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Hello everyone, this Sunday has dawned rainy and warmish -- a typical spring day, I suppose.  And one that will likely be more suited to reading than gardening.  That's usually a good thing, but I have lots of early veggies that need to get in the ground!  I'm amazed that another month is just about gone, and it has absolutely flown by.  I just finished a book last night so this seems a good time to reflect on both the month and the quarter.  Here are my March stats:
  • 7 books (19 YTD)
  • 2,007 pages (5,738 YTD)
  • 4 written by women
  • 2 from the "1001 Books you Must Read Before you Die" list
  • 2 Booker Prize winners
  • 1 from a "new" country for my Reading Across Borders and Lost in Translation challenges
And my March reads, in the order I read them:

The entire first quarter has been really satisfying.  I'm making pretty good progress towards my 2009 reading goals, and finished one of my timed challenges:  the 1% Well-Read Challenge.  Of course, since I really enjoy reading classics, I couldn't resist signing up for Another 1% Well-Read Challenge!  But in general, I'm enjoying goal-oriented reading without the "pressure" of timed challenges.  It's given me the flexibility I was craving after last year's super-structured approach .  Summing up the first quarter of 2009, I;ve read:
  • 19 books
  • 5,738 pages
  • 14 written by women
  • 8 from the "1001 Books you Must Read Before you Die" list
  • 3 Booker Prize winners (2009 goal: 12)
  • 3 Orange Prize winners (2009 goal: 8)
  • 0 Pulitzer Prize winners (2009 goal: 6)
  • 2 Virago Modern Classics (2009 goal: 10)
  • 2 from a "new" country for my Reading Across Borders and Lost in Translation challenges (2009 goal: 10)
  • 6 "just for fun" -- not associated with any particular reading goal!  This is great considering I only read 10 "just for fun" in all of 2008.
And finally, my Top 5 books for 1Q09 are:
I'm starting the second quarter with a nice stack of books lined up:  a Booker winner, a Pulitzer winner, two from "new" countries, a Virago Modern Classic, and one "just for fun".  Stop by next week and I'll tell you more!

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literaryfeline
Mar. 29th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
March does seem to have flown by. All the months do these days. It looks like you read quite a few good books this month. It's even better when you enjoy them all, isn't it? I hope you have a great week, Laura!
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