We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls. --Mother Teresa

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Read 1

A couple of summers ago I decided to see how many books I could read over the course of summer break. I think I ended up having read 35 books that summer.  Vacation always helps--usually half my suitcase is books for the week.  No vacation this year.  This summer?  I hope to get 30.

These are the books I have finished so far:

This is one of my book stacks.....

And another book stack....although I have finished 2 books from this stack, so it is smaller.  One or two books are not in the pictures that I have finished, so I actually have a total of 8.  Almost 1/4 of the way to 30--sort of--and I need to step it up if I am going to get my goal.

And here is another book stack.


I did not like Fireflies in December at all.  It was the June selection for my Old Lady Book Club.  The other members enjoyed it and I simply did not.  The July selection is Circle of Three.  Although I have read another book,  The Saving Graces, by this same author, I am not sure I liked this book as much.  I started it, read about 1/4 of it, put it down, read another book, picked it back up read about 1/2 of it, read another book and finally forced myself to finish it.  I was skimming and scanning towards the end.  I just didn't like 2 of the 3 main characters.  They were whiny, nambypambies.  I also am finding that I don't really enjoy books that have a different chapter told from each main characters point of view.  It's like the same story is being told 3 times and it takes FOREVER to get anything going in the story.  It will be interesting to see what the other Old Ladies think about the book.  

I have read the first 4 books, Open Season, Savage Run, Winterkill and Trophy Run in the Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box.  The last book, Trophy Kill, was kind of brutal.  One night I dreamed what I had read before bed.  I guess that means I am really into the book, right? 

The Innocent by David Baldacci is a very good book.  I seriously couldn't put it down and had to enforce my read-a-chapter-do-a-chore-rule or we would have had complete and utter chaos.  Wait, too late.  We have that already.  And Frick read it after me, and she couldn't put it down either.

If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now by Claire LaZebnik was a decent read.  Lots of things that made me think--but part way through the novel, I realized I had read another book by the author--Knitting Under the Influence--which I really liked a lot.  She is a good writer and she weaves a good tale.  Family saga type stuff. 

Since today is July 1, I have 47 days left of summer vacation.  It would be so awesome if I could read a book a day--but seriously, that's not going to happen.

It won't hurt to try, though.  Just sayin'.


Mrs. E said...

A book a day sounds like heaven. Not happening here, either! I will look into several on your list!

Kim said...

I loved The Innocent and the Lisa Scottoline book. Keep the reviews coming. I am always looking for recommendations. I read Heartbroken by Lisa Unger this weekend and would recommend it. I like the author a lot; however, I'd say this one was a little different than some of the others of hers that I've read. Happy reading! (I spend too much time on the computer these days.)

Bridgette said...

I saw you had a few YA novels in your stack... Not to add your list, but novel the kids are eating up right now is The Maze Runner. It is actually a series of 3, but I don't want to overwhelm you!

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel. -Proverbs 11: 17