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I've been having quite a few busy weekends and haven't been able to post often on Sundays.  Renovating I have dropped a teaser here a few times but here's the scoop finally - We are renovating a big chunk of our main level. We've been planning this for the past 6-7 months. It started as a kitchen renovation project but now includes flooring through the main floor and master bathroom. We will have the renovation crew start tomorrow and depending on when all the materials get in, it could be 1.5-3 months before they are done. I just hope the flooring is done quickly because then we can reclaim some of the main floor back. Not having a kitchen for 2-3 months is going to be very challenging but we've been promised a small work area on the main floor where we can cook early morning and later in the evening. But I'm thinking more about the little things - making coffee while I work, taking care of the day to day activities - the upstairs and the basement can be used b

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. :(