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text 2018-04-01 05:35
March Reading
The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman
Endurance: My Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery - Scott Kelly
Nelvana of the Northern Lights - Adrian Dingle
Medicine Walk - Richard Wagamese,Tom Stechschulte
The Prey of Gods - Nicky Drayden
Out Standing in the Field: A Memoir by Canada's First Female Infantry Officer - Sandra Perron
City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris - Holly Tucker
Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace - Masha Gessen
Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin
Penric's Fox - Lois McMaster Bujold

Fourteen Books Read:

The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman 

Endurance: My Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery - Scott Kelly 

Nelvana of the Northern Lights - Adrian Dingle 

Medicine Walk - Richard Wagamese

Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters - Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed 

The Prey of Gods - Nicky Drayden 

Out Standing in the Field: A Memoir by Canada's First Female Infantry Officer - Sandra Perron 

Place to Belong - Claire Boston 

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris - Holly Tucker

Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace - Masha Gessen 

The Girls in the Picture: A Novel - Melanie Benjamin (DNF)

Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin

The Covert Captain: Or, A Marriage of Equals - Jeannelle M. Ferreira (DNF)

Penric's Fox - Lois McMaster Bujold  

 

Women Writers Bingo: 10/25

(Personal take: Finish 25 books by new-to-me female authors in 2018*)

Finished in March: Nicky Drayden, Sandra Perron, Claire Boston, Holly Tucker, Masha Gessen**

 

Gender Balance:

Fiction: 7 by women, 2 by men, 0 by non-binary

Non fiction: 3 by women, 2 by men, 0 by non-binary

 

Format:

Paper books that I own: 1

Paper books from library: 4

E-books that I own: 2

E-books from library: 1

Audiobooks that I own: 5

Audiobooks from the library: 1

 

March Goals:

Read two Hugo nominated novels and all of the short stories.

 

*Women Writers Bingo Bonus Points:

5 of those books in translation: 1/5

5 of those books are non-fiction: 4/5 (Warmth of other Suns, Out Standing in the Field, City of Light, Ester and Ruzya)

 

Bingo Companion Round:

5 books by non-binary authors: 0/5

 

**As per this essay, I'm not completely sure about listing Masha Gessen under female authors, but it seems at the moment the best option.

 

Previous months:

January Reading

February Reading

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text 2018-02-27 17:59
February Reading
The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin,Rob Inglis
The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. Le Guin
Pet Rescue Panther - Zoe Chant
Grand Canyon - Vita Sackville-West
Moonglow: A Novel - Michael Chabon
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson

Seven books read:

The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin

The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. Le Guin 

Pet Rescue Panther - Zoe Chant 

Grand Canyon - Vita Sackville-West 

Moonglow: A Novel - Michael Chabon 

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson 

Jade City - Fonda Lee (DNF)

 

Women Writers Bingo: 5/25

(Personal take: Finish 25 books by new-to-me female authors in 2018*)

Finished in February: Vita Sackville-West, Isabel Wilkerson

 

Gender Balance:

Fiction: 5 by women, 1 by men, 0 by non-binary

Non fiction: 1 by women, 0 by men, 0 by non-binary

 

Format:

Paper books that I own: 1

Paper books from library: 0

E-books that I own: 3

E-books from library: 0

Audiobooks that I own: 3

 

March Goals:

1. Finish reading for Hugo Award nominations (Prey of the Gods, Winter Tide, that Canadian comicbook).

2. Keep library list from imploding, OMG!

3. Stop ordering fucking library books.

 

*Women Writers Bingo Bonus Points:

5 of those books in translation: 1/5

5 of those books are non-fiction: 1/5 (The Warmth of Other Suns)

 

Bingo Companion Round:

5 books by non-binary authors: 0/5

 

Previous months:

January Reading

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text 2018-02-01 16:26
January Reading
Jane, Unlimited - Kristin Cashore
My Conversations with Canadians - Lee Maracle
Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story - Martin Luther King Jr.
Swallowing Mercury - Wioletta Greg,Wioletta Grzegorzewska,Eliza Marciniak
 Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder - A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science - James Mahaffey,Keith Sellon-Wright
Sweet Disorder - Rose Lerner
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel - Katherine Arden
The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner - Daniel Ellsberg
Winter Rose - Patricia A. McKillip
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin

Eleven books read:

Jane, Unlimited - Kristin Cashore

My Conversations with Canadians - Lee Maracle  

Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story - Martin Luther King Jr.  

