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Book #2: "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by J. K. Rowling [Sep. 15th, 2009|11:54 am]
NaNoReaMo ~ National Novel Reading Month

[mood |awake]

I finished my reread of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last night.

It's my least favourite book of the series, because it really gets under my skin. I want to throttle Harry Potter for half of the book and the other half I'm comiserating with him. I think that's pretty much what the other characters feel, too. That said, I do think The Order of the Phoenix is better written and better paced than most of the other books. Although I hate Harry for half of the book, J. K. Rowling did the right thing in making him this pubescent teenager. It surprised me that Harry Potter wasn't having any tantrums in the other books.

So this was book 2/5.

Coming up next: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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Book #3 for the month [Sep. 14th, 2009|10:58 pm]
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Just finished Aristoi by Walter Jon Williams, an SF novel from 1992, which had been recommended to me. Checked it out from the library, and took longer than anticipated getting through it, not only because I went out of town over the weekend, but also because the thing has a protagonist with multiple "daimones" in his head, and several points where more than one of them are carrying out disparate actions that you had to read through very carefully.

The setting's the far future, and humanity has evolved a super-class of gifted individuals called Aristoi who can manipulate nanotechnology in both the real world and the virtual. The Aristoi are the benevolent absolute rulers of the various worlds they all rule, and under their guidance, humanity has moved past a lot of the strifes it suffered in earlier eras. But human society has also grown stagnant and complacent, and one Aristoi has taken it upon himself to create secret worlds from which he'll launch an entirely new society--one which could possibly destroy the one the Aristoi have created.

Good book overall, and I'm quite glad I checked it out. Now I'll have to see if I can pick up the pace a bit now that I'm back from Canada!
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Books 1 and 2 [Sep. 5th, 2009|10:33 am]
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Book 1: The Host by Stephenie Meyer, 619 pages.
A reread. Much better written than the Twilight series, and I really enjoyed the plot as well. I hope she'll get around to writing the sequel too.

Book 2: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, 508 pages.
I was given this as an ARC to see if it would be suitable for translating and publishing in Denmark. It's amazing! But very obviously the first in a series, so I hope to get to read the rest as well.

Total page count: 1127

1127 / 5000 pages. 23% done!
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Book #2 for the month [Sep. 4th, 2009|07:54 am]
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[Current Location |47.7207,-122.2820]

I have a new iPhone on which I've been reading ebooks, and one of the many I have picked up is a freebie from Harlequin: Stranded with a Spy, by Merlin Lovelace. Um... Let's just say I'm clearly not the target audience for this thing. ;) The suspenseful bits were okay, but when not one, not two, but three women in the cast are moved by raptures by thousand-dollar shoes, all I can think is "well hell I can get a perfectly good laptop for that!" 'Cause I mean damn, if I'm going to put down a thousand bucks on shoes, they had damn well better make me breakfast, access the Internet, and let me levitate to work.

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Book #1: "Assassin's Quest" - Robin Hobb [Sep. 4th, 2009|12:27 pm]
NaNoReaMo ~ National Novel Reading Month

[mood |bouncybouncy]

Yesterday I finished book 1/5.

It was a great book. I spent approximately 9 months in reading the whole Farseer Trilogy. Normally I don't read that slow, but with all the suspense I had to limit myself to one chapter a day to get anything else done. If I had some days to spare, I would just read the books in a few days, but there was too much going on to do that.

Some thoughts, not really spoilers, but just to make sure...Collapse )
Next book coming up: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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Book #1 for September [Sep. 2nd, 2009|11:07 pm]
NaNoReaMo ~ National Novel Reading Month

Actually started this several days ago but finally finished it today, so I'm counting it as a September read: the anthology On the Prowl, featuring work by Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, and Sunny. I picked it up out of interest in the Briggs work, since it's the establishing short piece for her Alpha and Omega books, which are the spinoffs from her Mercy Thompsons. I liked her piece, Wilks', and Chance's well enough, although Sunny's goes straight off into erotica land and that's not my cup of tea (though I'll grant her prose was fine).

