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February Wrap-Up

Books Read and Reviewed (17 books)

Current Read

A Zombie’s History of the United States by Dr. Worm Miller

Books I Gave Up On (1 books)

Fundraising the Dead by Sheila Connolly — Gave it 50 pages, but couldn’t get into the story.  It’s a mystery and I don’t think those are my cup of tea.  Oh well, on to the next book.

Books Bought (24 books)

From Half Price Books (great coupon deal)

  • * Mystery book for J’s birthday
  • * The Wedding Dress – Virginia Ellis
  • * Chocolat – Joanne Harris
  • * Weekend in Paris – Robyn Sisman
  • * The Magicians – Lev Grossman (J’s recommendation)
  • * The Birth of Venus – Sarah Dunant
  • * Gossip Girl – Cecily von Ziegesar
  • * Gossip Girl: You’re the One that I Want (#6) – Cecily von Ziegesar
  • * Gossip Girl: Nobody Does it Better (#7) – Cecily von Ziegesar

Village Books Fun

  • * Nightworld Vol. 2
  • * Nightworld Vol. 3
  • * Contact – Carl Sagan
  • * Year Zero – Jeff Long
  • * Soulless – Gail Carriger
  • * Changeless – Gail Carriger
  • * Blameless – Gail Carriger


Library Sale (5 books for $1!)

  • * Good Night, Mr. Holmes – Carole Nelson Douglas
  • * Consider Lily – Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
  • * All for Love – Amanda Elyot
  • * Pleasing the Dead – Deborah Turrell Atkinson
  • * The Serpent on the Crown – Elizabeth Peters

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Hatter M Vol. 1 (The Looking Glass Wars)

Hatter M Vol. 2 Mad with Wonder (The Looking Glass Wars)


17 books in the shortest month of the year!  That is definitely a great total.  Of course, many of the books this month were “easy” fun reads, but it’s still reading.  I had fun getting into the “romantic” atmosphere for February.  As for my favorites, I am going to have to go with At the Scent of Water (very moving and sad, but happy too) and Flip This Zombie (fun, fun, and more fun).

Next month, the focus of the Year of Reading is Fantasy.  I’ve already got a stack of fantasy books sitting on my floor just waiting to be opened.  I think it will be a good month.  And it’s my birthday month!  Extra fun!  On a related note, reviewing my reading challenges, I have decided to increase my fantasy challenge to the “addicted” level of 12 books.  I’m well on my way there.

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Monthly Wrap-Up


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January Wrap-Up

This wrap-up post will mainly deal with my reading challenges, but I might also discuss any big life developments and/or fun events.

Books Read and Reviewed (15 books)

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter (A Mercy Falls Novel) — Colleen Coble

The Lightkeeper’s Bride (A Mercy Falls Novel) — Colleen Coble

The Royal Treatment — MaryJanice Davidson

The Royal Pain — MaryJanice Davidson

A Girl’s Guide to Vampires — Katie MacAlister

Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don’t Float — Sarah Schmelling

The Monsters of Templeton — Lauren Groff

Bloodsucking Fiends — Christopher Moore

You Suck — Christopher Moore

Bite Me — Christopher Moore

Archenemy — Frank Beddor

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1 — Alan Moore

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 2 — Alan Moore

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Black Dossier — Alan Moore

Current Read

Bespelling Jane – Mary Balogh, Colleen Gleason, Susan Krinard, Janet Mullany

Books I Gave Up On (2 books)

The Cat’s Meow — Melissa de la Cruz (just could not get into it at all)

The Everything Green Classroom Book — Tessa Hill (boring, boring, and extra boring)

Books Bought (28 books)

A Girl’s Guide to Vampires — Katie MacAlister

Pride and Prejudice: The Graphic Novel

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel

Half Price Books Selections (13 books for $20!):

