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review 2018-01-08 01:59
The Fifth Season
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

After a rather confusing start, NK Jemisin once again delivers the inventive speculative fiction that I love. 

 

I was confused about the timeline of the story and how the 3 viewpoint characters were connected.  But about 1/2 way through the text confirmed that the story was showing 3 different time periods from the same person's life. 

(spoiler show)

 

Great way to start the reading year!

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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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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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