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Editat: juny 13, 2015, 11:43am

Hello, my name is Hairballsrus and I'm still a Bookaholic. In 2015, I intend to tackle some of my bookcase backlog. Granted, I say that every year, but this year I REALLY MEAN IT! At least 50 of my 75 reads will come from my own shelves. I'm currently compiling a list of 250 "options". Feel free to vote for your favorites. :) Science fiction and fantasy still make up most of my reads. My YA addiction is on the decline. I'd really like to finish some series this year as well.

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 on speed dial. Not to mention there's a 20% off sale at Half Price Books this weekend.



Current Total: 20

Current New Books Earned: 4

Current New Books Bought: Don't make me go there

Editat: des. 2, 2015, 3:58pm

50 BOOKS FROM MY SHELVES CHALLENGE OPTIONS I will be posting pictures of this bookcase just as soon as I figure how to....;)

1. The Office of Mercy
2. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3. Happy Hour in Hell
4. These Broken Stars
5. Dreams of Gods and Monsters
6. The Oversight
7. The Troupe
8. Two Serpents Rise
9. Artemis Awakening
10. Jackaby
11. The Cure for Dreaming
12. The Pilgrims
13. The Flight of the Silvers
14. The Brothers Cabal **started**
15. Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler
16. House of the Rising Sun
17.Freezing People is Not Easy
18. Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies and the Making of a Medical Examiner**gave away**
19. Crown of Embers
20. Bitter Kingdom
21. S.
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
31. Burning Paradise
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
35. The Ophelia Prophecy
36. Child of a Hidden Sea
37. Wool
38. Ruin and Rising
39. Stolen Songbird
40. Ghost Planet
41. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
42. The Dust of 100 Dogs
43. The Mad Scientist's Daughter
44. The Taking
45. The 57 Lives of ALex Wayfare
46. Hitchers
47. The Lost
48. The Candy Bombers
49. The Winner's Curse
50. Don't Look Back
51. Red Seas Under Red Skies
52. Between Two Thorns
53. Scarlet
54. Chalice
55. The Name of the Wind
56. Who Fears Death
57. The Last Dragonslayer
58. Of Bees and Mist
59. Conversion
60. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
61. The Ghost Bride
62. Alif the Unseen
63. Dreadnought
64. Between Shades of Grey
65. Tooth and Claw
66. Blue Lily, Lily Blue
67. Railsea
68. Man made Boy
69. Emperor of All Maladies
70. The Brothers Cabal
71. The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth
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**
79. Alienated
80. The Diviners
81. Beauty Queens
82. Pure
83. The Secret History of Moscow
84. Origin Lux Series......about 2/3rds through and rolling my eyes. Need to finish in May.
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
93. Waiting for Gertrude
94. The Yiddish Policeman's Union
95. How Shall I Tell the Dog?
96. Plain and Normal
97. Welcome to Higby
98. Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny
99. The Postmistress ABANDONED Will Not FINISH NOT MY CUP OF TEA
100. Voodoo Season
101. Delia's Shadow
102. The Infinite Sea
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
109. My Real Children
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
116. Searoad
117. Gods Behaving Badly
118. The Passage
119. The Dead Father's Club
121. Ultraviolet
122. Vessel
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
136. Night
137. The Wednesday Sisters
138. The Things They Carried
139. Riding on the Bus with my Sister
140. From the Dust Returned
141. Abracadaver
142. Falling Kingdoms
143. The Legend of Eli MonpressOmnibus of three books
144. The Spirit War
145. Spirit End
146. Bone Season
147. Partials
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
155. Zodiac
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
165. Fire
166. Bitterblue
167. Just One Damned Thing After Another
168. The Gates
169. The Infernals
170. The Creeps
171. Fated
172. Raiders
173. The Gone Away World
174. Songs of Willow Frost
175. Dark Mirror
176. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent
177. Jellicoe Road
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
184. Starters
185. How to Lead a Life of Crime
186. The Solitudes
187.Landry Park
188. Princess of the Silver Woods
189. Nevermore
190. Enshadowed
191. The Blue Girl
192. Roswell, Vegas and Area 51: Travels with Courtney A Connie Willis chapbook. A Christmas present from my wonderful hubby!
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
201. Starcrossed
202. Darkwood
203. Urban Shaman
204. White Hot Kiss
205. Haunted
206. Bitten
207. Pretty Monsters
208. The Children of Green Knowe
209. The Namesake
210. Being Sloane Jacobs
211. Pantomime
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
219. The Black Jewels Trilogy
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
234. Her Fearful Symmetry
235. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
236. The Daughter of Time
237. The Improbable Cat
238. Rebecca
239. Rhubarb
240. Son of Rhubarb
241. Firelight
242. Shadowdance
243.Blueprints of the Afterlife
244. X-Files Classics
245. Johnny Hiro The Skills to Pay the Bills
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

