Welcome to my blog. If you're addicted to books, like I am, then you've come to the right place. I mostly write about books and my experiences reading them. These are very personal book reviews. (If you can even call them book reviews...) I’m a true believer that none of us lives in a vacuum. When you read a book, watch a movie, listen to a song, etc., you absorb that art form into your life experience, and it changes you. But you also change it, because no two people see anything the same way. The way I interpret a novel may be totally different from the way you will. It’s still the same novel, but the meaning for each of us is unique. Once you express that meaning, it changes the art. So these posts are about how these books fit into my life. I’d love to hear how they fit into yours. Please make comment and share your experience.

2012 Reading List

Last year I started the blog with a list of books I've read so far that year.  I'd meant to review all of them and continue going forward, but I've learned that it's probably impossible for me to review all the books I read.  I have to let some of them go, even if I really enjoyed them.

I am nerdy enough, however to keep a list of what I've read, however, so you can see what you've missed.  If I've reviewed it, there will be a link...if not, I'll try to put a temporary rating so you can see how much I liked it.  Also, I'm going to denote if it's for a book club or not.  Right now I'm feeling a ton of pressure because I've read 3 non-book club books in a row and now I'm playing catch up to get all the books read for all these clubs.  I have to remember wise words from Jim (Books for the Thinkers), when I was worrying about keeping up with everything:  "It's not your job to read all these books..."  In other words, he gave me permission to let a few slide. Of course, some of the BABBs do think it is my job to review the books we read, so I have to make sure I keep up with those at least, lest I get the evil eye from my book loving co-workers...

Things We Couldn't Say by Diet Eman (BABBs) (352p)
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (Book Club for Thinkers)+++ (288p)
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus (Lit Lover's Forum) +++ (320p)
Room by Emma Donoghue (Book Club for Thinkers) (352p)

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon+++++++ (1488p)
Blackout by Connie Willis (512p)
The Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb  ++++++++ (435p)
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (BABBs) (336p)

The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris (Lit Lover's Forum) (173p)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (BABBs)  (476p)
Gifts by Ursula LeGuin (274p)++++
The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost (Thinkers) (272p)
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (GR Sci-fi/fantasy) (324p)+++++++
True Colors by Kristin Hannah (Lit Lover's Forum) (Actually listened to audiobook.  It was not worth wasting precious reading time.

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney (BABBs) (371p)+++++++++
Wendy and the Lost Boys by Julie Salamon (Lit Lover's Forum) (427p)++++
I feel like I'm slacking off this month.  Blame it on one of the BABBs--she got me hooked on the Showtime series, Dexter, and between watching an episode (or two) a night and my triathlon training...the reading and writing have taken a backseat.  Sorry about that...I'll get back on it soon...promise...

May-September  (Here's where I was a slacker and didn't post and didn't keep track of what I was reading...)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (366p)  I didn't finish this because I didn't like it.
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte  +++++++++++
Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
Thrive Fitness by Brendan Brazier
Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

Here are the links to my book clubs
Lit Lover's Forum
Books for the Thinkers
Grand Rapids Sci-fi/Fantasy Book Club

Last updated 4/30