January in Review

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Reading and Reviews
One month down already! January is usually THE BEST month for reading for me, typically taking down 10-15 books easily. I wasn't quite so fortunate this year (read 7), but I do feel that I'm slowly but surely returning to my previous reading days and figuring out how to maximize my time with work so that I can take advantage of some free time. I'm also getting more into audio... I listened to the same number of audio books this month as I did in the past five years total, LOL.... that number is very low, but it's helping out with my total count. (I just got my "free" credit from the month from Audible... I'm thinking of 11/22/63.. but first I need to finish the one I'm listening to now!)

Here are the books I reviewed this month:
  1. Little Princes by Connor Grennan
  2. The Submission by Amy Waldman
  3. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Volume 1 by hitRECord & Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  4. The Chalk Girl by Carol O'Connell
  5. American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
  6. The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen
  7. Bond Girl by Erin Duffy
  8. Helpless by Daniel Palmer
I doubled my goal so far for posting at least ONE review per week. I love these lists too because the months always seem to fly by but when I recap everything I read, the earlier books feel like they were reviewed or read sooo long ago that I realize that time is actually not flying by so scary fast, haha!

Books read this month but not yet reviewed here:
  1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (okay..)
  2. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (loved!)
  3. Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman (okay..)
  4. The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (my feelings are complicated... you'll see what I mean when I post my review).
And in case you missed it, here's my book-to-movie review of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

Giveaway Issue?
One thing I noticed was interesting, I had a giveaway recently for Bond Girl. I really enjoyed it, but I wonder if my review didn't demonstrate that. I had an extremely small number of people enter the giveaway... I don't think I've ever had that low of a turnout. I wondered if it was because I added a field for address in the giveaway form. Is it possible that people didn't want to leave that so they didn't enter? My page views, which I rarely check but did in this case because I was confused, were average. I'm not going to use the address field on my next giveaway and see if that changes anything!

Savannah Trip!
Oh, I'm super excited.. a few friends and I are planning a trip to Savannah later this spring. I wasn't sure what all there was to do there but I looked around online and found some things that look fun. Any suggestions? Also, I saw they have a tour related to the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil which I have NOT read yet so my plan is to read that soon because I'd like to do the tour. I hear it's a good book (and I want to watch the movie). So any suggestions for things to do, bookish and non, are appreciated!!

I need to discuss this book..
I have written the review already for The Orphan Master's Son and will probably post it soon (I'm trying to keep my reviews spaced out), but I'm interested in talking about it. I was really disappointed in it but the more I think about it the more I appreciate it. Yeah, it's one of those for me. Has anyone else read this yet?

UCF Book Festival and Blogger Get Together
Oh, one more thing... Heather and Sandy have already mentioned it, but this year's UCF Book Festival is this year on March 31, 2012! (I'm trying to make sure my girls' trip doesn't coincide with this...!!) We talked briefly about doing another get together this year for local bloggers... who all would be interested in attending??

Okay, I think that's it for now. Happy February!


Sandy Nawrot said...

JENNY. YOU. MUST. LISTEN. TO. BOTH! Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and 11/22/63 that is. Both are exceptional audios...really they are what listening is all about. The King audio is long and will take some time but is so, so good. And Garden is a total delight. I've actually kept that one on my iPod for years because I know I will listen again.

And yay for UCF. I'm getting psyched up!

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I went to Savannah a couple years ago. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous city. It's a great place for shopping and there are tons of good restaurants.

Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I can't believe January is gone already. It seems like we just celegrated Christmas. I loved American Dervish, and Little Princes. Hope February is a great month too!

Zibilee said...

I can't believe how fast January has gone! It seems like we were just ringing in the new year! I am excited that you will be getting the chance to go to Savannah, and hope that you have an excellent time. I am also looking forward to the Book Festival, and hope that we can get together! I just got The Orphan Master's Son from the library the other day, so I will have to let you know what I think of it, and discuss it after I've read it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I LOVE Savannah.

Make sure to stroll the waterfront and have dinner there.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

What a wonderful January you had! Well done. i am reading Mockingjay this month for my bookclub and I am really not terribly excited about it. Oh well, I want to read American Dervish and I have the Tiny Book...to review as well. Happy February to you too!

Anita said...

I love Savannah, and they have a great book festival Feb 18 ish.....it's one of my favorite Southern cities and I have a few favorite places to eat I can share if you'd like.

I will be at the UCF Book Festival, I was there last year and met Heather, but I wasn't involved much with the Orlando book Scene. Now I have the pleasure of knowing Sandy and Heather....soon to meet you too!!
Happy February!!

Aths said...

How did I miss your Submission review? Need to go read it. And I can't wait to read Orphan Master's Son!! I hope you're having a great Feb already!

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