February 2013 Reading Wrap-Up

So I read 13 books this month, including 5 audiobooks. This was a total of 2700 pages and about 57 hours of audio. I could have easily finished one more book in print, but I had to stop myself so I could get some work done. I’m hoping March – when I’ll have more day-to-day help with the kids – will mean more work getting done during the day and thus more reading done in the evening.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, narrated by Dan Bittner
Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio, narrated by Leslie Carroll
The Good House by Anne Leary, narrated by Mary Beth Hurt

Fiction
The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
All This Talk of Love by Christopher Castellani
Every Trick in the Book by Lucy Arlington
The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers

Historical Fiction
Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell

Nonfiction
Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors by Andrew Shaffer
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelon

Other Posts:
D.E.A.R. (D.E.A.L.) February 2013 – Sound Bytes
D.E.A.R. – February 2013

Pick of the Month:


Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman, narrated by Kathe Mazur
Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne, narrated by Ali Ahn
The Dead Shall Not Rest by Tessa Harris, narrated by Simon Vance
Heft by Liz Moore, narrated by Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, narrated by Colin Firth

Fiction
The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper
The Crooked Branch by Jeanine Cummins
Above All Things by Tanis Rideout
The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

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

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January 2013 Reading Wrap-Up

So, I finished 13 books this month. That is down quite a bit from my averages over the past year or two, but I am guessing that this is probably my new normal with agenting (although the fact that I watched  all 7 seasons of The West Wing this month probably didn’t help either). This is why I am transitioning to only two print/ebook reviews per week, plus an audio review. I will occasionally have other content as well, but those of you who do not use RSS to read my blog should count on posts Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday (review, review, audiobook review, Sunday Salon).

This month’s breakdown includes 8 print or ebooks for a total of about 2900 pages and 4 audiobooks for a total of about 38 hours. Below you can see the books I reviewed this month, followed by the other books I read this month.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, narrated by Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, and Adam Lazarre-White
The Confidant by Helene Gremillion, narrated by Ellen Archer
The Bro Code for Parents by Barney Stinson and Matt Kuhn, narrated by Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris)
Habits of the House by Fay Weldon, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Fiction
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Start of Everything by Emily Winslow
Fonduing Fathers by Julie Hyzy
A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

Speculative Fiction
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Blackout by Mira Grant
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Historical Fiction
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
The Italian Woman by Jean Plaidy

Nonfiction
The Tiger by John Vaillant
History in an Hour: Henry VIII’s Wives by Julie Wheeler and 1066 by Kaye Jones

Other Posts:
2012 Wrap-Up, Ahead to 2013
Interview with Bernard Cornwell, author of 1356

Pick of the Month:


Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson, narrated by
Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio, narrated by
The Good House by Ann Leary, narrated by

Fiction
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
All This Talk of Love by Christopher Castellani

Historical Fiction
Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell
Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

Nonfiction
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Young Adult Fiction
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

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

2012 Wrap-Up, Ahead to 2013

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November 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

YOU GUYS. IT IS DECEMBER. W.T.F.  By about 1/3 of the way through November, I actually finished reading everything I planned to review in 2012, so I read mostly books from my shelves that I’ve been wanting to get to for a couple of weeks and have now started on 2013 books. You’ll be able to check out my top books of (top books reviewed in) 2012 in just a few short weeks on December 18th.

I’m not even going to play around, I totally rocked my reading in November, 19 books finished. Only 4 were audio, though, and I only listened for 32.5 hours, which is way below my normal. I haven’t finished an audiobook since November 20th, evidently Thanksgiving time is not good for my listening. Print and ebooks, though, dang, I can’t complain about getting through 15 of them. Actually, I’m so far behind on reviews that my print AND ebook right now are both rather involved nonfiction. I don’t want to keep finishing at such a quick pace until I get a bit caught up.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
Sutton by J.R. Moehringer, narrated by Dylan Baker
NW by Zadie Smith, narrated by Karne Bryson and Don Gilet
Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life  by Gretchen Rubin, narrated by Kathe Mazur
A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Johnson, narrated by Susan Duerden
Astray by Emma Donoghue, narrated by Kristine Hvam, James Langton, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren, and Dion Graham

Fiction
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Changeless by Gail Carriger
A Royal Pain by Megan Mulry

Young Adult/Middle Grades Fiction
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Historical Fiction
Illuminations by Mary Sharratt
The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams

Nonfiction
Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O’Connor
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and How We Eat by Bee Wilson
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky

Other Posts:
What Hildegard Means Now – Guest Post and Giveaway from Mary Sharratt, Author of Illuminations
BOOK CLUB – The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Pick of the Month:


Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
Bigger Than a Breadbox
by Laurel Snyder, narrated by Laurel Snyder
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro, narrated by Xe Sands
The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

Fiction
The Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel, Jr.
The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Giuseppe di Lempedu

Historical Fiction
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
The Italian Woman by Jean Plaidy
Love in the Years of Lunacy by Mandy Sayer

Speculative Fiction
Blackout by Mira Grant
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (YA)

Nonfiction
You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Computer to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing by John Scalzi
History in an Hour: Henry VIII’s Wives by Julie Wheeler
History in an Hour: 1066 by Kaye Jones
200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them–A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman

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

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October 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

I am SHOCKED, but I actually ended up finishing 17 books this month. That is a fairly typical month for me, if perhaps ever so slightly on the low side, so why am I shocked? Well, the beginning of this month had me reading like molasses. By the 10th I had only finished 3 books. I was pretty sure I was in store for a terribly slow month and that there was no chance I’d finish my books for 2012 and make it to reading my own books in November.

Not that I totally made my goal. As of Halloween night I’m about 100 pages away from the end of one book and still have one more in print and one more egalley to read to finish out this year, but I’m hoping I can finish those in the next few days. I also have one 2013 book I have to read in early November, but I’m hoping I can spend at least 3/4 of the month reading my own books (not counting audio), so maybe I’ll knock 7 or 8 books off of the great TBR.

Of the 17 books I finished in October, 6 were audiobooks for a total of 56 hours and the other 11 were print or ebooks, for a total of about 4100 pages. I reviewed 14 books, including 4 audiobooks this month, as well as posting one Saturday Story Spotlight.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, narrated by Mark Deakins
The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo, narrated by Karen White
City of Women by David Gillham, narrated by Suzanne Bertish
How Children Succeed by Paul Tough, narrated by Dan John Miller

Fiction
The Mermaid Collector by Erika Marks
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio
The Other Half of Me by Morgan McCarthy
The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

Historical Fiction
A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
In Need of a Good Wife by Kelly O’Connor McNees
Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey
Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth
The Second Empress by Michelle Moran
Sacred Treason by James Forrester

Mystery
Skating on the Edge by Joelle Charbonneau

Nonfiction
Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters by Matt Kaplan

Saturday Story Spotlight
Frankenstein by Ludworst Bemonster

Other Posts:
Historical Halloween Treats

Pick of the Month:

Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
Toby’s Room
by Pat Barker, narrated by Nicola Barber (no review)
Becoming Clementine by Jennifer Niven, narrated by Kathe Mazur
Astray by Emma Donoghue, narrated by Kristine Hvam, James Langton, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren, and Dion Graham
Sutton by J.R. Moehringer, narrated by Dylan Baker
The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets by Kathleen Alcott, narrated by Carrington MacDuffie

Fiction
The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
A Royal Pain by Megan Mulry
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
The Start of Everything by Emily Winslow

Nonfiction
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson

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

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September 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

I finished 20 books this month and I have NO IDEA HOW. Six of them were audio for a total of about 70 hours, and 14 were print or ebooks for over 4000 pages. Don’t ask how I did it, I don’t know either, particularly as the last week or so of the month was pretty slow.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama, narrated by Simon Vance
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Line of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein, narrated by Peggy Orenstein
Liesel & Po by Lauren Oliver, narrated by Jim Dale
The Map of the Sky by Felix J Palma, narrated by James Langdon

Fiction
Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures  by Emma Straub
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
This is How You Lose Her: A Novel in Stories by Junot Diaz
Redshirts by John Scalzi
When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories by Molly Ringwald

Historical Fiction
The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis
Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck
A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick
The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

Nonfiction
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy
The Black CountGlory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

Pick of the Month:


Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
NW by Zadie Smith, narrated by Karen Bryson and Don Gilet
The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo, narrated by Karen White
Heretic Queen: Elizabeth I and the Wars of Religion by Susan Ronald, narrated by Wanda McCaddon
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, narrated by Mark Deakins

Fiction
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio
The Vanishing Act  by Mette Jakobsen
The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth
The Mermaid Collector by Erika Marks
Skating on the Edge by Joelle Charbonneau

Young Adult Fiction
Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Historical Fiction
In Need of a Good Wife by Kelly O’Connor McNees
Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen by Mary Sharratt

Nonfiction
Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters by Matt Kaplan

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

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