January Reading Wrap-Up

Well, I only read 9 books again this month, which puts me FAR short of my goal of 150 for the year.  I don’t think I really did that badly, though.  One of the books was nearly 1,000 pages long, another was relatively long literary criticism, which doesn’t exactly make for a quick read.  Hopefully February will pick up a bit (although this week doesn’t help since I’m not home all week).  I did read nearly 3500 pages, though, so cheers to that.  Links go to reviews.


Standing Still by Kelly Simmons (review coming February 9th)

The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lillian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who Blew the Whistle by Lillian Jackson Braun (probably won’t review either of these)

The Grift by Debra Ginsberg

Historical Fiction

The Sunne in Splendor by Sharon Kay Penman

To Hold the Crown by Jean Plaidy

The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover 


The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventure in Narnia by Laura

Favorite Book of the Month

“The Sunne in Splendor” is Sharon Kay Penman’s amazing debut novel and a fantastic recount of the War of the Roses and the life of Richard III.  I was so engrossed by this book that I carried it absolutely everywhere – including into a restaurant with my husband on vacation where I subsequently forgot it after finishing it at the table.  Hopefully someone in Sturgeon Bay, WI is now greatly enjoying Penman’s fantastic work.

10 comments to January Reading Wrap-Up

  • I think 9 books sounds great from my perspective! I read alot of loooong books, and even though I enjoy them, I can’t read them fast enough. The audio series I’m listening to is an average of 30 discs per book! Ack!

  • Ti

    Even at 9 you are way ahead of me! I am reading The Terror which is 700+ pages and I am dragging them out as long as possible because it’s such an adventure so it’s taking me a long time to get thru it. Hachette just sent me the new book from the same author of Terror (Dan Simmon’s) Drood, and it is nearly 800 pages too!

  • I have two chunksters up for review this month, so I suspect I’m not going to get through enough for my goal either. Oh well, I hope they’re sufficiently good. =)

  • Wow… good job on the January List. I really need to start keeping track of what I read each month. I might surprise myself. Keep on reading.

  • Oh, I adore Penman’s Sunne in Splendor! I also carried it everywhere…read in traffic, standing in line for lunch…anywhere!

  • 9 books is great! My goal is 100 this year. The problem does come in when you get a couple of those chunksters though because although they’re only 1 book they seem like a lot more.

  • 1000 pages! Now that’s one for the chunkster challenge!

  • The Sunne in Splendour is a great book, probably my favourite historical novel. The time and the characters are powerfully written, a great book.

  • I had a bad start to the year reading wise, but hopefully it will pick up soon.

    Doesn’t Sharon Penman write just the best books!

  • Hurrah for Sharon Penman! She’s a favorite author of mine. Have you also read “Falls the Shadow” and “Here Be Dragons” ? That’s all I’ve read of hers so far.