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sep 2, 2015, 12:24pm

Better Late Than Never!

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JANUARY

#001 Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes (by Cletus Nelson and Adam Parfrey) #NF ()
#002 The End of Power (by Moisés Naím) #NF ()
#003 Around the World in Eighty Days (by Jules Verne) #SFF (
#004 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (by Marie Kondo) #NF (
#005 It Happened in Boston? (by Russell H. Greenan; narrated by Robert Fass) #SFF ()
#006 The Years of Rice and Salt (by Kim Stanely Robinson #SFF ()

My favorite book of the month was The Years of Rice and Salt (by Kim Stanley Robinson.) This is an epic alternate history novel wherein the Plague has wiped out Western Civilization, and Eastern powers vie for hegemony over the centuries. There are ten books within the novel, each covering a significant span in the revised world history, but connected by the reincarnated forms of two or more people in each section. The story begins with a Mongol warrior name Bold Bardash out beyond the Western edges of the steppes and the mountain range that borders Europe. Readers recognize him in each section/time as a character whose name begins with a "B"; and the counter temperament he plays to all characters whose name begins with "K." "K" characters are keenly aware of social iniquity, whether from personal experience or an epiphany brought to bear by something that they have witnessed. "K" characters often act rashly, if with good intent, in that they don't consider the ramifications of their actions upon those who they manage to recruit into their campaigns. It's the "B" characters who are often brought swept up in the currents of a K's schemes; but in nature, they are more measured. Another type of character, the "I," shows attributes of both, though often acts as a "Yang" force to a K's "Yin(g).") The whole thing about who plays Yin(g) and Yang is open to debate actually... The whole of the novel has an internal meter and rhythm to it, as well as some embedded poems (more on the order of prayers and ghazals than odes per se, though there is a kind of Homeric tenor to portions especially when the narrative drops into POV2 in certain places); and there are definitely more prosaic elements in play. And too, there are times when exposition threatens the structural integrity of the arc and the lyrical cadence; but overall it's a fascinating study of power, history, and the metaphysical.

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Redigeret: sep 2, 2015, 1:16pm

FEBRUARY

I've still carrying a heavier-than-usual workload which has kept my reading numbers down a bit. I'm already falling behind in the CATS, which is breaking my heart considering all the work and planning that went into them! Anyway, I did read a little bit more, mostly SFF and NF. I broke the NF down into "General" and "Biographies, Memoirs, and Autobiographies"; and added a "Crime, Mysteries, Thrillers & Suspense" to accommodate the one Crime novel I read (The Whites.) Hopefully, I'll be able to get more Mysteries in before the year is out!

#007 Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, Book #1; by Pierce Brown; narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds) #SFF ()
#008 Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition (Ender's Series, Book #1; by Orson Scott Card; narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir, Harlan Ellison, and Orson Scott Card) #SFF ()
#009 A Fighting Chance (written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren #NF #Autobiography ()
#010 The Whites (by Richard Price as Harry Brandt) #NF ()
#011 Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (by Herbie Hancock with Lisa Dickey; narrated by Herbie Hancock #NF #Autobiography ()
#012 Not My Father's Son (written and narrated by Alan Cumming) #NF #Autobiography ()
#013 What I Know for Sure (written and narrated by Oprah Winfrey #NF ()
#014 Lucien's Fall (by Barbara Samuel) ()

My favorite book of the month was Not My Father's Son (written and narrated by Alan Cumming.) Though Cumming is a noted actor (Cabaret, The Good Wife) this is less about his career than his relationship with his father. It's a bit painful, and some of his reactions to things seem blown out of proportion; but what the hell do I know? I have no points of comparison in my own life! As for the narration, Cumming is hard to beat: He is a stage actor who has narrated other audiobooks to acclaim; and him narrating his book is an obvious and excellent choice. He has a Scottish burr that not only has its own inherent appeal, but is soft enough to not obfuscate the language.

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Redigeret: sep 2, 2015, 1:45pm

MARCH

Hmmm, I seem to have developed a full-blown reading slump! I tried to invigorate my reading by selecting lighter fare; but I ended up over-critical, resulting in lower ratings and even a DNF ('Middlemarch' (by George Eliot; narrated by Juliet Stevenson).) After a couple of years of escalated reading numbers (numbers of books, pages read, genre diversity,) I find myself struggling to focus or settle down into a book, which compounds my frustration. The other night, instead of reading, I taught myself to play chess; and proceeded to play for hours online/app. I'm not sure what the mental block is, but I do know I just need to be patient and wait it out!

#015 Yes, Please (by Amy Poehler; narrated by Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen Poehler, William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner #NF #autobiography #humor ()
#016 Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School series, Book #1) (by Gail Carringer) #SFF #Steampunk ()
#017 Scandal's Bride (Cynster series, Book #3) (by Stephanie Laurens #HistoricalFiction #Romance #Regency ()
#018 Middlemarch (by George Eliot; narrated by Juliet Stevenson) #Classic #DNF ()
#019 The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa's Wealth (by Tom Burgis) #NF #Africa ()
#020 Liar and Spy (by Rebecca Stead) #MG ()
#021 Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (by David Sedaris; narrated by David Sedaris, Elaine Stritch, Dylan Baker, Sian Phillips #Humor ()
#022 Housewife Assassin's Handbook (Housewife Assassin series, Book #1) (by Josie Brown #Humor #thriller ()
#023 Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing (Housewife Assassin series, Book #2) (by Josie Brown) #Humor #thriller ()

My favorite read this past month was 'The Housewife Assassin's Handbook' (Housewife Assassin's series, #1) (by Josie Brown.) It was light fare: Self-published "Mommy Porn" wherein a housewife becomes a government-paid assassin with a rich sex life, and all the while sporting designer heels! It's was poorly researched, not well-edited (content -wise, there seems to have been missing passages/lines); but it was silly and fun! :-)

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Redigeret: sep 2, 2015, 1:20pm

APRIL

24. Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet (by Joanne Proulx) #FIC #Bildungsroman #paranormal #SFF #prophecy ()
25. Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection (by Jia Jiang) #NF #behavior #rejection ()
26. No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends (by Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, and Jonathan Woetzel) #NF #Business ()
27. The Diabolical Miss Hyde: An Electric Empire Novel (Electric Empire series, Book #1 by Viola Carr #SFF #steampunk #mystery ()
28. Orson Welles's Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind (by Josh Karp) #NF #film ()
29. There's a Hair in My Dirt! #760L #MG #FIC #Illustrated #biology (by Gary Larson) ()
30. The Bat (Harry Hole series, Book #1 (by Jo Nesbø) #mystery #policeprocedural #translation ()
31. 'A December Bride' and 'A January Bride' (by Denise Hunter and Deborah Raney respectively) from the collection, Winter Brides #novella #romance #christian ()

I frittered another month away, trying (but not forcing) to get my reading mojo back. I hit up some promising non-fiction, some backlists titles that had been languishing on my e-book, and a couple of library books that caught my eye. The most fun I had was with The Diabolical Miss Hyde: An Electric Empire Novel (Electric Empire series, Book #1 by Viola Carr.) It's a novel that combines all the elements of steampunk, while ironically not really being steampunk (use of electricity, not steam-powered machines!) It's a take on the Classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" - with the twist that we are now dealing with Dr. Jekyll's daughter! While it might seem a tad bit long, when all is said and done, it's actually the perfect length: It's the first-in-a-presumed-series which needs to set-up the characters and context for the remaining titles. I wanted to dnload the next one immediately, unfortunately it hasn't been written yet! :-/

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Redigeret: sep 2, 2015, 1:21pm

MAY

32. Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker (by Thomas Kunkel) #NF #biography ()
33. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson series, Book #1; by Darynda Jones) #paranormal #romance #suspense ()
34. "For I Have Sinned" (Interstitial short story in the Charley Davidson series (#1.5); by Darynda Jones #paranormal #romance #suspense ()
35. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (by Allie Brosh) #humor ()
36. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (by Stephen Chbosky) #YA #bildungsroman ()
37. The Man with a Load of Mischief (Richard Jury series, Book # 1; by Martha Grimes) #cozy #mystery ()
38. Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson series, Book #2; by Darynda Jones) #paranormal #romance #suspense ()
39. Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson series, Book #3; by Darynda Jones) #paranormal #romance #suspense ()
40. The Silver Pigs (Marcus Didius Falco series, Book #1; by Lindsey Davis) #histfic #mystery #ancientrome ()
41. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson series, Book #4; by Darynda Jones) #paranormal #romance #suspense ()
42. Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson series, Book #5; by Darynda Jones) #paranormal #romance #suspense ()
43. Shadows in Bronze (Marcus Didius Falco series, Book # 2; by Lindsey Davis) #histfic #mystery #ancientrome ()
44. Just One Night (Just One Night series, Book #1; by Kyra Davis) #romance #erotica ()
45. Prove It with Pictures: Building an Audience That Cares About You (by Pierre Walters; narrated by Jim Denison) #NF #business #branding ()
46. Healing Grief through Meditation: A Guide to Spiritual Wellness for the Bereaved (by Lora C. Mercado; narrated by Matilda Novak) #NF #selfhelp ()
47. Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson series, Book #6; by Darynda Jones) #paranormal #romance #suspense ()
48. The Fold (by Peter Clines) #SFF #contemporary ()
49. Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson series, Book #7; by Darynda Jones) #paranormal #romance #suspense ()
50. Just Once (by Julianna Keyes) #romance #erotica #cowboy ()

