Total books - 8
Total pages - 2324
Total inches - 9.75
Year to date
Total books - 22
Total pages - 6650
Total inches - 26.75
Here's what I read:
- The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley - nonfiction - analyzes the countries that score the highest on the PISA standardized test, and compares their techniques to America's.
- The Way I See It by Temple Grandin - nonfiction - I'm very into reading about autism these days, and I learned a lot from this one.
- Small Move, Big Change by Caroline Arnold - nonfiction - She explains the idea of making tiny, permanent changes "microresolutions" that move you toward the person you want to be.
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - fiction - I've been working on my library bingo card and needed a "funny" book. I'm not into comedy and a friend said she laughed through this one. I did at some points, but mostly I cried. The quirks of Aspergers (now just part of the autism spectrum) aren't so funny when you see your own child in them. But still, it was a good book. Much better than I expected from the title.
- Reading Lolita in Tehran by Asar Nafisi - nonfiction - I really wanted to like this one. But I didn't. I didn't think the writing was very good. I learned a ton about Iran though so it was worth the effort.
- The Secret of the Old Clock by Caroline Keene - fiction - Okay, now don't judge me for reading a Nancy Drew mystery. One of the squares on the bingo card requires us to reread a childhood favorite. I was surprised though at how poorly this book was written. One day the phone is out, but the next day she makes a call... and so on. But I didn't catch any of that when I was a kid.
- Riding the Bus With My Sister by Rachel Simon - nonfiction - about the author's sister who is mentally handicapped and what it was like to be her sister. This was another book I wanted to like more than I really did.
- Open Season by C.J.Box - fiction - my favorite of the month. This is a mystery by a Wyoming writer about a fictional Wyoming town that sounds a lot like where I live. Loved the story and am looking forward to more of his. I had a "mystery book" square to fill in on my bingo card and also a "second book in a series" - which meant I needed to read the first, so this was it. I don't normally read mysteries, so this was a nice diversion.
Now I'm focused on the rest of the Bingo squares. :) This is so fun. I hope they do these challenges again. They usually only do kids' reading programs. It's nice for the adults to have a chance at it too.