Sunday, August 28, 2016

From the Archives: A Blogging Retrospective - August 2006

[Post idea stolen borrowed inspired by Kay of Kay's Reading Life's Bookish Nostalgia and Stacy of Stacy's Books' A Look Back features. Thank you, Ladies!]

I spent less time amongst the pages of books this month than I have in the last couple of months, but my August adventures were no less worthwhile. I traveled the world and through time, ducked a few physical and magical blows, tracked down the bad guys, and breathed in the ocean air.
And so August of 2006 came to an end. After starting my book blogging career with a bang (16 posts in the later half of the previous month), I settled into what would become my average for the next couple months with 9 posts. 

I cross-posted a couple reviews I had written for the website Front Street Reviews, which is no longer in business, as well as a few from Curled Up With a Good Book, mixing it up with books of my own. The one book I won from Harper Collins First Look Program, was my first DNF of the year. The book was Haweswater by Sarah Hall, a historical fiction novel set in 1936 England. While the prologue drew me in, I was soon bored, weighed down by description, and decided it best to set the book aside. I never returned to it.

I tried out a new mystery series called Targets of Affection by RG Willems featuring a veterinary technician, that tackled the heavy topics of animal and child abuse. Although at times on the slow side, I enjoyed the novel and getting to know the characters. The relationship between Shelby, the protagonist, and her husband, as well as her dog, Spin, especially stood out for me.

The Shattered Blue Line by Patrick A. Davis was a new to me type mystery, a military thriller, set at the Air Force Academy. Murder and politics always mean high stakes, and it proves true in this case too. Continuing with the thriller theme, I read and enjoyed my first George Pelecanos' novel, The Night Gardener. I had heard a lot about Pelecanos and was eager to give his work a try. True to expectation, the novel was dark and gritty, where nothing was simply black and white. While The Shattered Blue Line was more about guilt and atonement, The Night Gardener was centered around our actions and their consequences.

Stepping a little out of my comfort zone, I agreed to read a Christian thriller novel, the first in a trilogy by Lisa T. Bergren called The Begotten, in August of 2006. The novel has some fantasy elements and was overall an entertaining read. Not enough, however, for me to go on and finish the trilogy.

Catherine Chidgey's The Strength of the Sun stands out from my August reads that month ten years ago because it was the only book that I reviewed that didn't qualify as a mystery. The past and the present, as well as the characters lives, are woven together in a story about loss, love, and human connectedness.

That August, I revisited two series I enjoyed. It was good to visit again with protagonist, Melanie Vargas, a federal prosecutor in a series by Michelle Martinez. The Finishing School is the second in the series. Melanie is a great character, and it was interesting to see how she balanced motherhood with work, especially with such a demanding job. I ended the month visiting with my favorite wizard, Harry Dresden in Proven Guilty. I always feel a bit out of breath after finishing one of Jim Butcher's novels. 

On a personal front, I discovered that month my request to change shifts at work was accepted. At the end of the month, I would move from the swing shift to the day shift, or so I hoped. My husband and I were enjoying the second season of Veronica Mars, and Parker and Riley were as playful as ever. And so concludes my August of 2016.



  • Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think?
  • Do you remember what you were reading 10 years ago? 
  • What was the last book you read that was outside of your comfort zone?


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    16 comments:

    1. I've not read any of these books but I think I've the first two books by Jim Butcher. I suppose I'll read them at some point.

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      1. Melody - I hope you enjoy the Jim Butcher books when you read them. He's a great storyteller.

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    2. I haven't read any of these, but I looked back at my favorite books of 2006--The Penelopiad, The Space Between Us, and the Thirteenth Tale were 3 of my 8 favorite fiction works that year. Nonfiction: The Tipping Point, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, and May and Amy, a biography of May and Amy Gaskell.

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      1. Jenclair - I loved The Space Between Us and The Thirteenth Tale. I haven't read The Penelopiad, I'm afraid to say.

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    3. I still have not read beyond book 1 in the Dresden Files. And I have read book 1 twice. lol I am so bad with series!

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      1. Kelly - I keep telling myself I'll get back to the series, but it hasn't happened yet. Soon. Maybe. Hopefully. Probably not. :-(

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    4. It looked like you were into thrillers and mysteries at that time, Wendy! I haven't read any of these books, but I have read something from Lisa T. Bergren as well, Waterfall (first in the series as well). It was ok, but it didn't compel me enough to continue the series, same as you.

      Ah I can't remember if I've read anything outside of my comfort zone lately! I remember trying to read something by Steve Berry though, a year or so back, but I didn't finish it.

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      1. Nina - Mysteries are my comfort reads. That and urban fantasy. :-) I haven't read anything by Steve Berry, although I know his books interested me at one time.

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    5. What a fun idea! I may steal it...

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    6. I'm so impressed you've been blogging for 10 years! That's amazing! I'm not sure what I was reading in 2006. It was my first full year as a stay at home mom and I know I was able to read a lot more that year but I can't for the life of me even guess at what they were without getting out my notebook. I haven't read any of these! I have watched Veronica Mars though which I did enjoy.

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      1. Katherine - Thank you! It's hard to believe it's been that long. It doesn't feel like it.

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    7. What a cool post! Now 'm curious about mine, even though it's only 5 years.

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      1. Christy - Thank you! Even looking back five years would be fun, I think!

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    8. What a fun post! I have only read one of the Dresden books and always meant to catch up with that series but you know how that goes! :)
      Last book I read out of my comfort zone? I think it's been a while which reminds me I probably should pick up some non-fiction or short stories.

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      1. Iliana - I know my husband wasn't as big a fan of the Dresden Files as I was. I still love them though. :-)

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