Missing

May. 28th, 2013 02:35 pm
lar_laughs: (DW - book lovers)
That I collect books is a given. If I could live in a room constructed entirely of books, I would be so happy.

It's not just a blind collection, though. In and among my legions of books, I have several collections. I collect different editions of Little Women, the first book I could call my own (it was a gift) and the one that first inspired me to try writing my own stories. So far, I have about six editions, including one bound with Little Men. I'm working on getting all the Trixie Belden books. I have some original editions, some mass production editions from when I was young (and first read them) and some of the new bindings they came out with a few years ago.

But I'm most enamored by my collection of Madeleine Brent books. I started reading these only a few years after the last one came out. In fact, Golden Urchin was one of the first paperbacks I bought with my own money. I've been trying to find decently priced hardback first editions (it's weird to call them "first editions" when they came out in the early 80s) and I thought I had them all. THOUGHT. Today, I went looking to see if there was any audiobooks (sadly, no) which led me back to Amazon where I discovered that there is one of the collection that I don't own! I know that I read Heritage of Shadows because I read through them in the library one summer, but I don't own it. How sad!

Now I have a mission. Find a copy of the book.

And forever, I will try to find another author who can write a Gothic Romance like Madeleine/Peter.
lar_laughs: (Reading - whenever wherever)
I'm so late to the party! I only just started reading the Termeraire series the other day, holding off because I was having trouble getting my hands on the second in the series. Man, oh man! This book is great. I must not be alone in thinking this because I went to AO3 to see if there was any fanfic and WOAH BOY is there fanfic! Every possible fusion in the world, I do believe.

I've decided to give up trying to get the second in the series in bound version and will probably just get the ebook instead. It's not one that I think any of my friends will read will so it's not like I'll need to share. That's normally my reasoning for getting a bound book versus a digital version. As good as this book is, I don't know if I can get my friends to read them. History, you see. They don't like history. It's sad.
lar_laughs: (DW - book lovers)
All the new pretties are here!

One of the books is actually one that I had to hunt down. I don't remember what I was googling but I saw the cover and decided I NEEDED this book. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf :: The Tribe Book 1 by Ambelin Kwaymullina. It's from an Australian author but it doesn't appear that it's available from any US-based internet bookstore. I did, however, get it from a US bookstore but not through any of my usual bookstores. It was very nice doing business with them, though!

Now the Amazon list:
Good Enough to Eat :: Stacey Ballis
That Summer in Sicily :: Marlena de Blasi
The Love Goddess Cooking School :: Melissa Senate
The Lady in the Palazzo :: Marlena de Blasi
On Persephone's Island :: Mary Taylor Simeti
Thursday Next - First Among Sequels :: Jasper Fforde
Thursday Next - The Woman Who Died A Lot :: Jasper Fforde
Scarlet :: Marissa Meyer (just out! I'm so excited!)
lar_laughs: (Reading - whenever wherever)
I'm currently reading The Bookman Histories, an eBook omnibus of three different books by Lavie Tidhar. It's very Alternative History, not quite the Steampunk it was said to be although there are plenty of gears. I'm enjoying ot!
lar_laughs: (Reading - whenever wherever)
Here are my 13 categories in 2013

1. Just Off the Presses in 2013

2. Pharm Girl's Book Club

3. Steampunky Goodness
...Moonlight & Mechanicals (book 4) (Cindy Spencer Pape :: ebook) 1/8

4. You Had Me at the Non in Nonfiction

5. Reading it Again Because I liked it so much the first time

6. Book to Movie and back again

7. Something more young adult than normal

8. Werewolves and Vampires and Undead... Oh My!

9. Books I've Started but couldn't finish until now

10. RIP Dear Authors

11. These Made me Laugh

12. There's a Bunch of Kissing in These
...The Scientist and the Supermodel (Tara Lain :: ebook) 1/2
...Genetic Attraction (Tara Lain :: ebook) 1/3

13. Here Be Dragons
lar_laughs: (*pats head*)
Okay, so I'm going to do the 12 in 12 challenge at Library Thing. I most definitely want to concentrate my reading list this year so that I'm not staring at my bookshelves for days at a time between books.

These are the categories I've decided on this year:
1. Historical Data Comes in Handy (history)
...Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 1 - Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris) 10/19
...The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Smith & Annie Barrows) 10/24
2. The Funny Man Always Gets the Girl (humor)
...Something Rotten (Thursday Next 4 - Jasper Fforde) 3/10
3. Never Too Old For This (YA)
...Shiver (Maggie Stiefvater) 1/10
...The Shifter (The Healing Wars Book 1 - Janice Hardy) 5/12
4. All Pixelated (ebooks on my Kindle)
...Anathema (The Causal Enchantment 1 - K.A. Tucker) 3/10
...Shadow Unit #1 (Will Shetterly and others) 4/6
...Defying Pack Law (Eve Langlais) 5/1
...Snow White and Her Seven Lovers (Jenna Ives) 4/28
...500 Ways to Be a Better Writer (Chuck Wendig) 4/21
...The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern) 10/8
...Brotherhood of the Rose (David Morrell) 11/5
...The Geek Job (Eve Langlais) 11/12
...Lady of Devices (Book 1 - Shelley Adina) 11/20
...Tumbler (Brand Gamblin) 11/29
...Her Own Devices (Book 2 - Shelley Adina) 12/3
...Magnificent Devices (Book 3 - Shelley Adina) 12/8
5. Need to See the Movie (books that have movies)
...Alice in Wonderland (online course - Lewis Carroll) 7/27
...Through the Looking Glass (online course - Lewis Carroll) 8/3
6. The Pharm Girl's Book Club (work book club)
...Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter 5 - Nalini Singh) 3/23
...Bayou Moon (Edge Book 2 - Ilona Andrews) 5/25
...Fate's Edge (Edge Book 3 - Ilona Andrews) 6/4
...Chasing Fire (Nora Roberts) 6/20
...Blood Oath (The President's Vampire Book 1 - Christopher Farnsworth) 6/28
...The Electric Church (book 1 - Jeff Somers) 8/15
...Crave (book 2 - J.R. Ward) 9/17
7. She Knows What I Like (female authors)
...Graceling (Book 1 - Kristin Cashore) 5/26
...Fire (Book 2 - Kristin Cashore) 6/10
...The Iron Duke (Book 1 - Meljean Brook) 7/6
...Bitterblue (Book 3 - Kristin Cashore) 7/8
...Kiss of Steel (Bec McMaster) 9/10
...The Iron Wyrm Affair (Lilith Saintcrow - Book 1) 12/27
8. RIP, Dear One (dead authors)
...The Girl Who Played With Fire (Book 2 - Stieg Larsson) 7/15
9. Never Eat What the Fairies Offer (Fairy Tales, both old and new)
...The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland - For A Little While (short story - Catherynne M. Valente) 4/10
...Cinder (book 1 - Marissa Meyer) 5/20
10. I Already Picked That (from my 100 books list)
...The Gunslinger (Book 1 - Stephen King) 5/3
11. Ooh, I Liked That One (rereads)
...Cry Wolf (Patricia Briggs) 2/14
...Hunting Grounds (Patricia Briggs) 2/16
...Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life (Terry Brooks) 4/3
...The Beekeepers Assistant (*audiobook* Laurie R King) 5/30
...Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone (*ebook* JK Rowling) 5/30
...A Monstrous Regiment of Women (*audiobook* Laurie R King) 6/3
12. On the Cutting Edge (new books out in 2012)
...All Things Wicked (Karina Cooper) 2/27
...Born to Darkness (Suzanne Brockman) 9/4
...The Map of Time (Felix J. Palma) 8/29
...Unraveling (Elizabeth Norris) 11/14
...Precinct 13 (Tate Hallaway) 12/11
lar_laughs: (Default)
Okay, so I'm going to do the 12 in 12 challenge at Library Thing. I most definitely want to concentrate my reading list this year so that I'm not staring at my bookshelves for days at a time between books.

