January Wrap-Up and a Look to February

by Kim on February 1, 2013 · 22 comments

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I had a relatively slow reading month in January, although I’m really not surprised. Between travel, vacation, and work-related travel, this week was the first time I spent five working days in my office since before Christmas. Being gone that many days — coupled with the getting caught up that happens after being away — really put a damper on both my reading and blogging.

But, I have no plans to go anywhere during all of February (save a trip to see some friends and their beautiful new baby), which means I hope I will have plenty of time to read, watch movies, and get caught up on television. I also have big plans to start cooking and exercising more, but the best laid plans always seem to get derailed.

I’m trying out a slightly different template for my wrap-up/look ahead posts, so I’m curious what your thoughts are on it.

Books Read in January

  1. Groff, Lauren: Arcadia (fiction)
  2. Konnikova, Maria: Mastermind (nonfiction)
  3. Pessel, Marissa: Special Topics in Calamity Physics (fiction)
  4. Georges, Nicole: Calling Dr. Laura (memoir/comic book)
  5. Flora, Carlin: Friendfluence (nonfiction)
  6. Walker, Karen Thompson: Age of Miracles (fiction)

Other Reviews Posted in January

Books I Want to Read in February

  • The Illiad by Homer and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: As part of Book Riot’s Tournament of Books reading project, I’m on tap to discuss The Song of Achilles at the end of the month. And since it’s based on The Illiad, I’d like to read that one first.
  • Marvel Comics: The Untold Story and/or Twilight of the Superheroes and/or The Amazing Absorbing Boy: This is part of another Book Riot-related project that I’ll share here when it’s finished. I don’t know if I’ll get to all of these books, but I’m hoping for at least two of three.
  • Where the Peacocks Sing by Alison Singh Gee: This memoir by a journalist (a super weakness) is all about a woman who falls in love with an Indian journalist who turns out to be a landed prince (of sorts). While there are a lot of ways a memoir about “a glamorous magazine writer with a serious Jimmy Choo habit” could go wrong for me, I’m optimistic.
  • Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell and John Bruning: I’m reading this memoir of a commander of an elite infantry platoon in the Middle East as part of a tour with TLC Book Tours at the end of the month.

Writing Around the Interwebs

I didn’t do much writing other places online this month, other than a few posts over at Book Riot:

2013 Goals Review

  • Essay a Day, Take Two: Mild success? I’m about half finished with a collection of essays called The Atlantic Ocean by British journalist Andrew O’Hagen, which are fine, but not blowing me away. I want to give the whole collection a chance though, so I hope I can finish it (and maybe another?) in February.
  • 12 Ebooks and 12 Audiobooks: (1/12) Friendfluence by Carlin Flora | (1/12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Balance Books In/Books Out: At the end of the month, I’m at +5 (so, five more books came in than I read/donated)
  • Balance Review Copies (40%), My Books (30%), and Borrowed Books (30%): It’s hard to measure this one after only one month, but it looks like I split my books and review copies right down the middle.
  • Leave One Comment Per Day: I feel mixed about this one. I left a lot of comments, but not entirely consistently.
  • Read My Shelf of Doom: I got a good start on this one, finishing up the longest book on my shelf, Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

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