January Reading Log

9 books read this month, although I’ll be lumping 3 of them together, one more’s a short short book, and one’s a short story, so it’s really more like 6 this month. Still, books read are books read.

The Worst End User – Sam Swicegood
This was an also bought on Amazon for the IT Newbie, which I read and reviewed in December. I was glad this was on Kindle Umlimited, as I really didn’t want to pay nearly $7 for 44 pages. It was definitely worth part of my KU money though, as while it’s short, it’s entertaining.

A series of short stories about work tech support, there’s a reoccuring problem user: Jack. Thanks to nepotism, he has a job where the author works, and has managed to weasel his way into a position that lets him take the author’s laptop to surf the web, and not have to do work. The author finally gets revenge on Jack. I would have liked to read more about those two interacting, but I don’t think the author could have handled any more Jack.

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End of Year Book Survey 2017

CL: End of Year Book Survey 2017

2017 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read:

Number of Re-Reads: 7
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Wild Magic, Wolf-Speaker, Emperor Mage all by Tamora Pierce
1984 – George Orwell
Storm Front – Jim Butcher
Love and Decay: Revolution, Volume One – Rachel Higginson

Genre You Read The Most From:
Looks like most books were Sci-Fi, but close on that’s genre’s heels was Fantasy
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October Reading Log

We are Legion, For We Are Many, All These Worlds – Dennis Taylor

I had seen these books on Audible for months, but I passed them up because the series name was “Bobiverse” and it just sounded dumb. Man, was I wrong. THESE BOOKS ARE AWESOME.

I could just stop there, but that doesn’t give any specifics. In 2016, Robert Johannson, or Bob, is rich. He’s just sold a software company for a LOT of money, and decided to cryogenicly freeze his head, so he can come back in the future once they can. To move the story along, he’s immediately hit by a car and killed.

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September Reading Log


5 books this month, 3 lumped into one review because they’re all part of one series. I audiobooked all three ofthem, and about half of Uprooted. I kept switching between the audiobook and the paper book of that one because it was just so damn interesting.

Uprooted – Naomi Novik

Since you’ve read this, I’ll skip the “About” and go straight to thoughts.

Agnieszka lives in a village in a valley with an overlord they call the Dragon. He’s a wizard, and he asks very little of the people of the valley, except one thing: every 10 years, he chooses one teenage girl. She goes to his tower, serves him for 10 years, and then is released.

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July Reading Log

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.

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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.

The government can be like a double bed... But obviously not for those who are not in on the joke.

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June Reading Log

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.

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May Reading Log

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.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

3 Leaf Clover with celtic knotwork inside

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.


The Fuck, Duolingo?

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:

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