Hairballsrus-Reading Begins at Home in 2015
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I'm also considering a points system to "reward" myself for good behavior. So many points allow me to buy a new book. Maybe a 5 to 1 ratio. Although considering how many books I have, that ratio should be higher!
It remains to be seen if I can talk myself into a complete book buying ban. Highly unlikely. I have Amazon.com on speed dial. Not to mention there's a 20% off sale at Half Price Books this weekend.
POINTS FOR PAULA >
5 Points = NEWLY BOUGHT BOOK
Current Total: 20
Current New Books Earned: 4
Current New Books Bought: Don't make me go there
1. The Office of Mercy
3. Happy Hour in Hell
5. Dreams of Gods and Monsters
7. The Troupe
8. Two Serpents Rise
9. Artemis Awakening
12. The Pilgrims
13. The Flight of the Silvers
14. The Brothers Cabal **started**
15. Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler
17.Freezing People is Not Easy
18. Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies and the Making of a Medical Examiner**gave away**
20. Bitter Kingdom
22. Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits
23. Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English
24. Hidden Things
25. Cold Magic
26. The Glass God
27. There is No Dog
28. The Dog Stars**started**
29. Never the Bride
30. Driving with Dead People
32. Talker 25
33. Your Hate Mail will be Graded Started, but this isn't really a book you read straight through....
34. Final Empire
38. Ruin and Rising
39. Stolen Songbird
40. Ghost Planet
42. The Dust of 100 Dogs
44. The Taking
45. The 57 Lives of ALex Wayfare
48. The Candy Bombers
49. The Winner's Curse
51. Red Seas Under Red Skies
52. Between Two Thorns
55. The Name of the Wind
56. Who Fears Death
58. Of Bees and Mist
60. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
66. Blue Lily, Lily Blue
68. Man made Boy
69. Emperor of All Maladies
70. The Brothers Cabal
72. The Thorn and the Blossom
73. The Immortal Rules
74. The Dark Between
75. Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom
76. If You Could Be Mine
77. A Hole in the Heart
78. That Book About Harvard The first trick would be to figure out where I put this! **started**
80. The Diviners
81. Beauty Queens
83. The Secret History of Moscow
85. Opposition Lux Series
89. The 13 and 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear
90. The Evolution of Mara Dyer
91. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
92. Cats in Cyberspace
94. The Yiddish Policeman's Union
95. How Shall I Tell the Dog?
96. Plain and Normal
97. Welcome to Higby
99. The Postmistress ABANDONED Will Not FINISH NOT MY CUP OF TEA
100. Voodoo Season
101. Delia's Shadow
103. Promised Land
104. Jenna Starborn
105. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
106. The Kingdom of Gods
107. Green Rider
108. Days of Cain
110. The Enchanted
111. My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places
112. Blood Red, Snow White
113. Tender Morsels
114. Rebel Belle
115. Cast in Shadow
117. Gods Behaving Badly
118. The Passage
119. The Dead Father's Club
123. All Men of Genius **started**
124. First Comes Love Then Comes Malaria
125. The Sky is Everywhere
126. Indigo Springs
127. The Perseids
128. Dearly Beloved
129. I am Half Sick of Shadows
130. The Company Car
131. The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf
132. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
133. Neil Simon Rewrites
134. The Collected Plays of Neil Simon
135. Then We Came to the End
137. The Wednesday Sisters
139. Riding on the Bus with my Sister
140. From the Dust Returned
142. Falling Kingdoms
143. The Legend of Eli MonpressOmnibus of three books
144. The Spirit War
145. Spirit End
148. The Rithmatist.......listening to the audio book, which I have misplaced!
149. Phoenix and Ashes
150. Raw Shark Texts
151. Anubis Gates
152. City of Pearl
153. The Gates of Sleep
154. Spindle's End
156. City of Dark Magic
157. City of Lost Dreams
158. The Mercy of Thin Air
159. The Bean Trees
160. So You Created a Wormhole
161. A Street Cat Named Bob
162. The World House
163. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
164. A Fire Upon the Deep
167. Just One Damned Thing After Another
169. The Infernals
170. The Creeps
173. The Gone Away World
174. Songs of Willow Frost
175. Dark Mirror
176. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent
178. Carter Beats the Devil
