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Month in review

Reviews
ABC I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
The Blight Family Singers by Kit Reed
The Blue Food Revolution by Tim Roux
Bone: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith
Bone: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith
The Channel: Stories from L. A. by Susan Alcott Jardine
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene
Building Manhattan by Laura Vila
The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale by Lora Innes
Earthquake in the Early Morning (Magic Tree House #24) by Mary Pope Osborne
"The Economy of Vacuum" by Sarah Thomas
The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka
A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
I Needs Must Part, The Policeman Said by Richard Bowes
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Jenny's Birthday Book by Esther Averill
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
The Little Band by James Sage
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Oscar and the Cricket by Geoff Waring
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House #25) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Staircase by Ann Rinaldi
"Star-Crossed" by Tim Sullivan
Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett
Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Gary Morgenstein
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers
The Titan's Curse Rick Riordan
Under the Lemon Trees by Bhira Backhaus
Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School by Nathan Hale

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for July 2010 in Review

July in Review: 07/31/10

In July I read 33 books and reviewed 35 I had finished in previous months. I also reskinned my website.

In terms of my ROOB score, July was my "worst" month since I started keeping track. It was only -2.5. That score reflects the large number of library books I read.

Review wise, it was a great month with 2/3s of the books earning a 4 or a 5. I didn't review any non-fiction this month. The vast majority of the books and stories reviewed fall into three categories: picture books, tween fiction and science fiction.

Books reviewed this month

    Rating out of 5 stars (as posted on GoodReads)

    Five Star books:

  1. The Blue Food Revolution by Tim Roux review copy
  2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett library book
  3. Earthquake in the Early Morning (Magic Tree House #24) by Mary Pope Osborne library book
  4. "The Economy of Vacuum" by Sarah Thomas personal collection
  5. A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan library book
  6. Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck library book
  7. I Needs Must Part, The Policeman Said by Richard Bowes personal collection
  8. It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw library book
  9. Jenny's Birthday Book by Esther Averill library book
  10. Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell library book
  11. Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House #25) by Mary Pope Osborne library book
  12. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers library book
  13. Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School by Nathan Hale library book

    Four Star books

  1. ABC I Like Me by Nancy Carlson library book
  2. Bone: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith libary book
  3. Bone: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith library book
  4. The Channel: Stories from L. A. by Susan Alcott Jardine review copy
  5. The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene library book
  6. Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley library book
  7. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett personal collection
  8. The Little Band by James Sage library book
  9. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf library book
  10. Oscar and the Cricket by Geoff Waring library book
  11. The Titan's Curse Rick Riordan personal collection

    Three Star books

  1. The Blight Family Singers by Kit Reed personal collection
  2. Building Manhattan by Laura Vila library book
  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner library book
  4. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro Bookcrossing book
  5. The Staircase by Ann Rinaldi library book
  6. "Star-Crossed" by Tim Sullivan personal collection
  7. Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett library book

    Two Star books

  1. The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka library book
  2. Under the Lemon Trees by Bhira Backhaus library book

    One Star books

  1. The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale by Lora Innes personal collection
  2. Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Gary Morgenstein review copy
Genre Source

Books and stories read this month (reviews coming)

    Personal Collection

  1. The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy by Clive Cussler

    Library book

  1. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  2. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  3. Bhangra Babes by Narinder Dhami
  4. Bollywood Babes by Narinder Dhami
  5. Celestine, Drama Queen by Penny Ives
  6. Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman
  7. The Diary of Pelly D by L. J. Adlington
  8. Elena's Serenade by Campbell Geeslin
  9. The Fairy's Return by Gail Carson Levine
  10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  11. Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
  12. Little Ballet Star by Adèle Geras
  13. The Magic Gourd by Baba Wagué Diakité
  14. Mr. McGratt and the Ornery Cat by Marilyn Helmer
  15. The Octonauts and the Great Ghost Reef by Meomi
  16. Our Lady of Immaculate Deception by Nancy Martin
  17. Queen Sophie Hartley by Stephanie Greene
  18. Something to Do by David Lucas
  19. Ten Little Mummies by Philip Yates
  20. Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz
  21. Texas Tomboy by Lois Lenski
  22. Where the Great Bear Watches by James Sage
  23. Where Is That Cat? by Carol Greene

    Review copy

  1. The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry
  2. Golden Conspiracy: by Robert James Glider
  3. The Light, the Dark, and Ember Between
  4. The Osiris Alliance by Jack Ford
  5. Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten
  6. Vampire Theory by Lily Caracci

    Bookcrossing book

  1. Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia
  2. Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
  3. Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange

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Comment #1: Sunday, August, 1, 2010 at 09:43:33

gautami

Wow! You did so well. I read only 7 books.



Comment #2: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 21:07:49

Pussreboots

One of these months I should just force myself to slow down so I can catch up on my reviews.



Comment #3: Sunday, August, 1, 2010 at 10:32:18

Freda

I watched the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but didn't read the book. The Maze Runner is definitely one I want to read!



Comment #4: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 21:12:03

Pussreboots

The book is a delightful and quick read. There's also a sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh that I haven't had the chance to read yet.



Comment #5: Sunday, August, 1, 2010 at 16:48:23

Becky

Wow, I'm impressed! I haven't hardly read a thing since last fall. Six or seven books, give or take a few...too much going on. Hopefully, I will be able to get back into the swing of things very soon. Happy Reading!



Comment #6: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 21:15:46

Pussreboots

I suspect my reading rate will drop once school starts. I'll be too busy with homework and assigned reading.



Comment #7: Sunday, August, 1, 2010 at 21:24:37

Alexia561

Congratulations on an incredibly productive month! Way to go!



Comment #8: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 21:16:11

Pussreboots

Thanks except now I'm facing an even longer list of books to review. At the start of the year I was at 100 reviews to write. Now I'm approaching 200. I just can't keep up.



Comment #9: Monday, August, 2, 2010 at 04:12:32

Sassy Brit

What a great reading list. You have done well!

Love your pie charts :) Fantastic idea splitting up genres like that.

Happy Monday!



Comment #10: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 21:18:41

Pussreboots

Thank you. When I started posting the end of the month list of books I had people asking me what the breakdown of genres was. So I started making the pie charts.



Comment #11: Wednesday, August, 4, 2010 at 04:31:38

Alice Teh

33?!?! You're not human. Well done, Sarah!



Comment #12: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 10:30:43

Pussreboots

I'm human. I just read fast.



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