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foggidawn reads in 2017, thread 4

This is a continuation of the topic foggidawn reads in 2017, thread 3.

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Oct 4, 9:24pm Top

Hi, I'm foggi, and this is my tenth year on LibraryThing and my seventh year in this group! I'm a librarian in a medium-sized Ohio town and a voracious reader. I have eclectic reading tastes, but do read a lot of children's and young adult literature, both for work (I select children's and teen books for my library) and because I enjoy it. I usually read about 175 books a year; sometimes other pursuits cut into my reading time (watching TV, participating in community theatre), but I enjoy talking about those things, too!

2016 was a low reading year for me -- only 165 books. However, I have high hopes that 2017 will be better! In 2016 I moved to a new town and started a new job, which cut into my reading time considerably.

Thanks for visiting my thread!

Edited: Oct 6, 10:01pm Top

This year I'm making a book-related New Year's resolution. Now that I've been on LT for ten years, it's easy to see when I acquired my books. I'm going to try to read all of my TBRs acquired more than ten years ago -- anything I added when I started my account, basically, and I'll work my way forward from there. At the end of the year, any remaining TBRs that I've had for that long will be making their way to new homes. My though process is that if it's been sitting on my TBR shelf for ten years and hasn't caught my interest, it probably never will! I'm excluding "classics" from this resolution -- though I'll try to read them, I'm not going to cut them from my collection if I don't get to them. It's the more recent fiction that I'm focusing on for now. I've uploaded a picture of the shelf that holds those old TBR books above, and I'll update my progress as I go through the year. (Not all of the books visible are that old, but the ones on the first 2/3rds of the top shelf are.) I've updated the shelf so that books I have read are marked off in green, and books that I have discarded without reading are blocked off in gray.

So far I have read five books from the shelf: The Eye of the World, Heir of Sea and Fire, God's Handmaiden, The Boggart, and Crispin: The Cross of Lead. In addition, I've culled a few others that I feel pretty confident about not reading. There are still several I'd like to get to, and a few that I've started, but that have failed to hold my interest. If I don't get cracking, I'll be discarding more than I'd like at the end of the year!

Edited: Oct 5, 9:32am Top

Books read so far in 2017
Titles in bold are new favorites, titles in italics are rereads

1. The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
2. Cheaper by the Dozen by Christopher Sergel, based on the book by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
3. The Homecoming, a play based on the novel by Earl Hamner
4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
5. Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
7. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
8. Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro
9. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
10. And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little by Paul Zindel
11. Doin' Time at the Alamo by Mary Hanes
12. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
13. Opal by Robert Lindsey Nassif
14. All in the Timing by David Ives
15. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
16. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
17. Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones
18. Over the Tavern by Tom Dudzick
19. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
20. Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen
21. The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia McKillip
22. Crosstalk by Connie Willis
23. Morning's at Seven by Paul Osborn
24. Joyful Noise by Tim Slover
25. James and the Giant Peach: A Play by Roald Dahl, adapted by Richard George
26. Cash on Delivery by Michael Cooney
27. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
28. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
29. The Twits: A Set of Plays by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood
30. Be My Baby by Ken Ludwig
31. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
32. Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl
33. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
34. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
35. Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
36. Heir of Sea and Fire by Patricia McKillip
37. Sandy Toes by Robin Jones Gunn
38. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
39. The World's Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson
40. Drawn Away by Holly Bennett
41. The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long
42. Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
43. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples
44. Haveli by Suzanne Fisher Staples
45. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
46. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
47. Genevieve's War by Patricia Reilly Giff
48. The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron
49. False Colours by Georgette Heyer
50. If the Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid
51. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
52. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
53. The House of Djinn by Suzanne Fisher Staples
54. The Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry by Rosalie K. Fry
55. The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems by Billy Collins
56. Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb
57. Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
58. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
59. The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack
60. The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
61. Monticello: A Daughter and Her Father by Sally Cabot Gunning
62. Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
63. Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
64. Salty Kisses by Robin Jones Gunn
65. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
66. March: Book One by John Lewis
67. March: Book Two by John Lewis
68. March: Book Three by John Lewis
69. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
70. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
71. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
72. The Lost Frost Girl by Amy Wilson
73. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
74. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
75. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
76. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
77. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

78. Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone
79. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
80. The Starlit Wood, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
81. All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
82. Waylon! Even More Awesome by Sara Pennypacker
83. Let's Pretend We Never Met by Melissa Walker
84. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockheart
85. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Glaser
86. Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet
87. Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland
88. Threads by Ami Polonsky
89. Best. State. Ever. by Dave Barry
90. God's Handmaiden by Gilbert Morris
91. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
92. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
93. The Emperor's Ostrich by Julie Berry
94. And We're Off by Dana Schwartz
95. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
96. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
97. Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
98. Maud by Melanie Fishbane
99. Judge Benjamin: The Superdog Rescue by Judith Whitelock McInerney
100. One by Sarah Crossan
101. The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories by P.G. Wodehouse
102. The Boggart by Susan Cooper
103. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
104. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
105. The Road to Yesterday by L.M. Montgomery
106. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
107. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
108. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
109. Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney
110. Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
111. Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
112. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
113. All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
114. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
115. Olive and the Backstage Ghost by Michelle Schusterman
116. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
117. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
118. The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
119. Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
120. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
121. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
122. To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon
123. Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

Edited: Oct 4, 9:38pm Top

Reserved for illustrator spotlight, maybe, but feel free to post below!

Edited: Oct 5, 9:18am Top

(124 books read)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon -- Rishi Patel loves his parents and their traditional outlook on life. He agrees to attend a summer coding camp in order to meet Dimple Shah, the girl his parents think he should marry. Rishi assumes that Dimple, like him, is open to the idea of a traditional arranged marriage, and is ready to give a relationship a try.

Dimple wants, more than anything else, to be a successful web designer. She has a brilliant idea for her summer coding project, and she has no intention of letting anything get in the way -- particularly romance. She also has no idea that her parents have been talking to the Patels about marriage, so when Rishi cheerfully approaches her with a joke about starting their life together . . . it doesn't go so well. Will Dimple come around to the idea of romance, or is their relationship doomed from the start?

This book has a lot of great points. The main characters are strong and engaging, and develop over the course of the story. Girls who code are on trend right now. I thought the plot was a little rough -- the second half of the book is mostly taken up by a talent show that's part of the coding camp, and I could have done with less of that. And some of the secondary characters are pretty flat, perhaps because so much of the focus is on the main characters and their relationship. Still, an enjoyable read, recommended.

Oct 4, 9:53pm Top

Happy New Thread, Misti!

Edited: Oct 5, 9:33am Top

(125 books read)

How to Fall in Love with Anyone by Mandy Len Catron -- In 2015, Mandy Len Catron's essay, titled "To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This," was published in the Modern Love section of the New York Times. On the basis of that successful article, Catron has written a memoir in essays, examining her own love stories as well as those of her parents, relatives, friends, and even some strangers she got to know in the course of writing the book. She discusses research into love, and of course, she talks about the night she described in the original article, where she and an acquaintance asked each other a prescribed series of increasingly personal questions, then stared into one another's eyes for four minutes straight.

It's always interesting to read other people's ideas about and experiences of love. I appreciated Catron's down-to-earth approach, and the questions she had, especially when considering her parents' divorce and the breakup of her own long-term relationship. I didn't have any particular epiphanies regarding love, but I liked a lot of what Catron had to say. I felt she occasionally veered into preachiness, and her bias was evident in spots, but that's to be expected with any book, and one that styles itself a memoir particularly.

I listened to this audiobook, rather than reading the print version. It was read by the author, which is so rarely a good idea. In this case, the narration was at the bottom range of what I consider acceptable: clear, but occasionally oddly inflected, and with significant vocal fry. If that last trait irritates you, steer clear of this audiobook. The book itself, however, is worth reading if you have an interest in the topic.

Oct 4, 10:41pm Top

>6 ronincats: Thanks, Roni!

Oct 5, 3:53am Top

Happy new thread, Foggi!

Oct 5, 9:17am Top

>9 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita!

Oct 5, 11:04am Top

I like your plan to pare down the TBR. Are you happy with how it's going? Nothing I try works particularly well. I'm debating whether to go to our library's fall book sale this weekend. It's something I love to do, naturally, but when I look around at the piles of unread books that don't even have shelf space now...

Edited: Oct 5, 11:20am Top

>11 laytonwoman3rd: Well, I'm sort of happy at how it's going. I am getting some of those older books off the shelf, but I've almost certainly added more than I've removed. I also thought I would read more off the shelf than I have done. In general, this has been a weird reading year for me. I find myself listening to more audiobooks than I ever have before, and if it weren't for those, I'm not sure how much reading I would have done at all this year. But I do feel a sense of accomplishment at the few (longstanding TBRs) I have read, and I'm sure I'll get at least a few more done before the end of the year. I'm not sure if I will continue this next year; I'll have to see how many books hit my ten-year limit. Maybe next year I should focus on unread classics.

Oct 5, 2:26pm Top

Happy new thread!

Oct 5, 3:01pm Top

>13 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

Oct 5, 8:32pm Top

Happy new thread, Foggy, dear.

