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Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello
And a Bottle of Rum by Wayne Curtis
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan
Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury
A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve
City of Spies by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan
Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals
The Daddy Book by Todd Parr
The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson
Filipinos in Alaska by Thelma Buchholdt
Fullmetal Alchemist 05 by Hiromu Arakawa
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
Junonia by Kevin Henkes
Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers
My Dog Toby by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer
Once Wicked, Always Dead by T. Marie Benchley
Our Lady of Immaculate Deception by Nancy Martin
The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt
Something to Do by David Lucas
Stella, Princess of the Sky by Marie-Louise Gay
The Tale of the Namelss Chameleon by Brenda Carre
A Toast to Tomorrow by Manning Coles
Tuey's Course by James Ross
Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield
Vampire Theory by Lily Caracci
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

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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 2011 in Review

July in Review: 07/31/11

In July I finished 43 books, down six books from June. Instead of reading, I've been exploring with my children. At night instead of reading, I've been working on this blog. The archives are suffering a bit from code rot and I'm trying to bring them up to spec.

I'm nearly done with two manga series: Fullmetal Alchemist and xxxHolic. I'm still working through Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and Twin Spica. I've also stared Revolutionary Girl Utena.

Eleven of my finished books (or 1/4 of the total reads) came off my wishlist. I had to send back a few books to the library because they were put on hold. That's the down side of wanting to read popular books! I will try again later.

My ROOB score is at its worst ever, rising to -1.35, making it one of the worst months for reading from my TBR list. The problem is that I had to read a bunch of books I bought off my wishlist. It was worth it.

Books reviewed this month

    Rating out of 5 stars (as posted on GoodReads)

    Five Stars:

  1. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello (review copy)
  2. And a Bottle of Rum by Wayne Curtis (library book)
  3. Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan (library book)
  4. A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve (personal collection)
  5. City of Spies by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan (library book)
  6. Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals (library book)
  7. The Daddy Book by Todd Parr (library book)
  8. Fullmetal Alchemist 05 by Hiromu Arakawa (library book)
  9. Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems (personal collection)
  10. Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer (personal collection)
  11. Something to Do by David Lucas (library book)
  12. A Toast to Tomorrow by Manning Coles (library book)

    Four Stars:

  1. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery (personal collection)
  2. Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury (library book)
  3. The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson (personal collection)
  4. Junonia by Kevin Henkes (review copy)
  5. The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto (review copy)
  6. My Dog Toby by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha (library book)
  7. Stella, Princess of the Sky by Marie-Louise Gay (library book)
  8. Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield (library book)
  9. Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert (library book)

    Three Stars:

  1. Filipinos in Alaska by Thelma Buchholdt (library book)
  2. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris (personal collection)
  3. Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers (library book)
  4. The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt (review copy)

    Two Stars:

  1. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (library book)
  2. Tuey's Course by James Ross (review copy)
  3. Vampire Theory by Lily Caracci (review copy)

    One Star:

  1. Once Wicked, Always Dead by T. Marie Benchley (review copy)
  2. Our Lady of Immaculate Deception by Nancy Martin (library book)
  3. The Tale of the Namelss Chameleon by Brenda Carre (personal collection)
Genre Source

Books and stories read this month (reviews coming)

    Personal Collection

  1. Bagelmania by Mountain Lion Books
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  3. F U, Penguin: Telling Cute Animals What's What by Matthew Gasteier
  4. Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn
  5. Lift by Kelly Corrigan
  6. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

    Library books

  1. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
  2. The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
  3. Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj
  4. The Cloud Searchers (Amulet, #3) by Kazu Kibuishi
  5. Dog Eared: Starring Otis by Amanda Harvey
  6. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 21 by Hiromu Arakawa
  7. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 22 by Hiromu Arakawa
  8. Hockey Opposites by PerHenrik Gurth
  9. How To be A Baby . . . By Me, The Big Sister by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  10. King & King & Family by Linda de Haan
  11. Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
  12. Navajo Made Easier: A Course in Conversational Navajo by Irvy W. Goossen
  13. The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen by Mitali Perkins
  14. My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood by Rosemary Wells
  15. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
  16. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
  17. Pickles To Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett
  18. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
  19. Revolutionary Girl Utena, Vol. 1: To Till by Chiho Saitou
  20. The Secret Box by Barbara Lehman
  21. Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest by John Lechner
  22. These Granite Islands: A Novel by Sarah Stonich
  23. Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Volume 5 by CLAMP
  24. Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Volume 6 by CLAMP
  25. Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Volume 7 by CLAMP
  26. Usability Testing Essentials: Ready, Set...Test! by Carol Barnum
  27. The Writing Circle by Corinne Demas
  28. XXXHolic, Volume 13 by CLAMP
  29. XXXHolic, Volume 14 by CLAMP
  30. XXXHolic, Volume 15 by CLAMP
  31. XXXHolic, Volume 16 by CLAMP
  32. Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

    Review copy

  1. Doctor Who: The Ripper (Eleventh Doctor Comics, #1) by Tony Lee
  2. Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin
  3. Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies! by Stephen Schochet
  4. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
  5. The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike

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Comment #1: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 11:09:00

Freda

Fantastic month! We shared a difference of opinion in one book, but I have no others that we shared. Happy August reading!



Comment #2: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 18:27:10

Pussreboots

We did but that's the beauty of reading. Lots of books for lots of different people.