The Sunday Salon – August 30, 2009 (The “August-reading-wrap-up” and “reading challenge update” edition

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I know that August isn’t over yet, but I’m not far enough along to finish another book by Monday.

Books read in August:

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge – 3 starsmy review

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart (audiobook) – 2 stars

The Promised World by Lisa Tucker – 4 stars (review coming in September for blog tour)

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 4 stars

Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall – 5 starsmy review

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant – 3 starsmy review

Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson and Ned Rust – 3 starsmy review

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner – 4 starsmy review

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry – 5 stars (review coming in September for blog tour)

Reading challenge progress:

TBR Challenge – deadline December 31, 2009 (not gonna happen)
Goal: 12 books
Read: 3; 2 in progress

100 Shots of Short – no deadline
Goal: 100 short stories
Read: 81

100+ Reading Challenge – deadline December 31, 2009 (possible)
Goal: Challenge goal 100 books; personal goal 135 books
Read: 90

Art History Reading Challenge – deadline December 31, 2009 (maybe)
Goal: 6 books
Read: 2

Classics Challenge – deadline December 31, 2009 (maybe)
Goal: 6 books
Read: 2; 2 in progress

Everything Austen Challenge – deadline December 31, 2009 (probable)
Goal: Read 3 books, watch 3 movies
Completed: 1 movie

Harry Potter Challenge – deadline July 31, 2010 (probable)
Goal: Read or listen to all 7 books
Completed: 0; 1 in progress

Outlander Reading Challenge – deadline September 22, 2009 (not gonna happen)
Goal: Read or listen to first six books in the series
Completed: 4; 1 in progress

Random Reading Challenge – deadline July 31, 2010 (probable)
Goal: 12 books
Completed: 0

Read Your Own Books Challenge – deadline December 31, 2009 (not gonna happen)
Goal: 70 books I owned prior to January 1, 2009
Completed: 20

Sookie Stackhouse Challenge – deadline June 30, 2010 (probable)
Goal: All 9 books in the series
Completed: 0

Stephanie Plum Challenge – deadline December 31, 2010 (probable)
Goal: 10 books in the series (the numbered ones I hadn’t read when the challenge started, plus the between-the-numbers ones)
Completed: 1

I think I went a little challenge crazy, don’t you? Oh, well, it’s been fun trying to complete them. My reading plans have taken a real hit in the past few months, with all the ARCs and review copies and blog tours, as well as my need to click over to the library web site every time I read a review I like. I’m going to try to complete as many as I can; we’ll see how successful I’ll be.

Other bookish posts from the past couple of weeks:

~ My favorite classics so far
~ Literary Road Trip: Meghan Nutall Sayres
~ Book Review: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
~ Found in the pages of Bookmarks Magazine
~ Book Review: Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
~ Book Review: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
~ Book Review: Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson & Ned Rust
~ Literary Road Trip: Author Chris Crutcher
~ Book Review: Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
~ Book Review: The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
~ Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer

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18 Responses to The Sunday Salon – August 30, 2009 (The “August-reading-wrap-up” and “reading challenge update” edition

  1. Gnoe says:

    Yay, you’ve read a lot in August! I finished just 2… (1 for a challenge — of which I have just 4 btw LOL). Good luck with finishing your huge list of challenges!
    .-= Gnoe´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon of August 30th 2009 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Gnoe – thanks! There are a few that will have to be abandoned, I know. I just went challenge crazy!

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I am slowly chipping away at the challenges, but keep signing up for more! I always tell myself that nobody is going to come and shoot me if I don’t finish though. I have decided that I’m not going to do any more ARCs for the rest of the year, after I finish the one I have coming up mid month. I have to get focused!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..The Best of…Ken Cupples’ Top 10 Books =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – me, too – I’ve been turning down review copies left and right – I’ve still got eight to get done!

  3. You had an incredibly impressive month for reading in August!
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..Sunday Salon – Review of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Rhapsody – thanks! It was a good month – I was sucking up every ounce of our summer vacation that I could. Our homeschooling year starts tomorrow, so I will have much less reading time.

  4. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    Holy moly, you had a great month of reading! Wow.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Challenge: R.I.P. IV =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Beth – summer break with lots of afternoons at the park and pool with the kids – makes it easy to find lots of time to read!

  5. Oh – you loved The Lace Reader. I haven’t gotten to it yet, so your rating is encouraging.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Thoughts of Joy – I did love it! I wrote my review, but it won’t go up until September 17th for the blog tour.

  6. Margot says:

    14 books in one month is a LOT. You are doing so good – a wonderful reading month.
    .-= Margot´s last blog ..Favorite Places: Louisville, Kentucky =-.

  7. Andreea says:

    You’ve read a lot of books this month. Wow! I am looking forward to your review of The Lace Reader. I just finished it, but I didn’t like it that much.
    .-= Andreea´s last blog ..The ABC’s of Me =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Andreea – I actually did like it very much! I haven’t read any other reviews – I’ve tried to avoid them so that I wouldn’t have anything spoiled for me. What did you dislike about it?

  8. It’s hard to believe September is right around the corner. This summer is flying by. I am looking forward to reading your review of The Promised World. I’ll be posting my review on Tuesday for that one. The Lace Reader is a book I’ve been meaning to get to. I’ve heard such great things about it.

    I’ve seriously been thinking of dropping out of many of my challenges. I went through this about this time last year and decided to stick it out, but this year, I think I might just drop out anyway. I definitely went crazy signing up for them. LOL

    I hope you have a great September, Carrie, and a wonderful week.
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: A Reading Retrospective (August 2004) & A Big Thank You =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – I’m curious to see if you liked The Promised World as much as I did. And The Lace Reader is a terrific read – I love books that keep you guessing until the end. Thanks for the well wishes – I hope your week is good as well.

  9. Melody says:

    Wow! Looks like you’ve a great reading month!!
    .-= Melody´s last blog ..Musing Mondays: Books for Children =-.