Oct 5, 8:38pm Top

>15 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul!

Oct 5, 10:26pm Top

Happy new thread Foggi!

Oct 6, 8:34am Top

>17 Kassilem: Thanks, Melissa!

Oct 6, 11:41pm Top

Starting to play catch up after my trip. Happy new thread, Foggi!

Oct 7, 7:47am Top

>19 MickyFine: Yaayyy, Micky's back!

Oct 8, 12:25am Top

Following you to this new thread!

Oct 9, 7:26am Top

Edited: Oct 9, 10:50am Top

(126 books read)

A World Full of Animal Stories by Angela McAllister -- reviewing elsewhere, just including it here for my count.

Edited: Oct 10, 10:25am Top

(127 books read)

Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford -- It's been a year since a group of mismatched strangers showed up at Greenglass House and upended Milo Pine's quiet family holiday. Now, the holidays are rolling around again, and Milo is anxious for the inn's lone guest to leave. But soon, more guests arrive -- some old friends, some new strangers. What brings them to Greenglass House this time? And will Milo's friend Meddy put in an appearance, or is she gone for good?

I found this book a little slower to start than its predecessor, but once it got rolling, it was just as enjoyable. Part of the problem I had was that the group assembled was larger than before, and I found the characters harder to distinguish from each other. In the last book, the visitors arrived separately, so Milo (and the reader) could observe their individual characteristics. In this book, a group called the Waits arrived all at once -- Waits being like a group of mummers or morris dancers, basically. So not only were they in strange costumes, which some of them took off and some of them left on, but some of them had nicknames for each other in addition to their actual names, and they all entered together, without much individual description. Perhaps this was intentional; the experience would have been just as confusing in real life -- but I still had a hard time sorting them out for at least half of the book.

However, as I said, once the story really got going and I got the characters figured out, the mystery was top-notch. A couple of the plot twists surprised me, and I made a few wrong guesses, but once things were revealed, it was obvious how the groundwork for that revelation had been laid. We also learned more about a particularly intriguing area of Nagspeake, the Liberty of Gammerbund. I hope we'll hear more about Milo and Nagspeake in the future, as it's obvious that the author has created a vibrant and detailed world containing any number of fascinating stories. If you loved Greenglass House, don't miss this book!

Oct 10, 4:14pm Top

>24 foggidawn: Pretty cover!

Oct 10, 7:45pm Top

>25 MickyFine: Isn't it? The first book had a very pretty cover, too.

Oct 11, 9:21am Top

>24 foggidawn: Yay! I'm glad this was a good one! I ordered it for work, but don't have plans to read it any time soon. Maybe I'll eventually listen to it, though.

Oct 11, 9:42am Top

>27 aktakukac: I don't know if there's an audiobook version, though I would love it if there was, for rereads.

Oct 11, 4:59pm Top

I know the first one is on audio at least :)

Oct 11, 6:41pm Top

>29 aktakukac: So it is. Did you listen to that one? How's the narrator?

Oct 11, 7:36pm Top

I am glad you liked it, but I worry about keeping track of characters! I got mixed up sometimes with the first one. Maybe I will have to take notes :)

Oct 12, 7:25am Top

>31 compskibook: That might help! In particular, I found the men hard to keep straight.

Oct 12, 1:55pm Top

>30 foggidawn: Yes, I listened to it and I think the narrator was good. It's been a while, so I don't remember too much about the narrator, but I listened to the entire book so it can't have been horrible!

Oct 12, 3:38pm Top

>33 aktakukac: Good to know. Yes, usually I only notice audiobook narrators if they are particularly good, or particularly bad!

Edited: Oct 15, 2:31pm Top

(128 books read)

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan -- A bunch of heroes on a ship, trying to save the world on a tight deadline? Must be a Riordan book. Magnus and the gang need to find a way to stop Loki from setting Ragnarok in motion, which means epic quest time! Gods and mythological figures will be encountered! Snark will be exchanged! There will be frequent fighting and occasional mild romance! Truthfully, Riordan's books tend to run together in my mind -- but I keep reading them. Why? Probably because Riordan does two things well: he creates solid characters that are fun to read about, and he brings the funny every time.

Edited: Yesterday, 10:55am Top

(129 books read)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire -- Every once in a while, a child finds a portal to another world, a place of magic and adventure. But when they return to our world, things can be difficult. Nancy went through a door to the Underworld, where she served in the court of the Lord of Death. She learned about stillness, and the particular beauty of darkness. He sent her back to our world, just to be sure that she understood the choice she was making. Her parents sent her to Eleanor West's school. There, she is surrounded by others like herself, who have tumbled into other worlds, and would give anything to go back. It's disorienting, being in this bright, quick world, with its colorful characters and unique lingo. And then, terrible things begin to happen...

