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text 2017-01-03 04:00
New Years Resolution

I'm determined to go through the pile of books and my stack of graphic novels that I have accumulated over the past couple years. Don't even get me started on the amount of ebooks I have to read as well. It has since grown thanks to the holidays ^^'' but I am determined to prevail! This year my New Years Resolution will be to work through my stack and finish my goal of 100 books. There are several books that I have started reading and just set aside without picking them back up again. This year is going to be the year that I nip that in the bud and finish what I started. And if I have to drop a book, so be it, but I shall at least attempt to read what has been set aside.

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text 2017-01-02 18:23
TBR List, or 7 Owned Books to Read in 2017
Collected Fictions - Jorge Luis Borges,Andrew Hurley
Twilight of the Empire - Simon R. Green
Little, Big - John Crowley
The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Ghost Story - Peter Straub
Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons

Like most readers, I have a boatload of books I own that I have yet to read. This year, I will read 25 of them. Here are the musts.

 

1. Collected Fictions - Jorge Luis Borges,Andrew Hurley   Collected Fictions - Jorge Luis Borges  

    I've read a bit of Borges, and have deeply enjoyed it. That's why this is here.

 

2. Twilight of the Empire - Simon R. Green    Twilight of the Empire - Simon R. Green  

 

   The Deathstalker series is the only one I have yet to read by Green, and these are the novellas that introduce that universe. I own the whole series, so I should maybe get started, yeah? Besides, Space Opera rocks!

 

3. Little, Big - John Crowley  Little, Big - John Crowley  

   I've started this a couple of times, and got distracted. Not this year! It's la lyrical beauty that can't be rushed, but I will make the time.

 

4. The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly  The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly  

 

    I've read and loved the Gates series, as well as Connolly's second collection, Night Music. I started this one years ago, and will actually follow through this time.

 

5.  Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke  Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke  

 

    Another one I got distracted during (are we sensing a theme?), this is a serious beast of a book, but I've loved what I've read, and the depiction of Faerie is unique, to say the least.

 

6.  Ghost Story - Peter Straub  Ghost Story - Peter Straub  

 

   A genuine horror classic that I've been threatening to read for about a decade. There is no reason I haven't read this yet.

 

7.  Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons  Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons  

 

   Another big mother(shut yo mouth), this fell into the must list after I read The Terror last year. That one started slow, but was frigging awesome. I'm hoping this one kicks in a little quicker.

 

There's my seven must-reads from my ridiculous TBR pile, but there's a lot more where those came from. At least 18, some even more imposing.

As imposing, anyway.

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text 2017-01-02 17:16
2017 Goals

New year, new plan.

First, I'm planning on 75 books this year. My goal last year was 100, and I met that, but I'm hoping to be a little more social in '17. Maybe.

Second, I'm going to read 25 books I already own that, for some reason, are sitting, sad and neglected, unread on my shelves.

Third, I'm going to read a few more "high-brow" (but still SF/F/Horror) novels,

Last, I'll try to be better on my follow-through. If I want to finish a book, I will. If not, I'll drop it without regrets (yeah, right).

That's my plan, anyway. Here's hoping!

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url 2016-12-30 18:06
Staying Together and Running Apart | An Ode to 2016

 

2016 was a year of contradictions. 


We said goodbye to many artists who made the world a better place, including but not limited to Prince, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Alan Rickman. 

We said hello to great movies and entertainment, like Stranger Things, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Moana. Also, Hamilton the Musical continued its streak into fame. 

We got an American Authors album that rocked my mind. 

We got a president-elect who is pushing the boundaries of our nation. 

The book blogging universe exploded several times from scandal, fraud, and dishonesty. Racism and poor representation burned through social media. The call for diverse books, authors, readers, and editors was met with strong disagreements. 

The book blogging universe exploded with support for one another. Events like DiversityDecBingo and Loveathon shared the blogger love. Countless bloggers campaigned for diversity and representation on every platform available. 

The highs and lows were reflected in every area of life, especially in my reading goals and accomplishments.

 

Click the link to see my bookish reflection on 2016 and my goals for 2017.

Source: 4evercrazyforya.blogspot.com/2016/12/being-together-and-running-apart-ode-to.html
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text 2016-12-01 21:34
2017 Reading Goals

My reading goals for 2017 is going to be much simpler than last year's goals.

 

1. Read 100 books.

    This will be tracked at Good Reads. I dropped the number from 2016 because I plan on reading a lot more non-fiction which slows my reading pace.

 

2. Read 15 non-fiction books (Diseases and Disasters).

    The non-fiction books sitting on my TBR since forever all deal with diseases (small pox, influenza, etc) or disasters (natural and man-made). I'm going to focus on my physical TBR, but there will be a few books I put on my OverDrive wish list I want to get to as well.

 

3. Physical TBR Read Down

    We 18 months left here in England and I don't want to pack up my physical fiction TBR again (we had six boxes of books just between me and hubby). So I am going to try to knock out the reading, then donate to local charity shops.

 

4. 2017 Pop Sugar Ultimate Reading Challenge.

    I have some books attached to appropriate prompts, but keeping most open so that I can attached books I am already reading to those open prompts. I see only two prompts that are going to be problems - 1) 800+ page book (all the chunky books I have are 650-700 pages) and 2) audiobook (I have issues with paying attention).

 

5. Continue to volunteer at the library on a regular basis.

     I have been volunteering at the base since October and it is very rewarding to give back to my military community. I have learned a lot about the library business and the librarians who work in public libraries! It is hard not to add to the TBR pile while I am straightening out shelves (looking at you YA section!).

 

7. Bookish travel.

    I'm registered for RT in May and have all my travel/hotel arrangements set. I also hope to make it to the British Library this year.

 

A mil-spouse friend of mine is leaving to go back to the U.S., so another friend and I are going to take her to London for an overnight Girls' Night Out that includes a B+B/boutique hotel that is decorated/themed in all things Harry Potter. We plan on taking her on a Harry Potter walking tour and going to the movies to see Beauty and the Beast (and drinking ALL the Beer/Cider/Wine/Shots of liquor). 

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