Last of the books 2012

Digging through the pile beside my bedside table, I’ve found five last books for the list:
49. Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
50. Serving as Senders by Neal Predo
51. Hugo by Brian Selznick
52. The Tether End by Marjery Allingham
53. The Harp of the Grey Rose by Charles de Lint

So there you go. 🙂


I promise I do other things than read!

No really, I do.  And I will update about them tomorrow, once I’ve offloaded photos and videos and put away the dishes and laundry from the weekend.

23. Embers by Laura Bickle was one that I liked pretty well.  It was interesting to hear about the character’s past and the way her magic works.  I would read more of this series.

24. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson was given to me by my friend EH for World Book Night.  She loves this book, as do I, now.  It’s fiction; one of those slow, lyrical, wandering books where it feels like nothing happens, but a lot of things do.  Kind of the story of how one family falls apart, all from the point of view of the latest girl to fall apart.  I really loved it.

25. Messie No More by Sandra Felton is slowly changing the way I do things at home, which is amazing.  I am learning the how’s and why’s behind my housekeeping style and it’s been fascinating.  She explains several different ways/personalities/mental blocks that people get stuck in.  It has questions for you to answer at the end of each chapter.  I highly, highly suggest this book to anyone stuck in a rut.

26. Dark Mondays by Kage Baker is another of her short story books.  I keep expecting them to be from one of her book series, but mostly they’re not.  Until they are.  Yeah.  I’ve tried to slow myself down with these because there’s not a whole lot of Kage Baker left for me.  😦

27.  The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood is non-fiction and tells stories about how people survived amazing catastrophes, accidents, and injuries and then how to apply that to events that might happen to you.  I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s been eye-opening.

books, books, books!

19. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

20.  Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

My husband stole these out of my giant-pile-o-Steph’s-books and devoured them first.  Then he kept leaving them out places and asking if I’d read them yet.  I took this as a hint that he wanted me to read them so we could discuss them.  So I read them.  They were super fun magician’s new apprentice novels, if gritty and gross at times.  Still need to discuss them with Nick.  Hoping there’s more to the series by now.  🙂

21. Thorns and Blossoms by Theodora Goss

Lovely little two-books-in-one, each told from a main characters viewpoint.  My only problem?  The “unique accordian style binding” that was touted as a feature was actually a bug.  It was impossible to read while sitting in a chair, much less reading in a chair while kids wanted attention.  Also, I didn’t want to read this story twice all the way through, so I kept flipping back and forth between the stories.  It was cute, but annoying.

22. In the Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I started this book yesterday after coming home from piano lessons with the kids and finished it by 11pm, reading pretty much continuously, except for dinner, snuggling kids before bed, and trying to watch Eureka while finishing it.  It was really, really good.  So good, in fact, that I’ve already been to the author’s website to see when the next one comes out – and it turns out there are two more books, already out!  Must find them.  I really don’t like zombie stories, but these are so good.

Books, 2012, one more

17.  Rude Mechanicals by Kage Baker

Yes, I’m on a Kage Baker kick again.  Somehow there’s always more of them, which is amazing and wonderful and sad because one day there won’t be more that I haven’t seen yet.  This one was one of the delightful shorter length books focusing on Joseph and Lewis.  I love them!  🙂

I’ll just go ahead an list it now, to put the lie to the title of this post.

18. Mother Aegypt by Kage Baker

I’m starting it as soon as I stop typing this.  🙂

Books 2012, continued

12. Reread The Hunger Games in time to see the movie.

13. Finally read Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, after putting it off forever because I was scared I’d drop a cup of tea in it like I did to Behemoth.

14. Finally finished Wings by Aprilynne Pike, which I can’t remember where I got it in the first place.

15. Scarfed down Every You, Every Me by David Levithan & Jonathan Farmer in one evening as I really, really needed to know who the crazy person was.

16. Now reading The Women of Nell Gwynne’s by Kage Baker.  The cover really is that purple.  Love it!

Again, not dead

No, I’m not. Really, I promise. I got an iPhone, rarely go near the computer any more, and so blogging has fallen by the wayside, as I’m not entirely proficient with the thumbs-typing-on-small-keyboards thing yet (though I am trying. This for example).

So, what’ve we been up to lately? Lots of stuff, mostly kids, school, church, more doctor visits for me. Whirlwind. I will try to find time this week for details and pictures maybe tomorrow night while people are off at scouts.

I did finally sit down & read this week, a nifty little book about feeding your children called “Hungry Monkey”. It was more of a memoir than really helpful with what to do with your own kids, but it had some fun recipes (we have overlapping cookbooks with the author, so some things we’ve already tried) and things I may try with Greg that I hadn’t thought to do with him.  So add this to the book list at #11 for the year.

RA Guy’s Book Club: “How To Be Sick”

Book 4 of 2012:

In case you haven’t seen it, there’s a discussion over at

RA Guy’s Book Club on the book: “How To Be Sick” by Toni Bernhard.

