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Well, I finally finished Oliver Twist. I’m counting it as January reading, though technically I finished the last 10-20 pages today. I liked Oliver Twist, but when I read that Dickens was originally paid by the word, it made a lot of sense. Overall rating? Hmm… I’d say 3.5/5

So, recap of January reading!

Books read: 5
Pages read: 1,759
Nonfiction: 4
Fiction: 1
Male authors: 5
Female authors: 1

(When Elephants Weep had two authors, which is why there’s more authors than books)

Ack, this doesn’t look very balanced to me! Ah, well, this month is to be Lesbian Reading Month, I’ve decided, in honour of Valentine’s Day, so it’ll be mostly fiction by female authors. Well, after I finish the peak oil survival manual book.

I’m falling behind on that New Year’s resolution. Oh well! At least I seem to be getting through a book a week, so that’s good.

I finished Forbidden Fruit by Pearce J.Carefoote, but it was largely uninteresting. I thought it was going to be about more modern day banned books, but it was about books banned centuries ago, which doesn’t interest me nearly as much. 2.5/5

Next up, like I promised, I read The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which has been on my list for a while. It was fascinating, and although I’m already pretty careful about the food I buy (I’m vegetarian, going vegan in six months), it solidified some things that I’d only half thought about. Especially that organic does not mean sustainable; there is no easy/lazy way to determine the best food choices. 4.5/5

Now I’m picking up Oliver Twist again. Hopefully I’ll actually finish it this time. Next up is a peak oil survival manual. I will be taking extensive notes. Apparentally the CEO of Shell just admitted that peak oil is likely on its way. Scary, scary stuff.

Lately I’ve been reading tons of book blogs and adoring them, so I thought I’d get my own. I’ll try to record how many books I’m reading, how many I’m buying, and the size of my TBR pile. My physical TBR (To Be Read) pile is at about 40 right now, but I have a notebook full of hundreds of books I want to read.

I just finished Persuasion by Jane Austen, my first Jane Austen book. I have to say, I was really fighting with it for the first little while. I haven’t read many classics, so I struggle with the writing style, but I’m trying to read more so it won’t be a problem any longer. It took me a while to get through Persuasion, and for most of the book I didn’t like it, but by the end I was starting to really enjoy the story. Overall, a very good book. I have a feeling I’ll be re-reading it eventually.

I got Persuasion (not the version on the left, a really plain one) for $2 at my store (Smithbooks/Coles, an Indigo store, like Chapters). L put it aside for me. I’ve been meaning to read Pride and Prejudice for a while, so I figured by reading Persuasion first I could get used to the style. Hopefully, it worked!

Next up: Pride and Prejudice.