Showing posts from December, 2012

Bests of 2012

I had a lot of amazing experiences this year. Since this blog is supposed to be a book blog, those will go first.

   New to Me:
Ready Player One by Ernest ClineReamde by Neal Stephenson Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean Neverwhere by Neil GaimanMore Baths Less Talking by Nick HornbyThe Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan JacobsThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern   Graphic Novels:
The Unwritten Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of WordsAstonishing X-men Torn and Unstoppable American Vampire Volume 3   Re-Read:
The Shining by Stephen KingThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsThe Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanGood Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

I know I'm genre heavy, I'm a nerd :)
The Avengers!Moonrise KingdomThe Dark Knight Rises Cloud AtlasThe Woman in BlackThe Cabin in the WoodsSilver Linings Playbook
Life, not least important though it i…

Final Tally!

I don't believe I will finish anything in the next 30ish hours so here's my final tally for 2012.

Total books read in 2012: 66
Library books: 53
Non-fiction: 13
Audio: 20
Graphic Novels: 16

For Challenges:

Non-fiction Non-memoir challenge: 6
Science Book Challenge: 2
Chunkster: 2 (i've read plenty of longer books but they've been on audio)
RIP: 4
Total pages for the End of the World Challenge:  13652 (doesn't count rereads or graphic novels)

so...these are my lowest totals since I started recording.  I mean, if you pull out the graphic novels, which usually i can read in an hour or less, I read less than a book a week.  Factor in that 20 were audio books, which i listen to while going to and from work, and i'm basically at a book every two weeks.  now, I did have a pretty busy year, so that's an excuse.  I do miss reading and blogging like I used to though, so my goal/resolution is to get back into the habit.  I did reread several books this year which i found to be qu…

The Last Policeman and Tokyo Year Zero

I got through two murder mysteries this week.  

I read The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters last weekend.  Actually, I read it Saturday evening between 5-9 pm.  Superfast reads seem to be something i can only do with mysteries. There's just something about them that i feel almost compelled as I read them.  They don't have to be actiony thrillers even; I can do the same thing with Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers (who i need to read more of).  anyway, in The Last Policeman, a humanity destroying asteroid is headed to Earth, scheduled to hit about 6 months after the story begins.  We get the backstory of the asteroid's discovery as the mystery continues.  Hank Palace is a newly promoted police detective, a position he's wanted his whole life.  Unfortunately, he mainly spends his time clearing suicide scenes as many people have chosen to kill themselves rather than waiting for the asteroid.  He begins to investigate an apparent suicide because it just doesn't feel rig…

Quiet Or Why Introverts Rock!

I finished Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. It is really very good.  It's a book that is partially written for extroverted people who want to learn about introverted ones;  there's some good bits about raising children who are introverted and about being the boss of introverts.  It is also partially a book for introverts who want to know about ourselves and why we act the way we do.  I think both parts are what make the book work.  Some of the parenting bits really just come down to "let your kid be themselves and don't overschedule" which seems like good advice for every parent and other parts are about introducing new experiences and such.  The science regarding the brain and nervous systems was fascinating and well worth reading.  a 6!

on a personal note, i'm an introvert who is more toward the middle of the extro/intro scale.  There are things that trigger my introversion more, like showing up too earl…

BTT for 12/13/12

Here's the question:

So … you’ve just finished reading a book. For the sake of the discussion, we’ll say it was everything a book should be—engaging, entertaining, interesting, thought-provoking. The kind you want to gush over. The question is—do you immediately move on to your next book? Or do you take time to contemplate this writerly masterpiece and all its associated thoughts/emotions/ideas for a while first?

So, it depends on when i finish and in what sort of mood i am in.  Occasionally, i'll hop right up and get on here and start blogging about why the book is so good. If i finish it because i stayed up too late, then i'll probably just head off to sleep.   if i'm in a reading mood then i might just take a moment or two then grab the next (or usually just the other concurrent) book.  I might grab my husband and start jabbering about how awesome it was and what it was about and whether he might like it too.  so really, there are several different ways i might handle…

Tommy Taylor and Cinderella

a couple of quick reviews.

AMAZING!  I finished The Unwritten Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words by Peter Carey and Mark Gross.  Everything really comes together and makes all the previous books really worth the read.  While the story is pretty much in no way like Gaiman's Sandman series, it has a similar sort of fun in finding and recognizing the allusions and characters plucked from history and literature.  7

Good!  I also read Cinderella: Fables are Forever by Chris Roberson and Bill Willingham.  If you've read any Fables, you may know that in that world, Cinderella is a spy/secret agent for Fabletown.  Her cover is that she owns a shoe store and is a shopaholic and therefore travels around the world for her work/hobby.  This book is the 2nd collection of her solo adventures and I liked it.  I really liked the villain in the piece as well.  a 5.  

Nonbeliever Nation

I finished Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans by David Niose.   Niose is the president of the American Humanist Association.  I read a bit of atheist non-fiction and follow several blogs so a lot of the info was not necessarily new to me.  If you don't follow atheist news and are curious about those end of the year polls that came out, talking about how the categories of "nones" or "spiritual but not religious" are rising, I can definitely recommend this book.  If you read a lot of atheist news, much of the info is not new but it was an interesting read nonetheless.  Niose collates a lot of data and shows how changing demographics are creating a more secular America.  He also details some of the court cases recently and describes the new tack of pursuing cases based on non-discrimination laws rather than freedom of religion.  a 5 from me only because i've read a lot of this before.