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The Lost Reading Logs: January-May 2009

I’ve been keeping a Reading Log since late 2008.  And when I started trying to organize all those Reading Logs in the blog archives, I realized I was pretty inconsistent about sharing them.  There are entire months unpublished, although (I promise!)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.  The first logs I kept were for my purposes only, so they’re short and sweet.  I hope you enjoy the book recommendations

January – May 2009

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

Title Start Finish Grade Format
The Plague and I,
by Betty MacDonald
1/12/09 N/A N/A PB
Love the One You’re With,
by Emily Giffen
3/16/09 3/18/09 B HB
Eden’s Outcasts,
by John Matteson
4/25/09 5/15/09 A HB
Among Schoolchildren,
by Tracy Kidder
5/15/09 5/27/09 A PB
Blind Submission,
by Debra Ginsberg
5/12/09 5/14/09 B PB
The Book Thief,
by Markus Zusak
5/30/09 Never Finsihed N/A PB

Thoughts:

The Plague and I,
by Betty MacDonald

Love The Egg and I, but couldn’t get into this.  Her early family life is always tedious, and she summarizes again in this book.  Never finished.

N/A

 

Love the One You’re With,
by Emily Giffen

 

I loved her first two books, and the rest just aren’t as good.  A nice read, though.  She writes like I think—very thorough, slightly obsessive.  Some holes, but good.

B

 

Eden’s Outcasts,
by John Matteson

Love the topic—Louisa May Alcotta and her father.  More scholarly than I’m used to, but kept my interest.  I love bios.  Mostly read at breakfasts snatched during end of school.

A

 

Among Schoolchildren,
by Tracy Kidder

Very interesting nonfiction.  Mostly confirmed decision not to teach.  Very realistic, slightly dated.  Wish there was a new one.

A

 

Blind Submission,
by Debra Ginsberg

Really cute chick lit.  Made me want to be a publishing editor.  Never got into the main character, though.  Interesting plot.

B

 

The Book Thief,
by Markus Zusak

Supposed to really good, and something I would like, but I couldn’t get into it.  Finally sent off to PBS.com.

N/A

 

This (along with the Top 100 list of YA lit) reminds me that I really need to give The Book Thief another try!  I’ve heard so many great things about it, and I think I was just too distracted to get into it–at this point in 2009 I was graduating from college, moving out of my apartment, and preparing to get married… so I guess I was a litte preoccupied!

So that’s what I was reading in the first few half of 2009!   Anyone remember any good books from that time?

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3 thoughts on “The Lost Reading Logs: January-May 2009

  1. I really liked Giffin’s first two books too (especially Something Blue), and what you have written about her subsequent work rings true to me: “Some holes, but good.” I’ve never read Blind Submission, but it sounds interesting. I may look into it.

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  2. I’ve read a couple of Tracy Kidder’s books (The Soul of the New Machine, Mountains Beyond Mountains) and have his The Strength in What Remains on my wishlist. He writes great nonfiction!

    I didn’t enjoy the Book Thief either and also felt weird about that because of all the hype. It just didn’t do it for me, though.

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