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1jbd1
Edited: Oct 26, 11:19am Top

Had so much fun in 2012, I'm signing up again for 2013! I'll use this thread to keep track of first-quarter reads!

January
1. The System of the World by Neal Stephenson (review)
2. True Grit by Charles Portis (review)
3. Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough by John J. Ross (review)
4. The Passage by Justin Cronin (review)
5. The Barbarous Years by Bernard Bailyn (review)
6. America: Our Next Chapter by Chuck Hagel (review)
7. Little Known Facts by Christine Sneed (review)
8. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward (review")
9. Life After Life by Jill McCorkle (review)
10. The Eve of Destruction by James T. Patterson (review)
11. Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel (review)
12. McSweeney's Issue 42; edited by Adam Thirlwell (review)
13. The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle by Ava Chamberlain (review)
14. Prophet of Bones by Ted Kosmatka (review)
15. 500 Days by Kurt Eichenwald (review)
16. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin (review)
17. We Have the War Upon Us by William J. Cooper (review)
18. Intel Wars by Matthew M. Aid (review)
19. The Sisters of Sinai by Janet Soskice (review)
20. The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon by S. S. Taylor (review)

February
21. Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures by Walter Moers (review)
22. The Secretary by Kim Ghattas (review)
23. A Letter of Mary by Laurie R. King (review)
24. Gulp by Mary Roach (review)
25. Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton (review)
26. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (review)
27. Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence by David Samuel Levinson (review)
28. A Sentimental Journey and Other Writings by Laurence Sterne (review)
29. Firmin by Sam Savage (review)
30. The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges (review)
31. The Flower of Empire by Tatiana Holway (review)
32. The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash (review)
33. The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester (review)
34. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (review)

March
35. Laurence Sterne: A Life by Ian Campbell Ross (review)
36. Stealing Lincoln's Body by Thomas Craughwell (review)
37. The Giant O'Brien by Hilary Mantel (review)
38. The Resurrectionist by E. B. Hudspeth (review)
39. The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr (review)
40. The Moor by Laurie R. King (review)
41. Jack Maggs by Peter Carey (review)
42. The Twelve by Justin Cronin (review)
43. Telling Tales by Melissa Katsoulis (review)
44. The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O'Brian (review)
45. All the Names by José Saramago (review)

April
46. The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard (review)
47. The Third Son by Julie Wu (review)
48. The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates (review)
49. The Mortal Sea by W. Jeffrey Bolster (review)
50. The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat by Steven Lukes (review)
51. The Black Country by Alex Grecian (review)
52. The Nesting Season by Bernd Heinrich (review)
53. Unfinished Empire by John Darwin (review)
54. The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper (review)
55. The Library Book by Anita Anand et al. (review)
56. Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural by Algernon Blackwood (review)
57. Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft (review)
58. Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson (review)
59. The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh (review)

May
60. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe (review)
61. Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man by Walter Stahr (review)
62. TransAtlantic by Colum McCann (review)
63. The Death of King Arthur by Peter Ackroyd (review)
64. Duel with the Devil by Paul Collins (review)
65. Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni (review)
66. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (review)
67. McSweeney's 43; edited by Dave Eggers (review)
68. Thieves of Book Row by Travis McDade (review)
69. Tales of the Mysterious and the Macabre by Algernon Blackwood (review)
70. The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett (review)

June
71. The History of Decorated Bookbinding in England by Howard Millar Nixon and Mirjam M. Foot (review)
72. The Complete Saki (review)
73. Countdown City by Ben H. Winters (review)
74. The Receptionist by Janet Groth (review)
75. Howards End by E.M. Forster (review coming later)

July
76. Twelve Centuries of Bookbindings: 400-1600 by Paul Needham (review)
77. The History of Bookbinding as a Mirror of Society by Mirjam M. Foot (review)
78. Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles 1660-1800 by Stuart Bennett (review)
79. The Aleppo Codex by Matti Friedman (review)
80. The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence (review)
81. Steven Day's First Type by Hugh Amory (review)
82. Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen (review)

August
83. The Best American Magazine Writing 2012 (review)
84. More Than This by Patrick Ness (review)
85. Writing on the Wall by Tom Standage (review)
86. The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein (review)
87. Inferno by Dan Brown (review)
88. The Wanderings and Homes of Manuscripts by M. R. James (review)
89. Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin (review)
90. The Children of Henry VIII by John Guy (review)
91. America's Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis (review)
92. Ike's Incredible Ink by Brianne Farley (review)
93. Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir (review)
94. The Inheritor's Powder by Sandra Hempel (review)
95. Guests on Earth by Lee Smith (review)
96. Prospero's Mirror by A. N. Donaldson (review)

