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January 1st, 2013

2013 Reading List

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So last year I read 64 books, 7 of them non-fiction. I can't seem to break that 10 non-fiction books barrier. Maybe this year. Of course, I did read a lot of white papers for work, and some of them were almost book-length. And I have been working my way through another non-fiction book for work, but I haven't finished it yet. Oh well.

2013 Reading List
  1. The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
  2. The Far West - Patricia C. Wrede
  3. The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson
  4. Social Media 101 - Chris Brogan *
  5. Kitty Steals the Show - Carrie Vaughn
  6. The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  7. On Writing - Stephen King *
  8. Keeping the Castle - Patrice Kindl
  9. Dark and Stormy Knights - ed by P.N. Elrod
  10. Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines
  11. A Million Suns - Beth Revis
  12. The Last Knight - Hilari Bell
  13. Rogue's Home - Hilari Bell
  14. Player's Ruse - Hilari Bell
  15. The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
  16. Rebel Heart - Moira Young
  17. Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism - Carl Medearis *
  18. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
  19. The Silver Chair - C.S. Lewis †
  20. The 100 Thing Challenge - Dave Bruno *
  21. The Magician's Nephew - C.S. Lewis †
  22. Red Letter Revolution: What if Jesus Really Meant What He Said? - Shane Claiborne & Tony Campolo *
  23. Song of the Beast - Carol Berg
  24. Elantris - Brandon Sanderson

* - non-fiction
† - reread

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January 1st, 2012

2012 Reading List

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I always try to make my first post of the year my reading list for the year, so I can find it easily. Last year I read 77 books, 10 of which were nonfiction. I'm going to try to make that 15 nonfiction in the coming year.

2012 Reading List
  1. The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting
  2. Kitty's Greatest Hits - Carrie Vaughn
  3. Chalice - Robin McKinley
  4. Phoenix Dance - Dia Calhoun
  5. Dragon Age: The Calling - David Gaider
  6. A Long Long Sleep - Anna Sheehan
  7. The Ghost and the Goth - Stacey Kade
  8. Beauty - Robin McKinley
  9. Desires of the Dead - Kimberly Derting
  10. The Candidates - Inara Scott
  11. Star Crossed - Elizabeth C. Bunce (REALLY GOOD)
  12. The Urban Fantasy Anthology - ed. Peter S. Beagle & Joe R. Lansdale (I am totally counting this a read, even though I stopped reading two of the stories halfway through because of disgusting misogyny in one and disgusting blasphemy in the other.)
  13. Blackveil - Kristen Britain (will someone please read the sequel when it comes out and just tell me what happens? I am sick of reading spoiled whiny characters and poorly edited writing just to find out if Zachary and Karigan ever bloody get together.)
  14. Liar's Moon - Elizabeth C. Bunce
  15. Forever - Maggie Stiefvater
  16. A Matter of Profit - Hilari Bell (EVERY BOOK I have read by Hilari Bell has been amazingly insightful and unique. I will always read this woman's books.)
  17. Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots - Abby McDonald
  18. Down These Strange Streets - ed by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  19. Carpathia - Matt Forbeck
  20. Thirteenth Child - Patricia C. Wrede
  21. Blood Red Road - Moira Young (GO READ THIS RIGHT NOW!)
  22. Honor's Paradox - P.C. Hodgell
  23. Under Attack - Hannah Jayne
  24. The Grimm Legacy - Polly Schumann
  25. Echoes of Betrayal - Elizabeth Moon
  26. Delirium - Lauren Oliver
  27. Across the Universe - Beth Revis
  28. Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community - Andrew Marin*
  29. Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity - Adam Hamilton*
  30. Armed and Magical - Lisa Shearin
  31. The Trouble With Demons - Lisa Shearin
  32. Bewitched and Betrayed - Lisa Shearin
  33. Con and Conjure - Lisa Shearin
  34. Love Wins - Rob Bell* (? Do I call this nonfiction when I think his theology is shaky?)
  35. Welcome to Bordertown - ed. by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner
  36. The Five Love Languages for Singles - Gary Chapman*
  37. Gabriel: Zero Point - Steve Umstead
  38. Surrender None - Elizabeth Moon
  39. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
  40. A Bride's Story 2 - Kaoru Mori
  41. The Sword & the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace - Ray E. Boomhower*
  42. Grave Memory - Kalayna Price
  43. The Sleeping Doll - Jeffery Deaver
  44. The Boy from the O - Sandy Kendall
  45. Sisters Red - Jackson Pearce
  46. Once Was Lost - Sara Zarr
  47. Greatshadow - James Maxey
  48. The Explosionist - Jenny Davidson
  49. The Love Talker - Elizabeth Peters
  50. The Bride's Baby - Liz Fielding
  51. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - David Allen*
  52. Cold Magic - Kate Elliott
  53. Deerskin - Robin McKinley
  54. A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master - Rachel Held Evans*
  55. The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin
  56. She Loves You, She Loves You Not... - Julie Anne Peters
  57. The Third Gate - Lincoln Child
  58. Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver
  59. Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
  60. Haiku for the Single Girl - Beth Griffenhagen*
  61. Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (I realize this is a NYT Bestseller, but it irked me to no end that they seem to think live ammunition is used in Civil War reenactments. Um, no, dipshits, that would NEVER happen, unless y'all in the south take it WAY more seriously than we Northerners. Sheesh.)
  62. Till We Have Face - C.S. Lewis
  63. Across the Great Barrier - Patricia Wrede
  64. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson

* nonfiction

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August 12th, 2011

NPR's 100 Most Popular Science Fiction & Fantasy novels

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Ganked from a lot of my friends, here's the NPR's Most Popular Sci-Fi & Fantasy novels meme. I voted, and of course am outraged that some of my favorites didn't place very high (or even make the list. WTF where is Paks?!) but I'm pleased that I've read a bunch of these, and today I started the highest ranked book that I hadn't read yet and have always meant to.

I'm cheating. I'm going to bold things I've either read all the way or read all I plan to. I'm going to italicize those I plan to read. I'm going to strike through the occasional Never in my life shall I read this book.

Also, I would like to say that I already did this meme once, because I printed off the list as soon as it was released on the website, and marked all the books I'd read.

Read more... )

Wow, I thought I was at 36. Forgot about Xanth. A lot of these books have been on my to-read-someday list anyway (like Dune), but so many good new books come out every year I hadn't gotten around to a lot of them. I also read much more heavily on the fantasy side than on the science fiction side, and I'm incredibly disappointed that the Coldfire Trilogy by CS Friedman and the Company Wars books by CJ Cherryh didn't make this list. I know Coldfire is science fantasy more than science fiction, but still. *grumps*

March 31st, 2009

Partial 1997 reading list

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I've had these lists in a notebook for ages and never got them on the computer... )

November 3rd, 2008

Daylight Savings Time. Ugh.

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My best friend said the other day that if someone ran for governor of Indiana on the sole platform of eliminating DST again, she would vote for him. Despite that I love my man Mitch and admire everything else he's accomplished in his first term as governor, I concurred. Until today, I was at least getting home from work in the fucking daylight. Now I leave the house when it is dark, and I return when it is dark. I think I might have seen daylight at some point today...oh, right, that was when I went outside on my morning break.

In happier news, my Crime Classification Manual arrived today. Hurray for 25% off coupons and free shipping! I am going to go spend some time with the original David Rossi and some of his friends.

September 25th, 2008

OMG *throws book*

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Spoilers for the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell )

April 27th, 2008

Black Hawk Down

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The following is a rather lengthy entry, part book review, part history lesson, part reflection, about modern warfare and the US as a military power. It's relevant not only to the Iraq war but also the situation in Darfur. Because as Santayana said, those who don't study the past...

I just finished reading Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden. The book is about the largely-overlooked Battle of Mogadishu (The Battle of the Black Sea), which happened in 1994--my senior year in high school. The battle took place just a couple of weeks before my seventeenth birthday, and the majority of the men participating in that battle were very close to my age.

