Thursday, August 6, 2009

July Review

I have never put together a recap of my reading, but to be honest I didn't know what else to post about today. Isn't that terrible?

I have written reviews on all of these and they are in most cases posted to my blog. If not, they are due to be released in publication and I have to wait for the release to post them. I was pretty pleased with my reading this month because I had to get through several books for my Civil War class.

July List
7-09-Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
7-09-Beneath a Northern Sky, Steven E. Woodworth (A Short History of the Gettysburg Campaign)p.227.
7-09-When I Was a Slave, Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection, Edited by Norman R. Yetman
7-09-Slavery by Another Name, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize by Douglas A. Blackmon
7-09-Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse) by Charlaine Harris
7-09-Forever Free by Eric Froner
7-09-Hootcat Hill by Lucy Coats (YA)
7-09-The Last Day by James Landis
7-09-Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell
7-09-American Lion by Jon Meacham
7-09-The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
7-09-The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
7-09-The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos, by Margaret Mascarenhas
7-09-Titanic, The Untold Story, by W. Mae Kent

Two books won a Pulitzer Prize:
American Lion by Jon Meacham and Slavery by Another Name
The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by Douglas A. Blackmon.

I am not one to pick favorites because it really depends on the genre.

Two books stood out as big surprises to me. I really enjoyed reading these two books. They are not necessarily my favorite reads of the month, but they were the most entertaining with memorable quirky characters.

Dead Until Dark...Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Barnes and Noble has assigned Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell for the First Look Book Club in August. I couldn't wait to finish this book. It is fabulous. I did post a review on my blog, and if you didn't catch it, this book is one NOT to miss. She is a gifted writer and the story is unforgettable.

Well, that's about it for my July. I just finished my first book for August, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, bye William Kamkewamba. Look for my review soon. I am just finishing re-reading Pride and Prejudice again. it!


rhapsodyinbooks said...

I want to try those books too that you enjoyed by surprise!

serendipity_viv said...

You had a fab reading month. I loved both of your big surprises this month.

Blodeuedd said...

Good month for you, and yes the Guernsey one was sooo lovely

Alyce said...

The Civil War books look very interesting, especially the Re-Enslavement book. Was it a dense read?

Ana S. said...

Sounds like you had a great reading month! And on a side note, I love that picture of all the bookmarks.

Alice said...

Very impressive listing!

I'm looking forward to reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in my TBR pile. :D

wisteria said...

Rhapsody-I love it when I get surprised.
Vivienne-You read both of them right?
Blodeuedd-I adored Guernsey.
Alyce-Surprisingly, no it was not dense. The writing was superb.
Nymeth...Thanks to both. Wasn't it you who collects the bookmarks and posted about it a while ago?
Alice Teh-You will love Guernsey...move it to the top!!!!

Darlene said...

You had a great month! I really need to get my July review done. It'll be the middle of the month by the time I do. lol.

Anna said...

I adored Guernsey. Great month!

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