January in Review
This month I started off with a review of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. I received this for Christmas from my in-laws and cracked it open that day. Fantastic and highly recommended! Then I talked about the books I resolve to read this year. (I've already made some headway!) I followed that up with Matched by Ally Condie on which my opinions were in the minority. I talked about BEA 2011 and asked what everyone's plans were. (I still don't know). Next came the BEST BOOK EVER, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I extremely enjoyed that one which I think is incredibly obvious! ;) Unfortunately, after that I was disappointed (ironically) by Mr. Foer's wife's new book, Great House (by Nicole Krauss).
The next three I reviewed were Condoleezza Rice's memoir, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family, These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf, and Decision Points by George W. Bush. Then I did a throwback to the childrens' works of E.B. White. I followed that up with the CONTROVERSIAL Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. It didn't change my mind about tiger/chinese parenting, but I really enjoyed the book. For those of you worried, it really is a memoir and not an instructional book by any means! I reminded everyone about the release of Delirious by Daniel Palmer (Michael Palmer's son), and then thanked James Franco for solving a years-long mystery for me. Then I finished up the month with a blog tour review for Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez.
I'm really excited about some of the books I'll be reviewing in February... especially the one I have scheduled for Valentine's Day. (Though I haven't actually read it yet... so I suppose that could change). And I'm super excited about something I'll be participating in in a few months thanks to my bloggy friend, Heather, over at Raging Bibliomania, but more news on that later!!