Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Woody's Roundup: June 2010.

"woody's roundup come on, gather round
woody's roundup where nobody wears a frown"

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So maybe I am a little too excited to see Toy Story 3 this weekend. But isn't everyone? Don't tell what happens if you have already seen it! I do NOT want to be spoiled at all! *covers ears* I wanted to have an end of the month feature, to wrangle up and lasso down everything I have done, reading wise, for the month. Woody's Roundup just sort of fit as the proper name. I figured I would list the books I have read for the month (you can find a list for the whole year under 'Reviews') and list the books I have received this month. I weekly post of In My Mailbox seems a little silly, since I never get enough books to post every week.

Read in June:
1. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
2. The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
3. Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Sandell (Reread)
4. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
5. The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin

Books Read So Far in 2010: 36. I thought I would read more this month, but obviosuly not. May was a much better month in terms of reading quantity. Probably quality as well, but I can't really decide. It is about even.

Favorite book: This is a tough one, but I am going to have to give it to The Off Season. The Dairy Queen books are just fantastic. My reread, Song of the Sparrow, doesn't count because it is obviously already a favorite. If it was in the running, it would be a tough call indeed. While I did not like the second installment of the D.J. trilogy as much as the first, they really are in a league of their own and can't compare to anything else.

Received in June:
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Anne of Green Gables, L.M Montgomery (local bookstore)
Can you believe I don't own Anne of Green Gables already? Actually I can't remember most of the storyline, only that its epic. I read the Anne books when I was many years younger, and the most I can remember is from the movies I rented mutiple times after I finished the books. My mom adores these books, and I can't wait to crack them open now that I am old enough to actually remember what I am reading.

Lirael, Garth Nix (paperbackswap)
Seeing as how I flipped for Sabriel, it isn't a big leap to imagine how quickly I snagged up a copy of Lirael when I saw it floating around paperback swap. I definately plan on reading this one soon, especially since I have heard some people mention they like it more than Sabriel. More? Can you imagine such a thing?

Song of the Sparrow, Lisa Sandell (paperbackswap)
An amazing retelling of the Lady of Shalott, the Arthurian legend about a cursed young woman who must never leave her tower or die, told completely in verse. I absolutely adore King Arthur, and I loved this book so much when it first came out. I remember as soon as I had closed the pages, and I had forced my mom to read it too. She wasn't as appreciative of its beauty. I had forgotten about it but decided I wanted a copy to treasure forever.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemision (library)
I just picked these one up at the library and decided to add it to the pile, so it didn't look quite so small and pathetic. I am FREAKIN' excited about this one. I have so many good things, and it sounds in-depth and amazing.

Next month, I promise there will be many more because Book Closeouts is having a summer fiction sale, and you know who jumped on that bandwagon.


  1. My best friend went with her brothers to the movies and they saw Toy Story! They loved it. So have a lot of fun seeiing it. :)

  2. Thank you! I'm glad they liked it (:

  3. I saw that you are a part of the Debut Author Challenge! That is so amazing that you are supporting debut authors and I only recently found out that I am going to be one!!! I wanted to ask if you wouldn’t mind heading over to my blog and giving me your opinion. As a blogger turned author I would really appreciate it and the publisher is still giving out ARCs so you might have a chance at a free copy! Thank you and I hope you will stop by and check out The Thirteenth Chime!

    Emma Michaels

    P.S.- My release date if Friday the 13th (August this year) isn't that crazy?



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