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Kriti's (kgodey) 75+ Books in 2012

75 Books Challenge for 2012

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Edited: Oct 26, 2012, 9:05pm Top

My post on the member introductions thread.

NOTE: These stats are out of date, last update was September 28, 2012

TOTAL READ IN 2012: 102 (40,986 pages)

Physical books read in 2012: 77
Physical books acquired this year: 140
BOMBS books read: 18
Books purged this year: 9

E-books read in 2012: 25
E-books acquired this year: 79

* January 2012 (10)
* February 2012 (17)
* March 2012 (12)
* April 2012 (0)
* May 2012 (0)
* June 2012 (7)
* July 2012 (12)
* August 2012 (23)
* September 2012 (21)
* October 2012
* November 2012
* December 2012

Other threads: 12-12-12 challenge; Books off my bookshelf 2012; 75 books in 2011

12 Categories in 2012
1. Fantasy (12)
2. Science fiction (12)
3. Mystery (4)
4. Non-fiction: science (1)
5. Non-fiction: food (2)
6. Non-fiction: history (2)
7. Non-fiction: other (3)
8. General fiction (5)
9. Re-reads (1)
10. YA/childrens' (5)
11. Graphic novels (2)
12. New authors (12)

Edited: Aug 28, 2012, 11:44pm Top


Books Read: 10
1. Two Lives by Vikram Seth (#33) – finished Jan 2, 499 pages, paperback, BOMB.
2. Fannie's Last Supper by Christopher Kimball (#43) – finished Jan 6, 243 pages, hardcover, BOMB.
3. Ringworld by Larry Niven (#52) – finished Jan 9, 342 pages, paperback, BOMB.
4. New Spring by Robert Jordan (#63) – finished Jan 11, 359 pages, paperback.
5. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman (#68) – finished Jan 13, 243 pages, hardcover.
6. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (#72) – finished Jan 14, 482 pages, hardcover.
7. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (#78) – finished Jan 14, 588 pages, hardcover.
8. Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones (#84) – finished Jan 16, 517 pages, paperback, BOMB.
9. Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge (#87) – finished Jan 18, 584 pages, hardcover.
10. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (#95) – finished Jan 21, 543 pages, paperback, BOMB

Total pages read: 4400

Books Acquired: 16
1. Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge – acquired Jan 5, early birthday gift
2. White Planet by Ash Silverlock – acquired Jan 10, e-book, review request
3. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman – acquired Jan 12
4. Heat Rises by Richard Castle – acquired Jan 12
5. The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith – acquired Jan 12
6. The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith – acquired Jan 12
7. Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein – acquired Jan 12
8. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi – acquired Jan 12, early birthday gift
9. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – acquired Jan 13, birthday gift
10. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – acquired Jan 13, birthday gift
11. River of Gods by Ian McDonald – acquired Jan 13, birthday gift
12. A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn – acquired Jan 11, meant as a gift for my grandfather
13. Indian Summer by Alex von Tunzelmann – acquired Jan 13, meant as a gift for my grandfather
14. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi – acquired Jan 26, for thingaversary
15. The Wedding Wallah by Farahad Zama – acquired Jan 26, for thingaversary
16. Looking for Jake by China Miéville – acquired Jan 26, for thingaversary

E-books acquired: 1
1. Yseult by Ruth Nestvold – acquired Jan 22, e-book, member giveaway

Edited: Aug 28, 2012, 11:43pm Top


Books read: 9
1. The Wedding Wallah by Farahad Zama (#109) – finished Feb 4, 335 pages, paperback.
2. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (#109) – finished Feb 4, 323 pages, paperback.
3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (#109) – finished Feb 4, 374 pages, paperback, BOMB.
4. River of Gods by Ian McDonald (#119) – finished Feb 15, 588 pages, hardcover.
5. There is a Tide by Agatha Christie (#125) – finished Feb 18, 224 pages, paperback, BOMB.
6. Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie (#125) – finished Feb 19, 207 pages, paperback, BOMB.
7. Anathem by Neal Stephenson (#128) – finished Feb 21, 981 pages, paperback, BOMB.
8. Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (#131) – finished Feb 22, 144 pages, hardcover, BOMB.
9. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi – finished Feb 26, 343 pages, paperback, BOMB.

E-books read: 8
1. White Planet by Ash Silverlock (#113) – finished Feb 10, 50 pages, PDF.
2. Yseult by Ruth Nestvold (#116)– finished Feb 12, 492 pages, PDF.
3. Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson – finished Feb 17, 44 pages, Kindle for Mac.
4. Infinity Blade: Awakening by Brandon Sanderson – finished Feb 17, 112 pages, Kindle for Mac.
By Ruth Nestvold (#134) Kindle for Mac.
5. Dragon Time – 91 pages, finished Feb 24.
6. If Tears Were Wishes – 42 pages, finished Feb 24.
7. Never Ever After – 27 pages, finished Feb 25.
8. Looking Through Lace – 55 pages, finished Feb 25.

Total pages read: 4432

Books acquired: 4
1. Anything Goes by John Barrowman – acquired Feb 4, birthday gift.
2. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson – acquired Feb 4, birthday gift.
3. India Becoming by Akash Kapur – acquired Feb 15, early reviewer win.
4. Cooking at Home with Pedatha by Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Jain – acquired Feb 15.

E-books acquired: 48
1. Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson – acquired Feb 17, Kindle for Mac.
2. Infinity Blade: Awakening by Brandon Sanderson – acquired Feb 17, Kindle for Mac.
3. Never Ever After by Ruth Nestvold – acquired Feb 17, Kindle for Mac.
4. If Tears Were Wishes by Ruth Nestvold – acquired Feb 17, Kindle for Mac.
5. Dragon Time by Ruth Nestvold – acquired Feb 22, Kindle for Mac.
6. Looking Through Lace by Ruth Nestvold – acquired Feb 25, Kindle for Mac.
...and then I got a Kindle, and went on a free book binge.
Feb 28
7. For the Love of the Gamer by N. Primak
8. When I Woke Up I Knew I Was Dead by N. Primak
9. Committed: A Short Story by N. Primak
10. For Mother: A Short Story Collection of Two by N. Primak
11. The Emperor's Edge by Lindsay Buroker
12. In Her Name: Empire by Michael R. Hicks
Feb 29
13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
14. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
15. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
16. The Hand of Andulain by Aaron Mahnke
17. The Awakened: Book One by Jason Tesar
18. Fantasy & Science Fiction, Stories on the Nebula Ballot 2011
19. Brimstone by Alan Skinner
20. The Magic of Windlier Wood by N.R. Williams
21. Dominion (Fantasy) by Daryl Chestney
22. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
23. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
24. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
25. Emma by Jane Austen
26. Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
27. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
28. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
29. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
30. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
31. The Iliad by Homer
32. The Odyssey by Homer
33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
34. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
35. White Fang by Jack London
36. Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne
37. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
38. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
39. Legon Awakening: Book One by Nicholas Taylor
40. In the House of Five Dragons by E D Lindquist
41. The Unfinished Song: Initiate by Tara Maya
42. Anvil of Tears by E D Lindquist
43. Rojuun by John H. Carroll
44. Blue Fire and Ice by Alan Skinner
45. Endospore by R. A. Wilson
46. The Weight of Blood by David Dalglish
47. Unfiltered by Stefan Ellery
48. Sapphire of the Fairies by Richard S. Tuttle

Edited: Aug 28, 2012, 11:41pm Top

MARCH 2012

Books read: 4
1. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein – finished Mar 1, 414 pages, paperback, BOMB.
2. The City and The City by China Miéville – finished Mar 3, 312 pages, paperback, BOMB.
3. The Scar by China Miéville – finished Mar 18, 578 pages, paperback, BOMB.
4. India Becoming by Akash Kapur – finished Mar 19, 287 pages, paperback ARC.

E-books read:: 8
1. Committed: A Short Story by N. Primak – finished March 1, 18 pages, Kindle.
2. When I Woke Up I Knew I Was Dead by N. Primak – finished March 1, 16 pages, Kindle.
3. Emperor's Edge by Lindsay Buroker – finished March 3, 319 pages, Kindle.
4. The Hand of Andulain by Aaron Mahnke – finished March 14, 437 pages, Kindle.
5. For the Love of the Gamer by N. Primak – finished March 15, 20 pages, Kindle.
6. The Unfinished Song: Initiate by Tara Maya – finished March 15, 190 pages, Kindle.
7. For Mother: A Short Story Collection of Two by N. Primak – finished March 15, 14 pages, Kindle.
8. Rojuun by John H. Carroll – finished March 17, 311 pages, Kindle.

Total pages read: 2916

Books acquired: 4
1. Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile by Taras Grescoe – acquired March 8, LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
2. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1 by Diana Wynne Jones – acquired March 15, BookMooch.
3. Grunts! by Mary Gentle – acquired March 15, BookMooch.
4. The Games by Ted Kosmatka – acquired March 26-ish, won on book blog giveaway.

E-books acquired: 15
1. Pirates of Mars by Chris Gerrib – acquired March 2, Kindle.
2. Loki by Mike Vasich – acquired March 3, Kindle.
3. On the Origin on Species by Charles Darwin – acquired March 3, Kindle.
4. Neverdark by C.S. Einfeld – acquired March 4, Kindle, member giveaway.
5. Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. 42, January, 1851 – acquired March 12, Kindle.
6, Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. XLII., May 1851 – acquired March 12, Kindle.
7. The Mother-Earth Series Omnibus by Alan Tucker – acquired March 13, Kindle, member giveaway.
8. Pendant of Power by J.R. Tomlin and C.R. Daems – acquired March 14, Kindle.
9. The Future, Imperfect by Ruth Nestvold – acquired March 16, Kindle, review copy.
10. Betrovia by Dave King – acquired March 16, Kindle, review request.
11. Supervillain: The Concise Guide by Ras Ashcroft – acquired March 16. Kindle, member giveaway.
12. Omegasphere by Christopher John Chater – acquired March 17, Kindle, member giveaway.
13. Lucifer's Odyssey by Rex Jameson – acquired March 25, Kindle, won next book in series on member giveaway, $0.99.
14. The Goblin Rebellion by Rex Jameson – acquired March 25, Kindle, member giveaway.
15. Hippie Boy by Ingrid Ricks – acquired March 29, Kindle, member giveaway.

Books purged: 2
1. Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie, BookMooch, duplicate.
2. Hickory Dickory Death by Agatha Christie, BookMooch, duplicate.

Total money spent: $9.08 ($3.98 on ebooks, $5.10 on bookmooch)

Edited: Jun 13, 2012, 11:20pm Top

APRIL 2012

Books read: 0

Books acquired: 1
1. The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett – acquired April 26, gift.

Edited: Sep 29, 2012, 7:07pm Top

JUNE 2012

Books read: 4
1. The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett – finished June 23, 416 pages, hardcover.
2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – finished June 25, 722 pages, paperback.
3. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb – finished June 28, 435 pages, paperback.
4. Old Man's War by John Scalzi – finished June 30, 311 pages, paperback.

E-books read: 3
1. Shadow of Stone by Ruth Nestvold – finished June 13, 457 pages, Kindle.
2. Baptism of Fire (Babylon 5) by Claudia Christian – finished June 17, 270 pages, PDF.
3. In the House of Five Dragons by Erica Lindquist and Aron Christensen – finished June 19, 419 pages, Kindle.

