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Monthly Review: October 2009

For some reason, I feel like October was a bad reading month, but looking at my stats, it was a lot better than most months!  I think the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon had a lot to do with that.

Number of book reviews posted: 30
Number of books read: 49
Number of pages read: 16,213

5 Star Review:


Complete Booker Prize Challenge

FTC and Disclosure

National Book Festival 2009

Read-A-Thon Posts

Review: Lap Blanket from Reading Comfort

Wordless Wednesdays – 10/7/2009

Wordless Wednesdays – 10/14/2009

Wordless Wednesdays – 10/21/2009

Thursday Tunes:

Anna Nalick

Penn Masala


List of book reviews: (in alphabetical order by author’s last name)

Haunting Bombay – Shilpa Agarwal

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much – Allison Hoover Bartlett

Tell Me Something True – Leila Cobo

Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

Casting Off – Nicole Dickson

Swan for the Money – Donna Edwards

Rumors – Anna Godbersen

The Queen’s Mistake – Diane Haeger

Mistress of the Vatican – Eleanor Herman

Pendragon’s Banner – Helen Hollick

The Glass Painter’s Daughter – Rachel Hore

Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby

Lies My Mother Never Told Me – Kaylie Jones

The Cupid Effect – Dorothy Koomson

Hold Still – Nina LaCour

Every Last Cuckoo – Kate Maloy

Cleopatra’s Daughter – Michelle Moran

Ruined – Paula Morris

The Cloister Walk – Kathleen Norris

Jane Austen Ruined My Life – Beth Pattillo

Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter – Lisa Patton

The Last Dickens – Matthew Pearl

Goldengrove – Francine Prose

A Map of the Known World – Lisa Ann Sandell

The Department of Lost and Found – Allison Winn Scotch

The Girl from Foreign – Sadia Shepard

A Change in Altitude – Anita Shreve

Snap – Carol Snow

The Wordy Shipmates – Sarah Vowell

Learning to Breathe – Karen White

Books I’ve read this month: (in alphabetical order by author’s last name)

Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Lace Reader – Brunonia Barry

Manhood for Amateurs – Michael Chabon

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

After – Amy Efaw

I Feel Bad About My Neck – Nora Ephron

America’s Prophet – Bruce Feiler

Valeria’s Last Stand – Marc Fitten

Hummingbirds – Joshua Gaylord

The Telling – Jo Graham

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austen

Queen Takes King – Gigi Levangie Grazer

The Magicians – Lev Grossman

Firefly Lane – Kristin Hannah

The Demon King and I – Candace Havens

The Laws of Harmony – Judith Ryan Hendricks

Mistress of the Vatican – Eleanor Herman

Pendragon’s Banner – Helen Hollick

By the Time You Read This – Lola Jaye

Dial H for Hitchcock – Susan Kandel

Fallen – Lauren Kate

Apologize, Apologize! – Elizabeth Kelly

The Blue Manuscript – Sabiha Al Khemir

French Milk – Lucy Knisley

The Cupid Effect – Dorothy Koomson

Ash – Malinda Lo

The Season – Sarah Maclean

I’ll Scream Later – Marlee Matlin

The Widow Clicquot – Tilar J. Mazzeo

Cleopatra’s Daughter – Michelle Moran

The Girl Next Door – Elizabeth Noble

The Lost Recipe for Happiness – Barbara O’Neal

Bed of Roses – Nora Roberts

Angel Lane – Sheila Roberts

Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling

A Map of the Known World – Lisa Ann Sandell

The Teashop Girls – Laura Schaefer

Late Night Talking – Leslie Schnur

At a Loss for Words – Diana Schoemperlen

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See

The Secret of Joy – Melissa Senate

The Weight of Water – Anita Shreve

The Tricking of Freya – Christine Sunley

The Wordy Shipmates – Sarah Vowell

Lovestruck Summer – Melissa Walker

The Last Will of Moira Leahy – Therese Walsh

The Girl on Legare Street – Karen White

Learning to Breathe – Karen White

Sunday Salon

Well, I have to say, this morning finds me VERY tired.  I read through Hour 17 of the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon.  I did take some breaks, and ended up reading 14 books in 11.4 hours.  I have to say, part of me wishes I had tried to stay up for the full 24 hours – I went to bed early because I didn’t want to be utterly useless today, in view of the fact that we are very close to grad school finals!  Since my pages/minute average (5.7) seems to have been highest, it would have been really interesting to see how much I could have accomplished and whether I could have actually sustained that pace!

Taking off for the Read-A-Thon means I really have to kick the researching and writing into high gear this week, especially considering I have to go to Houston this weekend for my husband’s cousin’s wedding.  Hopefully I get enough done this week so that I don’t have to lug my school books there with me!

If you haven’t entered my giveaway for Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz yet, the giveaway ends tonight (4/19) at 11:59 PM, so make sure you hurry on over there!  [review][entry page]  Also, Jean Hanff Korelitz participated in a Blog Talk Radio show last week that was extremely interesting – if you have some time, check it out!  You’ll get to hear my (rambling) voice because I called in to ask a few questions!

I’m not going to post links to all my Read-A-Thon updates because I posted every hour!  However, here is the link to all of them, as well as the link to the wrap-up post of sorts! 

Additionally, this week I participated in Teaser Tuesdays, Wordless Wednesdays and Quotable.  I also wrote about the latest LOST episode, “Some Like it Hoth” and the second episode of season 3 of the The Tudors, as well as a chance to get a free ebook of Fizooreh Dumas’ Funny in Farsi.  My Thursday Tunes post for the week was for Adele’s 19.

Books I’ve read this week:

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe

Life Without Summer – Lynne Griffin

Water Ghosts – Shawna Yang Ryan

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti – Giulia Melucci

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy – John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt [school]

Kiss Me, Kill Me – Lauren Henderson

Orange Mint and Honey – Carleen Brice

The Color of Light – Karen White

English as a Second Language – Megan Crane

The Big Dirt Nap – Rosemary Harris

One Lonely Degree – C.K. Kelly Martin

Just One of the Guys – Kristan Higgins

Nearlyweds – Beth Kendrick

City Dog – Alison Pace

Here Lies Arthur – Phillip Reeve

Whistling in the Dark – Lesley Kagen

The Only True Genius in the Family – Jennie Nash

Nothing But The Truth (and a few white lies) – Justina Chen Headley

I Was Told There’d Be Cake – Sloane Crosley

Reviews posted this week:

Signora da Vinci – Robin Maxwell [review]

First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria – Eve Brown-Waite [review]

Secrets to Happiness – Sarah Dunn [review]

The Empty Mirror – J. Sydney Jones [review]

When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris [review]

Something Blue – Emily Giffin [review]

The Iliad – Homer [review]

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