Monday, February 2, 2009

The Sunday Salon: January Reads and Reviews

I was nervous with January's initial offerings: one discarded book and one that I disliked. But wow! Did things ever change! I ended up with a fantastic reading month.

The best book of the month? I'd have to say The Other Side of the Bridge, but Sarah's Key and The Guernsey Literary .... were also excellent. I also finished, but didn't yet review, Dedication by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of The Nanny Diaries.

My first post of January was my list of books read in 2008, including the Top 10 and the Bottom 10.

I participated in Sunday Scribblings just once, with the theme being "Phantoms and Shadows." I'm determined to get back into the swing of the weekly scribblings.

I'm also determined to enter reviews at the Book Review Blog Carnival, which is going on this week at Inkweaver Review. One habit that is easy for me to continue is listing my weekly reviews at Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books. I get lots of books for my TBR list there!

A new place to play for me is Library Loot, sponsored by The Striped Armchair. In fact, I've got a bag of books right now that I need to list!

I reviewed one children's book, The Sonshine Girls: Summer Secret, which my 11-year-old daughter absolutely loved. The kids and I have been reading books about slavery for the past month. I'll post an overview soon.

And that's about it for January. I'm about 100 pages into Amy Tan's The Bonesetter's Daughter and have a couple more books in my library bag. I can only hope that February turns out to be half as fantastic as January!

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Leah C said...

Oooh, I 'm going to check out the Sonshine Girls books for my dd. Her reading level is above her age, and it is hard for me to find books that are age appropriate that don't have disturbing references but that are still "hard enough" to hold her interest. She loves Anne of Green Gables and has read some of the Mandi series, so it sounds as if these would be great for her!

wisteria said...

I have The Guernsey Literary....on one of my challenge lists so I'm glad you liked it. I had only one book I didn't really like this month. The rest were very good to great. I review all my books so if you're interested, you can check it out.
My favorites..The History of Now(Daniel Klein) and a YA Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill.

Have a great week...Wisteria