Monday, January 25, 2016

Jumping Back On the Reading Bandwagon.

After my year-long book fast, I'm surprised to find I'm not snarfing down books like a book-deprived, story-starved fiend. Then again, I also haven't abandoned the practice completely. I've been mentally listing a few books I want to read, but first I have a series to finish. Here's to 2016 and new worlds and new information.

January (3)
Physik (Septimus Heap #3) by Angie Sage
Queste (Septimus Heap #4) by Angie Sage
Syren (Septimus Heap #5) by Angie Sage

February (3)
Darke (Septimus Heap #6) by Angie Sage
Fyre (Septimus Heap #7) by Angie Sage
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

March (1)
The Hunger Games* by Suzanne Collins

May (2)
Catching Fire* by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay* by Suzanne Collins

June (1)
Vivatera* by Candace J. Thomas

July (1)
Conjectrix* by Candace J. Thomas

August (3)
Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story* by Mary Downing Hahn
The Midwife's Apprentice* by Karen Cushman
Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934* by Valerie Tripp

September (5)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane* by Kate DiCamillo
The Wednesday Wars* by Gary D. Schmidt
The Tale of Desperaux* by Kate DiCamillo
The Phantom Tollbooth* by Norman Juster
Maniac Magee* by Jerry Spinelli

October (2)
Five Pages a Day: A Writer's Journey by Peg Kehret
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Total for the year: 21
Re-reads: 4
New Reads: 17
*book resides in my personal library

Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015: The Year I Almost Didn't Finish a Book

This year has not been one for reading. My brain hasn't been able to handle it. After having maxiofacial surgery last September, along with prepping my family to move across two states, prepping my house to sell, moving, selling my house, building a new one, along with all the day-to-day stuff, my brain has been too full, too stressed, and too worn out to even look at a book.

Sometime around June I realized the last time I finished a book happened to be November 2014. I decided then I would extend my book reading hiatus until November 2015--a full year. December 1st came and I checked a few books out of the library. They held my interest but didn't ignite a spark. Then the power went out for half a day just a few days before Christmas. I spent the the time snuggled in bed, reading. Still, it took a couple of days to finish the book as my attention waned. By the time I actually finished it early in the morning on Christmas Eve, it had been over 13 months since I finished a book. I don't think that's ever happened before.

Now it's been a few more days and I've finished another. Hurray for juvenile fiction! Hurray for book series that are finished! I've got a few more in a stack on my bed to read. Maybe the spark has ignited.

December (2)
Magyk (Septimus Heap #1) by Angie Sage
Flyte (Septimus Heap #2) by Angie Sage

Total for the year: 2
Re-reads: 0
New Reads: 2

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tracking my Reading--7th Edition

This is the seventh year I've kept a list of books I've read here on my blog.

Over the last six years I have read
 215 New Books

of which I have reread
44 books

with 1 book being reread twice.

I have reread 
73 books 

which I read before I started these lists 

of which I have reread 
3 books

Total # of books read over the last six years:
336 books

Finally, I have finished at least one book in
68 months

of the possible 72 months since I started keeping this list

See last year's list here.
Previous years' lists:
2008    2009    2010    2011    2012

January (3)
The Miserable Mill* by Lemony Snicket
The Austere Academy* by Lemony Snicket
The Ersatz Elevator* by Lemony Snicket

February (1)
Flambards by K. M. Peyton

March (3)
Ender's Game* by Orson Scott Card
Speaker of the Dead* by Orson Scott Card
Xenocide* by Orson Scott Card

April (2)
Children of the Mind* by Orson Scott Card
The Wizard of Oz* by L. Frank Baum

June (1)
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

July (2)
Spinning Straw into Gold* by Joan Gould
The Hobbit* by J.R.R. Tolkien

August (4)
The Fellowship of the Ring* by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Son by Lois Lowry
Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson

September (2)
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

October (1)
The Blood of Olympus* by Rick Riordan

November (1)
The Vivatera* by Candace J. Thomas (published 2010)

Total for the year: 20
Re-reads: 8
New Reads: 12

* = book owned by Roxy (read 12)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Six Years Running ... I Mean Reading

Not much intro needed as this is YEAR 6. New goal is to whittle down my "to-read" list on Goodreads and keep up the goals from last year of 2 books/month and reading 1 book/month that I already own (didn't quite reach that last one). Got some things I want to re-read this year so let's see if that happens along with all the new stuff I have planned.

January (5)
Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Twin: A Memoir by Allen Shawn
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

February (4)
The Penderwicks of Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
The Candy Shop War* by Brandon Mull
The Candy Shop War: Arcade Catastrophe by Brandon Mull

March (7)
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
A World Without Heroes (Beyonders #1) by Brandon Mull
Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonders #2) by Brandon Mull
Chasing the Prophecy (Beyonders #3) by Brandon Mull
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

April (4)
The Great Hunt* by Robert Jordan
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

May (1)
Jinx by Meg Cabot

June (1)
The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #1) by Kathryn Lasky

July (3)
The Journey (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #2) by Kathryn Lasky
The Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks
The Rescue (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #3) by Kathryn Lasky

August (5)
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
The Siege (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #4) by Kathryn Lasky
The Shattering (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #5) by Kathryn Lasky
The Burning (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #6) by Kathryn Lasky
Skinny by Donna Cooner

September (2)
The Hatchling (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #7) by Kathryn Lasky
The Outcast (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #8) by Kathryn Lasky

November (8)
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
The Hunger Games* by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire* by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay* by Suzanne Collins
The Lightning Thief* by Rick Riordan
Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke
Red Velvet Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
The Sea of Monsters* by Rick Riordan

December (7)
The Titan's Curse* by Rick Riordan
The Battle of the Labyrinth* by Rick Riordan
The Last Olympian* by Rick Riordan
The Bad Beginning* by Lemony Snicket
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Reptile Room* by Lemony Snicket
The Wide Window* by Lemony Snicket

Total for the year: 47
Re-reads: 13
New Reads: 34

* = book owned by Roxy (read 13)