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.  

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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

The anatomy of my bookshelf

I have only one bookshelf.  I would love to have a second, but I don’t want to have 2 half empty shelves.  Solution: buy more books.  However, I’m trying to keep my shelves to books I absolutely love and will read again, and not have a bunch of unread books all over (see my TBR reading goal for the year).  Sure, I have a lot of knickknacks that I can display to fill up more space.  But I have one word in response to that: cats.

Anyway, here is the breakdown of they types of books you will find on my shelf:

92 Adult, YA and Middle Grade books

 Rough breakdown:

     30 Adult (About half are ‘transitional books’ found in the adult section but are very much YA style.)

     51 YA

     11 Middle Grade (my half of the series of Harry Potter books are in here)

12 Children’s books

11 Reference-type books

2 Anthologies (YA)

3 Non-fiction books (2 for school, one bought recently)

7 Textbooks (actually currently holding up my cat tree, not on my shelf)

1 3D image search book (see below for example)

How do you review (9)

Here’s another round of the random thought I have while reading that you really can’t put in a review. 

-You know this book takes place in America when a popping noise or a mild bang brings instant thoughts of guns

-Girl is allergic to cats, and there isn’t a cat in the entire story, but sure, put a cat on the cover!

-Let’s build a school for kids that can’t use their powers properly and then not actually teach them anything about using their powers properly.  Smart plan, guys!

-I really don’t think films use boob mics to record sound.  They use the sound stick.

-Groundskeepers must always live on the grounds in a little hut all by themselves and not in the big building only meters away with lots of bedrooms and things like that.  Always.

-40 minute break was somehow over after a 10 minute conversation.

-Why is it always palm cuts when blood is needed?  Isn’t there a better spot then the hand you will need to get shit done with and is less painful to take from?

-(book immediately afterwards) Seriously why is it always palm cuts??

-It didn’t take me long to learn why I disliked this book the first time I read it.

-I like that the gift of prophesy has a realistic downside in this book, many novels with magic don’t have realistic downsides to using the power.

-All I can think about when Mark talks about pissing outside is the contamination of the planet with earth microbes and how it’s no longer pristine.

-People need to hurry…..so they stand around talking and touring the place for like 30 pages. 

-All this great future technology but noise cancelling headphones still can’t block noise.