Saturday, February 02, 2008

Month in review: January

I can't believe it's February already! I'm still trying to figure out where January went in such a hurry! I had hoped to read more but I only managed to finish 3 books in January. Oh well, there's always this month I guess. Luckily books are usually very patient while waiting their turn. I have so many books I'd like to read in the next little while though, I'm the impatient one!

Books completed in January:
(click on title to read my review)
1. Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell
2. The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami
3. Tales of Moonlight and Rain - Akinari Ueda

Tales of Moonlight and Rain is probably my favourite of the month but I enjoyed all of them and all are authors I'd gladly read again. Henning Mankell was new-to-me and I've already ordered the next book in the series and I already have a couple of unread Murakamis on hand for the next time I'm in the right mood.

Reading Challenges- Progress Report:
A new year and a fresh start with mostly new challenges. I'm still behind on the Book Awards Challenge which carried over from last year but I hope to read several of the books from my list in the next few months. Otherwise I completed my first challenge of the year and I'm relatively on track for the other challenges. So far so good.

Japanese Literature Challenge - COMPLETED!
Book Awards Challenge - 3 done, 9 to go (by June 30th)
My Year of Reading Dangerously- I'm still reading my January choice so I'm late but will get there eventually.
What's in a Name Challenge - 2 done, 4 to go
Austen Mini-Challenge - 1 done, 1 to go
Reading Japan Project - 2 books read in January

Reading plans for February:
Finish up A Tale of Two Cities and read The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason as soon as it arrives from Amazon and is in my hot little hands! On deck after that, challenge reads Beloved by Toni Morrison, and My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk.


  1. Beloved is the only book by Morrison that I enjoyed. Very powerful!

  2. Les- I think you've mentioned before that you really enjoyed Beloved. I look forward to giving it a try if I can ever finish this darn Dickens. :)


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