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December 2009

One year ago… I was nearing the halfway point of my first year as a librarian.  Whew, that first semester was a roller coaster!  Some days were good, some days were not, some days I wanted to pull my hair out!  Things are infinitely better this year, although every day is still different and challenging.

Title Start Finish Thoughts Grade/
Format
Chronicles of Avonlea

by L.M. Montgomery

12/12/09 12/13/09 Never read this before, though I’ve read almost every single other of Montgomery’s works.  I can see why she was upset—it was published without her consent to make $.  Very random collection of stories, though one or two made me laugh.
Edit: After reading further biographies, this is not true.  She did consent to this publication, but did not want a second edition to be published.  I still don’t think this is a great collection, though.
B+ 

HB

Twilight

by Stephanie Myers

12/13/09 12/16/09 I am very late to this phenomenon, but I can see why it is so addictive.  A little disturbing in the underlying messages—submissive girl and all that.  Someone suggested Mormon propaganda which probably isn’t too far off the mark.  But I still liked it—not great lit by any means, but not terrible either.  Very addicting!

PB

Blue Christmas, by Mary Kay Andrews 12/14/09 12/19/09 Really cute chick lit, perfect for the last week of school.  Cute Xmas story—only five hours, must be very short in print.  Holiday sequel fluff, but fun. A- 

AB

Finn Family Moomintroll

by Tove Janssen

12/18/09 12/19/09 Cute read-aloud for kids, but couldn’t keep my attention.  Finnish story, translated.  Rave reviews, but hard to read from an adult’s perspective.

PB

The Year of Living Biblically, by A.J. Jacobs 12/20/09 12/27/09 Very interesting!  Really enjoyable.  My favorite combo—structure of a project with memoir/life commentary.  Probably try to read his other books too. A+ 

PB

The World According to Mimi Smartypants

by Mimi Smartypants

12/27/09 12/27/09 Hilarious.  Laugh out loud, quote-extensively-to-Sam, rib-aching funny.  I read her blog, so I already knew it’d be good.  I wish a sequel would come out about her daughter, mainly because I’m too lazy to read her backlog of entries.  But really, really clever and funny. A++ 

PB

The Blythes are Quoted

by L.M. Montgomery

12/28/09 12/29/09 Her 9th “Anne” book, finally published in entirety.   Sam had to order it from Canada.  You can tell it was meant for publication, although I have issues with the new editor leaving certain obvious errors.  Very enjoyable, although still not a full-fledged novel.  Looking forward to reading her biography (another Xmas present).

HB

The Pioneer Woman Cooks, by Ree Drummond 12/30/09 12/30/09 Love her blog, loved reading her cookbook.  It was more like a book, with pics of her life between the recipes.  Unfortunately Sam is a very picky eater, so I don’t know what I’ll be able to get away with.  But I love everything I’ve ever made from her website.  Fun to read.

HB

I just reveled in those two weeks off at the end of December, and read to my heart’s content!  Lots of books for Christmas, and even more afterward with Amazon gift cards!  Man, are those things awesome!

I hope this year is similar in terms of lovely holiday reading time!  Let the countdown begin!!

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