Reading

Summary of my 2008 Reading

I didn't make my goal(s) for the year in reading. I had hoped to reach 75 to 100 books read, and 25 audio-read. Instead, I reached a combined total of 84 books, 31 of which were audiobooks. That's a paltry 53 books read, which amounts to not quite 4.5 books per month. If I count the audiobooks back in, I reached a "princely" 7.0 books per month. *sigh*

Here's the list of the entire year:

January
  1. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
  2. The Devil Inside by Jenna Black
  3. Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
  4. For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
  5. The Dead Girl's Dance by Rachel Caine
  6. Serenity: Those Left Behind
  7. Ashes to Ashes by Jennifer Armintrout
  8. Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur
  9. Scattered Suns by Kevin J. Anderson (Audio)
February
  1. Hunter's Moon by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
  2. Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur
  3. Night Season by Eileen Wilks
  4. Joss Whedon's Fray
  5. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  6. Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
  7. Dancing with Werewolves by Carole Nelson Douglas
  8. Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
  9. Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance
March
  1. The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison
  2. Beyond the Pale by Savannah Russe
  3. No Rest for the Witches (anthology of short stories)
  4. Deep Storm by Lincoln Child (audio)
  5. The New Madrid Run (audio)
April
  1. White Knight by Jim Butcher (re-read)
  2. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
  3. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (audio)
  4. Eifelheim by Michael Flynn (audio)
  5. The Society of S by Susan Hubbard (audio)
  6. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx (audio)
May
  1. Small Favor by Jim Butcher
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling (finally!)
  3. Divergence by Charles Sheffield (audio)
June
  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (audio)
  2. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (audio)
  3. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (audio)
  4. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (audio)
July
  1. Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling (re-read)
  2. Crimson City by Liz Maverick
  3. Dangerous Games by Keri Arthur
  4. Embraced by Darkness by Keri Arthur
  5. The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur
  6. Of Fire and Night by Kevin J. Anderson (audio)
  7. Metal Swarm by Kevin J. Anderson (audio)
  8. Dauntless: The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell (audio)
  9. Fearless: The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell (audio)
  10. Courageous: The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell (audio)
  11. Valiant: The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell (audio)
August
  1. Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow
  2. Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow
  3. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
  4. The Devil Inside by Jenna Black (re-read)
  5. The Devil You Know by Jenna Black
  6. Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong
  7. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  8. Another One Bites the Dust by Jennifer Rardin
  9. Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin
  10. Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead
  11. Secret Vampire by L. J. Smith
  12. Daughters of Darkness by L. J. Smith
  13. Spellbinder by L. J. Smith
  14. Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
  15. Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon
  16. Gale Force by Rachel Caine
  17. Ashes of Worlds by Kevin J. Anderson (audio)
September
  1. Engaging the Enemy by Elizabeth Moon
  2. Command Decision by Elizabeth Moon
  3. Victory Conditions by Elizabeth Moon
  4. Axis by Robert Charles Wilson (audio)
  5. The Sunrise Lands by S. M. Stirling (audio)
  6. By Schism Rent Asunder by David Weber (audio)
October
  1. Coyote by Allen Steele (audio)
  2. In Enemy Hands by David Weber (re-read)
  3. Echoes of Honor by David Weber (re-read)
  4. Ashes of Victory by David Weber (re-read)
  5. War of Honor by David Weber (re-read)
  6. At All Costs by David Weber (re-read)
November
  1. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (audio)
  2. Variable Star by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson (audio)
December
  1. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (audio, re-read)
  2. The Good, The Bad and the Undead by Kim Harrison (audio, re-read)
  3. Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison (audio, re-read)
  4. A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison (audio, re-read)
  5. For A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison (audio, re-read)
  6. The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison (audio, re-read)

I don't know if I'm going to bother with tracking my reading again this year. There are a lot of good books in my favorite series due out this year... I guess I'll wait and see.

You know that feeling...

...when you're between really good books/series and you can't quite settle into anything new, because the last series you read was so good and enjoyable?

Yeah, that feeling.

It's happened at least three times this year. And one time, it was the last book of the series---so no "next book" to look forward to.

