Wednesday, September 10, 2008

August in Review

August was a pretty good month and I got to travel a lot through my books, even though in reality it was too hot to go much of anywhere. My reading took me from Japan to Hawaii, then to London, then to New York and Poland, then to India and a cave in the Himalayas, then to Switzerland and Rome, and finally to Kyoto, Japan. I guess I travelled full circle. Isn't it wonderful the places that books can take us?

Books completed in August:
(click on the title to read my review)
33. Clouds Over Mountains - Matt Joseph
34. When Twilight Burns - Colleen Gleason
35. Maus I & II - Art Spiegelman
36. Cave in the Snow - Vicki Mackenzie
37. Daisy Miller - Henry James
38. A Geisha's Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice - Komomo & Naoyuki Ogino

Favourite of the month:
I enjoyed everything I read in August, but the best read of the month would have to be Maus I & II. A powerful story. Anyone who thinks graphic novels are all monsters and superheroes should definitely read this! Actually everyone should read this!
Most fun to read: When Twilight Burns

Books in: 5
Books out: 0

Reading Challenges- Progress Report:
My current status on all active challenges. See sidebar for links.
Non-Fiction Five Challenge (May 1 - Sep. 30, 2008) - 5 out of 5 - completed!
Herding Cats Challenge (May 1 - Nov. 30, 2008) - 2 out of 3
Orbis Terrarum Challenge (Apr. 1 - Dec. 20, 2008) - 2 out of 9
My Year of Reading Dangerously (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 7 out of 12
What's in a Name Challenge (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 4 out of 6
Graphic Novels Challenge (July - Dec. 2008) - 2 out of 3
Reading Jane Austen (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 1 out of 2
Japanese Literature Challenge 2 (July 30, 2008 - Jan. 30, 2009) - 1 out of 3
1% Well-Read Challenge (May 1, 2008 - Feb. 28, 2009) - 1 out of 10
Book Awards II Challenge (Aug. 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009) - 1 out of 10
2nd Canadian Book Challenge (July 1, 2008 - July 1, 2009) - 1 out of 13

New challenges joined:
R.I.P. III Challenge (Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2008) - 4 books
2nds Challenge (Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2008) - 4 books

Reading Japan - I've read 11 books so far this year (2 in August).
Orange Prize Project - I've read 2 books so far this year (none in August).

Reading plans for September:
I'm already on my third book for September which is also my third for the R.I.P. Challenge so that challenge is well under control. I'll be reading The Translator by Daoud Hari after it gets here, for Natasha's Reading and Blogging for Darfur project this month. And then I really need to focus on some more international authors for the Orbis Terrarum Challenge. Here's hoping for another good month.


  1. Oh, I like the "5 books in, 0 books out" thing. I've never paid attention, but this month would have been a great month to count because I've emptied some shelves and donated a ton to the library sale corner.

  2. hey..congrats! looks like you got some pretty interesting reading done in august.. all the books that you read and reviewed look really interesting ..thanks for the great reviews!

  3. I think that way about books too - how they can take you to other places. I think that is one way I try to satisfy my desire to travel when I don't have the time or funds to leave home!

  4. Nancy- I decided to keep track this year out of curiousity. I think my buying is down this year compared to previous years but it'll still be interesting to look back at the end of the year and see how many books I acquired.

    Ramya- I did have some interesting reading in August, and I enjoyed all of them so I can't complain. :)

    Karen- Armchair travelling is the next best thing to actually being there! And with travel getting so expensive these days, thank goodness for books to take us away.

  5. I'm soooo glad you enjoyed Maus so much. I really need to re-read it. It's been a while.

  6. Andi- I think I probably first heard about Maus from you, so thanks for that! It really is a great way to tell the story.


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