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September and October 2012 Reading List

***SEPTEMBER***
~ A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin -- Volume Five, A Song of Ice and Fire series
~ One Second After by William R. Forstchen -- Woah! Makes me a paranoid Amber... must go stock can goods...
~ One Last Kiss by Michael W. Cuneo -- I used to live in the subdivision this occurred in so my inner voyeur wanted to read it. Gets the facts out there but not very well written IMO.

I tried desperately to get into "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling the end of September. For two weeks, I tried but alas could not get past the first 50 pages. The characters are just ALL so UN-likeable it's painful. I finally gave up the beginning of October and moved onto other things. I'll try it again at a later date... maybe I can use it for those nights when I just can't otherwise sleep...

***OCTOBER***
~ Dark Predator by Christine Feehan -- Volume 22, Dark Carpathian series
~ Into the Woods by Kim Harrison -- Short story anthology, half in the Hollows series, half out

Right now I'm re-reading "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien of course but I won't have it done before months end. I'm in the middle of two moves, one of which is mine. Hence I'm living out of boxes. Things are just a wee bit chaotic at the moment.

Plus I'm seriously considering doing NaNoWriMo this year but just came to this conclusion today thus have no outline, plotline, etc. No, I haven't been drinking. Why do you ask?

Books, books, and more books

So first of all George R.R. Martin announced on his blog that's not a blog that he was going to sell off some autographed copies of anthologies he's had a hand in editing. My inner fangirl immediately hyperventilated and let out quite the high pitched squeal prior to keeling over from lack of oxygen. But then calm rational me logged into paypal in record time to order said autographed books. If I can cross it, then it's crossed, that I got my request in there in time before all the copies he has are gone. It was only an hour and a half after the announcement so I'm hopeful. I'm also watching paypal to see if the payment is claimed and my inbox like a hawk of course. Turns out I don't have as much of a leash on fangirl me as I thought. ;)

Secondly, in said George R.R. Martin post he mentions the vast amount of books he has threatening to overtake his homes. Which is something that has been weighing on my mind (no pun intended) recently as well due to a recent conversation I had with a family member in which they informed me that I have too many books. I was going to post a complimentary picture of my bookshelves to support this post but alas my cell phone is a tard that has randomly purged it's pictures. Again.

Currently I have 729 books on my shelves NOT including the 30 or so that were not in the Goodreads database when I cataloged my library NOT including my children's books NOT including my antique books NOT including the dozen or so that recently have been purchased but not yet cataloged. And of course not including the 200 or so on my Nook (which truly are 98% free undiscovered writers or classic literature). My library feels scarce to me. All this and that was AFTER purging 9 boxes of books when I moved two-ish years ago. Of the physical books that are NOT reference books, yes I've read 95% to 98% of them. There are a handful that I haven't dove into yet but frankly there are only so many hours in the day. A great many of them are series, better than half I would say. And each is dearly loved for one reason or the other. Too MANY books? Nay, not ENOUGH books!

Finally, I personally find it interesting that I adore the 'Song of Ice and Fire' series not only for the story and the characters but also for the vast detail he puts into the world. Not to say that George R.R. Martin and Stephen King are anywhere near the same caliber but I abhor Stephen King's novels (love the movies) for the fact that he puts too much detail in his worlds. I haven't tried my hand at a Stephen King novel in well over a decade although I did pick several up at a used bookstore recently. I may have to try him again for the occasional bit of trashy escapism.

Sadly, the Stephen King novels were only a quarter a piece as my favorite used bookstore is going out of business. The same little old lady that has worked there for the past 20+ years, and I quote, is "just plan tired" so she's "closing up shop". There were only three used bookstores in the immediate area. The Bookworm, which is the aforementioned shop, is in the process of closing. Polly's Paperbacks just recently closed it's doors. The Booktrader is still holding on for dear life thankfully. And then there was one. Certainly there are several in the city of St. Louis but I don't want to have to drive into the city if I don't have to. It was much more pleasant to have local options, the hunt is half the fun.

EDIT:: George R.R. Martin (ok probably his assistance but let me bast for a moment) just accepted my payment for the three anthologies autographed by the man himself (George, not his assistant) and personally inscribed to yours truly!!!!!!! I feel like Golem at the end of Lord of the Rings when he got the ring back!!!! And yes, I truly do need to get out more. ***fangirlsqueal***

August 2012 Reading List

~ A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin -- Volume Three, A Song of Ice and Fire series
~ A Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin -- Volume Four, A Song of Ice and Fire series

And I just finished "A Dance With Dragons" which is the fifth volume in the same series just moments ago. To that end... WTF GEORGE HOW ARE YOU GOING TO END A BOOK WITH THOSE MASSIVE OF CLIFF HANGERS?!?!??!! CURSE YOU!!!!

