This past week I finished How to Be a Canadian, which was a perfect, fun read to get me out of my funk. I still feel tired all the time from the heat but at least I don't feel so blue anymore. I also posted my review of Shutting Out the Sun this week (links to both reviews below). So this weekend I've started reading Clouds Over Mountains by Matt Joseph. I'm still meeting the main characters so we'll see how it goes, but it's holding my interest so far and I'm looking forward to getting back to it.
This coming week, I'm hoping to get my hands on When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason. I've pre-ordered it so hopefully it won't take too long to get here after it's released on Tuesday. Fingers crossed. I've also watched a couple of trailers for the movie Twilight lately and of course lots of people are reading Breaking Dawn this weekend, so I'm beginning to feel a vampire mood coming on. In the series, I've only read Twilight so far but New Moon has been leering at me from my shelves the last few days, not that I really have time to fit it in as I'm getting rather behind on my challenges. Maybe I can wait and read it for this year's R.I.P. Challenge.
Anyway, July was a little disappointing in that I'd hoped to get more reading in. This darn heat and humidity are just wiping me out. Lately I can barely keep my eyes open to read at night before bed. Blah! What do you do to beat the heat?
Books completed in July:
(click on the title to read my review)
29. Matrimony - Joshua Henkin
30. 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style - Matt Madden
31. Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation - Michael Zielenziger
32. How to Be a Canadian - Will Ferguson & Ian Ferguson
Favourite of the month:
That's a hard question this month as I enjoyed them all and they were all quite different. Matrimony was a good relationship story, 99 Ways to Tell a Story was an interesting look at the variations of storytelling, Shutting Out the Sun was a well-researched analysis of modern Japanese society and How to Be a Canadian made me laugh. So I'm going to abstain from naming a favourite this month.
Books in: 3 (all review copies - I didn't buy any books in July!)
Books out: 6
Reading Challenges- Progress Report:
My current status on all active challenges. See sidebar for links.
Non-Fiction Five Challenge (May 1 - Sep. 30, 2008) - 2 out of 5 completed
Herding Cats Challenge (May 1 - Nov. 30, 2008) - 1 out of 3
Orbis Terrarum Challenge (Apr. 1 - Dec. 20, 2008) - 2 out of 9
My Year of Reading Dangerously (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 5 out of 12
What's in a Name Challenge (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 3 out of 6
Graphic Novels Challenge (July - Dec. 2008) - 1 out of 3
Reading Jane Austen (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 1 out of 2
1% Well-Read Challenge (May 1, 2008 - Feb. 28, 2009) - 1 out of 10
2nd Canadian Book Challenge (July 1, 2008 - July 1, 2009) - 1 out of 13
Japanese Literature Challenge 2 (July 30, 2008 - Jan. 30, 2009) - 0 out of 3
Book Awards II Challenge (Aug. 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009) - 0 out of 10
Reading Japan - I've read 9 books so far this year (1 in July).
Orange Prize Project - I've read 2 books so far this year (none in July).
Reading plans for August:
I'm going to try to finish the Non-Fiction Five challenge, which means I need to read 3 more this month. This could be do-able as long as I don't get too distracted by other books, such as When Twilight Burns that I mentioned above. And as long as the heat doesn't completely kill off my dwindling powers of concentration. I'd also like to try to catch up on My Year of Reading Dangerously, but I'll just have to see where the month takes me.
How has your reading been so far this summer? Any books you're dying to read?