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February Reading Wrap-Up

In February I read 6 books. Not a lot, but more than I expected since this has been an incredibly busy month. I have had my first “job” interview, and my first job interview failure, which has been a huge blow and very likely means I will not find a job next year (unless something else miraculously turns up, but with my interests and study-path, that does not seem very likely). I am trying to move on, but concentrating on reading has been a little hard. That is, it is hard to find a way to not drown myself in reading instead of doing the work I have left to do in graduate school.

Anyway, 6 books, 1348 pages, and once again all of them were written by women. I have yet to finish Mill’s essay. I am unsure if I will get to it soon. Instead, I might concentrate on the Feminist Classics selection for March instead, A Doll’s House, and finish Mill later this year.I do have some initial plans for March, I’d like to read more for my NYRB project, as well as one other Bloomsbury Group book, but I know that my plans never work out, so just imagine that I whispered that, instead of saying it out loud. Oh, and during this month, I will probably dream of all the Persephone’s I’d like to read in the future.

The books I read in February are:

  1. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
  2. The Brontës Went to Woolsworth – Rachel Ferguson
  3. The Moorland Cottage – Elizabeth Gaskell
  4. Janis Joplin – Rise Up Singing – Ann Angel
  5. Murder at Mansfield Park – Lynn Shepherd
  6. High Wages – Dorothy Whipple

What was not a great month personally, or well, professionally, was a great month for music. I got to see The National live (on a festival that also allowed me to see Efterklang with an orchestra and Owen Pallett). I am still as much in love with The National as I have been these past months. And 2 days later, I got to see Bright Eyes, for the third time. Not his best performance. Not the best crowd (where do all the 16-year-olds who only care about the “sexy” Conor Oberst suddenly come from? Never saw such a crazy teenage crowd at a concert. I’m getting old.) I also bought a pass that allows me to see whatever movie I want for 4 months, for 18 euros a month, last week. Since then, I have seen The King’s Speech and Black Swan. I am not big on thrillers or action movies, but I am still very excited about being able to go see any movie without paying (or well, not paying extra). Just imagine, I could go see the new Jane Eyre 15 times and no one could complain.. *dreams*

Anyway, I hope March will be more bookish for me. And for you too.

January Reading Wrap-Up

I have been away from the book blogging community for a while. These temporary absences might happen more often now that I am in my final year of graduate school and trying really hard to get everything organised so that I will be able to graduate this year. This means that during the last 10 days or so, I haven’t checked any blogs and that I will once again hit the “mark all read” button in my Google Reader.

Anyway, here is what I read in January. I will review most of these books in the upcoming week. Oh, and Amy was kind enough to email me her spreadsheet, so I now have statistics to show you as well. Even if I am not as precise as Amy is.

I read 8 books during January (9, if you count A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Which I did not count because it is published together with A Vindication of the Rights of Men and some of Wollstonecraft’s  thoughts on the French Revolution. I am kind of sorry that I do not get to count the book, but it feels like cheating if I do). The books made up a total of 2040 pages. Other fun facts? All books were written by women, a lot of them were about issues tied to feminism. I read my first GLBT book.

The books I read:

  • The Memoirs of Emma Courtney – Mary Hays
  • The Last Letter From Your Lover – Jojo Moyes
  • The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
  • Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  • Anna of Byzantium – Tracy Barrett
  • So Long A Letter – Mariama Bâ
  • Reading Women: how the great books of feminism changed my life – Stephanie Staal
  • Luna – Julie Anne Peters

I have no goals for February, except keeping up with the reading (and all the reviews this time) for A Year of Feminist Classics. And hopefully catching up on all those reviews I still have to write.

Um, and maybe buy a little less. Except that I already failed miserably. I came across a book sale yesterday. The books were so cheap that I bought 24. And tonight, the annual 3-day book sale of the biggest book shop in Groningen starts. Ah, guess I have to procrastinate on restricting my book buying until March.

September Wrap-Up

September was a weird reading month for me. I read a lot, I read books from several genres, and I absolutely loved some of my reads. A great month for reading, maybe. But it was also a very restless reading month. I spend a week or two reading just YA books as some sort of hide away from reality. And after that, I couldn’t find anything that pleased me and read the first 30 pages of several books before putting the book aside and starting another read. Lately, I have turned to classics. I currently love reading them. I am not sure if this means that this is just another one of those obsessive periods in which I can read only one genre because nothing else fits, or if it is because I have missed reading more classics in the past year. I currently have great hopes for October, although nothing is set in stone when it comes to plans.