I love the concept of this book, though the actual details of the plot are a bit more disturbing than I usually like. The writing is delightful, though. I might try more by this author eventually. Highly recommended if you enjoy a good riff on the tropes of portal fantasy and have the stomach for a little bit of horror.

Oct 15, 10:24pm Top

I'm so behind on everyone's threads! Every time I hear about Every Heart a Doorway it sounds so interesting but I just can't get myself to try it because horror is really really not my thing.

Oct 15, 10:30pm Top

Hi Foggi! Happy new-ish thread to you!

>12 foggidawn: Maybe next year I should focus on unread classics. I try to read a couple a year -- I'm sure I'll never run out!

I took a bullet with Ghosts of Greenglass House. I loved the first book and my instructional coach just chose it as the book she'll do for her tremendously popular 4th and 5th grade book club. I'll add it to the library's purchase list!

Oct 16, 4:43pm Top

>36 foggidawn: I wasn't expecting it to be quite as dark either, Foggi, but it does sort of fit in with the Grimm-esque flavour to the novel.

Oct 16, 7:32pm Top

>37 leahbird: I felt the same way. On one hand, I'm glad I read it, and I didn't find it too disturbing (no nightmares or other lingering effects; in fact, last night I dreamt that one of my co-workers brought puppies to work!), but on the other hand, I hesitate to recommend it too strongly to fellow horror-phobes, as I myself am usually so squeamish.

>38 AMQS: Yes, I usually try to tackle at least one classic a year, but that doesn't do much about the backlog! As you say, I'm sure I'll never run out, either. And hooray for the Greenglass House series love!

>39 MickyFine: Yeah, I had heard it was dark, but I found the premise intriguing enough to give it a try. I'm glad I did.

Edited: Yesterday, 10:55am Top

(130 books read)

Tales of Arilland by Alethea Kontis -- A collection of short stories set in the same world as the author's full-length novels. Most stand alone, though the last few involve characters and events from the Woodcutter Sisters series. Several of the stories were a lot darker than I was expecting. This wasn't a terrible read, but I don't feel that I got much out of it. Probably best read just after finishing Dearest, when you want to read more in that world. I would have enjoyed it more if the events of that book had been fresh in my mind.

Edited: Yesterday, 10:54am Top

(131 books read)

The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz -- In medieval France, three children (and a dog) exhibit signs and wonders . . . but what will happen when they find themselves in opposition to the king?

This book exhibits some of the zany humor of the author's Grimm series, but with more depth: on one hand, there is a farting dragon, but on the other hand there is a serious examination of the treatment of Jews in the Middle Ages, and a quest to prevent the burning of thousands of copies of the Talmud. I can see how the Newbery committee found this distinguished.

The audio version is okay -- I found some of the transitions weird and a little distracting, but not so much as to make me stop listening.

Yesterday, 11:15am Top

Speaking of farting animal sidekicks, I got a pin of fat pony (of The Princess and the Pony) while I was in Halifax and it makes me so very happy. :)

Yesterday, 11:40am Top

>43 MickyFine: Aww! Cute.

Edited: Today, 10:11am Top

(132 books read)

Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen -- It's more than 200 years since humans settled the planet Austar IV in the Erato galaxy, and training and fighting the native dragons has become the planet's main claim to fame. Jakkin is a bond-servant, indentured to his master until he can fill the bond-bag that hangs around his waist, but Jakkin has a plan: steal a hatchling, teach it to fight, and use the profits to become a master in his own right. Of course, though he knows a little bit about dragons, he doesn't really know anything about teaching them to fight . . .

I found this a quick, engrossing read. I was expecting it to be a children's book, but it makes no bones about some of the rougher aspects of Jakkin's world (prostitution, drug use) and that places it more squarely in the YA arena. I'd recommend it to readers looking for something like Anne McCaffrey's Pern books.

This book is not one of the ones from my TBR shelf, but other books in the series are -- so I read this one to get to those. I liked this one well enough to continue with the series.

Today, 1:29pm Top

You guys, you guys, you guys . . . Rachel Hartman is coming out with a new book in the spring: Tess of the Road!


(Hartman wrote Seraphina, which I adored, and Shadow Scale, which I didn't love quite so much, but it was good. I'm hoping for great things with this one, which has a new protagonist but is set in the same world.)

Today, 2:13pm Top

Happy for you! (I haven't read any of her stuff but being excited about new books is always exciting). :)

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