Total pages: 3030

Books acquired: 15
1. Public Enemies by Bryan Burroughs, inherited.
2. The Deception (Animorphs) by K.A. Applegate
3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
4. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
5. Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
6. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
7. The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh
8. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
9. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
10. King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild
11. The Minpins by Roald Dahl (illustrated by Patrick Benson)
12. Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist
13. The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien
14. The Epiphanist by William Rosencrans, free review copy
15. Andy Leelu by B. Gautam, free review copy

E-books acquired: 1
1. Shadow of Stone by Ruth Nestvold, review copy

Books purged: 1
1. Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie, purged June 29, paperback, Bookmooch.

Edited: Sep 29, 2012, 7:07pm Top

JULY 2012

Books read: 12
1. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – finished July 5, 581 pages, paperback.
2. Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb – finished July 6, 757 pages, paperback.
3. The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh – finished July 8, 223 pages, paperback.
4. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – finished July 13, 994 pages, hardcover.
5. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi – finished July 16, 341 pages, paperback.
6. The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett – finished July 22, 579 pages, hardcover.
7. Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist – finished July 23, 486 pages, paperback.
8. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1 by Diana Wynne Jones – finished July 24, 598 pages, paperback.
9. Magician: Master by Raymond E. Feist – finished July 26, 499 pages, paperback.
10. Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist – finished July 27, 343 pages, paperback.
11. A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E. Feist – finished July 29, 430 pages, paperback.
12. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi – finished July 29, 314 pages, hardcover.

Total pages: 6145

Books acquired: 9
1. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – acquired July 3, paperback.
2. Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb – acquired July 3, paperback.
3. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – acquired July 3, hardcover.
4. The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett – acquired July 3, hardcover.
5. Idlewild by Nick Sagan – acquired July 14. paperback, Bookmooch.
6. Magician: Master by Raymond E. Feist – acquired July 26, paperback.
7. Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist – acquired July 26, paperback.
8. A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E. Feist – acquired July 26, paperback.
9. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi – acquired July 26, hardcover.

Edited: Sep 1, 2012, 1:51am Top


Books read: 20
1. The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams – finished August 4, 638 pages, hardcover.
2. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb – finished August 4, 685 pages. hardcover.
3. Mad Ship by Robin Hobb – finished August 5, 647 pages, hardcover.
4. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1 by Alan Moore – finished August 5, 176 pages, paperback, BOMB.
5. The Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams – finished August 7, 569 pages, hardcover.
6. Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb – finished August 7, 581 pages, hardcover.
7. The Last Colony by John Scalzi – finished August 8, 316 pages, hardcover.
8. The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie – finished August 9, 210 pages, paperback, BOMB.
9. The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien – finished August 12, 292 pages. hardcover.
10. Redshirts by John Scalzi – finished August 14, 314 pages, hardcover.
11. Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb – finished August 16, 498 pages, hardcover.
12. Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb – finished August 18, 725 pages, hardcover.
13. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – finished August 20, 1172 pages, hardcover, re-read.
14. The Games by Ted Kosmatka – finished August 21, 356 pages, paperback (ARC)
15. Indian Summer by Alex von Tunzelmann – finished August 22, 320 pages, hardcover.
16. Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson – finished August 24, 315 pages, paperback.
17. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie – finished August 28, 175 pages, paperback, BOMB.
18. Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb – finished August 30, 474 pages, hardcover.
19. Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb – finished August 31, 508 pages, hardcover.
20. City of Dragons by Robin Hobb – finished August 31, 334 pages, hardcover.

E-books read:: 3
1. To Green Angel Tower, Part 1 by Tad Williams – finished August 10, 816 pages, Kindle for Mac.
2. To Green Angel Tower, Part 2 by Tad Williams – finished August 10, 819 pages, Kindle for Mac + Kindle for iPhone.
3. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb – finished August 17, 736 pages, HTML.

Total pages: 11676

Books acquired: 18
1. The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams, acquired August 2, hardcover.
2. Mad Ship by Robin Hobb, acquired August 2, hardcover.
3. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb, acquired August 4, hardcover.
4. The Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams, acquired August 5, hardcover.
5. Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb, acquired August 7, hardcover.
6. The Last Colony by John Scalzi, acquired August 8, hardcover.
7. Redshirts by John Scalzi, acquired August 13, hardcover.
8. Meat Eater by Steven Rinella, acquired August 13, paperback, Early Reviewers.
9. Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb, acquired August 15, hardcover.
10. Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb, acquired August 15, hardcover.
11. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, acquired August 17, hardcover.
12. To Green Angel Tower by Tad Williams, acquired August 18, hardcover.
13. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb, acquired August 20, paperback.
14. City of Dragons by Robin Hobb, acquired August 21, hardcover.
15. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb, acquired August 27, hardcover.
16. Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb, acquired August 27, hardcover.
17. Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb, acquired August 29, hardcover.
18. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings, acquired August 31, paperback

Edited: Sep 29, 2012, 7:05pm Top


Books read: 18
1. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey – finished September 12, 901 pages, paperback.
2. The Inheritance and Other Stories by Robin Hobb – finished September 12, 374 pages, paperback.
3. Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb – finished September 13, 577 pages, hardcover.
4. Forest Mage by Robin Hobb – finished September 13, 718 pages, hardcover.
5. Renegade's Magic by Robin Hobb – finished September 14, 662 pages, hardcover.
6. Legion by Brandon Sanderson – finished September 15, 86 pages, hardcover.
7. Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks – finished September 15, 320 pages, paperback, BOMB.
8. Songs of Love and Death, edited by George R.R. Martin – finished September 18, 468 pages, hardcover.
9. King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild – finished September 19, 306 pages, paperback.
10. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher – finished September 21, 502 pages, paperback.
11. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed – finished September 22, 274 pages, hardcover.
12. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley – finished September 23, 272 pages, hardcover.
13. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie – finished September 23, 527 pages, paperback.
14. Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher – finished September 25, 702 pages, paperback.
15. Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey – finished September 26, 700 pages, hardcover.
16. Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey – finished September 27, 702 pages, hardcover.
17. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett – finished September 28, 120 pages, hardcover.
18. Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson – finished September 28, 308 pages, hardcover.

E-books read: 3
1. Words Like Coins by Robin Hobb – finished September 2, 34 pages, Kindle.
2. Beyond the Waters of the World by Ruth Nestvold – finished September 9, 67 pages, Kindle.
3. By Grace and Banners Fallen – finished September 19, 74 pages, Kindle.

Total pages: 8694

Books acquired: 70
1. Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien – acquired September 9, paperback.
2. Avatar: Book One by S. D. Perry – acquired September 9, paperback.
3. Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot – acquired September 9, paperback.
4. Legion by Brandon Sanderson – acquired September 10, hardcover.
5. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey – acquired September 11, paperback, bookmooch.
6. Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb – acquired September 12, hardcover.
7. Forest Mage by Robin Hobb – acquired September 12, hardcover.
8. Renegade's Magic by Robin Hobb – acquired September 12, hardcover.
9. The Inheritance and Other Stories by Robin Hobb / Megan Lindholm – acquired September 12, paperback.
10. The Black Count by Tom Reiss – acquired September 14, paperback, Early Reviewers.
11. Sauces by James Peterson – acquired September 15, hardcover, Bookmooch.
12. Songs of Love and Death, edited by George R.R. Martin – acquired September 17, hardcover.
13. - 49. The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Wildlife, Vols. 26 - 62 – acquired September 17, hardcover.
50. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher – acquired September 20, paperback.
51. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercombie – acquired September 20, paperback.
52. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley – acquired September 20, hardcover.
53. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed – acquired September 21, hardcover.
54. Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson – acquired September 21, hardcover.
55. Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher – acquired September 24, paperback.
56. Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher – acquired September 24, hardcover.
57. Princep's Fury by Jim Butcher – acquired September 24, hardcover.
58. Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey – acquired September 24, hardcover.
59. Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey – acquired September 24, hardcover.
60. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin – acquired September 25, hardcover.
61. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan – acquired September 27, hardcover.
62. Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan – acquired September 27, hardcover.
63. Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear – acquired September 28, hardcover.
64. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett – acquired September 28, hardcover.
65. United States of Arugula by David Kamp – acquired September 29, paperback.
66. The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan – acquired September 29, hardcover.
67. The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan – acquired September 29, hardcover.
68. Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher – acquired September 29, hardcover.
69. First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher – acquired September 29, hardcover.
70. Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins – acquired September 29, paperback, JS.

E-books acquired: 14
1. Words Like Coins by Robin Hobb – acquired September 1, Kindle.
2. Effective Programming by Jeff Atwood – acquired September 1, Kindle, free.
3. Beyond the Waters of the World by Ruth Nestvold – acquired September 5, Kindle.
4. By Grace and Banners Fallen by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan – acquired September 19, Dragonmount DRM Free.
5. Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed – acquired September 22, Kindle.
6. Watcher's Web by Patty Jansen – acquired September 26, Kindle.
7. The Far Horizon by Patty Jansen – acquired September 26, Kindle.
8. The Godless Land by AJ Cooper – acquired September 26, Kindle.
9. Looking for Daddy by Patty Jansen – acquired September 26, Kindle.
10. Scattered Among Strange Worlds by Aliette de Bodard – acquired September 26, Kindle.
11. Children of the Fallen by Maya Lassiter – acquired September 26, Kindle.
12. Gravity's Pull by Michael Haynes – acquired September 26, Kindle.
13. Obligations of a Cobalt Hue by Amber D. Sistla – acquired September 26, Kindle.
14. Tiger Lily by K. Bird Lincoln – acquired September 26, Kindle.

Books purged: 6
1. The Assault on Reason by Al Gore – purged September 1, paperback, Bookmooch.
2. Stardust by Neil Gaiman – purged September 1, paperback, Bookmooch.
3. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt – purged September 1, paperback, Bookmooch.
4. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb – purged September 1, paperback, Bookmooch.
5. Spook Country by William Gibson – purged September 1, paperback, Bookmooch.
6. Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective by Agatha Christie – purged September 1, paperback, Bookmooch.

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Dec 27, 2011, 9:37am Top

Welcome back!

Dec 27, 2011, 10:45am Top

Hi Kriti!

Dec 27, 2011, 8:18pm Top

14> Thanks, Jim!

15> Hi Marie! :)

Dec 27, 2011, 8:53pm Top

Hi there!

Dec 29, 2011, 4:52pm Top

Kriti! Glad to see you back with us for 2012!

Dec 29, 2011, 10:27pm Top

Thanks, Stasia! Good to see you too!

Dec 30, 2011, 4:06pm Top

Hi Kriti!

Dec 30, 2011, 5:48pm Top

20: Hi Nora! :)

Jan 1, 2012, 6:57am Top

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm excited to be able to post here now!

Jan 1, 2012, 7:06am Top

Happy New Year back at you, Kriti!

Jan 1, 2012, 12:28pm Top

A very Happy New Year to you too Kriti!

Edited: Jan 1, 2012, 1:27pm Top

Thanks Stasia and Piyush!

I'm in the middle of three books right now: Ringworld by Larry Niven, Two Lives by Vikram Seth and Fannie's Last Supper by Christopher Kimball. I usually like finishing one book at a time, but I don't seem to want to finish any of them right now! :( (although I do want to finish them soon.)

Jan 1, 2012, 1:33pm Top

25: Ooo, I read Fannie's Last Supper last year so I'll be interested to see what you think.

