So, I managed 11 books this month, which I hadn’t anticipated. I had a lot of downtimethis month, and got into a new series. I also had a pile of books from the library that I needed to get through, so I did.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
With the Hulu mini series coming out, I needed to re-read this book. I love it, and have loved it since high school.
After seeing it come to life in the Hulu series, I actually was a little disappointed in the re-read. I never really understood the book is almost a stream of consciousness retelling. I find I don’t enjoy those as much.
Have you encountered InspiroBot yet? It was all the rage on Facebook in July. It’s a computer AI that creates inspirational images, like the ones you see on Facebook.
I did a swap on Swap Bot, where you went to the website and had it create some inspirational images/quotes. Then you shared them. The last two are my favorite, but these are all gems.
I read 5 books in June: 1 short story, one fully length novel, and the re-listens of 3 audiobooks. I’d listened to American Gods last month, in a full cast, so I chose the Immortal quartet because it’s also a full cast.
One Hundred Ablutions – Jacqueline Carey
This is a short story (maybe 30 pages) that I’d been meaning to read for years, but only just recently got to do so. It’s a really quick read, although it takes a while to let it sink in.
Dala’s people, the Keren, are in service to the Shaladan. While they’re slaves, the Keren don’t seem to mind it too terribly. Dala knows she’s a slave, but as long as she’s not chosen to be a handmaid of Shakrath, she’s fine with her life. As luck would have it, there’s a shortage of merchant girls to be chosen for handmaids, and so Dala must participate in the choosing ritual.
Lazy Steph is lazy. Sorry about that. Only 3 books this month. Last month was the first time in about 4 years that I did not do a reading log. I just couldn’t get it together that month. I’ll backdate a reading log eventually, but I read too many books that month to catch up with this month.
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
What a bizarre book. I picked it up on Audible because it was a full cast, and I really like full cast narrations. They just bring the book to life in a way that a normal narrator doesn’t.
I don’t generally celebrate it, but Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Being Pagan, I’m not wild about St. Patrick showing up in Ireland and driving the snakes out, as the snakes were the pagans. But, many people in the US celebrate, so I may as well notice it.
I took Spanish in high school, squeezing 5 years of study into 4 years of school, and then another 4 classes or so in college. Then I quit studying it.
I’ve been trying to get back into it, so I’m using Duolingo, which lets you learn a new language (or brush up on an old one) in as little as 5 minutes a day. Yeah, I know I sound like an advertisement, but I promise it’s not. I’ve been doing it off and on for the last 3 months, and it’s helped me remember more Spanish and be able to understand more of the conversations I hear at work.
This little gem came across today:
Stasis 1.1 Beta & Stasis 1.2 Beta – EW Osborne
I’ve read some of the things Osborne has written under a pen name, and liked them. And this one is involving an apocalypse. Only, it’s starting at the beginning: people suddenly fly into a rage, and don’t stop until they’ve killed someone. Once someone is dead, they go int a catatonic state, and are harmless. Creepy, but harmless.
Stasis 1.1 and 1.2 cover the beginnings of this apocalypse, following several characters as they begin to find out things aren’t what they seem. Kristine is an intrepid reporter who’s dying to crack a big story. Christopher has a secret related to the “Seed” a sort of dreamscape mapping implant that most people have. Randall is trying to convert people for the end of the world as he sees it. Penelope is trying to find out the medical cause for it, while her co worker is becoming obsessed with the problem.
Drop your favorite book in the toilet -or- watch it fall into the wood chipper?
Wood chipper. At least then I wouldn’t be tempted to try and salvage it.
Read only 1 book a year but remember everything -or- read 100 books a year and remember nothing?
100 books a year and not remember them. To be honest, 2/3 of what I read I don’t remember.
Read only the first page of a book -or- read only the last page?
Last page, I don’t mind spoilers.
Get locked in a Library -or- locked in a bookstore?
Bookstore! I prefer more recent books, and bookstores have them in abundance.
My goal for 2017 is 60 books, like last year. Also like last year, I’m hoping to be well past 60 by year’s end. 60 books means 5 per month, and as of right now, I’m a little behind. I finished 4 books in January. I’m not worried. I usually start the year off being busy, without a lot of time for reading, and then cram more books in.
1984 – George Orwell
May as well get this one out of the way. I re-read 1984 because of a swap. I asked a librarian friend to recommend a book, and this is what she recommended. I’d already read it, but it’s been a few years, so I thought it was worth revisiting.
I’m not a huge fan of the book. I consider a lot of it to be a slog. Just because it’s a slog and I don’t enjoy reading it doesn’t mean the book doesn’t have value. If you coupled 1984 and Brave New World, I think you’d have a really good picture of the state of the U.S. Right now. That scares the hell out of me.