TSS: Bookkeeping ~ August 2008

Today was a good reading day.  I spent all of Saturday with housekeeping and doing my hair, and today I got the chance to just relax.

I’m hosting a giveway that ends on September 1st, 11:59pm EST.  If you’s like to read Hurry Down Sunshine, by Michael Greenberg go here.  My review is here.

I started out the day reading The History of Lucy’s Love Life in Ten and a Half Chapters. Deborah Wright’s writing is clear and engaging and this is a great book to read to take your mind off the heavier stuff.  I don’t read a lot of chick-lit romances but this one called to me in the library because of it’s quirkiness.  A woman dissatisfied with her relationship visits all her favorite poets and writers with the help of a time machine. A little suspension of disbelief is necessary, but I spent two chapters with Lucy and for the most part so far am pleasantly entertained.

I spent the rest of the day reading Mudbound.  My, my , my is Hillary Jordan a great writer.  This is her first book and I sat yesterday and read it all the way through.  It was all there.  The story was compelling, the characters were full and fleshed out, and there wa such exquisite foreshadowing and suspense.  She gives you enough hints without giving away the final outcome and she has a few tricks in the end.  I can’t recommend this enough. Not sure how I can do the review any justice.

August Reads

So, in August I managed:

Hurry Down Sunshine, by Michael Greenberg
The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton
The Abstinence Teacher, by Tom Perrotta
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
On the Way Home, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Cornrows, by Camille Yarborough
Song of the Trees, by Mildred Taylor
The Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers: ANovel, by Xiaolu Guo
Jane Austen: A Life, Carol Shields
Lost, Cathy Ostlere (review)
The New-Slain Knight:The Haunted Ballad Series, by Deborah Grabien
Ain’t I A Woman, by bell hooks
The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood
Diets for Healthy Healing, by Linda Page
The Wife: A Novel, by Meg Wolitzer
The Lost Daughter, by Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein (Translator)
Matrimony, by Joshua Henkin
In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
Mudbound, by Hillary Jordon

19 books and 5 reviews in the batch for August.  I have some catching up to do.  I have all of my reviews written by hand.  That seems to be the way that I have to do things.  There is something about the way hand and pen connects with the paper that starts my thought process.  Once I have written the review it can take me a while before I come back to it and edit it and then post it up here.  I have committed to writing and posting about all the books that I have read so far, so I have some catching up to do with posting reviews.  It would help if I could just type things right into the computer, but I don’t work that way.

What’s your method for writing reviews?

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