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Anonymity by John Mullan
Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
A Barnstormer in Oz by Philip José Farmer
Bastard Tongues by Derek Bickerton
The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald
Foiled by Jane Yolen
Fort Clay, Louisiana: A Tragical History by Albert E. Cowdrey
The Frog Comrade by Benjamin Rosenbaum
Fundaments of Geographic Information Systems by Michael DeMers
Gallop by Rufus Butler Seder
Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr.
Indigo Blue by Cathy Cassidy
Information Seeking
in Electronic Environments
by Gary Marchionini
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Looking for Lost Bird by Yvette Melanson
Lucifer Rising by Barbara Fifield
Northward to the Moon by Polly Horvath
On the Bluffs by Steven Schindler
The Osiris Alliance by Jack Ford
Otto's Orange Day by Jay Lynch
Patricia von Pleasantsquirrel by James Proimos
Peekaboo Baby by Rachel Isadora
Pinkalicious: Tickled Pink by Victoria Kann
The Portable MLIS edited by Ken Haycock and Brooke Sheldon
Remotest Mansions of the Blood by Alex Irvine
A Short History of Rudeness by Mark Caldwell
Silence by Dale Bailey
Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz
Textual Poachers by Henry Jenkins
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R. L. LaFevers
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris

Previous Month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish



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Comments for January 2011 in Review

January in Review: 01/31/11

I had one of my busiest reading months in ages. While on vacation I got through the short list of the Cybils graphic novels nominations. I also focused on reading books off my wishlist and from my to be read pile. One of my wishlist reads, Proust and the Squid ended up being a text book for Spring Semester.

The long list of library books are mostly picture books and manga. My children love reading to me or having me read to me. Since I hadn't had time to read to them last month when I was so busy with my papers, I did more reading this month.

I mostly reviewed science fiction and non fiction books. The non fiction books reflect last semester's reading, either as text books or research. The average rating was 3.5, with the bulk of the ratings falling in the three and four star range. This month I had an abandoned short story and an abandoned book, Who Censored Roger Rabbit. My ROOB score was -2.4, a little better than last month.

Books reviewed this month

    Rating out of 5 stars (as posted on GoodReads)

    Five Star books:

  1. Bastard Tongues by Derek Bickerton (library book)
  2. Gallop by Rufus Butler Seder (personal collection)
  3. Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. (library book)
  4. Looking for Lost Bird by Yvette Melanson (library book)
  5. Northward to the Moon by Polly Horvath (library book)

    Four Star books

  1. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin (personal collection)
  2. The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald (personal collection)
  3. Foiled by Jane Yolen (library book)
  4. The Frog Comrade by Benjamin Rosenbaum (personal collection)
  5. Patricia von Pleasantsquirrel by James Proimos (library book)
  6. Peekaboo Baby by Rachel Isadora (library book)
  7. Pinkalicious: Tickled Pink by Victoria Kann (personal collection)
  8. The Portable MLIS edited by Ken Haycock and Brooke Sheldon (personal collection)
  9. Remotest Mansions of the Blood by Alex Irvine (personal collection)
  10. Silence by Dale Bailey (personal collection)
  11. Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz (library book)
  12. Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R. L. LaFevers (library book)

    Three Star books

  1. Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature by John Mullan (library book)
  2. A Barnstormer in Oz by Philip José Farmer (library book)
  3. Fundaments of Geographic Information Systems by Michael DeMers (library book)
  4. Indigo Blue by Cathy Cassidy (library book)
  5. Information Seeking in Electronic Environments by Gary Marchionini (personal collection)
  6. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (library book)
  7. Lucifer Rising by Barbara Fifield (review copy)
  8. On the Bluffs by Steven Schindler (review copy)
  9. Otto's Orange Day by Jay Lynch (library book)
  10. A Short History of Rudeness by Mark Caldwell (library book)
  11. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris (personal collection)

    Two Star books

  1. The Osiris Alliance by Jack Ford (review copy)
  2. Textual Poachers by Henry Jenkins (library book)

    One Star books

  1. Fort Clay, Louisiana: A Tragical History by Albert E. Cowdrey (personal collection)
Genre Source

Books and stories read this month (reviews coming)

    Personal Collection

  1. "Advances in Modern Chemotherapy" by Michael Alexander (FSF July / Aug 2010)
  2. Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray by Nick Bruel
  3. Benny Bakes a Cake by Eve Rice
  4. The Doorbells of Florence by Andrew Losowsky
  5. Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
  6. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
  7. Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori
  8. "Recrossing the Styx" by Ian R. McCloud (FSF July / Aug 2010)
  9. "The Revel" by John Langan (FSF July / Aug 2010)
  10. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary Wolf
  11. Yotsuba & (Volume 1) by Kiyohiko Azuma
  12. Yotsuba & (Volume 2) by Kiyohiko Azuma

    Library book

  1. 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
  2. Benny Bakes a Cake by Eve Rice
  3. The Canary Trainer by Nicholas Meyer
  4. Chester by Mélanie Watt
  5. The Clock Without a Face by Gus Twintig
  6. The Daddy Book by Todd Parr
  7. Dark's Tale by Deborah Grabien
  8. Doodlebug by Karen Romano Young
  9. Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
  10. Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 2 by Hiromu Arakawa
  11. Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 3 by Hiromu Arakawa
  12. Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg
  13. Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry
  14. Hattie the Bad by Jane Devlin
  15. Havana Mañana by Consuelo Hermer
  16. How Many Cats by Lauren Thompson
  17. Kitten in Trouble by Maria Polushkin Robbins
  18. Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots by Yvette Melanson
  19. Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul
  20. Mr. Maxwell's Mouse by Frank Asch
  21. My Dog Toby by Andrea Zimmerman
  22. No, David! by David Shannon
  23. Picture a Letter by Brad Sneed
  24. The Princess Academy (audio) by Shannon Hale
  25. Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
  26. The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings
  27. Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
  28. Snow by Cynthia Rylant
  29. The Tilting House by Tom Llewellyn
  30. True Things by Jimmy Gownley
  31. Tuesday by David Wiesner
  32. Twin Spica Volume 2 by Kou Yaginuma
  33. Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson
  34. Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
  35. Welcome to Monster Town by Ryan Heshka
  36. The Yggesey by Daniel Pinkwater

    Review copy

  1. Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess by George O'Connor
  2. Frost Moon by Anthony Francis
  3. Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
  4. Mercury by Hope Larson
  5. Night Owls Volume 1 by Peter and Bobby Timony
  6. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  7. Twin Spica Volume 1 by Kou Yaginuma
  8. The Unsinkable Walter Bean by Aaron Renier
  9. Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

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