Monthly Wrap Up

August 2011 Monthly Wrap-Up

Um, yeah, so I’m not really sure what happened, but all of a sudden I was constantly reading! I couldn’t stop myself! Not that I’m really complaining, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise. I read a lot of good books this month.

Since I’m 100% certain I’m not going to be able to finish up what I’m reading tonight, here’s what I read in August:


No DNF’s this month. However, I will probably be returning Swanson’s “Bloody Crimes” back to the library, unread. I was so excited to see it on the shelf and snatched it up. But I just haven’t been in the mood for it. Maybe someday, but not right now.


  • Books Read: 9
  • Pages Read: 2,947
  • Rating Breakdown:
    * 5/5 – 3
    *4.5/5 – 1
    *4/5 – 1
    *3.5/5 – 3
    *3/5 – 1
  • New Authors: 3
  • Fiction: 8
  • Non-Fiction: 1
  • Favorite For the Month: Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
  • Least Favorite For the Month: Ooh, that’s a toughie, because none of the books I read this month were particularly bad! I guess if I had to choose,  Connected by Kathryn Gayle
  • Number of Books I Acquired This Month: 24
  • Number of Books I Sent to New Homes This Month: 20
Meme, Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays, August 29, 2011

This week’s musing is… a book meme!

What was the last book you…
• borrowed from the library?  Portrait of a Monster: Joran van der Sloot, a Murder in Peru, and the Natalee Holloway Mystery by Lisa Pulitzer & Cole Thompson
• bought? See here for the list of books I bought at my library’s book sale in July.
• cried over? …. um, I honestly can’t remember. I remember crying over a Danielle Steel book back in 2008, but I don’t remember anything recent.
• disliked and couldn’t finish? What Alice Knew by Paula Marantz Cohen … and this was disappointing for me because I waited for it on my PBS wishlist!
• read & loved? The Help …. seriously, I can’t say enough good things about this book! Read it if you haven’t yet. And I’m *dying* to see the movie. Maybe this week …
• got for review? (or: got in the mail?) A couple of weeks ago I got We’re Not Leaving for review. As far as just books in the mail in general, you can find my most recent Mailbox Monday post here.
• gave to someone else? I’m constantly trading books, whether on PBS or Bookmooch or my Yahoo group, MysteryBookSwap. But the last book I gave to someone I know in real life was Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci, which I gave to my grandmother.
• stayed up too late reading? Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, August 29, 2011

Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Monday is on tour, with August’s location being at Life in the Thumb.

Two books this week, both from Bookmooch. I’m not sure when I will ever read all these books I keep bringing into the house… I did a little bit of math work and based on the number of to-read books that I have and the average number of books I read in a year, I figured that I could go 4-5 years without bringing another book into this house and still have something to read. That’s a little bit scary! Anyways, here’s what came this week:

 The year is 1799. As Bonaparte’s army descends upon Israel, intent upon conquest, Ethan Gage finds himself embroiled in an ancient mystery in the Holy Land, searching for a legendary Egyptian scroll imbued with awesome powers. The courageous and resourceful Gage must keep the mysterious document from his enemy, Napolen – or, failing that, wrest it from him, even if it means pursuing his vengeful adversary back to France. And the wisdom of his great mentor, Benjamin Franklin, will offer Gage no solace should Bonaparte succeed in unlocking the terrible secrets of the Book of Thoth – for whoever masters its magic will rule the world.

 No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel brings down Iran’s billion-dollar nuclear program in an ingeniously conceived operation. The attack leaves a radioactive tomb and environmental disaster in its wake, and has Iranian president Amatullah calling for blood – American blood. Seeing opportunity where others fear reprisals, Mitch Rapp devises a brilliant plan to humiliate Iran’s government and push the nation to the brink of revolution. But when a back-channel meeting between CIA director Irene Kennedy and her Iranian counterpart goes disastrously wrong, Rapp is locked in a showdown with a Hezbollah mastermind in league with Amatullah – and he is given twenty-four hours to do whatever it takes sto stop unthinkable catastrophe.

Sunday Wrap-Up

Sunday Wrap-Up, August 28, 2011

It has been one very long and very stressful week for me. I am a bookkeeper for a concrete company. Said company has 8 locations. I am only responsible for my one location, but I have to do it all – payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, transactions, you get the point. So this week one of the other bookkeepers went on vacation. Guess who got to keep up her work … yours truly. She only does accounts receivable, but it’s for three locations. So I was having to keep up all of my work and try to keep hers up-to-date as well. Naturally, I failed forgot to do something. And that something was something big. It was a big screw up. I feel terrible. It’s not the end of the world but it caused a lot of hassle for other people. So much so that I’m afraid to show my face at work on Monday. I don’t know what people will say to me. I feel awful and I even cried a little bit yesterday when I realized what I had done.  There is talk within the powers that be in my company that I will take on added responsibilities. Well if I couldn’t keep everything straight in one week, I’m not sure how I would manage to do it on a permanent basis. I guess I would get into a groove eventually, but now it terrifies me to even try it. I don’t need any more screw ups. I am such a perfectionist that it kills me when I do something wrong.

