Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monthly Roundup - January 2012

The best month of reading I've had for a long time! It makes all the brow-beating and soul-searching I did at the end of last year worthwhile and the changes I made going into 2012 are proving to be the right ones. Let's hope it continues.

Books Read in January = 12
 Italics are from my bookshelf or on my Kindle

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man by Claire Tomalin
Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather
The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers
The End of Everything by Megan Abbott
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
11/22/63 by Stephen King
The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
The House of Lanyon by Valerie Anand 
Howard's End is on the Landing by Susan Hill
The Beckoning Lady by Margery Allingham
Clarissa in January - progress update for the year-long group read.

Fiction = 10
Non-Fiction = 2
Library Books = 6
E-books = 2
Off my Shelf = 4
Added to Shelf = 1 - Middlemarch by George Eliot

DNF - 2
Midwinter Sacrifice by Mons Kallentoft - 50p of a suspense thriller that wasn't generating the slightest bit of 'thrill' so I gave up.
Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio - Ugh! Didn't read much of it but didn't like this at all!

Kerrie @ Mysteries in Paradise is introducing a new meme for bloggers who post a monthly review to add a Crime Fiction Pick of the Month. I read 5 books that fall into this genre ( I didn't include 11/22/63) and my pick for this month .......

The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill

First rate British crime - the link will take you to my post.

What's ahead in February.......I've just started reading

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

On the horizon but subject to change depending on my mood and what I find at the library:
O Pioneers by Willa Cather
The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett
Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Ranulph Fiennes
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
The Book of Lost Fragrances by M J Rose

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

Hosted by Judith @ Leeswammes' Blog. I took part in this event last year and it was lots of fun.........great giveaways and new blogs to discover. You have until Feb 15 to signup.

Have a great February!


  1. Oh...Lionheart! I am a bit behind on SKP's books but I intend to read the next one on my list soon as I do love her books.

    1. So do I, Marg, so I'm reading slowly to make it last.......enjoying it too.

  2. Good month in reading! I want to read that King book! Happy February reading!

    1. Thanks. You'll enjoy the Stephen King - different from his others.

  3. Thanks for participating in the Pick of the Month meme Cat. I read THE WOODCUTTER a while back and my review is here.
    I agree it was first-rate!