179. The Wild Ways
180. The Only Ones
181. The Stranger: The Labyrinth of Echo
182. Etiquette and Espionage
183. School for Good and Evil
185. How to Lead a Life of Crime
186. The Solitudes
188. Princess of the Silver Woods
191. The Blue Girl
193. Soul Screamers Vol. 1
194. Soul Screamers Vol. 2
195. Too Many Ghosts
196. Unholy Magic
197. The Lesser Kindred
198. Song in Silence
199. Peach Pies and Alibis
200. A Natural History of Dragons
203. Urban Shaman
204. White Hot Kiss
207. Pretty Monsters
208. The Children of Green Knowe
209. The Namesake
210. Being Sloane Jacobs
212. A Madness of Angels
213. The Romance Readers Book Club
214. The Girls Who Went Away
215. The Coolest Race on Earth
216. A Confusion of Princes
217. One Good Knight
218. Dark Triumph
220. The Winter People
221. Once Upon a Winter's Night
222. Reserved for the Cat
223. Fortune's Pawn
224. Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love
225. Beauty and the Werewolf
226. The Stars My Destination
227. Algonquin Cat
228. No one Noticed the Cat
230. The Lighthouse, the Cat and the Sea
231. That Old Flame of Mine
232. Ghost of a Chance
233. Revelation Space
235. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
236. The Daughter of Time
240. Son of Rhubarb
243.Blueprints of the Afterlife
244. X-Files Classics
246. Where's My Jetpack?
247. Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History Early Readers
248. Lord of Light
249. Terror Firma
250. Sun of Suns
BOOKS FROM THE "OPTIONS" LIST
1. Her Fearful Symmetry JAN
2. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves JAN
3. The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth JAN
4. Roswell, Vegas and Area 51 JAN
5. Tooth and Claw
BOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS FROM OTHER BOOKCASES
1. Three Men in a Boat JAN Audio on my phone
BOOKS FROM OFF THE RANCH (NEWBIES AS OF JAN. 2015) BOUGHT OR BORROWED
1. Fortunately, the Milk Audio book borrow through Overdrive
BOOK BULLETS and I WANNAS-at least I can write them down even if I can't buy them!
Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos
Smiler's Fair by Rebecca Levene
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman Already read. Need to complete collection.
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Already read. Need paperback
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas need paperback-out in the Fall
The Green Man by Michael Bedard
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The GraceKeepers byKirsty Logan
Beyond the Pale by Emily Urquhart no proper touchstone. August pub date
Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew
House of Leaves
Echopraxia Is this a sequel?
All the Light We Cannot See
The Wonders by Paddy O'Reilly
Repeat by Neal Pollack
One Pair of Feet by Monica Dickens
A Robot in the Garden
I love your idea of a point system for rewarding reading off your shelves. I should do that.
3. The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth Short, cute graphic novel. Zoo animals put on Shakespeare plays when the zoo is shut. My favorite character by far was Lady Macbeth, a cheetah. Out, out damned spot! Er...spots!
A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
A book published by an indie press
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
A book that takes place in Asia
A book by an author from Africa
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
A YA novel
A sci-fi novel
A romance novel
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
An audiobook- We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
A collection of poetry
A book that someone else has recommended to you
A book that was originally published in another language
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
A book published before 1850
A book published this year
A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
I'm obviously not doing something right. Sigh.
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>23 ronincats: ronincats- I was just discussing that with the hubster last night. To the batcave Robin! Er, the member's gallery. I tried uploading from my phone and then from the computer to the post, but that was the wrong choice. I think it's still trying to access the phone's file. Also, for some reason my phone loves to take vertical pictures and then they post sideways. So back to the drawing board. I will eventually figure this out.
