Most Anticipated of 2017: Did I read them?

Here were the 6 books I was anticipating and whether or not I got to them (in the order they were listed in my original post found here):

Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder – I’ve owned this for about 6 months have have not read it…..

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – Have also owned for months and have yet to read….This is going so well, hahaha

Firebrand by Kristen Britain – Have attempted to obtain from the library, but no dice.  Hardcover is 40$ so I’m waiting for the soft cover (which also matches my set). 0/3 so far…

Third Illuminae book [aka Obsidio] by Kaufman and Kristoff – was  not released, is on my 2018 list.

A Spy’s Guide to Tortall by Tamora Pierce – I READ THIS ONE! And actually have 2 copies of it….

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – Have bought and read this one!  Was going to reread but I’ll do that in 2018. 

Grand total: 2/5.  Very bad of me, especially since I own 2 of the unread ones!  Oh the life of a reader!

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Re-reads through Mark Oshiro

This time last year I made a post talking about how my read pile is deceiving.

This year is the same.  My Goodreads said I read 76 books this year.  However, I had 2 DNF’s that I count in that.  I also have several books I have reread through Mark Oshiro.  Add these on to my Goodreads Challenge and my total number of read books jumps to 83 which is quite a few more then my goal of 75.

To round off my list of books I have read this year, here are the handful I have read along with Mark over at Mark Reads.

1. Wizard Alone by Diane Duane

2. Wizard’s Holiday by Diane Duane

3. Wizards at War by Diane Duane

4. Wizards of Mars by Diane Duane

5. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

 

The last of the Year

According to Goodreads I read a total of 76 books.  Here is the last of them.  Goodreads is deceiving as I will talk about in a later post. 

Books read:

66. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo     4 Stars

67. Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce     4.5 Stars

68. Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My life as a country vet by Jan Pol (David Fisher)     3 Stars

69. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Lynn Chen)     4 Stars

70. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green     2 stars

71. Lumberjanes, Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson, etc     3.5 Stars

72. Lumberjanes, Volume 2 by Noelle Stevenson, etc     3.5 Stars

73. Warcross by Marie Lu     4.5 Stars

74. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (full cast)     3.5 Stars

75. Beating Back the Devil: On the front lines with the disease detectives of the epidemic intelligence service by Maryn McKenna (Ellen Archer)     4 Stars

76. The Viral Storm: The dawn of a new pandemic age by Nathan Wolf (Robertson Dean)     2 Stars

77. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne     3 Stars

Average Rating: 3.45

Audiobooks: 5

Rereads: 1.3

TBR Shelf: 0

Comments:

My numbers are not adding up and that’s bugging me, but whatever.  I hit my second goal of 75 books.  Of those books, about 56 were novels, and the rest were novellas and graphic novels. 

There is a good mix of types of books in formats and generas represented here, which I like.  Though, I have been finding that graphic novels, while good at beefing up my numbers, they tend not to be a form of writing that really excites me and I end up meh about the books overall.  The Saga graphic novels were the best of the year for me and even those didn’t come near my favourite books of the year.  

I failed at my TBR goal as I have really dropped the ball in reading TBR books in the past few months. However, I also count parts of it as a win as discussed previously.  Still not sure how I will work it into my 2018 goals.  

 

Another 20 books gone

Books read: 

46. Relic By Preston and Child     4/5 Stars

47. Armada by Ernest Cline     4/5 Star

48. Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton     4/5 Stars

49. Onepunch-Man #1 by ONE, Yusuke Murata      DNF’ed

50. Arata: The Legend, Volume #1 by Yuu Watase     DNF’ed

51. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

52. Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

53. Reliquary by Preston and Child     4.5/5 Stars

54. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia     4.5/5 Stars

55. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie     5/5 Stars

56. Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

57. Saga, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

58. Still Life with Crows by Preston and Child (Scott Brick)     4/5 Stars

59. Saga, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

60. Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars 

61. Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

62. Scythe by Neal Shusterman     4/5 Stars

63. Mooncop by Tom Gauld     3.5/5 Stars

64. Soppy by Philippa Rice     3.5/5 Stars

65. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson     2.5/5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.0

Audiobooks: 1(ish)

Re-reads: 0

Indy/self-published: possibly a few of the graphic novels

TBR Shelf: 0

DNF’ed: 2 (not counted in ratings)

Comments: 

Quite a few graphic novels on this list, however several bigger adult books too.  Plus another contender for the top 5 books of the year.  Overall, there were good ratings all around on this list, but that also means many of the books don’t stand out from the rest. 

