Excuse the lame title. I'm really tired.
The Bad: the month is nearly half over. And I've only read two books! I've read quite a bit in some longer non-fic books I've got going, but I doubt I'm actually going to finish any of those this month. Of course, the month I actually do finish all those is going to look like a killer reading month. I've also done a lot of textbook reading in preparation for the coming school year, but of course, that never counts toward my reading totals.
The Good: Two books. Who cares?!! One of them is my favorite read of the year so far! (See previous post.) And frankly, I don't see it being knocked out of that spot. Of course, I am willing to have some book try. :D
The Blame: It's been a while since I've updated points for the Blame Game. Mostly because I just haven't been accumulating many books. Not sure what's gotten into me. Anyway, here's what has made its way into our house:
Scary Stories Treasury collected from folklore and retold by Alvin Schwartz with abundant artwork by Stephen Gammell.
Had to buy it. Couldn't resist. It has all three of the Scary Story books combined into one collection. They're just such fun little stories. I'm hoping to read lots and lots to the kids this fall. And I love the art (though a lot of it really creeps Gray out).
Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper.
I've never read anything by her before, and I'm not even sure if I've ever heard of her before. But I was looking for fairy tale retellings on PaperbackSwap and this one caught my eye. When I looked into her a bit, I found she's actually quite prolific. And I was intrigued by the fact that some say she has an ecofeminist slant. Anyone read this book? Or any of her others? What did you think?
Sunshine by Robin McKinley.
And here we have a point to be awarded. Susan wrote this wonderfully fun post about her favorite books of the last decade. Somehow I fear this is only the first book from that one post that will be earning points for Susan...several more made their way onto my wish list, too.
Ever by Gail Carson Levine.
We stopped in the book closeout store yesterday. I only bought one book for myself...I think I should get a reward or something. (Oh yeah, I think that was my excuse for eating that piece of cherry pie last night...guess I did get a reward.) I have yet to read any of her books, but I have this feeling that I'm going to be completely charmed. Hope I'm right on that score.
And finally, from the library, we have one lonesome book:
The Golden Phoenix: Eight French-Canadian Fairy Tales by Marius Barbeau, and retold by Michael Hornyansky.
And the blame for this one falls squarely on Kailana's shoulders because of this review. I have to admit that I'm still basking in the afterglow of Nation, and can't seem to think about starting a new novel. But I think I might start this collection today as a way of easing myself back in. ;)
See, I've been very well behaved lately, haven't I? Oh, and before I go, if you'd like a way to shirk a little responsibility for your book accumulation habits, don't forget that Chris is hosting The Bad Bloggers meme. Go add your link so we can all see who's responsible for your sagging bookshelves. :D