July 31, 2011 14 Comments
In July I read 15 books, which is what I always aim for, but almost never manage. But this was a holiday month! The first 2 weeks I was away in Spain and the second 2 weeks I spent home, relaxing mostly.
The Beauty of Humanity Movement was my favorite book this month. It was very well written, beautiful story about an american woman who was born in Vietnam, going back to her place of birth, trying to find information about her father who died when she was young.
Books I read
(Hover over the covers to see their titles and authors).
Reviewed (click on the title to read the review):
Asylum by Patrick McGrath. The wife of a doctor in a hospital for the criminally insane falls in love with one of the inmates. 5 stars
Among Others by Jo Walton. A girl survives boarding school by making friends with other book lovers. She sees faeries who help her deal with her crazy mother. 4 stars
The Good Thief’s Guid to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan. An author who makes money by breaking into people’s houses is asked to steal two worthless figurines. He isn’t keen but gets involved in a big way. 3 stars
The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst. A mother visits her estranged son when he is arrested for murder. Incidentally she finds out what happens, but the book is more about the relationship between mother and son. 4 stars
Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald. Seventeen-year old US city girl Jenna has to spent her summer with her aunt in Canada in a small town. She doesn’t fit in with the local kids. 4 stars
Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman. Tom is not enjoying his job and is writing a novel in his spare time. But will he be able to compete with his famous author-father? And how can he survive having several (step)parents staying with him? 3.5 stars
Snapshot by Craig Robertson. Someone is killing off criminals in Glasgow. Police photographer Tony Winter, who is always the first to be close up to the bodies, investigates, unofficial, of course. 4 stars
Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover by Amanda Leduc. Rosa wants to be a writer but she needs more real-life experience.Then Aylish, a friend from her writing workshop comes into her life. Well-written. 4 stars
My Life in France by Julia Child (DNF). Julia Child’s memoir of living in France and learning how to cook. She eventually became a famous cook in the US. I got bored with this book and didn’t finish it. 3 stars
Season to Taste by Molly Birnbaum. Memoir about a woman who wants to be a professional chef, but loses her sense of smell in a car accident. The book is about her life as well as her forage into science, to find out what happened to her sense of smell. 4 stars
Altered by Aubrey Coletti. Electric shocks are one of the ways a highschool tries to keep its semi-delinquent pupils under control. But what if the pupils have supernatural powers? 3 stars
The Lover by Marguerite Duras. A 15-year old French girl living in Vietnam becomes the lover of a much older and rich Chinese man. 5 stars
Other happenings on my blog:
Read about my 5 Best Books of 2011 … So Far
And my 5 Best Books About Love
I listed some book blogger events happening in August here.
What was you favorite book this month?