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The Lost Reading Logs: 2008

I’ve been keeping a Reading Log since late 2008.  I don’t even remember why I started, except that I enjoyed keeping track of what I read and was tired of half-remembering previous books.  I think I even started reading a book, only to realize half-way through that I’d already read it before… I guess it didn’t make much of an impression!

But I seem to remember what I read much better if I write a few thoughts about it, so I started keeping a log in my journal, then I started blogging and sharing my monthly logs on this blog.  I recently started trying to organize all those Reading Logs in the blog archives, and I realized I was pretty inconsistent about it.  There are entire months unpublished, although (I promise!) I was still keeping track of what I was reading.

So now, mostly for my own organizational sanity, I thought I’d share some of those Lost Reading Logs–and then I can fill in the gaps of my archives.  I hope you enjoy the book recommendations!

I’m including everything I read in the last few months of 2008 in one Log, to keep it short and simple 🙂  These early logs especially, I kept it very brief.

November and December 2008

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

Title Start Finish Grade Format
Slaughter House-5,
by Kurt Vonnegut
11/24/08 11/27/08 B+ PB
Cold Sassy Tree,
by Olive Ann Burns
11/28/08 12/4/08 A PB
The City Under the Back Steps,
by Evelyn Lampley
12/6/08 12/19/08 B- HB
The Day I Turned Uncool,
by Dan Zevin
12/20/08 12/24/08 C PB
How to Hepburn,
by Karen Karbo
12/25/08 12/26/08 B- PB
The Tales of Beedle the Bard,
by J.K. Rowling
12/25/08 12/25/08 A HB
Cloud Atlas,
by David Mitchell
12/27/08 Never Finished N/A PB

Thoughts:

Slaughter House-5,
by Kurt Vonnegut

 

Got annoyed with “So it goes.”  Finally read, after lots of recommendations.  Not my style, but I can see the attraction.  I liked it.

B+

Cold Sassy Tree,
by Olive Ann Burns

Great Southern lit.  Lots of good stories and thoughts.  The cliff-hanger chapters seemed gimmicky.  The dialect and characters were great—really engrossing.

A

The City Under the Back Steps,
by Evelyn Lampley

Out of print children’s lit that I got through InterLibraryLoan.  Very interesting—lots of facts about ants but definitely for children.  Hated the ending—it’s all  a dream and they just forget all about their experience. 😦

B-

The Day I Turned Uncool,
by Dan Zevin

Funny little essays, but I’ve read funnier.  You’d have to be a very specific age to completely relate—I get his references but I’m too young to resist adulthood.

C

How to Hepburn,
by Karen Karbo

I liked it a lot, but hard to classify—not really a biography, but just the author’s opinions.  I guess you could call it advice, but even the author doesn’t recommend it.  Left me unsatisfied.

B-

The Tales of Beedle the Bard,
by J.K. Rowling

I really loved these stories—and the analysis by Dumbledore was really up my alley.  The HP books aren’t perfect, but I can’t help but love Rowling.

A

Cloud Atlas,
by David Mitchell

Started reading with Sam on the way back from Atlanta.  Takes perseverance to follow the time lapses & characters… never finished.

N/A

I completely forgot that I attempted to read The Cloud Atlas–did you see that there’s a movie adaptation coming out this year?  It looks good–but so complicated.  You definitely have to be on your toes with that book.  I remembered three of the perspectives that I saw in the movie trailer, but I definitely didn’t make it to the fourth futuristic character.  Maybe I’l see the movie and then decide if I want to revisit the book!

So that’s what I was reading in 2008!  Anyone remember any good books from that year?

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