July 2012 Reading List

~ A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin -- Volume One, A Song of Ice and Fire series
~ A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin -- Volume Two, A Song of Ice and Fire series

That's it. No more. To be fair, each is roughly 1000 pages. And I was able to get 3/4 of the way through "A Storm of Swords" before months end. I'm almost done with "A Feast of Crows" and then it's "A Dance with Dragons" of the same author. Also purchase, watched, and loved season one of the HBO song "Game of Thrones" and may have been unable to wait for season two to be released thusly acquired the torrent (although I'm utterly in love here so yes I will fully purchase it when it's released... I need all the extras too!) which I'm working my way through. Utterly geeking out on this fantastic, utterly engrossing series. The world and it's characters are just so rich and varied. It doesn't feel like I'm reading a fiction tale but like I'm living through a history. :)

May and June 2012 Reading Lists

WOW... I'm terribly behind in updating my reading lists. With a slew of holidays, birthdays, and the like this summer has been slow reading wise. That will pick up as the year progresses, trust me.

***MAY***
~ Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris -- Volume 12, Sookie Stackhouse series
~ Planetwalker by John Francis PhD -- Extremely interesting but admittedly a little slow towards the end, or it may have just been my typical "slowness at reading nonfiction" going on.
~ M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman -- Can you believe I found this first edition hardcover in excellent condition in a free pile at a yard sale?!
~ Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson -- HYSTERICAL!! Funnier than the bible even. Go look up the video "I am Jenny Lawson" on YouTube. Thank me later.
~ The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan -- Volume 1, Wheel of Time series -- Because I love the Wheel of Time series but it's so long that I have to take breaks when rereading it. Starting it now, I should be done rereading the series by the release of the final chapter in January next year.
~ The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan -- Volume 2, Wheel of Time series

***JUNE***
~ The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan -- Volume 3, Wheel of Time series
~ Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton -- Volume 21?, Anita Blake series -- This one was ok, the characters are like old friends at this point so it's always good to see what they're up to. However, this was not the stronger in the series. Seemed rather rushed, weak plot and a little sloppy compared to earlier works.
~ The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins -- I really did NOT want to enjoy this trilogy but I could not put it down. I devoured it in under 3 hours then ran out to the bookstore the next day to get the rest of the series. I also went and saw the movie in the theaters after finishing the series. It was good, not as good as the books of course though. Glad I saw it at a $3 matinee and didn't pay full price for the film though.
~ Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
~ Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

And now in July, I'm working on the Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin. You may know it as the Game of Thrones TV show on HBO. This is another series I really didn't want to like. When I read fantasy I want sword and sorcery not who boffing who in the courts (which is what the reviews I had read indicated about the book series). But I am ADORING this series. Done with the Game of Thrones and into the Clash of Kings now. He's not shy about knocking off characters is he? LOL

Geek Power!!!

Smallville Season 11 is being released in comic book format. See here.

***insert girly fangirl squeal with increasing volume and momentum here***

And yes I *did* take off work on Friday May 4th so that I could go see the new Avengers movie. Why do you ask? Yes, yes... I know it's not the Justice League but a girl has to start somewhere. Besides... I have a soft spot for Thor and the Hulk. Yes, Superman SSSOOO triumphs over Captain American and of course Green Arrow trumps Hawkeye. I'm sorry though, Iron Man will beat Batman any day of the week.

April 2012 Reading List

~ The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
~ Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon -- Still my favorite smut series *cough* err... Paranormal Romance, yeah that's it ;)
~ Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton -- ebook, I just purchased a NOOK color!
~ The Monster by Wil Wheaton -- ebook, Short story and very good/interesting
~ Hunter by Wil Wheaton -- ebook, Short story and also very good/interesting
~ Mommy, Where do Baby Unicorns Come From? by Renee Adams -- ebook, Short story and I challenge you to read it without tearing up at some point.
~ The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

