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To Be Read: July

DISCLAIMER: I totally didn’t make it through last months TBR.  Even though I was really looking forward to Siege and Storm.  And I will certainly not make it through this month’s TBR.  But duuuuuudes, I’m finishing my own book and doing CampNaNo.  Also, I’ve set the HUGE goal of reading The Book of Mormon in a month.  This means…I might only make it through the audio books.  Anyhoo, we’ll see.  These, however, are the books on the TBR pile.  And once in my life, I would have been able to easily read all of these.

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That time has passed.

But On To The Books:

FOR THE CLASSICS: I decided to stick to American Literature for classics this month.  A little bit of celebration of the national holiday.  You know.  Whatever.  The ones I think I can get through are:

House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  It’s possible I once pretended to read this for a college class.  Dude.  I only had so much time.  Shut up.

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.  I don’t know much about this.  Maybe one of my brothers liked it?  I don’t know.  It was published by an American.  It qualifies as a classic.  It’s super cheap.  The end.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville.  I might have been supposed to read this in that same American Lit class.  Or possibly another Melville book.  I can’t remember.  But I know I haven’t actually read this one.  You can still shut up.

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The Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain.  Mark Twain is easy to figure out as a classic American novel.  Hence the choice.

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Also a book I was supposed to read. I know right? Did I even read any of the books for this class? Well the answer is at least two. Since my grade was based off of those two essays.  I’m pretty sure one of them was The Coquette. Have you even heard of that one?  I hadn’t either.

Totally might not finish all five.  Don’t hold your breath.  🙂  They are audio books, so maybe…  I picked them like follows: one a week.  Now that I think further about it.  It seems unlikely.

FOR THE BOOK I CAN’T REMEMBER WHY I BOUGHT:

The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem.  I know nothing about this.  That’s not true. Someone wrote it.  And it was published.  Bound up and then randomly purchased by myself.  I think it might be a middle reader.  You are still welcome to shut it.

FOR THE RANDOM MIDDLE READER SELECTION:

The Infernals by John Connolly.  It’s the sequel to The Gates, so not that random.  But it IS a middle reader.

FOR A BOOK FROM A SERIES I HAVEN’T FINISHED YET:

Love is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison.  These books are great.  Go read the snarky Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging.  This is book 8.  I have not-quite-finished this series for, forever.  Maybe longer.

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But also qualifying on this front:

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.  Book two of the Shiver trilogy.

Macrieve by Kresley Cole.  This one is an adult fiction book likely to be full of smut.  Fair warning.

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.  I’ve read this before.  I’m re-reading it before finishing the trilogy.  I’ve partially read Inkspell many times.  Time to Just Finish Already.

Other random books from my shelves that I’d like to read and not have such large Not Read Yet Shelf(vesss– again shut it)):

Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel.

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All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  Pretty sure I’ve read this one before.  I plan to read the series though, so I thought I’d refresh.

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey.  This one is on the list because of how much I loved The 5th Wave.

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Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch.  (I bought the UK one, cause I liked the cover better.  The US version is called Midnight Riot.).  The tagline is “What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz.”  You can sell me on just about any book by using the two magic words–Harry Potter.  We’ll see.  You also oversell me and set expectations that can rarely be met.

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I can’t help but add the following books to this month’s list.

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness, The Wide, Wide, Sea by Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, and Snowscape by Patrick Ness.  Essentially these are the rest of the series that belongs with The Knife of Never Letting Go.  Which hasn’t let me go.  Tee hee.  Yeah, I made that joke.

Shut it.

And yeah, I just decided to add Mansfield Park by Jane Austen to the pile, so I can do the read-a-long with thebookrat.com but hey, I have that on audio too.

And to be fully honest, I can completely see myself dumping the TBR Pile in favor of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater rather than not finishing out that one.  And then there’s last month’s TBR which are still on the pile.  Scarlet, Siege and Storm, and The Too-Clever Fox.  

Oi!

So, yeah, this is a long list.  We’ll see.  Many of them are audio books.  But the ones that are not audio books are also not short.  So maybe.  And there is the fact that my life is stressful these days–both a positive and a negative.  Can’t not wash bottles and baby clothes.  But it turns out that stressed out times are the times I need to read more.  Keeps me from pulling out my hair and breaking down into tears.  So, we’ll see.

~Amanda

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