These are the categories I've decided on this year:
1. Historical Data Comes in Handy (history)
...Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 1 - Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris) 10/19
...The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Smith & Annie Barrows) 10/24
2. The Funny Man Always Gets the Girl (humor)
...Something Rotten (Thursday Next 4 - Jasper Fforde) 3/10
3. Never Too Old For This (YA)
...Shiver (Maggie Stiefvater) 1/10
...The Shifter (The Healing Wars Book 1 - Janice Hardy) 5/12
4. All Pixelated (ebooks on my Kindle)
...Anathema (The Causal Enchantment 1 - K.A. Tucker) 3/10
...Shadow Unit #1 (Will Shetterly and others) 4/6
...Defying Pack Law (Eve Langlais) 5/1
...Snow White and Her Seven Lovers (Jenna Ives) 4/28
...500 Ways to Be a Better Writer (Chuck Wendig) 4/21
...The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern) 10/8
...Brotherhood of the Rose (David Morrell) 11/5
...The Geek Job (Eve Langlais) 11/12
...Lady of Devices (Shelley Adina) 11/20
...Tumbler (Brand Gamblin) 11/29
5. Need to See the Movie (books that have movies)
...Alice in Wonderland (online course - Lewis Carroll) 7/27
...Through the Looking Glass (online course - Lewis Carroll) 8/3
6. The Pharm Girl's Book Club (work book club)
...Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter 5 - Nalini Singh) 3/23
...Bayou Moon (Edge Book 2 - Ilona Andrews) 5/25
...Fate's Edge (Edge Book 3 - Ilona Andrews) 6/4
...Chasing Fire (Nora Roberts) 6/20
...Blood Oath (The President's Vampire Book 1 - Christopher Farnsworth) 6/28
...The Electric Church (book 1 - Jeff Somers) 8/15
...Crave (book 2 - J.R. Ward) 9/17
7. She Knows What I Like (female authors)
...Graceling (Book 1 - Kristin Cashore) 5/26
...Fire (Book 2 - Kristin Cashore) 6/10
...The Iron Duke (Book 1 - Meljean Brook) 7/6
...Bitterblue (Book 3 - Kristin Cashore) 7/8
...Kiss of Steel (Bec McMaster) 9/10
8. RIP, Dear One (dead authors)
...The Girl Who Played With Fire (Book 2 - Stieg Larsson) 7/15
9. Never Eat What the Fairies Offer (Fairy Tales, both old and new)
...The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland - For A Little While (short story - Catherynne M. Valente) 4/10
...Cinder (book 1 - Marissa Meyer) 5/20
10. I Already Picked That (from my 100 books list)
...The Gunslinger (Book 1 - Stephen King) 5/3
11. Ooh, I Liked That One (rereads)
...Cry Wolf (Patricia Briggs) 2/14
...Hunting Grounds (Patricia Briggs) 2/16
...Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life (Terry Brooks) 4/3
...The Beekeepers Assistant (*audiobook* Laurie R King) 5/30
...Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone (*ebook* JK Rowling) 5/30
...A Monstrous Regiment of Women (*audiobook* Laurie R King) 6/3
12. On the Cutting Edge (new books out in 2012)
...All Things Wicked (Karina Cooper) 2/27
...Born to Darkness (Suzanne Brockman) 9/4
...The Map of Time (Felix J. Palma) 8/29
...Unraveling (Elizabeth Norris) 11/14
lar_laughs: (Marvel - Sister Grimm (Runaways))
My Amazon boxes came today. Well, 2 out of 3.

