reading summary for 2011

December 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm (Uncategorized)

So  it  was  104  books. (  even  if  all I  did  was  read today  – the book I  am  reading now is long and complex – I  won’t  finish  it)   A few  rereads  and  a  few  graphic  novels.  ,  a lot  of  YA  ( surprise )  a couple  of  children  and a real mix of  adult  books. I  just  went  through  my list to  see which one  were the positive  stand  outs

Hominids Robert J. Sawyer ( now I  have  2  series  by  him I  want  to  read)

Jigs and Reels by Joanne Harris ( need to read  everything by  her)

The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skoot

The marriage bureau for rich people Farahad Zama sweet

Every me Every you David Levithan  Teen  well done  – photos  are  important, so  Not  an ebook  choice.

Deadline Mira Grant (READ THIS BOOK) politics,  medical/science  ethics/media/zombies

Cloaked by Alex Finn modern fairytale with a  ton of winks  and  nods to fairy  tales

Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landry kids  books,  skeleton  detective  ,  fun

The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher  a world  with  limited  water, maybe

Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin coming  of  age  teen  age  boy 

Hacking Timbuktu  by Stephen Davis  fun – adventure  hacking and  pakour

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride      It is hard to  find your place and  then being surprised at  your mcjob by  someone  telling  you  that  you are a  necromancer just  makes it more  complicated.

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry well done  after  the Zombie  apocalypse

and  here are the books I  am saying not to bother:

Prime Cut Diane Davidson  Sorry, no more  of  these — they aren’t  that interesting – and Goldy  feels  sort of  whinny and I don’t  really  like  her.

Spray by Harry Edge  It  was  just  silly

Ripple effect by Paul McCusker boring time  travel – christian  fiction with no story

Subject Seven by James Moore  horror, dull,  gross, flat  characters

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner techno not  thriller

Now , about  the  numbers – in high school I read  close to a  book  a  day.  As  an  adult, my peak was  somewhere in  the neighborhood  of  120 -144 books in  a  year.   I  am  happy  with  about 100 in  a  year – it  makes  sense  for  what I do for a living and what I  really  like  to do.  A long  time  ago , I  took  a  lot  pride in  my  reading  speed.  I  can only  say  now,  that  while  I  read  fast, speed  varies.   Some books are more  thought provoking so  they  go  slower.   Some are  much more  angsty ( and I  need  a  cheerful  break) .

Why  Keep  track ? First, it is my  memory  when I  need to  recommend  books. Second,  when I  get  in a  lazy  space  and don’t  do  much reading,  it  spurs  me on  to  pick  up  another  book.

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December 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm (Uncategorized)

Hominids Robert J. Sawyer lb parallel  universe, neandertals  are t he dominant  species  in a  very different world – that  intersects  with ours

Geektastic – lb fun  bunch  of  geeky  short  stories

Jigs and Reels by Joanne Harris tobereadshelf short stories by the author of Chocolat she writes really good short stories, if rather creepy

Zone  One     Colson  Whitehead Kindle library  literary  Zombie  Novel not  great

One  thing at  a  time  Cindy  Glovvinsky off  the bookshelf  organization – fit  well  with  the  flylady

Serenity: The Shepard’ s Tale   off  the  bookshelf  graphic  novel  book’s  back story

10  books  for  December,  104  for  the  year.

I  have  one  book I  might  finish  before  the  end  of  the  year

one  was  off  my  bookshelf  two  were off  my  bookshelf  but  xmas  presents

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done is better than perfect

December 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm (Uncategorized)

Came across this article. It resonates.

I’ll start with flylady – despite the over excitement about a clean house – if you really read what is going on , it is about good enough, improvement and better, not perfect. And yes, I know she says everyday is antiprocarstination day, however that’s the point. What makes sense to you? If you need a day off – take it. As long as it is done, and it works for you, just fine.

I hear a lot of not done yet , I have so much to do for christmas… my thought , do less. Or change how you do it.

Now I came across this article on the everybody walk page. Exercise and diet – another place where I hear ‘not enough, too much , is heard a lot. One of the great places where a little improvement is a very good thing.

So what am I going to do with this. I don’t know yet. Resolutions came up at the cafe this morning. I think I’d like to come up with something. not to improve me , but to add to my quality of life.

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December 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm (Uncategorized) ()

The  Immortal  life  of  Henrietta  Lacks  Rebbeca   Skoot   kindle  own excellent

Wait  until  midnight   Amanda  Quick  kindle  library fun  romance

Prime  Cut Diane  Davidson  Mott Kindle  library bleh.    I’ve  read  a  bunch  of  the series ,  but I  am  enjoying  them  less  and  less.   No  more

Cherub Mission 2:   the Dealer.  Robert  Muchamore  2nd  in a  teen  spy  series,  looking  forward  to  the  third

4  so  far  for  december ,  98  so  far  for  the  year

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December 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm (Uncategorized) ()

With  the redoing of  our  bedroom  space,  I  have a  ew  way  of looking  at  my  to-be-read pile. I have  about 5  cubic  feet  of books. ( actually  my  DH  is  the one  tha put it in those  terms ) .Now in  theory,  I don’t  mind  having a  lot of  books around – just in case. However,  I  would  like to  free one  more cube on  my  wall. Two  cubes  for jewelry would  work  better  than  one. 

 So  my  challenge  is  to  read one  book  a  month off  my  to-be-read  pile. I ‘ve  spent  the last  year  reading mostly YA  books , so  I  think I  can read a  few  more  books that  don’t  fit  in  that  category.  And  since  I  have all kinds of  books on my  pile (  or  should I  say  wall?) It  is not  like  I  am  stuck  reading 12  weighty  or  serious tomes. 

Of  course  , 12  books won’t  empty one  cube,  but it is  the habit  I  am  trying  to  encourage . ( besides, I  am  going to  need to make  room  for   the next bunch  of  books I  get)

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