So I noticed in my email this morning that Devourer of Books posted her January wrap up. I mention this for two reasons: 1) I think that email alerts for new posts is the way for me to go to keep up with the blogs that I love – Google Reader just isn’t cutting it anymore – and b) it’s been a long time since I’ve wrapped up a month. It’s a good practice, so here I am in my car writing this post during my lunch break.
January: A Banner Reading Month
I finished 11 books during the month of January. 9 of those were completely read during the month. This has to be some kind of a personal record for me. I didn’t feel as though I was spending an inordinate amount of time reading. I think that the time I spent reading I was more likely to actually spend reading and not on Twitter. Twitter is essential to my reading and blogging life, but it does have the ability to divide my attention like nothing else. Here’s the list of the books I read during the month of January:
The Night Swimmer by Matt Bondurant (began in December)
Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer (began in December)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Year and Six Seconds by Isabel Gillies
First You Try Everything by Jane McCafferty
Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Restoration by Olaf Olafsson (released on 2/7/12)
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Here are my favorite print and audiobook reads during January 2012:
Of note was my reaction to Less Than Zero. It’s still early days, but I believe that book has a good shot at being my least favorite book of all time. Yes, I would read Moby Dick and The Heart of Darkness again with great pleasure rather if it could only erase the few hours I spent reading my first and only Bret Easton Ellis book.
January: NORC Drop Out
God. I was in such a good place toward the end of last year. I dug myself out of a 15-review hole and vowed to never find myself in the red again. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. As always, life and my job got in the way of my reading and reviewing. Despite my best attempts, I began January in a 10-review hole. I first set a goal to get finished with older reviews by my 5th Blogoversary (thanks to everyone for their well wishes!). I still had 10 reviews left to write when that date came and went. Then, I was sure, I would be out of the hole by the end of January. During the last week of January, I was making progress and was excited to contemplate earning my way back into the NORC fold. I had gotten my total review count down to 8. Then I noticed something. There were books that I finished that were not listed in Library Thing to review. Ugh.
As of today, I’m now 11 reviews in arrears. In addition to the titles listed above without links to reviews, I need to review the following from December:
Dr. No by Ian Fleming (a November book, actually)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Holy Ghost Girl by Donna Johnson
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston
Ugh, indeed. February, you’ve got some reviews to write. STAT!
February: Looking Ahead
I’ve got a full docket of books to read this month. Here’s what I’m looking forward to the most:
A Good American by Alex George (2/7/2012)
The Mirage by Matt Ruff (2/7/2012)
History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason (2/7/2012)
The Book of Lost Frangrances by M. J. Rose (for a book tour date of 2/21/2012)
A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein (for Algonquin Books’ Book Club on March 4th)
So, I think that’s a wrap on January. What has been your reading highlight for 2012?