Jan 2, 2012, 12:05am Top

I have only read one of Vikram Seth's books thus far (An Equal Music), but I loved it, so I will be curious to see what you think of Two Lives.

Jan 2, 2012, 4:35am Top

26: I really like what I've read so far, I love reading about how food has evolved over the years.

27: It looks like Two Lives will be my first read of the year - 60 pages to go.

Jan 2, 2012, 6:34am Top

I finished Two Lives, in the process of writing a review, which I'll post here soon. I'm not sure how best to record all my reads here, on the 12-12-12 challenge group and on the BOMBs group. I think I'll just post my review in all three groups, although I hate to be repetitive.

Jan 2, 2012, 6:52am Top

You can either post your reviews on all the three threads/groups, or you can behave like the IT nerd (which I think you are) and post the review on the book page and link it to the three threads/groups.

Jan 2, 2012, 7:31am Top

I look forward to the review no matter where you put it, Kriti!

Jan 2, 2012, 7:34am Top

30: I'm definitely an LT nerd, but I think I'm going to post the review in all three groups; I think that would promote discussion more than asking people to click another link.

Jan 2, 2012, 7:35am Top

Two Lives review:

Two Lives: A Memoir is the first Vikram Seth book I've read (I seem to be making a habit of introducing myself to authors who primarily write fiction by reading their non-fiction work; the only Barbara Kingsolver book I've read is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and On Writing is the only Stephen King book in the house, although I haven't read that one yet.) I found the title of the book slightly misleading – while the book is certainly about Seth's uncle Shanti and aunt Henny, it's also very much about his relationship with them.

The book is divided into five independent parts, each approaching different facet of the story. It starts off with the young Vikram Seth arriving to live with his aunt and uncle while he attends school in England, and his perceptions of them. Then, we learn about Shanti's life, then Henny's, then their life together. I was expecting the book to be more narrative than it was; a large portion of it quotes various interviews and letters. Much of the narration that accompanies the quotes seems more like annotation or clarification of context. At first, I found this annoying, but I got used to it.

The story of Shanti and Henny is certainly makes fascinating reading. Shanti is a Hindu from India who studies dentistry in Germany, and Henny is the daughter of the Jewish family he boards with while doing so. However, their love story blossoms in England. Both of them are remarkable people in their own right – Shanti is a much-loved practising dentist, even though he lost one of his arms in World War II. Henny's story is quite tragic; her mother and sister do not make it out of Germany, and she has to face many truths about her family and friends after the war is over. I think her correspondences were the most interesting part of the book – we got an intimate look at how she coped with a tragedy of the magnitude of the Holocaust. She always remained incredibly dignified and restrained, though.

At times, I found myself wishing that the book was a little more focused. It seemed like Seth structured the book around trying to present every bit of information that he had (especially about Henny), rather than build a cohesive narrative. At other times, I appreciated the tangents and extra details about the couple's family and friends.

I also had mixed feelings about the author talking about his own feelings at various points in the book. On the one hand, they made it feel more intimate – he is in fact, writing about the aunt and uncle that he loves and respects, so it's nice to see that come through. On the other hand, some of the things he said seemed superfluous and distracting; for instance, he talks about the different areas of the world and technologies that Germany has had an impact on (including some thoughts on the future.)

Originally posted on my blog.

Jan 2, 2012, 8:15am Top

#33: Great review, Kriti! I am going to have to see if my local library has a copy of this book. Thanks!

Jan 2, 2012, 12:35pm Top

Nice review! (By the way, the only Barbara Kingsolver book I've read is The Bean Trees and it is highly recommended if you liked the way she wrote in the book you mentioned.)

Jan 4, 2012, 1:08pm Top

A new author for me and this one is definitely going into the TBR pile. Also put your blog in my feeder. I just finished Sea of Poppies and have two more of Amitav Ghosh's books waiting in the queue. India is a setting I'm in love with (also just finished God of Small things last fall for our reading group) so Vikram Seth looks like someone I'll definitely want to read

Jan 5, 2012, 10:29am Top

34, 35: Thanks Stasia and Marie! Marie, The Bean Trees sounds interesting and I did love Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, so I'll definitely look into it.

36: Thanks, Tina! I couldn't really get into The God of Small Things when I tried reading it, but that was more than five years ago – I should give it another chance sometime. I haven't read any Amitav Ghosh, although I've wanted to for a while. What would be a good book to start with?

Also, I'm from India, so if you ever have any questions about the setting or just want to talk about it, I'd be happy to! (I've been in the US for the last few years, so I always jump at the chance to talk about home.)

Jan 5, 2012, 1:28pm Top

#33 Interesting thought, that of reading non-fiction work of predominantly fiction writing authors.

I haven't read anything by Vikram Seth, though I do intend to do so someday. There are very few Indian authors I have read the works of and Arundhati Roy will not become one of them, no matter on how many lists The God of Small Things appears. Amitav Ghosh is another author I hope to read in the future, The Glass Palace and Sea of Poppies both seem interesting enough.

Edited: Jan 5, 2012, 1:55pm Top

38: What do you have against Arundhati Roy? :)

I have also not read many Indian books (unless Tinkle/Amar Chitra Katha counts), but I tend to prefer the work of older Indian writers. I love R. K. Narayan and I enjoyed Satyajit Ray's Feluda stories.

Edited: Jan 5, 2012, 2:03pm Top

Apparently Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes in the new Sherlock series) has been cast as the villain in the new Star Trek movie!. I am really excited about this. I love it when two of my favourite things meet.

Jan 5, 2012, 11:49pm Top

#40 I am always looking for gossip about the new Star Trek movie. Thank you for posting the link.

This is the first time I have visited your thread and I love how you have organized it by month. I have you starred!

Jan 6, 2012, 5:09am Top

#39 She is a crazy, crazy lady, need I say more?

My list of Indian authors include Salman Rushdie (The Satanic Verses), Irawati Karve(Yuganta) and Aravind Adiga (I loathe and detest The White Tiger).

I also want to read Malgudi Days, for some reason or the other I never get around to doing so.

Thanks for sharing that tidbit about the new Star Trek movie, Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be a rising star.

Jan 6, 2012, 2:14pm Top

41: Thanks for visiting my thread! ! I get really excited about organising things, heh. And you're welcome about the link, I was pretty thrilled about the news.

42: I looked her up on Wikipedia, she indeed seems crazy. I hadn't known that about her (actually, I didn't know very much about her.)

I've been meaning to read The White Tiger, but it's not high on my list – I suspected it was overhyped. I've read Midnight's Children, but I couldn't quite get into that either.

After his performance in Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch definitely deserves to be a rising star!

Edited: Jan 6, 2012, 2:42pm Top

I finished Fannie's Last Supper by Christopher Kimball today. I enjoyed it, but I was a bit taken aback that Kimball seems to dislike Fannie Farmer, both as a cook and as a person. There are tons of food history facts, though, and that makes the book a great read.

Full review: LibraryThing; blog

Edited: Jan 6, 2012, 6:49pm Top

44: Great review, though I think you liked Kimball more than I did. ;) I couldn't believe how much he disliked Fannie Farmer either. It really did make for a strange project.

Jan 6, 2012, 6:46pm Top

45: I do enjoy his antics on America's Test Kitchen, that's probably why. He did come off as judgmental and condescending in the book.

Jan 6, 2012, 11:47pm Top

Hmm, I think I will bypass Fannie's Last Supper. I hate when the views of the author (either like or dislike) are made plain in the reading of the book. Too bad, because it sounds like a book in which I would have been interested.

Edited: Jan 7, 2012, 8:49pm Top

47: I think that's fine, Stasia. The most interesting parts were facts about food and Boston, and I think you can find those elsewhere.

Jan 7, 2012, 11:39pm Top

Yeah, I think so too.

Jan 8, 2012, 7:50am Top

I had Fannie's Last Supper on my radar too, but I think I'll give it a pass as well. The food history and Boston parts, I would enjoy, but I have plenty of both of those already in my TBR pile.

Jan 8, 2012, 9:00am Top

#43 I haven't read Midnight's Children, but I intend to do so once Mac (blackdogbooks) sets up his Classics Thread for the year.

Jan 9, 2012, 8:56pm Top

50: I'll have to keep an eye out on your thread for those food history/Boston books. Any recommendations?

51: I'd love to know what you think of it!

Edited: Jan 9, 2012, 8:59pm Top

Just finished Ringworld by Larry Niven. A couple of interesting sci-fi ideas, but the plot and characters were not that great for the second half of the book. It read like it was a bit dated.

Review: LibraryThing; blog

I'm really glad I'm done with that book, I've been forbidding myself other, more interesting books until I'm done with that one. I think I'll read more now :)

Edited: Jan 9, 2012, 9:26pm Top

Hi there! I'm doing the 75 challenge for the first time this year (I've done others in past years), and I thought I'd drop in and say I was following your thread. I think we might have similar reading tastes, so it should be fun.

If you are interested in Rushdie I highly, highly recommend Haroun and the Sea of Stories. It is one of my favorite books.

eta: Hilariously, we were posting on each other's threads at the same time! I guess this means we really do share reading tastes!

Jan 10, 2012, 10:03am Top

54: I've been meaning to read Haroun and the Sea of Stories for a while – out of all the Rushdie books, it seems like the one I'd like most. :D

Jan 10, 2012, 10:15am Top

I'm really excited today, because I got my first book review request on my blog! I keep wanting to yell "FREE BOOK! YAY!" It's by a self published author, but the sample seemed interesting. I've only been blogging for a month :)

Jan 10, 2012, 11:50am Top

56: Sweet! What book?

Edited: Jan 10, 2012, 12:38pm Top

"White Planet" by Ash Silverlock. I seem to be the only person that's catalogued it. Touchstones don't seem to work yet, so here's the LT link (Amazon link.)

ETA: There's a sample of the book on the author's website.

Jan 11, 2012, 5:12am Top

Many congratulations!
The Ice World Chronicles, which should appeal to anyone who has an interest in epic fantasy and/or space operas in the traditions of Frank Herbert, Robert Jordan and J R R Tolkien.

I love all three of them, but the free sample reads more like a Brandon Sanderson book than the aforementioned trinity.

Edited: Jan 11, 2012, 8:37am Top

59: I think it read a bit like Robert Jordan, but I think his writing is a bit awkward sometimes (although his stories and worldbuilding are excellent.) Brandon Sanderson is a pretty good writer too, though :D

I'm currently reading New Spring by Robert Jordan. It's amazing to see the normally inscrutable and awe-inspiring Moiraine and Siuan when they were immature Accepted.

Jan 11, 2012, 8:53am Top

When I wrote, that he reads more like a Sanderson, I should have explained that I am a Sanderson fan (read and liked WoT sequels, Mistborn series, Elantris, Alcatraz series, Stormlight series)

New Spring is an entertaining read with the characters we know all too well from WoT, I think the meeting between Morraine and Lan is also depicted in this book.

Jan 11, 2012, 8:59am Top

Yeah, I love Sanderson too! I haven't read Elantris. Warbreaker or the Alcatraz series, but I'm really looking forward to it. I read a little more of the book after the sample, so maybe that's why I think it's more like Robert Jordan than Sanderson.

I haven't got to the meeting between Moiraine and Lan yet! Looking forward to it.

Edited: Jan 11, 2012, 2:10pm Top

Just finished New Spring by Robert Jordan. I love the Wheel of Time, so I really enjoyed this prequel. Like I said above, it's pretty amazing to see the origins of Moiraine, Siuan and Lan, and the meeting between Lan and Moiraine.

