Total Books and Current Status
Since January 1, I've read 62 books and left 3 books unfinished. I have posted 59 full reviews and 8 mini-reviews and I have 3 reviews left to write. I am currently reading A Separate Country by Robert Hicks and listening to Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll.
What Did I Read?
Here's what I read in July. Click on the link to see my review; the letter in parentheses is my rating.
Dead As a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (B)
Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy (A-)
The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand (B)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (A)
Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm (C-)
Rapture in Deathby J. D. Robb (B)
Delectable Mountains by Earlene Fowler (B)
I was heavily into mysteries in July because I had two challenges that called for them. I love mysteries of all sorts (especially series), so that's a good thing. Unfortunately, I find it very difficult to write reviews of mysteries: I don't like to reveal any spoilers, so it's pretty hard to come up with good review material. The Hunger Games lived up to its hype, and Every Last Cuckoo was a nice winner.
I posted two mini reviews of books I read before I started blogging.
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Imperium by Robert Harris
And I posted one mini review of a book I didn't finish.
A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
I conducted no author interviews in July.
Beth Fish Out and About
Rebecca at Just One Page invited me to take a walk with her in June as part of her Virtual Walking Tour feature. Thanks so much, Rebecca!
Did I Complete Any Challenges? Join Any New Ones?
I completed the 2009 Themed Reading Challenge with only one day to spare! I also completed two categories in The Library Thing 999 Challenge.
I joined two new challenges: the Harry Potter Challenge and the Random Reading Challenge. Both look fun and easy.
Although it wasn't really a challenge in the usually sense, I also completed my Game On Diet competition.
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 August
I don't think I made any major changes to my blogging routine or my blog itself in July. I am thinking about the Thursday Tea meme and would love to have feedback. On the one hand, I love having the chance to highlight my current audio in an informal manner, but on the other hand I wonder if many of my readers think it's just too gimmicky. So would you rather I just highlight the book and be done with it or do you like the tea idea? I'm on the fence.
August is going to see more action for BBAW in preparation for the big week in September. Please nominate blogs for the categories, suggest new categories, and promote the event. Donate or find sponsors for prizes. Think of a way to get involved.
Two new features are coming up on Beth Fish Reads. First, is the Literary Roadtrip which will spotlight Pennsylvania authors. I already have several authors lined up. I am really excited about this project. Second, I'm experimenting with some author guest posts. These are authors who have something to say that interests me, and this is a separate feature from the Literary Roadtrip.
The Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge is off to a great start and in just one month we have almost 75 reviews. Click on the "Sookie" tab under my banner photo to learn more about the challenge and to see the review links.
How was your July? Did you meet your reading goals? Are you caught up on your reviews? Are you making changes? And please let me know your opinion of the Thursday Tea meme.