Second Quarter 2014 Summation

Second Quarter 2014 Summation

Here is an abstract of my literary doings during the second quarter of 2014.

Books Read

April 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

May 2014
Deadline, by Mira Grant – 5/4/2014
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Book 1, Book 2) – 5/31/2014

June 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.

Book Club

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.

Challenges

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.

The Pulitzer Project – 12/87
The Printz Project9/15 (+9 honor books)
The Newbery Project – 27/93 (+13 honor books)

Second Quarter Highlights

That’s it. That’s what happened in the second quarter of 2014. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog!

Looking Ahead

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?