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text 2019-01-01 21:41
2018 Book Roundup

Another year has gone by and it's now time to compile the list of books that I read in 2018. Like last year, some of these books haven't been reviewed yet so you'll need to keep an eye on the blog to see what I thought of them. I'm including rereads in my count once again 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. Einstein's Dreams
  2. The Killings at Badger's Drift
  3. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  4. The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers (longest read of the year)
  5. Quackery
  6. HiLo 4: Waking the Monsters
  7. Norse Mythology
  8. Rest in Pieces (one of my faves of 2018)
  9. I've Got This Round
  10. The Last Black Unicorn
  11. Gorillas in the Mist
  12. Citizen: An American Lyric
  13. From Here to Eternity
  14. Ghostland
  15. Fly on the Wall
  16. How to Love the Empty Air (one of my faves of 2018)
  17. The Murderer's Ape
  18. Golda Meir: A Strong, Determined Leader
  19. Yes Please (one of my faves of 2018 and best audiobook I've ever read)
  20. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (one of my faves of 2018)
  21. Grace & Style 
  22. Death of a Hollow Man
  23. Ghostbusters (movie tie-in)
  24. The World According to Mister Rogers
  25. Tiny Beautiful Things
  26. The American Way of Death Revisited (loved it so much I bought my own copy)
  27. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (one of my faves of 2018)
  28. Short
  29. The Royal Rabbits of London
  30. Nnewts
  31. Graveyeard Shakes
  32. The Intuitionist (one of my faves of 2018 - Great American Read list)
  33. The Bad Guys
  34. The Read-Aloud Handbook (necessity for Children's Librarians)
  35. The House with a Clock in Its Walls
  36. The Outsider 
  37. The Figure in the Shadows
  38. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring
  39. One Step at a Time (picture book)
  40. Invisible Man
  41. Comics Squad: Recess
  42. CatStronauts: Space Station Situation
  43. Dear Madam President
  44. Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary Ordinary Family
  45. Recovery: Freedom from Addictions (one of my faves of 2018)
  46. The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath
  47. Unruly Places
  48. When Breath Becomes Air
  49. Being Mortal
  50. The Science of Superheroes
  51. Only Human
  52. Founding Mothers
  53. Mary B. (one of my faves of 2018)
  54. The Ghost in the Mirror
  55. So Close to Being the Sh*t, Ya'll Don't Even Know
  56. CatStronauts: Robot Rescue (for some reason I didn't review this?!)
  57. El Deafo
  58. Cici's Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-In-Training
  59. Sunny Side Up
  60. 5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior
  61. Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever
  62. Peanuts: Volume Nine
  63. Star Trek Destiny #1: Gods of Night
  64. Robot Dreams
  65. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1
  66. Star Trek Destiny #2: Mere Mortals
  67. The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity
  68. 5 Worlds Book 2: The Cobalt Prince
  69. Afterlife With Archie Vol. 1 
  70. Star Trek Destiny #3: Lost Souls
  71. Calypso
  72. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing 
  73. The Bear and the Nightingale
  74. ElfQuest Archives: Volume One (review for this coming in 2019)
  75. The Compleet Molesworth 
  76. Space Dumplins
  77. Sanity & Tallulah
  78. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
  79. The Science of Supervillains
  80. ElfQuest Archives: Volume Two (review for this coming in 2019)
  81. Tales from the Inner City
  82. Dear Sister

 

And the reread books:

  1. The Neverending Story (every year)
  2. Pride & Prejudice (every year)

 

That brings our total count to: 84 books.

 

I decided to include the review links again (not sure why I keep torturing myself) for each of the titles but you can always use the search feature to look up any genre, subject, etc. to find your next book to kick off 2019. :-) Happy New Year!!

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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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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