Sunday, February 8, 2009

TSS: January Reading Wrap-Up

(The photo to the left is one I took in 2005 at Cape Neddick Nubble Light in York, Maine. Unfortunately, I was there on a rather dreary, rainy day. About half an hour after I took this photograph, I got drenched.)

January was a very busy month for me, but I still managed to get a good amount of reading in. You might notice a theme:

1. Doctor Who: Martha in the Mirror by Justin Richards
2. Bella Baxter and the Lighthouse Mystery by Jane B. Mason & Sarah Hines Stephens
3. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
4. Doctor Who: The Last Dodo by Jacqueline Rayner
5. Lily Quench and the Lighthouse of Skellig Mor by Natalie Jane Prior
6. The Boxcar Children: The Lighthouse Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
7. The Baby-Sitter's Club: Claudia and the Lighthouse Ghost by Ann M. Martin
8. Manning the Light by Terry Webb
9. The Lighthouse Keeper's Tea by Ronda and David Armitage
10. The Lighthouse and the Three Little Pigs by Katherine Von Ahnen
11. Florida Lighthouses for Kids by Elinor DeWire
12. Lighthouses for Kids by Katherine L. House
13. Lighthouse Ghosts and Legends by Nin Costopoulos
14. The Keeper of Lime Rock by Lenore Skomal
15. The Lighthouse Activity Book by Elinor DeWire
16. The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift
17. Sammy the Boston Lighthouse Dog by Sally R. Snowman
18. The Lighthouse Family: The Whale by Cynthia Rylant
19. The Lighthouse Family: The Turtle by Cynthia Rylant
20. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Lots of lighthouse books. I'm helping to compile an annotated bibliography of children's lighthouse books that will be distributed to libraries and schools. It's a big project, but a very rewarding one. I have reviews for all of these books ready to go, but I'll be spreading them out a bit so I don't inundate all of you with lighthouse book reviews. (Although, I have a feeling Caite might not mind...)

Like Meghan, I'm reading Drood by Dan Simmons this weekend. While I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of this one (I'm about 100 pages into the 700+ page book), I'm enjoying it so far. Very atmospheric. I'll be participating in a blog tour for Drood on February 27th, which also happens to be my mother's birthday. (I won't reveal her age, since she reads my blog and I want to live to see my next birthday. Let's just say it's a milestone. A big milestone.)

What are you reading this weekend?


  1. We're just finding out that you do the coolest things lately! First you're rescuing cats and now you're compiling lighthouse books for kids. I'm so impressed! And a little jealous, I'm seriously lacking meaningful projects in my life.

    Anyway, thanks for the link! As I was reading Drood, I was reflecting on about page 300 that if it was a normal ARC, I'd be done by then. I really enjoyed it though, so it's definitely worth it.

  2. Your lighthouse project sounds like so much fun. Make sure you let us know how it turns out.

  3. Wow, who knew there could be so many books with lighthouse themes! It does sound like a fun project. And that's a really neat shot of the lighthouse - looks like a jigsaw puzzle I worked recently.

  4. You did really well. I managed to read 15 in Jan...

    Early Salon moments

  5. Oooh, my almost 5-year old is OBSESSED with lighthouse books right now. I'm adding these to his list! (He's got a Lighthouse Encyclopedia out right now that he wants me to read to him EVERY night. I guess that's what I get for taking him to the Outer Banks. :)

  6. How cool about the lighthouse project! Is it for work?

  7. I love your list!!

    I will have to get a copy of 'The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge' by Hildegarde H. Swift, since I intend to do a lost on the Little Red Lighthouse someday. It is very close to one of my very favorite places in the world, The Cloisters, so next time I visit, I have to go down to the river and visit Little Red.

  8. post...not lost. I am not going to do a 'lost'.

  9. Great list! I've been hearing lots about DROOD - all good.

  10. Whew! That's a lot of books for one month! I'm impressed! Also...what a great project you have.

    I gave you an award over at my blog!

  11. BTW, I loved the picture!

  12. I have been interested in reading a couple of those you mentioned in your list. I think the Lighthouse Project will definitely be a rewarding experience and I hope to hear all about it:)

  13. Great January Wrap up.. and what an awesome photo.

    I am reading Drood also.

  14. This is one of my favorite lighthouses of all time. My sister took a beautiful picture of it (though I've yet to see a bad one!) at night with Christmas lights outlining it. Gorgeous! Thanks for posting the picture - and the list of books, my other favorite thing!