Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January Book Report

I found keeping a list of the books I've read worked well for me last year. A little paragraph or so on each book helps me to concentrate more while I'm reading and remember it better after I've read it.

I made myself a little goal last year to make a significant dent in my "to read" list. I keep a private wish list on Amazon of the books I'd like to read that was over 15 pages long. At 25 books per page, I was looking at a long list! With some concentrated efforts and by finally giving myself permission to take books off that I was never going to read, I got the list down to just over 11 pages. Hooray!

Last year I wrote book reports once a quarter, but those seemed to get quite long. I think it'll be more manageable if I report by month. So here's January's list.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Some people may be offended by this irreverent book about the end of the world, but I thought it was hilarious and clever. It was a good read for me while I was dealing with an extended illness because it didn't take as much concentration as my library book would have (The Ambassadors).

The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry was a funny little book recommended for Christmas. It's sweet and short. I enjoyed it.

The Ambassadors by Henry James. I have no idea how Henry James managed to write more the four hundred pages for the plot of this novel, and sometimes I'm startled that I read them, but I always find myself enjoying his books by the end. More than anything, the book made me want to spend three months lounging around Paris.

We Have a Pope by Karen Congeni (a review for the author)

Those of you who read this blog regularly may realize this is a rather short list for me. Being horribly ill for more than two weeks severely limited my abilities to concentrate. Here's hoping February is a better month!

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