So here’s what happened at the blog, not as much as the last few weeks, but there were a few things:

  • I shared my mailbox. Only one book, but I think it will be a good one!
  • I participated in WWW Wednesdays …. what was sad was that I copied and pasted one entire section from the previous week’s entry…..
  • I had a quick post yesterday about my reading slump …. I hope it doesn’t stick with me for very long.

And two reviews:

5/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, Harry Potter, Harry Potter, R, RATING, Read in 2011, Read-a-Long, READING CHALLENGES 2011, SERIES

2011.48 REVIEW – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J.K. Rowling

Copyright: 1998
Pages: 341
Rating: 5/5
Read: Aug 22 – Aug. 27, 2011
Challenge: TwentyEleven Challenge
Yearly Count: 48
Format: Print
Source: Personal Copy

Blurb: The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart; a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom; and the unwanted attention of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone – or something – starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects … Harry Potter himself!

Review: When can you go wrong with Harry Potter? And how can you critique these books? If anyone can answer those two questions, please let me know! Personally, I think this installment is better than the first one. But I think that I feel that way simply because the first one tends to read a little childish (my opinion only). We get to see inside Dumbledore in this book more than in the first one, and anyone who’s read this series, knows just how important Dumbledore is to Harry. Although I am re-reading this series, the books feel brand spanking new to me. Maybe it’s because it’s been so long since I’ve read the earlier books. Either way, it’s definitely got me read to move on to the third book!!

I just want to share a quick passage that made me laugh out loud. From page 341:

“Your aunt and uncle will be proud, though, won’t they?” said Hermoine as they got off the train and joined the crowd thronging toward the enchanted barrier. “When they hear what you did this year?”

“Proud?” said Harry. “Are you crazy? All those times I could’ve died, and I didn’t manage it? They’ll be furious…”

Miscellaneous Ramblings

Not another slump ….

Ughhhhh…. so after reading up a storm the first few weeks in August (8 books by the 22nd) I haven’t wanted to read any more. At all. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know why all of a sudden I had that spurt and now it’s gone again. But it stinks. Majorly. And of course I have a few books that *have* to get read due to my obligations to them. That’s partly why I’ve been kind of quiet here and you haven’t seen a review since (you guessed it, the 22nd). That’s all I’ve got for today …. I am going to go read. I hope.

Meme, WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays, Aug. 24, 2011

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

* What did you recently finish reading?

*What do you think you’ll read next?

  • I still have a book checked out from the library, Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse by James L. Swanson. And I also have an e-book from Net Galley, The Guardian by Shalyn Sattler. <– That sentence is the same since last week, but I need to add that I just picked up another library book: Portrait of a Monster: Joran van der Sloot, a Murder in Peru and the Natalee Holloway Mystery by Lisa Pulitzer and Cole Thompson
4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, G, Jane Rizzoli, RATING, Read in 2011, SERIES

2011.47 REVIEW – The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

The Silent Girl
by Tess Gerritsen

Copyright: 2011
Pages: 315
Rating: 4/5
Read: Aug 20 – Aug. 22, 2011
Challenge: No challenge
Yearly Count: 47
Format: Print
Source: Library Book

Blurb: Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at night. Others haunt your dreams. The grisly display that homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both. In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair – not human – cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel. Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. One woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell, a secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown. A secret that may not even be human. Now she’s the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Cracking a crime resonating with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning – and a swift, avenging blade.

Review: Ms. Gerritsen is a must-read author for me. I don’t even read the book blurb, I just pick them up and read. I waited on the library’s wait list for this book, when I got it home and read the blurb, I almost took it right back. It didn’t sound like my cup of tea. But, I decided I would regret not trying it and so I did. Well, I can definitely say that I am so glad with my decision. I enjoyed this book so much! I look forward to the next installment, and I sure do hope we get to find out a little bit more about Detective Tam! Highly recommended!

Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, August 22, 2011

Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Monday is on tour, with August’s location being at Life in the Thumb.

Only one book in my mailbox this week. It’s a review book that immediately intrigued me. I can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since 9/11. I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard the news – it was during first period Algebra II during my junior year in high school. Someone was going around to all the classrooms telling the teachers to turn the news on and we all sat and watched in shock as the towers fell.

 We’re Not Leaving is a compilation of powerful first-person narratives told from the vantage point of World Trade Center disaster workers – police officers, firefighters, construction workers, and other volunteers at the site. While the effects of 9/11 on these everyday heroes and heroines are indelible, and in some cases have been devastating, at the heart of their deeply personal stories – their harrowing escapes from the falling Towers, the egregious environment they worked in for months, the alarming health effects they continue to deal with – is their witness to their personal strength and renewal in the ten years since. These stories, shared by ordinary people who responded to disaster and devastation in extraordinary ways, remind us of America’s strength and inspire us to recognize and ultimately believe in our shared values of courage, duty, patriotism, self-sacrifice, and devotion, which guide us in dark times.

Sunday Wrap-Up

Sunday Wrap Up, August 21, 2011

It’s been a busy week for me. And this coming week won’t be any better for me either. I like to stay busy, but sometimes I just need a day to do nothing. I need one of those days ASAP, hopefully I can get a little bit of that in today. I’ve still been reading a lot, but I’ve definitely slowed down some. But that’s okay, I’m still very pleased as to where I’m at in my reading. So in case you missed it, here’s what happened here on the blog:

And three reviews: