January 2011 Reading List [TSS]

January has typically been one of my best reading months.  The family has gone home the resolutions have been made, and I am all focused and committed.  At the beginning of the year, I am all about trying to find a couple of hours each day where I can focus on my book.  Like most resolutions, that drops away as the year progresses, but as with every year, I think this is the year that will be different.

I didn’t make a big list because I didn’t want it to be a huge and stressful thing, so these are just a few books that I may or may not get to in January.

Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly – I’m reading this with my book club, and it is so good.  I see why it is getting such good reviews.  I haven’t yet heard a bad thing about it and the book club members are enjoying it too.
Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys – I actually finished this one before I managed to put this list up, so one down.  I have to say this imagining of Rochester’s (from Jane Eyre) first wife and marriage did nothing to endear him to me.
Certain Women, by Madeleine L’Engle – I haven’t read any of Madeleine L’Engle’s work, and I was surprised to find out that she wrote books for adults.  I am reading this one for next month’s Faith and Fiction Roundtable.
Pictures of You, by Caroline Leavitt – Skype Book Club.
The Last Brother, by Nathacha Appanah – You’ll find out what this one is for in my announcement tomorrow.
Nocturne, by Syrie James – I have seen mixed review of  this one around the blogs.  It seems to be a love it or hate it kind of book. I am curious about this one because while I like Syrie James, I don’t really read a lot of  pure romance, which it seems this might be, and I don’t read about contemporary vampires.  I’m depending on the strength of her past writing.

1DA652C2516038AE4D02F55645591F39 Book Club Pick   Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly

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    1. i can tell you from the fist 100 pages that Revolution is really good. You should try to get to this one. I am starting to see some more good reviews for Nocturne. We should try to read at least the first 50 and see if we get hooked.

  1. I’m quite curious about Madeleine L’Engle’s book. I’m right there on the sofa with ya–I didn’t know she wrote for adults either! Happy reading.

  2. YIkes I’d better read Pictures of You!

    I loved Wide Sargasso Sea, but I loved Jane Eyre…

    I’m hoping to get a lot of reading in before I get slammed with work in a couple of weeks.

    1. Jane Eyre was a pretty compelling read. I read it very quickly because I was so invested in what happened next, but I wasn’t a big fan of Rochester or the romance between the two of them. Give me Darcy any day.

  3. Interesting reading list, Nicole! I hope you have a wonderful time reading in January!

    I have read Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and liked it. I didn’t know that she has written books for adults too. I hope you enjoy ‘Certain Women’. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

  4. I read Pictures of You and thought it was pretty good. I still need to get my review together for later this month though. Madeleine L’Engle is one of those authors that I loved so much in my teen years. I don’t think I’ve read that book though.

  5. I haven’t read any of these but I have been curious about Jean Rhys. I just read another review of one of her books and she’s on my radar now. Enjoy your reads.

  6. It is nice when the holidays are over and we have more time to read. I’ll be interested in what you think of Wide Sargasso Sea. I read it some years ago and just didn’t enjoy it very much as I recall but don’t really remember why.

    1. I enjoyed reading it, and I think it’s a really good book, but it’s not one that the word “enjoy” pops to mind. the subject matter is pretty grim.

  7. I generally don’t plan my reading ahead of time, but this time around, I did set aside a few that I would like to get to this month–or at least make an effort to try and get to. I’m sure they’ll take me into next month as well. I’d like to read Revolution someday, but first I should probably read Donnelly’s other books. I hope you have a great week, Nicole!

    1. I just got The Winter Rose, and realize that I have too get The Tea Rose if I want to start at the beginning. I can’t wait to get to her adult novels if Revolution is any indication of the type of writer that she is.

  8. I honestly can’t even see the Rochester in WSS as being the same one in Jane Eyre. I really tried, but he was completely different. I appreciated WSS better without connecting it at all to JE.

    1. I think I read them as characters within their own respective book, but her take on Rochester was one that I could see based on what I thought of him from Jane Eyre. I think I just had issues with him either way, so it’s not like he was going too get any better in my mind. I think it’s interesting that it is said that the author wrote him sympathetically.

  9. That sounds like some great plans for Jan if you get to it! Pictures of You is one of those books I’m looking forward to seeing what people think of in reality because it sounds really good!