Review: LibraryThing; blog

Edited: Jan 12, 2012, 12:34pm Top

I'm reading Reading Lolita in Tehran at the moment, but having a hard time focusing on it. My grandfather, who I was very close to, died suddenly yesterday, and I'm having a hard time with that. I was due to go home (to India) next week anyway, since it was his and my grandmothers' 50th wedding anniversary, so this is quite a shock. The funeral is tomorrow (which is also my birthday.)

New Spring was really easy to get through since it's a world and characters I already love. I'm trying to keep reading so I can keep myself occupied for the week until I go home, but it's hard.

My other grandfather, who I lived with, died one and a half years ago. I'd just started watching Star Trek: Voyager at the time, so I just kept watching it. It had 7 seasons of 26 episodes, so it kept me nice and distracted.

Jan 12, 2012, 1:13pm Top

Oh Kriti I hate to hear that you lost your grandfather. I know it's so much harder when you are far away. ::hugs from your LT family::

Jan 12, 2012, 1:58pm Top

64: I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather's passing. It's so hard losing family members, especially at a time when you were supposed to be celebrating your life and theirs. I know it won't be a very happy birthday, but Happy Birthday all the same. Lots of hugs from me too!

Jan 12, 2012, 11:49pm Top

Thank you very much, Leah and Marie! I really appreciate it.

Edited: Jan 13, 2012, 10:35am Top

I went to a bookstore yesterday that had a bunch of great bargains on used hardcovers, so I bought a few books. (I'm keeping tracking of the books I buy over on my BOMBS challenge thread.

One of the books was Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkataraman, which I got because I was looking for an easy read, and I just finished it. It follows the story of Vidya, a fifteen year old girl from a strict south Indian Brahmin family, who doesn't want to get an arranged marriage, but instead wants to go to college. I liked it more than I thought I would – I thought I'd balk at all the cliches, but Vidya was a pretty likeable protagonist, and the book was well written. The tensions of pre-independence India and the mix of tradition and changes are conveyed well.

Review - LibraryThing; blog

Jan 13, 2012, 1:54pm Top

Wish you a very Happy Birthday Kriti and my condolences for your loss.

Jan 13, 2012, 5:40pm Top

Happy birthday to you, Kriti and sympathies for your loss.

Jan 13, 2012, 6:40pm Top

Thank you Piyush and Micky!

Edited: Jan 14, 2012, 2:30pm Top

Book #6: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. Loved it!

Review: LT; blog

Jan 14, 2012, 6:37pm Top

Sanderson's one of my go-to authors. Have you read his Mistborn books yet?

Jan 14, 2012, 9:09pm Top

Best wishes for your birthday, Kriti, and much sympathy for the loss of your grandfather.

Jan 14, 2012, 9:09pm Top

73: Yes, all four! I'm in the middle of Warbreaker now (which I also got for my birthday.)

Jan 14, 2012, 9:10pm Top

74: Thank you very much, Roni.

Jan 15, 2012, 1:49am Top

Elantris was the first Sanderson book I read once I got to know he will be writing the rest of the WoT series and I really liked it. Mistborn Trilogy was next, though I haven't read The Alloy of Law yet. After the next two of WoT, I read the first three of the Alcatraz series which is of a very different nature than any of his other books, but equally fun. The Way of Kings was the last one of his books I read and I am eagerly awaiting the next part which will take some time from the looks of it. I have Warbreaker lined up for February and will look forward to your review of the same.

Edited: Jan 15, 2012, 11:47am Top

Here's my Warbreaker review: LT; blog

Jan 15, 2012, 11:47am Top

77: I think you will like Warbreaker. I'm looking forward to his Alcatraz books, I'm interested to see what they are like – I've heard that they are quite different. I read the The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight first, followed by the Mistborn books (all four, in order), and now Elantris and Warbreaker.

Jan 16, 2012, 12:35am Top

Kriti, I suspect you have already left to return home for your visit. I am so sad for you that you will be returning under such sadness at the loss of your grandfather. I hope you are able to find some comfort in sharing good memories of him with your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jan 16, 2012, 7:27am Top

80: Thank you very much, I leave on Friday – my tickets were originally booked for then, and my family and I decided that it would be best to stick to that plan. I too wish that I wasn't going home under such sadness, but I will be very glad to see my family. Thanks again.

Jan 16, 2012, 2:50pm Top

I've only read Sanderson's Alcatraz books (being a librarian and seeing evil librarian in the title of the first book made it a must-read :D) and not being a big fan of high fantasy, I'm not sure if I'll try any of his other books. But the Alcatraz books are laugh-out-loud funny imo.

Jan 16, 2012, 3:21pm Top

83: I'd like to say that Sanderson's books are just good books and not just good fantasy books, but I don't think I can say that without bias, since fantasy is my favourite genre. I think as far as fantasy goes, he's at the top of the game, though. I'm really looking forward to the Alcatraz series!

Jan 16, 2012, 3:23pm Top

Read Dark Lord of Derkholm today and loved it!

Review: LT; blog

Jan 17, 2012, 2:30pm Top

Hi Kriti,
Just discovered your thread from your comments posted on others. First let me offer my condolences about your granfather - I lost my grandmother not so long ago and I can empathise - grandparents are such special people.
Just to be rather late to the party about the Indian books: I love books set in India. One of my favourites is a Vikram Seth book nobody has mentioned yet A Suitable Boy. It charts the ebbs and flows of several interconnected families' lives just after partition. It's over a thousand pages long, and is pretty sprawling in its narrative, but I absolutely loved it. I describe it to others as "like an Indian War and Peace " which I really don't consider too high praise.
I'm also a great lover of Sci-Fi, so I was thrilled when I discovered River of Gods by Ian McDonald. A sci-fi book set in India! My idea of reading heaven! And so it proved to be - I can't recommend it, or it's accompanying set of short stories in the same universe Cyberabad Days highly enough.

Jan 17, 2012, 5:06pm Top

85: Hi Hannah! I've had your thread starred, but haven't gotten around to commenting on it yet. Thank you for the condolences. I'm sorry about your grandmother as well.

A Suitable Boy has been on my list for a while – it sounds like a lot of fun. I'm glad that you liked it, it pushes it up on my TBR pile.

I got River of Gods for my birthday a few days ago, so it will be one of my upcoming reads! I was really excited to hear about it; sci-fi in India is such a cool concept! I've read the first two chapters already, and it looks like it will be great.

Jan 18, 2012, 9:32pm Top

Just finished Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge, the sequel to Fly by Night. I'm amazed that these books are not insanely popular – they're so good. I wholeheartedly recommend them to people that like charming books/wordplay/good YA/alternate worlds that are similar to 18th century England.

Review: LT; blog

Jan 18, 2012, 9:38pm Top

Oh, Dark Lord of Derkholm is one of my favorite books! Glad you enjoyed it too. Don't miss the "sequel", following one of the griffin children, Year of the Griffin.

Jan 18, 2012, 9:45pm Top

88: I didn't realise there was a sequel! It's going on my wishlist.

Jan 18, 2012, 10:21pm Top

In other book related thoughts, I'm trying to figure out what books I should pack for my journey home. I'll be spending the better part of two days in planes and airports, so I'm looking for thick paperbacks that I can pay attention to even when bleary and tired. I think I'm definitely packing The Poisonwood Bible – any other suggestions? (if you're willing to do some work, my "To Read" collection has books I own but haven't read yet.)

Jan 19, 2012, 12:27am Top

I have picked up 10 from your library, I have intentionally ignored the Christie's since most of them are mediocre imo (My fav. Christie book, The Secret of Chimneys isn't in your TBR). I have also ignored Grimm's Fairy Tales since I believe it is one of those books which should not be read in one go.

Either Anna Karenina or Crime and Punishment, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Cat's Cradle, A Clash of Kings, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (movie comes out in March), The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, The Scarlet Letter, A Tale of Two Cities, The Time Machine

Jan 19, 2012, 2:37am Top

I would suggest the Gregory books by Suzanne Collins. Easy reading that makes the time fly by.

Jan 21, 2012, 10:29pm Top

You're really burning through the books this year!!! Glad to see how much you're enjoying Sanderson's work, he's probably my favorite fantasy author right now. And he's a pretty nice guy... got to meet him this past year at a convention. It was fascinating to hear about his writing process, and how he deals with things like character development, world building, and keeping things interesting for readers.

Jan 23, 2012, 10:02pm Top

91 & 92: Thank you for your suggestions! A lot of my classics were actually at home in India, so I couldn't pack those (on my to-do list this visit is to catalog all my books at home and mark them as such.) I thought the Gregor books would go by too quickly for so much airport/plane time, so I wasn't sure about those either. I ended up packing The Poisonwood Bible, Oryx and Crake and The Scar, and then regretting not getting the Gregor books because they were all so heavy. :P

93: Hi Faith! That's probably because I've been unemployed for the last couple of weeks (transitioning from a job to freelancing.)

I love Brandon Sanderson so much! I think he's definitely one of the best fantasy writers of all time. I really love that he annotates all his books online and that he put all his drafts of Warbreaker online – he does seem like a genuinely helpful and thoughtful person.

Do you have any fantasy recommendations that compare to his books?

Edited: Jan 23, 2012, 10:10pm Top

I read The Poisonwood Bible on the plane. It was a very good book, but I can't read books like that too much – they make me sad.

Review: LibraryThing; blog

Jan 23, 2012, 10:47pm Top

That's the only reason I didn't suggest it as one of the books to take, because it gives me a serious case of the melancholies. It's brilliant and one of my favorite books, but it takes a bit out of you. If you like Kingsolver, I recommend Prodigal Summer. It's set in my neck of the woods. ;)

Jan 23, 2012, 10:51pm Top

I really need to get to Sanderson's books one of these days!

Jan 24, 2012, 5:56am Top

#94 Kriti, try The Hunger Games if you haven't yet. Robin Hobb is another fantastic author, I quite liked her Farseer trilogy when I read it and from what I have heard, her other works are quite good as well.

#97 Yes, you do!

Edited: Jan 24, 2012, 7:16am Top

96: Yeah, I knew that it was a serious book, but I'd committed to reading it for TIOLI and I thought being stuck on a plane with it was a good way to get myself to read it. :P

97: Indeed you do, Stasia!

98: I've read The Hunger Games and love it, as well as Suzanne Collins' other series, The Underland Chronicles (starting with Gregor the Overlander.) The Farseer trilogy is on my wishlist! I'm glad that you enjoyed it, that definitely puts in higher on my list.

Jan 24, 2012, 8:49am Top

>94 kgodey:: I second the recommendation of the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb! And if you haven't read it, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is amazing.

Jan 26, 2012, 11:13am Top

100: Thanks, Faith! Those are both on the very top of my to-buy pile, when I next buy books. :D

Jan 29, 2012, 8:01am Top

I've added The Poisonwood Bible to my wishlist, though I'll make sure to wait till I'm in a particualrly happy frame of mind to read it. Excellent review too.
I'll be interested in your opinion of Oryx and Crake as that's a book currently sitting about halfway down my tbr pile. I was sort of waiting to get hold of The Handmaid's Tale and read that first, as I thought O&C was basically a sequel, but someone else told me that's not the case. Either way it's meant to be pretty heavy going, so I think you may be in need of some lighthearted comedy romance or something soon. Happy reading!

Edited: Feb 2, 2012, 12:17am Top

102: Thanks! I hope you like it.

