January Bibliolust

Although the Bibliolust list this month is fairly standard in terms of size, the Report Card has improved. Seven of the 10 books I read in December were from Bibliolust lists as I went on a bit of a year-end bender. It will carry over into the new year, as the first book I’ll finish in 2011 is from the Bibliolust lists, I have another next in the reading stack and I am first in line at the library on two of the books on this month’s list.

End of the year “best of” lists helped contribute to this month’s lust list so as the “spring” books start coming out, there will no doubt be plenty of fodder as we move into the new year. (I already have a May release in my Amazon wish list). Here’s the first of 2011:

Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers, Nancy Pearl — I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the Book Lust books. Given that this one claims to be a guide to “literary globetrotting,” thought, it grabbed the armchair traveler in me.

Just Kids, Patti Smith — I’m not a Patti Smith fan so wasn’t too intrigued by her memoir of life in New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was on so many year-end “best of” lists, though, that I am getting it through the library. My concern is that it hit the best of and awards lists because it appealed to the NYC literati and media.

My Reading Life, Pat Conroy — I considered picking up Conroy’s collection of essays on books and his life as an author when it came out but, not having read any of his books, I wasn’t all that interested. enthralled. The fact it was second on the favorite nonfiction of 2010 list of a book blog I read regularly led me to put a hold on it at the library.

Still Alice, Lisa Genova — I learned of this book when I stumbled across it being the upcoming book for a book club at the local library. The fact the novel deals with a woman’s struggle with Alzheimer’s piqued my interest so I am on the reserve list for a copy.

Report Card:

Calendar Year 2010

Total Bibliolust books: 64

Number read: 48 (75%)

Started but did not finish: 5 (7.8%)

Cumulative (September 2008-December 2010)

Total Bibliolust books: 150

Number read: 109 (72.66%)

Started but did not finish: 9 (6%)

Books are the windows through which the soul looks out.

Henry Ward Beecher, “The Duty of Owning Books”

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