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Running total: 5,426 pages



Stuff I read in 2017:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )

Series Completed/Current )
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Total: 10,032 pages


In order to keep my giant pile of unread things from getting any bigger, my resolution for 2016 was to not buy a new book until I'd read at least one I already own. How did that go?

The answer is... )

Stuff I read in 2016:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
My New Year's resolution this year was to not buy a new book until after I've read one of the many, many books I already own. Now that we're just past the halfway point, how am I doing? Abysmally. It sounded like such a good idea on paper, but I clearly didn't think it through.

Problem #1: Series books. I read a lot of series books. In fact, I read mostly series books. Since I don't already own every book in every series I read, having this rule was creating huge wait times between reading books in the series I'm following.

Problem #2: BookBub. If you're not familiar with BookBub, it's a free online deal alert service for ebooks. You can opt to receive a daily (or weekly) newsletter with ebook deals for $2.99 or less in the subjects or genres of your choosing (including M/M romance), or you can add books to your account and BookBub will email you if there's a deal on them. This has been both great and terrible for me because this is where I end up buying a lot of my ebooks. Because I am cheap cheap cheap.

Problem #3: Samhain Publishing announced they were going out of business. Samhain is my favorite publisher for M/M romance and I had a lot of things on my To Read list on their slate. Since they didn't announce a conclusive date when they would close up shop (they're "winding down operations"), I went over to their site to grab what I could before things started going out of print, coincidentally on a day when they were having a massive site-wide sale where everything I wanted was under $3.00. (See above re: cheap.) (And argh, I just popped over to their site for two seconds to copy/paste their URL and what was on the front page? A new book in a series I read. I just bought another book. Somebody please stop me.) [ETA: Samhain's URL removed because the site is now closed.]

On the plus side, I've mostly given up TV and fic in favor of reading my books, which was my original goal when I started giving myself annual reading challenges back in 2010. So maybe it'll only take six more years before I manage to start reading my own books instead of buying new ones all the time.
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I subscribe to Barnes & Noble's Nook Daily Find newsletter. February 29th's email contained this gem in the description of Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline: "It’s an emotionally gripping story about how far you can, and should go to protect those you love from bestselling author Lisa Scottoline."

Are we supposed to be protecting our loved ones from Lisa Scottoline's books, or from Lisa Scottoline herself?
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
"It was a terrible day even before Crispin blew up the study."

--Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
I made a New Year's resolution this year not to buy a new book until I've read a book I already own. It didn't seem like it was going to be that big a deal, but it's not even the end of February yet and it's the worst. Five books in series I read and/or by authors I like came out this month alone. Also, several books I've been wanting to read went on sale for super cheap this month, and I couldn't pass those up because I'm a happy miser.

I'm never going to be able to keep this up. I just want to read all the things. Is that too much to ask?
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Total: 10,062 pages


Last year I struggled to hit 6,700 pages due to the unusually large number of books I read that I didn't like very much. This year I discovered Listopia, and in particular the list for Gay Romance Featuring Psychics/Mediums/Shamans/Spiritualists, and read an absolutely record number of things for me without even trying. Unfortunately out of the staggering number of things I read in 2015, only about five of them were things I owned when the year started, so the giant pile of unread things has not been reduced at all.

Towards that end, my resolution for 2016 is to not buy a new book until I've read one I already own. Since there are at least seven books I know of coming out in the next year by authors I like, I have little hope that the giant pile of unread things will be hugely reduced, but at the very least it won't get any larger.

Stuff I read in 2015:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Goodreads seems to have lulled me into a false sense of security. Every time I read a Nightrunner book by Lynn Flewelling, it recommends some gay paranormal romance books to me, and so far it's really had my number. I've enjoyed several of those books, to the tune of completing 136% of my annual reading challenge on Goodreads.

But now Goodreads is making recommendations to me based on my reading Monty Python's Flying Circus: Complete and Annotated. Said recommendations include: The One That Got Away: My SAS Mission Behind Enemy Lines, Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival, Betty Crocker's New Cookbook, Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Girlhood Friend, and Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World--Told from the Inside by the Man Who Ran It.

I want to see the algorithm that can correctly predict a person's taste in gay paranormal romance but can't recommend humor books to Monty Python readers.
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So, it looks like I've stopped writing episode reaction posts. This was not a conscious decision on my part, more like a confluence of circumstances. Most of my shows are currently engaged in long-term story or character arcs that I actively dislike, while at the same time I've hit an amazing run of really good books in a row. I keep looking at the TV and thinking I should watch my shows, then reading instead. As a result, I'm way behind on many of my shows and uninspired to write about them, but I've completed 80% of my reading goal for the year on Goodreads.

I have no plans to leave LJ; I'll just have to find something else to post about. I also can't swear I'll never do episode posts again, but I just can't dredge up the squee to do them right now.

