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January 2012 Reading Round-Up

This month has been good. I’ve managed to make progress on finding a proper balance between studying and other things, as the number of books I read shows. Although, that said, I don’t know if I’ll be able to repeat this in February, no matter the lesser amount of days in it. The rush of motivation caused by its being the start of a new year definitely helped.

The Books

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Duane W Roller: Cleopatra – A biography of the queen using only primary sources. Has its issues, but is not bad at all.

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Glynis Ridley: The Discovery Of Jeanne Baret – The story of the first woman to sail the globe. Full of speculation, but then there is very little evidence to go on. Very enjoyable nonetheless.


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Aimee Bender: The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake – A girl discovers she can feel other’s feelings when she eats food made by them. A bit on the wacky side towards the end, but a very good book in total

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Charlaine Harris: Living Dead In Dallas – Sookie’s off to find out what happened to a vampire clan member while a cult has sprung up. The series is getting good.

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Shannon Stacey: Undeniably Yours – Beth finds out she’s pregnant, but while Kevin is very happy, she just wants her freedsom back. Not as good as the other two in the series by a long shot.

My favourite, by rating, is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – but experience-wise, I think I enjoyed The Discovery Of Jeanne Baret the most. The sailing element reminded me of The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, which is my favourite Narnia book, and the information and social history were sublime. The giveaway I hosted for the book failed miserably, but that hasn’t put me off the idea. Sad to say I didn’t enjoy Undeniably Yours at all, and I’m glad I read it last instead of second (its original place in the series) because if it had been my first experience of Stacey, I would never have read her other works. And if you’ve read my reviews of Exclusively Yours and Yours To Keep you’ll know that I’m a big fan of her Kowalski family and that she’s the author who made me want to keep reading romance after my initial venture.

Quotation Report

None this time.

2012, so far you’ve been good to me, and I’d like to think that in my limited student way, I’ve been good to you. Let’s keep it up.



February 1, 2012, 5:57 pm

Dawn Treader has always been my favorite Narnia book as well, though it’s been years since I read it. I’ve been wanting to go through the whole series again, but I’m waiting until my son is old enough to enjoy me reading it to him.

Charlie: Scott, that sounds like a good idea :) My nephew’s getting them when he’s old enough, I’ve had a copy for him for a few years in readiness. I desperately want to see the most recent film version, even if they’ve changed the story a bit.

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