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Today is July 1. The year is roughly half over.  For the academics, the summer is past half over.  (Since August will see everything ramping up and the school year starting).  June went by too quick and July promises to do so even faster.

Anyway, I've been bad about updating my reading on LJ.  So here is the list of books (enough to reach the 50 this year mark) and graphic novels (surprisingly few) I've read so far this year with a bit of commentary.

Title Author Format Recommend? Notes
1 The Gonzo Way Anita Thompson Book Yes
2 Shakespeare: The World as Stage Bill Bryson Book Yes
3 An Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England Brock Clarke Audio No read by Daniel Passer
4 Alternadad Neil Pollack Audio Yes read by the author
5 Gods Behaving Badly Marie Phillips Book Highly
6 H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute for Villainous Education Mark Walden Book Yes
7 Blaze Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King) Audio Yes read by Ron McLarty
8 The Painter of Battles Arturo Perez-Reverte Book Highly
9 Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness & Creativity David Lynch Book Yes
10 On the Road Jack Kerouac Audio Highly read by Matt Dillon
11 Against the Machine Lee Siegel Book Highly
12 Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson Book Yes
13 The Enemy Lee Child Audio Mildly read by Dick Hill
14 Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life Steve Martin Audio Yes read by the author
15 Go With Me Castle Freeman Jr. Book Yes does a great job capturing rural Vermont
16 Into the Wild Jon Krakauer Audio Yes read by Philip Franklin
17 Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians Brandon Sanderson Audio Yes read by Charlie McWade
18 The World Without Us Alan Weisman Book Highly
19 What Now? Ann Patchett Book Yes
20 X Saves the World Jeff Gordiner Book Highly
21 Armageddon in Retrospect Kurt Vonnegut Book Highly
22 Letters to a Young Poet Rainer Maria Rilke Book Highly
23 Don't Bump the Glump and Other Fantasies Shel Silverstein Book Yes
24 The Dip Seth Godin Book Yes
25 A Wrinkle in Time Madeline L'Engle Audio Yes read by Barbara Caruso
26 Three Bags Full Leonie Swann Book Yes

This is an obviously eclectic mix (even more than usual, to my mind).  More nonfiction than usual, I think.  Many of these are short as well.  I've been trying to read several things that I never have and always wanted to, especially certain children's or YA books, that are important to <lj user="rosepurr"> and friends.  That will probably hold true for the rest of the year.  The fun thing about books for younger readers is that they often move along at a great pace, but do not sacrifice depth or character.  I'm also in the midst of several books at the moment, too - some short, some average.  I will also finish <u>Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell</u> (I plan on bringing it on the plane to and from Portland next week.) 

Graphic Novels:

Title Author Recommend?
1 52 Volume 1 Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka Yes
2 Dogby Walks Alone Wes Abbott Highly
3 52 Volume 2 Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka Yes
4 Superman: Redemption Kurt Busiek Mildly
5 Dogby Walks Alone Vol. 2: Dogby Walks Tall Wes Abbott Highly

Not much here, really.  I've been working my way through 52, though I'm not thrilled with it.  I love the Dogby series, though.  And the Superman book was disappointing - great idea not fully explored. 



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Jul. 1st, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Two suggestions:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (one of my absolute favorite children's books)
The Killing Sea (a book Owen & I read last year about the Tsunami....really good YA book)
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