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.
4 thoughts on these 4 standouts:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?