Sunday, February 01, 2009

Books Read in January

To give y'all an idea of how far behind I am in my reading-and-reviewing schedule, here are (in no particular order) the books that I actually read in January:

The Last Days of Dogtown, Anita Diamant (started in December, but finished in January)
Jane Austen in Scarsdale, Paula Marantz Cohen
Audrey, Wait!, Robin Benway
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, and Forever in Blue, Ann Brashares
Aquamarine, Alice Hoffman
Bingo Brown's Guide to Romance, Betsy Byars
Taffy Sinclair Strikes Again, Taffy Sinclair, Queen of the Soaps, Taffy Sinclair and the Romance Machine Disaster, Taffy Sinclair, Baby Ashley, and Me, Taffy Sinclair and the Secret Admirer Epidemic, The Truth About Taffy Sinclair, Betsy Haynes

Here are the short stories I've read and not reviewed:

"Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," Jack Finney
"Everyday Use," Alice Walker
"The Pedestrian," Ray Bradbury
"The Storyteller," Saki
"Lamb to the Slaughter," Roald Dahl
"The Masque of the Red Death," Edgar Allan Poe

I also re-read one book that I've already reviewed:

Enthusiasm, Polly Shulman (Yep, it was so good, I actually read it again three months later - seriously, if you love Austen, you need to get yourself a copy!)

I'm currently reading:

What Would Audrey Do?, Pamela Keogh
Rock Bottom, Michael Shilling
Song for the Blue Ocean, Carl Safina

So...clearly, I am off to a good start re: the YA Reading Challenge (12!), I just need to get off my duff and actually review 'em.

And would you believe I still have books from last year that I haven't reviewed yet? They are:

An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: The Graphic Novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald, et al

Sigh. On the plus side, a lot of these are challenge books, so the sooner I get them reviewed, the better I'll feel.


Josette said...


I just finished reading The Tale of Despereaux. I thought it's a nice and simply story about a mouse! It's simply one of a kind. Here's my review.

Have you reviewed it yet?

Anonymous said...

I want to read the Graphic Benjamin Button! I tried to read the free online version but I find that I don't have the patience to sit and read online books. and you've sold me on Enthusiasm. Congrats on a good Jan - now get to those reviews soon!

Joanne said...

You're doing awesome with your reading this year!

I have the same problem as you, I read the books, fully planning to review them asap - but then I get sucked into another book :)

Eva said...

I decided to start 2009 with a blank slate, because I was so behind with reviews by the end of 2008. This year I've been doing better, but I think I'll still four books behind! And I need to review some more short stories too.

jessi said...

Josette - Thanks for stopping by! I haven't reviewed Despereaux yet (maybe later this week...), but I'll link you when I do!

Care - The BB graphic novel was a gift from a friend who really knows what I like. :) I hope you like Enthusiasm as much as I did!

Joanne - Maybe we should start a "non-reviewing" challenge? :)

Eva - I would do that, but so many of the books I haven't reviewed yet are challenge books, and I want to get them out of the way. My biggest problem, like Joanne said, is that I can't stop reading long enough to write my reviews!

Plus, I remembered another book I read and haven't reviewed: The Willoughbys, by Lois Lowery. I really need to write that review, because I promised it to Chris when I finished!