January 2011 Wrap-Up

Because of my blogging break over Christmas that did not include a reading break, and the way I am trying to read farther ahead these days, I’m changing up the format of my monthly wrap-ups a bit for 2011. Instead of listing everything I read and linking to what has been reviewed, I will first be listing the books reviewed over the last month, and will include unreviewed books below, so you can see what will be coming up!

In January, I reviewed 19 books, including 4 Saturday Story Spotlight posts. I read a total of 22 books (not including what I read with Daniel). Of those 22 books, 6 were audio and 16 were print, for a total of 2.6 days of listening and about 4900 pages read. 14 books I read in January had not yet been reviewed as of January 31.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, narrated by Stephen Hoye
Atlantic by Simon Winchester, narrated by the author

Fiction
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton
The Frozen Rabbi by Steven Stern
The Love Goddess’ Cooking School by Melissa Senate
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy

Historical Fiction
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear by Atiq Rahimi
The Queen of Last Hopes by Susan Higginbotham
Original Sins by Peg Kingman

Nonfiction
Inventing George Washington by Edward G. Lengel
American Uprising by Daniel Rasmussen
Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love by Andrew Shaffer

Saturday Story Spotlight
Little Rabbit Lost by Harry Horse
Just Like Daddy by Cecilia Johnson
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margaret Apple

Other Posts:
On Nonfiction
Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Google Forms
Books I Gushed About in 2010

Picks of the Month:

I just can’t decide, I read a lot of good stuff this month, but there were two books that stood out above the rest, and I cannot choose between them.

You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

I know, big surprise, I loved books from the Amy Einhorn Books imprint at Penguin. This is why I read everything that comes out of this imprint, because it is pretty much all made of win for me.

Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfeld, narrated by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner
A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullins, narrated by Simon Jones
The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger, narrated by Rosalyn Landor
The Cypress House by Michael Kortya, narrated by Robert Petkoff
You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon, narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Fiction
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
How to be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Madeira
13, rue Therese by Elena Mauli Shapiro
Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy

Historical Fiction
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah

Note: Some of these books were provided to me for review.

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