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January 1st, 2013

Book #51 and year-end wrap-up

Book #51 was "Emma" by Jane Austen. Generally speaking, I like Jane Austen's books, but this was my least favorite of all of them, and that includes Northanger Abbey, which is one of her weaker books. The problem for me was that I found Emma a bit insufferable and, while she was supposed to be clever, the reader often sees things coming a mile away that she didn't. I didn't hate the book, but I found it a bit of a chore until about the 2/3rds mark. At least I can now say that I've read all of Jane Austen's novels (not counting juvenilia). Not a brilliant way to end up a year of reading, but there were many literary pleasures in 2012!

The other books I read in 2012:Collapse )
Goal assessment:
My reading goals for 2012, beyond getting to at least 50 books, were

1. Non-fiction reading to comprise at least 1/3 of my titles.
Easily accomplished: My non-fiction reads were 21 out of 51 books (i.e. more than 40 percent).

2. Read diversely, with three mini-goals:

a. Close to 50/50 in gender balance for authors
24 female authors out of 51 books is close enough!

b.Include a few books by GLBT authors and disabled authors
I only read one book that I know is by a GLBT author (bisexual female author); I read two books by authors with disabilities. OK, but I could have done better.

c. Read 12 books by people of color.
Accomplished. Even with an extremely narrow definition of POC, I read 13 books by POC. If you use a looser definition, it was more like 15 or 16.

More analysis:

1. I didn't have any goals for re-read, but 3 out of 51 were re-reads this year.

2. My 3 favorite fiction reads of 2012 were "City at the End of Time," "The Kite Runner" and "Soon I Will Be Invincible."

3. This was a great year for non-ficiton. There were so many I enjoyed it was hard to narrow it down to a top 3, but I'll say that my 3 favorite non-fiction reads of 2012 were "Feynman" (graphic memoir), "Curry: A talke of cooks and conquerers," and "The Posioners Handbook." I also enjoyed both Ruth Reichl books I read this year, as well as "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

Books 53 and 54, December 31, 2012

53. Shade's Children by Garth Nix. 1997. This has been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. It's a good sci-fi read for the juvenile readers. Escaped children are gathered together by Shade to help him take down the Overlords who use the children for their private war games. A lot of suspense in this one.

54. Trader by Charles de Lint. 1997. This also has been waiting to be read. It's typical of de Lint's style of urban fantasy. The characters are human and engaging. The real fun lies in the all the references to 90's technology and shows throughout the book. Well worth reading.

So I made the 50 book challenge for 2012 and will do it again this year but i will only read the books from my bookshelves in an effort to cut down how many bookshelves I have. I am getting to the point in my life I don't want to be owned by my stuff, including my books, Here's hoping that goes well in the new year.

November/ December reads!

Only just reached number 50 this year! I realise the number is a personal goal but generally I've had no problem reaching 50 reads. I think I've been a bit lazier with my reading in 2012. Perhaps more early nights with a good book should be my new years resolution :)

36.“A Dance with Dragons” by George R. Martin
37.“Outpost of Eternity” by Helen Arvonen
38. “The Princess Bride” Goodman
39.“Livein' the dreem: A Year in my life...Probably” by Harry Hill
40.“Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice (re-read)
41. “Northern Lights” by Phillip Pullman
42. “The Subtle Knife” by Phillip Pullman
43. “The Amber Spyglass” by Phillip Pullman
44. “The Man who would be king” by Rudyard Kipling
45. “The rise of Babylon” by Charles H Dyer
46.“We need to talk about Kevin” by Lionel Shriver
47. “Invincible: Vol 1”
48.“Invincible: Vol 2”
49.“Invincible: Vol 3”
50.“Invincible: Vol 4”

Book #39, Last Book of 2012

39. Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb, Holiday In Death, 308 pages, Mystery, Paperback, 1998 (In Death, Book 7).

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is returning to work after her injuries of the last book. When she takes what is supposed to be a domestic violence case just so she’s not pushing papers any more, she finds a lot more than she bargained for. It’s almost Christmas, and a demented Santa Claus is being invited into homes, just to drug, restrain, rape, and then kill those he targets. He’s a serial offender, and Dallas has to work fast as he brings brutality and death on his 12 Days of Christmas, each day a different victim, each victim his one True Love.


December: Books 165-172/200

American Vampire #33 by Scott Snyder
Memory: Volume 2 & 3 by Linda Wells
Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
Creep by Jennifer Hillier
Mrs. God by Peter Straub
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

So two more than last year (and those Memory volumes were long!). I think I said before that they are basically P&P fanfiction, and despite what many have said they are terrible...as long as you really aren't hoping for Darcy and Elizabeth. Cuz they ain't present. Just pretend Memory is a romp through a similar world and all will be well.

Both Some Kind of Fairy Tale and Mrs. God were weird books, but Mrs. God was weird in the way that makes you wonder how the book was published. It sounded excellent on the dust jacket and then went on to make little sense. I kept feeling like Straub wasn't giving us enough information to have his reader understand the book, that he was being mysterious just for the sake of it or just being sloppy. Joyce's book...well when I finished I couldn't say for sure whether I enjoyed it or not, but it did stay with me, it was beautifully written and the characters were well thought out. Yeah, I liked it.

I picked up Graceling after a grade 9 student did a book project on it, and it's great! Not your typical YA adventure/romance, our heroine actually thinks about marriage and what she doesn't want from it.



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