4. Roswell, Vegas and Area 51 by Connie Willis Okay, okay, maybe it's cheating counting a 37 page book, but it's a hardback! Basically, it's the travel notes from Connie and her husband Courtney's vacation. Sort of a Terry Pratchett feel with the footnotes and footnotes for the footnotes. Cute and quick and she strikes me as someone I would like to take a roadtrip with. :) It's also from my TBR shelf, so it's a win win!
Currently listening to Three Men in a Boat and reading Tooth and Claw. Spent yesterday in the kitchen, curry beef with peas, split pea with bacon soup and homemade mocha cupcakes with espresso buttercream icing. Gluten free for the hubby! Something about cold weather always makes me want to cook and being on vacation doesn't hurt either. Now I need to go rescue a cat from a mini blind. :)
Ta da! I still haven't figure out how to flip a picture. I suppose I just need to twist the camera when I take the pic???? But at least this posted properly. The hubby bought me this friendly little gargoyle for Christmas. He's seated on top of my TBR bookcase.
Hadn't heard of that Willis. Did reading To Say Nothing of the Dog inspire your reading of Three Men in a Boat, or will it be vice versa?
I related Tooth and Claw to my Regency books, but others have said it is specifically riffed on one of Trollope's books--he's on my wish list.
>26 ronincats: It was the first, not the second. Having read and listened to over and over again To Say Nothing of the Dog, one of my favorite books ever, I wanted to take a shot at the source material. And I'm loving it!The daftness of human beings never really changes and all the social commentary and smart remarks apply just as much today as they did one hundred years ago. Now I understand why Connie Willis loves it so much.
As for Tooth and Claw, I haven't read any Trollope so I really cannot say; the quote from Jane Yolen on the back of the book calls it ..."the Pride and Prejudice of the dragon world." Good, just slow. I'm having trouble focusing on anything today after staying up watching X-Files episodes the past two night. ;P
6. Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog unabridged audio book Long story short? Three idiots take to the Thames for a leisurely boating trip and prove, quite soundly, how daft they truly are. By far, the dog is the smartest of the bunch. At least he knew when not to fight a cat. Lots of fun. I especially liked the fishermen tales.
Alright, I have a confession to make. A package from Book Outlet arrived today. Now, technically I bought these books on December 26th; they just didn't arrive until now. This year or last year's purchases? This matters because I'm participating in the ROOTs challenge and I don't get any points for 2015 books.
Books in the Box
1. The Waterproof Bible by Andrew Kaufman
2. Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman
3. The Red Queen Dies by Frankie Bailey
4. Far Far Away
5. A Case of Exploding Mangoes
6. Above All Things
7. Omens by Kelly Armstrong
8. Romance is My Day Job
9. California Bones
10. Wide Open by Deborah Coates
11. A Barricade in Hell
12. What Makes This Book so Great
13. Three Parts Dead Read in 2014
14. The Well-Filled Tortilla Cookbook
15. The Secrets of Lost Cats: One Woman, Twenty Posters and New Understanding of Love
16. Chinese Whiskers
19. Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home
I know, I know, I'm weak but it was a 50% off sale.
33>scaifea Yeah, I guess that could have gone without saying ;P
7. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman Audio book borrowed through Overdrive. Short and silly. I listened to this last night on my Nook while playing free game apps. Am I the only one who doesn't think Neil Gaiman walks on water? No, that's not right. I do think he's good, but I also think he piddles away his time on small projects when he could be working on a nice fat new novel. I liked The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but it didn't bowl me over. I liked The Graveyard Book, but lets be honest, it's a set of short stories, not a novel. The best parts of Stardust are actually from the film. Boy, I do sound like a downer don't I? I know I should try out his Sandman comics.
Pros for Me: I really like Neverwhere in all its forms, the book, the radio show, the tv show. American Gods was a good read for me and I'd like to visit The House in the Rock now. Favorite part was the creepy funeral home.
Good Omens is a classic. The speech about "what eternity is" cracks me up everytime.
