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
- Bliss and Other Stories – My Classics Club Spin book.
- Wuthering Heights – A reread that made me look differently at a classic that has never been a favorite of mine. Thanks to Girl With Her Head in a Book for inviting me to read along!
- The Just City – A mind-bending new novel from the ever-inventive Jo Walton.
- Pinocchio – I looked at a beautiful Limited Editions Club edition, illustrated by Richard Floethe, in honor of the Classic Children’s Literature Readalong at Simpler Pastimes.
- Where Have I Been All My Life? – I hosted a stop on the TLC Blog Tour for this heartfelt memoir.
- The Nutmeg Tree and Cluny Brown – In honor of Margery Sharp Day, two fine entertainments by a unjustly neglected author.
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
- River City Reading pointed out some interesting cover trends. I’m always meaning to collect these too…
- Calmgrove snagged a copy of Puffin Post Annual #1, which reminded me of my old Cricket magazines.
- Fleur in Her World packed a beautiful box of books for 2014.
- Leaves and Pages had a hilarious “worst of 2014” list (her “best of” list is also worth a look).
- I enjoyed a review of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and a preview of the upcoming BBC miniseries at Books and Chocolate. I really need to reread this book before the year is out.
- Behold the Stars offered a gorgeous gallery of vintage illustrations.
- A Charlotte vs. Emily debate came to (virtual) fisticuffs at Vulpes Libris. I thought I knew which side I was on, but after my recent Wuthering Heights reread I’m not so sure.
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