Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thursday Thirteen 211: Recently Read

Read during June and July...













1. To the Lighthouse and To Kill a Mockingbird were group reads for July and June respectively for TNBBC group at GoodReads. The former was a first read and was okay, the latter a second or third and well-worth reading again.

2. Finishing the last three Harry Potter books crosses off one of my reading goals for this year—and I finished them before the last movie came out (which was also a goal)!

3. MC Beaton was the June featured author in the Cozy Mysteries group at GoodReads. These were the first two books in her Agatha Raisin series and were okay reads.

4. In the Woods was another June group read. It started out promising and kept me engaged throughout, but I felt let down by the ending.


Number of books read so far this year: 58 towards a goal of 100. I'm still averaging about eight books a month, despite the length of some of these (such as the Harry Potter series). Lighthouse, though only 160 pages, took nearly a week to get through, but I've quickly made up for lost time with the last couple of books read.

I also read several short stories (106 pages) in a monster anthology by Dorothy L Sayers, The Complete Stories—which helped me achieve another reading goal for this year. The book is 816 pages long. I read about 200 pages last year, and wanted to read at least that many for 2011. I am currently on page 476—I am slowly but methodically making my way through! Who knows, maybe I'll even clear 500 by year's end.


Your turn: read anything good so far this summer?









22 comments:

Bratty said...

That's a pretty good group of reads there!

Alice Audrey said...

So... what did you think about the end of the series? Deathly Hallows, I mean.

Shelley Munro said...

What was the Long Quicke Goodbye like?

I haven't read as many books recently, but I did enjoy Second Chance at the Sugar Shack, which is a small-town contemporary romance with a little humor.

Xakara said...

I saw all of the books, but honestly, I was caught on the Harry Potter books. Just saw the last movie last week and still adjusting to it all being over. *smile*

Happy #T13,

~Xakara
Worlds Collide

Darla M Sands said...

For my birthday this past February, my partner bought me a subscription to a British comic we enjoyed years ago. It's a fun way to get through thirty minutes on the Nordic Track! Otherwise, I've been enjoying books by Jet Mykles, who writes good m/m stories.

CountryDew said...

Wow, a Potter marathon! I am hoping to go see the movie today.

Heather said...

Bratty: Nice and diverse, eh? *g*

Alice: I liked it, and there was a lot I was turning round in my head the week after I finished, which would take far too much space to go into here. Feel free to email with more direct questions. ;)

Heather said...

Shelley: Long Quiche Goodbye was an okay mystery that takes place in a small midwestern town. The heroine and her cousin have just taken over their grandparents' cheese shop. On the night of the grand reopening, someone is murdered outside the gala, with a knife stolen from the shop. Considering the size of the event and the rep of the person killed, suspects abound. A lot of talk about wine and cheese, too, which tended to make me hungry, LOL.

Heather said...

Xakara: I was hoping to see the movie this weekend, but too much going on. Definitely want to see it while it is in theaters, though.

Darla: I don't think I could read while exercising, so more power to you!

Anita: Yup! And not just the last three books--I rewatched all the movies, too. *VBG*

Alice Audrey said...

Email's best anyway, because I'd rather not spoil it for those who haven't read it yet.

Alice Audrey said...

Give me a bit, though. I haven't been brave enough to look in my email inbox yet.

Heather said...

Alice: Yes, I would not want to spoil anything for those who have not yet read the book, and I can just imagine what your inbox looks like. Which is why I didn't email while you were gone. Considerate of me, yes? *g*

Moondancer said...

HP and the Narnia series, gotta love 'em!



This week’s TT LINKS

http://bit.ly/odFKH7 -BtV
http://bit.ly/pE8gY8 - Dreamtime
http://xakara.livejournal.com/106828.html - Storyteller’s Web

Tatiana Caldwell said...

This list is chock full of great books. I've yet to read the Harry Potter books (and have intentionally not looked at any of the movies yet because of this - shocking, I know) but I hope to get to them this year.

I've been reading a lot of non-fiction this summer. I'm also enjoying Mima's interactive fiction trilogy right now (I'm playing with the second book).

Heather said...

Moondancer: Yup! Still have two of Narnia books to read this summer. It's been interesting re-reading those. Well, most of them. A couple I've remembered, and others I apparently missed.

Tatiana: Thank you! *g* Are you holding out on the HP books so you can read them with your kids? If so, I've no doubt you will love reading them together. I'm not real big on non-fic, so have not read any in a while.

Paige Tyler said...

Read all the Harry Potter's! Love them! Gotta get Should've Been a Cowboy just for that cover! Yummy!

*hugs*
Paige

My TT is at

http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

Heather said...

Paige: Did I mention Should've Been a Cowboy is the first of a trilogy...and all the covers are equally as yummy? *VBG*

colleen said...

You are a prolific reader!

I am Harriet said...

Looks like it's a Harry Potter month for you.


Enjoy your Thursday!
http://harrietandfriends.com/2011/07/beat-the-heat/

sherilee said...

Impressive reading list! I've been mostly listening to audiobooks lately, while doing yardwork, but I have a lot of samples downloaded to my Kindle for the cooler, inside months.

Happy TT!

Heather said...

Colleen: I try to be! : )

Harriet: It was indeed! *g*

Sherilee: Thank you. I've never been able to listen to audio books. My mind tends to wander too much and I miss half of what is said.

Alice Audrey said...

Very considerate. Thank you.