AND....by far my favorite novel (both in print form and definitely the audio book) is Anansi Boys. I will never forget the moving speech given by Fat Charlie for his father......at the wrong funeral.
"Fat Charlie, you leave those folks alone!"
Gimme a new novel Neil!!!!!
Also - YES!! Come and visit The House on the Rock!! It's super close to my house!! Meetup!!
You live near The House on the Rock? Do you have pictures? :)
That's a bit of a drive since I'm in Dallas, but I'm sure there are LBTs (is that how you say it? Or is that an abbreviation for Lettuce, Bacon and Tomato?) closer to you. And doesn't Neil live near there? Invite him and ask about the novel! A win win situation.
LBTs? I'm confused.
I think Neil lives closer to Minneapolis than here...
Neil would only have to cross one state line while I'd have to cross several. Although a road trip sounds like fun, I have to go back to work on Monday. :(
9. The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst This urban fantasy annoyed me in a couple of ways. 1. It was touted as adult, but really was "new adult" in flavor. I got really tired of the main hero walking around with his shirt unbuttoned. And the feather tattoos...what was the point of those? 2. I thought this was a standalone! I bought it as a standalone! I read it as a standalone! It ain't a standalone. Bummer. It's a neat idea though.
A young woman with a dying mother, decides to drive straight instead of turning left on the way to work one morning. She drives and drives, away from her life, away from her troubles, away from the world. She winds up in the town of Lost, where all lost things and people arrive eventually. Now she's trapped and must learn to survive and how to also make it home. But does she really want to go home?
Currently reading The Ghost Bride....
I went back to work today so Lord knows how long it'll take me to read it. :) I will try to make reading a priority.
11. Takedown Twenty audio book on phone
12. Top Secret Twenty One audio yadda yadda
13, Marked by Alex Hughes. Third in the mindspace investigations series Audio also
14. The Ghost Bride physical book hooray i actually read something! This was good. spirits wandering around the Chinese afterlife.
15. Johannes Cabal Necromancer Reread Prepping for the fourth book that I have on my tbr.
One more audio to add to the collection....
16. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro At first, the utter banality of the plot drove me nuts, but then.....well, I'm still not sure how I feel about this story. There were so many mysteries not explored. It's the type of book that demands discussion. Am I the only one who kept picturing a chicken farm in their head? Would you want an educated chicken? How is it even possible to think of them as chickens? How could there be no protests from either side of the system?
In the end, the utter acceptance of all the characters made me want to rage on their behalf.
Currently reading Jackaby and The Dog Stars. I've stalled on The Dog Stars at the moment because it's sad. Sniff.
Oh, and I hope you are feeling much better now!
ETA I just went to wishlist the Stroud and found Foggi had already put it on there in July of 2013. Oh well, maybe the library will HAVE it by now.
Roni-You should really try the Johannes books. The character is like no other.
17. Jackaby by WIlliam Ritter Another from the TBR Mountain This felt like the author's NaNoRoMo project. Neither fleshed out nor ready for publishing. The back cover blurb pulled me in, comparing the character to both Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. I think my favorite character was the duck. Or maybe the stench inducing toad.
18. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison audiobook from Plano Library/also on the the TBR mountain Since I was stalled on The Dog Stars, I decided to try something completely different. I went into this book blind, expecting a comic novel based on the title. I got the comedy, but also a dose of tragedy at the center. There's a complete story arc for the main character, but the book still feels too short.
I'm still stalled on The Dog Stars. Also reading All Men of Genius . Also reading The Brothers Cabal. Also reading....Lord knows. I think I'm slumping after a story crammed January.
19. Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny I really like Garrison Keillor normally, but eighteen chapters of Guy Noir are seventeen chapters too much. Juvenile and just plain annoying by the end. Two and a half stars for making me snort occasionally. Going on the donation pile.
