With the end of March came the end of the first quarter of 2009, and though I have done monthly wrap-up/review posts, I thought it would be good to review the first quarter as a whole, and compare it a bit to where I was at this point last year. For the most part, I won’t re-link to the reviews I’ve written, but there may be a few exceptions.

By the time March 31 came to an end, I had read twenty books: fifteen new books, and five re-reads. Of the fifteen new books, I would say that my top five were, in no particular order:

  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  • Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Rose of York: Love and War by Sandra Worth
  • Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty

The biggest disappointment, for me, was Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean. It wasn’t a bad book, it was just one that seemed like it had a lot of potential that was never fully realized. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell also left me wanting more, but not to the same extent that Palace Circle did. For a look at all my reviews, you can click the link at the top of the page that says 2009 Reviews and Goals. All but two reviews are currently linked to that page, and I’m hoping to get that done by the end of the day.

By the end of March in 2008, I had read 10 books (though I wasn’t counting re-reads, I don’t remember re-reading anything at that point in the year). And on the whole, several of those ten books were a disappointment. The year started off on a promising note when I read Amsterdam by Ian McEwan, but I followed it up with The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, which I found to be overrated. I also read the Christy and Todd trilogy by Robin Jones Gunn, looking forward to seeing two favorite characters from my childhood finally wrap things up. But I was disappointed in that as well, because I felt that Christy regressed- it was like, by the time the original Christy Miller series ended, she’d gained a little bit of insight and maturity, and that seemed to continue into Jones’ Sierra Jensen series. But then, with this trilogy, she was just as neurotic and immature as she’d been in the early books of the Christy Miller series. But I’m seriously digressing here. So with the disappointments of early 2008, it wasn’t hard for early 2009 to be better.

For the rest of the year, I’d like to try to focus on reading more books for the first time, and not really re-reading anything (the major exception to that is the first three books in the Outlander series, which I’m re-reading in an attempt to get back on track before An Echo in the Bone is released in September; I’ve read the first three, then stalled on book 4 in June of last year, so I want to re-read the first three books to get re-centered for books 4-6). And since my goal for the year is to read 100 books for the first time, I really, really need to spend a bit more time reading- I’ve still got 85 books to go. I need to try to average ten books a month for the rest of the year- right now, I’m averaging between six and seven.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left comments and encouragement during this first three months of the year.

Overall, it was a pretty quiet week here on the blog. I did finally post my review of Breakfast at Tiffany’s yesterday; you can find it here. As for today, I’ve got some stuff to do around the house, such as finally doing my taxes, and then I’m hoping to get in a little more time with The Sunne in Splendour. I made a bit of progress last night when I had the house to myself, but I still have quite a long way to go.

Have a great Sunday everyone! What are you reading this week?