How to Be Sick

Through the magic of Kindle I went from the panic of ACK!  I need to go to the bookstore!  to  AHHHH…. book in hand.  I do so love my Kindle.  I’ve read the first couple chapters already, keep tissues close by if you are easily emotional, as I am lately.  I’ve gone over and answered the discussion questions already as well, but you’ll have to go over there to read my answers.  🙂

(And I know some of you may flinch at “A Buddhist-inspired Guide” but I’ve found Buddhist inspired guides to be some of the least offensive things in the universe and usually some of the most helpful.  So I’m going with it.)

Books, 2012

I don’t think I’ll be able to beat my reading record from last year, but here’s what I’ve been reading the last two weeks.  🙂

Books I’ve read/am reading:

  1. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (David and I are reading this series together – I really liked this one)
  2. Point of Honor by Madeleine Robins (I’m reading this in the car and am only 21 pages in)
  3. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (Just started it – there’s not a lot of time for reading lately)

Kindle cover

I don’t think I posted about this, but I got a 2nd generation Kindle for my birthday, slightly used, but in great condition (and very inexpensive, as well).  I’m so excited about it!  I had books downloaded and was reading (and fending off children who wanted to borrow it) within an hour of getting it.

The only problem with it?  No cover.  Just the Kindle and the cord came in the mail.  With three kids and my propensity to just shove things in my bag and move on, the poor Kindle doesn’t stand much of a chance in it’s nakedness.

The answer?  Well, I made a cover.  I started with a little bag a friend had made me years ago that just happened to be nearly the right size for the Kindle.  I also had a couple flat pieces of styrofoam from one of David’s gifts, a piece of super-soft cashmere fleece leftover from baby blanket making(it was $20/yard, long story there), a bit of velcro leftover from another project, a lost button, and some ribbon off a gift.  Total cost: $0  My favorite kind of project. Smile

So after a bit of time with my handy-dandy scissors and some liquid stitch, here it is:

The inside:


The outside:


All laced up and ready to go:


I do have a “real” case on order from ebay…the kind that makes the Kindle feel like a book with a booklight attached.  I’m sure it’ll be nice, but it won’t arrive for a week or more and this case is just sooo soft.  Smile

Books 2011

Books 1-5 posted about here.

There were a couple other books I read before the Kage Baker ones, but it’s been so long that a) I can’t remember and b) I’ve already returned that batch to Steph.  Smile  That’s the way it goes sometimes.


The Sons of Heaven (The Company): The Last Book.  Oh how I cried.  I was really sad to be finished with this series and it seemed to end so quickly in this book, all the pieces coming together beautifully.



Not Less Than Gods (The Company Series): I actually read this one last, as that was where it was in the pile.  It was a good book, but my heart wasn’t in it at that point.



The Anvil of the World: Kage Baker writes fantasy!  Who knew!?  I’ve had this book in my pile for ages, never realizing it was Kage Baker until Steph mentioned she had the rest of those books.  I was a bit confused at first because I really thought for a while that they were in space, not on land, but once I got over that I really enjoyed the characters and storylines in this book, although I did think it felt a bit more like a long line of short stories than one whole novel.



The House of the Stag: I really think this one should have been first in the series, though I did not enjoy it as much as Anvil.  It was harder to get into, with a lot more anguish and suffering than I usually enjoy in books, although I did come to enjoy the backstory of the world.



The Bird of the River: this book follows different characters than the two before it, but we get a few cameos and overall I liked it better than the first couple books.



Percy Jackson and the Olympians :
I read all five of the first series of Olympian books, plus the Demigod Files and the Ultimate Guide books all in one fail swoop, mainly because my eldest child was checking them out from the school library.  I read the first one ahead of him to make sure it was okay, then raced to keep up.  It was the first series we read at the same time together and we really enjoyed being able to share it.  I enjoyed what the author did with bringing the gods & goddesses up to modern day.  I think in some ways it would be much better to read the guide books first, though, so you know more about what the characters and creatures are first (and pronunciation guides for the kiddos, too, as David was mispronouncing things left and right.)


18. Mr. Chatworth (I think) – some weird book about a giant dog.  It looked interesting from the description, but once I found out that this menacing guy everyone was so scared of was a giant dog, I couldn’t read any further.


The Callahan Chronicals: I really enjoyed the first couple books in the Callahan series, but petered out after the second one.  Since I have the omnibus, I feel compelled to read the third one just for completions sake, but I’ll wait until I hit another book lull for that.  That being said, I did enjoy the first couple books.  I love the idea of Callahan’s Bar and it’s helpful band of sometimes-not-so-merry drinkers. 


The Time Travelers (The Gideon Trilogy): I really enjoyed this first book.  The story was interesting, the kids were realistic (which becomes drastically more important once you have kids), and I loved all the historic detail.



The Time Thief (The Gideon Trilogy): also a very enjoyable book, but there were a few problems with head-jumping pov’s.  I didn’t feel like there was quite the same level of historical detail in this one, either.  Still very interesting series and I love that the author pulls no punches with the characters.