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text 2017-12-06 23:00
Reading progress update: I've read 72%.
The Bad Girl and the Baby (Cutting Loose) - Nina Croft

In which the heroine gets more likable the more I read about her. So much so that I had to write about her. Also, if anyone needs to know what's it like to live with a two-year old child, this is the book to read! 

 

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text 2017-12-05 21:55
Opression: 0 Freedom:+1
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

I was truly saddened and disappointed when I read that the book THE HATE U GIVE was banned from a school in Katy, TX. But after reading all the pouring love and support the author received by her followers and then finding out this morning that she won the 2017 Goodreads award for Debut Author and the book won the award for Best YA Fiction, I feel hopeful and much happier already ;) <3 

 

... and yes, a little bit gleeful too =D 

 

 

Here is more about the ban: https://bookriot.com/2017/12/01/the-hate-u-give-banned/

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text 2017-12-01 16:31
Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 445 pages.
Hogfather (Discworld, #20) - Terry Pratchett
Hogfather: Discworld, Book 20 - Random House Audiobooks,Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer

"And there's the sign, Ridcully," said the Dean. "you have read it, I assume.  You know?  The sign which says 'Do not, under any circumstances, open this door'?"

"Of course I've read it," said Ridcully. "Why d'yer think I want it opened?"

"Er ... why?" said the Lecturer in Recent Runes.

"To see why they wanted it shut, of course."*

 

*This exchange contains almost all you need to know about human civilization.  At least, those bits of it that are not under the sea, fenced off or still smoking.

 

[...]

 

"I'm in charge here and I want a bathroom of my own," said Ridcully firmly. "And that's all there is to it, all right?  I want a bathroom in time for Hogswatchnight, understand?"

And that's a problem with beginnings, of course.  Sometimes, when you're dealing with occult realms that have quite a different attitude to time, you get the effect a little way before the cause.

Oh, it's good to be back with Sir Terry at the height of his powers -- I feel like sharing every other page.  And of course Ridcully would have done better curbing his curiosity about that door ...

 

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review 2017-10-16 21:45
Great idea, less than great execution
A Plague of Giants - Deutschland Random House Audio,Kevin Hearne,Xe Sands,Luke Daniels
Let me start by saying the Kevin Hearne is a talented writer with some absolutely brilliant stories. I loved his Iron Druid Chronicles and was so excited to see this start to a new series.
A Plague of Giants comes in at 600+ pages and is quite the undertaking, especially with so many characters and situations. The premise is an exciting one and quite often, there are some amazing scenes to hold a reader's interest. The problem lies in the execution of the story. It is told by Dervan, a historian and that, in itself, wouldn't be bothersome except that Dervan is retelling the stories that the bard,  Fintan, is telling to the people gathered to listen. So, basically, this is a story of a story, or more accurately, several stories of stories. The way the bard goes about it is imaginative with the optical illusions and colorful language, but each chapter is a different story. By the time I was able to get into each individual tale, it was coming to a close and time for the next, creating a rather disjointed story. 
As this is a series, the story will continue in the next book, but by the time I got to end of this one, I found that I'm not sufficiently invested in any of the characters to see where it goes from here. 
Hearne is a favorite for this reader and I'll be looking forward to seeing what comes after this series. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark and was just okay for me. 
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text 2017-10-13 17:18
Shelfie Time! Or "how I saved my sanity by reorganizing my shelves"

My main shelves have been so overcrowded that I decided to do some shelf reorganizing this week. More specifically, I was forced to decentralize my books, if I was going to maintain some sort of order and be able to view my living room shelves with pleasure rather than a sort of frantic overwhelmed sense of failure. 

 

I've been trying to keep all my books, organized by shelf, in my Wall O' Books, but I've accumulated so many that they were just haphazardly crammed in. Mowing through my TBR backlog hasn't helped, because I still keep most of the books after I've read them.

 

So my new organizational system: Wall O' Books is still for collections and TBR, but all the read books are now moved off, but still more or less grouped by category, so I'll know where to find them if needed. Over time, as my TBR gets smaller, I can move the read books back to the Wall. I also culled any non-collectible books that I rated less than 4 stars - those are donated to the library or Goodwill. 

 

First: The Wall O' Books. Collections on either end with TBR (mostly) in the middle.

My Nancy Drew collection on left, and yes I'm still planning to finish my ND project, it's just stalled right now. On right is my collection of classic horror and fantasy: Stephen Kings, Harry Potters, and Tolkiens, with my niece's trilogy and that fabulous EA Poe popup sharing Tolkien's shelf.

 

TBR in the middle, but the Romance TBR is creeping over to the bottom shelf on left under the Girl Detective. 

TBR Children's lit: Left shelf 1

TBR Vintage books (mostly inherited): Right shelf 1

TBR General fiction: Left shelf 2 & Right shelf 2 & 3

TBR Nonfiction: Right shelf 4 & 5

TBR Scifi/fantasy/horror: Left shelf 3, 4, & 5

TBR Romance: under the Nancy Drews

 

Since those are the only nice bookshelves that I've got, the "read" books are now scattered to various places around the house - but still semiorganized.

 

My favorite vintage books have place of pride display in the living room, on the little table under my tv:

 

Guest room - additional fantasy on my grandmother's table and held with a handcarved bookstop that was a gift from my grandparents back when I was such a weird little kid that they had no idea what to give me except books and educational stuff. Also my "school bookshelf", used to keep all my school and professional texts and householdy reference books. Those need this supersturdy solid oak bookshelf because all those weighty books would make any less serious bookshelf sag over time. 

 

All the other hardcovers are starting a new "bookshelf" on top of my desk cabinets in my study - there's lots of room to grow on here. 

 

 And finally, because I didn't know what else to do with them, until I finally get around to decorating my bedroom instead of just throwing random old stuff in there, I put the rest of my read children's lit, paperbacks, and Discworld books on a saggy old pressboard bookshelf that dates back to high school, where I keep DVDs and photo albums. 

 

I know this is probably not very interesting to anybody but me, but I spent so much time agonizing over it that I wanted to document it somewhere.

 

 

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