January and February Reads

2011 is shaping up to be a good reading year.

I read every night for at least half an hour before I go to bed, two hours a week while I’m waiting for son outside of a computer class and another two hours a week while waiting for both boys during dance class.  I wish I could sit down and read while they are in preschool but I refuse to grocery shop with the boys if I have to, so use that time to run around town. I have found that even though I’m running the boys around like crazy, I really appreciate the time where I am waiting for them. It’s amazing how much I can read in a 45 minute stretch when I’m supposedly really busy.

I also tend to read with a book in one hand while stirring dinner on the stove with the other hand. It’s all about multi-tasking people!


  1. West of Here by Jonathan Evison (I’ll be going to his signing at the Kings English Thursday March 3rd)
  2. The Only True Genius in the Family by Jennie  Nash (A reread from 2009 which we read for book club. I never reread books, so that tells you how much I love this book.)
  3. I Don’t Want  to Kill You by Dan Wells (local author)

Young Adult Fiction

  1. Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
  2. The Best and Hardest thing by Pat Brisson
  3. Lena by Jacqueline Woodson
  4. My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter (local author)
  5. Mississippi Trail, 1955 by Chris Crowe (local author)
  6. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
  7. Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak (He’s coming for a signing! Here in Utah!!!! March 26th! Squeeeee!)
  8. Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak
  9. Sun and Moon,  Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George (local author)
  10. The Lost Saint by Bree Despain (local author)

Middle Readers

  1. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  2. Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
  3. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  4. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  5. A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata


  1. Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting by Michael Perry

Lots of variation thus far. West of Here was my chunkster for the month. Dirty Little Secrets is about a girl who’s mother is a hoarder and was fascinating in subject matter as I’ve never read anything like it!  I love Jacqueline Woodson so excited to read another fantastic backlist title, LenaThe Best and Hardest Thing as well as Chasing Brooklyn are both free verse novels which I ADORE.

Best line from The  Lost Saint: “You Bedazzled my stake?”

I usually don’t care for books with talking animals but I might just change my mind after reading Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow.  One of the main characters is a polar bear and I didn’t mind a bit.  I LOVED The Evolution of Calpunia Tate.  If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I mean, when I say, what an awesome grandpa!

My husband attended LTUE, a local writers conference, and Dan Wells sent him home with the third book in his I Am Not A Serial Killer series, I Don’t Want to Kill You. I promptly abandoned everything else I was reading to rush through it. Only question – is there a fourth?

And Markus Zusak is coming!  So, so, so excited! I read The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger years ago but read through his other backlist titles to prepare. Also,  listening to The Book Thief on audio which is all kinds of fantastic (although I think I’d be lost and confused if I hadn’t read it in print first).

What is your favorite book that you’ve read thus far in 2011?


  1. I have read so many wonderful books so far this year: Little Princes (Grennan) is definitely one of the tops though.

    on March 3rd, 2011 at 7:30 am
  2. Wow, you’ve been busy! I see a lot of great titles in there. I’m reading West of Here right now.

    on March 3rd, 2011 at 7:48 am
  3. Oh my you have been reading a ton!

    on March 3rd, 2011 at 10:23 pm
  4. This year has been SO much better already, reading-wise, than last year. I think Split has been my favorite thus far.

    on March 3rd, 2011 at 11:20 pm
  5. I have already had quite a few really good reads this year – already dont think I could pcik a fav :)

    I wanted to read Dirty Little Secrets for the longest time!

    on March 6th, 2011 at 5:31 pm
  6. Oh masn, I just picked up West of Here. I’m in the middle of a few books, right now and I can
    ‘t wait to finish them so I can get started.

    on March 7th, 2011 at 10:04 am
  7. I read the Room this year- since it’s been getting all that buzz. Reviewed it here: http:irbr-2010.blogspot.com

    I also like YA fiction, so I will def. look into those titles you listed.

    on March 11th, 2011 at 1:48 pm
  8. Hi Natasha,
    I’ve been busted (laughing). I have added your blog into my favorites and come back often but I haven’t introduced myself. My name is Sheri and I’ve really been enjoying your blog.

    on March 24th, 2011 at 6:11 am
  9. Thanks Sheri for introducing yourself! And I’ll try to actually start blogging more often!

    on April 5th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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