Background )

3-4 October 1994, or 'Fuckin' Irene' )

Casualties and Resolution )

A couple of years ago I had a discussion with someone who was all worked up about Rwanda and couldn't understand why the US didn't do anything to stop the genocide there. I tried to tell her about Somalia, but she didn't seem to get it. In his epilogue, Mark Bowden speaks to the impact of Somalia as well--the lessons to be taken away, and the questions it raises.

The impact of Somalia )

I don't have any answers to the predicament of being American. I know it often gets us looked on with scorn, hatred, or annoyance. I know we're often perceived as being arrogant. And sometimes it does feel arrogant to say that we should go and plant little mini-Americas, complete with Jeffersonian democracy, in cultures that aren't used to operating that way. But don't we have a responsibility to keep people from brutally murdering each other? Shouldn't we protect the Kurds from Saddam? Shouldn't we stop the brutality in Darfur?

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
The book itself was a fascinating, well-written, riveting account of the battle, and Bowden received a great deal of cooperation from those involved while writing it. He has been overwhelmed with thanks from the soldiers who were there, and has spoken to elite military groups across the US, as well as the CIA. Just the fact that I read a non-fiction book of 430+ pages in less than a week says a lot about the quality of writing and the level at which it engages you. Of course, it also helped that it was a battle I remember taking place, and spawned a movie that I've seen more than once. In any case, I would highly recommend the book to anyone who has an interest in military history, US foreign policy, or Africa.

January 2nd, 2008

Northlander contest!

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Hey everyone! I know you've seen me squeeing all over the place about my friend [info]megburden who wrote a book. Her novel Northlander is exciting and compelling, and has some fantastic characterization and great plot twists.

She's having a contest at her LJ to give away awesome stuff like autographed copies, BPAL scents that inspired the novel, and more. All you have to do is mention that the book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Brown Barn Books, and then comment at Meg's LJ with a link to your post.

You see how I am? I'm making an entry to the contest right now! ^_~ BUT I'm also giving you all a chance to enter, as well. I'm so nice.

And in case you missed the real point of this post, go out and buy Meg's book!

January 1st, 2008

2008 Reading List

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  1. Magic Lost, Trouble Found - Lisa Shearin (a present from [info]krycek_chick!!)
  2. Captain's Fury - Jim Butcher
  3. The Goblin Wood - Hilari Bell
  4. Austenland - Shannon Hale
  5. Book of a Thousand Days - Shannon Hale
  6. Iron Kissed - Patricia Briggs
  7. Rendezvous With Rama - Arthur C. Clarke
  8. Coyote Road - ed by Datling/Windling
  9. Rama II - Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee
  10. The Garden of Rama - Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee
  11. Rama Revealed - Arthur C. Clarke (RIP) & Gentry Lee
  12. Plum Lucky - Janet Evanovich
  13. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
  14. The General's Daughter - Nelson Demille
  15. Coyote Dreams - C.E. Murphy
  16. Chill of Fear - Kay Hooper
  17. Blind Alley - Iris Johansen
  18. Copycat - Erica Spindler
  19. Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War - Mark Bowden
  20. Dog Days - John Levitt
  21. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  22. The Falls - Karen Harper
  23. Everywhere That Mary Went - Lisa Scottoline
  24. Path of Fate - Diane Pharaoh Francis
  25. Shiver - Lisa Jackson
  26. Path of Honor - Diane Pharaoh Francis
  27. Path of Blood - Diane Pharaoh Francis
  28. Hard Truth - Mariah Stewart
  29. Criminal Minds: Killer Profile - Max Allan Collins
  30. Last Look - Mariah Stewart
  31. Last Breath - Mariah Stewart
  32. Dead Even - Mariah Stewart
  33. Kitty and the Midnight Hour - Carrie Vaughn
  34. Kitty Goes to Washington - Carrie Vaughn
  35. Kitty Takes a Holiday - Carrie Vaughn
  36. Fear No Evil - Allison Brennan
  37. Dark Dreams: A Legendary FBI Profiler Examines Homicide and the Criminal Mind - Roy Hazelwood & Stephen G. Michaud
  38. Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crimes Unit - John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
  39. Kitty and the Silver Bullet - Carrie Vaughn
  40. High Country - Nevada Barr
  41. Winter Study - Nevada Barr
  42. Post-Mortem - Patricia Cornwell
  43. Man and Wife - Andrew Klavan
  44. Body of Evidence - Patricia Cornwell
  45. Feast of Souls - C.S. Friedman
  46. All That Remains - Patricia Cornwell
  47. Cruel & Unusual - Patricia Cornwell
  48. The Body Farm - Patricia Cornwell
  49. From Potter's Field - Patricia Cornwell
  50. Cause of Death - Patricia Cornwell
  51. Unnatural Exposure - Patricia Cornwell
  52. Point of Origin - Patricia Cornwell
  53. Black Notice - Patricia Cornwell
  54. The Last Precinct - Patricia Cornwell
  55. Shadowplay - Tad Williams
  56. The Killing Floor - Lee Child
  57. The Anatomy of Motive - John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
  58. The President's Daughter - Mariah Stewart
  59. Genesis of Shannara: The Gypsy Morph - Terry Brooks
  60. Rage - Jonathan Kellerman