September
97. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (review)
98. Shady Characters by Keith Houston (review)
99. Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock (review)
100. The Cuckoo's Calling by J.K. Rowling (review)
101. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (review)
102. An Introduction to Bibliographical Analysis by G. Thomas Tanselle (review)
103. Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village; edited by Richard Guy Wilson (review)
104. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen Carter (review)
105. The Fall of Advertising and the Rise of PR by Al Ries and Laura Ries (review)
106. Mathew Brady by Robert Wilson (review)
107. Mr. Selden's Map of China by Timothy Brook (review)
108. Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik (review)
109. Rare Birds by Elizabeth Gehrman (review)

October
110. The Astronomer by Lawrence Goldstone (review)
111. Jeeves in the Offing by P.G. Wodehouse (review)
112. The Tower Menagerie by Daniel Hahn (review)
113. Alderman Library: 50 Years by Richard H. F. Lindemann (review)
114. Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (review)
115. King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild (review)
116. The Public Garden, Boston by Henry Lee (review)
117. Compass by Alan Gurney (review)
118. The Mummy Congress by Heather Pringle (review)
119. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue by John McWhorter (review)
120. Craze by Jessica Warner (review)
121. Curious Punishments of Bygone Days by Alice Morse Earle (review)
122. If Kennedy Lived by Jeff Greenfield (review)

November
123. O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King (review)
124. Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd (review)
125. Bland Beginning by Julian Symons (review)
126. The Enigma of the Bay Psalm Book by Zoltán Haraszti (review)
127. Harvest by Jim Crace (review)
128. Remember, Remember by James Sharpe (review)
129. Literary Paris: A Guide by Jessica Powell (review)
130. Angel City by Jon Steele (review)
131. Clara's Grand Tour by Glynis Ridley (review)
132. The Islanders by Christopher Priest (review)
133. The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography by Alan Jacobs (review)
134. Boston Below by Joseph R. Votano and Karen E. Hosking (review)
135. Mozart by Paul Johnson (review)
136. The History and Bibliography of Science in England by A.N.L. Munby (review)
137. Sotheby's Bay Psalm Book catalog (review)
138. The Truelove by Patrick O'Brian (review)
139. A History of Ancient Egypt by John Romer (review)
140. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins (review)

December
141. The Ostrich for the Defence by William H. Hile (review)
142. Rustication by Charles Palliser (review)
143. The Memoirs of Walter Bagehot by Frank Prochaska (review)
144. Woodcut by Bryan Nash Gill (review)
145. McSweeney's 44, edited by Dave Eggers (review)
146. The Rathbones by Janice Clark (review)
147. Fatal Attraction by Patricia Fara (review)
148. Essays of E.B. White by E.B. White (review)
149. The Hanging of Ephraim Wheeler by Irene Quenzler Brown and Richard D. Brown (review)
150. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (review).
151. The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf (review)
152. Descartes' Secret Notebook by Amir Aczel (review)
153. Against the Tide by Lincoln Chafee (review)
154. The Secrets of Tomb 10A by Rita E. Freed et al. (review)
155. Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan (review)
156. The Traveler, the Tower, and the Worm: The Reader as Metaphor by Alberto Manguel (review)
157. Justice Hall by Laurie R. King (review)
158. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (review)
159. Wylder's Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (review)
160. The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey (review)
161. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (review)

2drneutron
Dec 23, 2012, 5:35pm Top

Welcome back!

3_Zoe_
Dec 23, 2012, 5:56pm Top

Yay, I'm glad you're back!

4norabelle414
Dec 29, 2012, 10:48pm Top

Oh good, we didn't scare you off :-)

5alcottacre
Dec 30, 2012, 1:05am Top

Glad to see you sticking with us, Jeremy!

6norabelle414
Jan 1, 2013, 9:56am Top

Happy New Year, Jeremy!

7rosalita
Jan 1, 2013, 12:26pm Top

Looking forward to more great recommendations from you in 2013, Jeremy!

8jbd1
Jan 2, 2013, 8:54pm Top

Started the year off with a slogger: Neal Stephenson's The System of the World, since I realized it had been about four years since I read the second in the trilogy. I did not like this one nearly as much as I did the first volume back in '07, or even the second volume a year later. I'm glad it's over :-)

9PrueGallagher
Jan 23, 2013, 9:03pm Top

Hello Jeremy! Great reading start to the year!

10jbd1
Jan 31, 2013, 8:24pm Top

January's over already? Gah. A good start to the year, though, reading-wise!

