Third Quarter 2014 Summation

Third Quarter 2014 Summation

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

Books Read

July 2014
The Awakening of Miss Prim, by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera – 7/8/2014
Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg – 7/10/2014
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Book 5, Book 6) – 7/17/2014
My Loving Vigil Keeping, by Carla Kelly – 7/21/2014
The Secret History, by Donna Tartt – 7/28/2015
How To Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran – 7/31/2014

August 2014
The Color of Water, by James McBride – 8/5/2014
The World’s Strongest Librarian, by Josh Hanagarne – 8/12/2014
Edenbrooke, by Julianne Donaldson (Audio) – 8/13/2014
The Children Act, by Ian McEwan – 8/17/2014
Blackmoore, by Julianne Donaldson (Audio) – 8/21/2014
Cut Me Free, by J.R. Johansson – 8/22/2012

September 2014
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (Audio) – 9/5/2014
Hansel & Gretel, by Neil Gaiman – 9/8/2014
Maus, by Art Spiegelman – 9/17/2014
Maus II, by Art Spiegelman – 9/17/2014
Smile, by Raina Telgemeier – 9/22/2014
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer – 9/23/2014
The Babysitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea, by Raina Tegemeier – 9/30/2014

Third Quarter Total = 19
Year-to-Date Total = 43

I finished The Lord of the Rings this quarter! And I am working, ever so slowly, on The Goldfinch, which is why my reading of late has been limited to mostly graphic novels and book club selections. I’m on track to land somewhere between 50 and 75 books for the year, which works for me.

Book Club

I was a better book club member this quarter!

My neighborhood book club took its annual July hiatus and then read The Color of Water and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind in August and September respectively. And I read them both! They were both excellent and outside of what we usually read. Score.

The Third Thursday Book Club had a theme, instead of a specific book selection, for July of fairy tale retellings. For my part, I read several of the Grimm’s fairy tales as retold by Philip Pullman. We read The World’s Strongest Librarian in August and had the author, local librarian Josh Hanagarne, come to our meeting! I reread the book in preparation. In September, we tackled our first graphic novel, Maus I, and I not only read it, I read the second book, Maus II.

I hope I can keep up this book club momentum during the last quarter of the year. We have some great books coming up.

Challenges

No challenge progress to report this quarter, though I have been working through this year’s Pulitzer winner for fiction, The Goldfinch. I’ll at least have that to report next quarter.

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

Third Quarter Highlights

That’s it. That’s what happened in the third 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 fourth quarter of 2014:

  • Book club selections, as always! These will include The Graveyard Book, The Jungle Book, Unbroken, Longing for Home, The Catcher in the Rye, and Pope Joan. Several of these have been on my list for some time.
  • Finishing The Goldfinch! I’m about 83% of the way done, so I should be able to mark it off soon.
  • Read whichever book wins the Booker prize on October 14, 2014. Because the Booker winner almost always gets a place in the Tournament of Books, I want to tackle it early this year.

What are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?