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text 2018-06-19 15:11
Reading progress update: I've read 59%.
Personal Challenges - K.C. Wells,Meredith Russell

“You know how Papa wears glasses to read the newspaper?” Will asked her.

Sophie bit her lip. “Not all the time. Sometimes he says things like, ‘there’s nothing wrong with my eyes,’ and he holds the newspaper really far away.”

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text 2018-06-19 12:17
Reading progress update: I've read 38%.
Personal Challenges - K.C. Wells,Meredith Russell

I don’t see myself as a prude. But every time I read a scene with guys switching from the backdoor to oral my brain automatically reacts with a record scratch sound. It just melts down with a screech.....

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text 2018-03-11 00:58
Still Reading
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up - Julia Eccleshare

So, I stopped posting reviews here after #70 last year. I did manage to read 100 books in 2017, but getting them reviewed, let alone posting the reviews in two places, proved to be too much for me. I knew that "something would have to give" when I became a mom in July, but it's still hard to actually make those choices and decide what to let go.

 

I am not letting go of this blog, but I will no longer cross-post all my Goodreads reviews here. You can still read them on my Goodreads page, of course.

 

Although I am writing less about books these days, I am still pursuing various book-ish projects. They include --

 

  • The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge - Just for fun; I am not going to be crushed if I don't manage to complete it.
  • The Into the Forest Reading Challenge - Into the Forest is a Goodreads group I belong to for fairy tale/mythology enthusiasts. They do a 12-item challenge every year within the genre that is fun to keep me reading widely within one of my favorite book categories.
  • 1001 Books to You Must Read Before You Grow Up - I am working my way through the recommended books in this tome with my son. Right now we are just focusing on the age 0-3 chapter. I am really surprised by how many of these books are NOT in my public library! My plan is to buy my son a big box of any of the books we weren't able to find in the library at the end of the chapter. In the meantime, I've also begun scouring used booksales to help fill in the gap.
  • The cookbook project - In an attempt to actually USE more of my cookbooks, feed my family well, and save money on eating out, I've been marking recipes I want to try since I was pregnant. I rate every recipe I try, and eventually hope to pare down my cookbook collection by getting rid of the books with only a handful of intriguing recipes after I have tried them.

 

I am also working on a "book adjacent" project, which is listening to all 150 albums on NPR's women's music canon. The reason I consider this to be a book-adjacent project is because a) I am getting most of these albums from my local library and b) I am listening to a lot more music these days because my son is more content on drives with music than audiobooks. I am sad to have fewer audiobooks in this season of my life, but I am excited to start exploring music again, and to, you know, have a baby.

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text 2018-01-31 19:49
Leafmarks Challenges to transfer to Reading Lists: Next in Series and Next in Series 2016

Probably outdated already, but, hey, that's what fictfact is for.

 

Next in Series:
Always a Witch (Witch, #2) Carolyn MacCullough
Another One Bites the Dust (Jaz Parks, #2) Jennifer Rardin
A Wind in the Night (The Noble Dead Saga, #12; The Noble Dead: Series 3, #3) Barb Hendee, J.C. Hendee
Battledragon (Bazil Broketail, #4) Christopher Rowley
Beverly Hills Demon Slayer (Demon Slayer, #6) Angie Fox
Blackveil (Green Rider, #4) Kristen Britain
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4) Richelle Mead
Born in Blood (The Sentinels, #1) Alexandra Ivy
Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires, #6) Rachel Caine
Crimson Wind (Horngate Witches Books) Diana Pharaoh Francis
Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, #4) Karen Chance
Damsel Under Stress (Enchanted, Inc., #3) Shanna Swendson
Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega, #4) Patricia Briggs
Don't Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., #4) Shanna Swendson
Don't Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., #4) Shanna Swendson
Doubleblind (Sirantha Jax, #3) Ann Aguirre
Dragon Bones (Hurog, #1) Patricia Briggs
Dragon Justice (Paranormal Scene Investigations, #4) Laura Anne Gilman
Ender's Shadow (Ender's Shadow, #1; Ender Wiggin Saga) Orson Scott Card
Fade Out (The Morganville Vampires, #7) Rachel Caine
Fanged & Fabulous (Immortality Bites, #2) Michelle Rowen
Fatal Fortune (A Psychic Eye Mystery, #12) Victoria Laurie
Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires, #4) Rachel Caine
First King of Shannara (Shannara (Publication Order), #9; Shannara (Terry's Suggested Order for New Readers), #10; Shannara (Terry's Suggested Order for Revisiting Readers), #9) Terry Brooks
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2) Jim Butcher
Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy, #1; Realms of the Elderlings, #14) Robin Hobb
Forest Mage (Soldier Son, #2) Robin Hobb
Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2) Chloe Neill
Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3) Jim Butcher
I Heart Paris (I Heart, #3) Lindsey Kelk