I read some of Oryx and Crake on the plane, and will probably finish it on the way back to the US (in about 36 hours.) The Handmaid's Tale isn't connected to Oryx and Crake; I believe they are separate dystopias. That was the first Atwood book I read – I don't think that was quite as intense, although maybe I'm just older now and notice it more. The Year of the Flood is set in the same world as Oryx and Crake, but I haven't read that either.

I bought myself a nice, fun comedy romance for the plane right back – The Wedding Wallah, the third in a series of books set in my hometown (The Marriage Bureau for Rich People, The Many Conditions of Love.) My hometown is never really written about, so it's amazing that these books even exist, but they're actually even pretty good!

Feb 2, 2012, 12:19am Top

I haven't had any time to read, really, but I'm not sure when I'll be home again, so I've been cataloguing most of my books at home. My dad has been helping me, so it's passed as a "spending time with family" activity, too. They're going to be packed up now so they stop collecting dust, and eventually sent to me in the US. I'm really excited to unite my collections someday.

Edited: Feb 2, 2012, 1:40am Top

I am sure that neither The Wedding Wallah nor the associated books are my cup of tea. However, I do need to read some Margaret Atwood books soon.

And congratulations on spending some quality time with your dad, neither of my parents read much and I am the only one in the family who has something resembling a regular reading habit.

Feb 2, 2012, 8:03am Top

103: The Handmaiden's Tale and Oryx and Crake are unrelated, though they are both dystopias. I do really hope you'll enjoy Oryx and Crake and have a safe flight home!

Feb 2, 2012, 12:39pm Top

#103 by kgodey> I read The Marriage Bureau for Rich People as an ER. I mostly liked it as a cultural study- it seemed honest and didn't look down on anyone or put anyone unduly on a pedestal, instead showing how different people probably genuinely interact- but the plot was a tad lacking for me. I think it was just too slow. Good characters though.

Feb 5, 2012, 11:35am Top

105: I don't think I would consider it chick-lit, it's more like The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but I'm not sure if you like that kind of book. My dad doesn't read very much, but he very much enjoys bringing order to chaos, so we had fun. I think he was also trying to speed up my cataloging as much as possible so I could spend more time doing other things.

106: Thanks, Marie! I did arrive home safely and finished Oryx and Crake on the way. I did enjoy it, although it left me pretty sad. I will write a review in the next couple of days.

107: Yeah, Vizag is a pretty sleepy place (for a city), so I think the plot being slow made sense to me. I really enjoy squeeing whenever a familiar place pops up (which is all the time), and I think that's a big part of why I enjoy the books so much. The bookstore that I bought The Wedding Wallah in was actually mentioned in the book itself, which was also pretty cool.

Edited: Feb 9, 2012, 9:40am Top

I read The Wedding Wallah (Farahad Zama) and Ship Breaker (Paolo Bacigalupi) and finished Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood) on the planes and airports back to the US. They're all marked as being finished on Feb 4 because I had an unusually long Feb 4... my second plane took off from Amsterdam at 1pm and arrived in Boston at 2.30pm, but managed to last 7+ hours. I'll post links to reviews here when I have written them.

1. The Wedding Wallah by Farahad ZamaLibraryThing; blog
2. Ship Breaker by Paolo BacigalupiLibraryThing; blog
3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret AtwoodLibraryThing; blog

Feb 5, 2012, 1:17pm Top

#109 by kgodey> They're all marked as being finished on Feb 4 because I had an unusually long Feb 4.

That's always the most disturbing part of multi time zone travel. From New Zealand to Los Angeles is a 14 hour flight but you cross 14 time zones so you arrive about the same time you left... which really messes with your head.

Feb 5, 2012, 3:27pm Top

#109 & #110 Reminds me of the ending of Around the World in Eighty Days!

Edited: Feb 9, 2012, 9:41am Top

110, 111: :)

I got immediately sick when I landed, so the past few days have been much slower than I would've liked. I seem to be almost better, though still a bit jet-lagged, so yay. I've written two of three reviews for books I read on the plane (in order of reading), and have one to go. I also have to clean my room :( – it was already pretty messy and then I half-unpacked in it.

I'm supposed to be reading Anathem for a tutored read, so I think that will be the next book I read. I'm also excited about The Windup Girl and River of Gods.

ETA: finished my other review, too!

Edited: Feb 10, 2012, 4:04pm Top

I finished White Planet by Ash Silverlock, a self-published e-book sent to me for review last month. It had good ideas and characters, but was a bit too cluttered.

Full review: LibraryThing; blog

Feb 10, 2012, 5:29pm Top

Oooh, River of Gods! I love that book. I'm excited for you to read it for the first time! It does start off a bit confusingly, so stick with it, it's so worth the effort.
Thanks for the review of O&C, it is somewhere in my TBR pile, but your review confirmed that I'll have to wait till I'm in a particularly happy place before I feel brave enough to tackle it. I think those kind of disturbing dystopia stories can be quite haunting, and you need your feet firmly on the ground when you tackle them. Also, I have wishlisted the first of that Wedding Agency series, I like the sound of that for a bit of gentle reading - possibly ideal for just after O&C!

Feb 14, 2012, 12:23pm Top

114: I just finished Part One of River of Gods – it is a bit confusing, there are so many viewpoints and so many plotlines, but I'm looking forward to see how they all connect up and resolve themselves.

I think reading The Marriage Bureau for Rich People after Oryx and Crake would be perfect. I was a bit annoyed at myself for not saving The Wedding Wallah until I was done with Oryx and Crake, I think that would have left me a bit less melancholy on the plane.

Edited: Feb 14, 2012, 2:11pm Top

So I started to flip through Yseult by Ruth Nestvold a few days ago, and got completely sucked into it and finished it in two days. I won it on Member Giveaway. It's an epic fantasy/historical novel, and really, really good.

Review: LT; blog

Feb 14, 2012, 2:23pm Top

I'm a bit tired of maintaining three threads (this one, 12-12-12 challenge; Books off my bookshelf 2012), even though I keep track of different information about my reading in each one. I wish LibraryThing had some sort of "reading journal" feature, where you could sign up for challenges and only keep up one thread.

Feb 15, 2012, 11:40am Top

I've decided to move over my "books acquired" list from my BOMBs thread to here. I think it makes more sense to gloat over my new purchases etc. on this thread :D

Speaking of which, I got my ER book, India Becoming in the mail today! I also got a new book, Cooking at Home with Pedatha, which I am really excited about. It features a lot of the recipes I grew up with (with Telugu names included, or I wouldn't recognise them), and I'm really excited to try them out. My mom is a very intuitive cook, so she often doesn't know what to tell me when I ask for precise recipes, so I'm really excited about this. The only problem is the lack of non-vegetarian recipes, but oh well.

Feb 15, 2012, 7:10pm Top

Finished River of Gods today – I thought it was a terrific sci-fi book, but didn't like the setting of India so much.

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Feb 16, 2012, 6:39am Top

Interesting take on River of Gods. Of course, I was a lot more willing to put my faith in the portrait of India the writer presented to me, as I don't have such good first hand knowledge as you!
However, with my little knowledge of geopolitical trends, I don't think a fundamentalist religious party of any stripe is necessarily that far fetched. Call it my pessimistic nature, but I often think the 21st century has been characterised by a lurch to the extremities for lots of different groups - just look at how the Republicans in America, for a fairly recent example.
And there has been some trouble in India in the not too distant past, hasn't there? Here's something, for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Gujarat_riots. Not necessarily the result of Hindu fundamentalism, or even started by Hindus-though I'm straying into territory I don't know a lot about and don't really have any right to comment on, but I just thought that it wasn't that far fetched. I defer to your no doubt greater knowledge though.

Feb 16, 2012, 12:45pm Top

Disclaimer: I haven't read the book and all my comments are based entirely on the exhaustive review written by Kriti on the book.

I agree with Kriti, that even if India were to split, it doesn't seem it likely for it to happen in the way portrayed in the book.

The second point of extremism, however, I am willing to consider. Unlike Kriti, I believe that people in a mass can act in the most stupid manner. And even in these days of global recession, India's growth has merely slowed a bit, but it still remains higher than any developed country in one of its good years. I would hate to speculate what will happen if things take a turn for the worse. It may be easy to say that Indians lived in much worse conditions for umpteen number of years, but now that they have developed a taste for the luxury, it won't be easy to grow back. It is precisely in the face of adversity that people may turn against one another under the flimsiest of pretexts and religion can be a powerful motivator.

One may want to dismiss the Gujarat riots as a one off incident, but I wouldn't want to draw any hasty conclusions based on the last 10 years of comparative peace. As Han said, it might not necessarily be the result of Hindu fundamentalism, or even started by Hindus, but the fact remains that it happened.

I sincerely hope that I am wrong and that it doesn't happen in America, India or anywhere else for that matter, regardless of the impulses to the contrary.

Feb 16, 2012, 2:34pm Top

120, 121: Some thoughts on your responses, Piyush and Hannah:

I was a bit doubtful of my stance on fundamentalist Hinduism; I may have too much faith. I'm well-aware that the Gujarat riots took place pretty recently, and that the Shiv Sena party actually does have a bunch of supporters. I guess I am a bit biased by growing up in an incredibly peaceful and sleepy city in India. Riots and bomb attacks seemed pretty distant to me – nothing that could actually touch me or my life or the people I know.

In any case, my argument was not so much that Hindu fundamentalists wouldn't have any influence, it was that Hindu terms and culture wouldn't permeate Indian parlance as much as described in the book. For instance, genetically engineered children are called "Brahmins" because they are considered superior, and I don't think it is meant to be sarcastic.

Also, in most cases of riots in India, it's been a small majority of people in a particular region that have been affected – the book portrays general public opinion as being anti-Muslim.

I think the problem that I had with the setting of the book isn't so much that it touched on any particular ideas or portrayed India a specific way. I think it's because it made India very homogenous, and that felt wrong. India's always been diverse in culture, language, dress, but even opinion, and I don't think all that would've disappeared by 2047.

Piyush, I'd be very interested in your opinion of the book.

Feb 16, 2012, 2:48pm Top

The release date for A Memory of Light has been set! January 8, 2013. A bit later than I would've liked, but I'm still pretty excited that it's coming on a definite day!

News story on Tor

Feb 18, 2012, 12:56am Top

My latest reads are Firstborn and Infinity Blade: Awakening, both by Brandon Sanderson, and I think e-books only. I bought them for the Kindle application on my Mac and read them today. I don't think I'm going to review them – they were both so short (44 and 112 pages, respectively), and just fun reads.

Edited: Feb 19, 2012, 2:50pm Top

I read two Agatha Christie books yesterday, There is a Tide and Passenger to Frankfurt. I loved the first and hated the second.

I reviewed both on my blog here.

LibraryThing reviews: There is a Tide, Passenger to Frankfurt

Feb 20, 2012, 6:56am Top

Kriti, I will give River of Gods a try, in the next quarter maybe. Firstborn and Infinity Blade sound like interesting reads, I will try to squeeze them in my March reading.

Feb 20, 2012, 6:26pm Top

126: I look forward to seeing what you think of all of them, Piyush. :)

I've finally made some headway with Anathem. I was afraid it was going to be dreadfully dense and boring, since I'd had a couple of false starts with it, but it's actually really good.

Edited: Feb 21, 2012, 6:35pm Top

Finished Anathem. It was really good. I highly recommend it.

