For those of us who enjoy summer reading, the turn of the season is bittersweet, but not unwelcome: sometimes it's hard to stay indoors and curl up with a book while the sun shines!
This summer was not too hot (which limited my reading) and was filled with a few adventures, including the very special wedding of a very special couple and a new feline addition to the family (different events, of course — my new son-in-law Kenny is charming, but not in the least bit feline) (I think). However, there always is time to read, even if it's into the middle of the night. (Daylight is not a welcome force the following morning, I tell you what.)
As part of the 2014 Summer Reading Club, I read 33 books:
- A Red Herring Without Mustard
- Second Glance
- Centuries of June
- A Room With A Zoo
- The Interestings
- Bats at the Ballgame
- Ouroboros Ouzo
- Extent Demon King
- Johannesburg Cabal and the Blustery Day
- Bats at the Library
- I Lost My Bear
- The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag
- Bats at the Beach
- Bandit’s Surprise
- What Successful People Do Before Breakfast
- Tobacco Road
- The Book of Life
- Shadow of Night
- The Fault in Our Stars
- A Discovery of Witches
- The True Story of Stellina
- Top Secret Twenty-One
- Toots the Cat
- Millions of Cats
- The Beauty of the Beast : poems from the animal kingdom
- Takedown Twenty: a Stephanie Plum novel
- The Eye of Zoltar
- The Eyre Affair
- The Goldfinch
- American Decameron
- The Decameron
- Year of No Sugar
A couple on the list are rather short, but the thicker tomes fill out the stack. Plus, in the spirit of full disclosure, I am not completely finished with Mustard, but I am more than halfway through it, so I will count it on behalf of Main Street.
The "Main Street" of which I write is Main Street Child Development Center, a fabulous non-profit organization that will receive $5 per book, for a total of $165, from this Hedgehog Lover.
I also donated three books to the Fairfax County Public Library:
As promised, my fellow clubber who read the most this summer will earn a new book of her/his choosing.
Please send your reading list by October 4 so we can compare lists and you can get your new book all that much sooner. (Of course you will win. You read a lot, didn't you?) Remember, the time frame is May 23 (the Friday before Memorial Day) through September 28 (the Sunday following the autumnal equinox).
By the way, Reader Karen suggested something I've been pondering for a while: a winter reading club. Are you in? Let me know!