In August I read 12 books for a total of 3,439 pages and an average of 111 pages per day. With our mini vacation at the end of the month, I managed to finish 3 books, so that really helped my tbr pile.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
First Sentence: When I was little, my dad used to tell me, “Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.”
Challenge: A book set in high school
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
First Sentence: The fairies flew suspended on wires despite their tendency to get tangled together.
Challenge: A book you own but have never read
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
First Sentence: The sun rose slowly, as if it wasn’t sure it was worth all the effort.
Challenge: A funny book
Footsteps in the Sky by Greg Keyes
First Sentence: In the world below this one, people were unhappy.
Challenge: A book at the bottom of your to-read list
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
First Sentence: Xing Xing squatted by the water, silent and unmoving.
Notable Quote: ”And the world kept moving, not toward any goal, just going, because that is what life does…and it’s bound to be better with a companion who knows how to be tender, a companion you may grow to cherish.”
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
First Sentence: The Home Office telegraphy department always smelled of tea.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
First Sentence: In fairy tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black coats, and they ride on broomsticks.
Challenge: A book from your childhood
Clariel by Garth Nix
First Sentence: Old Marral the fisherman lived in one of the oddest parts of Belisaere, the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom.
Across the Wall by Garth Nix
First Sentence: Four years ago, after a Christmas lunch, my younger brother passed around a very small “book” of four stapled-together pages that he said he’d found while helping my mother clean out a storage area under our family home.
Notable Quote: “Change, change, change without thinking what it’ll cost in things that can’t be replaced.”
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: The only light struggles from the few gas street-lamps that remain unbroken, and from pots of fire suspended above the cobblestones, tended by old men selling boiled sea snails outside the public houses.
American Fuji by Sara Backer
First Sentence: Toilets and cars.