At this point I have bought more unread books and haven’t really wanted to read any of the previous unread books on my shelves at present (but I still want to read them and not give them away) so I doubt I will accomplish the goal I set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year.  I was doing so well, too!  But I have manged to read half of the books I started the year with that were unread and I am happy about that.  

With this group of reads I finally bumped my GoodReads goal up to a realistic yet slightly challenging new goal of 75 books.  At the time I did that I was on track to accomplish this goal, however with my current slow-down and the expected slowdown that comes every year at Christmas this goal will be a challenge, but not an impossible one.  Especially if I finish off the last few volumes of Death Note, which are sitting on my kitchen table waiting for me.  

Library Lovers Book Tag

 1. How often do you visit your local library?

Currently about 3 times a month, or roughly every other week. 

2. Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?

Both, though more often more then I can read.  I don’t really check out more then 3 or 4 at a time, but I’m a mood reader and sometimes I think I’m ready to read the book but am not and have renewed the book 3 times before I give up and return it. 

3. How old were you when you got your first library card?

About 9 or so, but my mother had a card I would use basically weekly before that.

4. Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?

At this point in my life mostly looking for a certain book, but I do go in and grab what looks good.  Now that I have a mile-long TBR list browsing just lengthens it.  Plus mood reader. 

5. Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out dvds, audiobooks etc.?

I use it for all the things.  Ebooks, audiobooks and DVDs make up about 60-70% of the use of my card.  Though my library also has musical instrument and other things like that you can sign out that I have yet to. 

6. From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? ( YA, middle grade, adult, nonfiction.)

I’d say about 60% YA, 40% adult. 

7. What is your favourite part of using your local library?

Free books.  Also being able to use Overdrive, where I get a tonne of books and audiobooks.

Developing as a reader

Recently I have been thinking back on my reading journey and how I have developed as a reader.  But not in the sense of growing up and finding new reading tastes.

I was always a reader, even through high school, I read for pleasure and hated to dive too much into things.  I also actively was suspicious of books we read in class and looked for reasons to hate them.  However, I defend this position by the fact that the books I read in class that were annoying, boring or terrible vastly out numbered those that were ok or good (in my opinion, everyone has different feelings about school books). 

Starting my own creative writing projects has really helped in my ability to critically read and evaluate books.  While I’m never going to be an author (outside of the science sense to the term) and I’m not as good at others in critiquing and evaluating books, I come miles compared to past self.  It makes me wish I’d taken more of an interest in creative writing earlier in life. One, because of all the friends I’ve made from it, but also because it would have made English classes easier and interesting.  I would have gotten more out of them, from the basics of grammar to the fancy terms and techniques used to keep people interested.

There are just so many things I could have learned in high school that might have stuck with me but didn’t because I wasn’t interested in ‘that type’ of writing at the time.  Essays and scientific reports, sure I wanted to improve, but I never really wanted to learn and apply creative writing techniques to my own writing.  I could understand why they existed and why they might be used to spruce up writing, but this information for me was just that: information.  It wasn’t really something I was interested in actually learning.  At the time.  

Now that is a different story.  

Part of it was the way all this was taught to me.  It wasn’t in a way I was interested in.  For example I remember a long discussion on what the meaning of the colour of the curtains in a scene in a book had to do with the overall story.  It was something like they were blue which reflects the main character’s depression, but the main character wasn’t even in the room and really did the author really care that much about the curtains?  This memory and others like it still haunt me and to this day I still dislike thinking about symbolism in books, even though I know it can be interesting to learn about and add depth to the books.  Themes in books is another area that I I love and hate to think about. 

This is slowly changing, and I am becoming more interested in these sorts of things in the books I read, yet, I feel if I had taken more of an interest in creative writing or book reviewing sooner I would have appreciated English class more.

It’s amazing how much more I would get out of high school classes if I took them now that I’m done all schooling then when I was forced to take them.

Books I’ve read that are older then me #2

1979     Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

1955     Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

1962     A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

1983     The Witches by Roald Dahl

1959     My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

1952     Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

1954     Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1990     Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

1983     So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane

1984     Boy by Roald Dahl