* A Reliable Wife — Robert Goolrick

* Nigh World Vol. 1 — L.J. Smith

* Garden Spells — Sarah Addison Allen

* Her Ladyship’s Companion — Evangeline Collins

* The Nanny Diaries –Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

* Inklings — Melanie M. Jeschke

* Pope Joan — Donna Woolfolk Cross

* Ender’s Game — Orson Scott Card

* The Spring of the Ram (House of Niccolo II) — Dorothy Dunnett

* Scales of Gold (House of Niccolo IV) — Dorothy Dunnett

* The Unicorn Hunt (House of Niccolo V) — Dorothy Dunnett

* To Lie with Lions (House of Niccolo VI) — Dorothy Dunnett

* Caprice and Romeo (House of Niccolo VII) — Dorothy Dunnett

Book CloseOuts:

*Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander — Ann Herendeen

*The Firemaster’s Mistress — Christie Dickason

*Introducing Vivian Leigh Reid: Daughter of te Diva — Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout

*Now Starring Vivian Leigh Reid: Diva in Training — Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout

*The New and Improved Vivian Leigh Reid: Diva in Control — Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout

*The Perfect Bride — Eileen Putman

*13: The Story of the World’s Most Notorious Superstition — Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

*Earthly Pleasures — Karen Neches

*Spirited Away — Pamela Labud

*Abomination — Colleen Coble

*In the Shadow of the Sun King — Golden Keyes Parsons

*Austenland — Shannon Hale


Overall I am happy with my reading progress.  I have tried to commit myself to reading at least an hour each day and have done fairly well.  Of course, some days I get busy with activities and boys and don’t get to the reading part.  Others I have a good chunk of time to devote without sacrificing time the boys.  Hopefully I can keep up this pace through the rest of the year.  My reading challenges are going well, even with me adding a few more to my list.  I think the total is 15 different challenges (a few are month long ones for the entire year).  Thankfully I do have enough cross overs that the total number of books I need to read isn’t out of control.  I did join The Centurions of 2011 on Facebook, so I am committed to at least 111 books in 2011… I think I can do it, just need to keep reading.

As to my book buying, I am done for the next few months.  I try not to buy books in the first place, knowing that I have limit funds and time.  Plus I already have a few (not going to count) boxes of books sitting in my dad’s house awaiting moving.  I need to focus on getting through those and the library pile that seems to be multiplying.  So I am done buying, and hopefully I won’t get derailed from that goal.  Yeah I’m thinking about you B!

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Posted by on February 1, 2011 in Monthly Wrap-Up


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Quote Wednesday — Allen

“Just don’t take any class where you have to read Beowulf.” — Woody Allen

So I’ve entered 15 reading challenges for the year and may have gotten in over my head.  I am hoping that the challenges will help focus my reading.  I haven’t read much contemporary fiction in the past few years.  This year will be quite a change for me.  I have science fiction, young adult, fantasy, historical fiction, zombies, contemporary romance, and others.  It’s quite a mix of genres, but a lot of fiction from the last 50 years.

I have read Beowulf three times, and hated it three times.  I am a big fan of the “classics,” but this one I completely agree with Woody.  Those that people refer to as the “classics” can be overrated.  You need a little life in your reading.  If not, the joy of reading dies.  I recommend putting a book done if it just doesn’t speak to you.  I’ve done that twice this month already and expect to get at least one more book to add to the DNF list.  But that’s okay.  Not all books need to be read… and Beowulf is going on that list.

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Posted by on January 12, 2011 in Education Related, Quote Wednesday


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Art of Reading

Lady Reading in an Interior -- Marguerite Gerrard

Girl Reading or In the Orangery -- Charles Perugini


Beautiful paintings of women engaged in reading.  I love the postures, the colors, the facial expressions.  Nothing is better than relaxing in a great setting reading a book.  Somehow I don’t think that taking a photo of me reading would  convey the same sense of serenity.  These paintings are much more expressive of how I see the art of reading.  Hope you appreciate these as much as I do!

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Posted by on December 23, 2010 in Life


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