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The Lost Reading Logs: June-July 2011

It’s that quiet day after Christmas, in between one holiday and the next, and we’re visiting my family in Alabama. As the end of the year draws near, I’m taking stock of things on the blog and planning a few changes for the new year. I’ve been filling in the holes of my Reading Log archives from 2009-2014, and today I have the very last lost log to share (talk about a tongue twister)… hard to believe it’s been 6 years already!

June – July 2011

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
The Annotated Sense and Sensibility,
edited by David Shappard
6/8/11 8/27/11 A-
PB
F
The Blue Castle,
by L.M. Montgomery
6/14/11 6/19/11 A+
PB
F
Eat Pray Love,
by Elizabeth Gilbert
6/20/11 7/6/11 A
K
M
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales,
edited by Kate Bernheimer
7/5/11 NA DNF
PB
F
Committed,
by Elizabeth Gilbert
7/14/11 7/20/11 B
K
M
The Hunger Games (#1),
by Suzanne Collins
7/20/11 7/22/11 A+
K
YA
Catching Fire (#2),
by Suzanne Collins
7/23/11 7/26/11 B
K
YA
Best Friends Forever,
by Jennifer Weiner
7/24/11 8/5/11 B
PB
F
Mockingjay (#3),
by Suzanne Collins
7/27/11 7/31/11 B+
K
YA

Thoughts:

The Annotated Sense and Sensibility, edited by David Shappard – A-

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log

Took me a long while to get back into Austen mode, especially since this novel has never been a favorite, but it was infinitely better with Shappard by my side. Love his annotations and can’t wait for his next. First time I read this in HS, I loved it; second time, hated it; this time, understanding helped me see its value but it is still too didactic for me to really esteem it.

The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery – A+

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log

Glorious re-read—one of my absolute favorites, like comfort food. Valancy the old maid learns she is going to die and stops trying to please everyone. Love it. And of course, the happiest ending you could ever imagine. This book shaped my “happy ever after” in high school.

Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert – B

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log

Needed to read this again, almost exactly one year after the first time I read it. And again, for the same reason—a bit of comfort when confronting another surgery. Something about her journey, and forgiving herself, and her loving conclusions about spirituality are very appealing to me. And must read the sequel.

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, edited by Kate Bernheimer – DNF

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log

Started, never finished. I didn’t love the first story, the second had a few repulsive details, and I decided I would rather put it down than keep reading something I didn’t enjoy.

Committed, by Elizabeth Gilbert – B

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log

Finally got around to this sequel of Eat, Pray, Love. Didn’t have much of a plot, which I’d heard was the main complaint, but I still liked it. It was basically the author trying to convince herself that she wasn’t selling out by remarrying after promising herself she never would. Liked the ideas brought up and the rambling data appealed to me too. Not great as a “novel,” but I didn’t mind it at all.

The Hunger Games (#1), by Suzanne Collins – A+

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log

Wow, addicting! Don’t know why I resisted reading them for so long—recommended by several people. Intense apocalyptic story about the ultimate reality show pitting young people against each other. Fast-paced, kept me thinking of it when I couldn’t read. Can’t wait to start #2. Def the first book that has had me riveted in a long while.

Catching Fire (#2), by Suzanne Collins – B

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log

Can’t compare to the first in the series, but still very good. Just wish it was more of a standalone novel, not such a cliffhanger. It barely felt finished, and the plot seemed like a bit of a cop-out. Still invested in the characters and outcome, tho. Must read on, of course.

Best Friends Forever, by Jennifer Weiner – B

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log

Fun and light adventure story, but Weiner is always good about bringing depth to her female characters. Reminds me of Firefly Lane but much better. 2nd book club book with Heather.

Mockingjay (#3), by Suzanne Collins – B+

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log

Pretty satisfying and realistic conclusion. Not as suspenseful as the previous two, but answered every question. Very interesting look at effects of war. Pretty powerful stuff, I see what all the fuss is about for sure.

A little context…  in June 2011 we had just moved to San Francisco, hubby started his new job, and I was pretty sick. I wanted to be exploring our new city, job hunting, and getting settled in… but instead I was having a resection surgery that would leave me with an ostomy back for three months. It was a pretty difficult time in my life, although now I can barely remember the details. My mom was awesome and came to live in our tiny living room for a month while I was recovering. I honestly don’t remember much about that time, and I’m surprised I was reading at all, but I do remember picking up The Hunger Games and finally feeling engrossed in something once again. I will always be grateful for that feeling!

So that’s what I was reading in 2011… and a fitting way to wrap up the lost logs. Onward, upward, and cheers to more reading in 2015!

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