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Over the past couple of months, I've read a few books that I didn't get a chance to review yet. These were all enjoyable in different ways and are recommended reads. A Will to Kill by R. V. Raman I've been looking for an Indian mystery for a while now. So when I came across A Will to Kill in Netgalley set in one of my favorite places in India (also close to my home town), I just had to request it. In so many ways, this is a typical Agatha Christie type mystery - there's a death (in an isolated mansion, no less) and the investigator/detective tries to solve the mystery. Harith Athreya is visiting the owner of the mansion, Bhaskar Fernandez, where a small gathering has been planned for the owner's relatives and friends. Bhaskar has written two wills - and how he dies will determine which will goes into effect. That night, there is a murder and Athreya spends the next few days trying to find the culprit. I generally enjoy the Agatha Christie class of murder mysteries.

Month in Review - January 2010


 

I guess I had a pretty good month, considering I had just started blogging, and struggled initially to manage time between reading, blogging and taming my ever monstrous Google Reader. Having spent the first half of the month on vacation, I read just 2 books then. The 2nd half of the month was more productive with about 7 books, which is more than I've ever read in 15 days, since starting my graduate studies. I doubt it's going to get better in the next couple of months, as things are heating up on all ends, and with LOST starting this week, I have to - HAVE TO - read all the discussions on that topic as well! So here's the reading I got done this month:
  1. Haunted Ground by Erin Hart (4 cocktails)
  2. Night Runner by Max Turner (1 cocktail)
  3. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi (4 cocktails)
  4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (4 cocktails)
  5. Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster (5 cocktails)
  6. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (4 cocktails)
  7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (3 cocktails)
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (5 cocktails)
  9. Say you're one of them by Uwem Akpan (3 cocktails)
Short Reviews
  1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (5 cocktails)
Challenge Progress
I also managed to make a good dent on a few of the challenges I am doing this year.

Challenges completed: 0/12
  1. 100+ Reading Challenge: 9/100
  2. Awesome Author Challenge: 0/10
  3. Support your Local Library Challenge: 5/50
  4. Flashback Reading Challenge: 0/9
  5. Audio Book Challenge: 1/12
  6. 451 Challenge: 1/7
  7. Women Unbound Challenge: 2/5
  8. A to Z Challenge: 15/52
  9. Original TBR Challenge: 2/12
  10. What's in a name? 3 Challenge: 0/6
  11. Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge: 1/10
  12. POC Challenge: 2/10

January Stats
Number of books: 9
Number of pages read: 2788
Number of Audio Books: 1
Hours listened to (completed audio books only): 2 hours 39 minutes

Re-reads: 0
New-to-me authors: 6
Male authors: 3
Female authors: 6

Book cleared from my physical shelf: 4
Books added to my physical shelf: 13

Number of books added anew to my TBR this month: 140 (O... M... G... That at least proves I've been visiting blogs more often than reading this month!)

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You had a great January! I've only read 3 from your list. Hope February is a fun reading month for you as well.
bermudaonion said…
I'd say you had a great month of reading! I can't believe you read all that and went to school too. Have you seen the challenge I'm co-hosting? It's perpetual, so there's no set number of books to read and you can't fail.
Athira said…
Diane, thanks!

bermudaonion, I guess only the first month is that good ;-) Go to school and still manage to read. There is usually a larger number of students walking with fiction books in their hand in the first month back to school. But after that, those books morph to course text books. :(