Editat: gen. 16, 2015, 1:28am


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


1. Three Men in a Boat JAN Audio on my phone


1. Fortunately, the Milk Audio book borrow through Overdrive


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SERIES STARTED (I'm sure there will be some)

Editat: oct. 5, 2015, 11:28am

BOOKS ARRIVING AFTER JAN 1rst. In a perfect world, this will be a small list.

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
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman Pre-ordered from Amazon.
Smiler's Fair by Rebecca Levene
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman Already read. Need to complete collection.
Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll
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
Three Men in a Boat listened to the audio book in Jan
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab Bought British copy. Pretty!
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro read ebook
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
The Ghost Hunters
Midwinter Blood

des. 28, 2014, 5:32pm

Welcome back!

des. 28, 2014, 8:04pm

>8 drneutron: drneutron

Thank you!

gen. 1, 2015, 9:55am

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

gen. 1, 2015, 11:23am

gen. 1, 2015, 1:41pm

Hi- planting a star here. This is my second year in the group and I want to get to know more of the regulars.

I love your idea of a point system for rewarding reading off your shelves. I should do that.

gen. 2, 2015, 8:56am

Happy New Year and good luck with your plan.

gen. 3, 2015, 10:49am

>12 SuziQoregon: SuziQoregon-Thanks for dropping by! I'm hoping the points system will make me feel less deprived. :) I need to work out the details.

>13 BLBera: BLBera-Thank you for you good wishes! I'm going to give it my best shot!

Editat: gen. 4, 2015, 2:49pm

1. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger I'm definitely on the fence with this one. I appreciate the effort that went into the novel, but it still wasn't the most satisfying read. Still, it felt seasonally correct. You should read about cemeteries when it's cold. All of the manipulative characters deserved each other. Favorite character: The Little Kitten of Death.

gen. 5, 2015, 6:31pm

2. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler I really enjoyed this. Listened to the audio book on a chilly Sunday afternoon.
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!

Editat: gen. 11, 2015, 6:10pm

Found this Read Harder Challenge on the Book Riot Page. I'm considering giving this a shot.

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 microhistory

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”)

gen. 5, 2015, 9:09pm

I like this. I might "borrow" it from you.

gen. 7, 2015, 7:45pm

Be my guest. :)

Editat: gen. 9, 2015, 9:49pm

Trying something out...

Editat: gen. 10, 2015, 11:52am

Well, that's not right.

I'm obviously not doing something right. Sigh.

Editat: gen. 10, 2015, 9:09pm

>21 hairballsrus: I often sigh when I try to do something different on social media. Somehow it does think the same way I do. Good luck!

gen. 10, 2015, 9:12pm

Pictures are finicky. Have you got your photo in your member gallery? Be sure to check all the characters and figures...
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Editat: gen. 11, 2015, 2:36pm

>22 Familyhistorian: Familyhistorian- Only social media makes me feel so old.....

>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. :)

Editat: gen. 11, 2015, 2:53pm

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.

gen. 11, 2015, 2:59pm

Woo hoo! Photo posting success!!

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.

Editat: gen. 11, 2015, 6:25pm

>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

gen. 12, 2015, 12:56pm

The 2015 TBR Bookcase

Editat: gen. 12, 2015, 7:18pm

5. Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton Yes, it's slow to start but once I got into the flow of the words I really, really, enjoyed this book. Dragons die, court, seek treasure, sue each other, fight each other, eat each other and argue about religion in this extremely novel...novel. :) Winner of the World Fantasy Award. I thought it was going to be dry, that it would be a book I SHOULD like rather than I DID like, but that wasn't the case after all.

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
17. Unwholly
18. 11/22/63
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.

gen. 13, 2015, 7:07am

>28 hairballsrus: Wow! Okay, I admit that I kind of love you for posting that photo, because it makes me not feel so bad about my own crazy TBR shelves! Ha!

