The true university these days is a collection of books.
-Thomas Carlyle

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

January Roundup

Every January millions take part in Burns Night on the 25th, Scottish or not. There is haggis, whiskey and bagpipes to celebrate the birthday of Scotlands favourite poet. If you would like to know more about Burns Night and its traditions, then use the link.
On to the books...
Read - one and a quarter books
Completed - Generation X by Douglas Coupland
Currently Reading -
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Notes from Walnut Tree Farm by Roger Deakin
The Organic Year by Patricia Gallimore
TBR Pile - currently at 119 (according to GoodReads) with 2 added...
The Unfortunates by Laurie Graham
The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai by Ruiyan Xu
Challenges -
Generation X by Douglas Coupland was actually one of the books that I was challenged to read last year by my colleague AR.
I haven't bought any books (#1 of my own challenges). Both books acquired this month were either given to me, or bought for me with book tokens.
All books read are off my TBR pile to comply with the TBR Double Dare running until April (see my sidebar).
Wishlist Additions - None this month! Just as well.
Discoveries - The British Library Online has the original handwritten copies of classics by a number of well known authors including Geoffrey Chaucer, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf among others. Use the link to have a look for yourself.
Events - I have been getting the ball rolling for this years literary holiday. There are going to hopefully be two this year, our week in August, but also a mini weekend trip in April. More details will be coming up in the next few weeks.
Already one month into a year that feels so new. February is on the doorstep...


Amy said...

I'm interested to hear your thoughts on We Need To Talk About Kevin. I've been seeing this book everywhere and I'm intrigued.

Leah said...

Hi Amy,
I'm about half way with Kevin at the mo but really enjoying it, more than I thought.

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