Friday, July 20, 2012

Half Year Summary and Linkup ~ Books Read

summer reading

Half Year Summary and Linkup: A list of books read, and abandoned. Also included are interviews for the first half of 2012.

Yes, we’ve been busy reading and wanted to share our list of books in alphabetical order with links to reviews.

One never knows with lists, you may find a new book to read?

 Shellie ~ Read and Reviewed:

  1. A Long Long Sleep ~ by Anna Sheehan (audio)
  2. All There Is: Love Stories from Storycorps ~ by David Isay
  3. Cinder ~ by Marissa Meyer (audio)
  4. Feed ~ by M. T. Anderson (audio)
  5. Fever Series ~ by Karen Marie Moning (5 book series)(audio) (+4)
  6. Heft ~ by Liz Moore (audio)
  7. In Other Worlds ~ by Margaret Atwood (audio)
  8. In the Sea there are Crocodiles ~ by Fabio Geda. (audio)
  9. Jamrach’s Menagerie ~ by Carol Birch (audio)
  10. Kafka on the Shore ~ by Haruki Murakami (audio)
  11. Other Kingdoms ~ by Richard Matheson (audio)
  12. Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day ~ by Ben Loory
  13. Tarnished ~ by Karina Cooper
  14. The Age of Miracles ~ by Karen Thompson Walker
  15. The Book of Lost Fragrances ~ by M.J. Rose
  16. The Cove ~ by Ron Rash
  17. The First Days (As the World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy #1) ~ by Rhiannon Frater
  18. The Girl Below ~ by Bianca Zander
  19. The Island of Dr. Moreau ~ by H. G. Wells  (audio)
  20. The Last Storyteller ~ by Frank Delany
  21. The Whisperer ~ Donato Carrisi
  22. The Women of Nell Gwynne’s ~ by Kage Baker
  23. The Wicked Good Stepmother ~ by William G. Bentrim
  24. This Perfect Day ~ by Ira Levin
  25. Three Weeks in December ~ by Audrey Schulman
  26. What Dies in Summer ~ by Tom Wright
  27. White Horse ~ by Alex Adams
  28. Wood (a novella) ~ by Robert Dunbar

Subtotal: 28 + 4 = 32

Read without Reviews:

  1. Fallen ~ by Kate Lauren (audio)
  2. Jane Eyre ~ by Charlotte Bronte (audio)
  3. Kitty and the Midnight Hour (book #1) ~ by Carie Vaughn (audio)
  4. La Vagabonde ~ Collette (audio)
  5. Oryx and Crake ~ by Margaret Atwood (audio)
  6. The Alzheimer's Prevention Program ~ by Gary Small
  7. The Last Werewolf ~ by Glen Duncan (audio)
  8. The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing  ~ by Evan Marshall
  9. The Sword Edged Blonde (Eddie LaCrosse #1) ~ by Alex Bledsoe (audio)
  10. Vegan Fire & Spice ~ by Robin Robertson


  1. A Brush of Darkness ~ by Allison Pang (130 pages)
  2. Eyes Like Leaves ~ Charles de Lint (100 pages)
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey ~ E.L. James (audio)(50 pages) 
  4. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain  ~ by Maryann Wolf (audio) (30 pages)

Total: 32 + 10 + 4 = 46 books read

John ~ Read and Reviewed:

  1. A Bridge of Years ~ by Robert Charles Wilson
  2. After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall ~ by Nancy Kress
  3. Cleopatra: A Life ~ by Stacy Schiff
  4. Lucky Bastard ~ by S. G. Browne
  5. Mindscan ~ Robert J. Sawyer
  6. Our Man in the Dark ~ by Rashad Harrison
  7. Spartacus: The Gladiator ~ by Ben Kane
  8. The Broken Universe (Universe 2) ~ by Paul Melko
  9. The Forever War ~ by Joe Haldeman
  10. The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories #2) ~ by Bernard Cornwell
  11. The Revisionists ~ by Thomas Mullen
  12. The Whisperer ~ by Donato Carrisi
  13. Written in the Ashes ~ by K. Hollan Van Zant

Read and Up for Review:

  1. Sacrilege ~ by S. J. Parris
  2. The Devil in Silver ~ by Victor Lavalle
  3. Watchmen ~ by Alan Moore


  1. The Tapestry Shop ~ by Joyce Elson Moore (80 pages)
  2. Come Back ~ by Sky Gilbert (30 pages)
  3. Tribulations ~ by Ken Shufeldt (50 pages)

Total: 13 + 3 + 3 = 19 books read

Guest Posts and Interviews


A Question:   Do you consider a book read if it has been abandoned?


Sarah M said...

That's a good, and varied collection of books so far.

Yes, I do consider a book read if I abandoned it. I read enough to form an opinion of it, and so I consider it read.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Shellie,
you and John have been very productive in the first half of the year.

I read more books than I reviewed.

Regarding your question I have a plain rule: For me a book is read when I finished the book.

GOODREADS follows another rule in their reading challenges. They count every book, which means the is no difference between abandoned and finished books.

In the end it is up to you.

can tell you that I do not consider a book

Unknown said...

Hi Sarah -
Thank you for your thoughts!

I am always torn about what to do with the books I have not finished.

It almost seems like there should be a 30 page rule? But then how is one going to keep track of those below thirty pages?

Edi -
I am torn about this one. So to keep track of them I mark them read.

Also I have a stack of books still not recorded as started and abandoned since I did not make it through the first few pages....
Not sure how to mark those and keep track of them.

Perhaps a shelf on Goodreads?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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