Friday, August 1, 2014

What I Read: July

I've been reading a TON these last few months! So much so that I've made a personal reading goal. I'm trying to read a book a week. So, 52 books in the next year. I've got quite the list going and I'd love to share what I've read each month on this little blog. Here was what I read in July:

This book was quirky and really fun for me because it takes place in Seattle. I have to say that, while I enjoyed this book, it wasn't a complete page turner for me. And towards the middle I was really having to force myself to pick it up. The style of the writing (mostly emails and letters with some narration) bothered me a little as well. Overall though, I enjoyed it and would recommend it for a light, fun read. 

What a fun story! When I first realized it was published in 1938, I was a bit... worried? I just figured I'd have to force my way through it. I was so wrong! It's not a gripping page-turner by any means, but it's thoroughly enjoyable. Funny and charming in its old fashioned ways. I also loved the message of not ever giving up on the idea of adventure and making your life be what you truly wish it to be. 

I LOVED this book! A story about a man looking for love in the most practical of ways and ends up involved in a friendship with a woman who isn't looking for love, but rather her biological father. The main narrator, Don Tillman, is socially challenged and his voice is INCREDIBLE! I found myself laughing out loud throughout the whole book. Rosie, the female he becomes involved with, is equally hilarious and yet both are so warm and like-able you can't help but cheer them both on. This is the best book I've read in awhile! 

Books I Tried to Read in July:

Part of this whole 52 in 52 thing is having to give up and put a book down when I'm just not enjoying it. I recently read a post written by Modern Mrs. Darcy that said you should just not read books you don't enjoy. Many of her readers offered the rule of 60-100 pages in, if you're not loving it, just give up! I loved that rule and so, here is what I didn't finish reading this month:

I really, really wanted to love this book. Or even just like it. It has been widely named by many as a book they just LOVE. I've heard about it in several different circles and yet, I just didn't love it. I was SO bored by it. Now, this could very well have to do with the fact that I was listening to it as an audiobook. I am not accustomed to listening to books be read aloud to me and I found it really difficult to be swept up in the story in the same way (although, I'm currently listening to "The Secret Life of Bees" and am enjoying it very much!). So, perhaps reading it myself would have provided me a better experience? Who knows. In any case, I gave it up about a disc and a half in. I assume I was at least to page 60. 

I'm already behind! But, I'm just about done with another 3 books (I've been reading a few different ones at a time) so I'm hopeful that I can catch up again in August! 

Do you have any suggestions for me?

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