Rose Thorne (rosethorne) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Rose Thorne

July 2012 Reading

July Reading:

24. I Sing the Body Electric! And Other Stories, by Ray Bradbury (322 pages)
This book requires careful, slow consumption. While reading, each story was so full of life, when I finished it I was shocked to see there was more book to read. In here are more Mars stories, as well. I actually had to take time to digest these stories, and pause between each one. Beautiful writing, and fantastic storytelling.

25. Swords of the Horseclans, by Robert Adams (180 pages)
There is some fairly fantastic worldbuilding in Adams' books, and I was impressed with some of the characterization. However, what bothers me is Adams' propensity for equating pedophilia with homosexuality, and his very blatant homophobia. As I enjoy the general plots, I try to overlook this, but it's becoming difficult.

26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip K. Dick (210 pages)
I really enjoyed this in a lot of ways, but in others I was left perplexed. The world set up here is intriguing. Though you can see where Blade Runner is inspired by this, it's significantly different. Overall, good read. I should have read with less expectations, though.

27. Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, by Eoin Colfer (328 pages)
It took me a bit to get into the book, but once I was the attention to detail is what kept me reading. Definitely a satisfying end to a great series. I do wonder if Colfer will continue in the Fowl world somehow, but I'm happy where it ended regardless.

28. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore (471 pages)
Overall, this was a very satisfying read. I was caught up in Katsa's story throughout, and was rooting for her growth as it progressed. And I wonder about the next book. I have a theory, but I'm not sure whether it's right and I hope to find out when I read the next book.

29. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman (335 pages)
This book... It alternated between suspenseful, sickening, and heartbreaking. The scene between Lev and Cy-Ty found me actually sobbing. I think my favorite line was, "If more people could admit they don't really know, maybe there never would have been a Heartland War." I can't help but see parallels and relationships between the ideas in this book and the world we live in, but given that it's a dystopia-- Well, that's the point, isn't it?

30. Moloka'i, by Alan Brennert (389 pages)
I found this book heartbreakingly beautiful, with characters who popped from the pages. I also really enjoyed the historical aspect of it, and the idea that Moloka'i was so removed from everything, even the passing of history, was quite interesting. I also need to start reading books that don't make me cry.

July book pages: 2,235

Total book pages: 8,416 pages

Progress: 30/50


137. Fruits Basket: Volume 14, by Natsuki Takaya (194 pages)
138. The Boys: Volume 10, by Garth Ennis (144 pages)
139. The Story of Saiunkoku: Volume 2, by Kairi Yura and Sai Yukino (200 pages)
140. Kimi ni Todoke: Volume 7, by Karuho Shiina (200 pages)
141. Revolutionary Girl Utena: Volume 1, by Chio Saito (200 pages)
142. Bride of the Water God: Volume 8, by Mi-Kyung Yun (176 pages)
143. Tegami Bachi: Volume 9, by Hiroyuki Asada (200 pages)
144. Sakura Hime: Volume 3, by Arina Tanemura (184 pages)
145. D.Gray-Man: Volume 12, by Katsura Hoshino (192 pages)
146. Velveteen and Mandala, by Jiro Matsumoto (344 pages)
147. Train + Train: Volume 5, by Hideyuki Kurata (200 pages)
148. Amazing Agent Luna: Volume 2, by Nunzio De Filippis (192 pages)
149. Case Closed: Volume 5, by Gosho Aoyama (200 pages)
150. Chibi Vampire Airmail, by Yuna Kagesaki (208 pages)
151. Kimi ni Todoke: Volume 8, by Karuho Shiina (176 pages)
152. Ranma 1/2: Volume 12, by Rumiko Takahashi (200 pages)
153. Black Cat: Volume 15, by Kentaro Yabuki (180 pages)
154. Dance in the Vampire Bund: Volume 6, by Nozomu Tamaki (192 pages)
155. Ouran High School Host Club: Volume 12, by Bisco Hatori (179 pages)
156. Spice and Wolf: Volume 3, by Isuna Hasekura (176 pages)
157. Natsume's Book of Friends: Volume 8, by Yuki Midorikawa (192 pages)
158. Nabari no Ou: Volume 7, by Yuhki Kamatani (208 pages)
159. Yotsuba&!: Volume 8, by Kiyohiko Azuma (224 pages)
160. Black Bird: Volume 7, by Kanoko Sakurakoji (200 pages)
161. Boys Over Flowers: Volume 10, by Yoko Kamio (176 pages)
162. Kimi ni Todoke: Volume 9, by Karuho Shiina (176 pages)
163. Bride of the Water God: Volume 9, by Mi-Kyung Yun (192 pages)
164. Time Guardian: Volume 1, by Daimuro Kishi (192 pages)
165. Gunslinger Girl: Omnibus 1, by Yu Aida (576 pages)
166. Fruits Basket: Volume 15, by Natsuki Takaya (194 pages)
167. Mushishi: Volume 2, by Yuki Urushibara (240 pages)
168. The Complete Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (341 pages)
169. A Certain Scientific Railgun, by Kazuma Kamachi (192 pages)
170. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Volume 1, by Naoko Takeuchi (236 pages)
171. Kimi ni Todoke: Volume 10, by Karuho Shiina (184 pages)
172. Chibi Vampire: Bites, by Yuna Kagesaki (166 pages)
173. Locke & Key: Volume 5: Clockworks, by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (152 pages)
174. Arata The Legend: Volume 1, by Yuu Watase (208 pages)

July comic/manga pages: 7,986

Total comic/manga pages: 35,416

Progress: 174/75
Tags: artemis fowl, dystopia, fantasy, fiction, graphic novel, manga, manhwa, post-apocalypse, sci-fi, short stories, young adult

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