Friday, February 4, 2011

For the Record: January 2011

What a great month for reading!  I got some books read that qualify for some of my challenges, and had some highly rated reads as well (apart from one that I could not finish, which shall remain nameless).  I felt like I read some real quality stuff this month.  My one regret is that I didn't get to read any nonfiction, so I'll definitely be aiming for some of that soon.

4 books were read for the Indie Lit Awards (I read Room in December):
  - Great House by Nicole Krauss --3.5 stars--
  - C by Tom McCarthy --3 stars--
  - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson --3 stars--
  - Safe From the Sea by Peter Geye --5 stars--

4 books qualified for various challenges I have going:
  - Persuasion by Jane Austen (from the authors of 2010's top 5) --5 stars--
  - The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (Newbery Award winner) --3 stars--
  - The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan (New Release) --5 stars--
  - The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Pulitzer Prize Winner, Back to the Classics Challenge) --4.5 stars--

And 5 more books beyond those (that I haven't posted reviews of yet):
  - True Grit by Charles Portis (I had to read this after seeing the new film) --4 stars--
  - The School Story by Andrew Clements (read aloud to my kiddos) --3.5 stars--
  - Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (recommended by a friend) --3.5 stars--
  - Nine Horses by Billy Collins (poetry! yay me!) --3.5 stars--
  - Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George (read aloud to my girls) --4 stars--


Other posts in January:
  - First Lines of Pulitzer Prize Winners
  - Review of The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  - Hated Books from High School
  - Reading Interrupted: New Books!
  - Scattered thoughts about reading, tracking reading, and more new books
  - Books for my kids for Christmas
  - How I became a Reader
  - Review of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations on a great month of reading! Here's to a fabulous February :)

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  2. Melody,
    I'm entranced by your blog, and will visit regularly from now on. I'm adding your blog to my "Blogs of Substance" blogroll. It's been months and months since I've experienced a blog that MUST be on the list.

    Best wishes and all the best books to you,
    Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)

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  3. Teacher/Learner & JoAnn--thanks for the comments! It really was a great month for reading. Three 5-star books in a month is so unusual!

    Judith--thank you so much for your kind comments and for checking out my blog, I sincerely appreciate it! I'm off to check out yours as well, I look forward to getting to know you!

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