February 9, 2008

A Month In Review - January ('08)

I had a great month of reading in January! There were several high ratings (a few that have a very strong chance of making it on my Top Ten list for 2008) and only a couple of disappointments. Nice way to kick-off the New Year, don't you think?

Click on the titles to read my reviews.

The Face of Death by Cody McFayden (4.5/5)

I Am Legend by Richard Matteson (2/5)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (4/5)

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (4.5/5)

Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell (4.5/5)

Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan (2/5)

Favorite of the month: Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

Books Read 6
Male Authors 5
Female Authors 1
New-To-Me Authors 4
Audio 0
Fiction 6
Nonfiction 0
Historical Fiction 1
Classic 0
Poetry 0
Teen 0
Children's 1
Sci-Fi 2
Fantasy 0
Horror 0
Romance 0
Humor 0
Travel 0
Memoir 0
Culinary 0
Mystery/Thriller 1
Series 1
Re-read 0
Challenge 2
Mine 4
Borrowed 2
Gift 0

Note: Only books completed are counted in the above totals with, of course, the exception of the DNF category.


  1. Well, at least I've read Hugo Cabret with you. He's coming to our town to address the FIFTH graders in all our schools (actually, I guess it was yesterday); what rotten luck that I teach THIRD! I would have loved to hear him, but I couldn't tell my kids to just, "Put your heads down for a few hours." I think you've done mighty fine to have read so many in January. I'm still, basically, on War and Peace. Although I did read a truly horrific novel by Greg Iles called Blood Memory which had to do with incest. I kept at it for a resolution, because I imagine that there's not much hope of a happy ending for any one who endured such tragedies.

  2. Definitely a nice start to the new year. I'm really going to have to try and fit in The Invention of Hugo Cabret sometime soon.

  3. Just had to stop in to taunt you with the fact that we're in Yachats for the weekend. We'll be stopping at the Chowder Bowl for lunch on the way home tomorrow ;-P

  4. Bellezza - What a treat for those fifth graders to have a visit from Selznick!!

    I'm not reading War & Peace, but my current book is quite a chunkster. I may be reading The Winter Rose on into March!

    I'll pass on the Greg Iles book, thank you very much. Sounds dreadful.

    Nat - You really don't need much time for The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I'll bet you can read it in 2-3 days tops.

    SuziQ - What fun!! Lucky you. Hope you had a great time and that the soup was delicious. MmmmmMmmmmMmmm.

  5. I just gave you an award on my blog Les.

  6. Lots of guys in January! I always enjoy checking out your totals for each month.

  7. Teddy - Thank you!! I need to get on the ball and pass this one on. Thanks again.

    Bybee - Yah, isn't that funny how that worked out? Glad you continue to enjoy my lists. :)

  8. Yep, great start to the new year. Hugo Cabret is on my wish brick. I can never remember the author's name OR the title when I'm at the library. I just see the hot-air balloon cover in my head and kick myself for never remembering to write it down.

  9. Looks like a fun assortment this time round!

  10. Nancy - Well, it's a good thing January was decent. I'm probably going to wind up with only 2 read in February. I chose a HUGE chunkster this past week (The Winter Rose) and while I'm reading a lot more than normal, I feel like I'm hardly making any headway. Oh well, it's still a great read!

    Good luck remembering the title & author info. Until I'd read it, I couldn't remember either. Just try to remember Hugo & Invention. That should do the trick. :)

    Heather - It was! I like to mix it up a bit. I strive for eccleticism (??!!). ;)


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