Books read: 20

Fiction books read: 10 (50%)
Non-fiction books read: 10 (50%)

Total page count of books read: 7,972

Books by male authors read: 14 (70%)
Books by female authors read: 6 (30%)

Books by living authors: 19 (95%)
Books by dead authors: 1 (5%)

Publication Years
2012 - 10 (50%)
2013 - 4 (20%)
2011 - 1 (5%)
2010 - 1 (5%)
2009 - 1 (5%)
2008 - 1 (5%)
2004 - 1 (5%)
1968 - 1 (5%)

Medium
Hardcover: 13 (65%)
ARC: 5 (25%)
Paper: 2 (10%)

11jbd1
Mar 5, 2013, 7:17pm Top

Goodness, is is seriously 5 March already? Amazing what havoc a few days away at a conference will wreak!

February was a fairly enjoyable reading month: let's see. Fiction-wise, I think I'm finally caught up with Walter Moers after reading Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures; I also read the third Holmes/Russell book, A Letter of Mary. The novel-in-the-form-of-an-auction-catalog Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton I didn't enjoy as much as I thought I would, though I loved the idea. I liked A Natural History of Dragons, and Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence reminded me a bit of some of James Hynes's work. And I finally dipped into Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey, which I've been meaning to read for an eon.

Non-fiction wise, Gulp by Mary Roach was a delight in that Mary Roachian sort of way, and I quite liked The Flower of Empire, about a gigantic flowering water lily. Simon Winchester's short bio The Alice Behind Wonderland was interesting enough, but needed more images.

Stats:

Books read: 14

Fiction books read: 9 (64%)
Non-fiction books read: 5 (36%)

Total page count of books read: 4,206

Books by male authors read: 7 (50%)
Books by female authors read: 7 (50%)

Books by living authors: 12 (86%)
Books by dead authors: 2 (14%)

Publication Years
2013 - 6 (43%)
2003 - 2 (14%)
2012 - 1 (7%)
2011 - 1 (7%)
2009 - 1 (7%)
2006 - 1 (7%)
2005 - 1 (7%)
1996 - 1 (7%)

Medium
ARC: 5 (36%)
Paper: 5 (36%)
Hardcover: 4 (28%)

12norabelle414
Mar 5, 2013, 7:34pm Top

How was A Natural History of Dragons?? I'm really excited to read it but my library doesn't have it :-(

13jbd1
Mar 5, 2013, 8:06pm Top

I liked it, but it's very much a "first volume," mostly to set the stage for later installments, it seems like. Good reading though!

14jbd1
Apr 6, 2013, 8:03am Top

Oh, wow, March totally got away from me (it's been more than a little crazy for the last week or so, I can't imagine why :-)

I finally finished Ian Campbell Ross's biography of Laurence Sterne, which was great but extreeeemely detailed. Other non-fiction were the pretty crazy story about a bunch of counterfeiters who tried to kidnap Lincoln's corpse and hold it for ransom (Stealing Lincoln's Body and a pretty awful "history" of literary forgeries (Telling Tales), which was more a collection of potted summaries than anything else.

Fiction-wise, I continue to make my way through the Holmes/Russell and Aubrey/Maturin books, and liked those volumes. I also enjoyed All the Names, Jack Maggs, The Giant O'Brien and even The Twelve. And there were elements of The Legend of Broken that I really liked, but also some things about it that were very odd indeed.

Stats:

Books read: 11

Fiction books read: 8 (73%)
Non-fiction books read: 3 (27%)

Total page count of books read: 3,915

Books by male authors read: 8 (73%)
Books by female authors read: 3 (27%)

Books by living authors: 9 (82%)
Books by dead authors: 2 (18%)

Publication Years
2012 - 2 (18%)
1998 - 2 (18%)
1997 - 2 (18%)
2013 - 1 (9%)
2009 - 1 (9%)
2007 - 1 (9%)
2001 - 1 (9%)
1991 - 1 (9%)

Medium
Hardcover: 5 (45.5%)
Paper: 5 (45.5%)
ARC: 1 (9%)

15cbl_tn
Apr 6, 2013, 8:08am Top

Since I hope to get to Jack Maggs later this year I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it.

16jbd1
May 1, 2013, 5:10pm Top

Realized I missed stat-ing the first quarter, so, rectifying:

Books read: 45

Fiction books read: 27 (60%)
Non-fiction books read: 18 (40%)

Total page count of books read: 16,093

Books by male authors read: 29 (64%)
Books by female authors read: 16 (36%)

Books by living authors: 40 (89%)
Books by dead authors: 5 (11%)

Publication Years
2012 - 13 (29%)
2013 - 11 (24%)
2011 - 2 (4%)
2009 - 2 (4%)
2003 - 2 (4%)
1998 - 2 (4%)
1997 - 2 (4%)
2010 - 1 (2%)
2009 - 1 (2%)
2008 - 1 (2%)
2007 - 1 (2%)
2006 - 1 (2%)
2005 - 1 (2%)
2004 - 1 (2%)
2001 - 1 (2%)
1996 - 1 (2%)
1991 - 1 (2%)
1968 - 1 (2%)

Medium
Hardcover: 22 (49%)
Paper: 12 (27%)
ARC: 11 (24%)

17jbd1
May 1, 2013, 5:16pm Top

April's gone!