So, I got a little bit of my reading mojo back! I tried a genre that I had been avoiding, Paranormal Romance Suspense; and...

Be back in a bit... (Dinnertime)

OK, I'm back! Dinner was steel-head trout with asparagus; and I'm enjoying a little lemon sorbet as dessert :-)

As I was saying, I tried a new genre, and the first book I tried was Darynda Jones' 'First Grave on the Right.' I quickly devoured the next six titles in the series; but I think I'll stop there for a while. They are enormously fun and sexy; but disappointingly, the protag, Charley Davidson has gone from being a smart, independent, badass character to someone "zany" who gets herself into predicaments from which she needs constant rescuing :-/ That all said, if I do read the latest installment in the series, I'll read it right before the next one comes out next year as I heard the eighth novel is something of a cliffhanger.

For waking me up out of my non-reading stupor, and introducing me to a new genre, 'First Grave on the Right' is my favorite book read this past May :-)

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Redigeret: sep 2, 2015, 1:39pm

JUNE

51. Death of a Gossip (Hamish Macbeth series, Book #1; by M.C. Beaton) #mystery #cozy #scotland ()
52. Instant Attraction (The Wilders series, Book #1; by Jill Shalvis) #romance #contemporary #colorado ()
53. As an Earl Desires (Lost Lords series,1; by Loraine Heath) #romance #regency #histfic ()
54. Venus in Copper (Marcus Didius Falco series, Book #3; by Lindsey Davis) ()
55. Liar's Key (The Red Queen's War trilogy, Book #2; by Mark Lawrence #SFF #PA ()
56. The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green series, Book#1; by Julie Ann Long #romance #regency ()
57. The Diary of an Accidental Wallflower (Seduction Diaries, Book #1; by Jennifer McQuistion) #romance #regency ()
58. Breaking His Rules (Feeling the Heat series, Book #4; by Alison Packard #romance #contemporary #california ()
59. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace) #NF #Business ()
60. A Midsummer's Night Dream (by William Shakespeare) #HISTcat #16thC #artsandculture #Shakespeare #play #comedy ()

It was mediocre reading month overall: Only ten books read; and half of which were Friday Night Romance reads! I did appease my curiosity about the Hamish Macbeth books by reading the first-in-series (meh, I actually l prefer the TV series that was on years ago); followed Falco on another adventure through Ancient Rome (well researched historical fiction/mystery); grabbed the second book in a trilogy I'm following (see comments above regarding 'Liar's Key'); finally finished off 'Creativity, Inc." which had been lingering on my "Currently Reading" list for far too long; and finished off the month with a title for History Cat (1500-1600 AD/Arts & Culture)!

My favorite for the month was "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (by William Shakespeare.) The relationship between Oberon and Titania fascinates me with its passion and pettiness; and while the comedy of mixed-up couples is pretty de rigueur with The Bard's comedies, Helena's pain when she thought herself being mocked is entirely relatable. I'm also tempted to get a copy of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' as a result of reading AMND, professing mild shock that I don't already have a copy in my stacks!

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Redigeret: sep 2, 2015, 1:39pm

