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Unrelated: How Words Can Both Pay and Save

Last year, I declared last July my ambitious Read-All-You-Can month, and two things happened: 1) I blazed through a lot of the novels stacked on my shelf, and  2) my credit card bill amount was the lowest it had been all year. I’m ready for another one of those months, as a big stack of unread books (and now e-books on my Kindle) are cluttering my bedside table, and I need to finish paying off my new Apple computer.  So I’ve declared February 2010 a Read-All-You-Can month, and some folks on Facebook are going to join in.

So here’s the reading list:

  • The Haunted Ground by Erin Hart, Mystery, (I’ve read 50 out of) 526 pages. [Completed 2/5/2011]
  • The Black Book of Secrets by P. E. Higgins, Young Adult, 273 pages. [Completed 2/5/2011]
  • House at Riverton: A Novel by Kate Morton, Fiction, 496 pages.
  • Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, Fiction, 707 pages. [Completed 2/8/2011]
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, Young Adult, 472 pages.


  • Don’t Die, Dragonfly by Linda Joy Singleton, Young Adult, 288 pages.
  • Switched (Trylle Trilogy, Book 1) by Amand Hocking, Young Adult, 330 pages.
  • The Imperfectionists: A Novel by Tom Rachman, Fiction, 304 pages.
  • Favorite by Karen McQuestion, Young Adult, 170 pages.

Books I didn’t complete last July but still need to read:

  • Fire by Kristen Cashore, Young Adult, 461 pages. [Completed 2/15/2011]
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson, Fiction, 630 pages.
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, Fiction, 528 pages.
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Young Adult, 576 pages.
  • A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick, Fiction, 320 pages. [Completed 2/20/2011]
  • Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje, Fiction, 273 pages.

Totals: 15 books, 6,304 pages (225.14 pages per day)

  • 7 Fiction 5 Fiction
  • 7 Young Adult 5 Young Adult
  • 1 Mystery

So this is certainly ambitious. I’m sure work will be running me ragged, but I’m determined to stick my head in a book to de-stress and save some mula. Last time, the novels read count was about 13 or so. However, July has 3 more days than February. So we’ll see how far I get.

Good luck, participating Facebook friends!


About my ambitious Read-All-You-Can month goal (taking into account that I may want to socialize and/or work at some point … and speak out loud)

July is my read-all-you-can month. I was inspired by Alexa (go, you!) and her self-declared month goals, so in light of stressful things going on, I’ve decided to follow her example. Already, I’ve visited Sweden and unconvered a shocking family secret; I’ve been a part of the Bronte household and found new respect or Jane Eyre; and I’ve imagined the Real Housewives (and slaves) of Ancient Rome.

My previous goal was to read 25 books (which I still may say is my cut-off before buying any more books that I haven’t already pre-ordered), but seeing as I do still need to do work (and oh yeah, socialize), I’m dropping that goal down to 15.  

Here are the selections I would like to blaze my way through (in no particular order):

  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  2. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
  3. Charlotte and Emily: A Novel of the Brontes by Jude Morgan
  4. Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
  5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen [Finished 7/8/10]
  6. The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre  [Finished 7/16/10]
  7. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  8. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton [Finished 8/4/10]
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. Fire by Kristen Cashore
  11. Olive Kitteridge by Eizabeth Strout [Finished 7/10/10]
  12. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay [Finished 7/26/10]
  13. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows [Finished 7/17/10]
  14. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  15. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje

So it’s July 6th. I have three down, twelve more to go. I’ve already started making headway with Water for Elephants. Continue reading

In which I try to decide what novel to read next, buy more, and then get depressed by the amount of books I own and haven’t read yet

As I continue on my ridiculous spending spree, I met a friend for our ritualistic dinner and Borders run. This involves a coupon and the instant gratification of holding a book in my hands: feeling its weight, seeing its font, feeling its pages. I am well aware that most likely sells tonight’s selections for much cheaper than Borders’ asking price, but I tell myself I’m supporting my local bookstore. Without it, what would I do? Order from all the time? You don’t know what you get when you do that, and I’m a snob. I want my books crisp and new, without the spines cracked.

I bought 5 books. Ridiculous. These now join the dozens of other books I have waiting in the wings. I’m reminded that Summer is for reading, as TV is notably dull. Yet, I’ve been watching TV like an idiot lately. I want to get back into my reading frenzy, and I’ve made a personal mission to read at least one book over the July 4th holiday.

So now I’m scanning the first chapters of my selections trying to decide which one to read: Continue reading