>29 hairballsrus: Excellent book haul!!

gen. 13, 2015, 11:54am

>30 scaifea: You realize of course, that bookcase is double deep. :) And I love you too, but don't let my husband know.

gen. 13, 2015, 3:33pm

Oh, double-deep! That makes me feel better.

Oh, you'll love What Makes This Book So Great. California Bones is definitely original. I have Three Parts Dead on my Kindle. I need to get back to it. I only got a chapter in and it wasn't grabbing me.

gen. 14, 2015, 6:48am

>31 hairballsrus: *snork!* And, yes, of course it's double deep. I mean, you are a 75er, no? Ha!

Editat: gen. 14, 2015, 10:35am

32>ronincats The Jo Walton book strikes me as a book you just dip into instead of read straight through. California Bones is something I've been looking forward to since seeing it on SFFReviews Youtube channel. I've already read Three Parts Dead and I have the sequel on the TBR mountain. I started it last year, but got distracted. Oooh, look, a squirrel! I have BOOK ADHD.

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. 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 the wrong funeral.

"Fat Charlie, you leave those folks alone!"

Gimme a new novel Neil!!!!!

gen. 15, 2015, 7:04am

How do you know he's not also working hard on a fat new novel? He could be...

Also - YES!! Come and visit The House on the Rock!! It's super close to my house!! Meetup!!

Editat: gen. 15, 2015, 11:29pm

>35 scaifea:-That's true; he could be. So let's assume he's taking his time at it.... When Neil? When? If he publishes at the rate of Connie Willis, the sixth Star Wars movie (the ones from the 90's are not part of the series as far as I'm concerned) will be premiering before it makes it into the bookstore.

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.

gen. 16, 2015, 7:18am

I don't have photos, but their website is pretty good for those.

LBTs? I'm confused.

I think Neil lives closer to Minneapolis than here...

Editat: gen. 16, 2015, 11:21am

LibraryThingers..... LBTs

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. :(

gen. 16, 2015, 11:27am

>38 hairballsrus: Aha! Got it. Also, yes, sad face. No one comes to visit me here in the Northern Wilds...

Editat: gen. 16, 2015, 11:29pm

8. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Audio book on my phone. A YA guilty pleasure with a gorgeous cover. Titanic in Space!!! Follows the standard romance route for the first three quarters of the book, but has a nice sci-fi twist towards the end. Another one off the TBR pile.

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?

Editat: gen. 19, 2015, 6:57pm

10. Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud audio book on my phone This was a lot fun. It's sort of a mock Victorian times (there are TVs and cars mentioned so it obviously isn't the 1800's) and England, and presumably the world, has a ghost epidemic. The catch? Only those under the age of eighteen can see and hear them well enough to fight them. There are lots of ghost agencies set up to deal with the hauntings, but most have adults in charge with adolescent agents doing the grunt work. Lockwood & Co. is run by three fifteen year olds. They are both very good at their job and very bad at their job, depending on the case. It had the vibe of a young Sherlock Holmes adventure. The narrator's snarky comments about her two male co workers are a riot. Looking forward to the second book.

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.

gen. 26, 2015, 2:48pm

Computerless. Doing this on my Nook and sick with a cold so this will be short and sweet.

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.

gen. 30, 2015, 11:51am

Get better soon!

Editat: gen. 31, 2015, 3:54pm

>connie Thank you for your concern! I basically slept and listened to audiobooks for a week. :) I'm glad I didn't get sick until after I came back from my vacation.

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.

Editat: feb. 1, 2015, 11:33pm

I think I'm going to have to read the Stroud, you book warbler you! And I've the Johannes Cabal Necromancer in my tbr pile--Fantasy February would be a great time to move it to the top.

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.

feb. 5, 2015, 12:50pm

Are you feeling better now? I surely hope so.

feb. 5, 2015, 8:48pm

>45 ronincats: and 46 Ladies! I feel much better. The cough is finally gone after three large bags of cough drops. I'm back in mood to experiment in the kitchen... I'm thinking Hungarian goulash.

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.

feb. 5, 2015, 8:59pm

I'm halfway through the Johannes book and the Stroud just came home with me from the library!

Editat: feb. 8, 2015, 2:45pm

48> roni-Hope you enjoy them!

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.