JULY

60. Season for Scandal (Holiday Pleasures series, Book #3; by Theresa Romain) #romance #regency ()
61. Pirate Latitudes (by Michael Crichton) #adventure #pirates #HistFic ()
62. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love by the Numbers, Book #1; by Sarah MacLean) #romance #regency ()
63. The Paris Wife (by Paula McLain) #HistFic #1920s #MoveableFeast #Hemingway ()
64. The Water Museum (by Luis Alberto Urrea) #shorts #BooktopiaMI ()
65. Armada (by Ernest Cline) ()
66. The Frenchman (Jet-Setters & Jeopardy series, Book #1; by Lesley Young) #romance #comtemporary ()
67. The Junkie Quatrain (by Peter Clines) #ZombieApocalypse #Horror )
68. Blue is the Warmest Color (by Julie Maroh) #GN #French #LGBTQ ()
69. The Australian (Jet-Setters & Jeopardy series, Book #2; by Lesley Young) #romance #contemporary #australia ()
70. The Sun Also Rises (by Ernest Hemingway) #moveablefeast ()
71. The Iron Hand of Mars (Marcus Didius Falco series, Book #4; by Lindsey Davis) #HistFic #Mystery #AD71 ()
72. Playing Dirty (Bad Boys Undercover series, Book #1; by HelenKay Dimon) #romance #contemporary #thriller ()
73. Running Hot (Bad Boys Undercover series, Prequel; by HelenKay Dimon) #romance #contemporary #thriller ()
74. Circling the Sun (by Paula McLain) #histfic #1920s #Kenya #HappyValley ()

After a false start to the month when I had to DNF two books, things got underway! I read fifteen books this past month, bringing the total read for the Summer to twenty-nine :-) I adored Paula McLain's 'The Paris Wife' and will be wrapping up her equally mesmerizing 'Circling the Sun' this evening; but the best book of the month was definitely the short story collection, 'The Water Museum' (by Pulitzer Prize nominee, Luis Alberto Urrea.) Many of the shorts are set in contemporary America, in the Mexican communities just north of the border; and all seem to have a theme of "stuck time" - a moment or past which acts as an anchor tied to a character's feet, while another character floats up. There were a couple stories which had a bit of magical realism; but it was used so fantastically used that it was like reading a splash of color (if that makes any sense!) Anyway, each of the stories was deftly written to set scene and characters so well that it seems like each story was like snapshot or memory.

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AUGUST

75. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas (by Jim Ottaviani; illustrated by Maris Wicks) #NF #GN #Anthropology #Apes ()
76. Taking Heart (Healing Harts, Book #2; by T.J. Kline) #romance #contemporary #PTSD #western ()
77. Bettie Page Presents: The Librarian (by Logan Belle) #romance #erotica #contemporary ()
78. The Professional (Game Maker series, Book #1; by Kresley Cole) #romance #erotica #contemporary #russia (()
79. The Time Machine (by H.G. Wells) #SFF #Classic #TimeTravel ()
80. The Master (Game Maker series, Book #2; by Kresley Cole) #romance #erotica #contemporary #Florida ()
81. FIT (The Fit Trilogy, Book #1; by Rebekah Weatherspoon) #romance #erotica #contemporary #California ()
82. Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal (by Jay Parini) #NF #biography #authors ()
83. Tied Up, Tied Down (Rough Riders series, Book #4; by Lorelei James) #romance #erotica #cowboy #contemporary ()
84. What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World (by Henry Clark; narrated by Bryan Kennedy) #MG #730L #audiobook #Fantasy (()
85. Tank Girl: Issue One (by Alan C. Martin; illustrated by Ashley H. Wood) #gn #art ()
86. Poseidon's Gold (Marcus Didius Falco mysteries, Book #5; by Lindsey Davis) #histfisc #mystery #AD72 ()

Argh! I'm just pages away from finishing two more books; but it's just not gonna happen tonight! Oh, well, at least I'll get them in before Labor Day/end of Summer! My favorite title this past month is actually one that reading purists would discount as it's a comic book, and without an ISBN number or copyright info to boot;but I found it fascinating nonetheless: 'Tank Girl: Issue One' (by Alan C. Martin; illustrated by Ashley H. Wood.) It's printed on heavy matte/non-glossy (possibly acid-free) stock; and I can't find the cover image anywhere on the internet. It feels more like an art or print book than a comic book. From an ad in the back (for a Transformers 4-comic special,) the Tank Girl issue in question was printed/released before June 2007. Inside, there's "The Dogshit in Barney's Handbag," "Killing Jumbo," "The Funsters at Play," "The Gifting" and a haiku. The whole of the issue is only 30-pages, plus front and back covers. I'm thinking that it was a special promotional piece, or an extra that was included with some sort of purchase. Anyway, the stories inside are short, but highly irreverent - maybe even a little shocking. The writing style reminds me of the L.A. punk art movement, while the art work has a draftsman-quality to it: not quite finished in feel; but absolutely complete in presentation. Now I wanna go find more Tank Girl issues ;-)

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Redigeret: okt 1, 2015, 1:08am

