Third Quarter 2015 Summation

Third Quarter 2015 Summation

And we only have three more months left in 2015. Let’s see how the reading went this quarter, shall we? *Flips through metaphorical pages* Ah, yes.

I read 20 books in the past 3 months. That’s twice as many as in the second quarter.

Here’s the breakdown: 6 in July, 8 in August, and 6 in September.

There were 4 standout reads: Roomies, by Sara Zarr; The BFG, by Roald Dahl; On the Night of the Seventh Moon, by Victoria Holt; and Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer.

2015 Third Quarter Standouts

4 thoughts on these 4 standouts:

  1. Roomies completed my reading of all 6 books on Sara Zarr’s back list. While I am sad that I don’t have any more in store for me until she publishes a new book, I really liked Roomies. If you’re new to Sara Zarr, I’d recommend starting with either How to Save a Life or What We Lost.
  2. I love Roald Dahl. And I am pleased to report that my daughter does too. We read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory together a while back and she quite enjoyed it. She loved The BFG, though. When I finished the last sentence, she burst into tears because it was over. I know just how she feels. Our third Dahl selection is Matilda.
  3. I was obsessed with Victoria Holt books (and others like them) as a teen. On the Night of the Seventh Moon was my favorite then and is my favorite to revisit now.
  4. Eating Animals. Whew. It was an intense read, because of the subject matter. But I love Jonathan Safran Foer. He writes with humor and humility and, in a subject matter steeped with emotions, objectivity. I’ve had this on my shelf for a while, but I was prompted to read it last weekend after hearing part of a story on NPR about pig “farms.” That story, along with this book and a few videos on YouTube, sealed the deal on me becoming a vegetarian.

4 for book clubs.
16 by women; 4 by men.
4 nonfiction; 16 fiction.
3 audio book + a whole bunch of podcasts.

And for the detail sticklers, a list of all 20:

  • Lord Fenton’s Folly, by Josi S. Kilpack – 7/8/2015
  • Georgiana Darcy’s Diary, by Anna Elliott – 7/9/2015
  • Reforming Lord Ragsdale, by Carla Kelly – 7/10/2015
  • Year of Origin, by Maren Toone – 7/13/2015
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell (Audio) – 7/16/2015
  • What I Was, by Meg Rosoff – 7/24/2015
  • Elevated, by Elana Johnson – 8/3/2015
  • Not in the Script, by Amy Finnegan – 8/8/2015
  • The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (Audio) – 8/10/2015
  • The BFG, by Roald Dahl (Readaloud) – 8/13/2015
  • Roomies, by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebra – 8/13/2015
  • The Way He Lived, by Emily Wing Smith – 8/17/2015
  • Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler (Audio) – 8/20/2015
  • Edenbrooke, by Julianne Donaldson – 8/24/2015
  • Coming Clean, by Kimberly Rae Miller – 9/1/2015
  • Stars in Our Eyes, by Susan Cappadonia Love (Readaloud) – 9/2/2015
  • On the Night of the Seventh Moon, by Victoria Holt – 9/2/2015
  • Gifted Hands, by Ben Carson – 9/5/2015
  • Wish You Were Italian, by Kristin Rae – 9/21/2015
  • Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer – 9/27/2015

That brings the 2015 total so far to 57.

I am on schedule to successfully complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 75 books in 2015.

How did your reading numbers shake out?