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Books Bought This Month
The Haunted Showboat by Carolyn Keene
Freakin’ Fabulous by Clinton Kelly
House of Skin: Prizewinning Stories by Kiana Davenport (free on Kindle!)
No Escape by Michelle Gagnon (free for Kindle novella to go with her new trilogy)

Books Received This Month
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Tap Out by Eric Devine
Ladies in Waiting by Laura L. Sullivan
Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
The Learning Brain by Torkel Klingberg
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette by Bianca Turetsky
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
Fog by Caroline B. Cooney
The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan

Books Borrowed This Month
Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
The Girl Who Owned a City: The Graphic Novel by O.T. Nelson and adapted by Dan Jolley
The Child Thief by Brom
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes
Kung Fu Princess: Daughter of Light by Pamela Walker
Marisol and Magdalena: The Sound of Our Sisterhood by Veronica Chambers
Names Will Never Hurt Me by Jaime Adoff
Chicks With Sticks (It’s a Purl Thing) by Elizabeth Lenhard
Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa by Micol Ostow
Food Rules by Michael Pollan
From Romance to Realism: 50 Years of Growth and Change in Young Adult Literature by Michael Cart
My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned By Becoming a Student by Rebekah Nathan
Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life by Cherie Calbom
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews
The Souls of Mixed Folk by Michele Elam

Books Finished This Month
The King’s Rose by Alisa M. Libby
Ten Girls to Watch by Charity Shumway
Ayurveda by Sarah Lie
The Girl Who Owned a City: The Graphic Novel by O.T. Nelson and adapted by Dan Jolley
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Two and Twenty Dark Tales edited by Michelle Zink (gave up)
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
The Invisible Child by Katherine Paterson
The Playful Brain by Richard Restak and Scott Kim
The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan
Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Food Rules by Michael Pollan

Even though that’s a decent amount of books, for some reason it still looks to me like a big fail. It might have something to do with how either boring or just unlikeable I found so many of the books I read this month. But I have been slowly but surely getting through my pile of magazines that I’ve been backed up on for months. This is the before and after. I feel very accomplished, though I need to do a lot more work to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

So if you want to know what magazines I read, and also if you want to buy any of the books I read, borrowed, bought, or got, you can click here and get them from Amazon (though I recommend looking at independent bookstores if you can).

Edit 9/2/12: It occurred to me that making that a wishlist was not smart, since you want to buy these books for you, not for me (though I have an actual wishlist linked over the right, and my birthday is less than a week away, hint hint). So this link is better if you’re interested in all the books in this post, and here is a general list of magazines that I subscribe to or otherwise read pretty regularly. I’ll start doing these booklists on Amazon monthly, too, and when I get a chance I’ll backtrack for the previous seven months.

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