SEPTEMBER

87. The Sparrow (Sparrow Trilogy, Book#1, by Mary Doria Russell) #SFF #FirstContact #JesuitsinSpace
88. The Island of Doctor Moreau (by H.G. Wells) #SFF #Classic
89. The Wonderful Visit (by H.G. Wells) #SFF #Classic
90. The Chronic Argonauts (by H.G. Wells) #SFF #Classic
91. The True History of the Elephant Man: The Definitive Account of the Tragic and Extraordinary Life of Joseph Carey Merrick (by Peter Ford and Michael Howell #NF #biography
92. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book #1; by Kim Harrison) #paranormal #suspense
93. Daring: My Passages: A Memoir (by Gail Sheehy; narrated by Bernadette Dunne) #NF #memoir
94. Last Act in Palmyra (Marcus Didius Falco series, Book #6; by Lindsey Davis) #mystery #histfic #AD72
95. A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tale series, Book #1; by Eloisa James) #romance #regency
96. The Nick Adams Stories (by Ernest Hemingway) #shorts
97. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress series, Book #1; by Jeaniene Frost) #paranormal #romance #suspense
98. One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress series, Book #2; Jeaniene Frost) #paranormal #romance #suspense

I've been plodding along with the chunkster, The Map of Time (The Victorian Era trilogy, Book #1; by Félix J. Palma) - a steampunk novel that references a lot of Classic science fiction written in the late nineteenth century. As those book references pop up, I've been pausing in my reading of The Map of Time to check out these other titles. I've really enjoyed reading the H.G. Wells novellas, and reading about the Elephant Man; but I admit to getting stuck at A Vindication on the Rights of Woman (by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly.) I realize that it is an important feminist tract; but the language was too overblown and archaic for me to really follow it; and too, it had an "ad hominem" feeling to it.

Mid-month, I made a trip out to Petoskey, Michigan to attend a reading retreat hosted by the podcasters of Books on the Nightstand: seven authors, one-hundred readers, three days of talking, drinking, dining, book shopping... The retreat also included an option to tour "Hemingway's Petoskey" - a place where he summered for the first twenty-two years of his life, and married Hadley Richardson, his first wife. Though The Nick Adams Stories aren't great, they do have an added dimension once you've been to the places and can make the connections. The whole "Booktopia" was fantastic; but for an extreme introvert it was psychologically taxing; and the travel across country and three time zones was physically exhausting. I've been back a week, and I'm still recovering!

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Redigeret: okt 31, 2015, 2:17pm

OCTOBER

99. Kidnapped! (Kidnapped books, Book #1) (by Robert Louis Stevenson; narrated by Kieron Elliott) #classics #maritime #adventure
100. Dark Prince (Dark series, Book #1; by Christine Feehan) #darkfantasy #romance
101. Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir; written and narrated by Jenny Lawson) #NF #memoir #humor #blogger
102. Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection series, Book #1; by M.Q. Barber) #romance #erotica #menageatrois
103. Crossing the Lines (Neighborly Affection series, Book #2; by M.Q. Barber) #romance #erotica #menageatrois
104. Healing the Wounds (Neighborly Affection series, Book #3; by M.Q. Barber) #romance #erotica #menageatrois
105. Brighter Than the Sun (Reyes Alexander novella; by Darynda Jones) #paranormal #romance
106. Bossypants (written and narrated by Tina Fey) #NF #memoir #humor #comedienne
107. Hamlet (by William Shakespeare #classics #shakespeare
108. Living On Air: Adventures in Broadcasting (written by Joe Cpiriano & Ann Cipriano; narrated by Joe Cipriano) #NF #memoir #broadcasting
109. Wallbanger (Cocktail series, Book #1; by Alice Clayton) #romance #comedy
110. Rusty Nailed (Cocktail series, Book #2; by Alice Clayton) #romance #comedy
111. Compleat Crow (by Brian Lumley; narrated by Simon Vance) #fiction #occult
112. Wild Thing (Dr. Peter Brown series, Book #2; by Josh Bazell; narrated by Robert Petkoff) #humor
113. 'Salem's Lot (by Stephen King; narrated by Ron McLarty) #horror #StephenKing
114. Time to Depart (Marcus Didius Falco series, Book #7 (by Lindsey Davis) #mystery #histfic #AncientRome

October certainly was a roller coaster ride! There was some really great stuff rating four stars (e.g. Hamlet, Wallbanger,) and some other titles rating only two stars (e.g. Dark Prince , Neighborly Affection series); and still others that I went in expecting more, but got less (Wild Thing, 'Salem's Lot); but overall it was a great ride! I'm only disappointed that I didn't get any farther with The Map Of Time (by Félix J. Palma.) I feel like I need more dedicated time with that one. Hopefully I'll have it finished off this coming month of November.

