January in Review

Monday, January 31, 2011


January in Review

As my schooling nears to an end, I've finally been able to return to blogging (and reading) at the pace I like. I read more books this month than I read in any one month in all of 2010... and at least doubled the number of books for half of those months. In fact, the only time I've ever read as many as I did were January of 2009 (January tends to be a good month) and two months in 2008 (including the January). All of those months were before I started my internship. Granted, they weren't all huge books, but I averaged about 300 pages a book. I suspect my reading will slow a little for February, as this will be the month I have to really get down and focus on getting every last thing done to graduate. Though school technically goes a month into March, it would be fantastic if I could be officially done by the end of February so I don't stress and have to squeeze anything in. No worries on this front, though. I have seven pre-written reviews, and two more I plan on writing in the next few days! So technically I could not read a thing and still have enough content for at least a month. (As if I wouldn't read for a month... haha).

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!!


9 comments:

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

really did some interesting reading.

Helen's Book Blog said...

It looks like you had a good month. Dave Eggers' Zeitoun is definitely on my list

Trisha said...

You had a great month with an eclectic mix of my books (my favorite kind of month).

Zibilee said...

You are doing a great job with all the reading, Jenny! I have not been having a great reading month, what with all the stress and obligations that have been going on. I am hoping to get things back on track in the upcoming month.

bookmagic said...

Wow, you did have a busy month. i didn't know JSF was married to Nicole Krauss!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Great month! It's nice to have you back posting a lot again!

Jenny said...

Helen: Hope you like it!!

Trisha: Me too!

Heather: I hope the stressful stuff is resolved soon! =/

Bookmagic: Isn't that crazy!! I just learned that recently!

Michelle: thanks! It's great to be back!!!!

Trish said...

You lucky girl with all your pre-written reviews! I really need to do that as I'm still writing reviews for books I read in 2010, but bleh.

Glad you had such a great month! And good luck with the school stuff. I'm sure you'll be glad to have it behind you.

Ash said...

I have both Zeitoun and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close but haven't read either yet. This is my first time at your blog but I really like it!

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