2014 Q & A about Books

This is a swap on Swap Bot, so I thought I’d go ahead and make it a post as well. Why not? It’s questions centered around what I read in 2014. I already posted about my reading goals of 2014, so some of this might be a re-read, if you read that post.

2014 Reading stats:
78 books read
30 Re-read
Fantasy most common genre, followed by YA
Longest book: Cress, 550 pages
Shortest book: The Laundry Dragons, 24 pages

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2014 Reading Goals – Summary

Well, 2014 has blown past, and I have to say, it was not as bad a year as 2013. I can’t say it was a fantastic year, but it really could have been worse. I thought I’d recap my 2014 reading goals.

Originally I’d done them as part of a swap, but when people stopped signing up, I just kept the goals for myself. I probably didn’t pay as much attention to them as I could have, given that I wasn’t reporting to anyone, but I still kept them in my thoughts.

#1 – Read 60 Books

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December Reading Log

So I thought that December would be a better month than November for reading. I was wrong. Three books was all I managed, and the third one was only because I knuckled down on the 30th and read the last 100 pages. I had one I thought I’d finish, but I’ve been off work since Christmas Eve, either because we have no work, or because I’ve been sick.

Competitions –Sharon Green

Book 2 of the 5 part series. In a world where everyone has a magical talent in one of five aspects: air, fire, water, earth, and spirit, those with the highest talents are brought together to be tested and trained. Every 25 years, a major competition is held, and groups made up of one of each talent compete. The winners are crowned the rulers of the country for the next 25 years.

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November Reading Log

November was a busy month. I left on the 4th for Blizzcon, held in Anaheim, California, and didn’t get back until the 13th. Thanksgiving was always a busy time, along with having family come down the weekend after. And, since I haul refigerated freight, October through December is always super busy delivering to grocery stores.

As a result, I only managed 2 books in November: Convergence by Sharon Green, and A Matter of Honor by Sally Malcom. Both were for other swaps on Swap Bot.

Convergence – Sharon Green

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October Reading Log

Starship Troopers – Robert A Heinlein

I’ve wanted to read Starship Troopers for a while. When the movie came out in 1997, I wasn’t interested in seeing it because I kept hearing it described as “Starship Bloopers.” In fact, when it was on television about 8 years later, it took 2 people to convince me what I was watching was not a parody, but the actual movie.

So I recently knuckled down and got the audiobook. What I found was an enjoyable listen, and not all that like the movie. I will say though, I agree with the people who say the book has aged okay, but not that well. In the book, Johnnie uses swell to describe things that are good, a lot. Also, the women don’t fight alongside the men, like they do in the movie, but instead only pilot ships.

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Crow With a Mouth

I came across this gem on the Huffington Post today. It’s a short video, but if you want to skip the unimportant parts, skip ahead to the 0:30 mark.

There’s apparently some arguments (on the Internet, who would have imagined?!) that the crow is actually saying “Thank you.” Given that this video was taken at a DMV, I think it’s possible for that to be the alternative. However, since it was taken at a DMV, I’m far more likely to think it learned “Fuck you.” from the disgruntled people leaving the DMV.

What do you think? Thank you or Fuck you?

September Reading Log

You’d think I would have accomplished more than 4 books this month, but I didn’t. I had 2 audiobooks, a children’s book, and a travelogue.

Wicked Lovely — Melissa Marr

I’d read this series of books a while ago, up to book 3 of 5, and then I just quit. When I was browsing my audiobooks, I stumbled across this one, and decided I’d re-listen to them all, and actually finish them this time.

I’m not so sure I’ll finish them, because I find these books pretty dull. There’s not a lot of action or mystery, or suspense, or really anything interesting in the first 80%.

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My to Be Read Pile

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.

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Mom! I smell mouse!

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.

Mom! I smell a mouse!

Bookish Countdown Survey

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
Across the Universe - Beth Revis       The Selection - Kiera CassPure - Julianna Baggott

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