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Redigeret: nov 30, 2015, 9:54pm

NOVEMBER

115. Between the World and Me (written and narrated by Ta-Nehisi Coates) #NF #sociology #race
116. The Power of the Dog (The Cartel books, Book #1; by Don Winslow; narrated by Ray Porter #suspense #thriller #cartel
117. We, the Drowned ( by Carsten Jensen) #maritime #adventure
118. Screwdrivered (The Cocktail series, Book #3 (by Alice Clayton) #romance #contemporary #humor
119. Faerie'uckers (Faarie'uckers, Story #1 (by Taylor Morrison) #erotica #fantasy #short
120. The Theory of Attraction (The Science of Temptation, Book #1; by Delphine Dryden) #romance #erotica #contemporary
121. Baby, I'm Yours (by Susan Anderson) #romance #contemporary
122. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (by Robert Louis Stevenson) #classic #horror
123. Fortune Smiles (by Adam Johnson) #shorts
124. Nuts (The Hudson Valley series, Book #1; by Alice Clayton) #romance #contemporary #NY
125. Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson series, Book #8 ; by Darynda Jones) #paranormal #suspense
126. The Best Man (The Blue Heron series, Book #1; by Kristan Higgins #romance #contemporary #NY

4 Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe:
  • The Sphinx
  • The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether
  • A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
  • A Descent into the Maelström
    #classic #SFF


    I read and listened to some really great stuff this past month; but The Power of the Dog (by Don Winslow; narrated by Ray Porter) took top honors for me this time around. It made my personal Pantheon of All-Time Great Audiobooks - which is no small feat considering how super picky I am about audiobooks! It's a suspense/thriller featuring DEA agent Art Keller at work in Mexico. Half Mexican/half American, he thrives in the work assigned; but is naive in accepting the help of "Tio" Berrera, a Mexican official with an alternate agenda. The Power of the Dog is amazing and addictive as well as informative: Reputedly well-researched, it's really a historical novel that illuminates the politics and practices of US-Mexican relationships from the Reagan administration forward, e.g. The War on Drugs and The Iran-Contra-Affair; but also offers a compelling story pitting justice and vengeance against each other. Ray Porter's story-telling skillz are at it's best here; and I immediately dnloaded The Cartel - the sequel, or more accurately, the continuation of the The Power of the Dog.
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    Redigeret: dec 31, 2015, 9:00pm

    DECEMBER

    127. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things (written and narrated by Jenny Lawson) #memoir #blogger
    128. The Proposition (The Proposition series, Book #1; by Katie Ashley) #erotica #romance #contemporary
    129. The Proposal (The Proposition series Book #2 (by Katie Ashley) #erotica #romance #contemporary
    130. The Party (The Proposition series Prequel; by Katie Ashley) #erotica #romance #contemporary
    131. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg ( by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik; narrated by Andi Arndt) #NF #bio #SupremeCourt
    132. The Invisible Man (by H.G. Wells) #SFF #Classic
    133. Twelfth Night (by William Shakespeare) #Drama #Classic #Comedy
    134. Illyria (by Elizabeth Hand) #YA #Bildungsroman
    135. Mai Tai'd Up (The Cocktail series, Book #4; by Alice Clayton) #romance #contemporary #humor
    136. Surrrender (by Tawny Taylor) #erotica #romance
    137. Me Talk Pretty One Day (written and narrated by David Sedaris) #humor #essays
    138. A Christmas Carol (Prompt Copy; by Charles Dickens; narrated by Nail Gaiman) #Classic
    139. Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (Sin City, Volume 1; by Frank Miller) #gn #noir
    140. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Sin City, Volume 2; by Frank Miller) #gn #noir
    141. Sin City: The Big Fat Kill (Sin City, Volume 3; by Frank Miller) #gn #noir
    142. Sin City: That Yellow Bastard (Sin City, Volume 4; by Frank Miller) #gn #noir

    My favorite reads came at the end of the month with a little graphic novel binge! I love the "knights errant" of Frank Miller's Sin City series and the way the various storylines intersect. I'll probably start the New Year by finishing off the series over the first week-end :-)

    Happy New Year to All!