Riveted & Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook
The Janus Affair (book 2) by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
Issues (is that what the books are called?) 2-4 of The Runaways
The PianoGuys CD
2Cellos CD

I watched Arrow tonight and enjoyed it. I've also enjoyed Last Resort and Go On for new shows and Once Upon a Time and Castle (although I'm technically catching up on that one) for returning shows. I discovered that Hulu has quite a few more shows than I thought it did. For instance, Food Network has shows there! Hooray!

Today, on my way to work, I came upon a convention of WIDE LOAD cars. There was only one WIDE LOAD truck that I could see. So why were there 10 cars converging on it? I am intrigued. Dad wasn't in town when it happened which means he doesn't know why it happened. Of all the days for him to have to go into work....

Do you know what I love the most about this time of year? Snack size candy bars. Yep.
lar_laughs: (Marvel - Sister Grimm (Runaways))
My Amazon boxes came today. Well, 2 out of 3.

Riveted & Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook
The Janus Affair (book 2) by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
Issues (is that what the books are called?) 2-4 of The Runaways
The PianoGuys CD
2Cellos CD

I watched Arrow tonight and enjoyed it. I've also enjoyed Last Resort and Go On for new shows and Once Upon a Time and Castle (although I'm technically catching up on that one) for returning shows. I discovered that Hulu has quite a few more shows than I thought it did. For instance, Food Network has shows there! Hooray!

Today, on my way to work, I came upon a convention of WIDE LOAD cars. There was only one WIDE LOAD truck that I could see. So why were there 10 cars converging on it? I am intrigued. Dad wasn't in town when it happened which means he doesn't know why it happened. Of all the days for him to have to go into work....

Do you know what I love the most about this time of year? Snack size candy bars. Yep.
lar_laughs: (Caprica - I'm awake)
I love podcasts! One of my favorites is The Nerdist (I get concerned when I haven't updated my iPod in awhile and there are only a few left to listen to - it's the same concern I get when it's time to get new books because I've "read too many"), but I love several other types and genres of podcast. They're such a great distraction when I'm driving everyday (45 minute commute both ways).

Lately, I've been listening to Books and Nachos, a discussion of books (their tagline is: fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels and more) that really has me riveted. Today, I listened to their interview with David Morrell, maybe most commonly known for writing Rambo: First Blood. Did you know there was a novel before the movie? And did you know he wrote the Captain America book, "The Chosen" in 2008? I've got his ebook "The Brotherhood of the Rose" in my Amazon queue now because I was so intrigued by his interview. The Association of Intelligence Officers (did you know that spies have an association) made him a lifetime member because they like the fact that he writes their profession realistically.

Did you know that you can now buy a Kindle ebook... and then add on the "read narration" so that you can read the book or listen to it? I think I love that. An ebook costs $5.99 to $7.99 and then you add on $3.99 for the narration. That's about $10 less than the typical audiobook!

Yes, this is all I opened this window for.
lar_laughs: (Caprica - I'm awake)
I love podcasts! One of my favorites is The Nerdist (I get concerned when I haven't updated my iPod in awhile and there are only a few left to listen to - it's the same concern I get when it's time to get new books because I've "read too many"), but I love several other types and genres of podcast. They're such a great distraction when I'm driving everyday (45 minute commute both ways).

Lately, I've been listening to Books and Nachos, a discussion of books (their tagline is: fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels and more) that really has me riveted. Today, I listened to their interview with David Morrell, maybe most commonly known for writing Rambo: First Blood. Did you know there was a novel before the movie? And did you know he wrote the Captain America book, "The Chosen" in 2008? I've got his ebook "The Brotherhood of the Rose" in my Amazon queue now because I was so intrigued by his interview. The Association of Intelligence Officers (did you know that spies have an association) made him a lifetime member because they like the fact that he writes their profession realistically.

Did you know that you can now buy a Kindle ebook... and then add on the "read narration" so that you can read the book or listen to it? I think I love that. An ebook costs $5.99 to $7.99 and then you add on $3.99 for the narration. That's about $10 less than the typical audiobook!

Yes, this is all I opened this window for.
lar_laughs: (Suburgatory - Tessa reading)
I decided to make myself feel better by spending money on books AND games!

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Firelight (Darkest London) by Kristen Callihan

Spectyr (book 2) and Wrayth (book 3) by Philippa Ballantine

Dixit (the game that Whil Wheaton played on Tabletop this week)

...plus a few other games for gifts.

What I really should have bought was a fly swatter because sister doesn't appear to have one and there are two flies that WILL NOT leave me alone. Grrrr! Of course, just talking about them has made them run for cover so HOORAY!
lar_laughs: (Suburgatory - Tessa reading)
I decided to make myself feel better by spending money on books AND games!

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Firelight (Darkest London) by Kristen Callihan

Spectyr (book 2) and Wrayth (book 3) by Philippa Ballantine

Dixit (the game that Whil Wheaton played on Tabletop this week)

...plus a few other games for gifts.

What I really should have bought was a fly swatter because sister doesn't appear to have one and there are two flies that WILL NOT leave me alone. Grrrr! Of course, just talking about them has made them run for cover so HOORAY!
lar_laughs: (Suburgatory - Tessa reading)
I have a book recommendation for you and I would like one from you.

I've mentioned both Graceling and Fire in my journal but I want to spotlight the series now that I've finished reading the third book, Bitterblue. The author has indicated that the books don't need to be read in order or that they all work as stand alone pieces but don't listen to her! Each book gives history and depth to the next, even Fire which doesn't appear to connect to the first book hardly at all. NOT TRUE!

Yes, it's a YA series so there is really no sex (a few brief mentions of the act) but there is angst and there is want and there is need. Not even a watered down version. Oh no! This is the real stuff. These characters aren't superheroes, no matter that they may be special (or Graced), so they bleed and suffer and breakdown.

The third book kept me up for two nights but I knew that so I didn't start reading until Saturday morning. I had the whole weekend to read it! I finished late last night (early this morning?) because I knew that I wouldn't be able to carry the book to work and NOT read it.

Another good book I read recently was The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. It was a Vaginal Fantasy read (you don't know what the Vaginal Fantasy book club is? GET THEE TO YOUTUBE AND CHECK IT OUT!) and I was excited to read it. The Steampunk portion of the book was GLORIOUS and so real. Made me want to give up sugar! You will probably have to read the first five or ten pages twice (I was reading them while eating lunch so maybe that was my problem) but you won't have to with any other parts. At least, I didn't have to.

Okay, so here is my plea to you! I need some books to read for the portion of my list entitled RIP, DEAR ONE (books by dead authors). I'd intended for this to be sort of a classics section but I don't want to read any classics that I have staring at me.

What books do you like that would fit in this category?

They can be paperbound or ebook. I've got access to either. They can be classics or just an author who died well before his or her time. If I get enough "votes", I'm even willing to do a reread.

If you want to check out the books I'm reading, here is my reading list (it's my sticky post).
lar_laughs: (Suburgatory - Tessa reading)
I have a book recommendation for you and I would like one from you.

I've mentioned both Graceling and Fire in my journal but I want to spotlight the series now that I've finished reading the third book, Bitterblue. The author has indicated that the books don't need to be read in order or that they all work as stand alone pieces but don't listen to her! Each book gives history and depth to the next, even Fire which doesn't appear to connect to the first book hardly at all. NOT TRUE!

Yes, it's a YA series so there is really no sex (a few brief mentions of the act) but there is angst and there is want and there is need. Not even a watered down version. Oh no! This is the real stuff. These characters aren't superheroes, no matter that they may be special (or Graced), so they bleed and suffer and breakdown.

The third book kept me up for two nights but I knew that so I didn't start reading until Saturday morning. I had the whole weekend to read it! I finished late last night (early this morning?) because I knew that I wouldn't be able to carry the book to work and NOT read it.

