Sunday Salon

Sunday, August 1, 2010

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 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!


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I've enjoyed some other Carolyn Parkhurst books, so I'm sure I'd like The Nobodies Album.

Great reading for the month! I also read Still Missing...loved it.

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Helen's Book Blog said...

That is so sad that you hated the Bright Lights Big City movie. I remember enjoying the book and will now not ever see the film. Sounds like you had a great reading month!

Trisha said...

I've often heard the argument that one shouldn't be ticked off when changes are made in book to film adaptations because they are such different mediums of expression. Sounds like this book sort of proved that - maybe the film stayed too close to the book and didn't make the necessary changes for the medium.

bookmagic said...

I liked Bright Lights, Big City when it first came out, now it seems so irrelevant.

I've heard good thins about The Blind Contessa book and look forward to reading it

Trish said...

I've said this before but I really relate to the busy life and struggling to find time to read. I hope it slows down for you with school and that you can work yourself into a routine. I'm so far behind on reviews, but the good news (not really good) is that I'm not reading enough to get THAT far behind! :) Gotta look for the positives, right?

Hope you're having a lovely Sunday.

Jenny said...

Laurel -- I think you'd like it too!

Helen -- I definitely think the book would suffice, lol.

Trisha -- I'm one of those people who has said that too, but I do definitely understand that now!

Bookmagic -- irrelevant is a good way to describe it for how it is now.

Trish -- thanks! And yeah, you're right, lol... it's not that I don't have time to write the reviews...

Zibilee said...

Good to know your thoughts on Bright Lights, Big City. I think I may just have to skip the movie, but read the book. I hope you have an amazing reading month, and I look forward to hearing more about what you are reading!

Bibliophile By the Sea said... read a lot of books in July that I hope to read. So happy I saw this post. Have a great August.

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Stopping on by from Fizzy Thoughts' site! The Blind Contessa's New Machine is on my list!! I'm so excited to read this one -- and I've heard really good things about Still Missing, so I'm eager for that as well. I quite like the illustration on The Starlet, but I'll check your review for that, too!

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