August Wrap Up

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August!

In August I read 7 books, for a total of 2,502 pages and an average of 81 pages per day. I exceeded my page count from last month, but at this point, I would need to read 12 books a month to reach my goal and unless I get into some graphic novels (which I might), I’m not sure I’ll make that goal. But that’s ok! I read a few excellent books this month, but I’d have to say Chimera was my favorite.

Reviewed:

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: My name is Uhtred.

Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
First Sentence: Depending on your temperament, you may be either pleased or puzzles to see that I have chosen to include my time upon the Basilisk in my memoirs.

A few thoughts on Goodreads:

Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint
First Sentence: The town of Fernwillow was the picturesque consequence of centuries of unplanned and disordered growth.
Notable Quote: “I’m not angry. Just…a little sad that the world has touched us in such a way that we can’t look on such a thing and appreciate its wonder and its beauty without seeking some practical use for it.”

His Monkey Wife by John Collier
First Sentence: If thou be’st born to strange sights and if you don’t mind picking your way through the untidy tropics of this, the globe, and this, the heart, in order to behold them, come with me into the highly coloured Bargain Basement Toy Bazaar of the Upper Congo.

Chimera by Mira Grant
First Sentence: The recording quality is low, filled with static and choppy artifacts left over from the transcription process.

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel
First Sentence: The day my future was foretold, I was just five years old.

Reviews to come:

 

The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar
First Sentence: Orphan came down to see the old man by the Thames.

May Wrap Up

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May!

This month I read 9 books for a total of 3,079 pages and an average of 99 pages per day! I’m really happy with my stats this month, and more importantly I really enjoyed almost all of the books I picked up! I was especially enamored with The Wild Robot and Alias Hook!

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
First Sentence: The exorcist is dead.

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
First Sentence: Micah brought the music box to her on the night of the meteor storm.

Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
First Sentence: “Did you see what happened?”

Sung in Shadow by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: “And do you not know, then?”

Risuko by David Kudler
First Sentence: My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Risuko.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
First Sentence: Our story begins on the ocean, with with and rain and thunder and lighting and waves.

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
First Sentence: Second star to the right of what?
Notable Quote: “Kindness freely offered that asks for no reward, love that values another above yourself, the wisdom to live without fear. This is the best of life.”

Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
First Sentence: I sat up high, oak branch ‘tween my knees, and watched the tattooed man stride about in the snow.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
First Sentence: Imagine a ruin so strange it must never have happened.
Notable Quotes: “Kissing looks like too much of someone else’s dental hygiene if you ask me.”
“Our mother used to have mystery under her skin, and we paid not the slightest attention.”
“…it’s still frightening when the things you love appear suddenly changed from what you have always known.”

October Wrap Up

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October!

This month I only read 6 books, for a total of 1,496 pages and an average of 48 pages per day. This is the least amount of pages I’ve read in a month, however, I’ve now read over 100 books this year, so I’m well on my way to meet my 110 book goal!

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio
First Sentence: Warren the 13th tiptoed across the roof of the Warren Hotel, and the old slate tiles clattered like bones.

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: “It has now been more than eight months since the girl went missing.”

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
First Sentence: At the height of the long wet summer of the seventy-seventh year of Sendovani, the Theifmaker of Camorr paid a sudden and unannounced visit to the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro, desperately hoping to sell him the Lamora boy.
Challenge: A book with more than 500 pages

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: On the hilltop above the harbor stands the huge square building that used to be the barracks for the Turkish army, but is now home to Hell on Earth.

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: “Mister Sherlock, I’m that glad to see you, I am, and that obliged…”
Notable Quote: “You cannot be a mother without first being a person; family, husband and children should not be allowed, as is so often the case, to steal a woman’s selfhood and her dreams.”

Saga vol 5 by Brian K. Vaughan

January Wrap Up

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January!

I kicked off my new year by reading 21 books – most of them were comics, so it ended up being an unintentional Comic Month. I totaled 4,679 pages and averaged 151 pages per day. I’m happy with this progress, as my goal is to read 110 books this year. I’m also participating in a 50 book challenge, so as I go along, I’m seeing what books I read match the criteria. I chose not to use most of the comics I read this month for that challenge and I’m going to stick to just counting books going forward. I’ve also decided to document the first sentence of each book (not comics) that I read…just…because.