20. The Bones of the Earth by Michael Swanwick Audio book Granted, I'd probably remember more of the scientific gobbledygook in this tale had I actually "read" read it, but that also might have made me put it down. I'm actually not all that enamoured of dinosaurs, but with audio books, you just barrel on ahead. How do I explain this one? Time travel. T Rexes. An expedition of scientists lost in the past. Fundamentalist terrorists. Bit of a Contact vibe there. Paradoxes. I enjoyed it. The time travel explanation is out there, but acceptable.
22. As You Wish by Cary Elwes
23. mystery novel that eludes me! Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sophie Kelly
24. Bellwether by Connie Willis
25. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
26. Dr. Suess's Sleep Book It's my challenge and I say it counts!
I confess! They were all audio books! (all but Dr. Suess) I also partially listened to Blackout by Connie Willis and Three Souls by Emily Woo Zeller
The Johannes Cabal book was okay--hard to get up much empathy for him but what a turn at the end!
I hope you enjoyed the send up of corporations and academia in Bellwether. I love that book but I'm not sure how well it would work in audio.
Stroud was a lot of fun. I think I have The Last Dragonslayer on my TBR mountain.
Currently listening to Rosemary and Rue.
So February was the month of not working on my TBR. Here's hoping I get back to the bookcase in March. I did give one of the books away. Does that count? :)
"Your what's been stolen?" said the brisk voice on the phone. It was serval notes higher in tone than it had been thirty seconds previously. The bored indifference was almost entirely gone.
"My wall," replied Mrs. Featherby, patiently and efficiently. "The front wall of my house."
"Bloody hell, how did that happen?"
"I don't know how. I've reported it to the police. I'm sure they'll have some kind of answer shortly." Mrs. Featherby was not at all convinced that the police were going to come up with any kind of solution, but it would not do to express doubt to the the insurance agent. Insurance agents pounce on doubt like rabid terriers. They could probably smell it, they way dogs can smell fear.
"To be honest, Mrs. Featherby, I'm not sure about this. I'm not sure about it at all."
"My home and contents insurance covers me against theft, does it not?"
"Well, yeah, sure, but that's theft of, well, the contents. Not theft of the house."
"The house has not been stolen. Only part of it has."
"Yeah, I know, but-"
"If an unruly university student uplifted my mail box or my rose bush or my door knocker, which is an antique in the shape of an elephant, would that be covered?"
"Well, this is precisely the same situation. Someone has stolen from me; they've stolen a part of my house, including, I might add, my front door and, by extension, my rather lovely door knocker."
The insurance agent changed tack: "Yeah, well, we can't even know for sure that it's theft, can we? Your wall disappearing. Can't be that common, wall thieves. And you're not insured for acts of God, so-"
"Acts of God?" said Mrs. Featherby, audibly raising her eyebrow. "Are you actually suggesting that our Lord and Saviour, in His infinite wisdom, has used His omnipotent power to cause my front wall to dissolve away? Balaam had his donkey, Joan had her magic voices and I have a disappearing house? Is that, in your mind, the most logical explanation?"
"Look, there's no need-"
"Perhaps you would be so good as to allow me to put in a claim, and if in the processing of that claim it is decided that the theft of my wall was in fact, not theft but the divine intervention of the Almighty, you can take the moral high ground."
There was a brief silence.
"Could you confirm your post code, please?"
OKay, for March I've been trying to get back on track with my TBR. I also fell off the wagon as far as buying books, but we're not going to talk about that yet! I'll list my transgressions once they all arrive in the mail. Some are coming from England so it may be a while.
27. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire Audiobook Yes, I am finally on the October Daye bandwagon. It's great to find an urban fantasy series where the world itself is so detailed. I'm looking forward to learning more. If I have one minor complaint, I hope this isn't a series where Toby gets a new love interest in each book. If this book is anything to go by, she has crappy taste in men.
28. When You Are Engulfed in Flames Audiobook Reread/relisten? As you have probably figured out by now, I am a David Sedaris fan. The only way to go with Sedaris books is with the audio.
