Monthly Archives: January 2009

January Review

January was a very productive month and a great start to a new year. Last year in January I read 1 book, so this is extreme progress.

Books Read:

  1. The Secret (from TBR)
  2. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
  3. Trunk Music (from TBR)
  4. You Know You’re a Writer When (from TBR)
  5. Moby Dick
  6. One Fifth Avenue
  7. Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide
  8. Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers
  9. Aesop’s Fables
  10. Middlesex (from TBR)
  11. Robinson Crusoe
  12. The Witches
  13. The Reader
  14. If You Want to Write
  15. Persepolis I
  16. Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone

Books Added to collection:

  1. Manhunt by Janet Evanovich
  2. Full House by Janet Evanovich
  3. Black Beauty by Sewell
  4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  5. Heath by Janet Fife-Yeomans
  6. Love Letters of Great Men by John C. Kirkland
  7. The Associate by John Grisham

I currently have 164 books in the TBR pile. Next month I hope to double the amount read from this compared to this month. I should also be able to finish my Winter Reading Challenge as well.


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Persepolis I

persepolisTitle: Persepolis I
Author: Marjane Satrapi
Finished: January 30, 2009
Pages: 153
Challenges: Book to Movie Challenge, A-Z Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge, New Authors Challenge, 1st in Series, Book vs Movie Challenge

Read this in little over a day. Very quick and easy to read, especially after viewing the film which was not in English as the book. It’s such an amazing story that I’m disappointed I didn’t pick up the complete Persepolis instead to continue on reading, but now have to wait.

The story is about a young girl growing up during war and revolution, watching change in Iran during the 70s and 80s.

It was amazing to read and my first graphic novel. Highly recommend to anyone.

Other Reviews:


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If You Want to Write

if-you-want-to-writeTitle: If You Want to Write
Author: Brenda Ueland
Finished: January 28, 2009
Pages: 163
Year Published: 1938
Challenges: Decades, A-Z Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge, New Authors Challenge

First published in 1938 and again more recently in the 1980s, Brenda Ueland created a great book for struggling authors who may have hit a roadblock.

This book came highly recommended by a friend and I’m glad I took my time in reading it. Ueland takes much for the works of William Blake to stress her points thoughout the book, with the emphasis that every single person is talented and has something to say.

The one thing I took from this book that I want to put into practice in my own life more regularly and thoroughly is keeping a journal. Ueland quoted from her own many times to show that such mundane descriptions often turn into more and help a write find their creative flow.

I’ve always tried in the past to keep journals, but I’m hoping this book motivated me enough to actually start doing it.


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King Henry IV Part 1 and 2

Title: King Henry IV Part 1 and Part 2
Author: William Shakespeare
Finished: 1) Jan 22; and 2) Jan 27
Challenges: Shakespeare Challenge

I’ve started some of the histories off recommendations. I enjoyed it a lot more than I imagined I would. I’m planning to start part 2 soon so I can find out what happens.

I feel like I enjoyed the first part much more than this second part, but I also many be realizing that the comedies and tragedies are much more suited for me than histories.

After doing some research I found that Part 2 is not as popular as Part 1, so now I understand why.

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Tuesday Thingers – Open Shelves Classification


Prior to today, were you aware of Open Shelves Classification? Have you helped to classify any books yet? Is this something you are interested in? Did you know that if you classify any books, it will also show you who else has classified the book?

I’ve been hearing more and more about this lately, but honestly I wouldn’t even know what to do and where to start. I am a big classification person and use this in my own collections at home, but this somehow seems bigger. Since it’s already become so popular and there are a lot of people involved I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

I could see myself becoming interested in it and wanting to help out but currently it seems more complicated for someone who hasn’t been in from the beginning.

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What’s on Your Nightstand? – January


I have anxiously been awaiting this months What’s on Your Nightstand? because it seems like forever since the last one happened. Plus I’ve done a lot of reading this month and have a lot coming up.

The last book I finished was The Reader. I did a duel review because I also saw the film. The reviews can be found here and here.

I have been taking my time on reading If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland, which will hopefully help inspire me to sit down and start writing again. I am also starting The Host for book club this coming month. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it so hopefully I will enjoy it.

The Winter Reading Challenge ends March 20, 2009 so my next five books will be dedicated directly to this. They are:

  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  • Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson
  • C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
  • Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich

Most of these also correspond with other challenges as well so I’m looking forward to reading all of them.

So, what’s on your nightstand?


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Weekly Geeks 09 – Issue 3 – Classics


I’m jumping back into the WG bandwagon. I haven’t had much of a chance to participate in 2009, but I really would still like it.

This week is a two parter – or at least two questions.

All the details HERE.

1) How do you feel about classic literature? Are you intimidated by it? Love it? Not sure because you never actually tried it? Don’t get why anyone reads anything else? Which classics, if any, have you truly loved? Which would you recommend for someone who has very little experience reading older books? Go all out, sell us on it!

I love classic literature, more so now than ever before. I know there is quite a lot out there I don’t have a huge interest in reading, but I probably will regardless. I love all Jane Austen, even though I’ve only read 3, I look forward to reading the others. I think for any female or romantic who loves a good romance/love story, Austen is the way to go. I’ve read so much wide variety in the past couple years that I  can’t choose others.

I know I’m not a huge fan of H.G. Wells only because of the scientific nature of the story, yet I’ve read a lot of his works and will probably continue to read more.

4) As you explore the other Weekly Geeks posts: Did any inspire you to want to read a book you’ve never read before—or reread one to give it another chance? Tell us all about it, including a link to the post or posts that sparked your interest. If you end up reading the book, be sure to include a link to your post about it in a future Weekly Geeks post!

I took a glance around at almost all the posts so far just to see what would strink my fancy. I saw a lot of people enjoyed books I had read last year, and ones I would never thought of. I am always inspired to reread The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, and others books of that era only because when I read them it was forced up at school.

One page I ran across mentioned two books I want to read this year for my John Steinbeck Challenge, East of Eden and The Pearl, which seemed so coincidental but I was glad to hear more. Thanks to Behold, the thing that reads a lot for the tip.


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