read about lives that turn and twist unexpectedly.  Gives me hope for my own story.

 …

The Know-It-All: One Man’s Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, by AJ Jacobs – A+

The Amateur Librarian // August 2010 Reading Log

Love AJ Jacobs!  Should’ve read this first—strange to read about infertility, knowing he’d soon have three kids by his next book.  Loved the randomness of his quest.

 …

When Patty Went to College, by Jean Webster – B+

The Amateur Librarian // August 2010 Reading Log

Very lighthearted, like chick lit from the 1900s.  College story like Dear Daddy Long Legs, but not quite as good.

 …

84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff – A+

The Amateur Librarian // August 2010 Reading Log

Lovely, and nonfiction!  Makes me want to research the sought-after books, and write letters, and read more of Hanff.  Fun!

 …

Girls in Trucks, by Katie Crouch – C

The Amateur Librarian // August 2010 Reading Log

Audiobook. Patchily written short stories about a miserable person making miserable life choices—and it’s fiction!  Want to be kind, but there’s just no excuse.  Not very good.

A little context…  I was teaching in the library for my second year and listening to a lot of books on tape during my commute to work.  It’s funny that I fell in love with 84 Charing Cross Road over four years ago, and was reminded all over again how much I liked it when Sam’s grandmother visited and picked up the sequel to read.  I enjoyed both books so much, and it just might be time for a re-read!

So that’s what I was reading in August 2010… can’t believe it’s been four years already!  Anyone remember any good books from that time of year?

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