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What Are You Reading: August 01, 2011: 08/01/11

Most of what I finished last week was short. The books were picture books or manga. The only book of any significant length was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — a book I took the entire month of July to read.

My current favorite reads are Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock and the first of the Emily the Strange books by Rob Reger. I'm enjoying Reger's book so much, I'm using one of my favorite quotes from the book on my August archive.

Although it seems like I'm reading tons this summer, I'm still slowing down from my all time high during spring semester. In July I finished 43 books, many of which were picture books, tween books or manga. I'm reading fewer picture books now that I'm not in the materials for children ages 5 to 8 class. Also my youngest can now read and is doing most of her reading on her own, which leaves me free to read something other than picture books.

My goal this week is to finish The Goddess Test, Eye of the Crow and Emily the Strange.

Finished Last Week:

  1. Bagelmania by Mountain Lion Books (personal collection)
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (personal collection)
  3. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey (library book)
  4. Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj (library book)
  5. Dog Eared: Starring Otis by Amanda Harvey (library book)
  6. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 22 by Hiromu Arakawa (library book)
  7. Hockey Opposites by PerHenrik Gurth (library book)
  8. Lift by Kelly Corrigan (personal collection)
  9. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (library book)
  10. Revolutionary Girl Utena, Vol. 1: To Till by Chiho Saitou (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. Bombardiers by Po Bronson (personal collection)
  2. Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger (library book)
  3. Eye of the Crow: His First Case by Shane Peacock (library book)
  4. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (review copy)
  5. Libyrinth by Pearl North (library book)
  6. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (personal collection)
  7. A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks (personal collection)
  8. Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (library book)
  9. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (personal collection)

Reviews Posted:

  1. And a Bottle of Rum by Wayne Curtis (library book)
  2. A Toast to Tomorrow by Manning Coles (library book)
  3. Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan (library book)
  4. City of Spies by Susan Kim (library book)
  5. The End of the Alphabet by C.S. Richardson (personal collection)
  6. Stella, Princess of the Sky by Marie Louise Gay (library book)
  7. Vampire Theory by Lily Caracci (review copy)

Every week I'm asked how much I read or how I'm capable of reading as much as I do. Beyond reading short stuff with lots of pictures, I don't know what to tell you. So here's a graph:

Graph



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Comment #1: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 04:56:38

Angelica

The Book Thief is one of my favourite books, I cannot believe how many books you read at once, keep up the great work ;)

I've also got the Goddess Test in my TBR pile but I'm not that happy with the Australian cover :(



Comment #2: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:55:45

Pussreboots

The Book Thief is a popular favorite. I will get my review posted as soon as I can. The Australian cover of The Goddess Test is the one where she's in a red dress? I actually like that one better than the blue dress. Red's more befitting her role in the book.



Comment #3: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 05:31:59

Tea

I feel so ashamed. Haven't read The Book Thief yet by Mark Zusak. Need to read it very soon. Might get to it in the fall which is almost here.



Comment #4: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:58:53

Pussreboots

Unless you need to read it for school or work, there's not need to feel ashamed for not getting to a particular book, even if it's a popular one. Happy reading!



Comment #5: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 09:38:12

Megan Swicegood

I'm going to be tackling The Book Thief next week for my book club and I can't wait! I look forward to your review of it - I've heard good things from others so I'm excited.



Comment #6: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 13:00:33

Pussreboots

The Book Thief is a popular book. I have my review written but it will be a while before I post it.



Comment #7: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 10:51:37

Debnance at Readerbuzz

Wow. I don't think I've ever seen someone who has read that many books in a month. And now I see you've been doing this for a while!

Here's my It's Monday! What are You Reading? for this week: It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Readerbuzz's August Giveaway! I hope you will stop by and join in Readerbuzz's August Giveaway!



Comment #8: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 13:02:05

Pussreboots

Good luck with the giveaway.



Comment #9: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 13:16:46

Gautami Tripathy

You did good. Come, have a look at what I read last week!



Comment #10: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 13:03:31

Pussreboots

I am reading slower right now and I suspect I will be finishing even fewer books by next month. I'll be working part time, interning and taking a full load of classes.



