Reading life review: July

Books read this month: 10
Books read in 2011: 61

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout (Lauren Redniss)
Biography, graphic book. What an artful combination of science and romance.

A Short Course in Canon PowerShot S5 IS Photography
Non-fiction. It's wrong, I know, but I felt the need to "cheat" on the Nikon for a while. I just wanted the ease of my reliable point-and-shoot.

Short Stories (Doyle, Henry, Poe)
Fiction. With the Misses. "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange," "The Adventure of the Priory School," "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge," and "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; "The Gift of the Magi," "The Last Leaf," and "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry; and "The Gold Bug" by Edgar Allan Poe.

The Winter's Tale (William Shakespeare)
Classic; play. With the Misses, in preparation for this year's trip to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Related entry here. Favorite line: "A lie: you are rough and hairy." (Act IV, Scene 4)

Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
Science fiction. With the Misses. Has it really been more than eight years since I read this with my son? RDA here.

The Sister Knot (Terri Apter)
Psychology. Subtitled "Why We Fight, Why We're Jealous, and Why We'll Love Each Other No Matter What," this was actually a pretty fascinating read, one that reminded me of Deborah Tannen's books.

My Man Jeeves (P.J. Wodehouse)
Fiction; audiobook. This was our companion for the ride to and from the Festival. Technically a re-read for me, the book was delightfully interpreted by Martin Jarvis.

Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges--and Find Themselves (Dave Marcus)
Non-fiction. Read this one on the Kindle. (Related entry here.) I was thoroughly engrossed by the stories of Gwyeth Smith and his students. Recommended particularly for the deft manner in which college application and essay tips are woven into the narrative.

The Millionaire Next Door (Thomas Stanley)
Non-fiction; personal finance. RDA here. Read this one on the Kindle, too.

Fear the Worst (Linwood Barclay)
Fiction. As I mentioned in May's reading life review, I picked up some Linwood Barclay after seeing Stephen King's summer reading list. Barclay's novels are beach books: capably written, entertaining, and not too easy to piece together halfway through.

Well, the following have now been carried over from June. No excuses. This is simply the fate of some books when a reader insists on reading so many at the same time.

A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change (Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown)
Education. This title appeared on a list of summer reading suggestions. Wish I could remember who sent me the list....

This Girl Is Different (J.J. Johnson)
Fiction. A mostly predictable YA treatment of the "homeschooled kid decides to attend public high school -- and change the world!" story.

The Hypnotist (Lars Kepler)
Fiction. Poolside reading courtesy of the wave of Nordic lit enjoying such popularity here in the States.

And these are being carried over from July:

The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Laurie R. King)
Fiction, mystery. With Misses. Obviously related to our current Sherlock Holmes "obsession."

Sarah's Key (Tatiana de Rosay)
Fiction. Inspired by a brief article in Newsweek (a periodical that is all but unreadable now, isn't it?), I loaded Key onto the Kindle. One obligation or another had me set it aside just a couple dozen pages in.

The Strain (Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan)
Fiction. Not terribly well written vampire / virus fare.

Fifth Business (Robertson Davies)
Fiction. First book in the Deptford trilogy. Recommended to me by the Biblioracle. (Thank you, Girl Detective.) It was more than a little cool that he recommended a book that was already on my shelves... and had been awaiting my kind attention for fourteen years.


Carrie K. said...

So many great titles! Radioactive went on my wish list when another blogger reviewed it earlier this month. Beekeeper's Apprentice (the whole series, really) is a favorite. Sarah's Key was good, though I liked the historical storyline more than the contemporary one. I'm looking forward to seeing the film adaptation.

I just finished Blackout by Connie Willis and The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness - so will be starting All Clear and Monsters of Men in the next day or two. Am also reading Three Men in a Boat via DailyLit. It makes me grin often and occasionally laugh out loud.

Have a great Sunday, Mrs. Mm-v!

Jenni said...

Highly recommended: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Amy said...

The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World fromthe Periodic Table of the Elements is entertaining me to no end right now.

I'm going to check out some of your recs. Thanks!

Mental multivitamin said...

Thanks for commenting, everyone! And, oh, I really liked Little Bee, too, Jenni. It was the subject of chapbook entry early last year: