2012 Books

January 11th


An update to my 2012 goal of reading 50 books: 47 to go.

1. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: Fluff. 2 out of 5 bananas. It was a mindless read and nothing I’d strongly recommend.

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: I am, what, a decade late to this party? That said, I’m 100% enthralled and now understand all the hype. No review necessary. You’ve heard of the series. They are incredibly entertaining and JK Rowling’s creativity blows my mind. 4 of 5 bananas.

3. How to be a Rainmaker: I have a stack of business books to read for work and they make me wonder if monkeys are running this industry. So far I’ve learned to: be polite, return calls, make the customer feel respected and treat others the way I want to be treated. If you don’t know these things before investing in these useless books, you shouldn’t be in business in the first place. Zero bananas. Go find some good fiction instead and remember what they taught us all in kinder — liars never prosper, be nice to others and humility goes a long way.

Very much enjoying this newest read, and I think it’s got great recommendation potential: In the Garden of Beasts.  I also very much enjoyed your many book suggestions on the first 2012 books post. I’ve added a bunch of them to my wish list and am now on GoodReads, if you want to be pals.


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  1. I also JUST started reading the Harry Potter series. I don’t know why I’ve waited, very entertaining. I’m on the 4th book which is HUGE. I try to fit it in during the little ones bath time and before bed. I’ll get there at some point. 🙂

  2. Maria Paz January 12, 2012

    Wow you are a fast reader! I have to confess that I end up falling asleep, or never find the right time to read a good amount of pages or to go back to the book soon enough so I remember the story and the excitement :S

  3. Just finished In the Garden of Beasts a few weeks ago – it took forever because there was a HUGE waiting list at the library & it was a non-renewable item due to demand, so I got started this summer then had to wait til December! How frustrating! Anyway – enjoy the read. It certainly made me want to learn more about the time period. Not as *easy* (I say that with mixed emotions because writing style & subject matter are two totally different beasts) to read as The Devil in the White City, but still very very good. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

  4. I love your commentary on the oafs who run the world. I mean people who have jobs and for no good reason.

  5. You’re off to a great start, although, so far nothing to add to my list 😉

  6. I’m #36 on the library waiting list for In the Garden of Beasts. I might not get it this year!