Books read: 14

Fiction books read: 9 (64%)
Non-fiction books read: 5 (36%)

Total page count of books read: 5,193

Books by male authors read: 9 (64%)
Books by female authors read: 4 (29%)
n/a: 1 (7%)

Books by living authors: 13 (93%)
Books by dead authors: 1 (7%)

Publication Years
2013 - 8 (57%)
2012 - 2 (14%)
2010 - 1 (7%)
2007 - 1 (7%)
1995 - 1 (7%)
1962 - 1 (7%)

Medium
Hardcover: 6 (43%)
ARC: 5 (36%)
Paper: 3 (21%)

18JaneAustenNut
May 26, 2013, 1:15pm Top

Jeremy, I just read a review of The Bookman's Tale in our local newspaper this morning and the author is from my home town. Also, I saw that the book is on your May, 2013 reading list. so I think I will purchase The Bookman's Tale. Thanks for your review. P.S., I don't know the author, just thought it would be a great read.

19jbd1
May 28, 2013, 11:32am Top

>18 JaneAustenNut: - Cool, enjoy!

20jbd1
Jun 12, 2013, 9:46pm Top

Wow, not only is May gone but June's a third of the way through. Sheesh. I'm on my usual summer peregrinations: did a swing through upstate New York to visit family over Memorial Day, then was in Boston for a couple days before going down to BEA in New York where I had lots of meetings with LT's publisher partners. And now I'm in Charlottesville for a while, on loan to Rare Book School (while still keeping up with LT things, which keeps me very busy indeed - hence the lack of updates!)

May:

Books read: 11

Fiction books read: 7 (64%)
Non-fiction books read: 3 (27%)
n/a: 1 (9%)

Total page count of books read: 3,781

Books by male authors read: 7 (64%)
Books by female authors read: 3 (27%)
n/a: 1 (9%)

Books by living authors: 9 (81%)
Books by dead authors: 2 (18%)

Publication Years
2013 - 7 (64%)
2012 - 1 (9%)
2010 - 1 (9%)
1967 - 1 (9%)
1790 - 1 (9%)

Medium
Hardcover: 5 (45%)
ARC: 4 (36%)
Paper: 2 (18%)

21norabelle414
Jun 12, 2013, 10:34pm Top

Exciting! How long are you in Charlottesville?

Speaking of your travels, you should come to the National Book Festival this year!

22jbd1
Aug 10, 2013, 11:20am Top

>21 norabelle414: - I'm now back from CVille (was there 1 June - 6 August this year, quite a long run!). It was great, as always, but was an awfully long time to be away from home! I spent last week catching up on LT things that I had been delaying while I was away, and am now finally getting my head above water again, hurrah!

I may just be able to manage NBF this year, but I will have to see how things end up shaking out this fall.

Coming up, lots of stats!

23jbd1
Edited: Aug 10, 2013, 12:16pm Top

June:

Books read: 5

Fiction books read: 4 (80%)
Non-fiction books read: 1 (20%)

Total page count of books read: 1,178

Books by male authors read: 4 (67%)
Books by female authors read: 2 (33%)
(one had male and female co-authors)

Books by living authors: 3 (50%)
Books by dead authors: 3 (50%)
(one had one living and one dead co-author)

Publication Years
2013 - 2 (40%)
1992 - 1 (20%)
1976 - 1 (20%)
1910 - 1 (20%)

Medium
Paper: 3 (60%)
Hardcover: 1 (20%)
ARC: 1 (20%)

June was entirely an RBS-month, which meant that I didn't get a whole lot of reading done. I very much enjoyed the Saki, though, and used that to dip and and out of often (and read out loud from to friends several times, too). As in early July I used some of the month to read for my RBS course in the history of bookbinding. Fiction-wise, Countdown City was about what I expected, and Howards End was very enjoyable. The memoir I read, The Receptionist, was pretty uninteresting on the whole.

24jbd1
Aug 10, 2013, 12:02pm Top

Stats for the second quarter (April-June)

Books read: 30

Fiction books read: 20 (67%)
Non-fiction books read: 9 (30%)
Blend: 1 (3%)

Total page count of books read: 10,152

Books by male authors read: 20 (65%)
Books by female authors read: 10 (32%)
Other: 1 (3%)
* one had male and female co-authors

Books by living authors: 25 (81%)
Books by dead authors: 6 (19%)
* one had living and dead co-authors

Publication Years
2013 - 17 (57%)
2012 - 3 (10%)
2010 - 2 (7%)
2007 - 1 (3%)
1995 - 1 (3%)
1992 - 1 (3%)
1976 - 1 (3%)
1967 - 1 (3%)
1962 - 1 (3%)
1910 - 1 (3%)
1790 - 1 (3%)

Medium
Hardcover: 12 (40%)
ARC: 10 (33%)
Paper: 8 (27%)

25TessG
Aug 10, 2013, 12:13pm Top

Query about the (adorable) stats: does "publication year" mean the date of the edition or the date of the text?

