Monday, January 30, 2012

Mailbox Monday and what I'm reading

Mailbox Monday is a traveling meme host this January by Alyce of At Home With Books.

Only two books entered into my possession last week:
Purchases:Wildflower HillGordon Ramsay's Great British Pub Food

What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey

Last week, I finished:
The Great GatsbyExtremely Loud and Incredibly CloseWhen She WokeTithe (The Modern Faerie Tales, #1)

Currently reading:
The Evolution of Calpurnia TateThe Book ThiefThe Broken Sword (Halcyon #2)

Up Next:
The PostmistressDaughter of Smoke and Bone

I didn't get a chance for any quickie reviews this weekend, but might have time later this week.

Also, did get my map for Where are you reading? updated.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mailbox Monday and What I'm Reading

Mailbox Monday is a traveling meme host this January by Alyce of At Home With Books

Don't Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned
I have this in paperback copy, but its BN's "Free Friday" selection (though it's been free all week), so I went and downloaded it. My junior year of high school, my history class had his Don't know much about History as assigned reading, and I loved it. Great way to get history to those who aren't big on reading it.

The Memoirs of CleopatraThe Wars of the Roses

Headed down to the farmer's market for my annual pummelo hunt last weekend, and stopped into the used bookstore there, and found these two there. I already have the Cleopatra book in paperback to read, but hardcover, with cover and in good condition for $6, how do I pass that up?

What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey.
Across the UniverseThe Kingmaking (Pendragon's Banner Series #1)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseThe Princes of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #1)The Great Gatsby

Up Next:
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)The Book Thief

I'll probably post thoughts on The Kingmaking once the discussion questions in the group get going.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week's theme is...

Top Ten Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book:

1. J. K. Rowling - I hope she is working on the Scottish Book, or some more of the text books, or even something entirely unrelated to Harry Potter.

2. Ariana Franklin - I really enjoyed the Mistress of the Art of Death series, but Diana Norman, who wrote under the pen name Ariana Franklin, died nearly a year ago. I still hope that maybe her family finds a nearly finished manuscript in her papers.

3. Michael Crichton - I really enjoyed his brand of science fiction, and his work on ER. It saddened me when he died a few years back. Though more would be great, they are still unfinished, and you can tell when those don't have the author's final polish on them.

4. Helen Fielding - I didn't care for either of her Bridget Jones books- those were too down the chick lit path and I'm not into that in books. But I really enjoyed her other two novels, Cause Celeb and Olivia Joules and The Overactive Imagination

5. Jonathan Stroud - I love that snarky djinn Bartemaeus and the quasi historical settings. I'd love more in this series, or others that carry the same sort of humor.

6. Eoin Colfer - I am looking forward to more in the Artemis Fowl series.

7. Susanna Clarke - I enjoyed Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and thought the time to get through it worth it in the end, and the stories in Ladies of Grace Adieu. Its been almost six years since the later was published. Supposedly she had been working on another book, but the article referenced on Wikipedia is five years old, so who knows. Hopefully....

8. Lloyd Alexander - This is what I read in elementary school. I loved the Prydain Chronicles, and while I've not read all of his works, I still wish there were more.

9. Katherine Howe - The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was a favorite of mine, and a I can't wait for The House of Velvet and Glass to come out, hopefully this spring.

10. Elizabeth Gaskell - I got introduced to her writings by the miniseries Wives and Daughters, and now have read half of her novels. Wives and Daughters was her last, and unfinished

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Where Are you Reading 2012

Ok, one more challenge. This seemed fun. You just plot the main location of the books you read on the map. Sign-up post here, if you are curious. I am only listing the books I've read this year which have a setting linked to the real world.

My Map: Where are you reading 2012?

United States:

  • Eve by Anna Carey
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
  • The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
  • Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The Post Mistress by Sarah Blake
  • Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  • The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe
  • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  • The Lightening Theif by Rick Riordan
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
  • The Rise of Nine
New York
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Soer
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
North Carolina
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
North Dakota
  • Ready Player One
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Rhode Island
South Carolina
  • The Restorer by Amanda Stevens
  • The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens
South Dakota
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
West Virginia
  • Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz


  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Czech Republic
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
  • The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan
  • Hearts Restored by Prue Phillipson
  • The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue
  • Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England by Thomas Penn
  • Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
  • The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  • Gilt by Katherine Longshore
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Indian Ocean
  • The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
  • Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd
  • Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
  • Lady MacBeth by Susan Fraser King
  • Tides of War by Stella Tillyard
  • The Broken Sword by Joseph Robert Lewis
  • The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
  • The King Making by Helen Hollick
Former Yugoslavia
  • The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

Mailbox Monday, What I'm Reading, and other sundry things

Mailbox Monday is a traveling meme host this January by Alyce of At Home With Books


Review: Hetaera--Suspense in Ancient Athens (Agathon's Daughter)

What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey


Currently Reading: The Kingmaking (Pendragon's Banner Series #1)The Princes of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #1)The Great Gatsby

Up Next: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

And Sundry things...

  • I've gotten a little irritated with blogger's....tantrums lets call it. It has some glitch with coding, or who it lets comment, etc. I have hosting for other hobbies of mine, so I've decided to get over my issues with Wordpress, and will sometime during the year I will move over to it. I need to root through my files and find some of the saved WP layouts I have, design one then will redirect and let y'all know.
  • I will get to formally writing my review policy. It just hasn't happened yet.
  • January is a month for book reads/read-alongs for me. I owned several that were chosen for various Shelfari group reads, so that's what I'm doing. I have no idea if I will review any of them. Maybe just quick short ones. We'll see.
  • February I'll be back to reading and reviewing what I have for review- still have a bunch from Library Things member giveaways. Boy those seem to come in droves when you get them. But I will get through them. I just probably won't be accepting books for review until I get some headway on them.
  • I'm thinking of doing a Renaissance Man type of challenge. The Dewey Decimal one doesn't sound like what I want. I was thinking of aiming for reading a certain number of books in different genres. Mostly because last year I let some things like history and classics slide from my reading list. Please let me know if something like this already exist.
  • If you want to see my 2012 challenges, there is a tag for that, in the sidebar.
  • Sunday, January 1, 2012

    2012 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge

    This challenge is hosted by Reading with Tequila. The point of the challenge is to select books from a list recommended by various bloggers.

    The Levels:
    Level I - Read 5 books from the 2011 Book Blogger Recommendation List
    Level II - Read 10 books
    Level III - Read 15 books
    Level IV - Read 20 books
    Level V - Read 20+ books

    The list can be found HERE.

    I am going to aim for Level II - Read 10 Books. Going through the list, I made a list of the ones I currently own and a couple I will likely own before the year is out. They will be my main choices to start from.

    Divergent by Veroncia Roth
    Delirium by Lauren Oliver
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
    Legend by Marie Lu
    The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
    The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    The Restorer by Amanda Stevens
    The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
    Katherine by Anya Seton
    1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    2. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
    3. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
    4. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
    5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
    6. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
    7. Legend by Marie Lu
    8. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
    9. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake