The Sunday Salon – January 31, 2010 (the “January reading wrap-up” edition)

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Can you believe that January is already over? It seems like it was just Christmas yesterday. Here is my reading progress for 2010 thus far:

Books started in 2009 but finished in 2010:

Now and Then by Jacqueline Sheehan – 3 starsmy review

Things That Make Us [Sic] by Martha Brockenbrough – 4 starsmy review

Reconstruction and Reform by Joy Hakim – 3 stars

Eldest by Christopher Paolini (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (audiobook) – 5 out of 5 starsmy review

Books started and finished in 2010:

1. Questions About Angels: Poems by Billy Collins – 5 starsmy review

2. Paper Towns by John Green – 4 starsmy review

3. This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer – 4 starsmy review

4. Storm Front by Jim Butcher – 4 stars

5. Dragon House by John Shors – 4 starsmy review

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green – 4 stars

7. The Summer We Fell Apart by Robin Antalek – 3 starsmy review

How has the New Year been for you, reading-wise or other-wise?

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26 Responses to The Sunday Salon – January 31, 2010 (the “January reading wrap-up” edition)

  1. Pam says:

    Some great books. Tell me do you like the Eldest books?
    .-= Pam´s last blog ..Around the web in 7 days (week 1) =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Pam – I enjoyed both Eragon and Eldest. Eragon is heavier on plot, Eldest was better written, but moved a little more slowly. Still great stories and great fantasy, in my opinion.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Based on my blogging calendar, I will rarely post more than 12 reviews a month. If I read more than that, they spill over into the following month. Right now I am in a slow-reading mode and it is making me twitchy! I can’t seem to focus. You had a great month, with some really great books!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Engulfed in Chores =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I did some mini-reviews this month – just couldn’t find time to do them all! Plus I had other review to post, because I’m getting the ones I’ve moved from my other site and edited posted here and there.

  3. I just got my copy of Dragon House in the mail yesterday and I’m excited to get to it (I emailed the author after you posted his offer). John signed it and sent a nice postcard with it :-) I showed it to Mags and told her what it was about. She flipped through it and read a few pages, then said, “It’s a sad book. The kid dies.” and walked off. Stinker.

    You’ve had a good month! :-)
    .-= The Kool-Aid Mom´s last blog ..January Wrap-Up =-.

  4. softdrink says:

    LOL…I started my Sunday Salon post with the same comment about January and Christmas just being yesterday. It really was a quick month!
    .-= softdrink´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Fizzy – glad to know I’m not the only one that time seems to be whizzing by for!

  5. Ash says:

    The new year has been good for me so far reading wise, but part of that was that I had two weeks off of school. Things are definitely more hectic for me now, but I’m also going to be finishing a few books this week. Lots of good reviews!
    .-= Ash´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: An Unsuccessful Reader =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Ash – I know – I loved our Christmas break from homeschooling – all that reading time!

  6. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    I loved Breath of Snow and Ashes too. I’m so sorry to be caught up in the series. Years to wait…. Lord John just doesn’t do it for me.

    Others on your list interest me.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Let the BLOB Game Begin! =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Beth – I thought about giving Lord John a try in the interim. We’ll see…

  7. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    I just reviewed Paper Towns too! So far it looks like it’s gearing up to be a good year of reading for you (and me too).
    .-= Trisha´s last blog ..Ancient World : Egypt =-.

  8. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    What a great reading month! I really need to start reading more. I hope next month is just as great as this month has been.
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Biggest Loser of Books =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Vasilly – you have an excuse – you’re going to school full time plus being a mom! I’m continually amazed that you find the time to read as much as you do. :)

  9. iliana says:

    Looks like you are off to a great start! The first few books of the year were a bit disappointing but luckily I ended up reading some really great reads this month, in particular The Hunger Games. I hope next month I’ll have lots more good reads.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Iliana – so have you started Catching Fire yet? Or are you saving it until closer to book three?

  10. Your year has gotten off to a great start, Carrie. I look forward to reading your thoughts on Storm Front and Looking for Alaska.

    I am planning to read Dragon House this year and am glad you liked it. It does sound like a difficult book, subject matter wise. I’ve been wanting to read something by John Shors for awhile now as I’ve heard such great things about his books.

    I hope you have a great February with many wonderful books.
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: What I Plan to Read Next =-.

  11. S. Krishna
    Twitter: skrishna
    says:

    I can’t believe the year is already one month old! Looks like it’s off to a great start for you though!
    .-= S. Krishna´s last blog ..Lunch in Paris – Elizabeth Bard =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Swapna – thanks – it did get off to a good start! I hope your February is wonderful, as well.

  12. Wrighty says:

    Wow! Terrific month! I didn’t get a fraction of that accomplished. They all sound so good too. I’ve really been looking forward to the John Green and Jim Butcher books. I hope February is very good to you. Enjoy!
    .-= Wrighty´s last blog ..Winner! =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wrighty – I highly recommend any and all John Green books! And I will definitely be reading more of Butcher’s Dresden Files series.