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory
First sentence: In the moment of waking I am innocent, my conscience clear of any wrongdoing.
Notable quote: The fiction, as always, is secondary to the history; the real women are always more complex and more conflicted, greater than the heroines of the novel, just as real women now, as then, are often greater than they are reported, sometimes greater than the world wants them to be.
Challenge: A book that made you cry

Paris by Andi Watson

Soppy by Philippa Rice
Challenge: A book with a one-word title

Through The Woods by Emily Carroll
Challenge: A graphic novel

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Days of Blood and Fire by Katherine Kerr
First sentence: Round Cerr Cawnen the meadows lay marshy, crossed by a thousand streams, most no more than rivulets, and dotted with pools and bogs.
Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters

Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe

Pride and Prejudice (graphic novel) by Ian Edginton

Saga vol 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

American Vampire vol 7 by Scott Snyder

Game of Thrones vol 3 by Daniel Abraham

Amphigorey Again by Edward Gorey

Amphigorey Too by Edward Gorey

Repeat by Neal Pollack
First sentence: On the morning before his fortieth birthday, Brad Cohen woke up feeling bad.
Challenge: A book published this year

Y The Last Man: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan

Y The Last Man: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan

Y The Last Man: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
First sentence: The first Callanish knew of the Circus Excalibur was the striped silk of their sails against the grey sky.
Challenge: A book by a female author

The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg
First sentence: For the past five years, Ceony had wanted to be a Smelter.
Challenge: A book set in a different country

October Wrap Up

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October!

In October I read 8 books for a total of 2,321 pages and an average of 75 pages per day! One book was for review and my favorite book this month was probably…Bossypants, though More Than This is a close second!

The Knight by Gene Wolfe

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

More Than This by Patrick Ness
Notable Quotes:
“People ask for what they need in different ways. Sometimes by not even asking for it at all.”
“But hell you make for yourself is still hell, maybe.”
“People see stories everywhere. We take random events and we put them together in a pattern so we can comfort ourselves with a story, no matter how much it obviously isn’t true. We have to lie to ourselves to live. Otherwise, we’d go crazy.”

Holding on to Georgia by Courtney Giardina – I also did a little author interview with this review, which was a first for me.

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

Amphigorey by Edward Gorey

The Muppet Show Book by Jim Henson

Bossypants by Tina Fey

I also ran out of space in my little notebook I use to keep track of my reading – yes, I write it all in a notebook first, then upload it into my nerdriffic spreadsheet.

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This little guy has been tracking my reading since January 2011 and has now tapped out at the end of October 2014. I wish I’d been able to fit the rest of this year in there, but I didn’t want one notebook to stop in the middle of the month. I like that this came with a little pocket in the back and the ringed style made it easy to slip a pen into. I have since transitioned to this:

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It doesn’t have a pocket and I have to clip my pen to the outside, but it’s almost the same size and it’s book-themed. Granted, I could have gone out and bought a new notebook, with more of the features I was looking for, but honestly, I have tons of unused notebooks and I wanted an excuse to use what I have. Yes, that’s me, turning down the chance to spend money on something book related! Wow! Don’t worry, I’ll make that up somewhere else. :]

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While I’m on the subject of book notebooks, does anyone else use one to keep track of their reading? Or do you maybe write down books you want to read, or quotes/thoughts on your current reads?

 

September Wrap Up

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September!

In Satrapi September I read 8 books for a total of 1,910 pages and an average of 64 pages per day. Two of these were review books and four of them were actually graphic novels, so not a lot of heavy reading this month.

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Sand by Hugh Howey

Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi

The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi

Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

A Time of Omens by Katharine Kerr

Chicken With Plums by Marjane Satrapi
Notable Quote:
“Life is the same. We give meaning to life based on our point of view.”

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

 

Book Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
By James Dashner

My edition:
Paperback, 374 pages
2009, Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780385737951

Thomas wakes up in a lift, no memory of where he is or who he is, only his first name. He soon discovers he’s been trapped in The Maze with about 50 other boys, all clueless as to their past and striving to solve this impossible puzzle and make their escape. The Maze changes daily and is full of dangerous creatures, but all the boys hold the hope that whoever put them in this place, left them with a way out. Thomas is determined to become a Runner, someone who explores the maze and find an escape route. The day after Thomas’s arrival, however, a girl arrives – the first to be sent to The Maze – and everything changes.

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