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Reading stuff

20 Feb

So, it’s been nearly a year since I started recording every book I’ve read – I’ve been having a bit of a resurgence in recent weeks as I started to get used to my job. It turns out the reading list gets ridiculously long tacked on at the end of posts so I’m going to see about connecting a goodreads account up with the ole blog by the 12th of March. I’m still hoping to reach 100 by then!

I’m also going to announce my book of the year, which will be an exciting event for the author involved. Everybody likes to win an award they’ve never heard of with no prize from a person they’ve never heard of. Awards night is extra glamorous too. It’s basically me sat at home on my laptop wearing a onesie.

Currently reading:

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

The Healing in the Vine by Tamora Pierce

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Completed since 12/3/2014 (84)

Snuff by Terry Pratchett*
Persuasion by Jane Austen*
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett*
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie*
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Animorphs: The Invasion by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Visitor by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Encounter by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Message by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Predator by K A Applegate
For the Win by Cory Doctorow*
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett*
Animorphs: The Capture by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Stranger by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Alien by K A Applegate
Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J K Rowling
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Avengers Prime: Volume One by Brian Michael Bendis and Alan Davis*
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust by George R R Martin*
Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough*
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan*
Justice League of America: The Lightning Saga by Brad Meltzer and Geoff Johns*
Pawn by Aimée Carter*
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen*
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan*
A Dance With Dragons Part 2: After the Feast by George R R Martin*
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan*
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan*
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan*
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Hounded by Kevin Hearne*
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Shirley by Charlotte Brontë*
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
Hexed by Kevin Hearne*
Hammered by Kevin Hearne*
Tricked by Kevin Hearne*
The Great Cat Massacre: A History of Britain in 100 Mistakes by Gareth Rubin*
Bridget Jones’s Diary: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding*
United We Spy by Ally Carter
The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid*
Trapped by Kevin Hearne*
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë*
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Perseus Spur by Julian May
Hunted by Kevin Hearne*
Sisters by Barbara Mortimer*
The Martian by Andy Weir*
Orion Arm by Julian May
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch*
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë*
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
The Magic in the Weaving by Tamora Pierce
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen*
Sagittarius Whorl by Julian May
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris*
The Power in the Storm by Tamora Pierce
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch*
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch*
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch*
The Fire in the Forging by Tamora Pierce
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett*
Feed by Mira Grant
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch*
Deadline by Mira Grant
Blackout by Mira Grant
““I guess I just know how to show a girl a good time.” I opened my door, sliding out of the van. My boots crunched on the broken glass and gravel covering the pavement.
“Then what are you showing me?” asked Mahir.
“I’m not sexist. I can show a guy a good time, too.””

Countdown by Mira Grant
San Diego 2014: The last stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant
How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea by Mira Grant*
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell by Mira Grant*
Parasite by Mira Grant*
““I just want to know what I’m going to be freaking out about before I waste energy freaking out about the wrong things. Conservation of panic is important.””

Symbiont by Mira Grant*
“Curiosity is what it looks like when you’re in love with the world.”

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch*
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
““Got that gun?” Peter says to Tobias.
“No,” says Tobias, “I figured I would shoot the bullets out of my nostrils, so I left it upstairs.””

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Resolute

3 Feb

It’s a bit late to be posting new year’s resolutions, but I’ve had this post in the back of my mind for a while. My resolution is just that: to be resolute.

This year I won’t stand by when people are doing things I disagree with. While I can’t possibly point out every use of words I disapprove of, I can make it clear that those words upset me in general terms. I dislike the ‘R’ word, for example, and any sort of homophobic, transphobic or misogynist ‘jokes’, as a key aspect of my worldview is that words matter. The words we use shape the thoughts in our heads, and if, for example, we’re using ‘gay’ to mean stupid, we’ve got gay=stupid right there.

I won’t stand by and watch people being bullied.

I won’t let all the world’s evils pass me by while I am absorbed in my own life, hectic, impoverished, and difficult though it is.

I will try to make a positive difference to the world, no matter how small.

Currently reading:

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
“a good bookshop is just a genteel black hole that knows how to read.”

The Healing in the Vine by Tamora Pierce

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Deadline by Mira Grant
“to those who would choose the safety of inaction over the danger of taking a stand, I have this to say: You bloody cowards. May you have the world that you deserve.”

