Friday, August 09, 2013

Some Proper Plans for August

I've mentioned before that I have an exceedingly hard time sticking to a reading list. However, since I accepted some additional review books over the summer, and since I'm engaging in quite a few reading events, it's nice to at least have something to refer to so I don't forget a book completely. Even if I pick it up, and I'm not in the mood for it, I've considered it!


Rebecca, by Daphne DuMaurier, and The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell, get top billing in August. I've put Rebecca off for far too long, and now I'm buddy reading it with Chelsey from ChelsandaBook. I have also put The Sparrow off for over 10 years, so it'll be my final choice for the Estella Project! I'm reading this one with Heatheroo.


I have a copy of The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes, from Netgalley, so that needs to be read sooner than later. And I'll be reading Graham Greene's Travels with My Aunt, for the wonderful, lovely Greene for Gran event via Savidge Reads. If you're not familiar, read this post. This event is in honor of Simon's dear Gran who recently passed. 

And after what are certainly some pretty significant and weighty reads, I'll most likely be in the mood for something lighter as well. 


The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan, seems like a worthwhile bet. And how did I not know that the movie is coming out??? MY WORD!

And how could I almost forget? I will be reading The Other Typist, by Suzanne Rindell, for my book club!



Which ones have you read? Are you coveting any books right now?





52 comments:

  1. Loved The Other Typist, and even though it has been a while since I read Sea of Monsters, I remember how much fun it is!

    I'm in the middle of a few different books right now:
    Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
    Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
    Sniper Elite by Scott McEwen
    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

    I also have a beach bag full of books that I'm trying to save for our vacation. :)

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    1. I'm glad you liked both The Other Typist and Sea of Monsters! I'm really excited to read both of those.

      I hope you'll let me know what you thought of The Goldfinch! So exciting that she finally has a new release.

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  2. Have heard wonderful things about Travels with my Aunt. Sea of Monsters wasn't my thing at all. I just can not get into the Percy Jackson books and the movies - bleh. I know so many others love them, but I have a Percy Jackson block going on in my brain.

    I think my reading this month will be a bit fickle. I'm sort of feeling slumpish. We shall see.

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    1. Yay! I liked the first book -- we'll see if this second one endures.

      Hoping you don't fall into a slump!

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  3. Rebecca and The Other Typist were both wonderful, and I want to read Travels with My Aunt, too.

    This is the first month I've ever made a reading list... so far it would seem that I'm not very good at sticking to it!

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    1. I'm glad you liked those three! Here's hoping I do too.

      And I'm usually really bad at sticking, but with ever-growing TBR it's nice to narrow my choices.

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  4. I can't wait to hear what you think of The Sparrow. That's one that I seriously considered from the Estella Project list. If you two dig it I'll probably end up adding it to my wish list :D

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    1. I can't wait to read that one!

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  5. I'm excited to hear what you think of The Girl You Left Behind, because I have a bit of a book crush on Jojo Moyes these days.

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    1. LOL, book crush is a great way to put it.

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  6. I haven't read any of those books. I'm coveting the new book about Charles Manson - I know it's odd.

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    1. Ooh, there's a new book about Charles Manson? I need to know the title. My mom would probably like it too (if it's non-fiction).

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  7. Are you enjoying Rebecca? I read it for the first time a couple of months ago and thought it was literally AMAZING.

    And Percy Jackson is my newest book obsession - I've read the first two books in the last three days or so and will finish the series within a week or so. They're so addictive.

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    1. I am LOVING it! It's so easily readable. I'm totally sucked in. I hated to lay it aside this weekend, but I really enjoyed The Song of Achilles so I can't complain.

      And I'm so glad you're so thoroughly enjoying Percy Jackson! It's been a while since I read much of the mythological, but I'm enjoying getting back into it.

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  8. Travels with My Aunt sounds very interesting. I'm planning to get started on the Percy Jackson series - I've had them in my TBR pile for ages but just never got around to them. Then I happened to watch the trailer for Sea of Monsters and realized I should read the books so I can then watch the movies (I never like to do it the other way around).

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    1. I hope you enjoy Percy. I really liked the first one and I have no idea why I've waited so long to read #2. And I never like to watch the movies first either. Gives too much away and sucks away the magic of the book.

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  9. I've always wanted to read Rebecca and I have a copy of The Other Typist that I need to get to. Book club is a good idea...maybe I can convince mine!

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    1. Do it! I'm sure you can convince them. And you'll freakin' love Rebecca. Read it during RIP time.

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  10. I haven't read any of those but Sea of Monsters is on my reading list. My stack is as high as yours! I have a ton of new reads on it like The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell and On the Come Up by Hannah Weyer. Happy reading!

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    1. Yay for growing reading stacks!!! :D

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  11. I haven't read any of these yet, though several are on my TBR! I do completely understand about not being able to stick to a reading list. I always try to start up with one, and then it gets blown to bits the next time a good ARC comes along (or I walk into the library and something shiny catches my eye...haha).

