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text 2016-05-02 13:00
April Wrap-Up & May Reading List
A Ghost In The Machine - Caroline Graham
The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers
Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes - Jon Lellenberg,Martin H. Greenberg,Daniel Stashower
The Black Country - Alex Grecian
For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery - Paula Paul
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity - Steve Silberman
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories: 4: Fourth Annual Collection - Ed Gorman
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Lord of Chaos - Robert Jordan
Wish You Well - David Baldacci

April Wrap-Up

 

I completed eight books in April. Here's the breakdown:

 

5 stars: 1

The Annotated Sherlock Holmes Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

4 stars: 0

 

3 stars: 5

Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham

The Secret of High  Eldersham by Miles Burton

The Yard by Alex Grecian

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

 

2 stars: 2

Death in Disguise by Caroline Graham

Veronica's Grave by Barbara Bracht Donsky

 

Reviews: 8

 

I participated in Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon this month and managed to read 2 1/2 books during the 24 hours. I also finally finished adding all my books to Leafmarks.

 

May Reading List

 

I'm treating May as my cleanup month. The books that I didn't get to in March and April are on my reading list this month.

 

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text 2016-04-04 14:28
March Wrap-Up & April Reading List
Death In Disguise - Caroline Graham
A Ghost In The Machine - Caroline Graham
The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers
Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes - Jon Lellenberg,Martin H. Greenberg,Daniel Stashower
The Yard - Alex Grecian
The Black Country - Alex Grecian
The Secret of High Eldersham - Miles Burton
For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery - Paula Paul
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity - Steve Silberman
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories: 4: Fourth Annual Collection - Ed Gorman

 

March Wrap-Up

 

March wasn’t as a great a month as I thought it would be -- too much overtime, too little sleep. I read nine books in March and here's the breakdown:

 

5 Stars: 1

Sherlock: Chronicles by Steve Tribe

 

4 Stars: 2

The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham

Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton

 

3 Stars: 4

Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham

The Dragon Throne by Chrys Cymri

Relativity by James Swallow

Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek, Stuart Immonen

 

2 Stars: 1

The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster

 

1 Star: 1

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald - I'm still kind of angry about this one.

 

Reviews: 9

 

DNF: 1.5

Planet X - This is already in a pile ready to be donated or passed off to my nieces if they want it.

The Indomitable Ten - I plan on giving this book one more chance before writing it off. I might start on the short stories in the back and work my way forward.

 

I didn’t get to Lord of Chaos in The Wheel of Time series. I had planned on reading it toward the end of the month, but I made the mistake of picking up The Indomitable Ten first and it kind of killed my desire to read anything too intense or long, ditto for Infinite Jest. I did not complete the second volume of The Annotated Sherlock Holmes -- I have a little more than 200 pages left to go. I’ve also been slowly duplicating my library and reviews on Leafmarks based on the recommendations from both Murder by Death and Bookstooge’s Reviews on Board. Thanks guys!

 

 

April Reading List

 

My reading list for April isn’t too set in stone. I'm in the mood for Mystery right now, so most of my TBR is made up of that genre. Of course based on previous experiences, I'll plow through 5 or 6 books and then decide I need some Fantasy or Sci-Fi. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is April 23rd (two days before my birthday) and I have a tentative list, but that might change once again, depending on whether or not I burn out on Mystery earlier in the month.

 

 

 

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text 2016-03-17 11:29
Mid-March Progress Report
The Force Awakens (Star Wars) - Alan Dean Foster
STARGATE SG-1: Relativity - James Swallow
Death in the Tunnel - Miles Burton
The Apple Tart of Hope - Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

March is going pretty well so far. I haven't made much of a dent in the Annotated Sherlock Holmes Volume 2, but I have no plans this weekend and everybody else should be out of the house. 

 

Books Read: 5

 

Books DNF: 1

 

Reviews Written: 6

 

People I annoyed on Amazon: 6

 

I absurdly happy about that last one. Does anybody else bother to post reviews on Amazon or do you just stick to this site?

 

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text 2016-03-02 04:59
February Wrap-Up, 2016 Reading Challenge Update & March Reading List
The Force Awakens (Star Wars) - Alan Dean Foster
STARGATE SG-1: Relativity - James Swallow
Planet X - Michael Jan Friedman
The Masterharper of Pern - Anne McCaffrey
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Lord of Chaos - Robert Jordan
Sherlock: Chronicles - Steve Tribe
Death in the Tunnel - Miles Burton
The Dragon Throne (The Four Kingdoms Book 1) - Chrys Cymri

February Wrap-Up

 

February was a good month for me. I completed 14 book and 3 graphic novels. Out of those 17 completed works: I rated six as 5 stars, two as 4 stars, and one as 4 1/2 stars. I only had two books that I DNF, which is awesome. My average for the month for DNF is around 5. Going into March I have four books on my Currently Reading List.

 

I'm still doing the buddy read for American Gods, this will take a while because our schedules don't always sync up. If we're lucky we can get together once every other week. I'm still enjoying it and I'm kind of getting frustrated that we can't get together more frequently. I'm also slowly going through The Annotated Sherlock Holmes Volume II. I've been reading one story every other day and I fully expect to be finished with this volume before the end of the month. I'm finding that the formatting of this volume is really annoying me and I don't know why; it's set up the same way the previous volume was. Each page has two columns, the story is printed on the inner column and any notes on the outer column. This formatting is kept up throughout the book, even when there aren't any notes, so some pages have a huge empty space on the outer edges of the pages. I started An Elementary Study in Chemistry in February as well. I've been picking it up and reading a chapter at a time whenever I feel in the mood. This one I fully expect to be reading well into April. The final book on my Currently Reading List is The Force Awakens, which should be completed before the end of this week. 

 

2016 Reading Challenge Update

 

1. Participate in four readathons. 

 I've participated in two readathons so far this year. In January I did the Bout of Books, which ran from January 4th-10th. In February I participated in the Rainbowthon 2.0, which ran February 7th-14th.

 

2. Finish "The Wheel of Time" Series.

  I left off at book 5 in the series sometime last year. In March I'm planning to start up the series again, though I might need to refresh my memory of what happened in previous books. 

 

3. Read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

 I haven't done this yet and will probably not happen until later in the year.

 

4. Reduce Library Shelf by half.

 I've already removed 21 books from my library wishlist, most of them I couldn't remember why I had added them in the first place.

 

5. Read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

 I started and finished this in February. I'm kind of mad at myself for putting this off for so long. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be picking up more of Dickens work in the near future to read.

 

6. Finish one series other than "The Wheel of Time".

 This was done in January. I completed the Harper Hall Series, which had been sitting on my shelf unread for a ridiculous number of years. 

 

7.Read at least 100 books.

 Two months into the year and I've already read 32 books. I don't expect to keep this pace throughout the year. Usually around April my reading slows down, so it will be nice to have a good cushion going into the warmer months.

 

March Reading List

 

I have nine books on my March Reading List, one I've started already. The Dragon Throne, I won in a giveaway over a month ago. I know the author was expecting a review, so I feel bad about putting it off for so long, but there were other books that wanted to read before I dived into that one. After an almost three month hiatus I'm planning to jump back into the "Wheel of Time" series with The Lord of Chaos. Due to waiting so long, I will probably have to find a summary of the previous book on-line to refresh my memory and will be reading this book towards the end of the month. RelativityPlanet X, The Masterharper of Pern and Infinite Jest have all been on my shelf for over two years so it will be nice to clear them. March should be a good month

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