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Reading Log: March 2012

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

So here’s my Reading Log for March 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 March, 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 Year of Fog,
by Michelle Richmond
3/6/12 3/11/12 First book club book.  Plot concept reminds me of Jodi Piccoult–woman is with fiance’s daughter when the girl is lost, kidnapped.  The couple spends months looking for the little girl, approaching the search in different ways, the situation straining their relationship.  Realistic and moving, but lots of details are left unanswered.  Set in SF, with lots of details, so that was neat; plus, the main character was a transplant from the South, so I could relate.  Engrossing for the most part, but the flaws were all we could talk about at book group. B- K
The Girls from Ames,
by Jeffrey Zaslow
1/28/12 3/18/12 Journalist studies a group of lifelong friends, and tells their history.  Enjoyed the stories, but there was a lot of disconnection: a few of the girls were written about extensively, but I felt like I didn’t know anything about the others. I thought I would like the journalistic approach at first, but it just doesn’t have as much impact as a narrative. I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t overwhelmed. C+ PB
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier,
by Ree Drummond
3/13/12 3/8/12 Surprise package in the mail–Sam pre-ordered this as a Christmas present and forgot to mention it!  Love her blog, so I’m pre-disposed to enjoy anything Ree writes, but this cookbook is genuinely enjoyable and a big step up from her first.  Lots more recipes, with variations for every one.  I made a list of the recipes I want to try, and I’m so excited to get started.  I took my time enjoying each page, and before I made it to the end I’d already made the Lemon Blueberry Pancakes–yum! A+ HB
Some Assembly Required,
by Anne Lamott
3/21/12 3/29/12 Sequel to Operating Instructions, now her 19 year old son is having a child.  Can’t top the original, of course, but I love Lamott’s voice.  It’s a bit removed from the baby, more about her… although of course the first was all about her too but the baby was an intricate part.  But as a grandmother she spends a lot of time trying to bite her tongue and let her son find his way.  Finally connected the dots in my head that she lives in SF and I do too!  So I’m going to try to see her on her book tour! A HB

 

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

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