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Reading and Ruminations

The delicious breath of rain was in the air

29 July

I am a mid-twenties paraprofessional in the library field, and I have been a voracious reader since I began reading as a child. In college, I studied History and English, majoring in the former and minoring in the latter. I've studied classic novels and contemporary literature, and as a general rule, those are the books I read. I've been known to delve into chick lit as well, though. It's less ridiculous than traditional romance novels, but still light enough to provide a bit of escapism. I also love historical fiction. It may not always be historically accurate, but it always allows me to indulge my mutual love of History and English.

I began this blog in early 2005 as a supplement to my original, everyday journal, which can be found at shootingstarr. My early posts were sporadic, with minimal reviews. The blog sat largely dormant throughout 2006 and 2007, until I joined Library Thing and discovered an active community of people who blogged about books. It reignited my interest in book blogging, and 2008 has been my most active year to date.

A reader of this blog can expect the following things:
-Sunday Salon posts
-Progress reports for various reading challenges
-Book Reviews
-General Library Thing obsession

I rate books on a five-star scale, and also use half stars. A five star book is a well-written book I will recommend to just about everyone. I generally don't rate books as being less than three stars, because I tend not to finish books I don't enjoy. Also, each book is subjective. For example, when I rate young adult novels, I rate them in comparison with other young adult novels, not necessarily in comparison with great literature.

Many of the reviews I post contain links to Amazon, and are embedded with an Amazon Associates ID number.

I am also available to review books for publishers and authors. Please contact me at readingandruminations AT gmail DOT com for further information. In addition to posting my reviews here, I also post them on LibraryThing, and have reviewed books for their early reviewer program.

The image from my banner was taken from Getty Images; I claim no ownership of the image.

I have a wide variety of interests when it comes to the books I read, but they can, for the most part, be boiled down to four categories: classic literature, literary fiction, historical fiction, and young adult novels. I do read other things, including non-fiction, but I find myself turning to those four categories most. For a more complete picture, see my Library Thing catalog.

Books I have read in 2008 (Reviews are linked to reviewed books):
01. Amsterdam, Ian McEwan (193 pgs., Jan. 1)
02. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards (401 pgs., Jan. 11)
03. This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen (345 pgs., Jan. 20)
04. Keeping the Moon, Sarah Dessen (228 pgs., Jan. 21)
05. Until Tomorrow, Robin Jones Gunn (286 pgs., Feb. 3)
06. As You Wish, Robin Jones Gunn (313 pgs., Feb. 3)
07. I Promise, Robin Jones Gunn (285 pgs., Feb. 8)
08. Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys, Kate Brian (266 pgs., Feb. 8)
09. The Hanged Man, Robert Bartlett (142 pgs., Feb. 14)
10. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, Lauren Willig (381 pgs., Mar. 21)
11. Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen (422 pgs., Apr. 25)
12. Fingersmith, Sarah Waters (582 pgs., May 11)
13. Forget About It, Caprice Crane (351 pgs., May 16)
14. Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon (947 pgs., May 16)
15. The End of the Affair, Graham Greene (160 pgs., May 26)
16. Voyager, Diana Gabaldon (1059 pgs., May 30)
17. Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri (333 pgs., Jun. 3)
18. The Alcestiad, Thornton Wilder (157 pgs., Jun. 9)
19. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (288 pgs., Jun. 13)
20. If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince?, Melissa Kantor (283 pgs., Jun. 18)
21. The Dark Lantern, Gerri Brightwell (321 pgs., Jul. 7)
22. A Room With a View, E.M. Forster (196 pgs., Jul. 9)
23. Austenland, Shannon Hale (193 pgs., Jul. 10)
24. Rites of Spring (Break), Diana Peterfreund (354 pgs., Jul. 19)
25. After Dark, Haruki Murakami (243 pgs., Jul. 23)
26. Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer (754 pgs., Aug. 2)
27. Perfect You, Elizabeth Scott (282 pgs., Aug. 5)
28. The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler (250 pgs., Aug. 12)
29. Silk, Alessandro Baricco (132 pgs., Aug. 13)
30. Stealing Heaven, Elizabeth Scott (307 pgs., Aug. 18)
31. The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon (487 pgs., Aug. 21)
32. Sweet Love, Sarah Strohmeyer (297 pgs., Aug. 23)
33. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, Ally Carter (284 pgs., Sep. 5)
34. Midwife of the Blue Ridge, Christine Blevins (417 pgs., Sep. 7)
35. The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff (507 pgs., Sep. 23)
36. Going Down South, Bonnie J. Glover (243 pgs., Oct. 5)
37. Outside Beauty, Cynthia Kadohata (265 pgs., Oct. 5)
38. North by Northanger, Carrie Bebris (316 pgs., Oct. 19)
39. The Matters at Mansfield, Carrie Bebris 286 pgs., Oct. 24)
40. Hitler and Mars Bars, Dianne Ascroft (338 pgs., Nov. 5)
41. Living Dead Girl, Elizabeth Scott (170 pgs., Nov. 5)
42. Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher (288 pgs., Nov. 8)
43. The Rest Falls Away, Colleen Gleason (347 pgs., Nov. 13)
44. The Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett (120 pgs., Nov. 20)
45. The King’s Daughter, Sandra Worth (388 pgs., Dec. 8)

Other Books I've Reviewed in 2008:
-Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund
-Under the Rose by Diana Peterfreund

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