2010 Quarter 4 In Review

The last months of 2010 went speeding by, but this is a good thing. We took a family vacation, we had a lovely holiday break, and although January is starting out just as busy, I still have hope that the year will be a good one.

At the beginning of 2010, I was still writing weekly reading reports. I went to monthly reports somewhere in the middle of the year, and now, here I am, with a report on the last quarter.

My African Autumn in Review

I really enjoyed my brief introduction in to African literature. For my African  Autumn project, I finished the following books.

My favorite was definitely So Long a Letter. I enjoyed my reread of Baking Cakes in Kigali. I also was amazed by Ms Adichie’s and Ms Baingana’s incredible writing, I loved the insights in The Joys of Motherhood, and I was mystified by Agualusa, although I liked it very much. I remember really enjoying Dave Eggers’ novel too, but it’s the least strong in my mind. In retrospect, I didn’t particularly like Maru.

I indicate above which month I think I finished each book; I honestly can’t remember anymore! Time is blending together, and with it my reading lists. I still have Nervous Conditions on my side table, but I have had little time to read the last few weeks, so I have not made progress. At any rate, I intend to keep reading African literature in the coming months. There is so much I need to read!

Finished Previously

These are the things I mentioned I’d finished back in my September post. I include links below.

Non-African Books Read This Quarter

  • Beyond the Blossoming Fields by Jun’ichi Watanabe (310 pages; fictionalized biography) October
  • The Monk by Matthew Lewis (ebook, equal to 400 pages; fiction). October
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (410 pages; fiction) October
  • Emma by Jane Austen (500 pages; fiction) October
  • Stories by Higuchi Ichiyō (180 pages; fiction/short stories) October
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (430 pages; fiction) October
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law (340 pages; children’s fiction) November
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot (210 pages; fiction) November
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan (130 pages; fiction/wordless graphic novel) Reread/no review. November
  • D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths by Edgar D’Aulaire and  Ingri D’Aulaire  (190 pages; children’s fiction) November.
  • The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson (200 pages; children’s fiction) Reread. November.
  • Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? by Avi (164 pages; children’s fiction) Reread. November.
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (110 pages; fiction) Reread/no review. November.
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (192 pages; fiction) Reread/no review. December.
  • Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope (700? pages; fiction) December.
  • “Christmas at Thompson Hall” by Anthony Trollope (80 pages; fiction/short story) December. No review.
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (207 pages; nonfiction/memoir) December.
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (250 pages; fiction) December.

Children’s Books Reviewed

I’m trying to get caught up on all the children’s reviews I’ve already written and/or that I really need to write (because the books are worth it!). Here are the ones I posted in the past quarter.

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. Wow, you read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe aloud to your toddler? That’s awesome! I tried reading The Magician’s Nephew to my 3 kids last year but I got tired, lol. In the end, my 8-yr-old picked it up and read it over. Now he’s onto The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on his own. I just keep encouraging him about how the story gets better, etc, and we talk about the events and the characters.

    Anyway, I’m happy to see you at least enjoyed What is the What. I should probably read the others on your list, which stood out for you.

    Happy happy new year, Rebecca! xo

    1. claire, I did read Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to my toddler. I have found memories of my mother doing so; I think that’s how she got US to read the rest of the series. However, I’m sure I was a bit older. I’m not trying another chapter book until next summer when Raisin will be almost four! I too got very tired of it.

      I think that’s an awesome way to get your kids read the classics of children’s lit. Sounds like fun to talk it over with your 8-yr-old. Some day my Raisin will be there too! (But I’m trying to enjoy this stage as well. I like picture books too.)

  2. You are SO amazingly well organized!! How great to have these reviews to refer back to, though. It would be worth the effort, but my life is so completely insane I know I’d start okay then get sidetracked. Love your post, and as always I’m impressed by how MUCH you’re able to read and how well thought out your reading is. You’re an inspiration, you truly are!

    1. Lisa Guidarini, I started writing the reviews because that’s what I wanted to blog about. And then life has gotten busy, so not sure how to keep up at this point. But I’m trying to have fun here 🙂

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