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Month in Review: August 2011

We had such a fun August full of traveling, and visiting with family and friends. It's hard to believe summer is almost over, but I think we're ready. The kids are back to school ~ C is in second grade now and M is in Pre-K. So far the school year has started off well.

Here's what happened in August in terms of reading and reviewing.

Books Read in August: 6
I read six books in August. Three were nonfiction books:
Sabbath by Wayne Muller
What Language Is by John McWhorter
The Rules of the Tunnel by Ned Zeman

... and three were thrillers:
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Summoner by Layton Green
The Egyptian by Layton Green

Reviews Written: 8
This month, I wrote eight reviews. First, I wrote reviews for two books I read in July:
Murder in the 11th House by Mitchell Scott Lewis
Listen by Rene Gutteridge

I also wrote reviews of five of the books I read in August. You can click on the links above to read them.

And I wrote a review for a book my son read: Artsy Fartsy by Karla Oceanak

Guest Posts: 1
How to Write a Novel Despite Your Day Job by Pamela Samuels Young

I didn't read any more books for this challenge in August, but I did realize I hadn't added one of the books I read back in March! So at this point, I need to read two to five more by the end of the year. I plan to focus on this challenge in November and December, if not before.

Unfortunately, August did nothing for this challenge. The books I read took place mostly in other countries. The nonfiction books didn't really have locations associated with them. And the memoir took place in CA and NY, two places I've already "visited" this year. I've added these places to my map:
New York
That leaves me at 17 out of 50 states covered, plus 8 additional countries. Here's my updated map:

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  1. Six is a great number of books, especially considering how busy your month was!

  2. I wish my kids were that small again... but now they're both in high school. One senior and one junior.
    I feel old.
    Good month too for books! Happy September reading!

  3. Sounds like a good reading month, Julie, especially in the midst of a busy summer!

    You're doing well on the Where Are You Reading Challenge - I sort of forgot about it this month and will have to tally up my locations!



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