Fifteen more….

Books read:

31. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire     5/5 Stars

32. Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle     4/5 Stars

33. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (Charlie Anson)    3.5/5 Stars

34. The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov (Scott Brick)     4.5/5 Stars

35. Abhorsen by Garth Nix (Tim Curry)     4/5 Stars

36. Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz (NetGalley)     3/5 Stars

37. Breaking Up is Hard to Do … But You Could’ve Done Better by Hilary Campbell (NetGalley)     2/5 Stars

38. If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle Aged Men by Matthew Inman (NetGalley)     2.5/5 Stars

39. Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection by The Awkward Yeti (NetGalley)     4/5 Stars

40. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (various narrators)     4.5/5 Stars

41. Lies We Tell Your Kids by Steve Hoover     2.5/5 Stars

42. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh     4.5/5 Stars

43. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg     3/5 Stars

44. Brimstone By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Scott Brick)     5/5 Stars

45. The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child  (Jonathan Marosz)    5/5 Stars

Average Rating: 3.8

Audiobooks: 5.25

Re-reads: 0

Indy/self-published: possibly a few, up to 5 of them are from smaller publishers

Reviewed on Blog: 0

Bookshelf TBR: 4

Comments:

So this post is so delayed that my ‘next ten’ was almost 20 by the time I got around to this so I split the difference and made it 15.  

These books were a mixed lot.  At the start of this list, I really really loved Down Among the Sticks and Bones and have bought a copy and will be re-reading before the year is done.  But I was also browsing NetGalley and read several comic books, most of which were ‘meh’.  I was feeling sad that I hadn’t really found any new favourites yet this year but boy did that change with the last handful of books.  I thought I was going to be hard pressed to have a top 3 or 5 books this year about a month ago but at this point I’ll have no trouble with finding books, it’ll just be hard to order them from most favourite to not as most favourite. 

4 more TBR bookshelf books were read in this bunch!  I’m really proud of the concerted effort I have made in knocking down my physical TBR pile on my bookshelf.  However, I gained 2 more books from a friend and bough one more and thus I’m still basically where I started, with 11 unread books still on my shelf.  This goal is starting to feel like an epic saga, with a slow start, a push forward then losing ground followed by more progress and lost ground.  Yet despite being more or less where I started at the beginning of the year, the average ‘wait time’ for the TBR books on my shelf has been reduced (I think… now I need to calculate that…).  What’s more is that despite all this gaining and losing ground, I have now read 6 of my original 12 and gotten rid if one of the others, so if I never get to 6 or less by the end of the year, at least I have done that.  Honestly, that makes me very happy.  Also, I discovered a few unexpected surprises on my shelf which is another bonus to this challenge. 

I’ve officially crossed my randomly picked number between 30 and 50 for my Goodreads yearly book goal and rapidly closing in on 50 books this year.  I’m doing way better at this point in time then this point in time last year and am so happy and proud of my reading so far.  Now I am reassessing and considering coming up with another goal to hit but really, I’m reading tonnes and enjoying myself which is the real goal here.  

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Books I’ve read that are older than me #1

So this was going to be a one-time post, until I saw the number of books I have read that are older than me!  I was honestly surprised there were so many, and not all of them were because of class or were read as a child. 

1955     The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

1964     Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

1980     The Clan of the Cavebear by Jean M. Auel

1970     The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

1983     Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

1985     Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

1990     Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

1980     The Twits by Roald Dahl

1949     1984 by George Orwell

1988     Matilda by Roald Dahl

What books have you read that are older then you?  What was your most recently read older-than-you book?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books that I almost DNF’ed

I almost never DNF a book as I talked about in a past post, though there are a handful of cases of this occurring (and there are a few on this list I want to attempt again).  But there are sometime just books that you really, really want to DNF but end up pushing through.  These are a few examples:

1. Valley of the Horses by Jean M Auel – this is my mother’s favourite series and she got me to read them (a bit too young at the time, I might add).  This particular one was going in a direction I didn’t like (at the time, woudl have loved it now) so I got mad and refused to keep reading.  One year later I wanted to know how it ended so I picked it back up and finished it. 

2. Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer (I think, could have been a different book) – this was a kids book, I think fictional, about the real life events that did actually follow the real life events closely.  This was one of the first times I had read about a death and didn’t know the story going into it.  Yeah, I was mad at the book. 

3. Shades of Doon by Corp and Langdon – I was bored

4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Also bored and annoyed that this was basically plagiarism but got published.

5. Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane – I was bored, I realized I hate time paradoxes and it was a rough time in life.  But I finished it months later!

6. Sega by Conor Kostick – this one didn’t live up to the first book.

Bonus: While The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks took me years to finish, I never considered DNF’ing it, I just didn’t have the time at the time and wasn’t int he mood for a long time.  

Books I read because of Booktube #4

Some more books I have read recently that I read because I heard about them on BookTube.

1. Hex Hall by Rachael Hawkins

2. Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen 

3. The Martian by Andy Weir

4. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

5. Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Bonus: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I owned this pre-BookTube, but never picked it up until Sam from Thoughts on Tomes hyped it up and my challenge to reduce my TBR books on my bookshelves. 

 

 

 

 

2017 reads ranked by book size

I have read a few bigger books this year, but also a few novellas and small books and I thought it would be interesting to see the various sizes of books I have read this year.  These are for the most part the editions I read (or a close approximation for the audiobooks, generally the paperback version which I tend to read more). 

663 Pages      Gemina

645 Pages      The Way of Shadows

640 Pages      Games Wizards Play

576 Pages      Bitterblue

547 Pages      Eve: the Awakening

502 Pages      The Night Circus

470 Pages      Working Stiff

448 Pages      Queen of the Tearling

464 Pages      Lirael

416 Pages      Failure is not an Option

416 Pages      Lady Knight

400 Pages      Squire

396 Pages      Beauty Queens

388 Pages      Remembrance

372 Pages      Ready Player One

369 Pages      The Martian

369 Pages      Tortall and Other Lands

368 Pages      I Contain Multitudes

359 Pages      Demonglass

346 Pages      Learning to Swear in America

336 Pages      Famous in Love

323 Pages      Hex Hall

311 Pages      Sabriel

304 Pages      Nerve

304 Pages      Truly, Madly, Famously

290 Pages      Page

288 Pages      The Gods Themselves

240 Pages      First Test

233 Pages      Matilda

189 Pages      Down Among the Sticks and Bones

144 Pages      Proposal

118 Pages      Dancing Barefoot

12 Pages        Every Girl’s Dream

Average number of pages: 11 858*

Average number of pages per day: 58*

Average pages per book: 359*

369 was the mode book, with 50% of the books having more the 369 pages. If the 12 page book was removed from the data set the average jumps up to 370, which is the same as the mode. 

A few surprises in the book size, I didn’t think some of them were as big as they were and didn’t realize I had read as many 500+ page books this year.  Also there were a few books I had forgotten I had read.  The first book I finished this year has remained the longest so far, I kinda want to try and kick it off that spot, but I’m not sure which book I would read that would supersede it.  

Now I need to stop, otherwise I will be trying to stats the crap out of this list, and graphs might start happening.  Overall, interesting to see half of a reading year organized like this. 

*101 Dalmations was a special BBC audiobook presentation of the book that was an abridged edition.  An accurate page count could not be done and it was not included in the list or the stats, but it was approx. 180 pages.   

TBR Pile Accounting #3

Part 2! Here and here are the other posts in the series if you want to learn more about what is happening.

Now onto the second chunk of books and how many of them are read. 

Books discovered while moving:

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I snagged this one while I was abroad in Scotland, but not from a book store.  A friend didn’t want to bring it with her when she was leaving for home so I grabbed.  it sounded interesting enough that I brought it back with me even though I hadn’t yet read it.  

After about 5 years on my shelf, I finally read it!  Again, starting off good here. 

2. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie and 3. The Gods Themsleves by Isaac Asimov

These books were gifted to me by a friend recentlyish and I rediscovered them when I was moving.  They are outside of my normal reads but do sound interesting (and I hate getting ride of books other people have given me) so I took them with me. 