Having claimed myself a writer for 5 years straight and off-and-on since then, I know it's no picnic to get a book from "idea" to "finished", let alone "edited and ready for the publisher". Still, in this modern age, you'd think the time from "handed in" to "on the shelves" could be shorter, eh?

So, I struggle, reading new books that don't fill the need for the book I'm craving and I keep browsing Amazon for new recommendations, hoping for that next great series in which I happened to miss the publishing of the first eleven or thirty books (hey, I read fast, okay?).

Which brings me to a new-to-me series I'm itching to get my hands on. Thanks to Amazon's recommendations, I found Lisa McCann's Wake, which could possibly fill the void left for me since Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series completed back in August. If you're a fan, I'd love to hear what you think of it.

Of course, if you're a fan, you probably already know about the Freaking Huge Contest-O-Thanks Ms. McMann is holding on her blog. She does say that mentioning the contest is a good entry, for which I'm glad since I haven't read Wake yet!

I really need to spend more time on Amazon, adding my two cents to the books I love---I rely on that input a lot when I come across a new author. And, believe it or not, the author's own input back to her fans matters too. So, Ms. McMann, keep connecting with the fans and keep writing. I'm looking forward to trying your work out!

August Reading log

Hey, I remembered this time! Here's the list of reading for August:

  1. Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow
  2. Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow
  3. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
  4. The Devil Inside by Jenna Black (re-read)
  5. The Devil You Know by Jenna Black
  6. Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong
  7. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  8. Another One Bites the Dust by Jennifer Rardin
  9. Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin
  10. Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead
  11. Secret Vampire by L. J. Smith
  12. Daughters of Darkness by L. J. Smith
  13. Ashes of Worlds by Kevin J. Anderson (audio)
  14. Spellbinder by L. J. Smith
  15. Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
  16. Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon
  17. Gale Force by Rachel Caine

My tally so far for the year is 45 books and 19 audiobooks. I'm far short of even my conservative goal of 75 books and 25 audiobooks. I need to read at least 8 books a month to reach my "real" book minimum. But to reach my higher goal of 100 books by year's end, I need to read 14 books in all of the remaining months of the year! As for my audio goals, I can manage 6 more audiobooks in 4 months no problem.

It was those darn Diana Gabaldon books what did me in, you know. I couldn't stop listening to them. And I spent more time knitting lace and working sudoku than I should have. Wait. Did I just say I spent too much time knitting? That's just not right!

I think having a list to pull my next book to read from is helping too. I get the satisfaction of deleting a book from a list--kinda like checking off a task, yeah? When I walk to my bookshelves or bookcases, I'm overwhelmed with all the spines sticking out at me. Those I've read explode into my head at the sight of their titles and make me long to re-read them. But I'm actively trying to read the books I own I've never read (all the while buying even more books which I'm eager to read as well!).

On that note, perhaps it's time to go read another couple chapters of Engaging the Enemy by Elizabeth Moon!

Catching up on my reading logs....

I looked back and I haven't posted a reading log since April! Yikes. So, here's the last three months worth of reading/audio. The audiobooks are really enjoyable, since I get more knitting done while also "reading" a book I've got on my list.

  • May
    1. Small Favor by Jim Butcher
    2. Divergence by Charles Sheffield (audio)
    3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling (finally!)
  • June
    1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (audio)
    2. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (audio)
    3. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (audio)
    4. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (audio)
  • July
    1. Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling (re-read while sick)
    2. Crimson City by Liz Maverick
    3. Dangerous Games by Keri Arthur
    4. Embraced by Darkness by Keri Arthur
    5. The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur
    6. Of Fire and Night by Kevin J Anderson (audio)
    7. Metal Swarm by Kevin J Anderson (audio)
    8. Dauntless: The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell (audio)
    9. Fearless: The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell (audio)
    10. Courageous: The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell (audio)
    11. Valiant: The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell (audio)

I don't know why May's list was so small....I suppose I might have missed a few books. June's list was wholly subsumed by Diana Gabaldon's books. I couldn't not listen to them. They're narrated by Davina Porter, who does an outstanding job with the accents! Between these four books, I listened to a total of 159 hours and 45 minutes of audio!

