Somehow I managed to pull off a decent July. For me anyway. Looking at what I read this is in extreme thanks to audiobooks. I've learn to fall in love with audiobooks all over again with this new commute to work. I already really didn't mind the commute, but being able to listen to audiobooks now makes the commute even better! And I've found that having the right reader makes it all the more better! Here's what I got read this month:
33. The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll, 2001, 256 pgs., TOR
34. The Light Princess by George MacDonald, 1969, 110 pgs., SquareFish
35. Native Guard: Poems by Natasha Trethewey, 2007, 51 pgs., Mariner Books
36. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson, 2009, 288 pgs., Square Fish
37. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard, 2009, 244 pgs., Harper Perennial
38. White Apples by Jonathan Carroll, 2003, 320 pgs., TOR
That's six books! Not bad for me at all!! Of course, three of those were audiobooks, but I'm totally counting them. My favorite by far was The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll. In fact, that one's likely to become a favorite of all time! Just such a damn good book! Each of these books were so different from each other that I can't really pick a "worst book" from the six. I guess I'd have to say the least memorable was The Light Princess, which sounds horrible, but I really just read that one at the wrong time...my head wasn't all there when I read it and I really should go back and revisit it!
I'd be so happy if I could do this for the rest of the year! Read six books a month that is. Hell, if I could read more, that'd be even better! But I'll take six books a month. I won't be making my goal of 100 books for the year, but there are plenty more years in the future to make that goal.
Oh, as for the suggestions I'm asking for...I bought a couple of notebooks! The first is a beautiful little notebook that I'm going to use to start putting book quotes in that I love. The second book however is a beautiful little Rhodia notebook :) I love love love Rhodia's notebook and I bought one of the four color Rhodia notebooks and I don't know what the hell to do with it! I have SO MANY notebooks. I'm a sucker for them. I pick them up whenever I find one I love but never know quite what to do with them. So my question is, what should I do with my wonderful new Rhodia notebook? Anyone have any unique suggestions aside from just journaling? I've learned that keeping a handwritten journal just does NOT work for me. I never stick with them....