Another good book I read recently was The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. It was a Vaginal Fantasy read (you don't know what the Vaginal Fantasy book club is? GET THEE TO YOUTUBE AND CHECK IT OUT!) and I was excited to read it. The Steampunk portion of the book was GLORIOUS and so real. Made me want to give up sugar! You will probably have to read the first five or ten pages twice (I was reading them while eating lunch so maybe that was my problem) but you won't have to with any other parts. At least, I didn't have to.

Okay, so here is my plea to you! I need some books to read for the portion of my list entitled RIP, DEAR ONE (books by dead authors). I'd intended for this to be sort of a classics section but I don't want to read any classics that I have staring at me.

What books do you like that would fit in this category?

They can be paperbound or ebook. I've got access to either. They can be classics or just an author who died well before his or her time. If I get enough "votes", I'm even willing to do a reread.

If you want to check out the books I'm reading, here is my reading list (it's my sticky post).
lar_laughs: (fight like a girl)

summer meme @ [community profile] caffeinatedmagic
Open all summer.

Check it out! Loving me some sunshine right now... although, this is the first day of the holiday weekend that the sun is peeking out of the clouds. Not hot, though. Blerg!

I'm alone in the house today. Dad and Mandie are at the Memorial Day festivities in town (a new veteran monument type thing has been proposed and I think they're setting up the initial holder of said monument), Mom is at work, and Alex and Tif left for home. It's just me!!!!! I'm working on the dishes (in sections, as is my favorite way of doing said chore), catching up on YouTube (I was woefully behind on the Nerdist and Geek & Sundry channels although now I'm watching Felicia's Vaginal Fantasy Hangout videos) and coming up with Camp NaNo writing prompts for [community profile] 5_prompts (feel free to join if you're doing either of the Camp NaNo's because we're doing both of them this summer).

Okay, I have to tell you that I haven't stayed up past my bedtime reading in a long time... not that I haven't stayed up past my bedtime but it's been awhile since it was because of reading. Graceling by Kristin Cashore is WONDERFUL! I didn't jump right into the second book although I bought all three together because I have a problem with reading the second in a series right away. I can't wait to read the second, though! The idea behind the Graces is really great and I like that everyone who is Graced has two different colored eyes but they aren't the same color. It felt like the people were more "individuals" and not just the same person over and over again.

Right now I'm reading Masked, an anthology edited by Lou Anders. I've had it in my wishlist at Amazon for a very long time and finally bought it a couple of Amazon shipments ago. I'm not the hugest fan of anthologies because there's a lot of ebb and flow of quality and how much I like the story. There's a story from Marjorie M. Liu (a writer I enjoy who is now going to be writing the Black Widow comics) that I'm looking forward to, though.

Okay, I must get on with my day and get this posted.
lar_laughs: (Suburgatory - Tessa reading)
Today was shopping day! I got my tenure bonus (it starts out as $500 and then TAXES takes away a good chunk so it was only a little over $400) today and decided I needed new clothes. This wasn't a want so much as a need. I packed so much of my clothing quickly that I can't find my summer stuff and I'm alway in need of shirts as my job is far messier than you would assume it would be. Who knew that being a pharmacy tech would go through clothing this fast!?!?!?! Of course, I'm also the "hey, can you fix the fax machine" girl which means I have toner on a good majority of my shirts.

Okay, so I just counted up my purchases and I bought SEVENTEEN shirts. 8 of those were nice 100% cotton shirts (please, oh please don't shrink) from CJ Banks and I'm going to hold onto those for when I start job hunting. The others are a bunch of decorated t-shirts from ShopKo. Normally, I would have stopped at WalMart and picked up shirts but I decided I'd spent enough money at these two places that I didn't need to go there this trip. I also got 5 pairs of capris. I'm still going to need to break down and buy some nice trousers but it was too hot to try on so much clothing so I gave up!

