Summer Reading Program 2006: The End

I didn’t make my goal of 40 books by August 31, but that’s OK. I got pretty close. I did finish my bonus goals, which was good. I knitted while reading a couple books. My shelves are all cleaned out and reasonably organized. I’ve got two shelves worth of books “To Read” and my knitting magazines and patterns are all in labeled holders and binders, yay! Thanks for the inspirational SRP, Kat. : )

Below are the last books I read for SRP. And tomorrow I’ll return to the regular knitterly programming!

  • A Wizard Abroad, by Diane Duane, 339 pages. (Fourth in the Young Wizards series.) Nita is sent to Ireland to visit her aunt for the summer. There’s a lot of Irish scenery and mythology, which I liked. Plus, there is a so very cute cat-bard (kitten-bard, really).
  • Stones of Abraxas, by K. Osborn Sullivan, 367 pages. This book has a bit of a Narnia flavor to it. The Stanhopes are magically transported to a parallel earth, Abraxas, where they learn that their world and Abraxas used to be one world before being separated many years ago. There’s a bad guy, Adrian, who has gained power through black magic and gaining control over most of the Stones. While I found the writing style almost too laid back and colloquial for my taste, I did like the way the parents were involved with the story—it wasn’t just about the kids.
  • Cross Bones, by Kathy Reichs, 459 pages. This was a bit different from the other 2 Dr. Tempe Brennan books I’ve read. I really like them because of the forensic aspect. Admittedly, it can be a bit gruesome at times (while I have a very vivid imagination, I find words easier to deal with than images like TV), but fascinating to read about different processes and methodologies Tempe uses to solve crimes. This book was different because religion (Jesus, Christianity, and Judaism) plays a large part and thus, this book might not be comfortable material for some readers. There were a few places where it seemed repetitive, and as a result, it didn’t seem as polished as her other books that I’ve read.
  • Blow Out, by Catherine Coulter, 386 pages. Another installment in the FBI Thrillers featuring husband-and-wife Agents Savich and Sherlock, it was a little bit different than the norm for the FBI Thrillers. I felt it focused more on Savich and Sherlock, putting Detective Ben Raven and reporter Callie Markham’s story into the background. There is also a sub-plot where Savich has a psychic experience related to a unsolved 30-year-old murder. Even though it was a thrilling read, the type where I chew off many of my fingernails, I was a bit disappointed by a couple of minor points in the story.

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3 Responses to “Summer Reading Program 2006: The End”

  1. Chris Says:
    August 4th, 2006 at 11:23 am

    What was your goal?!

  2. hege Says:
    September 5th, 2006 at 6:17 pm

    36! wow, that is huge!

  3. Guest Says:
    September 11th, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    During my nearly-daily Googling of my book’s title, I ran across your comments about “Stones of Abraxas.” (Yes, it’s my first book, so I’m a little possessive.) Anyway, thanks so much for reading it and for saying it had a “Narnia flavor.” That is very kind of you.

    And congratulations on reading 36 books this summer! An impressive accomplishment. Sadly, a ridiculous number of my summer reading titles are still stacked on my shelves. They are quickly becoming Christmas reading titles.

    Thanks again, Kim Sullivan (aka K. Osborn Sullivan)

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