Completed since 12/3/2014 (73)

Snuff by Terry Pratchett*
Persuasion by Jane Austen*
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett*
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie*
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Animorphs: The Invasion by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Visitor by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Encounter by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Message by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Predator by K A Applegate
For the Win by Cory Doctorow*
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett*
Animorphs: The Capture by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Stranger by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Alien by K A Applegate
Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J K Rowling
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Avengers Prime: Volume One by Brian Michael Bendis and Alan Davis*
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust by George R R Martin*
Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough*
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan*
Justice League of America: The Lightning Saga by Brad Meltzer and Geoff Johns*
Pawn by Aimée Carter*
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen*
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan*
A Dance With Dragons Part 2: After the Feast by George R R Martin*
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan*
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan*
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan*
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Hounded by Kevin Hearne*
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Shirley by Charlotte Brontë*
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
Hexed by Kevin Hearne*
Hammered by Kevin Hearne*
Tricked by Kevin Hearne*
The Great Cat Massacre: A History of Britain in 100 Mistakes by Gareth Rubin*
Bridget Jones’s Diary: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding*
United We Spy by Ally Carter
The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid*
Trapped by Kevin Hearne*
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë*
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Perseus Spur by Julian May
Hunted by Kevin Hearne*
Sisters by Barbara Mortimer*
The Martian by Andy Weir*
Orion Arm by Julian May
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch*
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë*
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
The Magic in the Weaving by Tamora Pierce
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen*
Sagittarius Whorl by Julian May
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris*
The Power in the Storm by Tamora Pierce
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch*
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch*
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch*
The Fire in the Forging by Tamora Pierce
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett*
Feed by Mira Grant
“we have embraced the cult of fear, and now we don’t seem to know how to put it back where it belongs.”

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch*

What I’m Reading 6.2

31 May

We have a dog! He’s the one from the Blue Cross I mentioned before, and he’s a massive softy by the name of Floyd. When we come from work his tail wags so much it’s hard for him to operate his legs, and he staggers across the kitchen towards us.

Isn’t the cover for this one ugly? This is the cover of the copy we had when I was little.

Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper concludes The Dark Is Rising sequence in a big, bittersweet showdown of awesome. The six protagonists, the ‘Six’ who shall turn back the Dark, are thrown together at last in the mountains of Wales to defeat the last and greatest rising of the forces of evil. It’s very bittersweet, this one, and you get the real sense of the children starting to grow up without it being spelled out for you. I always feel wistful at the end of this one.

 

The mouse is called Hamlet von Schnitzel

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson is the first autobiography I have ever read from cover to cover. It’s written by the Bloggess who blogs here and is generally amazing. I first was drawn to her blog for the humour and stayed for the mental illness, because it’s oddly reassuring to find really successful writers who suffer from worse anxiety than me.

Lawson (oh heck, I can’t call her that, I’ve been reading her blog for too long) tells of her childhood growing up in rural Texas with her awesome (plus kinda bonkers) taxidermist father and eternally patient mother, and moves on to her adventures working in HR and her life with her husband Victor, along with her struggles with an impressive array of mental illnesses. I can’t read this book without creasing up laughing, and that’s on my second read through.

There is an extremely sad chapter in the middle where Jenny covers her experience with miscarriages, and my heart pretty much broke for her, so if this is a trigger for you I’d recommend skipping the first half of that chapter (you’ll know which one before it really gets going) but come back halfway through because it’s quite an important part of her life and it’s beautiful and moving. She writes the whole book in a charming rambling dialogue where she merrily wanders off topic, and there is an infinite amount of sadness that I will probably never meet her because I do much the same thing.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey – I know right? Get me with the literature! I’ve been making an effort to read the classics lately. I’ve been reading this for quite some time – since the first of April, according to my Kindle. It’s not easy going, and a lot of time I’m not sure what’s real and what’s just the product of the narrator’s mental illness/imagination. Basically so far it’s a struggle for power on a mental ward, only I think the only way to understand this novel is to finish it. It makes you think, and bits have made me laugh. I need to be in the right frame of mind to read it, and it’s not one I’m in all the time. Slow progress!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins doesn’t exactly need any introduction at the moment, what with being a major motion picture and all, but I feel the need to state that I read it before it was cool damnit! Well, before it was a film anyway. To be honest, i read the trilogy along with Mark at http://www.markreads.net a couple of years ago. It’s unputdownable. I don’t care if that’s not a word.

The 12 districts of Panem are ruled by the Capital, where people live in the lap of luxury whilst those in the districts starve. As punishment for a rebellion 74 years previously, each district must offer up one boy and girl as tribute. Tributes are then sent into an arena to battle to the death in a violent and mad reality TV show. 16-year-old Katniss takes her younger sister’s place and is taken to the capital to compete in the Games.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. The Games are over, but Katniss still isn’t safe. Having defied the gamemakers and the Capital by daring to survive her games, they’re out for her blood. Everything in District 12 is about to change for the worse.

I’m reading this at the moment, so I’m not sure how much I enjoyed it the first, second and third times (I’m a serial re-reader), but it continues to enthrall me.

Also? This trilogy has a ‘ship called Peeniss. Or possibly KatPee. Writers need to think about these things. In my novel the two ships would be CaSt and McCosta.

There will be a 6.3. I’ve been reading a lot lately.