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The Lost Reading Logs: March-May 2011

Another Lost Reading Log today… the cats are taking a day off!

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  There are entire months unpublished, although (I promise!)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’m sharing those Lost Reading Logs bit by bit–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!

March – May 2011

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.
F = Fiction, HF = Historical Fiction, NF = NonFiction, YA = Young Adult,
CL = Children’s Lit, B/M = Bio/Memoir, SF = Sci-Fi/Fantasy, C = Craft

Title Start Finish Grade/
Format
Genre

 

Who’s Your City?,
by Richard Florida
1/3/11 4/17/11

 

B
PB
NF
Ape House,
by Sara Gruen
3/1/11 DNF

 

TBD
HB
F
The Diamond in the Window,
by Jane Langton
3/5/11 3/5/11

 

A+
PB
CL
The Quilter’s Apprentice,
by Jennifer Chiaverini
4/1/11 4/15/11 B-
PB
F
San Francisco for Dummies,
by Paula Tevis
4/9/11 4/9/11 A
PB
NF

 

Caddie Woodlawn,
by Carol Ryrie Brink
4/18/11 4/18/11 A
PB
CL

 

Boundaries in Marriage,
by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
5/28/11 DNF

 

TBD
PB
NF

 

Thoughts:

Who’s Your City?, by Richard Florida – B

The Amateur Librarian // 2011 Reading Log

Took a long time—1st part was a bit too research-based. 2nd and 3rd parts were better. Knowing SF was likely, at least the book speaks highly of it! Very interesting, if irrelevant to me—no choice!

Ape House, by Sara Gruen – DNF

The Amateur Librarian // 2011 Reading Log

Read about 2/3 and just… lost interest. Finally realized I would never finish it, so I mailed it for PBS. Just not my cup of tea, though it sounds interesting enough.

 …

The Diamond in the Window, by Jane Langton – A+

The Amateur Librarian // 2011 Reading Log

I would have adored this book as a child or young adult—mysterious old house, hidden room, magical dream quest, backwards English. Really wonderful. And perfect day to pick it up—a rainy Saturday with no plans.

 …

The Quilter’s Apprentice, by Jennifer Chiaverini – B-

The Amateur Librarian // 2011 Reading Log

At times the writing seemed really clumsy—the characters were shallow, the dialogue was stilted. But the bones of the plot were interesting, if a bit melodramatic, and the ending was good.   Of course, loved the quilting references. Somehow I might be hooked for the series.

 …

San Francisco for Dummies, by Paula Tevis – A

The Amateur Librarian // 2011 Reading Log

Pretty comprehensive (I think) and even though it’s meant for a trip I could still find relevant info for our move. I had my highlighter in hand to mark the must-sees.

 …

Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink – A

The Amateur Librarian // 2011 Reading Log

A mix between Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie. Surprised it’s not more popular/well-known. Caddie is a tomboy in a big pioneer family, adventures ensue. I always like it when the stories are true.

 …

Boundaries in Marriage, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend – DNF

The Amateur Librarian // 2011 Reading Log

Started, never finished.

A little context…  in March 2011 we found out that Sam got a job in San Francisco, hence all the San Fran references! I’m pretty sure I was freaking out… but I still had a job, a move to coordinate, health to think about, etc. etc. Sam left to start his job in May while I finished up teaching the school year… on the very last day of school, the movers came to load everything up.  I spent a week or so with my parents before boarding the plane… I remember reading Boundaries in Marriage on the plane ride (I need to pick up that book again & actually finish it! ) Sometimes I still can’t believe everything that’s happened in the last few years. Whew!

So that’s what I was reading in 2011… Anyone remember any good books from that time of year?

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