January 29, 2012

Final Reading of 2011

I am finally getting around to listing the rest of my reading from 2011 - the books that I finished but just didn't get around to reviewing before the year ended.

Gillespie and I - Jane Harris - My first Jane Harris read and I absolutely loved it - a great suspenseful story

The Observations - Jane Harris - After loving Gillespie and I I was quick to pick up Harris's first book but I have to say, I didn't love it quite as much

The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides - Well worth the wait! An introspective book in many ways but I loved the characters musings and stories

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? - Jeanette Winterson - A funny and moving memoir brilliantly written - highly recommended

Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami - I tend to have a love/hate relationship with Murakami's books and this one was no different - loved some parts and others just frustrated the hell out of me!

The Witches - Roald Dahl - A fun re-read to end the year

January 22, 2012

Getting My Mojo Back...

The first month of 2012 is already nearing its end - I'm not really sure how that happened!! Unfortunately I am still struggling to get my reading and blogging groove back - and I hate that feeling!
I decided that a clear "To Do List" might be the way to go - I've always responded well to structure and organisation in the past... So here it goes, my Blogging To Do List

1. Add the rest of my 2011 reads to the side bar (I may have to forgo reviews for these in the interests of moving on...)
2. Do a quick review post of my favourite 2011 reads
3. Start reviewing my 2012 reads - there is only 1 so far but hopefully that number will grow
4. Make time to read my favourite blogs and make comments
5. Get back into my "Week That Was" posts
6. Complete my "Unravelling The Year Ahead" worksheet courtesy of Susannah
7. Clean up my TBR pile - this is an ongoing work in progress!

I would be more than happy to hear from any of you about other rituals/tasks etc... you have engaged in as the year new has come around to get into your reading and blogging year.

January 07, 2012

The Month That Has Been....

I was not really planning on having over a months break from blogging but work and illness and the hectic silly season all combined to keep me away from the blogging world. I'm feeling very out of the loop! I have a stack of books left over from my 2011 reading that might not make it to review stage and the obsessive compulsive part of my personality is not coping well with that! So, to ease my way back in I thought I would simply post some photos that reflect my past month - I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone and seeing what everyone is reading in the new year.