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I read five books in February!

7. The Wild Girls by Ursula K. Le Guin - ****
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
9. The White Renegade by Claudie Arseneault - ****
10. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly - *** 1/2
11. Scratch by Manjula Martin (ed.) - ***
12. Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold - *****

I'm also continuing to do well with Game of Books--I reached 26 points in February, just beating my goal, and discovered that I'd made an error on the spreadsheet, so I actually got 30 points in January.

Eventually I'll finish Les Miserables, too. But it won't be in March.

Edited: I forgot to include the Harry Potter readalong!
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
Here's a list of all the books I read in January. If you've read any of them, want to read any of them, or are just curious what I thought, I'd love a comment!

1. Vegan: 100 Everyday Recipes by Love Food - ***
2. A Confederation of Valor by Tanya Huff - ***
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
4. Cress by Marissa Meyer - **** 1/2
5. Power and Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology - ****
6. Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen - ****

I'm pleased to say that I'm doing very well on my Game of Books challenge: my monthly goal is 25 points, and for January, I achieved 29 points!
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
So the other day when I posted about Le Guin and my reading journal, I hadn't noticed that one of the items included in The Wild Girls is a bibliography. It actually has a list of all of Le Guin's published works up until, presumably, the publication of the book (2011). I guess I have that list I was looking for!
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In addition to the furniture from my great-aunt's apartment, my parents brought me some of her other things. There's a bag of many pairs of pretty, old-fashioned leather gloves; I tried on one pair, but it was quite a bit of effort to get on, so I hope some of the other pairs are bigger.

But the more exciting gift was hidden underneath the gloves: quite a few books, many of them illustrated books by Maurice Sendak. And some of them are signed, to my great-aunt, by Sendak himself!
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
I haven't actually been using the reading journal I mentioned last week all that much, but when I finished the book I was reading last night and picked up an Ursula K. Le Guin out of my TBR to read next, I suspected that might push me to write a bit more. I think I was right. It's a very short book, but so far I've filled nearly a handwritten page in my bullet journal: two fairly long quotes and one reaction.

I really need to make a comprehensive list of the Le Guin I haven't read yet so I can go through it systematically. I haven't yet found a book of hers I didn't like (though there have been two or three I didn't love), and they always, always make me think.

I'm kind of wishing I had the reading journal a few months ago when I reread The Handmaid's Tale. It would be nice to look back at my thoughts on it now.

Podcasts

Jan. 25th, 2017 08:56 pm
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I always find the nearly-ubiquitous ads for Audible on my podcasts slightly amusing. I mean, it makes sense! Get the people who are already spending time listening to audio entertainment and/or information to give you money for more entertainment and/or information.

The thing is, I can barely keep up with the podcasts I listen to (right now I'm almost a week behind). I don't have time for audiobooks! And the ads usually go something like "want to read more books, but can't find the time?" No, that's not actually my problem at all. The time for reading is easier than the time for audio.

Books!

Jan. 19th, 2017 08:44 pm
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First off, I'm feeling just fine today. My teammates were both back at work, but they both went home early. I'm hoping my immune system continues to rally!

I read a blog post yesterday on keeping a reading journal (I can't find it again because I read the darn thing at work). I thought it was a great idea and immediately started one in my bullet journal. The author of the blog post keeps her reading journal separate from her bullet journal, but I didn't like the idea of lugging around a second journal, and I don't think I'll write as much as she does.

Of course, today I forgot to bring it to work, so I didn't write anything during my lunchtime reading. I'm not sure I would have anyway. One comment (on one of the three-plus books I'm reading) plus whatever I put on Litsy is probably enough...
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
Goodreads says I read 100 books in 2016, and I'm not sure where the discrepancy comes from. I may not have listed all my Harry Potter rereads on my text list.

93. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin - *****
94. Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life by Ivan T. Sanderson - DNF
95. Giant Days, Vol. 3 by John Allison - *****
96. Cold Magic by Kate Elliot - ***

For 2017 reading, i have two goals... or, well, one goal and a game!

2017: The Year of Finishing Series )
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87. Winged: A Novella by Joyce Chng - DNF
88. The Bridesmaids by Judith Balaban Quine - DNF
89. A Festival of Skeletons by R. J. Astruc - **
90. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood - *** 1/2
91. Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal - *****
92. Crush by Richard Siken - **** 1/2

Have you read any of the books on my list? Want to know more about any of them? Please leave a comment!
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77. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo - ****
78. Ravens in Winter by Bernd Henrich - ***
79. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson - ****
80. The Collector by John Fowles - **** 1/2
81. Goldenhand by Garth Nix - *****
82. Anyone You Want Me to Be by John Douglas and Stephen Singular - ****
83. Once Upon a Hallow's Eve by Sarah Diemer - ***
84. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee - ****
85. The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco - **
86. Over Your Dead Body by Dan Wells - *****
clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
Here's September! Anyone else read or want to read any of these books? Want to chat about them?

71. The Penguin Book of Women Poets by Carol Cosman, Joan Keefe, and Kathleen Weaver (ed.) - ****
72. The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds - *** 1/2
73. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy - DNF
74. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (reread) - *****
75. Winds of Change: Short Stories About Our Climate by Mary Woodbury (ed.) - **
76. Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler - ***
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
The pattern of the stars is interesting this month. Five stars for the first and last books completed, four stars for the next ones in, three stars, and two stars for the middle book...

64. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear - *****
65. Averno by Louise Glück - ****
66. Identity Crisis by Debbi Mack - ***
67. The Memoirs of Fanny Hill by John Cleland - **
68. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight - *** 1/2
69. The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey - ****
70. Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola - *****

July books

Aug. 1st, 2016 09:12 pm
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54. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling - *****
55. Hood by Evan Pickering - DNF
56. The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard - ****
57. Level Up by Gene Luen Yang - ****
58. Maggie for Hire by Kate Danley - **
59. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling - *****
60. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - ****
61. Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis - DNF
62. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling - *****
63. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne - ****

June books

Jul. 4th, 2016 05:25 pm
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46. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
47. The Disappearance of Ember Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina - *****
48. The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer - ***
49. The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo - *****
50. Diverse Energies by Paolo Bacigalupi and Joe Monti (ed.) - ***
51. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling - ****
52. Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison - ****
53. Giant Days, Vol. 2 by John Allison - **** 1/2

I failed to make a post for the Once Upon a Time reading challenge, but I read the four books I'd picked out for each category--I just failed to grab my copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream from my parents' house and reread that...

May books

Jun. 7th, 2016 07:45 pm
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
Apparently I missed several books in my typed list, so instead of just editing the original post, I'm deleting it and posting a new, correct one! As always, I welcome comments.

30. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman - *****
31. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry - **
32. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater - ****
33. Wandering Son, Vol. 2 by Takako Shimura - ** 1/2
34. Wandering Son, Vol. 3 by Takako Shimura - ** 1/2
35. Messenger by Lois Lowry - ***
36. The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley - ****
37. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina - ****
38. Son by Lois Lowry - ***
39. Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger - DNF
40. S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst - ***
41. Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff - ****
42. In Ghostly Japan by Lafcadio Hearn - ***
43. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
44. Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey (reread) - ****
45. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (reread) - ****

April books

May. 1st, 2016 04:12 pm
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
A good month for reading!

22. The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim - ****
23. Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold - *****
24. Master of the House of Darts by Aliette de Bodard - ***
25. Miles in Love by Lois McMaster Bujold - *****
26. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan - ****
27. Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente - *****
28. The Giver by Lois Lowry - **** 1/2
29. 50 Short Science Fiction Tales by Isaac Asimov and Groff Conklin (ed.) - ***

As always, if you have questions about any of the books, or want to discuss them, or just want to say "hey, I read that too," I welcome comments!

March books

Apr. 1st, 2016 08:19 pm
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17. The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente - *****
18. Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Takako Shimura - ****
19. Emma, Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori - **
20. Harbinger of the Storm by Aliette de Bodard - *** 1/2
21. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman - *****

A slow month, but some great reads!
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
I've decided to follow [personal profile] calissa's lead this year and sign up for the Once Upon a Time book challenge!

This is a pretty simple challenge. In fact, the first two options are just too easy for me, and I love A Midsummer Night's Dream, so I'm signing up for Quest the Third.



For this challenge, you fulfill the requirements for The Journey, Quest the First, or Quest the Second. I'm going with the most challenging option, Quest the Second, which is: Read at least one book from each of the four categories. In this quest you will be reading 4 books total: one fantasy, one folklore, one fairy tale, and one mythology.

And here are my plans (I went strictly with TBR books):
Fantasy - The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley--I'm not sure what it's about anymore, but it's been on my to-buy list for a while, and then a friend gave it to me last year as a surprise gift!
Folklore - In Ghostly Japan by Lafcadio Hearn--I'm a big fan of Japanese folklore and I'm jumping at the chance to dig into it some more.
Fairy tale - Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente--need I say more?! I'm a huge fan of Valente's work and fairy tale retellings.
Mythology - The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer--this is a lesbian retelling of the myth of Persephone, which is one of my favorite myths, and I love f/f, so really, the only question is why I haven't read it sooner!
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
I'm now on track for 100 books a year, according to Goodreads!

I'm also aiming, informally, to read more books by nonwhite authors this year. Considering that last year I read six by only three different authors, and this year I'm already up to seven by four authors, I'm doing pretty well! I do notice that both last year and this year the majority of books by nonwhite authors are graphic novels (and I haven't read any graphic novels by white authors); I think that's partly due to the excellent manga and comics sections in my new local library, but it might also be due to comics being quicker for me to get through. I'll work on that.

ETA: Another reason is that my husband keeps recommending manga to me...

7. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang - *****
8. Saints by Gene Luen Yang - ****
9. Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s by Sarah Weinman (ed.) - *****
10. As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka - DNF
11. The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson - DNF
12. A Bride's Story, Vol. 6 by Kaoru Mori - ****
13. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte - ****
14. Kisses and Curses by Lauren Burniac (ed.) - ***
15. Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson - *** 1/2
16. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - ***
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Reading: books and tea)
I need to step it up if I'm going to read 100 books this year (per my Goodreads challenge)!

1. The Lady and the Locksmith by Cody Young - **
2. A Bride's Story, Vol. 4 by Kaoru Mori - **** 1/2
3. Connections by James Burke - ****
4. Middlemarch by George Eliot - **** 1/2
5. Windward Heights by Maryse Condé - ***
6. A Bride's Story, Vol. 5 by Kaoru Mori - ****

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