Swallowing Mercury - Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak  

Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder - James Mahaffey

Someone To Love - Mary Balogh (DNF)

Sweet Disorder - Rose Lerner  

The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden 

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner - Daniel Ellsberg  

Winter Rose - Patricia A. McKillip  

A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin  

 

Women Writers Bingo: 3/25

(Personal take: Finish 25 books by new-to-me female authors in 2018*)

Finished in January: Wioletta Greg, Rose Lerner, Katherine Arden

 

Gender Balance:

Fiction: 7 by women, 0 by men, 0 by non-binary

Non fiction: 1 by women, 3 by men, 0 by non-binary

 

Format:

Paper books that I own: 0

Paper books from library: 5

E-books that I own: 1

E-books from library: 1

Audiobooks that I own: 4

 

February Goals:

1. Finish reading for Hugo Award nominations (Jade City, Prey of the Gods, Winter Tide).

2. Read at least one book for black history month

3. Stop ordering fucking library books.

 

 

*Women Writers Bingo Bonus Points:

5 of those books in translation: 1/5 (Swallowing Mercury)

5 of those books are non-fiction: 0/5

 

Bingo Companion Round:

5 books by non-binary authors: 0/5

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text 2018-01-08 18:58
2017 in Review
How To Be A Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life - Ruth Goodman
New York 2140 - Kim Stanley Robinson
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf
Murder Must Advertise - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Summer Before the War: A Novel - Helen Simonson
Racing the Devil - Charles Todd
Calamity in Kent - John Rowland
Ashes of London - Andrew Taylor
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
Agnes and the Hitman - Bob Mayer,Jennifer Crusie

2017 was an excellent reading year around here.  I had four five-star reads, not counting re-reads, which is a very high total for me, out of some 90+ books read.  One was a novel - 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, and three non-fiction: The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf, and two by Ruth Goodman, How to be a Tudor, and How to be a Victorian.  Wonderful re-reads included Dorothy L. Sayers' Murder Must Advertise, several Mary Russell novels by Laurie R. King, and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (which I think I read in about 1978, but remembered nothing).

 

The best historical novel I read in 2017 was The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson, and the best new mystery Racing the Devil, by Charles Todd.  I read a decent amount of non-fiction, all of it good, from The Glass Universe (about the ladies of the Harvard Observatory) to Michelangelo's Ceiling (Damn it, your holiness, I'm a sculptor, not a painter), The Sun and the Moon (the Man-bats, or America's first great "fake news" story), and A is for Arsenic (Agatha Christie knew her poisons).

 

I had some reads that were just pure fun, like Jennifer Crusie's Agnes and the Hitman, Deborah Harkness' trilogy on witches, or Anne Bishop's novels about The Others.

 

It did have down moments.  Calamity in Kent's plot boiled down to "Scotland Yard inspector decides his tabloid journalist friend, Jimmy, is the best choice to solve a locked room mystery, and tells Jimmy to go for it."  Um.  OK?

 

The one which angered me, however, was my sole 1-star read of the year, The Ashes of London, which was billed as a thriller set during the Great Fire of London.  It is set *after* the fire, did not have very good historical detailing (it could have been pretty much anywhere and anywhen in the past that had suffered a large fire), and had two narrators, neither interesting.  And then it offended me with a touch of "let's start the characterization of the woman by having her evil cousin rape her" and I was out.

 

But most of my reading year was wonderful.  I hope yours was, too.

