Monday, 31 January 2011
A Look Back on January
As with most folks, I find January a truly depressing month. It is cold, dark and there is generally nothing to look forward to. However, this January has been pretty cool, all told. I've been to London a few times - seeing Liz from My Favourite Books to discuss sekkrit plans with Geraldine Stroud; and to join a bunch of massively enthusiastic YA bloggers at a Random House brunch. I did a Come Dine With Me evening for five hockey gal pals, which went down really well. I've been to the cinema a few times. I've decided to start working towards medals with my ballroom and Latin American dancing (which I started last Thursday - it doesn't half make your ankles ache to do the steps properly!) I have been to the gym at least three times each week. I've scored two goals in two games at hockey. I've surrounded myself with family and friends. Yep, I count that as a win. Oh, and, on this last day of January, I've just had my holiday approved for September - I'm off to Florida for two weeks with my family! And my parents are buying me a Kindle for my birthday so that I don't have to agonise over which books to try and fit into the suitcase *grin*
Here is a list of the books I completed in January (with links to the reviews):
1) Path of the Warrior by Gav Thorpe
2) Archangel by Sharon Shinn
3) Men I've Loved Before by Adele Parks
4) RSVP by Helen Warner (review coming in March, closer to book release)
5) Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler
6) The Flight of the Eisenstein by James Swallow
7) Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler
8) Foursome by Jane Fallon
9) The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee
10) Girlfriend 44 by Mark Barrowcliffe
11) Lex Trent Fighting With Fire by Alex Bell
12) The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
13) A Summer Fling by Milly Johnson
So, a quick breakdown...
- 4 books by men; 9 books by women
- Chick lit led the way with 5 books; then fantasy with 4, sci fi with 2 and urban fantasy with 2
- 4 of these books came from my shelves, 3 were library books and 6 were review copies
Best Book of January
Those thirteen books covered 5,639 pages, with The Sentinel Mage clocking in at the most (608 pages) and Tempest Rising the least (336 pages).
I've been to London, and to Samaria, and to Barnsley, and to the Union amongst others. I would most like to live in Luminaux, the blue city in Samaria.
Plans for February
I don't like to present bookish plans, because they tend to fall off the rails as soon as my mood prompts me to pick a different book than that I "should" be reading. All I can promise is that there will be a review of The 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison, since I'm reading that right now! I have tentative plans to finish the Codex Alera series, since I only have two books to complete it. I also want to crunch through some fantasy Black Library books, since my reading til now has been confined to Warhammer 40K.
I will be attending a blogger event at Simon & Schuster. I'm very excited about this one, because there will be a number of people there I've only talked to via Twitter so far.
I am also going to the SFX Weekender, which promises to be a blast, surrounded by geeks like me!
Over to You
How many books have you read this month? What were your favourites? Any particular plans for February?