I'll be posting a more formal review when I get caught up on my review queue!
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Joining in the fun [Sep. 2nd, 2009|04:55 pm]
NaNoReaMo ~ National Novel Reading Month

[mood |bouncybouncy]

Hello everybody!

I'm joining in as well. I'm not aiming to high, I'm going for five books this time. Any book over that is an added bonus. I'm hoping to reduce my TO READ-pile of over 50 books. Wish me luck, because it seems I buy books faster than I read them.

I'm currently reading Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb. I'm also in the middle of a reread of the Harry Potter books, with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix coming up next.

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Nanoreamo ahoy [Sep. 2nd, 2009|07:17 am]
NaNoReaMo ~ National Novel Reading Month

Hey there folks, joining in on the fun. ^_^

This'll be my third year of tracking how many books I read and posting reviews of them in various places. As with the two previous years, I'm aiming to top 100 books read. This year for Nanoreamo, I'd like to see if I can hit 20 books this month.

In no particular order, I'll be trying to go through the backlog of rachelcaine books on my shelf, the matociquala books, the rest of my Patricia Briggs, and the ones by blackaire. I've also got two library books I want to get done by the 22nd, the shiny new release Rosemary and Rue by seanan_mcguire, and a brand new lesbian retelling of Cinderella that just came out (aheh), and which I'll be reading ASAP.

I'm behind on posting my book reviews but I'll get caught up on those ASAP, and will link to the ones for books read during this month. If you'd like to check out what I've been reading so far this year, check the "2009 book log" tag on my journal!

Looking forward to hearing what you are all reading!
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NaNoReaMo #3 [Sep. 2nd, 2009|10:46 am]
NaNoReaMo ~ National Novel Reading Month

Hi all!

I am so excited to see that we're doing NaNoReaMo again this year! But I must admit I'm glad that we're doing it in September instead of August, as my August was SO busy that I read the lowest number of books/pages I have all year! I'm definitely hoping to improve on that this month :)

My name's Maria, and I'm a HUGE bookworm. My goal for 2009 is to read 200 books, and as I'm already at 128 I think there's a fair chance I might actually succeed :-D Last year I made it to 244, but I'm a bit behind in my reading this year, so I'm not expecting to pass that number.

I keep a book review blog at bogormen as I review books for two different printing firms. It's an unpaid job, but I get to keep the books I review, so it works out perfectly for me!

My favourite authors include (but aren't limited to) Diana Gabaldon, L.M. Montgomery, C.S. Lewis, Stephenie Meyer, Peg Kerr, Maeve Binchy, Tamora Pierce, Frank Peretti and Anne McCaffrey. My favourite genre is either fantasy or historical fiction.

My goal for this NaNoReaMo is a #pages-goal rather than a #books-goal, as I don't want to risk choosing heaps of short books just to make my goal ;) I think I'll aim for 5000 pages and then possibly expand if I go on a reading frenzy :)

I haven't (and am not going to) made a certain list of what to read in September as I'm very much a 'spur of the moment' reader, but I do have a bunch of books I'm itching to get to and that will probably make the list:
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (read The Giver earlier this year and was blown away by it).
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier
What Einstein Told His Cook by Robert L. Wolke
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray (read A Great and Terrible Beauty a couple of years ago, but never got around to picking up the rest of the series)
The Demon King by an author I've currently conveniently forgotten ;)

How about you?
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Administrative Whoops! [Sep. 1st, 2009|05:42 pm]
NaNoReaMo ~ National Novel Reading Month

Hey gang!

Or those of you who are still following along.

So, as you may have noticed, we missed August. Well. To be truthful, *I* missed August until about the 21st, by which point it was obviously too late to start NaNoReaMo.

But we can still read in September, right?

I know some of you are in school/back in school/sending kids to school, but I'm still encouraging you to take some time this month and read. Post and tell us what's new and great on your bookshelves. Recommend titles or ask for recommendations.

And most of all, have fun!

I'll kick this off by noting that I've finally finished Summer Knight, Book Four of the Dresden Files series. Yes, I'm woefully behind, but hey, I'm enjoying the reads, so I can't complain.

What's on your nightstand right now?
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