P.S. -- Where has Listopia been all my life? Gay Romance Featuring Psychics/Mediums/Shamans/Spiritualists was not a thing I knew I needed in my life, but guys, I am reading all the things.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Total: 6,705 pages


Rather than setting a page count goal this year, I decided to focus my efforts on catching up on series I'm behind on (I read a lot of series books) and books I've owned for a long time but hadn't gotten around to reading yet (Why had I not started reading the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling before now? OMG, it's awesome!). In those aspects the year was a smashing success, even if I am a little disappointed with the total page count.

Stuff I read in 2014:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
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This book contains no primary sources. The author has done no original interviews, gathered no unique photos, nor included an original thought of his own. He appears to have plugged Martin Freeman's name into Google and regurgitated what he found there. The author doesn't even seem to have watched anything Freeman has ever appeared in, because each mention of one of Freeman's works is followed by a quote about his performance from an entertainment magazine, rather than the author's own analysis.

Also, if you're interested in this book because you loved Martin Freeman in Sherlock or The Hobbit, you'll be very disappointed. They receive approximately 5-6 pages of coverage combined and barely do more than mention he appeared in them.

If you have access to a computer and can type Martin Freeman's name into Google, you will find more (and more in-depth) information than is presented in this book.
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Total: 9,079/10,000 pages


I'm a little disappointed, but I discovered last year that I have a hard time motivating myself to read when I'm not really enjoying the book, and I hit a record number of books I just didn't like very much this year. Why didn't I just give up on them? Some were books in a series I have otherwise enjoyed, some were by authors I have otherwise enjoyed, and some were books that were recommended to me and I kept waiting for the awesomeness I'd been promised to turn up (spoiler alert: it didn't).

I'll probably track what I read next year just because it's kind of fun to see what I've read over the course of the year, but next year's goal will be slightly more nebulous and difficult to quantify. I want to read some things I've been meaning to read for a long time but just never got around to.

Stuff I read in 2013:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Today I got to catalog a children's nonfiction picture book called Bee Detectives. The majority of the book was about how bees are being trained to detect land mines because they're small enough and light enough not to trigger the mines. That was actually kind of cool.

However, the book ended by talking about how bees are also being trained to detect bedbugs. Umm, what? Because a bedbug infestation isn't bad enough? You need a houseful of bedbugs and bees? Why not throw in a couple handfuls of ants and spiders too, just to complete the horror?
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Yesterday I was cataloging a cookbook called Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook by Alex Guarnaschelli. Old school comfort food? I was thinking meatloaf or chicken soup or chili mac. I was actually really hoping for a good chili mac recipe, so I opened the book at random and landed on a recipe for...fried duck hearts with golden raisins and serrano chiles. I am not making that up. I couldn't believe it either, so I flipped to another couple of pages at random and found recipes for mussels with white mushrooms and hazelnuts, and for crispy squid with garlic, red pepper flakes, and basil.

Mmm. Just like grandma used to make. If grandma'd been a Cordon Bleu chef.
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I cataloged a children's book about outer space yesterday. Naturally, the first thing that popped into my head was "'Space,' it said, 'is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.'"* Then I opened it up, and the first line of the book was "Outer space is huge."

Giggling commenced.

*The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
 Total: 10,062/10,000 pages 


I did it! This was my third consecutive year of setting myself a reading goal to try and make a dent in my giant pile of unread books, but it's the first year I've actually accomplished the goal. *\0/* Of course, I had to cheat like whoa and read manga for the entire month of December to get there, but those manga were on the pile so they totally count. Unfortunately, 12 of these books were bought this year, so I didn't make quite as big a dent in the backlog as I would have liked. I really have to learn to read the books I already own.

Stuff I read in 2012:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Goodness, I actually went out and did something for once and I totally forgot to post about it.

Last Sunday, John Scalzi made an appearance at my library to support his new book, Redshirts. Scalzi didn't do a reading from Redshirts on the theory that we're all capable of reading ourselves and nothing would be gained by him reading it to us, so instead he read two snippets from other works we've all been sworn to secrecy not to discuss (there was an oath and a code phrase and everything--it was hilarious), and he also performed a sketch with Mary Robinette Kowal based on Redshirts, where he was a senior officer for the Universal Union and she was an attorney representing the redshirts in a class action lawsuit. I especially liked the diatribe about crew losses due to exploding control panels and how surely the Universal Union could afford a few fuses. During the Q&A session afterward, he spent a good chunk of time answering my question about how he came to be involved in SGU. Scalzi was great fun as a speaker. He also signed my book (in red Sharpie, of course) and complimented me on my Miskatonic University Dept. of Library Sciences T-shirt.
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You know you're an anime geek when you're cataloging a book called The Flame Alphabet and you keep misreading the title as The Flame Alchemist. Rock on, Roy Mustang.

Best book title I've seen in a long time: The Sugar Frosted Nutsack. I am not making that up. My inner 12-year-old could not stop laughing.
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Stuff I read in 2011:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines )


Stuff I watched in 2011:

DVDs )
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There's a new anthology out called Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy. One of the stories in it is "The Duke of Riverside" by Ellen Kushner and shows how Alec and Richard first met.

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