I meant to write this one up at the end of June or beginning of July, but it has been a whirlwind of activity around here: horse camp, the Betsy-Tacy convention. I’m almost never this much of a social butterfly. July has been one hot, busy month, but totally worth it. In fact, I almost don’t know what to do with myself this weekend.
On to the reading (and watching) challenges!
Fifty/Fifty Me challenge
The challenge here is to read fifty books and watch fifty movies during 2012. Where I’m at:
- Books: 52
- Movies: 12
Yes, try not to laugh at that. All I can say is if I’m awake enough in the evenings to enjoy entertainment of some sort, I’m almost always going to reach for a book rather than fire up a movie. That’s just how I roll.
If you want to see what I’ve been reading, check out my Pinterest board. It has a list (minus the seven I read for the Rita contest and can’t disclose) of what I’ve read so far this year.
If you want to see the (limited) number of movies I’ve watched, look here.
War Through the Generations WWI reading challenge
I’ve made my goal! And by mid-year! However, I do hope to read a few more WWI books (at the very least).
To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild (review here)
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Fantastic middle grade novel that should appeal to adults as well. One of my favorite constructs–the story within a story. This one is on audio as well and would make a good summer road trip book.
The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
I discovered this one thanks to a Facebook post. Yes! Facebook! Good for something.
A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd
WWI mystery. If you like the Maisie Dobbs series, this is a good choice for historical/WWI mysteries.
That’s it! I hope everyone else is keeping on track with their reading/watching challenges so far this year. Hey, there’s still plenty of time to make your goals.
5 responses to “Mid-year-ish Reading Recap”
BAH! I love WWII literature. I can’t wait to read a few of these. This year I’ve read The True Story of Hansel and Gretel (which is amazing WWII fiction) and Briar Rose (YA) and Sarah’s Key. They were all WONDERFUL. I will add some of your suggestions to my to-reads.
Cassie, have you read Code Name Verity? It’s YA and WWII. I recently finished it and liked it a lot.
I haven’t! I will definitely add that to my list. I’m reading Night by Elie Wiesel – the true account – at the moment because I’m teaching it to my 9th graders next year. It’s both terrifying and horrifying. I will add Code Name Verity to my list!
I just finished Code Name Verity and I’m still floored…
Oh, I know what you mean. I really liked this one.