Second Quarter 2014 Summation
Here is an abstract of my literary doings during the second quarter of 2014.
Dangerous, by Shannon Hale – 4/1/2014
The Artist’s Way for Parents, by Julia Cameron – 4/2/2014
Midwinterblood, by Marcus Sedgwick – 4/15/2014
The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare – 4/23/2014
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl (Readaloud)- 4/29/2014
Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo (Readaloud) – 6/1/2014
We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart – 6/7/2014
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien – 6/30/2014
Second Quarter Total = 10
Year-to-Date Total = 24
My reading slowed down a bit this quarter (compare the ten from this quarter with the fourteen from the first quarter). I think the slow down was due in part to my reading of The Lord of the Rings and in part to a small reading slump. I am pretty far off of my goal to read 75 books this year and will likely end up at around 50. And that’s okay with me.
Unfortunately, I have to report that I have continued to be a bit of a book club slacker in this quarter.
My local book club read The Taming of the Shrew, The Gift of Fear, and North and South. I did read The Taming of the Shrew and enjoyed it (but holy sexism, Batman!). I started The Gift of Fear and just wasn’t feeling it. (It wasn’t a very big hit with the others either.) And I had read North and South with my other book club a few years ago and did not reread it.
The Third Thursday Book Club read The End of Your Life Book Club, Wintergirls, and The False Princess. I read and quite liked The End of Your Life Book Club, and it was a great discussion book. I had previously read Wintergirls and did not read it again (and the club found it overall too depressing). I did not read The False Princess and had to miss the meeting. Sigh. I still really love going, even when I fail to get to the book.
Hey! I have challenge progress to report! I read Midwinterblood, by Marcus Sedgwick, this year’s Printz winner. I will post a review of that eventually. And, I read Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo, to my daughter. It is a Newbery Honor book. At four, my daughter didn’t get all of it, but she loved Winn-Dixie.
- Most of my posting this quarter has revolved around the awesome The Lord of the Rings Readalong hosted by Jenni and Kami! Here’s my sign-up post, my book 1 post, my book 2 post, and my book 3 post.
- In bookish events news, I’ve posted about sign-ups for the upcoming Utah Book Month, hosted a first edition challenge during the readathon, announced the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and participated in a National Poetry Month tour with a little magnetic poetry.
- In review news, I posted a 2013 audiobook roundup, my review of the well-hyped We Were Liars, and my reviews of several books I received for review: Lost Lake, Dangerous, and The Artist’s Way for Parents.
- And then I posted about why I will no longer accept review copies.
- Finally, check out my favorite Top Ten Tuesday post so far about bookish things I’d like to own. Such awesome stuff.
That’s it. That’s what happened in the second quarter of 2014. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog!
Here are the things I’m hoping to get to in the third quarter of 2014:
- Book club selections, again! These will include The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, The Color of Water, by James McBride, and Maus, by Art Spiegelman. I’m really looking forward to all three.
- Finishing The Lord of the Rings! I’m very excited about this impending accomplishment.
- Lots and lots of books by Utah authors for Utah Book Month in August. In particular, I am planning on spotlighting Utah author Katharine Coles and will try to read a poetry collection and a novel by her.
- After all of the above, I plan to go wherever the bookish winds take me.
What are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?