Carla M. Lee (carlamlee) wrote,
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[meme] Monthly Review, January 2014

Originally posted at

Apparently, I've been forgetting to crosspost. The other one I post-dated was Project List, January 2014.

Pursuant to my goal to blog (somewhat) more regularly, I have decided to start doing a monthly review post, in which I plan to (briefly) discuss the highs and lows of that month.

Awesome and useful high: It’s awards season, and some authors I love are posting information about which books of theirs are eligible for which awards. I find this incredibly useful, because I want to nominate, but don’t always know what is and is not eligible off the top of my head.

Here are some links:

Karen Healey’s When We Wake is eligible for The Sir Julius Vogel Awards, The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, and The Hugo Awards – Best Novel.

Seanan McGuire has a lot of eligible works for 2013. I love her Incryptid series more than I can say.

High: Sarah and I finished The Talking Dead, so that’s awesome.

Low: Of course, when we then took a look at the next book in the series, Monsters & Music, I decided I loved the second half of the outline, but hated the first half, so that will require work.

But still! We finished the first draft of the first book in the first month of the year. We’re awesome.


I finally broke down and read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was holding out until after the third movie, because I tend to enjoy movies more if I watch them before I read the books. In fact, I sat down only to read the first book, and then ended up marathoning all three books in one evening. I have some issues with them, and really thought the epilogue was completely unnecessary, but mostly, I enjoyed the books, and adore Katniss. Angry survival-driven archer of my heart.

Before I marathoned The Hunger Games, my favorite book of the month was Girls Don’t Fly by Kristen Chandler.

Amazon summary:

Myra is used to keeping her feet firmly on the ground. She’s got four younger brothers, overworked parents, and a pregnant older sister, and if Myra wasn’t there to take care of everyone, they’d probably fall apart. But when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, Myra feels like she’s lost her footing. Suddenly she’s doing things she never would’ve a few months earlier: quitting her job, applying for a scholarship to study birds in the Galapogos, and falling for a guy who’s encouraging her to leap from her old life . . . and fly.

Set in the Salt Lake City area, Girls Don’t Fly is full of intelligence, humor, and is a refreshing change of pace for teen readers.

The romance part of this is pretty small, which I liked. It’s mostly about Myra finding her place in her family, in her life, in her dreams, and it is awesome.

Also, while I haven’t added all the books I’ve read so far to my 2014 list, I am at eight books read according to the list, and five of them are from my TBR bookcases, so that goal is coming along nicely.

Low: I started Hottie by Jonathan Bernstein because the premise sounded awesome, a girl who develops super powers, but couldn’t get past the first few chapters. I’m trying to learn how to stop reading if I’m not enjoying something, so I’m adding this to the Good-bye Bookcase, though I may try it again before the year is out.

High: This was my first time watching the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, and it was a lot of fun. There were some issues with the casting, and the in-person crowd definitely had a hate-on for some of the matches (for good reason), but it’s been my favorite pay-per-view so far. All of my favorite guys put on a good show, but one, Roman Reigns, was absolutely amazing and so much fun.

Low: News hit after the Royal Rumble that CM Punk is leaving the company, and I realized (a) that sucks a lot, and (b) damn, I’ve really started to care about the WWE characters.

High: Well, my birthday’s in January, and so is my younger brother M’s, so celebrating them together is always fun. This year we went out to ReRico, a Brazilian steakhouse, and it was delightful. I usually go to Fogo de Chao when I want a Brazilian steakhouse, but there isn’t one where M lives, and ReRico was an awesome replacement. Fogo has a broader meat selection and salad bar, but ReRico had some excellent menu items that Fogo does not. My favorites included the meatloaf (I know, wasn’t expecting that!), and the fried bananas. Oh, man, I want a fried banana right now.

Low: Not really a low, because I like time at home, but I didn’t do too much else this month, because I’m saving energy and money for next month’s trip to Sarah’s wedding. Can’t wait!

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