Archive for July, 2012

July 6th, 2012

» 36 Books: June

June books! I’m at the halfway mark and actually ahead in my reading goal, yay! I just checked my Good Reads, and apparently I felt like everything this month was 4 stars (out of 5).

  • The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess, by Lou Schule, Cassandra Forsythe, & Alwyn Cosgrove – I really liked this! It seems like a sound, effective plan, and fits exactly with the types of things my personal trainer has had me doing for the last month. I started with him about the time I read this book, so I’m doing his plan instead of this one — but this is my fall-back if (when) I decide the PT is so. much. money, omg. Which it is, but it’s also been something to help keep me sane and focused this last month while Eric has been in Chile.
  • Deadlocked, by Charlaine Harris – Sookie, yay! I feel like this one is better than the last couple, but not as good as the first handful. I’m still eager to borrow these from a friend or the library, but not rushing out to buy them when they first hit the shelves.
  • A Storm of Swords, by George R. R. Martin, read by Roy Dotrice – Third verse, same as the first… I like the series. There are a LOT of characters. A LOT. I still kind of zone out and am surprised by stuff I didn’t notice, which isn’t usual for me. Audiobook blah blah. (Sidenote: I just finished watching the first season of Game of Thrones on HBO. Awesomeee.)
  • Divergent, by Veronica Roth – Molly lent me this one, saying it’s a post-apocalypse-ish sorta Hunger Games YA lit type thing. Sold! I didn’t like it nearly as well as the Hunger Games — I feel like Roth has a lot of room to develop as an author, and felt like there were a lot of plot points that descended like the Hand of God!! and I didn’t always totally believe or care for the characters… But I was pretty entertained.
  • All the Blue-Eyed Angels, by Jen Blood – Another rec from Molly, a self-published eBook that came out of nowhere all “Hi, I’m awesome!!” It’s a mystery about a religious cult mass suicide. I loved it, and I think if the author ever wants to be snapped up by a big publishing house she absolutely will be. The sequel was supposed to come out June 1. I’m writing this on July 6 and there is still no sign of it, and that is making me crazy.
  • Insurgent, by Veronica Roth – This is the sequel to Divergent. Second verse, same as the first. Except not quite as good, because it’s the sequel and that’s usually the case. (I know there are exceptions to that. I’m looking at you, Harry Potter. And you, Game of Thrones! Which, now that I think of it – I think they were both really well plotted from the get-go, and written by authors who are crazy good at world-building, so they seem to flow and build better than most.)

2012 Book Count: 20
January: 1
February: 3
March: 1
April: 4
May: 5
June: 6