Here is what I read this month:

  1. Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman – Friedrich Christian Delius
  2. Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
  3. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  4. The Princess Diaries 1 – Meg Cabot
  5. The Princess Diaries 2 – Meg Cabot
  6. The Princess Diaries 3 – Meg Cabot
  7. The Princess Diaries 4 – Meg Cabot
  8. The Princess Diaries 5 – Meg Cabot
  9. The Princess Diaries 6 – Meg Cabot
  10. Contemporary Postcolonial Theory – Padmini Mongia
  11. Postcolonial Studies & Beyond – Ania Loomba and others ed.
  12. A House To Let – Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and Adelaide Anne Procter
  13. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  14. North and South – Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  15. Blue Bloods – Melissa De La Cruz
  16. Missionaries – Julian Pettifer and Richard Bradley
  17. Lady Susan – Jane Austen
  18. Love and Freindship / Lesley Castle / The History of England / Collection of Letters / Scraps – Jane Austen
  19. Butterflies in May – Karen Hart
  20. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

I guess this also shows that not only did this month consist of restless reading, there was also a whole lot of restless blogging going on. It is quite confronting to notice that I have only reviewed 2 of the books I read so far. I also still have a back log from July and August. I am not yet sure if and how I will catch up with that. I know I will at least skip writing about some of these books, such as The Princess Diaries series. I might put up a post once I have read all 10 of the books.

I can tell you what my favourite reads of this month were:

Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman – My review was not as enthousiastic as I later felt about the book. It is competing for first place with Beside the Sea as my favourite Peirene Press book. Since all Peirene Press books are currently high up on my list of favourite reads in 2010, that is high praise.

Howl’s Moving Castle - I never expected to love a book by Diana Wynne Jones this much, but it was incredibly entertaining and very intelligently written.

Animal Farm - A classic that I finally read. I once more had not expected to enjoy this, but I found myself taking noted every few pages because it was such a funny commentary on communism.

A Wrinkle in Time - Once more, a book that everyone always mentioned but that I had not read before. Very beautiful story that I cannot recommend enough.

And of course, I already mentioned my recent rediscovery of the works of Elizabeth Gaskell.

August Wrap-Up

I know I am incredibly late with this, but as you probably all know I have been without internet access most of the time for the last couple of weeks. However, this Wednesday I finally received my password so that I could log on to the internet in my room. I will truthfully return to blogging now.

August hasn’t been a great reading month, what with all the stress about the driver’s license test and moving to Sweden for a semester. Considering, 8 books isn’t that bad a number:

  1. If I Stay – Gayle Forman
  2. The Constant Liberal: Phyllis Bottome – Pam Hirsch
  3. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  4. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  5. Beside the Sea – Véronique Olmi
  6. Caramelo – Sandra Cisneros
  7. The Tapestry of Love – Rosy Thornton
  8. In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works – John Lennon

Most of these have turned out to be great reads, except for If I Stay and the John Lennon book maybe. You might also notice that I still have to review most of these books. I’m hoping to catch up with reviews in September. As I am ridiculously late with this post, I won’t post my “reading plans” for September. To be honest, I don’t really have any (I’m mostly reading for comfort at the moment).

July Wrap-Up and August Reading Plans

Despite being very busy with coursework for university, July was a great reading month for me. Twelve books might not be a lot to most bloggers, but for me it is one of the highest number of books I’ve read in a month this year. Of course, 4 of the books I read were Young Adult, which always means I read them a little faster than an average fiction book for adults, but I also did a fair number of “heavier” works like Dante and Swift. I still need to write review for a few of these books and I hope to catch up somewhere in the upcoming weeks.

  1. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  2. Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater
  3. The Inferno – Dante
  4. Marked – P.C. and Kristin Cast
  5. Betrayed – P.C. and Kristin Cast
  6. Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild
  7. Prep – Curtis Sittenfeld
  8. Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr
  9. Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
  10. A Personal Matter – Kenzaburo Oe
  11. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley
  12. Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín

As for August, I cannot say I have much reading planned.  I’m trying to enjoy my spare time, having finally finished my last essays for this school year. I do need to visit the archives for a few days, but at least I do not have the pressure of essay writing anymore. I won’t be able to go on holiday anywhere since I’m bound to my house because of driving lessons all summer. However, I do feel a need to take a break which is why I’m not joining in on any planned reading this month. I might join Allie’s read along of The Tempest, but what I’d really like to do this month is focus on my TBR pile, picking up any book that catches my eye. This probably means a lot of contemporary fiction, since I don’t feel like committing to a classic right now. But who knows, maybe I’ll feel differently by the end of the month?