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The Graveyard Book

I love The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman!  I read and reviewed it for the blog back in 2008 and this time decided to listen to the audiobook, mainly because I knew that i would get through it if i listened to it (i'm having troubles actually reading physical books at home, school=arg) and also because Gaiman narrated it.  

I absolutely love this book.  It just hits all of my buttons; it is growing up and love and loss, about learning and becoming your own hero, about family and friendship and is very bittersweet.  It is a book that i want to recommend to everyone and can't wait until the nieces are just a little older to send it to them!  a 7.

Frankenstein!

I am a member of an online sci-fi book club.  Each month we read an old book (pre-1982 right now) and a new book (post-1982, though we seem to choose things from the last 15 years).  While i don't read everything, or even half i would bet, I do follow the discussions and get a lot of enjoyment out of the varied opinions and recommendations.  This month we had Frankenstein and The Windup Girl and though I really wanted to read both I only got to do a reread of Frankenstein.

I listened to this one on audiobook but i have read it a few times previously.  I remembered the general story but had forgotten the little details. I'd forgotten how whiny Victor is!  He just seems like a big teenager, never taking responsibility for his actions and never thinking anything through.  I just wanted to grab him and shake him a few times.  I enjoyed the reread but Frankenstein will never be the favorite of mine that Dracula is. 
The images and lyricism of the writing is lovely and there are so m…

More Baths, Less Talking

When I realized Nick Hornby had a new collection of columns from The Believer, titled More Baths, Less Talking, I immediately put it on hold at the library.  I actually got it very quickly.  I read it far too fast.  I love Hornby's essays and not just because he's also an Arsenal fan! They are funny, intelligent and informative. He made me want to read a 700 page book about a country during a time I am not interested in! Checking back, i read the last collection back in 2009 and have since learned much, much more about British culture.  B introduced me to Doctor Who, Top Gear, and Premier League football, so I actually "get" many more of Hornby's references now.  I kinda want to go back and reread the previous collections; the whole series is highly recommended!

The Night Circus

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that... there are many kinds of magic, after all.” The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
So this piece is toward the end of the book and I won't say who say it to whom.  I finishe…

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

On Monday I finished a reread of Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.  I then spent at least 45 minutes trying to find out when I read it before.  I actually had to look up the publishing date (January 2009) and work my way forward month by month through the blog;  thank goodness for CTRL-F!  Turns out I read it in May of 2010 and that bloggers little "search box" sucks ass.  as in, searching for the title or Flavia or Bradley did not pull up the post, I suppose because none of those words were in the title?  strange.  

I loved this book as much this time as i did the first.  And with the reread I am seeing the threads a little better.  I really liked revisiting this one for RIP!

Update!

While I did a sorta update for the End of the World Challenge post I never did update with my normal numbers post.  so here we go!

Total books read in 2012:  50
Library books: 39
Non-fiction: 9
Audio: 16
Graphic Novels: 11

For Challenges:

Non-fiction Non-memoir challenge: 4
Science Book Challenge: 1
Chunkster: 2 (i've read plenty of longer books but they've been on audio
RIP: 0 (got a couple in progress)
Total pages for the End of the World Challenge:  11722 (doesn't count rereads or graphic novels)

I am low for me!  Last year I read 98, year before 136.  I have had a lot of stuff going on this year though!

Wow

Ok, i've really gotten bad about updating.  I'm reading, a bit, but not much really.  listening to audiobooks some.  We closed on our house on 8/29/12 and have been moving and trying to figure out this new space.  The semester started also and my classes this semester are much more demanding.  More reading, more assignments than my previous semesters.  Throw in being sick in bed for 2 days followed by sick and laying on couch for the 2 following and that puts me way out of my normal routine.  Oh, and work has moved me around and requiring about 3 hours of overtime every week now.  It doesn't sound like that much but it really does make a difference in what i do.

So, with all that, i'm going to tear through some mini-reviews!  I want to catch up to where i am now in reading and then hopefully i can keep up with what i'm reading as i finish it.  I am working on a reread of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and Frankenstein as well as listening to The Night Circus