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And so ends the first month of 2009. I read an interesting variety of books this month.  I made a little bit of progress on my reading challenges. The list below links to my reviews. My favorite reads of the month were the first 2 that I read: Nights at the Circus and Supercapitalism. What were your favorite reads in January??

  1. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
  2. Supercapitalism by Robert Reich
  3. Rasputin’s Daughter by Robert Alexander
  4. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  5. Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan
  6. Talking with My Mouth Full: Crab Cakes, Bundt Cakes and other Kitchen Stories by Bonny Wolf
  7. A Fortunate Age by Joanna Smith Rakoff

Reading Challenge Progress:

1% Well-Read Challenge
GOAL: read 10 books in 10 months from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list
DEADLINE: February 28, 2009
COMPLETED SO FAR:

  1. Junky by William S. Burroughs — September ’08
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath — September ’08
  3. The Accidental  by Ali Smith — October ’08
  4. Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons — October ’08
  5. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami — October ’08
  6. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka — October ’08
  7. Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion — November ’08
  8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain — November ’08
  9. The Music of Chance by Paul Auster — December ’08
  10. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho — December ’08
  11. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle — December ’08
  12. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter — January ’09
  13. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton — January ’09

REMAINING: COMPLETED!  –into bonus round: +3 books

Book Awards II Challenge
GOAL: read 10 award winning books in 10 months
DEADLINE: June 2009
COMPLETED SO FAR:

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman– September ’08 —WON: Hugo Award, Nebula Award and Bram Stoker Award
  2. The Accidental by Ali Smith — October ’08 — WON: Whitbread Prize for Best Novel
  3. Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons — October ’08 — WON: Hugo Award for Other Form
  4. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami — October ’08 — WON: World Fantasy Award 2006
  5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz — November ’08 WON: Pulitzer Prize 2008
  6. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter — January ’09 — WON: James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction

REMAINING: 4 more books to read in 5 months

Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge

GOAL: read at least 3 books about food/cooking/travel/culture

DEADLINE: March 2009
COMPLETED SO FAR:

  1. Talking with My Mouth Full: Crab Cakes, Bundt Cakes and other Kitchen Stories by Bonny Wolf — January ’09

REMAINING: 2 more books to read in 2 months

LOST Books Challenge

GOAL: read 5 books mentioned or alluded to on the show LOST

DEADLINE: 2010 (series finale)
COMPLETED SO FAR: none 😦

REMAINING: 5 more books to read in 1 year +

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Comments on: "Sunday Salon: January Reading Round-up" (1)

  1. January was a really good reading month for me. I had three favourites (Affinity by Sarah Waters, The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster and Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones) I’m impressed that you’re so organised with your list including challenges!

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