I also bought books! And I'd failed to include my book purchases from a couple of weeks ago so I'm going to hunt down that list, as well.

So today's purchases are:

1. A Dark History: The Kings & Queens of Europe (I saw it was I was walking in the door at B&N and decided I needed this book - I don't know why exactly)

2. The Avengers The Ultimate Character Guide (all in the name of research, my friends)

3. Timeless (Book 5) ... Gail Carriger

4. The Hob's Bargain ... Patricia Briggs

5. Steal the Dragon ... Patricia Briggs

6. When Demons Walk ... Patricia Briggs (I've needed to own these books for a very long time but was waiting for (1) money and (2) the new covers)

7. Except the Queen ... Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder (don't know what this book is about but I picked it up and put it into my growing pile because of the authors)

8. The Electric Church ... Jeff Somers (this looks really interesting! I love it when Sci Fi turns religion upside down and sort of evil - it's the Pastor's Kid in me, I guess)

9. A Taint in the Blood ... S. M. Stirling

10. Aftermath (Book 5 in the Sirantha Jax series) ... Ann Aguire

11. Fire (Book 1), Graceling (Book 2) and Bitterblue (Book 3) ... Kristin Cashore (the newest one caught my eye as I walked in (do you see a pattern?) so I went looking for the first two)

12. The Anatomy of Death (Felicity Young)

Okay, the books that I got in the last few weeks... I can't even remember if I posted about these but I don't think I did.

1. The first four books of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King (with the nice new covers!)

2. Shady Lady (book 3 in Corine Solomon series) ... Ann Aguirre (funny thing is that I still don't have the first two in the series and I don't know why I picked this one up first...)

3. Killbox (Book 4 in the Sirantha Jax series) ... Ann Aguire

4. Blood Oath ... Christopher Farnsworth (vampires in the White House!)

5. Invincible (Book 1), Infinity (Book 2) and Infamous (Book 3) (Chronicles of Nick) ... Sherrilyn Kenyon

6. The Nerdist Way ... Chris Hardwick (a very interesting take on a self-help book, not at all what I thought it would be but still very funny)

7. Delirium ... Lauren Oliver

8. Cinder (Book 1 of the Lunar Chronicles) ... Marissa Meyer (very interesting so far! If she delivers on all the threads she's put out there, it's going to be a great book!)

9. Unraveling ... Elizabeth Norris

10. The entire Dark is Rising sequence in ONE BOOK. It's so freaking huge but I love it! One of my favorite sets of stories of all times. This is a must read for EVERYONE, I think. Besides, it has Welsh in it and I'm convinced I need to try to learn that language... which is a laugh because I don't learn languages at all. It's just so musical. I deliberating bought the audiobook so I could hear the phrases they use!

There are several more that I can't see from my location at the computer and I can't find the picture I took of them. Amazon and I have a very unhealthy relationship. I don't spend nearly as much of my time reading as I used to (I've gone from reading a book every two days to a book every two weeks) but I still have this compulsion to buy! It's a sickness, I tell you! A sickness!

But a fun sickness!
lar_laughs: (Red Queen - Mine)
Today was birthday party day! Both my nephew (2 years old!) and my middle sister (35 years old!) had an Elmo birthday party. SO! MUCH! FUN! N's Elmo cake was made with red icing and M's pirate cake was made with dark-purple-so-dark-it's-black icing. Needless to say, we'll all be brushing our teeth a couple of times tonight!

The weather was GORGEOUS! It was nice at home but like 15 degrees warmer in Boise.

Not only did we get to eat cake but they let me go shopping for a bit this morning at Fred Meyer. I got new soap (black currant and plum - it smells divine) but also some new books!