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Feb 21, 2012, 7:12pm Top

128: I can't believe I've never read anything by Neal Stephenson. He seems right up my alley. Nice review and thanks for the heads up about the slow start.

Feb 22, 2012, 1:45pm Top

129: Thanks! I do think you'd really enjoy Stephenson.

Edited: Feb 22, 2012, 1:49pm Top

My first graphic novel of the year, Kick-Ass. I'd already seen and loved the movie, so I knew that I'd probably love the book, and I did. The book is much less idealistic than the movie, as seems to be the case for a lot of graphic novels-turned-into-movies, and I enjoyed the contrast.

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Feb 23, 2012, 2:28am Top

#131 The movie was awesome, I will read the graphic novel too.

Feb 26, 2012, 5:14pm Top

#132: I think you'll like it. Apparently they're making a second movie!

Edited: Feb 26, 2012, 5:16pm Top

I've been reading Ruth Nestvold's stories – she's released four books on Kindle, and had free promotions for a couple of them, so I bought them. They are fairly short reads, so I'm counting them as one book.

Here's my review.

Mar 1, 2012, 12:56am Top

I finished and reviewed Reading Lolita in Tehran a couple of days ago. Here's the review. (I'm sorry for not posting the LT link, but I can't be bothered to go find it. I hope that's okay.) It was an interesting read, but also a bit disjointed.

I'm currently working on Stranger in a Strange Land. I like it so far.

I got a Kindle today! It was a late birthday present from my parents. This also means I "bought" a ton of free books, which I've documented in my February list – mostly classics and fantasy. I'm going to use the Kindle mainly for travel and to get into non-traditional publishing. In any case, Mount TBR just became a whole lot bigger.

Upcoming reads
I'm making a list so I know my goals.

I promised myself I'd read these books before buying any more and have miserably failed, but am still trying to prioritise:
- Uncle Tungsten
- Rendezvous with Rama
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- Batman: Year One
- The City and the City
- The Scar
- Notes from a Big Country

Other BOMBs I want to read soon:
- Seeing Further
- Sandman Slim
- Faithful Unto Death
- The Silmarillion

Other books:
- India Becoming (Early Reviewers)
- Lord of the Rings (reread)

Edited: Mar 2, 2012, 3:44pm Top

Finished Stranger in a Strange Land. I thought I'd like it a lot, but then the story stopped being about an alien's view of Earth and instead started being extremely preachy, sexist and homophobic.

I enjoyed Starship Troopers, so I really thought I'd like this book!


Edited: Mar 2, 2012, 4:42pm Top

Unfortunately, these "big name" SF writers from a different era can sometimes have rather outmoded views of gender and sexuality. Often, these are the things that show the age of the story far more than the outdated technology. Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress has a bit of a better stab at giving us a strong female character, and there is some interesting stuff in that re: gender relations. Bascially, women are very scarce, and death is always just an "accidentally" opened airlock away, so men therefore are forced to be much nicer to the women. The women still aren't really agents of their own fates - it's other men that are likely to send you out of the airlock, not the affronted woman. There is one really interesting scene though, in which a male visitor from earth is a bit overly friendly with a woman in a bar and nearly starts a riot, with behaviour that can be seen in every bar in every nation on earth, even these days. That certainly makes you think about what women consider acceptable behaviour.
Alfred Bester is a SF writer I'm a big fan of, apart from the fact that his female characters are pretty much always terrible. It seems to be a blind spot for some of these writers who are otherwise so good at imagining completely new civilisations.

Mar 3, 2012, 2:40am Top

137: Hannah, definitely. I'd read Starship Troopers, which doesn't really have many women in it that I can recall, so the sexism did come as a shock to me. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is the next Heinlein I want to read, I'm glad it treats women a bit better.

I remember reading that in the original Star Trek pilot, the first officer was a woman, and Gene Roddenberry was told by the network that people would never buy that. That was a few years after Stranger in a Strange Land was written. I definitely do understand that those were the attitudes in the 50s and 60s, but they didn't age well. (On the other hand, the movie His Girl Friday was made around then, and it's still really good!)

I'll check out Alfred Bester. I wonder if SF writers are so good at imagining completely new things because they use all their energies not paying attention to the world/people actually around them :P

Edited: Mar 3, 2012, 9:36am Top

The Stars My Destination is an incredible book by Bester, one of the best SF books I've ever read.
I'm enjoying this discussion of Heinlein's work. I think I will have to read Stanger in a Strange Land, just to get annoyed for myself! (also, I'm a great fan of His Girl Friday too. One of the great screwball comedies. The Philidelphia Story is another great example of the genre, with the wonderful Katherine Hepburn giving Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart more than as good as she gets.)

Mar 3, 2012, 11:15pm Top

#137 Unfortunately, these "big name" SF writers from a different era can sometimes have rather outmoded views of gender and sexuality.

Compare this with fantasy writers, who invariable have strong female characters, in cases stronger than the male characters even. But while I was thinking on this topic (I must confess I never noticed it before), I was hard pressed to find a single Sci-fi book other than Dune, which had strong female characters.

Mar 4, 2012, 12:08am Top

Read some James H. Schmitz then. Demon Breed or any of the Telzey Amberdon or Trigger Argee books. Wonderful women characters. Great books.

As far as Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land was a book of the sixties, and I think you might have had to be there to grok it. Try Glory Road for a strong female character. My favorites are his juveniles, and I'm not that fond of his later books where he really got into sexuality (creepy), and one of those, Between Planets, has a strong female character.

Mar 4, 2012, 2:10am Top

I will try some of the James H. Schmitz books then, the cover page of Trigger Argee features a busty blonde in low cut leathers, how can I say no to that!

The only Heinlein book I have read is Starship Troopers, needless to say I quite liked it. Whilst on this, have you read Ender's Game?

Mar 4, 2012, 6:34am Top

139, 141: Added The Stars My Destination by Bester and The Universe Against Her by Schmitz to my wishlist! (and The Philadelphia Story to list of movies to watch.)

Between Planets also sounds like something to go on my list. I was a bit creeped out by the sexuality in Stranger in a Strange Land, despite being all for polyamory for those who want it, so I think I'll give his later books a pass.

140: I think modern sci-fi is nicer to women, of course. Fantasy definitely has better examples. I keep trying to think of a good sci-fi women, and I end up thinking about TV shows or movies (Jadzia Dax and Kira Nerys from Star Trek:DS9, Sarah Connor from Terminator, etc.) but no books.

142: I really enjoyed Ender's Game. I haven't read any of the sequels yet, though.

Edited: Mar 4, 2012, 6:37am Top

More reviews:

The Emperor's Edge by Lindsay Buroker: here's the review, fun fantasy romp. highly recommended.
The City and the City by China Miéville: here's the review, usual Miéville imagination and ideas with a police procedural. recommended.

Mar 4, 2012, 9:54am Top

#143 Me neither, I don't want to ruin the book for me because of its sequels, I chose to not read any of Dune's sequels either for the same reason.

Mar 4, 2012, 11:13am Top

I've got to read me some China Miéville soon. Sounds like this book wouldn't be the perfect place to start though. I have wishlisted Demon Breed though. Who could resist a book with talking otters in it?

Mar 4, 2012, 1:26pm Top

In my post above, I made it sound like Between Planets was one of Heinlein's later books, and it isn't--it's one of the earlier juveniles but a really fun story. Star Beast is also a fun read.

Yes, I read Ender's Game and its sequels and enjoyed them. If you like military sf, Piyush, have you read David Weber's Honor Harrington series or Elizabeth Moon's Serrano family series starting with Hunting Party.

" I wonder if SF writers are so good at imagining completely new things because they use all their energies not paying attention to the world/people actually around them :P"
Love that statement, Kriti; a lot of truth to that, especially in early sf.

Early fantasy also was weak on female characters, Piyush, in large part. It really was a factor of the times. And sf originally was the province of 14-year-old males and pulp magazines--it took it a while to evolve. Andre Norton used a pen name to disguise the fact that she was a woman, and although her earliest stuff was all male main characters, she was one of the first to shift to female viewpoint characters and strong, active female characters. C. L. Moore, also a woman writer, wrote Jirel of Joiry in 1977, a great female character.

Hannah, you won't regret it. An intelligent female character, with her mutant sea otters, single-handedly foiling an alien invasion in a realistic manner--one of my favoritest sf stories ever! Some of Schmitz' books used to be hard to get, but Baen did a reprint of 5 volumes collecting his entire works in the 90s. The Demon Breed (the "demon" refers to the appearance of the aliens, not any supernatural being) can be found in The Hub: Dangerous Territory in that collection.

Mar 4, 2012, 3:59pm Top

Roni, I don't seem to have any Weber, which is quite weird since I have been meaning to read him for quite some time (since the days when 1/3 to 1/2 of my reads used to be Fantasy). I did read Sheepfarmer's Daughter, a good read, but I haven't followed up on the series.

I disagree with early Fantasy writers being equally bad, from the top of my head, Arwen, Eowyn and Galadriel in LOTR, Lucy being the main character in Narnia, etc.

Mar 7, 2012, 11:55am Top

146: I started out with Perdido Street Station, although I enjoyed Embassytown more.

147: Yeah, I figured out that Between Planets was a juvenile. I'm intrigued by the idea of Heinlein writing juveniles, he is a pretty fun writer when he's telling a story. I'll also have to check out David Weber and Elizabeth Moon – I'm not sure if I like military sci fi, per se, but I did enjoy both Starship Troopers and Ender's Game, so I definitely want to give them a shot.

So many books wishlisted from this discussion!

I don't think I've read any early fantasy apart from Tolkien and Lewis. I haven't read the classic David Eddings, Terry Brooks etc. (are they early fantasy?) So I can't comment on women in early fantasy. I'm happy to take recommendations, though.


I'm working on The Scar, and enjoying it so far. It's one of the older books I own that I haven't read yet, and it was on my 25-book list of BOMBS to get through. I've been taking it slowly, though.

I leave for PyCon tomorrow, so if I get any reading done in the next week, it's going to be on my Kindle and probably fantasy. (I love free fantasy ebooks!) I'm excited to go to the conference and hopefully find some more freelancing work or maybe a full time job. (I haven't really been looking very hard so far.) The talks sounds really cool, and it's always fun to meet a bunch of people who do what you do.

Mar 7, 2012, 3:51pm Top

Eddings wrote the Belgariad and the Mallorean series in the 80s and they are both decent reads.

Run as fast as you can from Brooks though, I read the first book of The Sword of Shannara last year and it was really bad! The guy cannot even portray male characters properly and from what I remember, there wasn't a female in the book, not even a female ogre, let alone human/elf! The only series I can think of which was worse than this one was The Seventh Swordsman series by Dave Duncan

Mar 17, 2012, 4:32am Top

150: I'll definitely avoid both Terry Brooks and Dave Duncan! The Belgariad is on my wishlist.

Mar 18, 2012, 2:26pm Top

Finished The Scar by China Miéville. I liked it, but I don't want to read any more Miéville for a while. His stories have no heart at all.

Here's the review!

Mar 19, 2012, 10:15pm Top

January's ER book, India Becominghere's my review.

Decent book, but I didn't learn very much. I'm glad I got it for free.

Mar 20, 2012, 2:15pm Top

Good review of India Becoming. I think I might wishlist it, because I am very interested in any books about India, but I get the sense from your review of this awesome book that could be written about this subject matter, but isn't this one, so I'll try and keep my eyes peeled for that book too! (I wonder of it's been written yet?)

Mar 20, 2012, 2:29pm Top

155: Thanks, Hannah! I read In Spite of the Gods a long time ago, but I remember really enjoying it and thinking it got India spot on. Maybe you'd like that? I'll try to think of some more, too.

Mar 20, 2012, 2:46pm Top

>156 kgodey:. That looks great! I'll definately wishlist that one, thanks!

Apr 1, 2012, 8:20pm Top

Just checking in. I haven't been able to read any books in the last couple of weeks – I began my job search in earnest and I've been working hard. I'm pretty much employed now, so that's exciting. More details when it's all official.

I'm looking forward to being able to read a book soon. I miss reading :(

Apr 1, 2012, 11:10pm Top

Fingers crossed you'll be able to read more soon! Happy to hear of your employment status!

Apr 2, 2012, 8:24am Top

Woo hoo - employment, congrats!

Apr 3, 2012, 8:52am Top

Congratulations! Awaiting details.

Apr 9, 2012, 2:59am Top

Thanks Faith, Marie and Piyush! I'm now officially employed, so I can announce the details! I'm lead developer at CasaHop, a startup that's working on facilitating home exchanges for vacations. (Here's an article about us.) I'm really excited – I get to work from home and manage a global team of programmers.

I haven't finished a book yet, although I read about a hundred pages of Rendezvous with Rama yesterday. It's kind of dry, but Clarke is a better writer than Niven and isn't overtly sexist like Heinlein, so that's good.

Apr 9, 2012, 10:20am Top

De-lurking to congratulate you on your new job!

Apr 9, 2012, 5:12pm Top

Congratulations again, work from home is just the icing on the cake I guess! House swapping sounds quite a novel idea, and working in a start-up has its own advantages as well. All in all, a good deal you got there, best of luck!

Apr 25, 2012, 10:40pm Top

Did you for reals stop reading all together? Joseph said you were makin' some good $$$, but I don't know that I'd want a job that didn't leave me time for books, regardless of the compensation...

Apr 25, 2012, 11:34pm Top

Congrats on the new job!

Apr 28, 2012, 1:07pm Top

163, 164, 166: Thanks everyone! :)

165: I'm working though Straphanger and Rendezvous with Rama, but haven't finished either. I'm sure I'll get back to reading more soon, I'm still trying to figure out the best work/life balance, since my job involves me managing/answering questions from people all over the world that are online at all kinds of times. I've managed to stop working every waking moment and start watching Babylon 5 and Stargate SG-1, so reading shouldn't be far behind. :D (Joseph also bought me The Warded Man, which I've been wanting to read for a while, so that should help, too.)

May 6, 2012, 9:02am Top

Hey Kriti, how is the new job going?

Jun 7, 2012, 7:34pm Top

168: Hi Marie! I'm settling into it! We've launched several new features under my watch and I think I've figured out a bit more about work/life balance. I've been traveling for the last couple of weeks and my parents were visiting for two weeks before then, so I haven't really had a normal life for months now. Glad to be home finally (although I now seem to have the flu :/)

I bought a whole bunch of books recently though (trip to the Strand in NYC, plus Half Price books in Seattle), so I have a lot of motivation to get back to reading a bunch.

Jun 8, 2012, 10:20am Top

169: Hey, good to hear from you! Sounds like you are busy, busy, busy. I'm so jealous of your travels. :) Hope you feel better soon and get to read some of the books you purchased.

Jun 13, 2012, 11:46pm Top

I finally read a book! Shadow of Stone by Ruth Nestvold, which hasn't acquired a touchstone yet. I got a free review copy from the author and was really sucked into it. I really liked the first book in the series, Yseult, and I was looking forward to this one, and it didn't disappoint.

Full review

Jun 23, 2012, 6:32pm Top

Just finished reading The Warded Man. A pretty good fantasy.

Review forthcoming.

Edited: Jun 28, 2012, 3:28am Top

Slowly getting back to reading regularly (with comfort books – fantasy), read The Name of the Wind and Assassin's Apprentice, both are excellent and I'll need to buy the sequels soon.

Next on the list is probably Magician: Apprentice or Gardens of the Moon. And I'll need to write reviews for my recent reading.

I should also mention that in the past two months, I've watched five seasons of Babylon 5 and six seasons of Stargate SG-1. That's probably also why I haven't been reading as much :P

Jun 28, 2012, 4:01pm Top

The Farseer Trilogy is indeed very good, glad to see you enjoyed it too.

Jun 28, 2012, 4:59pm Top

173: Yay! I love Robin Hobb. She's super. Do you make a habit of not reading series consecutively, in order? Like, reading other books in between? That sounds risky to me...

Jun 28, 2012, 8:46pm Top

174, 175: Yeah, I can't wait for the next book!

Andrew: definitely not a habit. I bought a bunch of first books in series' at Half Price when I was in Seattle, so that's why. I didn't want to risk buying more books in case I didn't like the series in question.

Jun 29, 2012, 6:32pm Top

I got promoted to CTO yesterday, so I bought the rest of the Farseer trilogy and the sequels to The Name of the Wind and The Warded Man to celebrate. :D

Jun 29, 2012, 9:03pm Top


Jun 30, 2012, 10:00am Top

Many congratulations! Becoming the CTO at your age is no mean feat, you deserved the celebration aka Book buying spree :D

Jun 30, 2012, 1:01pm Top

I'm not going to lie, I had to look up CTO but now that I know what it means, congratulations! Let the book spree continue!

Jun 30, 2012, 8:47pm Top

178, 179, 180: Thanks a lot! It's exciting, but also scary – it's a lot of responsibility :)

I read Old Man's War today, it's been a while since I read a sci-fi book I really enjoyed. It reminded me a lot of Starship Troopers, but modern and much better! I've been reading John Scalzi's blog for a couple of years now, so I'm glad to have finally read a book by him. Luckily, I also have a copy of Fuzzy Nation to look forward to!

Jul 5, 2012, 5:41pm Top

My first book in July is Royal Assassin, a terrific second installment to the Farseer trilogy. My next book, starting immediately, is going to be Assasin's Quest. :D

Jul 7, 2012, 4:15pm Top

Finished Assassin's Quest the other day, still good, but not as good as the other two.

Today, I read The Pride of Chanur, which was very interesting. First contact with humans from an alien perspective! I liked it a lot, but I wished there was a little less action, it felt more like a movie than a book.

Jul 16, 2012, 2:53am Top

Two books in the last couple of days: The Wise Man's Fear and Fuzzy Nation. Both were really excellent.

I really wish the sequel to The Wise Man's Fear was out now. I'm really not sure how the story is going to be wrapped up in one more book! It's definitely joined my list of "I'm going to pre-order the next book" series'.

Fuzzy Nation was terrific; I need to read all of John Scalzi's books as soon as possible.

I've been reading mostly sci-fi/fantasy for the last couple of months, I need to get back to my BOMBs, early reviewer books and other books I've been sent for review.

Jul 16, 2012, 6:03am Top

Have you read Contact?

Jul 16, 2012, 11:04am Top

@185 Yes, although that was 7-8 years ago. I need to own a copy of it.

The movie is also pretty good, despite Matthew Macfayden.

Edited: Jul 22, 2012, 4:22am Top

Read The Desert Spear, I approached it with trepidation since I didn't love The Warded Man, but it exceeded my expectations. However, I still don't really care about any of the characters that much.

Jul 22, 2012, 8:47am Top

#184: I enjoy Scalzi's Old Man's War series. I hope you can get to it one of these days, Kriti.

Jul 26, 2012, 1:49am Top

188: Hi Stasia! I actually read Old Man's War last month and just bought The Ghost Brigades, I'm really looking forward to it.

Jul 26, 2012, 1:49am Top

I read The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1 and Magician: Master recently. This makes over 5000 pages this month! Both were enjoyable.

This is fairly apparent, but I've (temporarily) abandoned all notions of reading diversely. I've been buying and reading just fantasy with the occasional smattering of sci-fi. I can't seem hard to focus for very long on anything else, although I'm trying to read Straphanger on the side.

I also read a couple of hundred pages into Gardens of the Moon, but there were too many characters, too much time passing and a really confusing world/magic system. It might just be a problem with my lack of focus, though, so I'll try again later.

Jul 29, 2012, 3:58pm Top

Finished the Riftwar Saga with Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon. I'm enjoying these books, but they're also way too much like a D&D campaign (apparently that's where the story originated?) Elves, dwarves, dark elves, snake people, tiger people, clerics, magicians, etc. The characters are all good, but pretty one-dimensional (two at most.) Still, I read them all in a row, so they're fun reads.

I also just finished The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi, and ordered The Last Colony on Amazon immediately. This is truly a great series!

I've also decided to start keeping track of categories again. I really need to start reading a bit more diversely, although I still have a few fantasy books to read.

Edited: Aug 4, 2012, 5:10pm Top

Still not doing great on the reading diversely thing. I read The Dragonbone Chair last night, and loved it.

Upcoming reads: Ship of Magic, Mad Ship. Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb, The Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower by Tad Williams, The Last Colony by John Scalzi. I'm on a finish-the-series streak!

(okay, the Liveship Traders is a new series, but it's set in the same world as the Farseer trilogy, so it counts!)

Aug 5, 2012, 12:00am Top

...and I finished Ship of Magic. I really loved it; even though I've been reading a lot of epic fantasy, it really stood out.

Aug 5, 2012, 11:33am Top

Yeah, I seem to run in themes as well. Right now I've got 4 steampunk books stacked up.

Aug 5, 2012, 5:12pm Top

194: Hi Jim! Steampunk sounds fun too! Which ones?

I finished Mad Ship today (I've read three 600+ page books in less than 48 hours!) Now I want Ship of Destiny or Stone of Farewell, or The Last Colony but they're all still in the mail! Bah.

Aug 6, 2012, 4:41am Top

A Robin Hobb reading marathon sounds like a lot of fun! I ought to try it sometime!

Aug 7, 2012, 1:09pm Top

Finished The Stone of Farewell and received Ship of Destiny in the mail today!

196: Yes, it does, Piyush! I'm already plotting to acquire The Tawny Man trilogy (and see FitzChivalry again.)

Edited: Aug 10, 2012, 10:12pm Top

I've forgotten to update here in the last few days (I've been updating my lists, though.) I finished Ship of Destiny, and then read The Last Colony – both of which were excellent, although Ship of Destiny was a bit sad.

I finally read one of my BOMBs – The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie, which was pretty good!

I'm still waiting for my copy of To Green Angel Tower in the mail, but got impatient and uh... acquired an e-book version (actually, the split up version, since it was also published as two separate books.) and then managed to finish it. A pretty good conclusion, but I thought things were wrapped up a little too well at the end.

So that's five books read since my last update!

I've also continued my book buying spree – I bought Redshirts and the Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb (Fool's Errand, Golden Fool and Fool's Fate).

Aug 11, 2012, 2:31am Top

#198: I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the Tad Williams' trilogy. I read it last year and really liked it!

Aug 12, 2012, 2:21am Top

I probably should've read The Silmarillion first, but I found The Children of Húrin while reorganising bookshelves and read it. It was really great to get back to Tolkien's world, although the story itself was very sad.

Aug 12, 2012, 2:22am Top

I have read The Silmarillion, but not The Children of Hurin. I definitely need to get to it!

