Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August in Review - What a Month!

August was a month to remember on the East Coast!
Wondering just what September has in store?

I have mixed feelings as we move into September, and wave the warmer weather away.  I enjoyed summer, but love the current 75-80 degree temps (no humidity) and 55 degree nights with no AC on.  I feel blessed to have survived an earthquake and a  hurricane tropical storm ~ unscathed. Our hearts go out to those who suffered any losses as a result.

In August I did enjoy watching a variety of birds at our new feeders from my deck, and LOVED having time off from work to enjoy the nice weather (we did have an extra nice summer for the most part).

I had a fun month with the books that I read in August as well.  I read (11) books and reviewed (9) so far.
  1. Mice; Gordon Reece 3.5/5  
  2. Alice Bliss; Laura Harrington - 4.5/5 (review) 
  3. Save Me; Lisa Scottoline  - 2/5 (audio)
  4. A Good School; Richard Yates - 4/5 
  5. Fallen; Karin Slaughter - 4/5 (audio) 
  6. A Good Hard Look; Ann Napolitano - 5/5 (review) 
  7. The Lost Daughter; Elena Ferrante - 4.5/5 
  8. Child Wonder; Roy Jacobson - 4.5/5 (review)
  9. Maine; J. Courtney Sullivan - 4.5/5 (audio)
Read but not Yet Reviewed 
  • Favorite  Fiction Book - A Good Hard Look; Ann Napolitano  - 5/5 
  • Favorite Audio Book -  Maine; J. Courtney Sullivan (4.5/5) 
  • New authors -   6/9- YTD - 57/84
  • Review Books - 6/9 -YTD - 39/84
  • 5 star books - 1/9 -   YTD - 21/84
  • 4 star books - 6/9-    YTD - 51/84
  • 3 star books - 1/9 -   YTD - 8/84
  • 2 star books - 1/9-    YTD - 3/84
~~~~~ Challenge Progress ~~~~~
  • 100+ Reading Challenge - 84/100
  • Reading From My Shelves Project - 41/50
  • Audio Book Challenge - 23/20 - COMPLETED
  • eBook Challenge - 8/20
  • Europa Challenge - 2/4
  September Reading Plans
How was your month for books?


  1. You had a great month! August was sure a strange one for all of us on the east coast!

  2. Good month! Happy September reading!

  3. Great month. I'm hoping to read The Night Circus next month. Hopefully I'll get it from the library soon!

  4. Quite the exciting month in your neck of the woods! Looks like you got some good reading in too :)

  5. Mice looks more and more appealing as I see everyones reviews. Hope September turns out to be just as good (minus the natural disasters, of course).

  6. My month in reading is still dragging on. I'm reading two books that seem to require only small snippets of time before I lose interest. Maybe I should move on.

  7. It was definitely an August to remember! I'm always sorry to see summer end, even if fall is my favorite time of year. Happy September.

  8. 4.5 for Maine? i have seen a lot of good reviews..will have to check this one out.

  9. Fantastic reading month for you! I moved A Good Hard Look up in my stack because of your recommendation! Off to see how my August fared.

  10. It was a weird month, wasn't it? I think you did a great job with the reading, and you read some really interesting stuff. Good luck with September's reading goals!

  11. I don't like August, but Sept. is my favorite month of the year. I feel like new beginnings and the cool nights mean a good night's sleep. Happy September!

  12. Great month Diane! I love seeing that you have enjoyed most of the books you have read this year.

    I'm ready for a quiet September, windows open, cooler weather...:)

    Have a great day!

  13. Hopefully it will be a quite September as far as natural disasters go!

  14. I'm glad that you survived all that nature tossed your way in August! It looks like you had a fab month of reading. I've been meaning to read Bel Canto for a long time.

    I hope to find some time to squeeze in the Night Circus book in between review copies (I'll have to get it from the library since I didn't get an ARC). I've got a lot of review copies for September though. It always seems to be that way. :)

  15. The earthquake was definitely a thing to remember. It took me such a long time to realize what it was. If it had been any stronger, I would still be sitting at my PC wondering what was happening, lol!

    You had a fab month in books. I hope September is just as awesome!

  16. It was quite the month as far as natural disasters here wasn't it?

  17. where do you live and how in the world do i get that kind of weather? we've had 20 plus days of 100 plus degrees. today was cooler than most days though at only 94 degrees (yay!) i'm completely jealous of your weather!!

  18. I loved Maine on audio -- glad you did too. Here's to calmer weather ahead.

  19. I'm glad that your area came away in good shape from Irene. Your month of reading was fantastic!!! I like the cooler days and nights myself.

  20. great month for reading. I read the 2 you have not reviewed yet. I just went thru 9 books this past August. here is my wrap-up:
    Emma @ Words And Peace


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