Monday, February 1

January 2010 Wrap-Up

First wrap-up of the year, and I have to say January was an excellent month for both reading, reading challenges and, er books accidentally following me home!

This month I read 14 books! 10 Novels, 2 Novellas/Novellettes, 1 Short Story Collection and 1 Memoir.

Here's a list of the books for this month. Unfortunately, although I read a lot of books this month, I read a lot of not so good books. The worst being The Lost Symbol. Also I had a few books I was looking forward to reading that dissapointed me they were; The Lieutenant, October and Julie and Julia. On the other hand I did have some favourite reads of the month and was introduced to some new authors as a result. They were: The Housekeeper and the Professor, The Heretic Queen, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Armadale. Although the End of the Alphabet is also worth mentioning.

1) Julie & Julia by Julie Powel - 6/10
2) The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson - 7/10
3) The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa - 8/10
4) The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown - 2/10
5) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - 7.5/10
6) The Heretic Queen - Michelle Moran - 8/10
7) The Professor - Charlotte Bronte - 6.75/10
8) The Lieutenant - Kate Grenville - 5/10
9) October- Richard B Wright - 6/10
10) The Mobile Library Books: The Case of the Missing Books - Ian Sansom - 6.5/10
11) Armadale - Wilkie Collins - 8/10
12) The Sea - John Banville - 7/10
13) Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - 7.5/10
14) Cat Among the Pigeons: A Hercule Poirot Mystery - 7/10

As for my challenges this month, I'm happy with how my progress is going, even if I only managed to finish one challenge this month, and many haven't been started yet. It's only the first month, so I'm okay so far, and I think I have a good handled on some of my challenges, and should be able to finish a couple by next month. Below are all the challenges I'm working on, clicking the link will take you to the MY challenge page of each challenge (which has links to the the actual challenge if you wish to sign up, my reviews etc)

Completed Challenges This Month

- 10 Books Read

Current Challenge Progress

Read 'n' Review - 14 Books
Pages Read - 4,105/50,000

1st in a Series Challenge - 1/3
2nd's Challenge - 0/6
10/10 Challenge - 14/100
18th and 19th Century Women Writers - 1/3
52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge - 4/52
100+ Challenge - 14/100
451 Reading Challenge - 0/7
A - Z Challenge - 12/52
All About the Brontes Challenge - 1/3
Bibilophilic Challenge - 1/6
Canadian Challenge the 3rd - 2/13
Centuries Challenge - 1/3
Chick Lit Challenge - 0/8
Chunkster Challenge - 0/4 (Starts Feb 1, 2010)
Countdown Challenge - 11/55
Decades Challenge - 1/10
Ebook Challenge - 0/6
Fantasy Challenge - 0/6
Flashback Challenge - 0/6(+?)
Finish that Series Challenge - 0/3 Series
Global Reading Challenge - 7/12
Historical Reading Challenge - 2/6
Jane Austen Challenge - 0/4
The Marple Poitot Holmes Challenge - 2/6
New Author Challenge - 10/15
Random Reading Challenge - 0/9
Reading Through the Seasons Challenge - 0/4
Reading Western Europe Challenge - 4/12
RYOB Challenge - 1/50
Support Your Local Library Challenge - 13/50
TBR Lite Challenge - 0/6
A Tournament of Reading - 0/3
Typically British Challenge - 4/6
War Through the Generations: Vietnam - 0/5
What's in a Name? III - 2/6
Wish I Read That Challenge - 4/12
Women Unbound Challenge - 0/5

Mini Challenges

George Eliot Mini Challenge - 0/2
Elizabeth Glaskell Mini Challenge - 1/2
Leo Tolsty Mini Challenge - 0/2 (Both of his Books I own are MASSIVE Whoops!)
French Revolution Challenge - 0/2
Wilkie Collins Challenge - 1/2

Total Challenges Completed: 1/44 (I know I'm crazy, I promised my self I can't join anymore challenges unless I finish 10 challenges!)

Countries Visited:
For the year, one goal is to try to read books that take place in countries from around the world or written by authors from countries around the world. So far since I started blogging about 1.5 years ago, I've vised approximately 2o countries.

Here's a map of the total countries since I started blogging. I didn't there might be a few missing, I can't remember for sure if author/books from/took place in some.

Create your own visited map of The World

This month I visited: Canada, United States, Egypt, The Congo, Australia, England, Belgium, Japan, Ireland, and Northern Ireland (I wish this map separated the UK)

Books That Followed me Home.

A new thing I'm trying with my monthly wrap-ups, books that "followed" me home. Usually I make a post with my purchases, but I thought just a quick list would be fun. I got a lot this month because I had Christmas Money, and Birthday Money :).

  1. The Outsider Albert Camus (used bookstore find)
  2. Alice Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carrol used bookstore find)
  3. The Red Badge of Courage (used bookstore find)
  4. Nicholas Nickleby (used bookstore find)
  5. The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (used bookstore find)
  6. A Study in Scarlet - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (used bookstore find)
  7. Silas Marner - George Eliot (used bookstore find)
  8. North and South Elizabeth Gaskell (used bookstore find)
  9. Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens (used bookstore find)
  10. Swiss Family Robinson - J.D Wyss (used bookstore find)
  11. Don Quixote - Miguel Cervantes (used bookstore find)
  12. The Seamstress - Frances de Pontes Peebles
  13. The Lightning Keeper - Starling Lawrence
  14. The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens
  15. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  16. Walden - Henry David Thoreau

The last three are my most recent "followed me home books. And I just LOVE the cover art on them!)

I'm very excited to read the seamstress, as I've wanted to read it for a while, but my library doesn't have a copy (The HORROR!) so, I bought it I mean...... It followed me home.

Goals for next month.

I don't have any planned goals. I might try to finish the Typically British Challenge and New Author Challenge. And I'm going to try to read more books from my own collection. But other than that I'm going towards more of my mood for reading. Lucky for me, even with the massive challenges, I have (for the most part) a lot of openness to what I can read.

Happy Reading Every One.


  1. What a great list. I think it's interesting that you are already thinking about completing challenges! I'm just trying to do one or two each month from each challenge so I don't get bored or too behind. Thanks for such an organized roundup--you're an inspiration.

  2. Tina - Thanks! Glad you liked the round-up. Right now I'm all about the finishing challenges and being organized, but that could change in the up coming months. But one of the goals was to be organized, finish challenges but still read what I want. So far its working.