36 Books

Sometimes you fail. But the books are still good.

2013 was a banner year for reading goals. 2014 did not fare so well…thirty-six out of 50 not so well. But more books are always a good thing, so. I still win.

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1. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) / Cassandra Clare + 7. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) / Cassandra Clare + 27. City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6) / Cassandra Clare = I finally finished this series! But why do epilogues exist. They so rarely do right.
4. Dead Reckoning /Charlaine Harris – only two left…
31. A Discovery of Witches / Deborah Harkness – ReadItGirls book club pick! Supernatural yoga (!) and yet, no. Just no.
23. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) / Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – 1 of 3 Valentine books from bae.

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Confessions of a Sociopath & a Blog Giveaway

A coworker recently told me about Blogging for Books – free books for bloggers? Yes, please! I signed up immediately.

My first book was Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas – I picked it because I thought the topic would be interesting and because the cover looked cool (yes, I’m one of those people that at least partially judges a book by its cover):

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but Thomas sets up her premise right away:

I figured that if I existed, there must be others like me–other sociopaths who didn’t make their impact in a world of crime but out in the business and professional world. I wanted to shape the dialogue to reflect my point of view. I wanted to expand the discussion of sociopaths beyond the traditional study of incarcerated criminals.

Ok. Let’s go.

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Reading FTW

I failed at my 2012 reading goal – great start, just didn’t make it. It is therefore with great pride that I tell you: I crushed it this year.

70/45 books read in 2013. Check it out.

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One of my favorite things in 2011 was the book club that I participated in – until that book club fell apart and I moved abroad…so in late 2012 I started another one. We had quite the year.

1. World War Z / Max Brooks: I’m surprised by how much I liked this zombie book
2. Batgirl Vol. 1 / Gail Simone: ❤
3. The Crimson Petal & the White / Michel Faber: Great for discussion as long as you don’t go with the reader’s guide questions (“Describe how Faber exemplifies & perfects postmodern literature”)
4. Minor Characters / Joyce Johnson: Making me proud of my choice to not read the Beats
5. Terrier / Tamora Pierce: I’ll never look at pigeons the same way again
6. How to be a Woman / Caitlin Moran: Excellent for people who don’t think they’re feminists (*spoiler alert*: you probably are)

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We Have To Go Back

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September 1, 2013

I spent Labor Day weekend in and around Virginia Beach — but only one measly day on the beach itself and about 16 hours in traffic.

Ummm, where did the summer go?

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I’d Rather Be Reading

I recently finished book #20 of my reading goal for 2012. Since leaving DC, I’ve found that I have less built-in time for reading every day (no more metro rides/waiting for the metro — it’s bittersweet). My pace has also slowed down due to George R. R. Martin and his absurdly long epic fantasy tomes. (But I love them, so I can’t really complain!)

Here’s what I’ve been reading, in reverse chronological order.

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20. The Glass Castle – so. good.
19. A Storm of Swords – the longest, most action-packed Martin book yet
18. Eragon – meh
17. The Handmaid’s Tale – LOVED the ending
16. Girls of Riyadh – bought this one at the Arlington Library book sale (which is the best book sale EVAR), pretty good

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