Here's what I've accomplished this month in the reading arena:
Books: 5 (1,766 pages)
- Steve and Me, by Terri Irwin (288 pages)- I loved this look at the Crocodile Hunter's life and passions.
- Children of God, by Mary Doria Russell (436 pages) - I LOVED rereading this book.
- The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (290 pages) - This is an inspiring true-life story of using what you have to make a difference.
- Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater -(368 pages) - I like the premise of the paranormal YA series but haven't really been captivated by the books.
- Finny, by Justin Kramon (384 pages) - We read this for a book club meeting that included an author visit.
Audiobooks: 4 (50.5 hours)
- Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown (14.3 hours) - This is currently in contention for my favorite, most meaningful book of this year.
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (11.2 hours) - I wasn't as into this YA book as I'd hoped to be.
- We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young, by Col. Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway (16 hours) - It was well worth listening to this story of a huge battle in Vietnam.
- A Morbid Taste For Bones, by Ellis Peters (9 hours) - This mystery series from the 11th century was entertaining.
Mom and Son Book Club: 0 books
That sounds bad but in reality it is good. Kiddo is reading more and more on his own now. He still wants me to read books TO him but this past month we've all been to busy to sit down that long. Now that he's back in school he's required to read 20 minutes per day and summarize in one sentence what he's read. I'm hoping to get him reading some more challenging books soon.
Also, we're going to try to use some of our free time this holiday weekend (Labor Day here in the US - everything is closed on Monday) to make book review videos together. Hopefully you'll see some of them up here within the next few weeks..
I co-hosted a read-a-long of CHILDREN OF GOD with Florinda @ The 3 Rs. It was great to revisit this powerful book and share it with other readers.
I've also been gearing up for the Baltimore Book Festival (Sept. 24-26). This year I'm moderating two panels on 9/26. At 1pm I've got a fantastic group of book bloggers who will introduce blogging to the Festival audience and at 3pm I've got another fantastic group, this time book clubbers, who will share tips on making your club the best it can be. I'll be sharing more about who is on these panels and where you can find them within the next week.
Although things have been crazy, we've had a great summer at our house. Hope you can say the same!