26jbd1
Edited: Aug 10, 2013, 12:40pm Top

Stats for the half-year (January-June):

Books read: 75

Fiction books read: 47 (63%)
Non-fiction books read: 27 (36%)
Blend: 1 (1%)

Total page count of books read: 26,245

Books by male authors read: 49 (64%)
Books by female authors read: 26 (34%)
Other: 1 (2%)
* one had male and female co-authors

Books by living authors: 65 (86%)
Books by dead authors: 11 (14%)
* one had living and dead co-authors

Publication Years
2013 - 28 (37%)
2012 - 16 (21%)
2010 - 3 (4%)
2009 - 3 (4%)
2011 - 2 (3%)
2007 - 2 (3%)
2003 - 2 (3%)
1998 - 2 (3%)
1997 - 2 (3%)
2008 - 1 (1%)
2006 - 1 (1%)
2005 - 1 (1%)
2004 - 1 (1%)
2001 - 1 (1%)
1996 - 1 (1%)
1995 - 1 (1%)
1992 - 1 (1%)
1991 - 1 (1%)
1976 - 1 (1%)
1968 - 1 (1%)
1967 - 1 (1%)
1962 - 1 (1%)
1910 - 1 (1%)
1790 - 1 (1%)

Medium
Hardcover: 34 (45%)
ARC: 21 (28%)
Paper: 20 (27%)

I'm on a bit slower pace than last year, but otherwise things are basically on par.

27jbd1
Aug 10, 2013, 12:16pm Top

>25 TessG: - Date of the text, rather than the edition. All of them would of course be more fun to read as firsts, but that tends to be less than practical some of the time :-)

28jbd1
Aug 10, 2013, 12:30pm Top

And, finally, July stats:

Books read: 7

Non-fiction books read: 5 (71%)
Fiction books read: 2 (29%)

Total page count of books read: 1,757

Books by male authors read: 5 (71%)
Books by female authors read: 2 (29%)

Books by living authors: 6 (86%)
Books by dead authors: 1 (14%)

Publication Years
2013 - 2 (30%)
2012 - 1 (14%)
2004 - 1 (14%)
1999 - 1 (14%)
1989 - 1 (14%)
1979 - 1 (14%)

Medium
Paper: 3 (43%)
Hardcover: 2 (29%)
ARC: 2 (29%)

July was mostly RBS-course-reading as well, with some excellent titles that I quite enjoyed. The other things I read weren't terribly great, but I was plenty busy anyway and they did the trick in terms of a bit of light reading before bed. The Aleppo Codex was the best of the bunch.

29norabelle414
Aug 10, 2013, 3:31pm Top

Congrats on reaching 75 books!!

30jbd1
Aug 13, 2013, 2:57pm Top

Well, it's on the blog now so it must be official ... I'll be leaving my full-time LT job to go off to Charlottesville and be the new Director of Communications and Outreach at Rare Book School! I'm excited, of course - it's a great opportunity and a fun new challenge for me - but it will be very hard not to be here with you all all day, every day!

That said, I'm not going away, certainly. LT's been a big part of my life since 2006 and that's not going to stop (in fact I'm looking forward to having more time to devote to the LLs and some other LT projects, to be honest!). And of course I'll continue to be involved with the site as I have been, including with the 75ers and in other ways. So, onward and upward!

31_Zoe_
Aug 13, 2013, 3:15pm Top

Sad news, but I'm glad you'll still be around. And now you'll have no excuse for missing the DC meetups!

And congratulations on the exciting new opportunity, of course.

32norabelle414
Aug 13, 2013, 3:18pm Top

Congratulations!!

>31 _Zoe_: You said it, not me ;-)

33jbd1
Aug 13, 2013, 3:27pm Top

>31 _Zoe_:/32 - HA! Quite! I certainly do hope to get up that way more often, that's for sure!

34drneutron
Aug 13, 2013, 10:34pm Top

Cool! We better see you around here, though. :)

35lkernagh
Aug 14, 2013, 9:55am Top

Congratulations on the new opportunity!

36thornton37814
Aug 15, 2013, 9:22pm Top

Jeremy> I'm glad to hear you are staying in the 75 book group. I don't know if I've ever told you this before or not, but I always enjoyed your book blog even before your LibraryThing days. I have always found lots of great Colonial New England history books via it.

