JULY 2020 WRAP-UP
Exceptionally, like many of you I suspect, no vacation this year. Apart from a short semi staycation week with just a quarter of my regular tutoring hours, so that I could clean the house… and so listen to more audiobooks, as I never do the one without the other!
I usually don’t read much if I go on vacation somewhere. So having no distraction at home, the reading schedule has remained steady.
So much so that I have already read 21/20 books of Summer. I’ll probably reach 32 or more by the end of August.
📚 So here are the titles I read in July:
7 in print
= with 2,122 pages, a daily average of 68 pages/day
5 in audio
= 23H43, a daily average of 45 minutes
5 in mystery:
- The Murder on the Links, #2 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
- No Woods so Dark as These, by Randall Silvis – ebook, for review for Criminal Element. Review live on 8/3
- Poirot Investigates #3 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
- Celle qui pleurait sous l’eau, by Niko Tackian – ebook, readalong with a French student
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd #4 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
4 in nonfiction:
- The First Book of Samuel – audio, for The Classics Club
- I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf, by Grant Snider
- The Second Book of Samuel – audio, for The Classics Club
- Marie Antoinette’s World, by Will Bashor- ebook for review for France Book Tours Review live on 8/14
2 in literary fiction:
- A Wild Sheep Chase, by Haruki Murakami – ebook, readalong with the Online Murakami Book Club (meeting on Discord)
- Complètement cramé, by Gilles Legardinier- ebook, readalong with the French Book Club (meeting on Discord)
1 in children book:
- The One and Only Bob, by Katherine Applegate
MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH
Lots of great books, but I’ll go with the less heavy ones, to fit a Summer mood.
READING CHALLENGES & RECAP
Classics Club: 38/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read
Total of books read in 2020 = 72/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 33
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You had a wide variety in your reading last month! I hope you review I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelves. If you already did and I missed it let me know. Happy Reading in August. At least we can travel through books, right?
Yes, I guess diversity is often my word. I’ll just do a short review for I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelves. It’s a great fun book, so many great views about books, and cool drawings too!!
An impressive number of books, and such variety. I love it when I find books from different categories and they all agree with me!
I know the feeling! I hope you have some great reads in August!
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Quite an interesting list there. I think my favourite would be I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf. I love Grant Snyder anyways, he has a heart for us obsessed readers. 🙂
My July was rather busy, I’m glad I finished so many books, and quite a variety, as well:
Lindgren, Astrid “Samuel August from Sevedstorp and Hanna i Hult aka A Love Story” (En kärlekshistoria: Samuel August från Sevedstorp och Hanna i Hult) – 1975
Brontë, Anne “Agnes Grey” – 1847
Holzach, Michael “Das vergessene Volk. Ein Jahr Bei den deutschen Hutterern In Kanada” (The Forgotten People: A Year Among the Hutterites) – 1980
Hustvedt, Siri “The Summer without Men” – 2011
Oelker, Petra “Das glücklichste Jahr” [The Happiest Year] – 2015
James, Henry “The Europeans” – 1878
Russell, Helen “The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country” – 2015
McCall Smith, Alexander “Espresso Tales” (44 Scotland Street #2) – 2005
Stephenson, Neal “Anathem” – 2008
Borrmann, Mechtild “Grenzgänger. Die Geschichte einer verlorenen deutschen Kindheit” [Cross-border commuters. The story of a lost German childhood] – 2018
Weiler, Jan “Kühn hat zu tun” [Kühn is busy] – 2015
Booth, Cathleen “Mercy & Grace on the Camino de Santiago” – 2020
Gorky, Maxim (Максима Горького) “Die Mutter” (Mother/Мать/Matj) – 1906/07
ooh, nice variety here! I need to try Stephenson. I see Gorky, can you read in Russian? I’m learning right now, but it will take a while before I can even read children stories. Though I can do that in Italian, which I’ve been studying by myself for a few months only. I like new challenges
to you too! Stay safe
It sounds like summer is treating you well with books so far… I hope that continues in to August. Happy reading!
Thanks, and happy August reading to you too
I usually take a staycation in the summer because I don’t really like leaving my house and I usually have to go out everyday for work. I’ve worked from home all summer so I haven’t taken any vacation time. I will need to take some in the coming months but as I’m supposed to go back to the office on Monday I figure I will need the staycations again. Looks like you had a good reading month. I listened to a bunch of audiobooks too. Check out what I read at Girl Who Reads.
Yes, sometimes staycation is the best anyway
No vacations here either, although this year it might not have worked out for us anyway with kids’ school stuff. Maybe next year humanity will have this virus under control with a vaccine. Your reading month was excellent–I really want to read The One and Only Bob too.
Applegate is really an amazing author. I doubt a vaccine will help too much, with all the mutations. But hopefully, more people will use more protection and learn from this year’s debacle
What did you think of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd? It’s one of the Christie novels my mom had on her shelf that I got to bring home after my mom passed away. I had never heard of it. My mom was a huge Christie fan.
Excellent for sure, well, like all of Agatha Christie. There’s only one so far that I really find weird, Crooked House, because of who did what
Glad to hear you thought it was good! My friend Cleo told me she remembers enjoying By the Pricking of the Thumb. So it sounds like I got some good ones on my shelf then! 🙂
I don’t think you can go wrong with any Agatha Christie anyway. The more you read, the more you realize how amazing she was. How dd she come up with all these different plots? So different, and she always manages to trick the reader so so well. Really impressive
I had to go and request I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelves. I hope it arrives soon. Eager to read it. Thanks, Emma.
You will love it!