Both are unread and I honestly am not sure how much longer they will stay on my shelves.  But at the same time I don’t really want to donate?

There were other books I discovered while moving but I donated them.  Yay less baggage and more bookshelf space!

Books I have bought this year:

4. and 5. Night Study and Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder

I read Night Study last year and was buying it because it was sooooo good (and I have the first 4 in the series).  At the time I absolutely needed Dawn Study.  Now I have it, but I haven’t read it.  For the same reasons as I mentioned previously.  I’m terrible at this reading thing at times. 

6. Remembrance by Meg Cabot

I never even realized this was a thing until I saw it in the bargain section of the bookstore and I had to pick it up.  And read it.

7. and 8. Illuminae and Gemina by Kaufman and Kristoff

Both books are fantastic and both need a re-read soon!

9. Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane

Read!  And honestly I think about this one a lot, it might be a favourite of mine, even though I did have a few issues with this book went I was reading it. 

10. Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith

This is my second physical copy and third total copy of a book that is one of my absolute favourites. 

Books Read: 7

Unread Books: 3

Total number of Unread Books: 12

As you can see, I started the year with 12 unread books and after reading, donating, and accumulating more books I’m still where I started.  Six more books in the next 6 months.  Totally doable.  However, looking at the list I can guarantee at least 3 that I’m unlikely to get to which doesn’t leave much space left over for others I might not get to (of which I think I can predict 2 more).  

Also there are three books on my shelves that are mostly unread and are not on this list.  Two I bought recently and one from Scotland.  These are more ‘coffee table’ style books and I consider them outside the scope of this goal as they are the type of books you read a bit at a time and never really fully read in their entirety.  

Finally, I just realized that I have about a handful of ebooks I have bought or received over the past 2 years that are not on this list and were never really factored into this goal.  Perhaps I will consider them for next year! 

Middling Ten

Books read:

21. Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy     4.5/5 Stars

22. Every Girl’s Dream by Meg Cabot     4/5 Stars

23. Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane     4/5 Stars

24. Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce (various narrators)     5/5 Stars

25. Proposal by Meg Cabot     4.5/5 Stars

26. Lireal by Garth Nix (Tim Curry)     4/5 Stars

27. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern    2.5/5 Stars

28. Remembrance by Meg Cabot    4/5 Stars

29. Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle     4.5/5 Stars

30. Matilda by Roald Dahl (Kate Winslet)    5/5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.2

Audiobooks: 3

Re-reads: 2

Indy/self-published: 0

Reviewed on Blog: 0

Bookshelf TBR: 4

Comments:

Fewer audiobooks in this section for a few reasons.  I’ve wanted to enjoy the walk and my thoughts more in the past few weeks so I haven’t been listening to them as much.  There are several that I want to read right now but they have long waiting lists.  Also, now that I’m a bit more adjusted to my new work schedule I have been reading more physical books and wanting to read more books off my shelf, which leads to fewer audiobooks.

That being said, I have bought many more books that I have not read which affects my goal to reduce by unread bookshelf books to under 6.  There are 2 posts coming up that are an update to said goal.  

I’m doing really well with the amount of books I have read so far this year.  I’m averaging more then a book a week, which I’m pleased with.  Looking at the numbers, since I started working my new job I’ve been reading 5 or 6 books a month, whereas the first 3 months I read maybe 3 books a month.  A great improvement and it means I should read well over 50 books this year!  I’m so happy about this. 

Blog-wise things were slow while I was adjusting to life but have picked up the past few weeks.  I’ll see how this thing goes but I want to keep it going but with fewer blog posts out a month.  I do want to post more reviews on this blog but the books I have been reading recently I haven’t had too much interesting to say and have not bothered with a lengthy review.  However, if you want to know what I’m up to in the book world and read shorter reviews of the books I read, you are more then welcome to friend or follow my Goodreads, which I keep pretty up-to-date.  

Finally, while it does look like I’ve had a great reading month with most of the books being 4 stars or higher, I feel like many of the books I have read are meh and that nothing has really gripped my this year.  Perhaps I need to start picking different types of books or maybe I’m just really picky lately.