37jbd1
Aug 15, 2013, 9:22pm Top

>36 thornton37814: - Thanks! I'm hoping to actually get back to that more regularly, too!

38jbd1
Aug 16, 2013, 7:25pm Top

And now, having arranged for a place to live in Charlottesville (hurrah!), I'm packing the books (reserving plenty to read in the meantime, of course!). So far, 32 UHaul boxes are packed, containing fiction, my hoaxes/forgeries/thefts section, college/university histories, auction catalogs, most of the oversize books, my Bermuda-project books, plus chunks of the books on books (some reference, some series). I bought all the book boxes UHaul had when I went yesterday (81) but I suspect I'll have to go back for more next week.

39norabelle414
Aug 16, 2013, 9:39pm Top

Only 81 book boxes? Uhaul clearly doesn't understand us.

Around here there's a moving company called "Bookstore Movers". It was started by a group of employees of Capitol Hill Books (my favorite used bookstore) who wanted to earn enough extra money to buy the bookstore when the current (elderly) owner dies or chooses to sell. They totally get the whole I-have-more-books-than-furniture thing :-)

40jbd1
Aug 16, 2013, 9:41pm Top

>39 norabelle414: - Ha, that's great!

41thornton37814
Aug 17, 2013, 8:18am Top

I'll most likely be heading to Richmond in May for the National Genealogical Society's Conference. Charlottesville is "on the way" if I take I-81/I-64 like I usually do to get to Richmond.

42majkia
Aug 17, 2013, 8:23am Top

I hope you love your new job, and you manage not to be a stranger here! Good luck!

43jbd1
Aug 19, 2013, 10:01pm Top

How I wish this week were going:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bd5YUEOwlE

:-)

44lkernagh
Aug 19, 2013, 11:45pm Top

> 43 - Love it! What a perfect way to pack.... even if the items encounter the odd pile up or two! ;-)

Good luck with the move! If I had access to a time machine, I would loan it to you.... if that would help with the logistics of the move.

45thornton37814
Aug 24, 2013, 9:24pm Top

It's too bad that moving is not quite that simple.

46jbd1
Edited: Oct 12, 2013, 4:53pm Top

Sorry for the radio silence!

Updates: got all moved (total of 138 boxes, ack). I still have 48 left to unpack, but I'm getting there, and things are starting to look quite nice in the new place!

I got more reading done in August than I would have thought, given the circumstances:

Books read: 14

Fiction books read: 8 (57%)
Non-fiction books read: 5 (36%)
N/A: 1 (7%)

Total page count of books read: 4,281

Books by male authors read: 8 (57%)
Books by female authors read: 5 (36%)
N/A: 1 (7%)

Books by living authors: 12 (85%)
Books by dead authors: 1 (7%)
N/A: 1 (7%)

Publication Years
2013 - 9 (64%)
2008 - 2 (14%)
2012 - 1 (7%)
2011 - 1 (7%)
1919 - 1 (7%)

Medium
ARC: 7 (50%)
Paper: 3 (21%)
Hardcover: 3 (21%)
e-book: 1 (8%)

It was, though, mostly a "read and weed" month (reading things I didn't really want to pack and bring with me because I figured I wouldn't like them or because I wouldn't read them again). This wasn't universally true, of course, but generally that's how the month went.

47thornton37814
Sep 13, 2013, 9:34am Top

I'm sure that you are glad that you have finally relocated. I hope you enjoy Charlottesville.

48JBD1
Oct 4, 2013, 7:43am Top

I'm amazed that I got as much reading done in September as I did, since the month's free moments were mostly given over to unpacking the books (with which I'm still not quite finished).

Books read: 13

Non-fiction books read: 7 (54%)
Fiction books read: 5 (46%)

Total page count of books read: 3,513

Books by male authors read: 9 (69%)
Books by female authors read: 4 (31%)

Books by living authors: 12 (93%)
Books by dead authors: 1 (7%)

Publication Years
2013 - 7 (54%)
2012 - 2 (14%)
2009 - 2 (14%)
2002 - 1 (8%)
1937 - 1 (8%)

Medium
Hardcover: 7 (54%)
ARC: 4 (31%)
Paper: 2 (14%)

49majkia
Oct 5, 2013, 10:26am Top

Hope you are settling in and can get back to normal soon!

50thornton37814
Oct 5, 2013, 10:39am Top

Jeremy> We definitely miss seeing you around here so much. Hope your new job is going well!

