The first exciting bit of news is that I have a new nightstand! No, my actual "nightstand" (a cedar chest which my grandparents had made for me by a distant relative for graduation) is still beside my bed holding an alarm clock, the book(s) I am actually reading, and a coaster for that nighttime glass of water, but I have a new place to store and sort incoming books. I'm so very excited.
The other thing that I wanted to follow up on was my month of e-reading. It was fairly successful. Because I was in the car, I did listen to more audiobooks than usual (and would have probably listened to another, but I ran out!). I did listen to 3, which is slightly more than usual (though none of them were super-long). I did read four books on my Kindle while I was traveling, which is the most I've used my Kindle in any one month. But I really only lasted about 2 1/2 weeks. Once I returned home, I was ready to read some other books waiting on my shelf. It wasn't the format, but the availability of books I wanted to and needed to be reading. I also read about half of Gulliver's Travels on my Nintendo DS XL with the 100 Classic Books cartridge that Nintendo sent me to try out. I was completely surprised about how much I loved reading on it, given the small screen (even the slightly bigger DSi XL screen). But I really do, and will definitely use it again in the future.
That brings me to this month's list.
- I want to finish Gulliver's Travels (and I know I am not alone on this!). I'm not hating it, I just need to DO it.
- *The 39 Clues Book 1:The Maze of Bones -- Amanda's read these books, and I am thrilled to be hosting the final stop on August 31 when for the brand-new The 39 Clues, Book 10: Into the Gauntlet releases! Stop 2/book 2 with Gordon Korman is today at Brimful Curiosities, so check it out (and a chance to win the first 2 books!).
- A King of Infinite Space -- a sort of literary detective novel (supposedly)
- *Come Sunday: A Novel
- *Scarlett Fever
- Infinite Days
- Prisoners in the Palace: A Novel of Intrigue and Romance About How Princess Victoria Became Queen with the Help of a Maid, a Newspaperman, and a Scoundrel -- this is a YA book that Chronicle was really excited about at BEA.
- From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America -- This may be the first time this has happened, but I've been craving some "hard" (not difficult, but firm) non-fiction, and this is a book that really interested me when I accepted it for review, but I just never got around to it.
All of these books are for review, and several of them will have *giveaways when they post at 5 Minutes for Books!
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