Total Books and Current Status
Since January 1, I've read 70 books and left 4 books unfinished. I have posted 65 full reviews and 13 mini-reviews and I have 5 reviews left to write. I am currently reading Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie and listening to Mind Scrambler by Chris Grabenstein.
What Did I Read?
Here's what I read in August. Click on the link to see my review; the letter in parentheses is my rating.
Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart (A+)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (A)
Albert the Fix-It Man by Janet Lord (A)
Patron Saint of Used Cars Mark Millhone (C+)
Death of a Travelling Man by M. C. Beaton (B)
Inventing Montana by Ted Leeson (B)
Also read in August, but reviews to come:
Testimony by Anita Shreve
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Willow by Julia Hoban
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
I had a great reading month but not a good month for writing reviews. I had a very heavy workload in August, which meant that I was not very interested in staying on the computer at night to write reviews.
All three YA books were simply excellent in my opinion, and I would have a hard time choosing among them because they were strong in different areas. The beauty of the language of Nothing but Ghosts is not to be missed. I liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth for some of the larger questions it addresses. The realism of Willow and the way Hoban puts the reader so fully into a teen's world impressed me (review and author interview scheduled for after Labor Day).
Mini Reviews and Spotlights
I posted three mini reviews of books I read before I started blogging; two of these as part of the new A-Z Wednesday meme.
Blizzard by Jim Murphy
Bleeding Kansas by Sara Paretsky
Cod by Mark Kurlansky
I posted one mini review of a book I didn't finish.
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
I spotlighted one book for a blog tour.
Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey
Author Interviews and the Literary Road Trip
I had two entries this month in the Literary Road Trip and both involved interviews. First was My Friend Amy's fabulous interview with Beth Kephart and second was my interview with Janet Lord.
I was pleased to welcome Pam Ripling as a guest on BFR. She wrote a fabulous post about the connection between photography and writing.
Did I Complete Any Challenges? Join Any New Ones?
I completed the Cozy Mystery Challenge.
I joined two new challenges: the Vampire Diaries and R.I.P. IV.
I dropped two challenges: There was no way I was going to finish the U.S. Civil War challenge, although I love books that take place in that era, I wasn't making progress. I also dropped the U.S. Presidents challenge. I love the idea of reading one nonfiction book about each president and may keep that as a personal goal, but I wasn't keeping up with the challenge.
There is still time to join the first challenge I've ever hosted: The Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge.
What's New and What's Coming in September
August saw a couple of new features on BFR. I wrote my first movie review, which was of Lost in Austen. I also joined the A-Z Wednesday meme as a way of spotlighting books I can recommend.
I also make changes to my Review Policy. I added an explanation of my rating system and explained why there are so few "C" books on this blog. I also added a blurb about the Literary Road Trip to that page.
September is the month for BBAW. I am really, really looking forward to it. I volunteered to help out and spent quite a bit of time in August working behind the scenes for the event. I want to take this time to thank everyone who nominated me for an awards category. I was incredibly flattered and astounded.
I have author interviews, guest posts, blog tours, and Literary Road Trip posts planned for September, so look for those.
The Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge is off to a great start and in just two months we have almost 100 reviews and 116 participants. Click on the "Sookie" tab under my banner photo to learn more about the challenge and to see the review links.
How was your August? Did you meet your reading goals? Are you caught up on your reviews? Are you making changes?