Editat: feb. 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Oh my God, I love audio books! Spent the afternoon cleaning up after kitties, doing laundry and trying to find something edible to make out of the pantry offerings (chipotle sloppy joes anyone?) and yet I still finished a book!!!

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.

feb. 9, 2015, 8:43am

>49 hairballsrus: Yeah, I can believe that Guy Noir would get old pretty quick. I enjoy the quick radio sketches, but some of that is the old-time sound effects work and such.

Editat: març 1, 2015, 2:31pm

21. Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
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

feb. 28, 2015, 11:22pm

I very much enjoyed the Stroud book and will look for more in the series. It reminds me of Jasper Fforde's series for kids, The Last Dragonslayer.

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.

Editat: març 2, 2015, 7:56pm

roni- It works great on audio. Flp's voice is a real treat. I listen to it at least once a year. As for Johannes, I guess he's an acquired taste, but I like black humor. I'm pretty sure I've met that entry clerk from Hell. :)

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? :)

març 2, 2015, 8:02pm

February was also the month of starting books and then putting them down. I'm currently one third of the way through both The Dog Stars and That Book About Harvard. I've read the first three chapters of The Brothers Cabal and I'm on page 84 of All Men of Genius. I also started Of Things Gone Astray, the first book I allowed myself to buy this year.

Editat: març 2, 2015, 8:25pm

Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson is really tickling my funny bone. Please enjoy this excerpt.

"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?"

"I suppose-"

"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?"

març 8, 2015, 3:16pm

That's really funny. I love Mrs. Featherby all ready!

Editat: març 21, 2015, 11:59am

Connie- Insurance agents are the same the whole world over! :)

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...

Editat: abr. 4, 2015, 9:28am

I've taken the approach that if I'm not in the mood for a book, rather than struggle through, I just start something else. That of course leaves a lot of books in my wake, but it also helps me finish a lot of things too. I'm digging my TBR pile right now, but that being said, I've got a lot of goodies in the mail recently. :)

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.

Editat: abr. 4, 2015, 9:37am

37. The Improbable Cat by Allan Ahlberg A slight horror story that fumbles the ending, and the middle come to think of it. Hate to say this, but the illustrations are the best part. The TBR Terror strikes again!

Editat: abr. 11, 2015, 12:40pm

38. The Gates by John Connolly Another very fun TBR read. Nurd the Scourge of Five Deities. Snort.

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.

abr. 16, 2015, 5:20pm

Yay, another Toby Daye fan! Well, we do have to put up with obligatory triangle for a few books, but it DOES get resolved, and well in my opinion.

Editat: maig 18, 2015, 6:31pm

>62 ronincats: Well thank goodness for that! :)

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.

Editat: maig 5, 2015, 6:55pm

45. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty I'm not sure what it says about me that I enjoyed a book of anecdotes about working in a crematory/funeral home, but what the hey; I am what I am. This isn't just a book of stories however, it's also a platform for the Good Death movement, and for the most part I agree with they're selling. It is strange how removed the corpse is from the American form of grieving. Having more time with the deceased doesn't seem like a bad idea. The book does get a bit preachy though.

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.

maig 9, 2015, 7:17pm

46. Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory Sort of a Lovecraft inspired briny deep monster book. I liked it; there were some clever lines, but two pet peeves: While this was not marketed as YA, it obviously is, and two, while it was not marketed as a series, it obviously is. Grrr. I wanted a standalone. I have another of this author's book on my pile and I like his style enough to give it a go. I'm not sure if I'll continue on with this series though.

Editat: maig 16, 2015, 11:49pm

47. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear Steampunk/Western set in a brothel. This had a slow start for me and I kept putting it aside. The Jack the Ripper element never really panned out and the lesbian love interest sort of threw me, but it still was entertaining and the last fifty pages were action packed. Some of the descriptive passages were a hoot....

"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. "

Editat: maig 18, 2015, 6:37pm

48. A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab Interesting fantasy world, but with not enough explanation and too much "I'm young and therefore immortal" actions by the main characters. Also, why do half the scenes end with someone being knocked over the head? ;) This is supposed to be adult fiction, but I'd say it's got a strong YA flavor. I still love the British paperback copy I bought; I like the English cover better than the American.

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.

