I said in my last post that I planned on posting resuming September 1. Well, I do have a post, but there may not be another one until next week, and I think I’m only going to be posting three times a week for the rest of the month – Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I haven’t yet figured out any sort of routine, and blogging time has been almost nonexistent.
The baby is great, and is generally fantastic at sleeping at night (hooray!), but daytime napping is a challenge. While her night sleeping is better than I’d hoped for, it still is broken up enough that I’m not able to get up early enough to have any computer time then either.
August 2014 in Stats
Books Read Last Month: 23
Books Read For The Year: 152
Books I Read
Asterisks mark ones I especially enjoyed. Links go to my review if I’ve posted one, Amazon if I haven’t yet.
- * Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg
Loved this – maybe not quite as much as her first book, but it was a really enjoyable follow-up.
- Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories by Susie Middleton
Beautiful photographs and some tempting-sounding recipes but the format for it was horrendously bad.
- 30 Days to Understanding the Christian Life in 15 Minutes a Day! by Max Anders
A bit uneven, but still worth reading.
- Captured By Love by Jody Hedlund
Loved the setting for this one, but didn’t like the book itself as much as some of her previous novels.
- A Scholar of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
Sequel to A Scholar of Magics, and I liked the prominent role Jane played in this story, as well as the new character Lambert.
- The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce by Shaunti Feldhahn with Tally Whitehead
Not as beneficial to me as her previous books, but it was still interesting.
- * Magic in the Mix by Annie Barrows
Fun middle-grade book that blends fantasy and history.
- The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
Not the typical writing book, but I really enjoyed it.
- * A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Loved loved loved this one.
- Worship: The Ultimate Priority by John MacArthur
I always feel a bit guilty when I’m not crazy about a book like this, but I wasn’t.
- * Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
A re-read (although this time I listened to it). Love this book, and the audio version is excellent.
- The Blood of Lorraine: A Novel by Barbara Corrado Pope
Reading this one just to get to the third in the series. Wasn’t crazy about it, mostly because of some plot elements that weren’t a good fit for my pregnant self.
- * Eiffel’s Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris’s Beloved Monument and the Extraordinary World’s Fair That Introduced It by Jill Jonnes
So interesting, and worth reading even if it is a bit dry at times.
- * The Everything Homeschooling Book: All you need to create the best curriculum and learning environment for your child by Sherri Linsenbach
- General Winston’s Daughter by Sharon Shinn
Predictable, but enjoyable, although I kept waiting for the fantasy elements to arrive (because all the previous books by Shinn I’ve read were fantasy novels. This one, not so much.)
- Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama. and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Bookstore by Suzanne Strempek Shea
Not the book I was hoping to read.
- The Missing Italian Girl: A Mystery in Paris by Barbara Corrado Pope
Read for book club’s retreat, and it was somewhat disappointing. The requirement was a fiction book set in Paris, and it was, but the setting was fairly inconsequential to the story.
- Ghost Ship: The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew by Brian Hicks
- Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray
It’s gotten some rave reviews online, but it was a miss for me.
- * Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
A re-read for book club’s September meeting.
- Naked and Marooned: One Man. One Island. by Ed Stafford
Review book, and I’ve got mixed feelings on it.
- Murder in the Marais: An Aimee Leduc Investigation, Vol. 1 by Cara Black
Trying again for a novel set in Paris. Not a fan.
- Michael Symon’s Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen by Michael Symon and Michael Ruhlman
I so wish I’d known of Symon’s place before our trip to Cleveland pre-kids so we could have gone there for dinner. Not sure if we’ll make it back there for another shot at it.