Ahh, the to be read pile. If I actually had a physical copy of every book I have on my to be read pile, I would have to clear out one of the spare bedrooms. Seriously, it’s that big of a pile. I was actually thinking of my reading goals, and of the spare books floating about my house, and my to-read pile on Goodreads, and it’s pretty impressive.
So I signed up for a swap on Swap Bot, dealing with the “to be read” pile. Since it’s an electronic swap and I can put it on a blog, I’m using it at blog fodder. I’m sure people are thrilled with my non stop book and cat posts.
So, while I’m whiling away time before work playing Cookie Clicker, I’ll answer the questions. And hopefully get more cookies.
I spent most of today in bed with a migraine, but I finally felt decent this evening. I wanted to pre fire a bowl, so I headed into the shop, and Mozzie decided to come hang out with me. Nonny recently re-organized the shop, and so there’s lots of new stuff to explore. I think Mozzie smelled a mouse, because he was sure interested in that shelf.
This is for a swap on Swap Bot, and wants a countdown, from 10, to 1. Well, here we go:
10 Books Already Released That Are On My Wishlist:
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith
Dune – Frank Herbert
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Holes – Louis Sachar
Parasite – Mira Grant
Judgement in Death – JD Robb
Sebastian – Anne Bishop
A Clash of Kings – George RR Martin
9 Favorite Covers
I was busy in July, but I still managed to notch 10 books in my “read” belt. Some were short reads, like Playing with Power and The Seventh Princess, some were much longer, like 1984 and Bitten. I actually wrote reviews of a few of these, so I’m going to do some copying and pasting of them. Hope you don’t mind.
I also managed to fulfill one of my reading goals for the year: read 60 books. Book #60 was The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau.
Magic’s Pawn – Mercedes Lackey
Oh Vanyel. Vanyel, Vanyel. Vanyel. I LOVED this trilogy when I was younger, and my heart would always bleed for poor Vanyel. Misunderstood, in love with a guy who probably didn’t love him enough, and gifted with talents that he didn’t want.
I participated in 2 swaps this month that ended up having me read George Orwell’s 1984. The first was called “Pick My Next Read” and the second was one where the genre changes each month. This month? Dystopias.
Originally, I was going to read The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau for the dystopia swap. However, it got close to the send by date, and I hadn’t even cracked the cover of it. I’d been tasked with reading a combo novel of Animal Farm & 1984 for the other swap, and so I am going to end up using 1984 for both. Sorry for being lazy.
Ultimatey, I can sum up my review of 1984 (and to a lesser extent, Animal Farm) this way: Continue reading
This is what happens when you let a white cat go outside. He finds the first dirt patch and rolls…
Mozzie loves soft things. The softer, the better. He kneads on stuff, and then drools buckets. He will drool big enough puddles that if you sit in them, they will soak through your jeans, to your skin.
So living with us, he’s in soft thing heaven. Pet and I are fond of soft things too, and almost all of our blankets are soft, fuzzy ones. Mozzie has no shortage of blankets to drool on.
July saw me chewing through seven books, which is more than average. One was a non fiction, 2 were books I had been waiting for, and two were even out of my comfort zone! That being said, only two were books I really, really liked.
Silver Shadows – Richelle Mead
Silver Shadows is the fifth book in the Bloodlines series, a spinoff of the wildly successful Vampire Academy series. Personally, I like Bloodlines far better than I like the VA series. Sydney, the main character, is far more intelligent and quick thinking than Rose, who was the lead for the VA series.
In this book, Sydney has been sent to re-education by the Alchemists, who discovered she’s in love with Adrian, a Moroi vampire. After spending who knows how long in solitary confinement, in the dark, Sydney figures her best chance of getting ahold of Adrian in dreams is to pretend to go along with the Alchemist’s “re-education” tactics. When the book isn’t being told from Sydney’s perspective, we’re getting Adrian’s, and his views from the outside as he struggles to free Sydney and figure out his own life.
I participated in a swap on Swap Bot about Young adult books. Seems like YA novels have made the news quite a bit lately, and not just because piles of them are being made into movies. There’s a lot of controversy over adults reading YA, Ruth Graham had an article chastising those of us who are adults and reading YA, saying we should feel embarrassed.
I read a lot of YA, and I’m not embarrassed about it. YA seems to be where the interesting books are right now. My problem with a lot of “adult” fiction is that they deal with “adult” situations that I can’t relate to. Maybe I’m stuck in limbo somewhere, maybe I’m supposed to be making specific decisions that get me out of there, but I don’t relate to a lot of currently popular adult fiction.
June was short on reading material, I only managed 4 books, and 3 were really novellas or partials. I discovered a podcasting app on my phone, so I listened to a lot of those instead of audiobooks.
The Prince – Kiera Cass
This is technically a novella, since it’s only about 55 pages long. I read it after The One, because I noticed an ad for it in the back of the book. It’s about Prince Maxon, and a girl who’s a princess in another country. She’s in love with him, but he only likes her as a friend.
It was a short, easy read, and not a bad one. I’m fond of Maxon as a character, so I enjoyed reading this. It wasn’t particularly memorable though.