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text 2018-03-04 03:34
Reading progress update: I've read 40%.
Dune - Frank Herbert,Orlagh Cassidy,Scott Brick,Euan Morton

I have such different ears than when I first read Dune as a young adult.  This time through, I keep being struck at just how sexist much of the beginning is despite having Jessica as a strong female lead.

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text 2018-01-28 01:16
January Round-Robin

Now that the year-end report has been submitted for my primary project, and I'm down to 2 competing work deadlines, I actually have the brainpower to update you on what I read in January.


Naked in Death - J.D. Robb 


First entry in the long-running In Death series by J.D. Robb (now up to 45 volumes).   I enjoyed the audiobook read by Susan Ericksen, but am not sure that I will continue with the series.  Many people prefer more sexy-times in their books that I typically do and Naked In Death skirted the edge of what I'm comfortable with.  I wasn't really surprised with the focus on sexuality in this book considering that the cover blurb states that prostitutes are being murdered and J.D. Robb is one and the same as Nora Roberts. I was a bit annoyed at the insta-attraction between our protagonist Eve Dallas and rich-boy Roarke, and the late bombshell about Eve'd background, but otherwise liked the flow of the story.  In many ways what I found most appealing was how much the 2058 that JD Robb imagined in 1985 looks like the world we have today (granted minus the flying cars). 


Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie 


Finished the Imperial Radch trilogy regarding AI Breq Mianaai.  Ancillary Mercy felt much like the second half of the previous book in the trilogy rather than its own independent story. While I liked spending additional time with Breq, I found the resolution of the story an anticlimax, While it wrapped up some of the story's threads, I wasn't satisfied with where the story stopped.  


Rosemary and Rue - Seanan McGuire 


I've very much enjoyed the other books I've read by Seanan McGuire, so thought I would try her traditional Urban Fantasy series.  I enjoyed Rosemary and Rue, but didn't find it nearly as original as the InCryptid universe. While there were some 1st in series wobbles, I will probably give the rest of the series a go. I read this in the thick of report-writing frenzy, so don't have anything more insightful to say.


I also started and skidded out of 2 non-fiction books, though I chalked that up to long-hours and general exhaustion rather than any fault of the book.  So both are back on my list of books to consider reading at a later date.


Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life - Helen Czerski  My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir - Evan Fallenberg,Meir Shalev  


All of these books, including the ones I didn't finish count towards the Library Love Challenge and Naked in Death counts towards the Audiobook Challenge

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text 2018-01-01 19:16
2018 Reading Goals & Challenges

I studied Hebrew as a child/teen, but stopped before becoming fully fluent.  And then, as happens when a language isn’t used regularly, I lost a lot of what I once knew.  I’ve been thinking about trying to regain my Hebrew for a while, and despite really not having time for ANYTHING except work through at least February, I’ve signed up to audit a Hebrew class that starts January 4th. My goal is to be able to read the newspaper or listen to the Hebrew version of Israel Story.   So as a result my 2018 reading goals are going to be a bit different:


  • Keep up with the Hebrew class reading/studying
  • Read at least 12 newspaper or magazine articles in Hebrew (or listen to –and understand – an equivalent number of podcasts).
  • Read (or listen to) more than 52 books
  • Be social in my reading – whether it’s participating in Flat Book Society Reads, Dewey’s Readathon, 24in48, or reading challenges such as Halloween Bingo here on Booklikes.
  • Make progress on the mountain of unfinished series – especially continuing my re-read of the Foreigner series by CJ Cherryh.


I like to keep my reading goals low-key, so even though I was intrigued by the Women Writer’s Bingo and browsed through the excellent Master List of 2018 Reading Challenges list of challenges published by Girlxoxo  I’m going to stick to two year-long challenges that are incidental to my existing reading habits 


Angel's Guilty Pleasures


2018 Library Love Challenge hosted by co-hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and Brooke Blogs. Challenge sign-up is HERE or HERE.  With my no-stress challenge mentality, I’m going to stick with the Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books Level


2018 Audiobook Challenge


2018 Audiobook Challenge hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and  and Hot Listens.  Signup is HERE or HERE. I’m selecting the Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) Level and shooting for 5-10 audiobooks


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