July 2010: Top 5 Books

My top 5 books post for July is a little late because of the move. I apologize! I really do hope to get back on schedule soon!! July wasn’t a huge reading month for me because I was so busy getting all my stuff packed and in order, and then of course doing the actual drive from CA to NY. However, I read some really fantastic books with what time I did have. Here are my top 5 picks:

I am now up to 124 books read this year; we’ll see if I can make it to 200 once I’m back on track. I’ve never kept a reading list before, but I’m having a lot of fun skimming through it and reminding myself of some of the great books I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with in the last few months.

I have a lot of other books that look just as exciting coming up. I’m hoping to reread Shiver and finally get to Linger, I also want to read the first two Hunger Games books again before Mockingjay comes out. I feel guilty doing any rereading when I have so many other books around to read for the first time, but I can’t seem to enjoy a series as much when I’m lacking continuity.

I also have a number of NetGalley titles on my Nook that I’m looking forward to, like Draw the Dark, The Absolute Value of -1, and Adios, Nirvana, and as well as quite a few other review copies stacked up and waiting on my bookshelf, including Scars and Pay it Forward. Barnes and Noble has been having a giant bargain book sale, so I managed to buy a ton of books that I’d been wanting for only about two or three bucks a piece (including several books by Sarah Dessen–I don’t know how I’ve never read any of her books before, but apparently they are amazing). There are a few other books I got recently for the Books and Bikinis Reading Challenge; not sure how I’m going to do with that since the end of summer is rapidly approaching. Then, of course, there are all the other books I purchased before the move and brought with me like Glimpse, Faithful Place, and Siren. I got a temporary itty-bitty bookshelf when I got here, but it’s looking like I’m going to need to find a bigger one soon.

Needless to say, I’m going to be busy reading for quite a while, and it’s going to take some work to balance all the review copies and books I’ve bought myself. I can’t wait to report on my favorite books of August!

In the meantime, what were your favorite books from July? And what tips do you have for making it through the TBR pile without neglecting review books or personal books?

EDIT: Mrs. DeRaps suggested we start doing the top 5 books of the month as a meme. I love reading these kinds of lists, so I think it’d be fun if more people participated. Please leave a link to your top 5 post so we can all go check it out, or post your list in the comments.

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6 Responses to "July 2010: Top 5 Books"

  • Why did I think you lived in Toronto? 0.o Weird.

    I’m not even at 100 books for the year yet, way to go with 124! I’m close to 100 but I don’t think I’ll make 200 at all for the year.

    For July I think my top books would be:
    The Owl Keeper – Christine Brodien-Jones
    The Girl Who Could Fly – Victoria Forester
    Inside Out – Maria V. Snyder

    I read 17 books for the month. 😉

    1 Cat said this (August 7, 2010 at 9:10 AM)


  • Wow. You read a lot! You should make this a meme with a Mr. linky. It’d be interesting to see everyone’s top picks each month.

    Thanks for sharing yours–I just received Revolution in the mail this week, so I’m happy to see it at the top of your list!

    2 Mrs.DeRaps_02786426019519165515 said this (August 7, 2010 at 9:15 AM)


  • Cat, I’m going to take it as a compliment that you thought I was Canadian 😉 I’ll have to go do a search for your review of Inside Out. I have a bunch of Harlequin Teen titles on my to-read list, but I wasn’t sure if that was one I’d like.

    17 books this month is very impressive; at the rate I’ve been going lately, you’ll be caught up in no time. I had a good spurt where I was doing a book or two a day, but now I have to go to work, which kind of makes that impossible.

    I’d love to do this as a meme and see other people’s top picks if such a thing doesn’t already exist. Mr. Linky doesn’t seem to be supported by WordPress, though. Anybody know of a similar alternative?

    If you would like to participate, just leave a list or a link to your list in the comments for now and I will try to do something more official for the August top 5 post.

    Mrs. Deraps, hope you enjoy Revolution. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

    3 Melanie said this (August 7, 2010 at 9:26 AM)


    • I read Inside Out just last month, so it won’t be too hard to find. I was really apprehensive when it was published under the Harlequin Teen umbrella because it turned me off completely. I then realized that Maria V. Snyder’s adult trilogies were under Luna, which is part of Harlequin! Her books are very much not all about romance and more about the growing of the main characters – always strong females. So please do NOT let the Harlequin tag scare you! (I was also more scared of the sci-fi feel that the book was projecting and that didn’t bother me at all either!) Her stories are always very rich and filling!

      4 Cat said this (August 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM)


  • Aha..I just discovered Linky Tools, which I didn’t love because you had to go to another page to submit the link, and then found Simply Linked. Hopefully that will work! If you want to make a Top 5 Post and leave the link there to get it started, we can try that for now. If you don’t want to make a post, feel free to continue leaving your lists in the comments. I love reading them 🙂

    5 Melanie said this (August 7, 2010 at 9:39 AM)


  • Alright, I’m not really allowing myself to buy books at the moment, but I trust your opinion enough to add it to my wish list for later! I think the Harlequin Teen imprint is less romancey than their other titles, so that wasn’t a concern, but the summary did not appeal to me much. Sounds like you had that issue, too, and still ended up loving it…so I’m willing to give it a shot.

    6 Melanie said this (August 8, 2010 at 12:48 PM)


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