51JBD1
Edited: Dec 31, 2013, 4:29pm Top

Stats for the third quarter:

Books read: 34

Non-fiction books read: 17 (50%)
Fiction books read: 16 (47%)
N/A: 1 (3%)

Total page count of books read: 9,551

Books by male authors read: 22 (63%)
Books by female authors read: 12 (34%)
N/A: 1 (3%)
*one had male and female co-authors

Books by living authors: 30 (88%)
Books by dead authors: 3 (9%)
N/A: 1 (3%)

Publication Years
2013 - 18 (53%)
2012 - 4 (12%)
2009 - 2 (6%)
2008 - 2 (6%)
2011 - 1 (3%)
2004 - 1 (3%)
2002 - 1 (3%)
1999 - 1 (3%)
1989 - 1 (3%)
1979 - 1 (3%)
1937 - 1 (3%)
1919 - 1 (3%)

Medium
ARC: 13 (38%)
Hardcover: 12 (35%)
Paper: 8 (24%)
e-book: 1 (3%)

52JBD1
Nov 2, 2013, 9:33am Top

October:

Books read: 13

Non-fiction books read: 9 (69%)
Fiction books read: 4 (31%)

Total page count of books read: 3,410

Books by male authors read: 9 (69%)
Books by female authors read: 3 (23%)
N/A: 1 (8%)

Books by living authors: 9 (69%)
Books by dead authors: 4 (31%)

Publication Years
1998 - 2 (14%)
1988 - 2 (14%)
2013 - 1 (8%)
2010 - 1 (8%)
2008 - 1 (8%)
2004 - 1 (8%)
2003 - 1 (8%)
2002 - 1 (8%)
2001 - 1 (8%)
1960 - 1 (8%)
1896 - 1 (8%)

Medium
Paper: 7 (54%)
Hardcover: 5 (38%)
ARC: 1 (8%)

53JBD1
Dec 1, 2013, 2:02pm Top

November was a good reading month: some really good finds, but also some much-needed shelf-clearing.

Books read: 18

Non-fiction books read: 11 (61%)
Fiction books read: 7 (39%)

Total page count of books read: 4,592

Books by male authors read: 15 (79%)
Books by female authors read: 4 (21%)
* one had male and female co-authors

Books by living authors: 13 (72%)
Books by dead authors: 5 (28%)

Publication Years
2013 - 8 (44%)
2011 - 1 (5.5%)
2006 - 1 (5.5%)
2005 - 1 (5.5%)
2004 - 1 (5.5%)
1999 - 1 (5.5%)
1992 - 1 (5.5%)
1968 - 1 (5.5%)
1956 - 1 (5.5%)
1949 - 1 (5.5%)
1857 - 1 (5.5%)

Medium
Hardcover: 9 (50%)
Paper: 8 (44.5%)
ARC: 1 (5.5%)

54JBD1
Dec 31, 2013, 3:30pm Top

Another year over? Gosh. I've just finished my last of the year (I'll use the rest of the day for periodicals), so here are some brief thoughts on December, then lots of stats:

I did a fair bit of traveling this month, so there was a lot of train reading, as well as some good vacation time to dig into other things. And I continue my shelf-clearing endeavors (much of this month's non-fiction was given over to that). I'm quite glad that I saved my best-of-2013 list for today, since one of the books on it I only just finished yesterday!

Books read: 21

Fiction books read: 10 (48%)
Non-fiction books read: 9 (43%)
N/A: 2 (9%)

Total page count of books read: 6,568

Books by male authors read: 12 (55%)
Books by female authors read: 8 (36%)
N/A 2 (9%)
* one had male and female co-authors

Books by living authors: 16 (76%)
Books by dead authors: 5 (24%)

Publication Years
2013 - 9 (43%)
2005 - 2 (10%)
2012 - 1 (4.7%)
2009 - 1 (4.7%)
2008 - 1 (4.7%)
2003 - 1 (4.7%)
2002 - 1 (4.7%)
1977 - 1 (4.7%)
1912 - 1 (4.7%)
1864 - 1 (4.7%)
1847 - 1 (4.7%)
1842 - 1 (4.7%)

Medium
Paper: 11 (52%)
Hardcover: 7 (33%)
e-book: 2 (9%)
ARC: 1 (5%)

55JBD1
Edited: Dec 31, 2013, 3:47pm Top

Fourth-quarter stats:

Books read: 52

Non-fiction books read: 29 (56%)
Fiction books read: 21 (40%)
N/A: 2 (4%)

Total page count of books read: 14,570

Books by male authors read: 36 (67%)
Books by female authors read: 15 (28%)
N/A 3 (5%)
* two had male and female co-authors

Books by living authors: 38 (73%)
Books by dead authors: 14 (27%)

Medium
Paper: 26 (50%)
Hardcover: 21 (40%)
ARC: 3 (6%)
e-book: 2 (4%)

