First Quarter 2016 Summation
Here is an abstract of my literary doings during the first quarter of 2016.
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion – 1/3/2016
The Story of Diva and Flea, by Mo Willems (Readaloud) – 1/3/2016
Winter Solstice, by Rosamunde Pilcher – 1/8/2016
Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards, by Janette Rallison – 1/10/2016
Between the World and Me, Te-Nehisi Coates – 1/12/2016
The New World, by Chris Adrian & Eli Horowitz – 1/14/2016
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy – 1/26/2016
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara – 2/3/2016
Lumberjanes Volume 1, by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis – 2/16/2016
Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf (Audio) – 2/19/2016
The Story of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli – 2/26/2016
The Madwoman Upstairs, by Catherine Lowell – 3/5/2016
Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 3/6/2016
First Quarter Total = 13
Year-to-Date Total = 13
I’ve been in a funk since the beginning of March, but 13 isn’t bad for the quarter.
My neighborhood book club read The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith; and The Path Between the Seas, by David McCullough. I didn’t read a single one (see funk referenced above). Sad.
The Third Thursday Book Club read Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson; Smile, by Raina Telgemeier; and The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion. I read Smile and Magical Thinking. Smile was generally liked but didn’t give us much to talk about. Life and Magical Thinking both gave us quite a bit to discuss but were generally disliked.
Zero progress this quarter, but, with the Pulitzer announcement coming up, there is a good chance I might have already read it.
I haven’t blogged a ton this year, yet, but here’s what the first quarter included:
- Let’s start with my favorite bookish subjects: book awards and the Tournament of Books. In January, I posted the winners of the ALA Youth Media Awards and the 2016 Tournament of Books shortlist.
- And then, there were two reviews: In Real Life and The Madwoman Upstairs.
- Finally, I posted about a massive book purge I have been undertaking.
That’s it. That’s what happened this quarter. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog!