July 2012 Roundup

Another month comes to an end… I got a lot of reading done in July (12 books when my average is usually around 8), although the month was another hectic one.  I’m having a hard time keeping up with my blog as much as I’d like to, as my motivation for writing has been waning.  I am hoping this is just a phase and that I’ll get back in my groove sooner or later.  (Maybe this is just life as a blogger?  Highs and lows in terms of interest?  I dunno.)

I haven’t reviewed everything below and probably won’t (I’ve forgotten a lot at this point), but I provided Goodreads links in case something piques your interest.

Books Read (with links to my review/Goodreads):

What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (audiobook)

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty (my least favorite Jessica Darling so far)

Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy

Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Strauss

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (audiobook)

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (I originally read/reviewed this in April, but won it in a giveaway held by Gone Pecan and promptly reread it!)

In the Works: I am currently reading Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy, the sequel to Flat-Out Sexy, and just started listening to Countdown by Deborah Wiles on audiobook. I’ve got a nice little stack of other books checked out from the library– a little bit of everything, really.  I am weirdly in the mood for something historical fiction-y, something set in the 1960s-1990s, if you have a good suggestion for me there please share in the comments!!

What’s new in your reading/blogging world?

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8 thoughts on “July 2012 Roundup

  1. Hopefully you get re-energized to write, but I get it cause I’ve been dealing with it a little also. I think it helps sometimes to mix up your topics – if you don’t feel like reviewing a book write about something else. I’m about to write my review of “Code Name Verity” (Yeah I read a new book!) and it’s definitely a historical fictiony book, but world war II. It was good and very different (reviewing is going to be hard without spoiling anything).

    What did you think of “Between You and Me”? I really like “The Nannies Diaries” but some of their other novels I’ve felt like I could tell they were written by two people.

    • I’ll be looking for your review of Code Name Verity… not sure I want a WWII book (I feel like that is a time period a little overdone in fiction/school curricula), but I’ve heard that is an awesome book.

      As for Between You and Me… I got wrapped up in it, but more because it was like watching a trainwreck than because it had a decent plot or characterization. I’d say read it only if you’re curious about the downward spiral of a Britney Spears-like celebrity. Interesting topic, but could have been done better!

  2. Aw I liked Fourth Comings! But I was also a hipster 20-something living in NYC when I read it – I think that helped. I got so mad at Marcus Flutie for not liking New York! Also, I was pretty annoying at that stage too.

    Have you read any Robin Benway? We have an interview with her on our site today (I out of the blue emailed her because I thought her books had to be written by someone awesome) and she gave such good answers that you will be immediately inspired to pick up her books if you haven’t. Shameless plug, but also selfless – I’m spreading gospel here 🙂

    • I think part of my problem with Fourth Comings was that it was set over such a short timespan, so there wasn’t much room for character development. I dunno, Jessica acted like her age, but it was hard to see her stagnating for me. I haven’t gotten to Perfect Fifths, but I look forward to seeing her grow up a little more!

      I haven’t read any Robin Benway… I’ll have to check out your post, of course!

  3. I’m becoming very conflicted about the JD series lately because I just don’t think Fourth Comings sounds interesting at all. Is that weird? I didn’t even review Charmed Thirds because I wasn’t really sure what to say after the first two books.

    I didn’t feel a whole lot like writing reviews this month either, so you’re not the only one! I think I am more into blogging during the school year because it’s an escape from work for me. During the summer, I don’t have as much of a structured schedule and then I fail at blogging. You’d think it’d be the opposite. I’m weird.

    I wish I had a historical fiction rec for you! I need to get better at this if I am going to be a librarian some day 🙂

    • I want to finish the JD series because I really enjoy seeing her character grow. Fourth Comings wasn’t awful or anything, but I haven’t rushed out to get Perfect Fifths, so I dunno, they sort of lose steam, but are still better than a lot of books out there.

      This summer has just blown by me, things have been so busy! And when they aren’t I just want to lie around and do nothing at all. Maybe when things are a little less busy/lazy I’ll get my act together!

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