I've never really included any monthly type of summary things on this blog, but I decided to try adding them to my Sunday Salon posts. I always think it's interesting when I look over the list of books I've read that even though it feels to me like the month zipped on by before I had a chance to realize what happened, when I look at a list of books read, reviewed, etc. it feels long; looking at a list and saying oh wow, I read that book during this month? It feels like AGES ago that I read that book, lol! Then I feel more accomplished actually seeing how much I've done. For instance, despite what I considered some serious reading droughts this month, I still managed to post ten book reviews! Granted, Jason did one of them, and one I had written up a while ago and ready to go, but STILL! Most of those I did read this month, and I figure if I can at least post 4 books reviews a month, I should be good.
So without further ado, in the month of July I reviewed:
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons
The Starlet by Mary McNamara
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace
The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
The Last Block in Harlem by Christopher Herz
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
Stash by David Klein
Many of these were fantastic reads, but I have to say the ones that stood out to me the most were The Last Block in Harlem, The Nobodies Album, and The Blind Contessa's New Machine (this one mainly because of how extraordinarily beautiful the writing was).
My reading has been slow lately but I have a lot of books I'm REALLY looking forward to reading/reviewing in August, so hopefully I'll still be able to get to it! The crazy thing that happened with school and internship got CRAZIER and I have to have this round of hours done by the 6th instead of the 12th... BUT looks like I may actually pull it off and then even though I'm still working, the actual "school" part will slow down a tad so maybe I'll get some more reading done.
One last thing I wanted to add... I mentioned I was going to watch the movie version of Bright Lights, Big City... yeah... well, we watched it. I decided to not do a separate post for it. Basically, I hated it. Jason was bored with it. I kept falling asleep. We stopped watching it maybe 3/5 of the way through. And the very sad thing? It followed the book almost exactly!! So how can I have thought the book was good when I read it and thought the movie was incredibly boring? I mean, Michael J. Fox even narrates in parts exactly from the book. I don't know, but it sort of brought my opinion of the book down a little. Can't really figure out how to explain it better than that except that the book was good, but not something I fell head over heels for. I definitely preferred reading the author's thoughts than seeing it on the screen. Strange!