Thursday, January 31, 2013

January Wrap-Up

January just breezed by with some cold, and some very mild temperatures for us as well.  It seemed everyone around me had some sort of flu symptoms, but I guess my flu shot worked - I was healthy all month ...yay.  The highlight of January for me was finalizing the sale of my parents house which happened last week...finally. It wasn't hard to sell the house, it was just getting there and making the closing happen!  I think I'm still haunted by it all as last night I had a dream that I was at the house getting a few last items there and when I tried to get out, it was all boarded up and I couldn't get out -- yes a nightmare.

On the reading front it was a good month (14) books, and I enjoyed just about everything I read.
 (7) fiction books (2) were audio books; (5) non-fiction books and  (2) childrens books.
  1. Me and You; Niccolo Ammaniti - 4/5 (my shelves) (Jan-2013)
  2. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie; Ayana Mathis - 4/5  (eGalley) (Jan-2013)
  3. Let's Take the Long Way Home; Gail Caldwell - 5/5 (my shelves) (Jan-2013) (NF)
  4. Tyler Makes Pancakes; Tyler Florence and Craig - 3.5/5  (review) (Jan-2013) (kids)
  5. The Peace Book; Todd Parr - 4.5/5 (library) (Jan-2013) (kids)
  6. Hearthbroken; Lisa Unger - 2.5/5 (audio-library) (Jane-2013) 
  7. In the Woods; Tana French - 4/5 (my shelves) (Jan-2013)
  8. Williams-Sonoma Soup of the Day - 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year; Kate McMillian - 4/5 (Jan-2013)
  9. The AARP New American Diet: Lose Weight, Live Longer: Secrets to Slender Longevity; Dr. John J. Whyte - 4/5 (eGalley) (Jan-2013)
  10. Naomi; Tanizaki - 4.5/5 (my shelves) (Jan-2013)
  11. The Good House; Ann Leary -  4.5/5 (review copy) (Jan-2013)
  12. Salad for Dinner: Simple Recipes for Salads That Make a Meal; Tasha DeSerio - 3.5/5 (eGalley) and softcover (Jan-2013)
  13. Salad for Dinner: Complete Meals for All Seasons;  Jeanne Kelley - 4.5/5 (library) (Jan-2013)
  14. The Forgotten; David Baldacci - 3.5/5 (library audio) (Jan-2013)
February Plans 

Jill at Fizzy Thoughts is hosting a February read-along of The Shining by Stephen King. Anyone can join in on Twitter (use hashtag #shineon) or comment on the blogs who are joining in.
Hope you all have a good February.


  1. I may have to try Tana French and In the Woods--hearing good things about the author and this book. I also have the Soup cookbook--got it last year and really have enjoyed trying the recipes--soup is one of my favorite Sunday meals anyway, so this was a natural.

    Enjoy The Shining--that's the only King I've read, but being from Colorado and having stayed at the Stanley Hotel, it was required reading.

    Onward to Spring! Enjoy your books.

  2. You had a great reading month. I sure wish we'd get some nicer weather already and a whole lot less snow! I'm glad that flu is staying away from you. It's wicked.

  3. A great reading month for you! So glad you have remained healthy! I feel a bit off today and hope it goes nowhere!

  4. You've had a great month, Diane. I borrowed the soup book from the library after reading your review... lots of great recipes. Good luck with The Shining - it's too scary for me! Happy February.

  5. You read some great books this month, and your numbers are impressive. This month has been a better month for reading for me too, as I sort of have the audiobook bug, and have been listening and listening...and listening some more! Good luck with February!

  6. I'm glad you had a great month. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your comment. I've decided to continue blogging after all. Maybe just not as much as before. Hope you have a great February!

  7. I liked The Shining though I read it not listened. I'm sure it will still be wicked good.
    Happy February reading!

  8. I am always impressed by your lists! I am lucky to read that much in a whole year!

  9. Great bunch of reads there! Must get back into a good book as I've been slacking off lately.

  10. You had an impressive month! I hope to read Me and You, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Let's Take the Long Way Home and The Good House.

    Congrats on the sale of your parents' home. That must be quite a relief!

  11. Hmm, quite a few interesting cook books! Here is my January wrap-up, it was a great month as well:

  12. Congratulations on selling your parents' house! That is always an accomplishment in this day and age.

    And yay for joining the #shineon! It's going to be a blast!

  13. I bet it's a relief to get that house taken care of. I've decided to join the It read along too. The audio is ready to go.

    1. Ooops... I mean The Shining. Too much Stephen King on the brain!


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