Comment #11: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 16:48:31

Laurel-Rain Snow

When I track mine and do my wrap-up, I include book totals for the month and total pages.

Thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #12: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 20:17:04

Pussreboots

I don't post page totals in my wrap-ups. When I remember, I post the total number of books finished but I wanted a graph to see how the different months measured up.



Comment #13: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 18:38:17

Sheila (Bookjourney)

Love the chart. Its so interesting to see how our reading months stack up. While I read less books in the summer due to my activity... I increase on the audio because of my activity.



Comment #14: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 20:19:23

Pussreboots

I usually save the audio books for long drives to see relatives.



Comment #15: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 19:12:04

Vicki

I wish I had time to read that many books each week!

I'll have to click on the links and check them out!



Comment #16: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 20:21:31

Pussreboots

I'm not spending all day reading. I read before bed, while my daughter is bathing, when I'm waiting for my daughter to take her dance class.



Comment #17: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 19:43:52

Angelica

Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting! I saw your graph and think it's wonderful! You read so many books monthly...congratulations!!!



Comment #18: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 20:22:34

Pussreboots

But most of them are short. If I were sticking to full length novels or non-fiction books, my number would be about a third of what it is.



Comment #19: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 19:54:11

Amy

I'm totally impressed with the graphs; go you!

The Book Thief is one of my all time favorites.



Comment #20: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 20:26:34

Pussreboots

The Book Thief is memorable but it's not on my list of all time favorites. I'll get a review posted soon.



Comment #21: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 20:33:38

Maria @ bookchilla

i like The Goddess Test, kinda light read with an unexpected twist. love the graph! Me? i read 17 books last July :)



Comment #22: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 20:27:03

Pussreboots

I'm enjoying The Goddess Test and want to finish it this week. Seventeen books is more typical of how much reading I would do in a month before I started book blogging and before I had kids. The picture books pad the numbers.



Comment #23: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 20:41:47

Angie @ By Book or By Crook

Even putting in your picture books and manga that's a whole lot of books!



Comment #24: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 20:29:04

Pussreboots

In terms of page numbers, what I finished last week is about the same as three full length novels.



Comment #25: Tuesday, August, 2, 2011 at 02:07:14

Mardel

I heard that The Book Thief is an amazing book, if a little sad.

And DAMN! That's a hell of a lot of books you've read...make my 40 odd books read so far pale in comparison...like comparing a lantern to the SUN! LOL good for you.



Comment #26: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 20:35:20

Pussreboots

In June I posted a graph of my reading amounts for different years. It's only recently that I've read as much as I do now.

The Book Thief is a popular favorite. I liked it but it didn't bowl me over.



Comment #27: Tuesday, August, 2, 2011 at 12:32:44

Crystal @ I Totally Paused!

Love the idea of this graph, if I read more I would totally be making one too. Fantastic plan!



Comment #28: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 20:41:23

Pussreboots

I've been making graphs of my reading even before I was reading at my current pace. I like graphs and pie charts.



Comment #29: Tuesday, August, 2, 2011 at 12:39:02

Evie@Paromantasy

Wow, I feel like a slacker..lol. You are awesome. I have to read The Book Thief. It has been sitting in my TBR pile way too long.



Comment #30: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 20:44:23

Pussreboots

I think my copy sat on my TBR for four years.



Comment #31: Tuesday, August, 2, 2011 at 14:01:12

Amber Stults

I can believe you read that many books. I just can't believe how quickly you get your reviews up!



Comment #32: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 20:45:40

Pussreboots

If you look at my monthly wrap up you'll see that the books I reviewed aren't the same ones I read. It takes me weeks (sometimes months) to get a review posted for a book I've read. I read a lot faster than I write or blog.



Comment #33: Sunday, August, 7, 2011 at 23:57:34

MarthaE

Considering your smallest month was 40 in February - WHEW!
The Book Thief is one I want to read.



Comment #34: Monday, August 15, 2011 at 22:37:35

Pussreboots

I suspect August will be an even smaller month. The Book Thief is an interestingly written book — certainly memorable.