29. Johnny Hiro: The Skills to Pay the Bills by Fred Chao Graphic novel about an aspiring sushi chef's life in NYC. No, seriously. This sequel wasn't nearly as amusing as the first. Solid performer. Still love the way the author illustrates cats. A book off the TBR pile!
30. The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke I got duped on this one. It's science fiction, but it's really a love story. Young girl falls in love with an android. Yep, they went there. BUT! Finn, the robot, is always true to himself. Kudos for never making him more than the machine he is. If she's going to love him, she has to accept him for who he is. And the last few chapters made me sob. Good emotional, sniffling read. Another off the TBR. Woohoo!
31. Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson What if, the radiosphere, where all television and radio signals go to travel the world, was a living entity. An actual hive mind. What if that mind gently adjusts the signals and farms violence out of mankind. What if it's doing it for its own purposes? What if humans wish to revolt? Okay, this science fiction novel has a sufficiently out there plot, but it suffered from pacing and quite frankly not that much happened. And the ending was just a speed bump. When Wilson is on, he's a mind blowing read, but when he's off......his books sputter. Another TBR book. Doing the Snoopy dance.
32. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde This didn't go in the direction I expected, but it's all the better for that. Another TBR. Making progress...
Seriously, I need to show some restraint. Not all of the books are new reads, however. I've fallen in love with the new hardback editions of Discworld being sold by The Book Depository. They're so pretty! Terry Pratchett, you will be missed.
We now return you to your normally scheduled programing....
33. Waiting for Gertrude Where do I even start with this one??? Do you like cats? Do you like graveyards? Do you believe in reincarnation? Then this is the book for you. Ultimately, I didn't love this as much as I'd hoped, but it was still entertaining. I now really want to visit Paris just to visit this graveyard. Another book booted off the TBR.
34. The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher Fantasy novel with a Dickensian flavor. Might I have some more please??? First in a trilogy. But bugger, only the first book is out. The main romance is a bit shaky, but I'll withhold my opinion until the next book. Jed the dog and Cook are my favorite characters. Another TBR kicked out of the nest.
35. The Things They Carried A Vietnam war mocku-memoir. Very powerful. The only thing that bugged me was the constant repetition. I realize it was done on purpose, but a little went a long way. Another TBR baby.
36. Fifty Shades Darker Okay, okay, shut up. I watched the movie and wanted to know what happened next. Let's all move on with our lives.
18 books off the TBR. Yippee!!!!! My goal of 50 is doable.
39. Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop Hooray! The next Others book. I pre-ordered this from Amazon. One of my favorite current urban fantasy series. I like that the books are taking their time with both the plot and the relationships. The Big Bad (to borrow a Buffy term) keeps getting Bigger and Badder.
Alrighty then, what I read in April...
Since I had a book hangover from Vision in Silver, I decided to give the other Anne Bishop books on my TBR a try.
40. Daughter of the Blood Book 1
41. Heir to the Shadows Book 2
Okay, these take some explaining. First of all, had I not been forewarned, I might have DNFed the first book due to the ick factor. There's a lot of violence and a lot of gratuitous everything else. There are only two types of characters in the first novel in this dark fantasy series: bitches and bastards. The bitches, as far as I could tell, were just bitches; the bastards, were bastards because the bitches had gotten hold of them. A lot of stuff is done for the shock value (the Ring of Obedience around a man's "organ" OUCH!) but the second book tones it down.
You can approach this world in one of two ways; it's either a society where feminism went over the top and down a dark path or where all the characteristics normally attributed to women are instead attributed to men. Although, come to think of it, there are some really nasty men as well. Did I mention all the bad guys are the good guys? Saetan, Dark Lord of Hell, is by far the nicest person in the books.
And the main female character is a Mary Sue. Things come way too easy for her. In fact, because she's a Mary Sue I'm capable of accepting the seriously crappy thing that happens to her at the end of Daughter of Blood. She needed something she would have to overcome.
This is a fantasy series told from all of the side characters points of view. Yes, you see inside Saetan and all of the villainesses, but never the witch, excuse me, Witch Jaenelle.