Books I need to find at a used bookstore

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Since we browsed at two different Half-Price Books this weekend, I realised I needed to start keeping a list of books I want to find.

  • C.J. Cherryh - Merovingen Nights: #2 Fever Season, #3 Troubled Waters, #4 Smuggler's Gold, #5 Divine Right
  • Tanya Huff - The Fire's Stone
  • Jesse Hajicek - The God Eaters

December 30th, 2007


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I'm home from my exciting weekend in B-town. I had loads of fun, and drank a lot of wine and talked a lot of geekery and met for the first time someone who went to my high school four years behind me and is really close with one of my closest friends in high school. Small world, eh? Ate good Italian today, spent time in three book stores, and saw Sweeney Todd. I haven't yet decided how I feel about it. slightly spoilerish )

I have seen people posting about the books they read in 2007. My list is here. Fifty-four books, fairly respectable I think. I don't keep track of my movies the way I do books, but I probably only saw about 6 in the theatre, though I watched a lot of DVDs.

Let's see...I have to work tomorrow. I plan to spend the evening RPing if people are around, and doing catch-up on Snupin Santa fics. And possibly installing Guild Wars, which I bought myself for Christmas. Maybe. We'll see.

My cat threw up on my quilt while I was away this weekend. I almost shut him out of my room, but I knew he would be lonely while I'm gone, because the parents don't let him downstairs, so I let him hang out where it smells like me. I really should've known. *sigh* Oh well, I'll be doing laundry on New Year's Day.

I took a lot of grief from [info]_lore and [info]kellanine about the Remus/Peter stuff, but I have to say, [info]severity_softly, I was dying to get back to it. ^__^ I'm so addicted.

Now, of course, I should go to bed. So g'night all!

October 30th, 2007

Random things for Tuesday

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Some random things:

- I can't stop chewing on my lips today. They are peeling, and it's almost a compulsion to chew chew chew. It's annoying, and it's just a symptom of the fact that I feel like I'm going to crawl out of my own skin today. I don't know where that's coming from.

- My heart is doing its thing today, which it hasn't done for about a week. Blah. ETA: I think it's very likely that caffeine consumption has affected this today. I took Excedrin earlier, and combining that with the Coke and Dr. Pepper I've drunk so far, I've consumed about 413 mg of caffeine since 7:30 this morning. x.x

- It's freaking cold in here today. I'm wearing a tank top, long-sleeved shirt, and sweater, and I'm still frozen. I need some fingerless gloves for typing.


- Outlined my entire SnuSa fic today. Yes, I've got it about a third of the way written, but I decided outlining it would help me write it faster. That tactic has always worked with NaNo before.

- I have three fics in various stages of almost being ready to post. I can't believe this--THREE. From the girl who is usually antsy as hell to get things posted ASAPOMG! *grin* One of these is the fic that was originally written for [info]pervy_werewolf.

- D--- said she does want me to come in on Monday, even though A--- will be back from maternity leave. I'm more than fine with having one more day of getting paid. I need to remember to call Kelly this afternoon and let them know I'll be available for assignments soon.