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text 2018-01-01 19:08
2017 Book Roundup

Another year has gone by and it's now time to compile the list of books that I read in 2017. Like last year, some of these books haven't been reviewed (yet in some cases and never in others) so you'll need to keep an eye on the blog to see what I thought of them. I'm going to do something slightly different this year. I've decided to include rereads in my count because I want to be able to keep a running record (digitally) of everything I've read in a given year. Here we go!

 

  1. Ms. Bixby's Last Day
  2. Have You Seen Elephant? (picture book - no review)
  3. Duck, Duck, Dinosaur (picture book - no review)
  4. Sidekicked
  5. Vampire Academy
  6. Dead Wake
  7. Hark! A Vagrant
  8. South Riding
  9. Wonderful, Wicked, and Whizzpopping
  10. The Burning World
  11. Cry, Heart, But Never Break
  12. The Dungeoneers
  13. Frostbite
  14. Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast
  15. Henry & Leo
  16. Frog on a Log?
  17. The Last Shadow Gate
  18. Terms & Conditions
  19. I Work at a Public Library
  20. A Freudian Slip is When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother
  21. I Don't Want to be Big
  22. The Unfinished World
  23. Frindle
  24. Waking Gods
  25. I Don't Want to be a Frog
  26. The Secrets of Gaslight Lane
  27. Trio for Blunt Instruments
  28. Lunch Witch: Knee-Deep in Niceness
  29. The Grumpface
  30. How to Build an Android
  31. Fortunately, the Milk
  32. The Shadow Land
  33. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (for some reason I didn't review this?)
  34. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
  35. The House of Months and Years
  36. The Wild Robot
  37. Grandpa's Great Escape
  38. The Deadly 7
  39. The Phantom Tollbooth
  40. Book Uncle and Me
  41. Roller Girl
  42. The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
  43. The Marvels
  44. Some Writer!
  45. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  46. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  47. Wildwood
  48. The Cabinet of Curiosities
  49. One Day We'll Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
  50. Under Wildwood
  51. Stories of Your Life and Others
  52. Do Not Say We Have Nothing
  53. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
  54. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
  55. The Book That Changed America
  56. Wildwood Imperium
  57. Comics Squad: Detention
  58. Wonderstruck
  59. The Imaginary
  60. HiLo (graphic novels 1-3)
  61. Ghost Waltz
  62. Bluffton
  63. The Storm in the Barn
  64. The Red Badge of Courage
  65. Science of the Magical
  66. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  67. A Wrinkle in Time (reread)
  68. A Wind in the Door
  69. A Swiftly Tilting Planet
  70. Many Waters
  71. Grendel
  72. The Great Questions of Tomorrow
  73. Find the Good
  74. Thornhill
  75. Woolly
  76. everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too
  77. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
  78. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (not reviewed yet)
  79. The Importance of Being Earnest (not reviewed yet)
  80. A Veil of Shadows
  81. Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult (not reviewed yet)
  82. The Goldfish Boy (not reviewed yet)
  83. Close Enough to Touch (not reviewed yet)
  84. Deep Dark Fears (not reviewed yet)
  85. Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods (not reviewed yet)
  86. The Unreal and the Real (not reviewed yet)
  87. The People's Republic of Amnesia (not reviewed yet)
  88. The Little Virtues (not reviewed yet)
  89. The Creeps (not reviewed yet)
  90. World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures (not reviewed yet)
  91. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores (not reviewed yet)
  92. My Friend Dahmer (not reviewed yet)
  93. Scythe (not reviewed yet)
  94. Mine Own Executioner (not reviewed yet)

 

And the reread books:

  1. The Rubber Band
  2. The Red Box
  3. Pride & Prejudice (every year)
  4. Star Trek Into Darkness
  5. Murder on the Orient Express
  6. The Neverending Story (every year)

 

That brings our total count to: 100 books.

 

You can always use the search feature to look up any genre, subject, etc. to find your next book to kick off 2018. :-) Happy New Year!!

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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