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What I Read: July

With ALA halfway through July and Summer Reading going like crazy at work, I felt like I didn't really have time to read that much-maybe because my TBR pile got huge after ALA!

But I managed to read 14 books this month, so I guess that's not too bad. Anyone have any tips on how to read faster? I need them! And yes, reviews will come-I need to catch up!

1. Ghostgirl: Homecoming by Tonya Hurley-my review
2. Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick-Audiobook CD
3. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
4. Away Laughing on a Fast Camel by Louise Rennison-Audiobook CD
5. Ice by Sarah Beth Durst-my review
6. Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
7. Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wright
8. Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford-Audiobook CD-my review
9. Sand Chronicles Vol. 1-manga
10. Sand Chronicles Vol.2 -manga
11. Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith-my review
12. Vampire Diaries: The Struggle by L.J. Smith-my review
13. Scott Pilgrim Versus the World-Scott Pilgrim Vol. 2
14. Graceling by Kristin Cashore-Audiobook CD


  1. I think that 13 is a pretty good month of reading. I sadly only read 6 books in July and I put that down to having my son home now and not much is getting red with taking him to swimming lessons, play dates and library activities. I think I need to find a secret to read faster. If I find out I will let you know.

  2. That's pretty good! I need to learn to read faster too, I only finished 15.

  3. You're a reading rock star! I'm lucky to get six books read over a month. Some times if I'm lucky I'll get a few quick reads and that number will increase....but wow 14 is great! If you have the opportunity to share the advise on speed reading I'd love to hear about it.


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