clare_dragonfly: A cartoon eight-year-old boy holds up a book and looks at it with shock and anger. (Calvin & Hobbes: angry book)
I was sure I had posted my August books already, but apparently not! I was on vacation with family at the beginning of September... so I guess I got distracted by my cute nephews. Oops.

AUGUST
45. Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn - ***
46. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - ***
47. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer - ****
48. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee - ****
49. This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer - ****
50. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes - ***
51. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (reread) - *****
52. Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold - *****

SEPTEMBER
53. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova - ****
54. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (reread) - *****
55. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood - ***
56. Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon - ***

July books

Aug. 2nd, 2017 08:52 pm
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
38. Bumpology by Linda Geddes - *** 1/2
39. Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer - *****
40. The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk - ****
41. Alice + Freda Forever by Alexis Coe - ****
42. The Last Unicorn graphic novel adaptation by Peter S. Beagle - *****
43. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
44. Champion by Marie Lu - ***

I finished a second series from my list! Also, I'm doing really well on my Game of Books goal.

June books

Jul. 1st, 2017 04:26 pm
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
29. Fairest by Marissa Meyer - *****
30. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer - ****
31. Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells - *****
32. The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente - *****
33. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
34. The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales by Angela Carter - ****
35. The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (reread) - ****
36. Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos - *****
37. Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold - *****

June was a really excellent reading month! I also finally finished one of the series in my list from the beginning of the year, made progress on another, and have the last book in one of the others out from the library now.

May books

Jun. 1st, 2017 09:10 pm
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
This was a very good reading month!

23. Expecting Better by Emily Oster - ****
24. A Bride's Story, Vol. 7 by Kaoru Mori - *****
25. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - *****
26. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
27. The Secret History by Donna Tartt - *****
28. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - *****

April books

May. 1st, 2017 09:04 pm
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
Good month for reading! I'm still slogging my way through Les Miserables. (OK, sometimes it's a slog, sometimes it's lots of fun. But it is a loooonnnnnngggg book.)

17. Here We Are by Kelly Jensen (ed.) - ****
18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
19. You by Caroline Kepnes - **** 1/2
20. An Occurrence on Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce - ****
21. Happy City by Charles Montgomery - *****
22. Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang - ****
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
I've signed up for Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon for the first time! Huzzah! I've been wanting to try this for ages. Obviously I'm not doing the full 24 hours, and I probably won't read the whole rest of the day... but I'm going to sit down and not worry about anything else for at least a few hours, just reading.

First up: continuing Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. Interesting thoughts so far on how "deliberate rest" is just as important as deliberate practice for accomplishment and creativity. If I get tired of this, I'll continue working on Les Miserables, and I have plenty more books lined up if I should finish one of those!

I'll edit this post if I feel like adding any thoughts. I will definitely do some posting on Litsy (I'm Clare-Dragonfly there) and possibly on Twitter (I'm clarekrmiller). Off to read!

--

Hour 9: I'm going to read Les Miserables if it kills me. And Hugo's long digressions on French politics might just do that.

Hour 12: Okay, this book (Rest) is really feeling repetitive, so... break time.

Hour ...I don't know, the website doesn't show me timestamps: I finished Rest, huzzah! I will definitely not be able to finish any other books this Readathon, but I'm happy to have finished one.

March books

Apr. 1st, 2017 07:28 pm
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
14. Winter by Marissa Meyer - ****
15. The Pregnant Athlete by Brandi and Steve Dion - ****
16. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab - ****

This seems to have been a slow month. I blame Winter--it was very long!

This is the first month that I haven't made my monthly Game of Books points goal, but I'm still on track for the year.
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
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!
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
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
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
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
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
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 )
clare_dragonfly: This is ridiculous. What am I doing here? I'm in the wrong story. (Into the Woods: wrong story)
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!
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
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 Gl├╝ck - ****
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
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
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 - ****

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