Publication Years
2013 - 18 (35%)
2005 - 3 (6%)
2008 - 2 (4%)
2004 - 2 (4%)
2003 - 2 (4%)
2002 - 2 (4%)
1998 - 2 (4%)
1988 - 2 (4%)
2012 - 1 (2%)
2011 - 1 (2%)
2010 - 1 (2%)
2009 - 1 (2%)
2006 - 1 (2%)
2001 - 1 (2%)
1999 - 1 (2%)
1992 - 1 (2%)
1977 - 1 (2%)
1968 - 1 (2%)
1960 - 1 (2%)
1956 - 1 (2%)
1949 - 1 (2%)
1912 - 1 (2%)
1896 - 1 (2%)
1864 - 1 (2%)
1857 - 1 (2%)
1847 - 1 (2%)
1842 - 1 (2%)

56JBD1
Edited: Dec 31, 2013, 5:15pm Top

Stats for the second half of the year:

Books read: 86

Non-fiction books read: 46 (53%)
Fiction books read: 37 (43%)
N/A: 3 (4%)

Total page count of books read: 24,121

Books by male authors read: 58 (66%)
Books by female authors read: 27 (31%)
N/A 3 (3%)
* two had male and female co-authors

Books by living authors: 68 (79%)
Books by dead authors: 17 (20%)
N/A: 1 (1%)

Medium
Paper: 34 (40%)
Hardcover: 33 (38%)
ARC: 16 (19%)
e-book: 3 (3%)

Publication Years
2013 - 36 (42%)
2012 - 5 (6%)
2008 - 4 (5%)
2009 - 3 (3%)
2005 - 3 (3%)
2004 - 3 (3%)
2002 - 3 (3%)
2011 - 2 (2%)
2003 - 2 (2%)
1999 - 2 (2%)
1998 - 2 (2%)
1988 - 2 (2%)
2010 - 1 (1%)
2006 - 1 (1%)
2001 - 1 (1%)
1992 - 1 (1%)
1989 - 1 (1%)
1979 - 1 (1%)
1977 - 1 (1%)
1968 - 1 (1%)
1960 - 1 (1%)
1956 - 1 (1%)
1949 - 1 (1%)
1937 - 1 (1%)
1919 - 1 (1%)
1912 - 1 (1%)
1896 - 1 (1%)
1864 - 1 (1%)
1857 - 1 (1%)
1847 - 1 (1%)
1842 - 1 (1%)

57drneutron
Dec 31, 2013, 4:58pm Top

Joining us next year?

58JBD1
Dec 31, 2013, 5:16pm Top

Certainly! Will start up my new thread tomorrow.

59JBD1
Edited: Dec 31, 2013, 5:38pm Top

Stats for the whole year:

Books read: 161

Fiction books read: 84 (52%)
Non-fiction books read: 73 (45%)
N/A: 4 (3%)

Total page count of books read: 50,366

Books by male authors read: 107 (65%)
Books by female authors read: 53 (32%)
N/A 4 (3%)
* three had male and female co-authors

Books by living authors: 133 (82%)
Books by dead authors: 28 (17%)
N/A: 1 (1%)
* one had living and dead co-authors

Medium
Hardcover: 67 (42%)
Paper: 54 (34%)
ARC: 37 (23%)
e-book: 3 (1%)

Publication Years
2013 - 64 (40%)
2012 - 21 (13%)
2009 - 6 (4%)
2008 - 5 (3%)
2011 - 4 (2.5%)
2010 - 4 (2.5%)
2005 - 4 (2.5%)
2004 - 4 (2.5%)
2003 - 4 (2.5%)
1998 - 4 (2.5%)
2002 - 3 (2%)
2007 - 2 (1.2%)
2006 - 2 (1.2%)
2001 - 2 (1.2%)
1999 - 2 (1.2%)
1997 - 2 (1.2%)
1992 - 2 (1.2%)
1988 - 2 (1.2%)
1968 - 2 (1.2%)
1996 - 1 (.6%)
1995 - 1 (.6%)
1991 - 1 (.6%)
1989 - 1 (.6%)
1979 - 1 (.6%)
1977 - 1 (.6%)
1976 - 1 (.6%)
1967 - 1 (.6%)
1962 - 1 (.6%)
1960 - 1 (.6%)
1956 - 1 (.6%)
1949 - 1 (.6%)
1937 - 1 (.6%)
1919 - 1 (.6%)
1912 - 1 (.6%)
1910 - 1 (.6%)
1896 - 1 (.6%)
1864 - 1 (.6%)
1857 - 1 (.6%)
1847 - 1 (.6%)
1842 - 1 (.6%)
1790 - 1 (.6%)

2010s - 93 (58%)
2000s - 32 (20%)
1990s - 13 (8%)
1980s - 3 (2%)
1970s - 3 (2%)
1900-1969 - 11 (7%)
1800s - 5 (2.5%)
1700s - 1 (.5%)

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