Is it because of the cold and snow that I read so much this past month?
Partly yes, as we usually do a lot of hiking in the week-end, and the cold did not invite me to do so. But otherwise, the only time I really read is after dinner, whatever the season or the weather. Seriously, I do not have time during the day for reading otherwise.
I guess the main reason is the excitement of a new year, of doing more serious book blogging, of joining Reading Challenges, and trying to outdo myself.
So the result is 9 books read. So far, I haven’t finished any audiobook in 2011, but it’s not too surprising, as I’m listening to a very long one, The CanterburyTales, and that I have not had much time to paint – and I mostly listen to audiobooks when I paint or do house chores.
Here are the 9 books I read:
1) The Crying of Lot 49, by Thomas Pynchon – 152 p.
2) The Night Bookmobile, by Audrey Niffenegger – 40 p. (GN)
3) Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son, by Sholem Aleichem – 374 p.
4) The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, by David Grann – 277 p.
5) Introducing Benedict’s Rule, by Michael Casey and David Tomlins – 250 p.
6) Graphic Classics Series: Mark Twain – 141 p. (GN)
7) The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, by John Le Carré – 256p.
8) The Edible Woman, by Margaret Atwood – 281 p.
9) The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, by Walter Mosley – 277 p.
With a total of 2048 pages.
That’s an average of 227.55/book,
and of 66.06 pages/day.
Not bad to begin the year! It is actually the best average since at least 2001.
I also started and abandoned Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs. The book description says “by turns horrifying and hilarious.” It was too much horrifying for me, and I didn’t find it that hilarious.
Of these 9 books read, 2 only were non-fiction:
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, by David Grann
Introducing Benedict’s Rule, by Michael Casey and David Tomlins
2 were Graphic Novels:
The Night Bookmobile, by Audrey Niffenegger
Graphic Classics Series: Mark Twain
My favorite non-fiction book this month was The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.
My favorite fiction book this month was The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
I have actually focused on my main Reading Challenges. Here is where I am at [the + shows the books I have read]:
What’s in a name. 6 books : http://whatsinaname4.blogspot.com/
– Number: The Crying Of Lot 49 +
– Movement: The Spy Who came in from the cold +
– Life Stage: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey +
– Gem: Cutting For Stone
– Size: The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux
– Evil: Strong As Death
My own challenge: Books Published in The First Years of My Life. Kid level : 5 books https://wordsandpeace.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/books-published-in-the-first-years-of-my-life-challenge-2011/
– 1966: The Crying Of Lot 49 +
– 1967: Company for Henry, by Wodehouse
– 1968: Do Butlers Burgle Bankers, by Wodehouse + [see upcoming review]
– 1969: Edible Woman +
– 1970: Bluest Eye
This month, I have also inaugurated the weekly post Good books for your week-end, which allows me to give each week small portions of my already-disastrously-long new TBR.
I have also posted a few excerpts of non-fiction I have been reading. I guess that makes for what I used to do: copy by hand all the passages I love in books I would be reading, which explain the facts that I have dozens of notebooks filled with excerpts upon excerpts.
I have made some modifications on this blog: the left menu is now completely available, even if you are into one specific post, and I have a list of books I am currently reading. I tried to put pictures of the cover there instead, but my blog seems to only allow 2 pictures.
Today, blizzard day in Chicagoland, my place of work was closed. So I was planning to try a Read-a-thon!
Well, I had forgotten that I had to give 2 online French classes this morning; then we were quite busy with the 17 inches of snow. After which I made some nice Chinese soup to warm us up! Then my muscles asked for a nap! And I ended up doing some translation jobs. SO, no read-a-thon possible, BUT yesterday night I managed to read Do Butlers Burgle Bankers, by Wodehouse in one sitting yesterday night – ok, don’t ask at what time I went to bed, AND I just finished listening The Canterbury Tales today, as, oh yes I was going to forget, I finsihed another rockpainting commission.
Conclusion: I kind of LIKE blizzards, as long as there’s enough snow to keep us in the house.
WHAT DID YOU READ THIS PAST MONTH?