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    1. It's been helping me lately, probably only because my stacks are growing too quickly. Narrowing my choices a bit actually helps give me some direction and helps keep me from feeling overwhelmed.

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  12. Many good reading plans here! Especially Rebecca. I'm a little worried you'll find it disappointing because bloggers love it so much, though. Maybe try expecting it to be so-so, and then if it's better than so-so (it is), you will be thrilled.

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    1. Nah! I think I'll still love it. I'm totally loving the writing and the creep.

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  13. Rebecca surprised me. I wasn't expecting to like it and did quite a bit! I listened to all but the last 1 hour of the audio for Sea of Monsters and then my loan expired. Haven't checked it out again but need to to finish it. Good luck with your reading list...I'm terrible at them too. ;-)

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    1. Good! I'm glad you liked Rebecca. And boooo for expiration! Especially when you're just an hour from finishing.

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  14. Love love love love love love Rebecca. There, now you know. ;)

    Have Jo Jo Moyes' latest, too, but I have thrown up my arms at "obligatory" reviews and am nose deep in A Suitable Boy at over 1400 pages. Want to join me? (Kidding!)

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    1. Yes! I'm loving it, too!

      OMG, A Suitable Boy SCARES ME! I have it on my stacks, too.

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  15. I will echo everyone's praise of Rebecca but I'm going to be honest and say that I think My Cousin Rachel is even better! But if this is your first by DuMaurier then I think you are in for a treat :) I hope that you get the chance to enjoy all of these :)

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    1. COOL! I've heard all of her books are awesome. Have you read Jamaica Inn, too? If I like Rebecca as much as I think I will, I'm going to add Cousin Rachel and JI to my stacks, too.

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  16. I am SO EXCITED that you are reading The Sparrow! It was so good - such a fantastic way to learn about the unintended consequences of colonization by people who thought they were making the best decisions available to them at the time.

    I also want to read Rebecca! I bet your review will inspire me :-)

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    1. I cannot wait to dig into it, Aarti!

      And I will try to draft an inspiring review of Rebecca. So far it's kickass. Just sayin'.

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  17. I haven't read any of these, but Travels with My Aunt is definitely on my TBR. I don't own it yet. I do have One Man in Havana which I'm really excited about. I hesitated on getting the Other typists the last time I was in WH Smith. Interested to hear what you think about it. I'm not thoroughly convinced as of yet about wanting to read it.

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    1. I will definitely let you know what I think. A lot of bloggy peeps have really loved it. We'll see!

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  18. I loved Rebecca and The Sparrow for different reasons. I wasn't blogging yet when I read Sparrow, back when my sister was still studying medicine and I was, I think, on my last year in college. So, go read both!

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    1. Definitely reading both this month! Squee!

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  19. Rebecca is so fantastic! I hope you love it.

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    1. I'm jonesing for it so far!

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  20. I haven't made a reading plan all summer, which is weird since normally I like having a list of possible books for a month written out for me ahead of time. I loved The Sparrow so much. You absolutely must read it :)

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    1. I hope I love it, too! I have a sneaking feeling that I will. And sometimes a planless summer is a great thing. :)

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  21. Rebecca is wonderful. I hope you enjoy it. I've got all kinds of reading plans for August but I will be happy if I can just finish some books! haha.. My reading has been so slow going this summer.

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    1. Hopefully it'll pick up. If not, come fall/winter and blanket/cocoa time, you'll be good. :)

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  22. Rebecca is one of my favorite books; I'd love to find time to reread it one of these days. I've got The Girl You Left Behind to read soon, too. Looking forward to it.

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    1. Cheers to Rebecca and The Girl You Left Behind!

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  23. I haven't read any of these, but Rebecca is one I've always felt I /should/ read...

    I have trouble sticking to reading lists, too. I tend to do a more laid-back reading "pool" kind of thing.

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    1. And if I love it, I'll definitely try to convince you to read it. Because I'm a book pusher. ;) And it'd be a good RIP read.

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  24. I'm going to be "that person" and say . . . plans were made to be broken!

    -Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    1. LOL, so true. I started breaking them last night when I randomly started reading Terry Pratchett's The Wee Free Men.

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  25. I have read and enjoyed extremely your top 2. I have devoured everything by Russell, and need to read more by Daphne.
    at the end of my July recap I have listed all the books I would like to finish this year, for various events: book tours and reading challenges:
    http://wordsandpeace.com/2013/08/13/2013-july-wrap-up/
    I'm really looking forward to starting The Greenland Breach at the beginning of September:
    http://francebooktours.com/2013/07/15/bernard-besson-on-tour-the-greenland-breach/

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  26. I am REALLY wanting to read Bellman and Black right now. It's just so tempting. But with all the ARCs that I am behind on, I don't want to read it since it doesn't come out until October and I probably won't be reviewing it anyway until closer to its release date. But I am coveting that one!

    I read Night Film when I got it. It doesn't come out until October and I neglected to write the review right after reading it. I am going to pay for that mistake ;)

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