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I feel like I 'liked' more books this year.[personal profile] featherynscale sez I'm quite hard to please, bookwise, but I either got better at picking things out this year, or...pants. Jemisin, Bear, and Watts are kinda my holy trinity right now though, so that definitely helps.

Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.
Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Pseudocode for "If nothing else, remember this." (remember this)
Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Pseudocode for "If nothing else, remember this." (remember this)
Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
A bit late this time but I think last year's list is complete.

Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Obviously I'm not going to finish another book this year, so I'll go ahead and post this this morning... long list is long, but mitigated by the sheer number of graphic novels. Also I'm amused that this year almost all of my favorites were non-fiction, when most years I barely manage to read 1 or 2 non-fiction. Maybe it just has to be a better book to grab my attention in that category??

Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Roland Deschain from the Dark Tower novel "The Gunslinger", looking at a raven sitting on a skull on the ground. (gunslinger)
Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Roland Deschain from the Dark Tower novel "The Gunslinger", looking at a raven sitting on a skull on the ground. (dark tower)
Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Read a LOT this year; having a book going at the office and (at least) one at home probably helped. An asterisk means I've read it before; suggestions and commentary welcome.

Read more... )

Also, I came across a very funny/useful community via LJ Spotlight: [livejournal.com profile] bookfails.
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
I like (writing) the book meme better than (writing) the sex meme, damnit. Deal.

Stolen from featherynscale )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Somehow this year I read ALL the books in the world... okay, not really, but usually I'm lucky to break forty or fifty. This year, it was closer to eighty by the time I got done... having a book going at work and one at home helped, I think. And I was probably...err, 'avoiding' some things by reading so much.

Legend: Bold means I've finished it, Italics means I'm working on it; * means I've read it before.

On to the list! )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Read a LOT more this year than in previous years - actually probably more than ever, at least since the Book-It program in grade school, which hardly counts.

Also managed to read quite a bit more of the non-fiction on my list, which was nice. Of course, that doesn't mean the to-read list actually got any shorter... The two things I noticed this year is that I was reading a LOT of stories with Nazis or Nazi symbolism in them, and that copy editing is a dead art. I'd say I could go into that as a new career, except apparently Microsoft Word has put them all out of business. *groan*

The list )
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My family goes out of town again, and what's the first thing I do? Stay late at work, of course...*headdesk* Of course, being on the phone all yesterday meant I came home, stared about a bit, and went to bed early without saying 10 words to [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42. Sorry 'bout that..

Also, I think I've finally 'broken' a bone; I use scare quotes because I'm not certain, but one of the metatarsals in my left foot has been hurting like hell for the last three weeks most times that pressure is put on it. Maybe a stress fracture, maybe something stupider like arthritis? Bah.

Still not getting much writing done for NaNoWriMo, even though I'm narrowly ahead of [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale (at least until she updates whatever she did on the plane yesterday), but I got "a" website updated.... also finished Stranger in a Strange Land (very Heinleinian), and The Philosopher and the Druids, which was better (and yet different) than expected. That officially brings me up to 50 books this year, first time I've done that since Book-It! in grade school.

Is it Friday yet?
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
My reading habits lately have tended toward the "classics", and dystopian/utopian science-fiction social commentary in particular. Currently reading Stranger in a Strange Land and Brave New World at the same time (which was a bad plan), just finished The Fountainhead, etc... but you know what the problem is with reading the classics decades late? They're so...dated. :P Actually, it's just that I've read a lot of the stories that built on their themes, so the supposedly-original thinkers of the 30s-60s sometimes don't entrance me as much as if I'd caught them in the 'right order'.

In any case, between those books and The Vanishing Voter, my current non-fiction, I need something a bit more... escapist in my next reading material. Most of my actual to-read list is fairly heavy, with the exception of Victor Gischler's Gun Monkeys, which is hard to find, and Jim Butcher, which we have currently loaned out. So I settled for Neil Gaiman's comic The Books of Magic for today, which is enjoyable so far (even if it does further the other kick, which is books on magical practice).

So, any suggestions? I couldn't find the first book of David Weber's "War Gods" series, either...
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I've seen this meme go around for Academy Awards with respect to film, but never for the Hugo and Nebula Awards for books; the idea is to bold the ones you've read, and italicize ones you already know you'd like to read (I've also struck through a few that I'll likely never read).

And the winners are... )

Wow, not nearly as many as I'd have thought. Either I don't mesh with the winners very well, or I'm less "well-read" than I thought...

In other news, I was so tired today that I was dreaming about sleeping and dreaming. 5 hours or so later, I feel MUCH better. *stretch*
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Read more numerically than in previous years, but that was helped significantly by the fact that so many were graphic novels/bound comics. Cheating? Maybe, but it was appealing at the beginning of this year, especially after re-devouring the entire Wheel of Time series last year... this, on the other hand, was the year of Discworld.

The list, with ratings )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
It seemed like I read a few more this year than last year, but the numbers are almost equal. If you count the LOTR trilogy as three books instead of one (I read a bound copy) then maybe I did beat it, barely. Still nowhere near the 50-book challenge...

The list, with ratings )

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