Month in Review: January 2015

One of my blogging goals this year is to write a monthly review post. Here I can keep better track of my reading overall, since I don’t post about every book I read. I would also like to highlight some of my favorite posts by other bloggers, and maybe some other fun things that I find. . . It will be an experiment! I’m planning to usually do it on the last Sunday of each month, so the “months” will be a bit off-kilter.

This month was the one where I “put the library on hold” to try to read the books that are piling up on my own shelves. There are still a few days to go, but it’s been a very successful enterprise so far. I would definitely consider starting out every new year this way.

I also joined the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge to try to add more variety to my posts. Here’s this month’s discussion: What makes a great book blog design?. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join the conversation.

Books I reviewed

Other books read

  • The Hollow Land by Jane Gardam (reread) – Review to come in Shiny New Books
  • The Rescuers by Margery Sharp (reread)
  • Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen – Review to come
  • How To Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis – Review to come
  • Possession by A.S. Byatt (reread)
  • A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong – I need to read more in the Canongate Myths series, and may do a group review at some point.
  • The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge (reread) – Gearing up for Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week in April.
  • Finding Zero by Amir Aczel – A pleasant mathematical read, but less substantial than I had expected.
  • The Bees by Laila Paull – Review to come
  • An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey – Review to come

Most popular ECBR post this month

Favorite posts from other bloggers

Some other cool things

  • There’s a handy new page listing book fairs and conventions at The Bookwyrm’s Hoard.
  • The line-up for this year’s Battle of the Books has been announced at School Library Journal. This time, I’m going to try really hard to read all of them so I can actually have an opinion about the winners.
  • And I also want to read the finalists in the Cybils Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category. I feel very out of touch with this genre lately.

That was quite a month! What were your highlights?

Linked in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer

20 thoughts on “Month in Review: January 2015

  1. You reread The Rescuers? I remember loving those books when I was a kid. And I can't wait to read some of your upcoming reviews. Quite a month of books you had. 🙂


    1. It was a great month! After reading some of Margery Sharp's adult books I wanted to revisit her children's series. While I think they deserve their lasting popularity, it's a shame her other novels have lapsed into obscurity.


  2. Can't believe how busy you've been and will continue to be! But I do find it enervating, and so chuffed that you continue to display an enthusiasm for books and reading that I find positively inspiring.


  3. I need to reread Wuthering Heights so bad! I loved it so much when I first read it in high school and own several copies, but haven't read it again in almost 10 years! I think I'm going to make that a priority next month. Here's my Weekly Recap!


    1. I hope you get to it sooner rather than later. It's hard to make time for old favorites when there are so many new books screaming for our attention.


  4. I love the idea of actually reading the books that are stacking up on my shelves. I'm going to try to do that in March and try really hard not to get too drawn into review books. Wuthering Heights is coming up for me this year for The Reading Assignment Challenge. I'm kind of scared! Have a great week!


    1. The Reading Assignment Challenge — haven't heard of that one before. Don't be scared, though, it's a wonderful book (even though I hated it for years).


  5. I love your blog header, it's so pretty! Anyways, monthly wrap ups are great to really see where you are at, I like them too. I really need to take a break from the library too, I'm staring at 10 library books D: Thanks for stopping by Readers in Wonderland!


  6. Oh, Elizabeth Goudge ! It's been years since I've read her books but I remember them fondly 🙂 You've been very busy this month. Have a great week 😉


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