August is Over, School About to Start

I have something to celebrate.   I read my 50th book of the  year!!

Of course, this is off-target for my UNofficial goal of reading 100 books for 2010 but I’m OK with it.   I’m proud of my efforts to read books for all the challenges I’ve signed up for and I’m still motivated.   woo hoo!

I read 6 books in August (and I have serious doubts I’ll be able to conclude my in-progress book by the end of the day.)

The Bell Jar / Sylvia Plath ***** 50  What’s in a Name 3
Finny / Justin Kramon **** 49
Overboard! / Michael J Tougias **** 48 NF
Zeitoun / Dave Eggers **** 47 IRL Bookclub NF
Mixed Magics / Diana Wynne Jones *** 46 DWJweek
Fingersmith / Sarah Waters **** 45 COBC

Two nonfiction, two contemporary fiction (I’m counting The Bell Jar here as well as Finny),  two published in 201o (a new phenomenon to my reading life), a thriller, and only Finny not counting for a challenge!  – and I probably could/will have it fill a slot on the Twenty in Ten Challenge.

Overall, a very satisfying and pleasurable pile of books. Although, maybe six books a pile do not make.

I’m in the middle of bell hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody and have to read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer for my Sept 23 bookclub.    It’s all a crap shoot what else I’ll read but the top stack catching my interest includes The Likeness by Tana French, The Sea by Banville, Where the Red Fern Grows (don’t tell me anything!  I’m already mad that I was told it is a ‘sad dog tale’.   There’s probably nothing else left to add.  GRRrrrrrr) and…  maybe Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell which was acquired thru per a recommendation by a wonderful lady I’m teaching how to use the internet.   oh!  and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri!  just joined my party.

I was going to link to my goodreads tbr list but couldn’t figure out how to only show the ones that are in the house.   Guess I’ll have to take a picture…   This one is a good sample:

Happy Back to School for everyone, too!    Our district’s official first day is Sept 8 and since teachers usually don’t take off that first week, I don’t expect to sub until the middle of the month.

And, congratulations to all my favorite blogs that have been nominated for Book Blogger Appreciation Week!    🙂


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20 thoughts on “August is Over, School About to Start

  1. Hooray, congratulations! And more yay for bell hooks and for Where the Red Fern Grows. I think now that I have a dog I’m inordinately fond of (instead of a dog I was mildly scared of, as was the case when I read Where the Red Fern Grows as a kid), I would find that book too stressful to read. I hope you enjoy it! It’s really touching.

  2. Going back to school has definitely limited by reading and blogging time, especially in these first few weeks when my new-to-college freshmen are still finding their way around the ins and outs of academia. You should head to Illinois and sub for me!

  3. Yay! Congratulations on 50 books 😀 I’ve set a goal of 100 books for myself every single year and I’ve NEVER hit it :p This year will be no different! But think of how few people ACTUALLY read even 50 books in a year! Go us! :p

  4. Oh Care, six books most certainly does a pile make! (Please–you gotta just agree with me on this one…otherwise I’d never get “a pile” read in month!)

  5. chandragarbanzo

    100 books in a year? I like to think of myself as a reader, but 50 books a year would be a stretch for me. Congrats on reaching 50 already.

  6. Congratulations on your 50th book! I am way way way off target for my reading goals this year, but I guess that is the price one pays for having a baby. 🙂 Thanks for posting your TBR stack. I love to see other people’s addictions! I think mine would look quite similar if it was all in one place.

    1. I did look for a book shelf this week, but am too cheap to part with the cash when the stacks here are so out of the way and easy to work with. I’m glad you find it amazing! (I keep thinking of re-arranging by color… or did you mean the title are amazing?! hee hee)

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