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:
2016 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 93! That’s up from 60 the year before
Number of Re-Reads: 2, which is unexpected.
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult
Best in Books 2016
- Best Book You Read In 2016?
Patient Zero by Johnathan Maberry. Totally unexpected, and I think if I didn’t have the audiobook, I never would have been interested in the book.
- Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Armada by Ernest Cline. I loved Ready Player One, but this was not nearly as good. Nowhere near as good, despite having a strong 80s nostalgia.
Would you believe 11 books this month? I wouldn’t, if I hadn’t just counted them up. My work acquired 2 new contracts, both of which mean increased deliveries for us. So I spent most of December sitting in loading docks, waiting to be unloaded. I chewed through a lot of books that way. Sadly, most of them weren’t very good. That’s kind of how my 2016 went: books were only okay.
Soundless – Richelle Mead
I’ve fallen out of love with Mead’s books. It happened during her Bloodlines spinoff series: she took an interesting character that I wanted to read more about, and turned her in into someone new. Since then, her books are on the “get from the library” not the “buy immediately” list.
In light of this week, with tensions running high, please remember
This month has been pretty rough with all the violence going on. We need to take a page from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and “Be excellent to each other.”