I have little idea WHAT happened in April reading wise. It was a terribly slow month in that respect. I think much of it was that I'm trying to get through this non-fiction book called "Planetwalker: 17 Years of Silence. 22 Years of Walking" by John Francis, Ph.D. It's about the 22 years he spent walking the world WITHOUT using motorized vehicles and the 17 year vow of silence he did during that time frame. Interesting stuff but a little bit tough to get through. Should have that done in May and back to my usual pace. :)

March 2012 Reading List

~ Dangerous Angels by Francesea Lia Block
~ The Guardian by Sherrilyn Kenyon -- There are a few paranormal smut... err... romance series that are just wonderfully guilty pleasures of mine. :)
~ Star Wars by George Lucas -- Technically a novella
~ The Empire Strikes Backs by Donald Glut -- Also technically a novella
~ Return of the Jedi by James Kahn -- Last novella, I'm not typically a scifi fan when it comes to my READING material but it was overdue to read these. Very good, but I don't know if I would have enjoyed them as much if I hadn't watched the movies a hundred times first.
~ The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker -- Very informative, trust your instincts ladies
~ Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon
~ The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan -- Volume 1, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series; Indulge your inner 12 year old! AWESOME AWESOME series!
~ The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan -- Volume 2, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
~ The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan -- Volume 3, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
~ The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan -- Volume 4, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
~ The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan -- Volume 5 and the conclusion, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
~ The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan -- Volume 1, Heroes of Olympus series; I wasn't ready to be done with Rick Riordan's world. :)

February 2012 reading list

~ On Writing by Stephen King
~ To See a World in a Grain of Sand edited by Caeser Johnson -- poetry anthology
~ The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey -- Volume 3, Dragonriders of Pern series
~ Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern -- Volume 4, Dragonriders of Pern series
~ Identity Crisis edited by Brad Meltzer -- Graphic Novel
~ Nerilka's Story by Anne McCaffrey -- Volume 5, Dragonriders of Pern series
~ Unlimited by Jillian Michaels -- FANTASTICALLY AWESOME BOOK!!! Everyone needs to read this.
~ Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison -- Volume 13?, Hollows series
"The woods are lovely,
Dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."

~ Robert Frost ~

I love Ira!

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
~ Ira Glass ~

January 2012 reading list

Below is a list of the books I read last month in order. And yes, I do have a soft spot for epic fantasy and book series in general. :)

~ Brisinger by Christopher Paolini -- Volume 3, Inheritance series
~ Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (and if you were curious yes his writing has matured and this is a very satisfying ending to the series) -- Volume 4 and conclusion, Inheritance series
~ The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter -- Volume 11?, Lords of the Underwood series
~ DragonSong by Anne McCaffrey -- Volume 1, Harper Hall Trilogy
~ DragonSinger by Anne McCaffrey -- Volume 2, Harper Hall Trilogy
~ DragonDrums by Anne McCaffrey -- Volume 3, Harper Hall Trilogy
~ DragonFlight by Anne McCaffrey -- Volume 1, Dragonriders of Pern series
~ DragonQuest by Anne McCaffrey -- Volume 2, Dragonriders of Pern series

Writer's Block: ONTD Games Giveaway

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Laura Croft from Tomb Raider. She's beautiful, intelligent, filthy rich, and leads an exciting life. It would certainly never be boring. Think of the stories from the adventures you'd have!

Stevie oh Stevie

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
~ Steve Jobs ~

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
~ Steve Jobs ~

Plans for 2012

1976 ~ 1988 ~ 2000 ~ 2012

Year of the Dragon


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~ Learn Tai-Chi
~ Go skydiving
~ Spend a weekend in New Orleans
~ Save at least $1000 by years end
~ Plan a vacation to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando
~ Explore St. Louis more
~ Lose 40 pounds
~ Try to learn a foreign language
~ Get my art groove on again
~ Find a basket for my bicycle
~ Go to the Farmer's Market more
~ Get another tattoo
~ Start each morning with stretching
~ End each evening by washing my face and brushing my teeth
~ Walk the dog more
~ Buy a great pair of boots
~ Record a list of the books I read
~ Try new foods
~ Write more
~ Do more than one 5k
~ Ride my bicycle more
~ Take more pictures and process them
~ Close out my evening with hot chocolate more often, with extra marshmellows
~ Comment on blogs more often
~ Share more articles
~ Read more nonfiction including a good book on Buddhism
~ Read more classics
~ Take a self defense class
~ Live with purpose

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Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall. ~ Ray Bradbury ~


They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. ~ Andy Warhol ~


Do or do not. There is no try. ~ Master Yoda ~

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