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:
- Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
- The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson
- Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
- Freefall by Mindi Scott
- Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupola (Sorry, no review posted at this time)
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.