Saturday, February 28, 2009

TSS February in Review

Books Read in February:

Sunday Salon may be found here.

19.The Sister**** by Poppy Adams (UK)
20.Disquiet***+ by Julia Leigh (US)
21.The Cellist of Sarajevo***** by Steven Galloway (Canada)
22.Mercy Among the Children***** by David Adams Richards (Canada) 417 pgs.
23.The Leper****by Steve Thayer (US) 400 pgs.
24.A Father's Affair***+ by Karel Van Loon (Netherlands)
25.Olive Kitteridge****+ by Elizabeth Strout (US)
26.The Spanish Bow***** by Andromeda Romano-Lax 554 pgs. (US)
27.The Mysteries of Udolpho***+ by Ann Radcliffe (UK) (1794) 542 pgs.
28.Dog On It***+ by Spencer Quinn (US)
29.A Mercy****+ by Toni Morrison (US)
30.Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes***** by Tamar Yellin (US)

and a partial but major slow read:

Ulysses by James Joyce (UK) (1922) 574 pgs. online at Gutenberg Project 344 pgs. read so far.

The best:

The Cellist of Sarajevo*****
The Spanish Bow*****
Mercy Among the Children*****
Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes*****

Favourite opening:

"It screamed down splitting air and sky without effort. A target expanded in size, brought into focus by time and velocity. There was a moment before impact that was the last instant of things as they were. Then the visible world exploded." The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Twelve books completed in February, five from my nightstand. Several were veritable tomes, a couple of them missed qualifying for the Chunkster Challenge by a only few pages. But no time-wasters in the whole bunch and it was a short month so I'm happy.

What was interesting about your month of reading?

I will be posting a review (and giveaway) of A Mercy very soon. If any of these other titles interest you, please ask and I'll write up a brief review just for you. Don't forget to check out my giveaway of The Lost City of Z by David Grann below.


  1. My literary reading has been almost non-existent lately. I feel like a slacker. Good stuff here. When I want to pick up something substantial, I know where to come. Thanks.

  2. I had a great reading month, too. I completed 10 books which is great for me.

  3. Wow, you read some really good books this month! I've been wanting to read The Cellist of Sarajevo so I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

  4. I completed 16 books in Feb and two were major standouts: The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Irreplaceable by Stephen lovely. Both are reviewed on my blog and there is a discussion of how do you feel about organ donation. You had a wonderful month, Sandra. The Cellist of Sarajevo sounds great, especially after that teaser. Beautifully descriptive writing.

  5. Wow!! that is a pretty impressive list you have there!! I don't think I managed more than 9 for this month and not one of them was a tome!!

  6. What a great list; and I am very impressed that you are reading Ulysses,and online! Kudos to you for even trying it -- I am too scared to do so! ;)

  7. Another awesome month for you, Sandra! I read 8 and all but one I really loved, so it was great. I'm reading The Cellist of Sarajevo now, so far so good. Really itching to read The Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes. I've only read about it here on your blog. I would be interested in a review if you please, thanks. :)

  8. I had a great reading month as well. Found some new favourite authors, love it when that happens.

  9. Great wrap-up! I'll definitely be reading the Tamar Yellin book this year; it will go toward the 2nds Challenge. And, I expect it will be a very satisfying book, as *Genizah* was.

  10. You had an amazing month! I really want to read The Cellist of Sarajevo--that opener is quite something.

  11. Looks like you had a great month. Hope March is good to you as well. Happy reading!

    Diary of an Eccentric



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