- I have now received three letters from the USDA letting me know my application has been received. No wonder the federal government costs so freaking much. Three letters for one application. LOL

- I want to go home. I hope my copy of Northlander is in the mailbox. I can't wait to read <a href=">Meg Burden</a>'s book!

October 29th, 2007

Has anyone out there read Capt. Hook by J.V. Hart?

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Especially if you're a resident or native of England, I could use some help. I just finished listening to the audiobook and loved it. From what I can glean about Eton, James was either 13 or 15 when he entered. The Powell's Books website quotes a Publisher's Weekly review stating James' age as 15. I think this is the case, I can see him being one of the exceptional sixth-form scholars let in. I'm 99% positive I heard the narrator call Roger a sixth-form Oppidan. Sadly, it's hard to check these things in an audiobook, particularly when your only cue-points are the hour marks. *sigh*

So. Questions are:

1. Is James in sixth form and therefore 15?
2. Is Jolly R also in sixth form and therefore 15?

To my mind, Roger doesn't feel like he is James' elder, but it could just be James' charisma that makes Roger seem the same age. Anyone who has read the book (and even better who may have it on hand), can you help me out?

I'm obviously going to have to buy the paperback, though, because it has an epilogue setting up the sequel, which the audiobook sadly doesn't have.

September 14th, 2007

Books and organization

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Oh, man, I really don't want to be at work this morning. They are banging, sawing, vibrating, and otherwise being very noisy right outside my cubicle. I tried to do a voice post yesterday so you all could hear it, but my stupid phone is apparently too good at filtering out noise, because it didn't come through at all. But they're very annoying, and I only have one more thing to do before the mail comes (whenever that is, but I'm sure no earlier than 11:30), and I just want to crew out now. x.x I have a wretched headache, and of course the noise isn't helping in that regard. I have Google Docs open and have been flipping back and forth between work-screen and doc-screen. (I have to space the work out, you know, or otherwise I run out of anything that even remotely resembles work, and if someone came in and caught me, I would feel awkward.)

My allergies have been acting up since last night, probably because of the amount of dust I encountered while moving bookcases and cleaning behind them. I now only have three bookcases in my bedroom, but I also have a recliner in there, so life is good. And my books are much more organized than they were. Of course, they were semi-organized anyway, all the Tolkiens together, all the Lewises on the shelf below the Tolkiens, most of the Celtic mythology together, most of the Harry Potter together, most of the literature together...

But now it's really organized! Beowulf now shares a shelf with Tolkien (though I still hold out hope for getting my hands on his translation), as well as books about the Inklings (and by them--[info]slightlyjillian, I'm still planning to read The Place of the Lion!). Lewis is, of course, still on the shelf right below Tolkien--this is for two reasons: first of all, the shelf isn't long enough to hold them both, and secondly some of the Tolkien books are taller than any of the Lewises, so he needs to go on the top shelf. My Harry Potter shelf also includes all my books about Britain, as well as books like What's Cooking in Scotland? and The Romance of Chemistry, which is a book I think Snape (or at least Lupin) would appreciate. ^_~ All my Celtic mythology shares a shelf with all my writing books, which are on the shelf under the Harry Potter & Britain books (again, because some of the books on Britain are huge coffee-table-type picture books). I also have all my urban/modern fantasy collected on one shelf (except the de Lint books I loaned to [info]thesnapelyone), and all my alternate history (aka Temeraire and Ruled Brittania, &c) and other-world epic fantasy are on the next shelf down.

I have three more shelves (one on each bookcase) that really need to be organized. For instance I'm pretty sure Gaudy Night is in the pink bookcase, while Whose Body? is on the one with Tolkien. I plan, of course, to have Sayers share a bookcase with the Inklings.

Anyway. I still have some work to do, and then once the actual rearranging and organizing is done, I have three freaking boxes of papers that need to be sorted, purged, or filed. x.x This society generates waaaaay too much paper, I tell you. I've signed up for paperless statements on as many bills as I can, though this imperils my on-time payments, because I can't believe the amount of paper I generate just in a year of financial statements, bills, bank accounts, etc
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