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text 2018-01-25 20:02
I need a clean slate
The Tropic of Serpents - Marie Brennan
I Saw a Man - Owen Sheers,Thomas Mohr

Two DNFs in a day, this has to be a new record for me.

 

The Tropic of Serpents: I´m still bored by this book and whenever I´m looking at it I don´t feel the urge to pick it up. But maybe I will give it another try later on, because I´ve got the feeling I´m not in the right head-space at the moment to enjoy this story. I DNFd the first book in the series and ended up liking it on my second try, so I might do the same with this novel.

 

I Saw a Man: I skimread the last half of it and now I know how it ended. What a dud this book is. This novel is about 300 pages long and could easily have been cut by 200 pages. There is just so much moping around by guilt-ridden characters I can tolerate in my reading. Thanks BT, for encouraging me to not waste anymore time on this book.

 

So, what am I reading now:

 

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky  

 

I´m still reading Lonesome Dove and I´m loving it. Can´t wait to dig into the next weeks chapters. And at the moment I have a weird craving for SciFi books, so I´m going to crack up Children of Time tonight. I´m really looking forward to this book and I hope it´s going to be a good one.

 

 

 

   

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text 2018-01-24 20:53
Reading progress update: I've read 107 out of 331 pages.
The Tropic of Serpents - Marie Brennan

I´m not giving up on this book just yet, but let me say this: I´m bored senseless by it.

 

Isabella talks constantly about the politics of a foreign country, throwing around made up names of cities and geographical areas (yes, most of the time I don´t have a clue what is going on). What annoys me the most, though, is Isabellas constant hinting at that this political chit chat has some relevance later on in her memoirs. Boring!

 

This might become my first DNF of the year, depending on the next couple of chapters and depending on whether or not the story starts to get interesting.

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text 2018-01-14 15:24
Reading progress update: I've read 218 out of 336 pages.
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent - Marie Brennan

I´ve got a bad feeling about the fate of one of the characters and I hope I am wrong. I guess I have to finish this book today to find out.

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text 2017-04-30 17:38
Readathon Recap
Who Buries the Dead - C.S. Harris
Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
Within the Sanctuary of Wings - Marie Brennan

I ended up with about 12 hours of reading - I got in some good solid reading in the morning, and finished Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris - I was at about 60% at the beginning of RAT.

 

After that, I rolled my extra-rolls and figured out my reading strategy. I ended up starting Natchez Burning by Greg Iles, which is a very long book (816 pages) and made it to 61% (540 pages), which burned up (pun intended, lol) most of the day. I also took a break and read about 10% of Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan.

 

I got sidetracked in the middle of the day by yard work, however. It's been an incredibly wet and rainy spring here in the PNW, so we haven't been able to get outside and start the spring clean up of our property. My house sits on an acre, and about 1/3 of the acre is wooded with huge old pine trees, so we get a lot of downed limbs and other forest debris every winter. It's a big project! We also don't have any yard debris service, so everything needs to be burned before the end of the burn season.

 

Yesterday was dry, and the sun even came out for a while, so we decided to burn while the burning was good (burning seems to have emerged as thematically relevant). I dragged an adirondack chair up to our fire ring and sat out and read and tended the fire. 

 

We also just bought a new tool! We bought a battery operated chain saw that works a treat for lopping off limbs and cutting things up. I am here to tell you, fellow readers and individuals of the allegedly more delicate sex, that there is nothing more empowering than wielding a chainsaw. I went mad with power, trimming trees and dragging limbs down to the fire pit to be cut up and burned. It was awesome, and made me feel like a fucking goddess wreaking vengeance on winter.

 

So, yeah, that got in the way of reading. A bit.

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text 2017-04-29 20:37
What I am planning to read
Within the Sanctuary of Wings - Marie Brennan
Shadows on the Nile - Kate Furnivall
Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
East of the Sun - Julia Gregson
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

 Fantasyland 9

 

Read a book that is tagged fantasy or fairy tale on GR. I will be reading Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan as planned. This book is 352 pages, & is worth $3.00

 

New Orleans Square Station 14

 

Read a book that involves overseas travel or has a suitcase on the cover. I will be reading East of the Sun by Julia Gregson.

 

Carsland 18

 

Read a book that was published in 2006, 2011, 2013 or 2014, or that has a car on the cover. I am planning to read Natchez Burning by Greg Isles, which was published in 2014. Finished 4/30/17 - 865 pages ($10.00).

 

Adventureland 24

 

Read a book set in Asia or Africa. I will be reading Shadows on the Nile by Kate Furnival. Finished 5/5/17 - 448 pages ($5.00)

 

 

Tomorrowland 34

 

Read a book tagged YA or MG, or that has a child's on the cover. This one is an easy one! Let's go with The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, which was shelved YA 215 times on GR!

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