Sunday, March 01, 2009

Sunday Salon: Books Read in February

1. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
2. What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
3. Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay
4. Regeneration by Pat Barker
5. The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson
6. M Is For Magic by Neil Gaiman
7. The War Poems by Wilfred Owen
8. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
9. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Not only did I read three titles off of the 1001 List, this month I felt so inspired by what I read. I love it when reading does that for me, opens new windows to other subjects and authors.

Fingersmith, What I Loved and The Chocolate Run inspired me to read other books by Sarah Waters, Siri Hustvedt and Dorothy Koomson (also known as my new favourite authors). Regeneration led to me to read war poetry (something I'd never done before) and also to take an interest in other war narratives, like Cold Mountain. Neil Gaiman has had a special spot in my heart for awhile, and I'm currently making my way through American Gods. And Saffy's Angel and Tuck Everlasting made me want to go and search for all of my old children's books 'tucked' away in the loft, list them here (coming soon!) and reread them all. Find other books I missed as a child.

What's in store next month? I hope to finish American Gods. Carry on with the Regeneration Trilogy and finish The Eye In the Door and The Ghost Road by Pat Barker. I've recieved quite a few books via a bookswap site, a giveaway and one actual purchase. I'm still debating whether or not to just dive right into those or not? Books include: The Body Artist by Don DeLillo, Sometimes A Great Notion by Ken Kesey, Unless by Carol Shields, Matrimony by Joshua Henkin and Looking For Alaska by John Green. I'd love to read all of these but my library obsession is taking over my life.

I feel giddy. Inspiration. What a beautiful word.


  1. It's good you found so many great books in one month! I loved Fingersmith, but I haven't heard of The CHocolate Run - I'm off to read all about it. I hope your March reading carries on your trend for finding great books.

  2. I'm glad to hear you had such a good reading month! I hope March is just as inspiring :)

  3. Looks like a great reading month. I wish I could remember all the books I read in February.. I need to start making a list of all the books I read..

  4. You read some great books this past month! I just joined the 1% Well Read Challenge so I will be reading books off of the 1001 list as well. I love when my reading inspires me and I'm a bit library obsessed as well :) Enjoy!

  5. The only book from your list that I've read is Tuck Everlasting. Passed it on to my daughter (10 yrs). We both loved it.

  6. You read a lot of good books! I hope March is just as successful.

  7. Isn't it just lovely when you read a whole set of good books some month? I hope your March finds your reading to be as satisfying as your February was.

  8. I'm so looking forward to Fingersmith, even more so now that I know how much you loved it.

    I've got Looking for Alaska on my shelf, too. I'm going to make time to read it this month since I've read so many glowing reviews.

  9. I picked up Fingersmith on your recommendation, so looking forward to reading it. Hope you are enjoying American Gods.

  10. Everybody is raving about Sarah Waters! Time to see what everyone's talking about, I suppose!

  11. What a great month you've had! I love it when the reading just leads one thing into another like that.

    I read ONE book.

  12. I think that's so wonderful when books lead us to other books or reading material. How exciting that you explored new authors and new genres. Hope March is another winning month for you!


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