July 9th, 2016

Briana and Aunty Tara

2015 Summary

Each year I get a little closer to posting my summary for the previous year near the end of said year (October last year, July this year!). Having said that, unfortunately 2015 was not a good year for reading. Starting my double Masters' degree and a new job took its toll, as did spending seven weeks in the United States at the end of the year. Nonetheless, the year passed, and all in all it was a good one. So, while the reading was slim, let us look at it nonetheless.

1. Westminister Abbey: Official Guide by Dean and Chapter of Westminister – 120 pages
2.  Sunshine on Sugar Hill by Angela Gilltrap – 310 pages
3.  The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss – 323 pages
4.  Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics by Paul Street – 272 pages
5.  A Series of Unfortunate Event: Book the Twelfth: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket – 353 pages
6.  The XX Factor: How Working Women are Creating a New Society by Alison Wolf – 401 pages
7. The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East by Kishore Mahbubani – 293 pages
8.  Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs – 331 pages
9.  Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton – 596 pages
10.        A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Thirteenth: The End by Lemony Snicket – 324 pages
11.      Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter – 263 pages
12.        DB30Years: Special Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary Magazine by Michael LaBrie – 315 pages
13.        The Anatomy of Israel’s Survival by Hirsh Goodman – 253 pages
14.        The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter – 442 pages
15.        One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – 290 pages
16.        The Other Side of Despair: Jews and Arabs in the Promised Land by Daniel Gavron – 240 pages
17.        Dragon Ball Z: “It’s Over 9000!”: When Worldviews Collide by Derek Padula – 76 pages
18.      Jaco the Galactic Patrolman by Akira Toriyama – 247 pages
19.       The Rise of the Creative Class: Revisited by Richard Florida – 465 pages

19 / 50 books. 38% done!

5914 / 15000 pages. 39% done!

Comparison to last year

19 / 43 books. 44% done!

5914 / 14885 pages. 40% done!

Top 5 books (including re-reads):
5. Living Dolls
4. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
3. The Fictional Woman
2. The XX Factor
1. The Rise of the Creative Class

Interesting Facts:
Improvement on last year: -24 (-8,971)
Library books: 10
Non-fiction: 13
Most read author: Lemony Snicket (2 books/677 pages)
Books with a sci-fi/fantasy element: 4
Re-reads: 0
Sequels/not the first in a series: 4

As you can see it was a terrible reading year, and so far 2016 isn't shaping up to be much better, but alas, sometimes there are other things in life. So continue on I will.
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Book 72

Standing in the Shadows: Bigfoot Stories from Southeastern OhioStanding in the Shadows: Bigfoot Stories from Southeastern Ohio by Doug Waller

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I met the author at one of his Bigfoot lectures. I admit it, I'm a little more than skeptical but I do find the idea of cryptozoology is fun. The book matches the title. It's a documentation of the author's first hand experiences with hunting Bigfoot from finding foot impressions (and in one memorable photo a 'butt impression' that looks a lot like a place where a deer had bedded down), the strange vocalizations they make, the odd twisted tree 'baskets' they supposedly make and their acrid, skunky scent (see also the skunk ape in Florida).

Not all of the stories are the author's experiences. Many are of other eye witnesses, plenty of sighting stories.

It was fun, written conversationally but honestly I'm not sure it convinces anyone that Salt Fork park (and other Ohio locales) has a Bigfoot lurking in it. Though I'm not sure it aims to do that. It relates the sightings and you draw your own conclusions. It does make me want to go poke around Salt Fork because I'm too curious for my own good.

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