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My stats so far this year

Since I have finally caught up on my book tracking, I figured I should capture my totals up to this point.  I'm pretty surprised on the audio books front; I was certain I'd listened to a few more.  I also didn't realize how few non-fiction books I've read this year.  It is interesting that about a quarter of my reading is now on my Kindle.  I know that number has been skewed by all the summer reading I've been doing; I've been reading a lot by the pool and the Kindle works well for that.  I'm also excited that at this rate I should be over 100 for the year for the first time in several years!  I know it's silly but now I WANT triple digits! 

Books Read Total: 80

Library books: 63
YA/Children's Lit: 29
Non-fiction: 6
Graphic Novels: 15
Audio books: 5
Kindle: 17

That's it so far.  off to read!

A post where I list all the books I've been reading just so I can start fresh.

I don't want to do this.  Really.  Several of these books deserve long, thoughtful posts about how amazing they are.  But I am so behind on my blogging!  I'm having two problems: I have had a ridiculous amount of time to read because I'm unemployed right now and I haven't really felt like blogging.  So I've got this long backlog of titles that I've read and written down.  Whenever I do feel like blogging, I realize that i've got at least a half-dozen posts to do; I work through one or two then quit.  I'll never get caught up at this rate so I am just going to list all these books here with a line to remind myself what it is and what I rated them.
Days of Future Past: Giant X-men Graphic novel that included Days of Future Past, Days of Future Present (both of which I'd read, hell I've got Future Present in comic form in my basement) and a Wolverine Prequel to Days of Future Past.   a 7.

Young Avengers Vol 1 and 2: These were ok, the Hawkeye series…

Rogues and Scoundrels and Scalliwags

I finished a gigantic book of short stories called Rogues, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois. It was over 800 pages but worth the time!  Does anyone else find they read short stories more slowly than a regular novel?

The George RR Martin story, "The Rogue Prince, or, A King's Brother" was ok.  It was less a story and more a history of events in Westeros during the reign of Viserys the First.  Honestly, when things started to get really interesting the story ended!  I went online to A Wiki of Ice and Fire to determine how far before the novels all this happens and the events that follow the story.

"How the Marquis Got His Coat Back" by Neil Gaiman was fabulous and the reason I requested the book from the library in the first place.  In the novel Neverwhere, the best character is the Marquis de Carabas; in the course of the novel he loses his awesome coat.  This little story shows, well, how he got it back.  It was great to return to London Below. Sequ…

Mystery Post!

European mystery roundup! Not sure why all the mysteries I'm reading take place over there but I'm really enjoying my virtual trip. 

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith: I was so excited when I found out this one was coming out.  I actually liked it a bit better than the first book!  This one involves the book business and all the crazy behind the scenes stuff.  We learn more about the secretary Robin (but still not enough!) and spend a lot of time running about with Cormoran Strike.  I give this one a 7 and can't wait for the next book!

The Vesuvius Club and The Devil in Amber by Mark Gatiss: Both of these books were great fun.  Mark Gatiss writes for Sherlock and also plays Mycroft Holmes on the show.  These books are about a turn-of-the-century James Bond-type character named Lucifer Box.  Lucifer's cover is that he is an artist, a painter.  He's also bisexual and gets up to various bedroom antics in the novels. I really enjoyed the feel of these books; Gatiss is a…