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September 2009

So!  After writing about my Reading Log (yes, I’m crazy, o well…) I decided to spend some time typing it out on my home computer.  I got out my two previous diaries to locate the logs I’ve kept since late 2008.  (I’ve kept diaries since middle school… they are all in a box in my attic &  one day I will realize that I will never be a famous author & no one will want to posthumously publish them & I will throw them away, but that day has not happened yet.)

And I typed and typed and typed until I had 10 pages, and I realized that no one but me would really be interested in the books I’ve read or my scattered impressions upon reading them.  At least not 10 pages worth of interest.  But then I thought it might be a fun feature to post what books I read each month, including the month from the previous year.

So now, word-for-word, straight from my diary, I give you:

My Reading Log for September 2009

Title

Start

Finish

Thoughts

Grade/

Format

The Wives of Bath,
by Wendy Holden

9/1/09

9/23/09

Not in the mood for chick lit—poorly written, at that.  Cute setup, hilarity and entanglements ensue.  Treated marriage too lightly, but it is what it is.

C

Paperback

Two Guys Read Jane Austen,
by Steven Chandler and Terrence Hill

9/2/09

9/13/09

Interesting—slightly obscure authors, but enjoyed their commentary.  I love down-to-earth literary criticism.  Not sure I’d read the others in their series.

B

Paperback

Hissy Fit,
by Mary Kay Andrews

9/12/09

9/21/09

Re-read.  Audio book—immensely enjoyed Southern narrator.  Lots of elements come together to make this my very favorite chick lit.  Romance at the end is rushed, though.  My only criticism.

A+

Audio Book

Letters to Alice of First Reading Jane,
by Fay Weldon

9/14/09

9/20/09

Never became conversational, which is a strange feat for a letter-novel.  Liked the parts about Austen novels, couldn’t really appreciate the writing advice.  Probably would if familiar with the author.

B

Paperback

Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsalla

9/22/09

9/30/09

Another audiobook.  Very unrealistic but satisfactory in installments—fun and instantly forgettable.

C+

Audio Book

Jane Austen in Boca,
by Paula Marantz Cohen

9/23/09

10/13/09

Cute concept, just couldn’t get into it.  Good writing, funny Austen references, but it dragged for me.

B-

Paperback

Julie and Julia,
by Jule Powell

9/30/09

10/9/09

Audiobook—loved it, but hate that it’s abridged.  Not sure what I missed.  Different from movie, but good.  I like the idea of a project.

A

Audio Book

And at the end of the month, I shall give you my Reading Log for September 2010 🙂

The Wives of Bath, by Wendy Holden

9/1/09

9/23/09

Not in the mood for chick lit—poorly written, at that.  Cute setup, hilarity and entanglements ensue.  Treated marriage too lightly, but it is what it is.

C

PB

Two Guys Read Jane Austen, by Steven Chandler and Terrence Hill

9/2/09

9/13/09

Interesting—slightly obscure authors, but enjoyed their commentary.  I love down-to-earth literary criticism.  Not sure I’d read the others in their series.

B

PB

Hissy Fit, by Mary Kay Andrews

9/12/09

9/21/09

Re-read.  Audio book—immensely enjoyed Southern narrator.  Lots of elements come together to make this my very favorite chick lit.  Romance at the end is rushed, though.  My only criticism.

A+

AB

Letters to Alice of First Reading Jane, by Fay Weldon

9/14/09

9/20/09

Never became conversational, which is a strange feat for a letter-novel.  Liked the parts about Austen novels, couldn’t really appreciate the writing advice.  Probably would if familiar with the author.

B

PB

Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsalla

9/22/09

9/30/09

Another audiobook.  Very unrealistic but satisfactory in installments—fun and instantly forgettable.

C+

AB

Jane Austen in Boca, by Paula Marantz Cohen

9/23/09

10/13/09

Cute concept, just couldn’t get into it.  Good writing, funny Austen references, but it dragged for me.

B-

PB

Julie and Julia, by Jule Powell

9/30/09

10/9/09

Audiobook—loved it, but hate that it’s abridged.  Not sure what I missed.  Different from movie, but good.  I like the idea of a project.

A

AB

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