I have some minor quibbles. Yet again it's a world where miscommunication leads to all sorts of misunderstandings that drag problems out and some stuff is just unbelievable. How long could you hold a grudge? Could you hold one for 1700 years? One characters does.
Still, the world is well fleshed out and I want to see what happened when Jaenelle and Daemon finally meet again. So I'm definitely in for the third book, although I don't know if I'll read the following six. We'll see.
Favorite character so far: Surreal the hooker/assassin. Don't piss her off and make sure you pay her in advance for all services rendered.
I have the omnibus of this trilogy on my TBR so while I'm counting each book as a read for my 75 book challenge, the omnibus will only count as one for my 50 book TBR challenge.
42. Fire by Kristen Cashore I was on a fantasy kick, so I read this companion novel to Graceling. Very enjoyable. Another TBR book.
43. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey Not that much happens in this sequel to the The Fifth Wave, but it has a good ending. Take that TBR!
44. The Ophelia Prophecy Average science fiction romance. I do not for one minute buy that these characters are "made for each other". Please. They spent most of the book apart.
On the plus side, I discovered the author has a YouTube channel called Ask a Mortician. While she believes her work is important, she doesn't take herself that seriously.
CURRENT READS: Karen Memory, Your Hate Mail will be Graded, Harrison Squared and The Queen of Darkness. Listening to Bone Season and The Rithmatist-which I need to find before the library gets cranky.
"The silence was thick and heavy, and it lasted until it was punctuated by Madame' unmistakable boot on the stair.
She stopped there and surveyed the damage. I felt her eye tick across me, even though I couldn't bear to meet it. Then she took the kind of breath that plumped her battleship prow up over her stays, and let it out again. Say what you will about the formidable Madame Damnable, but I can see how she made her money in Anchorage. She's got to be fifty-nine, and she's still got a balcony you could do Shakespeare from. "
49. Afterparty by Daryl Gregory What a nutty read! I loved this, but I'm not sure if I know how to explain it. Let's see... What if you really could find God at the bottom of a liquor glass? What would happen if he wouldn't go away? Engaging speculative fiction.
50. My Real Children by Jo Walton I'm sorry, did I miss something? This book would be good for book clubs, because it's going to leave you sputtering and annoyed at the end of it. Personally, I really like alternate histories and parallel universe stories, but I don't appreciate being pressured into choosing between the character's happiness and world peace. Either way you go, you're going to feel like a slimeball. And it's obvious these worlds didn't diverge at the point Walton's pushing, that's just where the character's life changes. And yet, it was still an engaging read; I basically inhaled it in one day, dag nab it.
56. On the Jellicoe Road OMG! What a tearjerker. A Worthy Prinz Award Winner.
57. The Whispering Skull Second in the Lockwood and Co. series and just as much fun as the first.
67. Sister Water by Nancy Willard Willard is a magical realism wizard and her two adult novels deserve a much larger following than they have.
68. Little, Big by John Crowley A classic gentle fantasy novel. The farther you go in, the bigger it gets. This is novel read for the language and the rhythms. And I want to live in that house!
69. The Face in the Frost Another house I want to live in!
70. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys I honestly wasn't aware of this part of history. Such suffering endured in silence.
71. Replay by Ken Grimwood A different take on time travel.
I think I have some of those books somewhere but I've never read them. Good? I assume so since you're rereading.
72. Pyramids by Terry Pratchett One of my favorites of Discworld. Especially the assassin academy.
‘Cats are sacred,’ said Dios, shocked at the words Teppic uttered.
‘Long-legged cats with silver fur and disdainful expressions are, maybe,’ said Teppic nursing his hand, ‘I don’t know about this sort. I’m sure sacred cats don’t leave dead ibises under the bed. And I’m certain that sacred cats that live surrounded by endless sand don’t come indoors and do it in the king’s sandals, Dios.’ (P)
73. The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry Basically one 90 page run on sentence of a librarian complaining about everything. I found it annoying although a lot of people find it charming.
74. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher The anecdote about Eddie Fisher swallowing his hearing aids was well worth the two bucks I paid for this book at the Plano Library Sale.
76. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout I forgot to list this earlier. 4th book in the Lux series. I'm not sure how thrilled I am about the turn this series is taking, but since there's only one more book, I'll hold my peace. Another off the TBR pile so yay!
77. Guards! Guards! Every scene with Lady Sybil made the book. "Hooray! Hooray! For the spinster's sister's daughter!" "Vimes stalked gloomily through the crowded streets, feeling like the only pickled onion in a fruit salad.”
78. Men at Arms I loved Cuddy and Detritus. Like the blind leading the blind. “Aargh! I’m too short for this shit!”
79. Feet of Clay Hooray for Cheery Littlebottom!
‘Carrot, I think you’ve got something wrong with your head,’ said Angua.
‘I think you may have got it stuck up your bum.’
80. Jingo "Gentlemen, no fighting. This is a council of war."
84. Thud Favorite Vimes book so far.
85. Carpe Jugulum
86. His Majesty's Dragon The first sentence in this book has put me off forever. I'm glad I finally took a chance on an audiobook of this tale.
87. Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? This story touches so close to home for my husband.
88. You're Never Weird on the Internet
90. House of the Rising Sun
91. City of Eternal Night
Both by Kristen Painter. Maybe if I had read these books instead of listening to them, i might have a different opinion, but the narrator really throws himself into the accents of the characters. Maybe a little too much. These are like bad supernatural Mexican soap operas. The series should be subtitled :Characters with Bad Impulse Control. B grade bordering on Z grade fantasy. Unfortunately, the third book isn't available as an audio. Seriously. I need to find out how Harlow handles being possessed by her dead twin baby sister!!!!!
92. A Walk in the Woods We went to see the film adaptation and it left so much out, I decided to reread it. Lots of fun. Although Byrson can be a bit preachy.
95. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison Amusing start to a series.
96. Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey Another start to a series. This one is a bit iffy; I really dislike the "best friend" character. But the next book takes place during the autumn and I'm all about seasonal reads.
97. The Good The Bad and The Undead Eh. The vampire roommate is annoying. Not all that fond of the boyfriend either.
98. The Hollow Boy Third Lockwood tale. Still a fun series, but the second is still my favorite. This feels like a set up for the fourth book, with a bit lacking in the single adventure.
99. The Library at Mount Char What do I say about this book? What a ride! Seriously, if you can get past the first chapter, keep going. You have no idea what you're in for. So original. And I want to try that guacamole.
100. Making Money Another Pratchett "relisten". I'd love to know more about extreme sneezing.
101. Alif the Unseen This was another really enjoyable tale. A hacker, a jinn and an Arabic prince walk into a bar... If you can, listen to the audiobook. It's very well done.
102. Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
103. The Diary of Anne Frank I had never read this. Anne is sassy. Reality sucks.
It's finally starting to look like Fall in Texas. It's a baking/soup making weekend which means breaking out the audio books. Currently listening to Bone Gap, City of Stairs, and a few others.
105. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Cute but slight
106. The Crown of Embers Okay, I did fall asleep in the middle of this, but I was running a fever so I get some slack. Solid second book in this fantasy series. You know nothing is going to be settled in this book going in, but the main character continues to grow. Woman power! Interesting take on the chosen people of God.
107. Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway In the long run, I'm not sure this was worth the effort of pushing through it. Don't get me wrong, I like Nick Harkaway, but if he can find a way to describe something in five pages instead of five words, he'll do it. I bought the British paperback (beautiful cover!) and not wanting to ruin the copy (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) I listened to the audiobook. I didn't quite buy the crime boss's son coming into his own: he was too a mild a character for that. And his Mom was jerk. Plain and simple. I did like the gadgets. I loved the narrator's voice of Eddie when she was pretending to be an upper class male twit. The elderly pug with the glass eyes was just creepy.
108. Bone Gap Just felt a bit spare.
For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!