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The Lost Reading Logs: January 2010

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  There are entire months unpublished, although (I promise!)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 my thoughts, and maybe get some book recommendations!

January 2010

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

Title Start Finish Grade Format
New Moon,
by Stephenie Meyer
1/1/10 1/2/10 A PB
Eclipse,
by Stphenie Meyer
1/2/10 1/3/10 A HB
Self-Made Man,
by Norah Vincent
1/4/10 1/13/10 A AB
Breaking Dawn,
by Stephenie Meyer
1/4/10 1/7/10 A HB
Jane Austen: A Life,
by Claire Tomalin
1/10/10 1/16/10 A PB
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,
by Junot Diaz
1/17/10 1/17/10 A- PB
Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings,
by Mary Henley Rubio
1/18/10 1/31/10 A HB
Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World,
by Vicki Myron
1/31/10 2/14/10 B+ HB

Thoughts:

New Moon,
by Stephenie Meyer

 

Sequel to Twilight.  I still really like the series—eager to find out what happens next.  They’re big books but read quickly, like the HP series.  There is something very addictive about fantasy series, I guess.

A

Eclipse,
by Stphenie Meyer

 

I like how each successive book draws out themes or details from the very first book.  Makes it feel very premeditated and thought-out.  Can’t deny I am inhaling these books.

A

Self-Made Man,
by Norah Vincent

 

Very interesting—woman dresses as a man and joined a bowling team, dated, worked, and went to an all-male retreat.  Great analysis.  In the end, she had to enter a hospital.  Thought provoking.

A

Breaking Dawn,
by Stephenie Meyer

 

I really tried to draw this one out because then I knew the saga would be over.  I thoroughly enjoyed the series, without overthinking it.  Some books are meant to be enjoyed, not analyzed.  And she paved the way for more.

A

Jane Austen: A Life,
by Claire Tomalin

 

Very thorough, interesting, well-researched biography.  Would like to read others by the author.  Did not enjoy flipping back and forth to read notes, which sometimes contained extra tidbits, but sometimes not.  Very enjoyable, though makes me long for a fiction break.

A

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,
by Junot Diaz

 

Fast paced, kept my attention.  Not exactly my cup of tea.  Endless violence towards women.  Hard for me to comply with the mindset that sex is the be-all and end-all of existence.  My mind just rejects it.

A-

Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings,
by Mary Henley Rubio

 

Many days of steady reading.  At first, writing was very dry compared to Tomalin and assertions seemed unsupported.  Truth still needs to read like fiction to be interesting.  But her life story won over—still my favorite author.  Sad ending, but I’m always glad to know more.

A

Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World,
by Vicki Myron

 

Charming story, a bit stretched and unfocused.  In the hands of a better writer, could probably be told more poignantly.  Still cried at the end, though.

B+

Ah, the Twilight series!  I miss them sometimes.  Not great literature, of course, but I was totally sucked into a different world.  That doesn’t happen often, you have to admit.  I think the Twilight series is a prime example of my grading process for these Reading Logs–looking back, sometimes I don’t agree with the grade I gave some books, but I always write in my log pretty soon after I’ve finished reading.  I don’t look at reviews or stars on other websites to decide if I “should” like the book or not.  My thoughts are just my impressions, my feelings.  I don’t try to rate the book on how “good” or “bad” it is, just how much I enjoyed it.  And I loved reading the Twilight series!

So that’s what I was reading as 2010 began… it’s hard to believe that was three years ago!  A lot has changed, and I always wonder if I would have the same reaction if I read the same books again, or if life has changed my worldview in some way that would make the experience different.  I guess that’s why I love re-reading my favorite books – there’s always the chance that I’ll find something new to love.  Anyone remember any good books from that time of year?

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4 thoughts on “The Lost Reading Logs: January 2010

  1. I really enjoyed the Twilight books too, even though I agree with all you say about them not being great literature. I was crazy about a trilogy called “Troy” by David Gemmell in 2010 (and still am – I just re-read them all again) I love reading more about my favourite characters because I mostly don’t want it to end, and trilogies are great for that!

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    1. If I remember correctly, she had a breakdown of sorts and had to be hospitalized briefly. I guess i didn’t write much in the logs until I started blogging about them!

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