Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Salon: March 28, 2010 - Quarterly Review

The Sunday

Hard to imagine that we are 25% into 2010 already and the closing of the 1st quarter is upon us. This has really been my first quarter of blogging (I started blogging in late Dec 2009) and it is such a part of my daily life that I sometimes forget I have only been doing this for 3 solid months. I have always loved to read but blogging about books and following other's reading blogs has really added to the reading experience for me (even though I struggle to find balance between reading and blogging and my bookshelves are teeming!).

Here is a quick re-cap of the year so far on Books in the City . . .

Fiction Reviews:
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter
by Kathy Cano-Murillo
The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble
Eternal on The Water by Joseph Monninger
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

New World Monkeys by Nancy Mauro
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
The Colour of Love by Preethi Nair
Age of Shiva by Manil Suri
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Non-Fiction Reviews:
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
The Cure by Geeta Anand
Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman
Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster

You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning by Celia Rivenbark
Live for Your Listening Pleasure by David Sedaris

A Bit O' Irish
For the month of March, in celebration of my Irish heritage, I featured Irish authors and books set in Ireland. I will post a couple more reviews before the months ends on Wednesday but here are the Irish books I reviewed this month:

I'll Know It When I See It
by Alice Carey
Blackwater Lightship and the Master by Colm Toibin
Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show by Frank Delaney (Don't miss my giveaway for this book)
Yesterday's Weather by Anne Enright
Agnes Browne Trilogy by Brendan O'Carroll

I summarized my challenge progress at the end of Feb, so I won't re-cap here - especially since there has been embarrassingly little progress in the past month! I really enjoy the focus provided by challenges and the opportunities to see what others are reading for these same challenges.

All in all, it has been a great first quarter and I look forward to many more to come!

How has your 1st quarter been?


  1. Oh my goodness, I hate to think that 1/4 of the year has flown by already! You've had a great quarter - keep up the good work!

  2. Looks like you've had a great quarter of reading. Glad to hear that this blogging this enriching your reading life.

    As for me, my quarter has been sort of dismal in terms of quantity, that in comparison with other serious readers (it's pretty average for me personally), however, the quality of the books I've been reading has been really great, which goes a long way in making up for the small numbers!

    Hope the next quarter is just as rewarding! =)

  3. Great quarter! I don't know why, but you saying that we are 1/4 of the way done with the year really jolted me. 2010 just started! How can it be 25% done?!

  4. I like the variety of your books and authors. You might like a review I did recently of an Irish Memoir: Far from the Land - An Irish memoir by Thomas Rice Far from the Land

  5. The last line of my comment above is the link to the review of Thomas Rice's memoir. Far from the Land. For some reason, the title doesn't show up in the comments as a link.

  6. I joined the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge and that has really kept me focused.

  7. You've read some great books first quarter, and y0u are so very organized! Have a great Week!

  8. You've really gotten a lot of reading done so far this year--I'm impressed!

  9. Wow - a whole quarter already? Where did it go? Lots of great books read thus far, looking forward to reading more (books and your blog, that is).

  10. I think we all struggle to find that balance! What a great quarter you've had - I'm glad you decided to start blogging!