Thursday, April 1, 2010

First Quarter Books

My reading dropped off a TON during the first quarter of this year. I blame the third trimester of pregnancy plus the fact that I'm now nannying 30 hours a week and between the two I'm exhausted and going to bed at 7:30 every night. There goes all my reading time! Hopefully I can kick it up a notch in the second quarter..I'm kind of embarrassed by my piddling 16 books! Maybe being up at odd hours with a newborn will give me a little more time to dig into my list for the year.

1. Super Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte*
Wanted to love more

3. These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
Could not love more

4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton*
It took me forever to pick this one up but once I got around to it I couldn't put it down. So much depth and feeling and I wish I could have read it with a class so I could have been part of a discussion about all of it because I know there's so much there that I'm missing.

5. East by Edith Pattou
Good but really long.

6. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Also good but really long.

7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte*
Loved it, got bored in the middle, had to look up the rest of the story on Wikipedia to get myself interested in the last 14 chapters, then loved it again.

8. Night by Elie Wiesel*
Short but incredible. So much better than The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

9. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson*
So great. Almost as good as the Muppet movie!

10. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood*
Wow, I really hated this book.

11. Matilda by Roald Dahl*
I LOVED this book. And after The Handmaid's Tale it was so nice to read such a wonderful bit of loveliness.

12. Persuasion by Jane Austen*
That contented puddle of sighing mush on the floor? Is me. I freaking loved this book.

13. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder*
I expected to like this a lot more than I did.

14. The BFG by Roald Dahl*
Not quite as charming as Matilda and James and the Giant Peach but still lovely.

15. The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
Nice and fluffy.

16. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling*
I was kind of disappointed by how boring I found this one. The story makes for such fantastic movies

*from my 2010 classics list