2016 is looking up! Not only did I get back to work, but I also managed 6 books this month. The good thing about going back to work is that I have a lot of time to listen to books. 8 hours of driving a day means I can just about finish a book in 1 shift at work. I audiobooked 2 this month, and then took a break, because I didn’t want to blow through more books this month.
I decided to fill December with shorter, easier to read books. I came into December 10 books short of my 60 books this year goal, so shorter books would help me close the gap. I still blame the car accident on why my reading this year was low.
This book is terrible. First, it doesn’t make any sense, and second, the formatting is crap. It’s a good thing it was free, otherwise I would have been really put out.
The book starts out mid story, so I’m guessing it’s the second book of the series. A meteor has struck the earth, and wiped out a large number of the population. Kristina is sitting on a lunar base with a baby, wondering about her husband. Her husband is on earth, wondering about her. Her husband has someone else staying with her, and spend a lot of time using the “As you know, Bob…” trope, to explain how to survive, why he was a prepper, etc etc. It gets old quick.
Only two books read this month, and both were chosen for me. In contrast, it’s 6 days into December, and I’ve been through 3.5 books. I guess some months I’m just not up to reading.
This book was picked for me for a swap on Swap Bot. This was picked for me for pick my next read #12. I had it in audiobook format, and since I’m not driving right now, I had to get it from the library. I read it on my trip to southern California in early November. It was.. ok?
It’s a high fantasy novel, set in a country where women have lead for centuries, and when they lead, the country prospers. Currently, there’s a man on the throne, and plagues, famine, and drought are problems. Things keep happening to the women of the King’s line, and they die. There’s a prophecy that a woman of the old line will come and lead everyone to prosperity and set things right, but no one’s surviving to do it.
Four books this month. I’m behind on my reading goals by 2 books as of today, so I need to read a lot more soon.
“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.”
How can you not be drawn in by that opening line? Titus and his friends are going to the moon for spring break. There, he meets Violet, who’s also on the moon for Spring break. There, they hang out, until an incident changes their lives.
I picked this book up thanks to a page on tvtropes. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it. The future world Titus and his friends inhabit is much like ours, but obviously more downtrodden. Everyone has access to the Feed, which beams information directly to everyone’s brain. They see advertisements, are able to order things over it, it builds a profile for them, suggesting things they’ll like, they can talk to each other over it, can transfer their memories to each other, and pull up any information that the Feed contains, so there’s no need to learn anything. Everyone is so wrapped up in the Feed that they don’t see most of the crapsack world they live in. They don’t notice the world deteriorating around them, or the countries threatening to launch nukes.
I write for the blog for Azeroth Adoption Agency, which is WoW guild that’s devoting to helping people adopt out in game pets. One of the things I do is write the Throwback Thursday stuff. It’s pretty basic: Leeeroy Jenkins, Illegal Danish, Kazzak does Stormwind, etc. Well, coming up soon is a Blizzcon feature, and it got me thinking.
Why nto share some photos here? They’re not the same as the ones I shared there (with one exception), and I have plenty of photos. So here they are!
Steph’s 10 times 10 Bookish Things
This is going to be quite the set of lists. Feel free to back out now. All of these are in no particular order.
Ten Favorite Books (all time)
Kushiel’s Dart – Jacqueline Carey
The Princess Bride – William Goldman
The Last Unicorn – Peter S Beagle
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
The Crystal Singer – Anne McCaffrey
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
The Last Dragonlord – Joanne Bertin
The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster
The Story of Ferdinand – Munro Leaf
Divergent – Veronica Roth
I got my Terky!
Terky was only available in Taiwan as part of the iCoke promotion originally, but now he’s available to everyone. At least, I think all servers can get him. His egg is hiding out in Borean Tundra, in the Riplash ruins (all the way to the south). You have to go to the north east most tip of the ruins, and fall into the water. There’s a crack of a cave entrance down a ways that lets you into the cave his egg is in.
On Cenarius, this place is a madhouse. I don’t know if they just lumped us with a dozen other servers or what, but there must have been 200 people there. Everyone and their molten corgi made it worse by deploying every toy they could to clutter things up. I was really lucky in that I snagged it in about 5 minutes of waiting.
Holy crap! 4 books, and 3 short stories in a month. That’s pretty good for me this year. Definitely the most I’ve read in several months. Two were “Pick My Next Read” for the Carpe Librum group on Swap Bot, but the rest were my choice. Nothing earth shattering here, but all were reasonably enjoyable.