Aug 13, 2012, 3:01am Top

I haven't read any of Tolkien's works other than The Hobbit and LOTR Trilogy, these two have been on my TBR for too long, but once I read them, there will be no more Tolkien to look forward to :(

Aug 14, 2012, 2:08am Top

202: Piyush, very true, that's why I'm saving the Silmarillion!

I received and read John Scalzi's Redshirts today – hilarious and poignant and existential! Especially for a Star Trek fan like me.

Edited: Aug 15, 2012, 1:44pm Top

I've finally started on something I've been wanting to do all year (but especially after watching the extended editions of the movies a few months ago) – a reread of The Lord of the Rings! I'm currently in Lothlórien.

My paperback copy is literally falling apart (at least 50 pages fell out when I was reading), so I bought myself a used hardcover copy on Amazon.

Edited: Aug 18, 2012, 2:03am Top

Finished reading The Tawny Man trilogy – Fool's Errand, Golden Fool and Fool's Fate. They are terrific – a really great wrap up for FitzChivalry's story.

I can't believe there are more books set in this world – that was such a nice ending.

My new copy of The Lord of the Rings arrived today, so I'm looking forward to getting back to it.

Aug 28, 2012, 11:52pm Top

I've been updating my counts etc. above, but forgot to post here.

I finished The Lord of the Rings, which was a lovely read (I even read the appendices thoroughly!) I immediately wanted to jump to The Hobbit, but I'm saving that for December so I can read it right before I go see the movie.

Next, I read The Games, which was a thriller and kind of awful. I won an ARC from somewhere, though, and I'm glad I didn't spend any money on it.

Indian Summer was an interesting book – a very well researched book on the independence and partition of India, but focusing on the people rather than the events. Fun, but also somewhat horrifying.

I like Marcus Samuelsson on TV, so I was looking forward to Yes, Chef. He's certainly had a very interesting life, but it wasn't a very engaging memoir – clearly ghost-written, and he comes off as a bit of jerk.

Most recently, I read Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie – I just wanted a quick and familiar read, and Poirot delivers.

Sep 2, 2012, 1:19am Top

To finish up August, I read Robin Hobb's Rain Wild Chronicles – Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven and City of Dragons. I can't wait for the conclusion, which comes out in March!

I might end up getting desperate for more Hobb and buy the Soldier Son trilogy... or maybe I'll check out Megan Lindholm's books.

Sep 2, 2012, 2:30am Top

I really need to read some of Hobb's books. I own at least 3! lol

Sep 2, 2012, 2:53pm Top

#208 Hobb is good, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Sep 16, 2012, 3:51pm Top

An update:

I've been finishing up my Robin Hobb kick – no more of her books left to read! I read Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven and City of Dragons – all excellent, and I can't wait for the next Rain Wilds book!

I also read her Soldier Son trilogy – Shaman's Crossing, Forest Mage and Renegade's Magic, and unfortunately, I didn't like those as much as her stories set in the Realm of the Elderlings. The protagonist was very flat, and I didn't find the world as engaging.

I also read Words like Coins, which is a short story set in the Realm of the Elderlings, as well as The Inheritance and Other Stories which had three more. The Inheritance and Other Stories was also my first introduction to Robin Hobb's alter-ego, Megan Lindhom, who I liked, but not as much as Robin Hobb.

Other books I read – Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, which I actually really liked. I'm not usually a fan of too much sex in books, but the totally straightforward and unabashed way that it's portrayed made it a fun read. Of course, the worldbuilding and plot was pretty good too, although magic is minimal. Also, I kind of wish it wasn't an alternate history, it seems very tenuously related to our world – very little is familiar.

I also read Brandon Sanderson's Legion, which is the first limited edition of a book that I've ever purchased! As with any of his books, I loved it. He can do no wrong.

A quick e-book: Beyond the Waters of the World by Ruth Nestvold. I really like Nestvold's Yseult and Shadow of Stone, and some of her short stories, but I was kind of annoyed by this one because I'm a bit tired of star crossed love being the focus of her short fiction.

Although I'm totally failing at the BOMBs challenge, I made a bit of an effort and read Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks, which is a pretty good book, although I wish it was a bit more chronological or a bit more focused. It's a great account of Sacks' family, growing up as an affluent Jew around the Second World War, and most of all, his fascination with all aspects of chemistry. I wish I'd grown up with 18 aunts and uncles who were all scientists of some sort, and with parents that encouraged you to have a lab of your own – that sounds amazing! Although, chemicals are so much more controlled now, so it would be impossible to do so.

Uncle Tungsten also ensured that I have at least 1 book in each of my 12 categories in the 12 category challenge. I don't think I'm going to make my goal of 12 books in each – but at least I've read in all my categories.


The next book I'm attempting is King Leopold's Ghost, I think.
I also have Kushiel's Chosen and Kushiel's Avatar on the way, as well as Songs of Love and Death.

Sep 23, 2012, 3:35pm Top

in the last week:

Songs of Love and Death – an uneven collection, but some really great stories, especially the one by Neil Gaiman.

King Leopold's Ghost – a very good look at the horrors of the Belgian Congo, readable, doesn't drown you in despair, but is effective.

Furies of Calderon – pretty good first book, a bit too breakneck in the action, looking forward to more worldbuilding.

Throne of the Crescent Moon – very interesting world and characters, i wish the book had been longer so i could explore them more, can't wait for the next book.

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley – really wanted to like it but didn't. long and detailed review: http://blog.kritigodey.com/2012/09/23/the-blue-sword-by-robin-mckinley/

i've also started reviewing again at http://blog.kritigodey.com/, as well as trying to catch up on my backlog, so feel free to take a look!

Sep 23, 2012, 3:46pm Top

You've really been going through the books!

Sep 27, 2012, 1:54am Top

212, yeah I've been reading a lot!

Update – I've read The Blade Itself, Academ's Fury, Kushiel's Chosen and Kushiel's Avatar and that makes 100 books + ebooks this year, with 75 of them being dead tree books. Yay!

Sep 27, 2012, 8:20am Top

Congratulations on your 100 reads for the year, twice as many as me!

Sep 28, 2012, 12:01pm Top

Thanks Piyush!

Oct 26, 2012, 9:03pm Top

I created a spreadsheet to keep track of my reading so it would automatically generate stats rather than me having to do it, and consequently, I got very behind on tracking my reading on this thread. :/ Here are the books I've read in the last month:

1. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
2. Alcatraz versus The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
3. - 7. Cursor's Fury, Captain's Fury, Princep's Fury and First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher
8. Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed
9. Tiger Lily by K. Bird Lincoln
10. Scattered Among Strange Worlds by Aliette de Bodard
11. - 13. Kushiel's Scion, Kushiel's Justice and Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
14. - 16. Naamah's Kiss, Naamah's Curse and Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey
17. Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
18. The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
19. & 20. Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
21. Savvy by Ingrid Law
22. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led The Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente
23. A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham
24. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
25. The United States of Arugula by David Kamp
26. The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker

I've been reviewing pretty consistently at http://blog.kritigodey.com. I'm really excited at the moment because I contacted Tor and they agreed to send me review copies of books! I received my first one yesterday – a reprinting of After the King, a Tolkien inspired short story anthology.

Nov 18, 2012, 4:27am Top

I'm backed up again, although I haven't been reading quite as much due to some changes with work, friends visiting etc.

I've started three new series' - Karen Miller's Godspeaker trilogy is the one I'm furthest along its. I've read Empress and The Riven Kingdom and I'm about to start Hammer of God. it's really interesting so far, each book has chronicled the very different rises of two female regents in very different parts of the same world. Book 3 is where they clash, and I can't wait.

I also read The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I've heard a lot about, and thankfully, it lived up to expectations. It's apparently the first book in a seven book series, in which only two are currently out... not sure if this was the best time to start it, but oh well.

The third series is Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky - I've only read the first book, Empire in Black and Gold so far, but it's an interesting world and I really want a new epic series to sink into (this one is 10 books). The characters and setup is pretty unique. I already own the next few and will be reading them as soon as I'm done with the Godspeaker trilogy.

Oh, I guess there's a fourth series I forgot about - the Books of the Order by Philippa Ballantine. They are pretty much written in the urban fantasy style, although the world that it is set in is high fantasy with tinges of steampunk. They're fairly action packed and a bit too romantic for my taste, but they're good light reads. I've read Geist and Spectyr so far, but I also have Wrayth on my to be read pile.

I also read the aforementioned After the King, which was pretty good. I love fantasy short story collections, although some always miss the mark for me.

I'm way behind on reviews right now - I haven't reviewed any of the books mentioned in this post. Hopefully I can fix that soon.

Edited: Dec 4, 2012, 6:13pm Top

I tried to make an update the other day, but it didn't work.

I've pretty much only been reading the series' mentioned above – I finished Hammer of God, the last book in the Godspeaker trilogy. I also read Wrayth, from the Books of the Order – I'm waiting for the last book that comes out next year.

I also read Red Seas Under Red Skies, which was great, but I have no idea when the next book will come out (2014?), and there are five left to go. I'm already impatient.

Currently I'm reading Salute the Dark, the fourth book in the Shadows of the Apt series, after Dragonfly Falling and Blood of the Mantis. I've got the fifth book already, and I just spent a large amount of money to buy books 6-8 (they're not out in the US and are pretty expensive, especially because I usually buy cheap used books).

The one non series book I read was The Story of Fighting Ships, which is a history of warships (meant for younger audiences), starting with the galleys of Crete. There are fictional interludes to help illustrate what a battle would've been like on the ships described.

This puts me at 137 books completed this year.

Dec 4, 2012, 6:13pm Top

I forgot to mention in the above post that I'm really excited about SantaThing! I made my picks, and I can see that my entry has four comments, and I'm excited to see people's recommendations.

Dec 11, 2012, 12:56pm Top

My SantaThing books arrived! Now I have to decide whether to open them...

I haven't read very much, I finished Salute the Dark and read the next book, The Scarab Path. I also read The Grass King's Concubine, which was a bit too atmospheric for me.

Dec 19, 2012, 1:23am Top

Okay, project Wheel of Time reread has begun! I just finished The Eye of the World.

I'm really excited about A Memory of Light!

Dec 22, 2012, 7:18pm Top

Now I'm done with The Great Hunt and The Dragon Reborn.

This series is so detailed!

Dec 22, 2012, 7:39pm Top

Wow! That is a big project you have undertaken, best of luck!
A Memory of Light would be a good addition to my new year reading as I am sure would be to yours as wekk; finally a conclusion, and that too Sanderson style!

Dec 22, 2012, 8:24pm Top

This series is so detailed!

That's for damn sure... :)

Dec 23, 2012, 5:27pm Top

223 - Yup, I already have it pre-ordered – that's why I'm rereading now. I'm really excited! I even shelled out the $2.99 to read the prologue in e-book form, and it's great!

224 – Yeah! This is my first reread, and now that I know what happens in the future books, I'm amazed at the amount of foreshadowing/small details.

I'm blogging my rereads at http://blog.kritigodey.com in case anyone's interested.

Dec 24, 2012, 1:07pm Top

Wow! So I was timing my Wheel of Time reread so I'd finish in time for the January 8 release.... but today, I found a copy of A Memory of Light from Tor on my porch. I guess I need to read faster!

Dec 25, 2012, 12:16am Top

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I want to wish you a glorious celebration of that time of year when we all try to unite around a desire for Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward All. Happy Holidays, Kriti!

Dec 25, 2012, 10:40am Top

Happy Holidays, Kriti!

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