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.
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
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.
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
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)