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The Sunday Salon: January 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

I felt like January was an exceptional reading month. It was good in other respects, too; I received my Indefinite Leave to Remain visa for the UK and celebrated my birthday on the 12th. I’ve made peace with the fact that I’m never going to resume a review every weekday, I don’t read enough or have time to write 5 reviews, and have aimed for 3 instead, which I’ve been managing pretty well. I haven’t decided if I’m going to fill the other two days with something or not, we’ll see where the mood takes me!

In terms of actual reading, I finished sixteen books and most of them were excellent. I typically haven’t found the time to review them all yet, not even close, but if you stick around, I’ll be sharing some absolute gems with you later on this month!

Here’s what I read:


  • Arthur & George, Julian Barnes
  • Castle in the Air, Diana Wynne Jones
  • Death Masks, Jim Butcher
  • The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
  • If Jack’s in Love, Stephen Wetta
  • A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal, Meredith Duran
  • Miles, Mutants, and Microbes, Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King
  • A Rogue by Any Other Name, Sarah Maclean
  • Spartacus, Ben Kane
  • Affinity, Sarah Waters
  • The Winter Palace, Eva Stachniak
  • Blood Rites, Jim Butcher
  • Agent to the Stars, John Scalzi


  • The Etymologicon, Mark Forsyth
Though I didn’t do so well with the non-fiction, it’s partly because I’ve been reading an absolutely massive history in the background with all of these books. The fiction I read was incredible. In many ways it was typical of the latter half of last year, but better – there’s a ton of variety in there, and I feel as though I’ve read some meaningful stories that are going to stick with me. Isn’t that what all readers are looking for?

Favorite of the Month

the song of achillesarthur and george

I can’t pick just one, so have both! I loved both of these and recommend them whole-heartedly. It’s early now, but I’m confident they will end up on my best of 2012 list.

Ahead for February

There are so many books I wish I could be reading now that it’s difficult to choose! I’ve just started World War Z and I’ve been reading The History of the World in 100 Objects, which covers the history of the whole world through various objects at the British Museum. It’s a fascinating book – I love how much the author can pull from just one object, and I’m looking forward to seeing some of the objects in person (most for the 2nd or 3rd time) when I head to London towards the end of February.

Other books I’d just love to get to:

  • Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey
  • A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal
  • The Kingdom of the Gods, N.K. Jemisin
How was your January reading month?

10 comments to The Sunday Salon: January 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

  • What a great reading month! I’m looking forward to your review of The Art of Fielding, as I’ve heard it’s very good even though the subject matter doesn’t really appeal to me. But with very good books, that doesn’t matter, does it?

  • I saw some of the objects when they were on tour, but can’t decide how much the book appeals to me. A trip to London to see some other objects sounds fab though, hope you enjoy it.

    I wonder if you’re going to talk about Stephen King’s story collection? I have it, but I hear weird things about it, that make it sound like a total departure for King.

    • Meghan

      Yes I am! I am horrendously slow with reviews, that’s all. :) The book was a birthday present but I’m finding it very interesting.

  • You did have an excellent month! I know you were relieved to get your Indefinite Leave to Remain visa.

  • Enjoy the snow in the UK this winter! Good reading weather.

  • Great reading month! The museum book sounds fascinating.

  • It sounds like you had a fantastic month!

  • interesting: so many bloggers seem to have had a fantastic first month of the year. you read great titles. I also read a lot, but am way behind for reviews. and oh congrats for your visa, I know what it is about – being French and living in the US. here is my own recap:

  • I hope to finally get to Discovery of Witches too. You could fill one day with adventures in your kitchen and then link to Weekend Cooking. LOL. But seriously, I don’t think you or your blog will suffer if you let a day go by with no new post.

  • Well done, what a fantastic reading month you had in January. The two books you picked as your favourites for the month, happen to be the two books I noted down for myself when I’d read the reviews :-)

    I read four books in January, and started two more. That is pretty typical for me although a little exceptional for how busy I was for that month!