January has come and gone, and that means we have only 59 days left of winter. The calendar may say that the first day of spring is sometime in March, but those of us who live in the northeast know full well that spring doesn’t start until April…at the earliest. Remind me: why is it that humans don’t hibernate? Because that sounds pretty good to me right now. Single digit temperatures and negative wind chills be damned.
Anyway, I read SO MANY books in January. I have never read this many books in one month. I was a READING MACHINE. Most of the books I read were excellent, too. That’s always a plus. Also, I am proud to say that I have become a Fforde Ffangirl. I finally started reading Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, and I love it. Laughter abounds. (And some tears…that didn’t really need to be shed…damn you, Colonel Next.)
I will be reading The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3) in February, as well as the first book in his Nursery Crime series (The Big Over Easy). sj gave me a not-so-subtle nudge and said I should be reading the two series together, so that is what I’m going to do. SO…The Well of Lost Plots, The Big Over Easy, The Fourth Bear, and Something Rotten will be the next Ffour books read, in that order.
YoRWtFIW has its own page, on which I’m keeping track of this year’s list of books I’ve read. Click the banner to check it out.
Now let’s look at some STATS, shall we?
I read TWENTY BOOKS in January. Twenty. That’s a lot of books.
- Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin
- Carrie, Stephen King
- Bluebeard’s Egg, Margaret Atwood
- The Campaign of the Century, Greg Mitchell
- ‘Salem’s Lot, Stephen King
- Report from Planet Midnight, Nalo Hopkinson
- The Wind Through the Keyhole (Dark Tower #4.5), Stephen King
- Rage, Stephen King
- The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
- Just Kids, Patti Smith
- The Tell, Hester Kaplan
- The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1), Jasper Fforde
- Damascus, Joshua Mohr
- How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster
- Proof of Guilt (Ian Rutledge #15), Charles Todd
- How to Read Novels Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster
- Fight Song, Joshua Mohr
- The Promise of Stardust, Priscille Sibley
- Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next #2), Jasper Fforde
- A Pretty Mouth, Molly Tanzer
I reviewed the following books read prior to January:
Pages read: 6,636
This is an iPhone app called Tally Track. I’m using it to keep track of all kinds of reading stats this year.
I am currently in the middle of three books–Les Misérables (Victor Hugo), Discipline and Punish (Michel Foucault), and The Black Muslims in America (C. Eric Lincoln). I am really enjoying Les Mis and The Black Muslims in America. Discipline and Punish is interesting, but slow going…very slow going.
sj and I are going strong with our READ ALL THE SK project, and we finally have a button! The original drawing was made by Meg (of Snobbery), and then sj added me into the drawing so we could use it for our project. I have to give her credit…do you know how hard it must have been to draw that Pepsi can??? Holy smokes. I made a separate page for my reviews of Stephen King’s books–you can find it under the “Book Reviews” section in the menu bar, or by clicking on the awesome drawing of me and sj wherever you see it. I’ve also added a Stephen King Project widget to my sidebar so interested parties can keep track of which books we’re reading each month. In February we’ll be reading The Shining, Night Shift, and The Stand. I haven’t read any of them before, so I’m super excited to be doing so this month.
As far as other reading plans for February, I don’t have any (unless I’m forgetting something in my it’s-too-early-to-think-straight morning brain fog). That’s the beauty of YoRWtFIW. I’ll just play it by ear.
Did you read any books in January that you would recommend to others? Leave your suggestions in the comments! Happy reading!