Rearview Mirror // August 2019

Well, another busy month has come and gone!  I can’t believe that summer is over and fall is here already.  August was a very busy and somewhat weird month.  It’s always a busy month at the orchard for me, because we aren’t quite at full staff yet, so I actually work more days in August than I do throughout the regular season in the fall.  However, I do it because I actually love working there and love my employers, so even though it’s been hard work it’s been good fun.

I’ve still been doing plenty of reading, but not as much reviewing!!  I’ll get caught up one of these days, as I always do eventually.

Favorite August Read:

I think I’m tagging  Swallowdale for this slot, even though I haven’t reviewed it yet.  It was such a warm, fun read – an excellent sequel to Swallows and Amazons, which I also loved.  I am so excited about continuing this series.

Most Disappointing August Read:

The Wedding Chapel ended up being a real downer of a read, that left me feeling so sad that I didn’t even bother reading the final book in the series.

By the Numbers…

In August –

  • I read 6231 pages – over a thousand less than July, but I’m not surprised, considering how crazy busy things have been.
  • My average star rating is 3.6 again, although closer to 3.7.  While I did have a few books I really enjoyed this month, it was overall a lot of just pretty average reads.
  • This month the majority of the books I read were from the library – out of 23 total books, 16 of them came from the library, and only one book this month was a Kindle read – the rest were all hard copies.
  • This month’s oldest book was The Story of a Whim by Grace Livingston Hill, published in 1903.
  • As well as being my favorite read this month, Swallowdale was also my longest at 453 pages – and I enjoyed every single one of them.
  • The shortest book this month was a graphic novel that I also haven’t reviewed yet, called The Tea Dragon Society.  It was only 71 pages long, but every single page was full of the most adorable illustrations you could imagine.

August DNFs:

  • I started to read Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Shop, but just couldn’t get into it, especially with the bad taste of The Wedding Chapel lingering around.
  • I was planning to read another Redwall book, Lord Brocktree, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  I’ve put it back on the list for a later date.
  • My book blogging buddy Stephanie sent me a copy of The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey.  She and I have both enjoyed Pettrey’s books in the past, but she warned me that this wasn’t one she particularly enjoyed.  I didn’t even bother finishing it – the main character was incredibly annoying, way too many characters and plot lines were introduced in the first 25 pages, and there were some serious issues with civilians and criminal investigations going on!  This one just wasn’t for me.

#20BooksofSummer Update:

I don’t think I’m going to quite make the list this summer!!  I’ve completed 16 books (although I’ve only reviewed 14), and I’ll probably finish #17 today.  Although I won’t have the full twenty read by the official deadline, I’ll get to them eventually and it’s all good fun.  You can see my list here.

TBR Update:

For those of you who don’t know, I’m weirdly obsessive with organizing the TBR, and have it on a spreadsheet divided into five different tabs:

  • Standalones:  436 (up six)
  • Nonfiction:  100 (up ten)
  • Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…):  659 (up one)
  • Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series):  235 (up one)
  • Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 116 (up two)

I definitely blame the uptick of ALL the TBR tabs on Litsy!  I’m still really, really enjoying the book loving community over there, even if it is wrecking my resolutions to get TBR numbers DOWN!  :-D

Awaiting Review:

  • The Flatshare  by Beth O’Leary – loved this one
  • Those People  by Louise Candlish – great pacing, weird ending.
  • The Tea Dragon Society  by Katie O’Neill – as mentioned, an absolutely adorable graphic novel.
  • Swallowdale  by Arthur Ransome – so much love for these books.  I can’t wait to read  Peter Duck.
  • The next five 87th Precinct books – I really have been enjoying these a lot.
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George – a childhood favorite that was a great reread.

Currently Reading:

I’m in the midst of another delightful Wodehouse read, The Girl on the Boat.  I just don’t understand how Wodehouse can be so perfect all the time.

I’m also finally making progress on my Vietnam book ( Vietnam: A History ), also thanks to Litsy – I’m part of the Book Fitness Challenge right now, and my reading goal is 100 pages a week from  Vietnam!  Goodreads tells me I’m 35% of the way through!

The Probable Next Five(ish) Reads…

  • There are actually two sequels to  My Side of the Mountain, so I am going to read those as well as soon as they come in at the library.
  • The Lady Vanished  by Gretta Mulrooney is supposed to be the first in my next mystery series – if it’s any good, I’ll read the next six books in the series as well.
  • My next Judy Bolton book is  The Clue of the Broken Wing.
  • I’m still working through that random pile of Nora Roberts books, and the next one in the stack is  Three Fates.
  • My next crazy Regency book is The Fugitive Heiress by Amanda Scott.  The title alone is perfect.

That’s all for this month – hope everyone has a fantastic September!!!