January 31, 2012

January 2012 Wrap-up

My new favorite coffee mug - This has nothing to do with the post, but I had to show it off!  :)
It was a good reading month for me. I finished 9 books: 

1. Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis (ARC - reviewed for VOYA)
2. Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts
3. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake 
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
5. Wide Awake by David Levithan
6. Beastly by Alex Flinn
7. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
8. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
9. Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby (ARC - reviewed for NetGalley)

Formats: Three of those were eBooks, four were audiobooks, and two were print books. 

Source: Five were library books, two were from my collection, and two were review copies. 

Challenges: I reviewed one book for the Debut Author Challenge and one book for the TBR Pile Reading Challenge. I'm on track to meet my 2012 goal of 100 books read. Hopefully I can keep up the pace! 

Book Clubs: Our staff book club read The Postmistress, and the FYA Book Club read The Ruby in the Smoke. Both books were just okay for me. I liked them but probably wouldn't read them again. 

Favorite book of the month: I'm sure this will not come as a surprise to you...The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I was literally hugging this book when I finished it. I want to read it over and over and over! I was going to write a review, but I don't think I can say it any better than they did over at Forever Young Adult

Currently reading: I'm listening to Room by Emma Donoghue (a staff book club pick for February). I'm also reading Fallout by Ellen Hopkins (print) and Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons (eBook). I can't just read one book at a time - I have one going in every format right now!

Work: The highlight of the month for me was our third annual Life-size Lock in event at the library. Our Teen Advisory Board members help run the after-hours event. We play life-sized versions of popular games such as Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, and Candyland. We also had a station set up to play Memory (using teens' pictures as the game cards). It was a lot of fun, and everything went smoothly! I even convinced my husband to help chaperone. :) 

Another thing I'm excited about at work is that we now have moved a reference desk and computer in the teen room. My supervisor and I take turns staffing the desk in the afternoons. It helps us keep an eye on the teens and help regulate their noise level (our teen room is not enclosed so noise travels!). It's also nice to be back there more often and get to know some of the teens a bit better. 

How was your January? 


Annette said...

I have that mug too! Everything tastes much better when drinking from it! Love it.

Jennie said...

LOVE that mug!!

Sounds like you had a great month!

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