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Reading Log: February 2012

It’s time for another monthly update on my Reading Log!

So here’s my Reading Log for February 2012, with my thoughts about each book to help me remember what I read.  I’ve included all the books that I’ve read or finished during the month of February, even if I started some of them outside of this month.  Also, I like to give a rating to each book I read and I like to keep track of the binding of the book, don’t ask me why.

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.

Word for word, straight from my diary:

Title Start Finish Thoughts Grade Format
The Princess and Curdie,
by George MacDonald
1/4/12 2/19/12 A good adventure story, but not as good as the first.  There was a lot of emphasis on hurting the bad guys, and teaching them a lesson.  And then–spoiler alert, I’m giving away the ending–Curdie is a good ruler until he dies, then the city succumbs to evil again and then is crushed.  So, no redemption?  It seemed anticlimatic, and not in a profound way.  The first book is wonderful, but you can safely skip this sequel. B- K
The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Explanation of the Boy Who Live,
edited by Neil Mulholland, PhD
1/28/12 2/15/12 A collection of essays about Harry Potter, applying psychology theories and strategies.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that this was published before the last book was released, so some essays didn’t make as much sense as they could have after the final book, like one essay that predicted Harry would die by the end of the series.  Some essays were really interesting, but some contradicted each other, which decreases their credibility in my opinion, even though they are writing about fictional characters.  I found it annoying when contradictory theories would use the same evidence to prove different points… but I guess all theories are like that, and that’s where it becomes silly to use fiction as the basis for real psychology.  The author’s submission was probably the best–he has created an entirely new type of therapy based on Harry Potter.  Overall, this was a fun book to read, but not stellar. B- PB
The Fault in Our Star,
by John Green
2/5/12 2/6/12 Powerful, irreverant, funny book about an unlikely plot: two teenagers with cancer fall in love.  At first I didn’t feel like the dialogue was realistic; the characters talked the way you wish people actually conversed, like in a movie.  But as the book went on, I didn’t care anymore, because like a movie it was pretty magical.  Inevitably sad, of course, but so great. A+ K
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society,
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
2/7/12 2/23/12 Loved this book!  The title put me off for a long time, honestly, and at first I kept thinking, there’s no way this can be as good as Helene Hanff’s REAL letters in 84 Charing Cross Road.  But it was!  The plot gets going pretty quickly, and I was completely drawn into the characters.  I cried so much–happy and sad tears.  Might be one of my favorite World War II books now.

 

A+ HB
Lady Susan,
by Jane Austen
2/20/12 2/21/12 Never read this epistolary novel until now, so delightful!  The main character is the bad guy, who brings deceit and intrigue with her wherever she goes.  I think today she would be considered a psychopath, for her ability to say one thing and do another, with such self-centered intentions.  Great fun to read!

 

A K
A Marriage Made in Heaven: Or Too Tired for an Affair,
by Erma Bombeck
2/23/12 2/25/12 Funny memoir about marriage, starting in 1942 and published in 1992 afteer 40+ years.  I think if I was already familiar with Erma Bombeck, I would find this funnier.  It was amusing, but I never laughed out loud.  The generation gap, I guess, although I certainly related to some parts.

 

B PB
Is Sex Necessary?,
by James Thurber and E.B. White
2/26/12 2/29/12  Apparently, psychological and medical books about sex were all the rage in the 1920’s, so E.B. White and James Thurber decided to write a spoof.  They never actually get around to talking about sex, and the whole book is written in a very roundabout farcical humor, with cartoons peppered throughout.  I think the book is more valuable because it was written before either had hit it big–before Thurber was a famous cartoonist and before Charlotte’s Web was ever conceived.  Entertaining, for sure. B PB

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the month of February.  Anyone else reading a good book?

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