Next in Series 2016:

A Wind in the Night (The Noble Dead Saga, #12; The Noble Dead: Series 3, #3) J.C. Hendee, Barb Hendee
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4) Richelle Mead
Born in Blood (The Sentinels, #1) Alexandra Ivy
Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires, #6) Rachel Caine
Damsel Under Stress (Enchanted, Inc., #3) Shanna Swendson
Doubleblind (Sirantha Jax, #3) Ann Aguirre
Dragon Bones (Hurog, #1) Patricia Briggs
Fanged & Fabulous (Immortality Bites, #2) Michelle Rowen
Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires, #4) Rachel Caine
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2) Jim Butcher
Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2) Chloe Neill
In Memories We Fear (Vampire Memories, #4) Barb Hendee
Kings of the North: Paladin's Legacy (Paladin's Legacy, #2; Paksenarrion Universe, #7) Elizabeth Moon
Land of the Burning Sands (Griffin Mage Trilogy, #2) Rachel Neumeier
Lord of Misrule (The Morganville Vampires, #5) Rachel Caine
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) Brandon Sanderson
Shadow Heir (Dark Swan, #4) Richelle Mead
Silent Dances (Starbridge #2) A.C. Crispin, Kathleen O'Malley
The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1.0) Joe Abercrombie
The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2) Brent Weeks
The Broken Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #2) N.K. Jemisin
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3) Darynda Jones
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2) Naomi Novik
Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2) Jennifer Estep
Written in Red (The Others, #1) Anne Bishop

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text 2018-01-31 18:43
Leafmarks Challenges to transfer to Reading Lists: KU tracking, books that caught my interest

Traditionally Published books found in Kindle Unlimited (KU) but not in prime Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL):


The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Unexpected Stories by Octavia E. Butler

(plus generally a lot of Open Road Media re-releases of classic SF, including more Butler, Dick and Zetel)

 

Chicklit books in KU and KOLL


Courting Chaos Jacklyn Dumais
Highland Fling Emily Harvale
Love and Chaos Elizabeth Powers, Rinn Siegrist
One Last Blind Date Erin Brady
Prior Engagements Sarah Goodwin
Sailing Solo Emily Harvale
The Dating Detox Gemma Burgess
The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet's Pride and Prejudice Jennifer Paynter
This is Your Life Susie Martyn
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me Sarra Manning
Zoey & The Moment of Zen Cat Lavoie

 

SF/Fantasy books in KU and KOLL:

 

Ark Royal (Ark Royal, #1) Christopher Nuttall
A Storm in Tormay: The Complete Tormay Trilogy: The Hawk and His Boy / The Shadow at the Gate / The Wicked Day (Tormay, #1-3) Christopher Bunn
Fluency (Confluence, #1) Jennifer Foehner Wells
Hard Luck Hank: Screw The Galaxy Steven Campbell
HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! and Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects John Joseph Adams, Tobias S. Buckell, Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, Mur Lafferty, Jonathan L. Howard, Michael J. Sullivan, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Daniel H. Wilson, Jason Gurley, Samuel Peralta
Into the Black: Odyssey One Evan C. Currie
Legendarium Michael Bunker, Kevin G. Summers
Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0, #1) Scott Meyer
Resurrection Arwen Elys Dayton
Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel David Gatewood, Nick Cole, et.al.
The Binding (The Velesi Trilogy, #1) L. Filloon
The Daughters of Persephone: A Space Opera Julia Barrett
The Hawk and His Boy (The Tormay Trilogy, #1) Christopher Bunn
The Last Pilgrims Michael Bunker
The Magic Wakes Charity Bradford
The Man Who Ended the World Jason Gurley
The Palace Job Patrick Weekes
The Robot Chronicles David Gatewood, Nina Croft, Matthew Mather, Edward W. Robertson, David Simpson, David Adams, Deirdre Gould, Endi Webb, Jason Gurley, W.J. Davies, Patrice Fitzgerald, Ann Christy, Samuel Peralta, Hugh Howey, A.K. Meek
The Shadow at the Gate (The Tormay Trilogy, #2) Christopher Bunn
The Tunnel Under the World Frederik Pohl
The Wicked Day (The Tormay Trilogy, #3) Christopher Bunn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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