Monthly Review (January 2011)

Can you believe it? It’s already the end of January! Now it’s February, and I’ll be turning 23 this month, and I’ve been out of school for over a month already, and I’m FREAKED. OUT.

But it’s okay! Because I read some really good books this January, and I’m hopefully getting a temp job soon, and we’re one month closer to BEA! Also, I made cranberry-orange muffins last night, and they’re delicious.

In other news, I’ve done some things around the blog you may not have noticed (because I…didn’t mention them before?). My blogging goals for the next few months are to post every day, do more things to encourage reader participation, and to be more organized in, like, everything.


  • There’s a monthly poll on the right sidebar.
  • I’ve made a new page for my TBR wishlist, with books that have been recommended (or just mentioned somewhere and sounded interesting). I like looking at other people’s TBR wishlists, so I thought someone might like to look at mine, too! Plus, it’s easier to manage when it’s on my blog.
  • Interesting items from my feedreader are shared in the left sidebar.
  • Similarly, interesting items from outside of my feedreader are shared through my Delicious thingy in the left sidebar.

And finally, I’ve decided that I’m going to make more of an effort to use my Amazon Affiliate earnings in direct relation to the blog, not my book collection. For instance, some money from previous monthly earnings was deposited into my bank account a few weeks ago, and I’m going to use part of it to host a giveaway or two in February! The first one will be next week, I think, and it’ll be international. Huzzah! So keep your eyes peeled for that if you’re a contest junkie.

15 total books read
9 total books reviewed (plus 1 DNF)
10 ebooks
0 audiobooks
5 pbooks

11 were by authors new to me
1 (and a half?) were rereads!

08. Daddy Long Legs – Jean Webster
11. Jackaroo – Cynthia Voigt
13. Dust – Elizabeth Bear

01. Inventing George Washington – Edward G. Lengel [rating: Buy it] R
02. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin [rating: Buy it] e
03. Lockdown: Escape from Furnace 1 – Alexander Gordon Smith [rating: Borrow it] e
04. Walt Disney’s Way – New Word City [rating: Bin it] e
05. The Boxcar Children’s Mysteries #1 – Gertrude Chandler Warner [rating: Borrow it] e*
06. Heidi – Johanna Spyri [rating: Borrow it] e
07. The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau [rating: Buy it] e
10. Scrapped Princess: A Tale of Destiny – Ichiro Sakaki [rating: Borrow it]
12. The False Princess – Eilis O’Neal [rating: Borrow it] R

DNF: The Odyssey by Homer

Myself? I’m looking forward to everything!

New blogs added to my feedreader this month:

Top Jan. Commenter: Jenny from Jenny’s Books with a whopping 21 comments. 😀

Many thanks to my other lovely commenters who stopped by to talk to me this month:
Alison | Alita | Amy | Ariel | avisannschild | Beth Connors | Beth F. | Christina | Christy | Claire | Claire | Clare | Courtney | Dani | Darla D. | debnance | Emily | Falaise | Fyrefly’ | Iris | Jay Carr | Jupiter | Kim | Lenore | Libellule | Lisa | Melissa W. | Miss Ash | Nancy Chen | Nicole | Rebecca | Shelleyrae | Tara SG | Tasha | Tif | Vasilly

Plus: Cassandra, Jane, Karly, ME (not “me” as in me, Anastasia. Just…”ME”), and Vijay!

19 books added to my TBR wishlist (203 total).


    • Oh yes a girl could! I drank self-mixed cranberry-orange juice throughout college (with and without the vodka!) Add peach schnapps and it’s a Sex on the Beach. Also, adding orange juice or orange zest when you’re making cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving is fantastic.

      I love that you’ve started a wishlist with your recommendations! I keep mine in my LibraryThing account, with the link to the recommendation source in the comments for the book. It’s nice to be able to share the links… I love knowing that somebody is reading a book on my say-so… such an ego boost! 🙂

      • Anastasia

        I tried keeping my wishlist books through LT before, but then that messes with the books owned numbers so I stopped. I very much like sharing the rec links; it’s definitely an ego boost when someone reads a book I liked just because I said I liked it, so I figured other people would like a boost, too. 😀

    • Anastasia

      I’m shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that you have never had anything cranberry-orange flavored before. Starbucks has a lovely cranberry-orange scone they sell, and yes– my mom says that a c-o-vodka mix is lovely (I haven’t tried it, myself).

  1. Tif

    I’m a little shocked at your poll results! No one is looking forward to meeting more blogging friends?!? So sad!! 🙁

    I’ve been lurking lately and have not commented near enough as I probably should. That is something I really need to work on!!

    • Anastasia

      I know! But then, there wasn’t that many votes anyway; I’m hoping that since I’ve actually posted about the poll people will vote more and we’ll get a more balanced sort of result. Maybe also I should do something to induce making new friendships, lol. 😉

      It’s not problem! I’m pretty horrible at actually commenting on other people’s blogs myself, so I understand. 😀

  2. “Daddy Long Legs” has long been a favorite of mine. Heather Vogel Frederick recently used it in on of her “Mother Daughter Book Club” series..which I loved. It’s an often forgotten children’s classic. So glad you enjoyed it!

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