02 September 2009

Books 2009: August Update

Total to date: 53 books (7 books this month)

The 2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge total to date: 36 books (2 books this month) [which is rather unusual for me because I'm a complete library junkie]

A list of all the books I've read to date (from 01 January 2008) can be found at Library Thing.

Favourite books of the month?

* The Mirador (Sarah Monette) [And a review will be forthcoming...as soon as my computer stops playing games]

Books I 'did not finish':

* Practice Makes Perfect (Julie James) [I'm still not sure why this book didn't work for me.]

Currently reading: New Moon (Stephenie Meyer)

And the books I'm most looking forward to reading next month are:

* Cast in Silence (Michelle Sagara)

* Hunting Ground (Patricia Brigs)

What did you read last month?

Updated to add: DNF book.


  1. I read Toni Blake - Tempt Me Tonight, a Bar Cynster novel by Stephanie Laurens, Laid Bare by Lauren Dane and Erin Quinn - Haunting Beauty, just to name a few from the top of my memory :)

    But I just love the one I am reading now; Karen moning - Dreamfever. Some books I want to savor slowly but read oh so fast.

  2. I want Hunting Ground sooo much! But I'm 49th on the hold list at the library, and the seattle library is shut down this week to save money. I'll probably crack and buy it. Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors. Her covers are gorgeous.

  3. Some books I want to savor slowly but read oh so fast.

    Those books are just.... *hugs self* the best, aren't they? I've been feeling that way about Sarah Monette's The Doctrine of Labyrinths...one to go and I almost don't want to read it (if that makes sense).

    Ciara - I'm 30th (I think) on the library hold list for Hunting Ground. Hold on...your library has closed for a week to save money? How does that work? Is your library private? My local library is funded by the city council. How are you surviving? I'd been pulling my hair out if my library closed for a week.

  4. orannia, the government on this side of the pond is cutting down hours everywhere to save money--public libraries have been feeling the pinch for a while now. The one closest to me is closed on Fridays, for example.

    I can't keep track of what I read--and August what just a BAD month for reading, period. I mostly re-read a lot. *sigh* hopefully September will be better...

  5. 36 is a good month! I wish I could read half as much. I still need to read Cast in Fury.

  6. Don't faint, but I read 13 books in August!!! *happy dancing*

  7. I hate you all who read a lot of boos during August. Hate YOU, you hear?

    *sobbing quietly in a dark corner*

  8. azteclady - I'd be distraught if my library closed for even a day. I'm lucky - my library is actually open 7 days a week, although only for 4 hours on a Sunday. No late nights though (unless 6 PM is considered late). IIRC, the local city council newsletter commented on the upsurge in library usage.

    Am sorry to hear August was a bad reading month. Fingers crossed for September being a bumper (not bumpy) month :)

    Donaa - Cast in Fury is good, but I'm hanging out for Cast in Silence, mainly because my favourite character is said to make an appearance *grin* (And yes, I'm being deliberately vague in case you don't want spoilers of any description :)

    *dances with Christine* That's a great month - congrats!

    (((azteclady))) If it's any consolation, I only managed to read seven books in August, two (or is that three?) of which were manga and so very short!

  9. Yeah, I read maybe THREE books in August. I am reading challenged. Maybe it's because I have to move my lips. Oooh, Sarah Monette. Renee has recommended her, too!!

  10. Glad to hear you enjoyed The Mirador. As you know, the series is one of my favorites.

    August was a decent reading month since I read 5 books (which is about my monthly limit unless I'm on vacation from work). I read:

    Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
    Silksinger by Laini Taylor
    Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
    The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
    The Drowning City by Amanda Downum

  11. I did not have a good reading month in August. But hopefully this month will be better. I'm excited about reading Duran's Written on Your Skin. I started it last night and it has a GREAT first line.

  12. CJ - I went through a reading challenged month recently. I'm definitely not reading as much as I was last year, but...maybe when things settle down a bit :) Oh, and if you do decide to try Sarah Monette I'd love to know what you think :)

    Kristen - I've heard lots of interesting things about The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, so it's on my library 'wish list'. And hopefully *crossing fingers that computer will behave this weekend* I'll get my review of The Mirador written up (if I can remember it :)

    heidenkind - with all that comes from starting a new job, I'm not surprised your reading was a bit down. Fingers crossed September is a better month for you! Oh, and I have Written On Your Skin on my TBR list, but I should probably read Bound By Your Touch first, yes?

  13. You read some good ones in August. I can't remember how many I read, isn't that sad? I started a blog just to keep my reading lists. My memory, not so good. I did read Hunting Ground though and loved it.

    YAY on getting your computer fixed. Buy your friend a book to say thank you!

  14. Thank you Tracy :) I can't wait to read Hunting Ground! After your recent post I feel like re-reading Alpha & Omega *grin*

    Actually, the computer is still not quite fixed, but that is because I need a Microsoft technician to walk me through fixing the underlying problem. But my computer is definitely faster (compared to it's previous incarnation :) I bought him lunch...I would have bought him a book, but I don't think he has much reading time :(

  15. Hi orannia, just wanted to stop by and mention that I have an award for you HERE

  16. Well, it's about the quality of book you're reading, right? And, Mirador is such a good one!

    CJ: The series is really great!

    Some of my favorite reads this month:
    Darkborn by Alison Sinclair
    Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey
    Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
    Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

  17. Thank you Leotine - I'm very honoured :)

    Renee - Oh, you've read Hunting Ground and Fragile Eternity! *jealous*