Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Salon - Monthly Reading Update - January 31, 2010

I'm on a quest to cut back on my reading and spend more time making my house into a home. Along with that comes spending less time on the computer and less money buying books. Here's an update on my progress.

1. Reading Challenges
I vowed to NOT officially join any challenges this year but to keep track of my pretend progress every month anyway.

The Debut Author Challenge (The Story Siren)(3) includes release date:
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore (YA, Jan 2010)
Numbers by Rachel Ward (YA, Feb 2010)
Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (MG, Jan 2010)

The In The Middle Reading Challenge (The O.W.L.)(4)
Camp Club Girls by Renae Brumbaugh
Sydney's DC Adventure by Jean Ferris
The Year The Swallows Came Early by Katherine Fiztmaurice
Eighth-Grade Superzero

Young Adult Reading Challenge (J. Kaye's Book Blog)(9)
Take Me There by Susane Colasanti
Marcelo in the Real World by Fransisco X Stork
Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate
Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd
Magic under Glass
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Body Scoop for Girls by Dr. Jennifer Ashton
On The Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison

The Support Your Local Library Challenge (J. Kaye's Book Blog)(4)
The Year the Swallows Came Early
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging
On The Bright Side...

The POC Reading Challenge (POC Reading Challenge) (8)
Marcelo in the Real World
Camp Club Girls
Sydney's DC Adventure
Magic Under Glass
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Eighth-Grade Superzero
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

2. Budgeting Book Buying
I'm trying to keep my book buying to $30 or less each month. Here's what I purchased for January:

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (preorder)
Very Far From Anywhere Else by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Five Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman
Total: $29.95

I could argue that Finnikin doesn't count but to keep the accounting simple, I'm including preorders the month I order them.

Pretty good month. I'm working on reviewing more of the books read since I'll be reading a little less, but we'll see!

Total Books Read in January (17) - Books Read in 2010
Best Book for January - Numbers by Rachel Ward

1 comment:

  1. BBB, I like that. I call mine, my austerity plan. I've been pretty good. I got through the ALA convention and only bought 2 books. But then, I visited the Eric Carle Museum on the way home :-/
    Back on the plan, though and making my way through review books and arcs.


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