Dear MostlyFiction readers,
January has been a good reading month (but then what month isn't?).  We posted twice as many reviews than I had expected.  When I decided to take MostlyFiction active again, I had envisioned that we'd post reviews two or three times a week. I wanted to make sure that I kept up on  my own reading as well as preserved time for my photography hobby, the two reasons that I had stopped posting on MostlyFiction in 2012.  But, book fever took hold and I posted nearly every day except for when things got a little hectic for me during the high peak season here in Quartzsite, AZ.  It feels good so I think we'll keep this up as much as possible, though I still don't plan on taking a computer with me when I go away on weekends or on vacation, which is exactly what I used to do.
Here is the recap of the books reviewed in January.  I am breaking the list into two groups.
I. These are our January reveiws for books that were released in January 2014:

Andrew’s Brain by E.L. Doctorow 
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty 
Before I Burn by Gaute Heivoll 
The Bird Skinner by Alice Greenway 
The First True Lie by Marina Mander 
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (in paperback)
The Ghost of Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin
The Kept by James Scott 
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (in paperback)
Pig's Foot by Carlos Acosta (posted on MF in late December, but it's a January book!)
Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball 
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (in paperback)
The Ways of Evil Men by Leighton Gage 
II. And these are the rest of the books we reviewed this month:
Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (in paperback in February)
All the Light There Was by Nancy Kricorian 
Dark Times in the City by Gene Kerrigan
Elizabeth of York: : A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir 
Fallen Land by Patrick Flannery 
Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta 
Harvest by Jim Crace 
How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman 
Instructions for a Heat Wave by Maggie O’Farrell 
Night Film by Marisha Pessl 
Palisades Park by Alan Brennert 
The Past Ahead by Gilbert Gatore 
Renato the Painter by Eugene Mirabelli 
A Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 
Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith 
We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo 
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis  
The team and I are working on a causal basis... a mix of "assignments"  and also me picking up reviews as I find them either on Amazon or Goodreads.  Whereas in the past I was much more concerned with exclusivity and assignments, I am now finding it easier for all of us if I don't worry about this and instead focus on posting those reviews of books that I feel are worth pointing out to our fellow readers, even when the reviews were previously posted elsewhere.  It gets back to the whole purpose of this site which is to share our love of reading.  I admire the team members who compulsively and independently document their reading experience with full blown, well written reviews.  Really, who am I to stand in their way?
As editor, I do go through and edit the reviews before I post them and (hopefully) catch the little things.  Thus they might not read exactly as they did in their original format.  Also, I add value (or so I believe) by including the author's bibliography (with links to Amazon in case you want to know more about a book) as well as links to other reviews within MostlyFiction, either those from the same author or those that seem like a good fit for further reading.  I also link outside of MostlyFiction to the author's website and if I can find an excerpt or reading guide.  In reality, I don't know if I am doing this for your benefit or mine.  I've gained a useful knowledge of the literary world over the years from working on this site.

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Happy Reading!

       Judi Clark
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