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text 2017-12-31 14:02
2017 Reading Wrapup

2017 Reading Wrap-up

My reading goals for 2017 were:

 

  • Read at least 52 books – DONE! I have 79 books on my 2017 Reads shelf at BookLikes.

 

  • Participate in the Library Love Challenge http://angelsguiltypleasures.com/2016/12/sign-up-2017-library-love-challenge/ co-hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and Bea’s Book Nook. I will commit to becoming an Overdrive Junkie: read 36 books.   I didn’t count the number of reviews, but 69 of the 78 books I read in 2017 came from the library – whether via hard-copy or ebook loan.

 

  • Participate in at least 2 Readathons – with the goal of getting to 12 hours of reading during either Dewey’s Readathon or #24in48 at least once this year – I participated in the April Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, the July 24in48 Readathon, and the 10th Anniversary Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon in October. Didn’t do a good job of tracking time, but I’m happy with my Readathon participation.

 

  • I’ve fallen out of the habit of re-reading, so I challenge myself to reread at least 6 old favorites in 2017 – In part due to binge-reading the Alana Quartet by Tamora Pierce one weekend while ill, and also because of my on-going re-read of the Foreigner Series by CJ Cherryh, 16 of my 2017 books were re-reads.

 

My other, unstated, goal for 2017 was to be more social in my reading.  Between The Flat Book Society, Booklikesopoly this summer, Halloween Bingo this fall, and the aforementioned Readathons, I was much more social about my reading during 2017 and it made me happy.

 

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text 2017-12-31 12:49
December 2017 Wrap Up
Bad Feminist: Essays - Roxane Gay
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill,Sandy Rustin,Lisa Pulitzer

Last monthly wrap up of 2017. So many DNFs.....

 

Challenges

BL/GR: 166/150 Complete!

Pop Sugar: 52/52 Complete!

Library Love: 2; 54/36 Complete!

16 Tasks: 32 points total

 

Books Read:

1. Saga Volumes 2-4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples - 4 stars to each volume

 

2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterley - 5 stars (Recommend especially to the Flat Earth Society reading group, but I am going to be recommending this book to EVERY DAMN BODY in 2018)

 

3. Let Us Dream (from the anthology Daughters of a Nation) by Alyssa Cole - 2.5 stars

 

4. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton - 0 stars

 

5. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes - 2 stars

 

6. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - 3.5 stars

 

7. I Know What I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee - 3 stars

 

8. Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxanne Gay - 4 stars

 

Books Re-Read:

9. Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

 

Currently Reading: Beyond Belief: My Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill (50% completed)

 

 

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review 2017-12-30 21:43
Hybrids
Hybrids - Robert J. Sawyer

Meh.

I'm glad I can now say that I've completed the trilogy.

Hybrids had some good moments, but overall a flawed end to this story arc.

 

(almost 2.5 stars, but I'm feeling generous)

 

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text 2017-11-02 02:39
Flat Book Society Reading Progress Update: I've read 161 out of 320 pages.
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermid

While the Flat Book Society Read of Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermid officially starts today, I started the audiobook a week or so ago when it came in from the library.

 

My impressions so far are mixed.  While I'm enjoying the book, on the surface, I'm finding it surprisingly similar to Gulp  - a random mish-mash of history, interviews with an expert or two, and then summaries of some recent or notorious court cases. And at least in the 1st couple of chapters not as much explanation of the science as I had hoped (for instance, I didn't learn anything about the use of entomology in crime scene investigation that I hadn't already picked up from Temperance Brennan). 

P.S. It took a while to adjust to the narrator's accent. I'm not sure I'm 100% sold that audiobook is the best format for this. The book does include pictures and the flashbacks to history and chronology are a bit harder to follow in audio format.

 

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review 2017-11-01 01:21
Stiletto
Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

I did finish before the end of Halloween Bingo! This novel of VERY SECRET Secret Agents starts slowly and develops into a worthy sequel to The Rook  

 

 

 

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