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.
- The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta (215 pages; fiction) [Nigeria] Sept
- What is the What by Dave Eggers (535 pages; fictionalized nonfiction) [about Sudan] Sept
- Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin (300 pages; fiction) reread [about Rwanda] Sept
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Njozi Adichie (550 pages; fiction) [Nigeria] Sept
- Maru by Bessie Head (130 pages; fiction) [South Africa/Botswana]. October
- So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba (90 pages; fiction) [Senegal]. October
- The Fate of Africa by Martin Meredith (690 pages; nonfiction). October
- Tropical Fish by Doreen Baingana (184 pages; fiction/short stories) [Uganda]. November
- The Book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa (192 pages; fiction) [Angola]. November
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!
These are the things I mentioned I’d finished back in my September post. I include links below.
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (206 pages; children’s fiction). Read aloud to my toddler in June.
- Winne-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne reread (160 pages; children’s fiction). Read aloud to my toddler in July.
- The Stranger by Albert Camus (120 pages; fiction). A reread. July
- Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction by Richard Bushman (115 pages; nonfiction) August
- Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (120 pages; fiction) August
- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (235 pages; children’s fiction). Read aloud to my toddler in August
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman (320 pages; fiction). August
- Brigham Young: American Moses by Leonard Arrington (410 pages; nonfiction/biography). September
- Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (about 60 pages; fiction/short story) September
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (375 pages; children’s fiction) September
- Kindred by Octavia Butler (260 pages; fiction/fantasy) September
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.
- Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
- Time to Pee! by Mo Willems
- No More Diapers for Ducky by Bernadette Ford, illustrated by Sam Williams
- Duck Goes Potty by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
- The Potty Train by David Hochman and Ruth Kennison, illustrated by Derek Anderson
- Going Potty: Bear in the Blue House (board book)
- Liam Goes Poo in the Toilet by Jane Whelan Banks
- Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi
- Does a Pig Flush? by Fred Ehrlich, illustrated by Emily Bolan
- Diapers are Not Forever by Eliabeth Verdick
- Too Big for Diapers (Sesame Street)
- Caillou’s Potty Time by Joceline Sanschagirin, illustrated by Pierre Brignaud
- I Can Go Potty (Muppet Babies)
- On Your Potty by Virginia Miller
- Once Upon a Potty For Boys by Alona Frankel
- My Big Boy Potty by Joanna Cole
- A Potty for Me by Karen Katz
- LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
- Subway by Christoph Niemann
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
- City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
- A River of Words by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
- They Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson
- Smoky Night by Eve Bunting and illustrated by David Diaz
- Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book by Helen Dean Fish
- Noah’s Ark by Jerry Pinkney
- Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
- 1 is One by Tasha Tudor
- Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove and illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
- Seven Simeons: A Russian Tale retold and illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff
- Shadow by Marcia Brown
- Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott
- Mei Li by Thomas Handforth
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster, illustrated by Chris Raschka
- Fables by Arnold Lobel
- My Victorian Summer in Review
- Introducing: My African Autumn
- New Treasure: Spotlight on Sasha and the Silverfish
- My Official-ish Read-a-thon Post
- Look What Came Today! (War and Peace)
- Reading Reflections: An Ebook Tricked Me
- New Treasure: Spotlight on Kinna Reads
- Kid’s Corner: Suggestions Needed for Early Chapter Books for Older Beginning Readers
- Reading Plan for December and January Vlog
- I’m Still Here: Reading Journal [December 13]
- Virtual Advent: My Creche Collection From Around the World
- My Life According to Literature: 2010 Edition