01. The Rise of the Iron Moon :: Stephen Hunt (3rd in the series... and I realized tonight that I don't have the 2nd in the series yet)
02. Fate's Edge :: Ilona Andrews (3rd in the On the Edge series... I knew when I bought this that I still need to read the 2nd)
03. Last Breath :: Rachel Caine (11th in the Morganville series... another series that I need to catch up on)
04. The Shifter :: Janice Hardy (1st in the Healing Wars series... HAH! I tricked you! I bought something that isn't in the middle of a series)
05. The Mysterious Benedict Society :: Trenton Lee Stewart (1st in the Mysterious Benedict Society)

Incidently, if you like Roald Dahl (I'm thinking Matilda here), you'll probably really like The MBS. I started reading it on the way home tonight and found myself smiling because of the way the words worked together. I have a special love affair with Matilda and love books that are simliar.

I bought a papasan from Amazon and it came this week and I finally got it set up when we got home. It's not as big as I wanted it to be so I can't use it as a computer chair but it's going to make a lovely reading seat. Still looking for something to sit in at my computer desk that isn't just a plain ol' chair that is too tall for the keyboard stand.

Listening to Ben Folds on the Nerdist Podcast. Between that podcast and the Nerdist Writers Panel, I'm getting a workout from laughing so much! And I'm actually getting quite a few ideas and/or motivations from the NWP.
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My reading list is pretty sad considering that I was reading a lot of fanfic the first part of the year but I've stepped it up in the last month... sort of.

The books that are sitting beside my bed because I've started reading them but have found other shiny things to read instead of finishing these:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (while this book is AMAZING, I was getting depressed with all the rain and clouds and decided I need to read something lighter and less "gee, I wonder when the main character is going to be ASSASSINATED")

Muse and Reverie by Charles deLint (okay, I've actually only read the first few pages of this book and I WILL get back to it because I do love my CdL)

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson (I like this premise BUT I don't know if I can read it because the constant chapter changes are DRIVING ME INSANE. I thought I could handle it because I do love fanfic that does the same thing but the thought of do this for 282 pages makes me slightly nauseous)

And then a thousand and one freebies on my Kindle that I read three paragraphs of and then promptly wonder why anyone ever let them put their stuff up on the Amazon Kindle store. If they're really bad, I purge them but if they're only sort of bad, I put them in a collection just in case I decide to read them after all.

The Current Book List )

Books I will be buying soon:

$$$$ The rest of the Shadow Unit series! I really enjoyed that book. Even though it is frighteningly like Criminal Minds (and if you read the way the series came about, you'll find out why), it's just so entertaining. I read an Amazon review that says that book two is much more character-driven which makes me all sorts of happy because I love the team.

$$$$ The new J.R. Ward that came out last week. I decided to get it on Kindle until the paperback comes out.

$$$$ Hunger Games - I've read it but I need the first book as an e-book to go with the rest of the set that I have on my Kindle. Also, at least one of my book clubs (I find myself involved in THREE) is reading it.

$$$$ Several other book club books. I have that list somewhere around here...
lar_laughs: (Hey There)
My dad doesn't want to move the books that I amassed for the bookstore idea. While there aren't enough to fully start a bookstore, there are more than any one person needs. I've been trying to sort of do a "word of mouth" book sale... mostly because I don't have time to do it right and because the house is wrecked from all the packing I'm doing... but it's not working very well.

Which means that I'm going to go through said books and take out a hundred or so that I think I can sell on Amazon/paperbackswap and take the rest to one of the Goodwill-type organizations we have in the area. I don't itemize my taxes so I'll give the deduction to my sister. Hopefully I can get my money back through the resell because I'm not going to make any otherwise.

It's all dreadfully depressing. At this point, I think that is what's bothering me the most. I don't like giving up books!!!!! Everything else is all just life. It's what happens. But books are supposed to be forever and I'd still been holding out hope that the bookstore idea would eventually work out.



Also, I've only moved boxes from one room to the next and my elbows are already killing me! This does not bode well for the ACTUAL move! Eek! Need more Advil - STAT!

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