At the end of the year I did a nice little statistical breakdown of everything read in 2010 - then I made some resolutions. Alley at What Red Read inspired me with her monthly reading wrap up to create my own. So below is my January reading breakdown:
Books read: 7
The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham
The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thorton Wilder
Lady Chatterley's Lover - D. H. Lawrence
Let The Great World Spin - Colum McCann
The Night Bookmobile - Audrey Niffenegger
Dreaming of Baghdad - Haida Zangana
Who Will Run The Frog Hospital? - Lorrie Moore
Favorite January read: The Painted Veil (1925)
Non-American Authors read: 57%
Non-fiction books read: 14%
Authors of color read: 14%
Books read that are older than me (published before 1985): 57%
My main reading resolutions were to read more worldly authors, more authors of color and more non-fiction. It looks like I'm in good shape for non-American authors, but I need to work on reading more authors of color and more non-fiction.
In non-bookish news, the month of January was a good one. I chopped 11 inches of my hair off and donated it to locks of love. I went ice fishing for the first time (used an auger and all!) and learned how to drive a snowmobile. I also ran 3-5 times a week consistently for the entire month, which makes me feel really good and is something I plan on continuing throughout the year. I'm usually just a spring/summer/fall runner, and I should thank Eat, Run, Read for motivating me back in December with her post Tips for Winter Running. She told me it is never too cold to run outside and after an entire month of running in this Wisconsin winter, I'm going to agree with her.
Oh yeah, I also became a notary. Fun stuff.