Editat: maig 17, 2015, 6:26pm

51. Hitchers by Will Mcintosh Another off the TBR.

maig 28, 2015, 6:38pm

juny 8, 2015, 9:10pm

55. Letters from Skye It's been a while since I've read an epistolary novel and this one was pretty good. I cried in the appropriate places. It only loses points because I couldn't quite believe the couple fell in love based on their letters. They were way too short. Having had my share of overseas penpals, I know nobody writes such concise letters. They should have blathered on. Especially when they were first getting to know each other. Of course, real letters would make the novel as long as War and Peace. :)

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.

juny 8, 2015, 10:13pm

>71 hairballsrus: Oh, I need to move on to The Whispering Skull since I enjoyed the first one so much, thanks to your recommendation!

juny 13, 2015, 11:37am

>72 ronincats: I'm glad it worked out for you Roni!

58. Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout Meh. But about TBR book, so let's call it a win.

Editat: juny 29, 2015, 5:44pm

I haven't been in the mood to read, but I have been in the mood to listen, so these are all audiobooks.

59. Will Grayson Will Grayson
60. A Local Habitation
61. An Artificial Night
62. Late Eclipses

jul. 1, 2015, 2:21pm

63. One Salt Sea
64. Ashes of Honor Go Tybalt!

jul. 5, 2015, 9:36pm

Editat: jul. 7, 2015, 7:11pm

66. The Pedant and the Shuffly by John Bellairs I don't even know where to start with this one. Cute.

jul. 8, 2015, 2:21pm

Yay for the Toby Daye marathon--such good books. And Bellairs is great. Have you read his The Face in the Frost? My favorite!

jul. 25, 2015, 1:45pm

78> Yes, I have read The Face in the Frost and just recently read it again. :)

jul. 25, 2015, 1:57pm

July has been a reread (or relisten) month for the most part.

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.

ag. 3, 2015, 2:17pm

July was a reread month for me as well, as I'm rereading the Liaden Universe books.

Editat: ag. 9, 2015, 9:51am

>81 ronincats:
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.

ag. 10, 2015, 6:52am

75. The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough I crossed the finish line last night with another reread. :)

ag. 10, 2015, 9:49am


ag. 10, 2015, 6:11pm

Yay! Congratulations on hitting the 75 book mark, Nina! And yes, the Liaden books are good.

Editat: ag. 12, 2015, 12:49pm

Thank you! Thank you!

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!

Editat: ag. 30, 2015, 1:37pm

August has been a busy month so audio books have been my friends. There's an obvious theme as well... I can't believe this is my first time reading these.

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."

set. 5, 2015, 6:34pm

And the Pratchett Festival continues...

81. Night Watch Rather a serious Pratchett, but fun nonetheless.

82. The Truth Oh Otto. Poor Otto.

set. 5, 2015, 10:03pm

You are on a roll!

Editat: set. 22, 2015, 1:01pm

83. The Fifth Elephant
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

Editat: oct. 3, 2015, 6:14pm

89. Castle Waiting A graphic novel that mostly involves the minor characters in fairy tales. Actually, quite a lot of bearded women. :) Guess you had to be there.
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.

Editat: oct. 5, 2015, 8:45am

93. The Winter Long Another solid book in the Toby Daye series.

oct. 11, 2015, 12:16am

94. Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop I finally finished the first trilogy in this long series. This book was a bit flat for me, but I'm still willing to continue.
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.

Editat: nov. 15, 2015, 2:35pm

I confess, I haven't been keeping a list of what I've read... This is what I can remember.

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.

Editat: des. 2, 2015, 1:43am

104. He wanted the Moon by Mimi Baird What a wonderfully depressing memoir. 1940's mental hospitals are scary. You're never quite sure how much of the story is told by author as opposed to his illness. Talk about an unreliable narrator.
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.

Editat: des. 2, 2015, 3:51pm

109. Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore Not my favorite Moore, but any Moore is better than no Moore.
110. Night by Elie Wiesel This book speaks for itself.

des. 7, 2015, 11:59pm

Books 98, 101 and 106 are recent reads of mine as well, and I liked them all.

des. 12, 2015, 10:10pm

We really do have a lot of the same tastes Roni.

Editat: des. 13, 2015, 1:02pm

111. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore We all have our Christmas traditions and rereading this book is one of mine. Zombies attack a Christmas party. This story is hysterical.

112. Rat Queens, Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery Graphic novel with kickbutt heroines.

des. 23, 2015, 5:37pm

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!

Editat: des. 29, 2015, 12:46pm

113. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

114. Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book A Christmas prez from the hubster. :)