I keep saying I need to make a list of "Books to be Read" and I keep not doing it. I'm going right now to look at my hardback books, so I can make that list!

Spring is done. Finally

I finished the Spring Mystery Shawl (finally!) very (very!) early Monday morning. I ordered my wire blocking kit on Tuesday, so it'll be a while before pictures will go up showing this one.

That leaves me with the Anniversary Mystery Shawl (a pi-shawl), which is the one I've ripped out a bajillion times already. I'm slowly working my way through Clue 2 and hope to be on to Clue 3 this evening. (Yes, for the very observant, it's 4:15 in the morning and I'm up, writing a blog entry....)

I've got a doctor's appointment at the very ungodly hour of 7:30am and I've pretty much given up getting any sleep before the appointment. So, I figure, I'll come home and crash afterward.

I'm expecting yarn to arrive tomorrow for two upcoming shawl projects: one is Mom's shawl. The other, is Goddess Knit's Dracula's Bride, which I purchased some time ago but finally got around to ordering the custom colorway I had in mind. I've got some concerns that the circles as I've charted them in Mom's shawl might go a little more oval-ish than I want, so I'll probably start with that one next.

There's another Mystery KAL starting Saturday--a Faroese shawl--but my yarn is delayed (through no fault of my dyer), so I'll start that one behind schedule.

I think I've missed a month or two of my reading lists for this year.... *sigh* I'll have to root around and see what I've been reading. As far as audiobooks go, I've devoured the first four books in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. That is truly outstanding listening. In fact, I would recommend listening over reading, to truly capture the places best. Davina Porter narrates the ones I bought from Audible (are there any other narrators out there doing Outlander?) and she does an amazing job.

In contrast, I had to stop listening to "The Immortals" by Tracy Hickman precisely because of the narration. The narrator? The author himself. And it's not "narration" but a sort of embellished presentation, with some sound effects added in---very very annoying. If I wanted to listen to a radio play, I would. I wish I could get my credit back on that book.

Oh, I got to get my geek on last week. We've got one of the Mac Powerbooks (codenamed Pismo), which was the last Mac I used regularly. Long ago (back in 2005?) one of the cats no longer residing with us (I'll leave it to you to decide why) managed to knock it to the (then concrete) floor---totally killing the screen. Randy was given another Mac Powerbook and we planned to swap the hard drives so I could get to my old genealogy files and do a GEDCOM dump. Only, it turns out, the free computer isn't another Pismo, but a Lombard.

When swapping the hard drives didn't work, I thought, well, maybe I can swap the monitors. Nope. Now I have the Pismo back together, minus it's "head". I think that'll be our new Halloween scary story: The Headless Pismo! I am debating bidding on the head over at ebay.

Since I just dropped *mumble-mumble* dollars on the Interweave Press Hurt Book Sale plus the blocking wires and some more books at KnitPicks during their 40% off books sale....I'd probably better wait.

Still, check out the titles I'm scoring in these two orders:

Not bad, I say! I can't wait 'til they get here! Oh! Plus!!! I just ordered several cones of Peaches n' Creme! ::rubs hands in glee:: Fun!

Oh, hey...look at the time. I've got to get up in an hour. Like I said earlier....I'll sleep after the appointment. Zzzzzzzzzz

March and April's Reading Logs

I missed posting March's reading log---probably 'cause it's embarrassingly short!

  1. The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison
  2. Beyond the Pale by Savannah Russe
  3. No Rest for the Witches (anthology of short stories)
  4. Deep Storm by Lincoln Child (audio)
  5. The New Madrid Run (audio)

April's isn't much better.

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (audio)
  2. White Knight by Jim Butcher (re-read)
  3. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (audio)
  4. Eifelheim by Michael Flynn (audio)
  5. The Society of S by Susan Hubbard (audio)
  6. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx (audio)
  7. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

I'm currently working on "Small Favor" by Jim Butcher and my audio is "Divergence" by Charles Sheffield. But, since I haven't finished them yet, I can't really count them as April's reading. *sigh*

I should make a list of all the books I want to get through this year. There's so many coming out and so many I already own I haven't read yet! I'm trying to tag my books in LibraryThing for reading, so I can find them when I finish a book, but that's not going so well.

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