October ’08 Wrap Up

October was a decent month for reading, friends, and life in general. Work, not so much, but you can’t have everything. I was surprised at my reading pace this month, especially after the problematic last few. Then again, there’s nothing quite like the onset of a cold fall to keep you in bed curled around a decent novel.

So, here’s the breakdown:

1. Viewpoints Critical by L.E. Modesitt

2. Cally’s War by John Ringo

3. Wellspring of Chaos by L.E. Modesitt

4. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

5. Ordermaster by L.E. Modesitt

Number of Pages: 1,992

With almost 1,000 pages over September, I even managed to also squeeze in the 1st volume of Preacher and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns for the Graphic Novels Challenge.

Now, my predictions for November are a bit complicated. On the one hand, I’ve got 4.5 books on my shelf ready and rearing to go. On the other, I’ve joined the few, the proud, the insane. That’s right, this year I’m attempting NANOWRIMO (if you think it sounds like some exotic act of ritual suicide, you’re not far off).

If you haven’t heard, November is National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO). The goal: 50,000 words written in 30 days. Thankfully, I do have a few things going for me: a friend or two participating, a few more backing me, a roommate very willing to be my sounding board, and another with all the technical know-how it’ll take to make me not sound like a moron.

So, while I’ll do what I can to maintain review posting, I get the feeling a few will be pushed back to December. Until then, here’s my badge of honor:

September ’08 Wrap Up

September, much like August, left me surprisingly little time for reading. Combined with non-fiction, which takes me far longer to read, and we come to a total of three books for the month.

1. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda

2. Havana Nocturne by T.J. English

3. The Decieved by Brett Battles

Number of pages: 997

Compared to August’s already dissapointing 4 books/1,993 pages, September went poorly. Thankfully there appears to be some more time freeing up starting up this week and some good reading material sitting on my shelf.

August ’08 Wrap Up

I know this is a few days behind, but it’s just been that kind of month. I thought I’d get more reading done in August, but… that didn’t happen. A change in my work schedule didn’t leave much time for reading, and my vacation last week was far more active than I expected (though I don’t regret it). On the bright side, it seems like August was a pretty slow month for everyone.

In July I read 5 books, totalling 2,882 pages and 8 graphic novels. August was a bit slower (I blame Dreamsongs, that book took forever to finish):

1. Hell’s Faire by John Ringo

2. The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller

3. If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell

4. Dreamsongs, Volume 1 by George R.R. Martin

Number of Books: 4
Number of Pages: 1,993

To add to this meager total, I read 3 graphic novels (Suburban Glamour, The Lost Ones, and The Middleman).

I’d say the only things that really stood out about this month are the fact that I didn’t participate in a single Weekly Geeks (just far too busy), Fyrefly’s discussions on our mutual reviews, and being quoted as part of a review involving the rise in post-apocalyptic YA fiction.

I’m hoping September will provide a better balance between work and reading. The first couple of books are non-fiction, but I expect some big name fiction to grace my shelves by the end of the month. Of course, if you have any recomendations or wish to discuss the books I’ve reviewed, feel free to comment here or on any of the posts.

July ’08 Wrap Up

Wow, July just flew right past. If you haven’t noticed by the scarcity of posts (and my lack of involvement in challenges), I’ve been pretty busy with work and random real life issues. But, I still managed to get some reading done.

In June I read 8 books (totalling 2,531 pages) and 5 graphic novels. July, however, was far more graphic novel intensive.

For books, we have these five:

1. Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb

2. Gust Front by John Ringo

3. When the Devil Dances by John Ringo

4. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

5. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Number of Books: 5
Number of Pages: 2,882

As for Graphic Novels, however, we have 8 read and 6 reviewed (Empowered 1 and 2,  Sandman 4 and 5, the 2nd volume of Buffy Season 8, and the 1st volume of Fables). I also read the newest trade of Invincible and the final volume of Y the Last Man, both of which I’ll review shortly.

August is going to be interesting. There are a few newer books waiting for me, including The Decieved, sequel to The Cleaner, which was the first book I reviewed for Chain of Letters. At the same time, I’ll be spending the end of the month on vacation, which means a lot of last minute review writing.

If you have any recomendations or wish to discuss the books I’ve reviewed, feel free to comment here or on any of the posts. I look forward to your feedback.

June Wrap Up

After Mary’s suggestion on the May wrap-up, I thought it would be a good idea to keep this practice going.

So, in May I’d read 8 books (not including graphic novels), totalling 3,419 pages.

This month was about the same in books, less in pages, but involved more graphic novels, which aren’t reflected in these numbers:

1. Princess of Wands by John Ringo

2. A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo

3. Ice Station by Matthew Reilly

4. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

5. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

6. Area 7 by Matthew Reilly

7. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

8. Magic Street by Orson Scott Card

Number of Books: 8
Number of Pages: 2,531

These are the books I actually read in June, not reviewed. I’m still catching up on reviews, so there are a whole lot more of those.

I also took part in A Midsummer Night’s Challenge, hosted by yours-truly, and Weekly Geeks 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Hopefully things will be a little less hectic in July.

Book Binge May 2008: Wrap Up

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Book Binge May was my first reading challenge for A Chain of Letters. In the end, I read a little below my normal monthly total, but this isn’t including graphic novels. I think I made the mistake of starting off with a few big books instead of spacing them out. I pushed to read one more book before the deadline, and thought it was only fitting to end with the same author I started with. Looking at the other participants as the final posts roll in, and I am amazed at how many books some people can squeeze into 1 month. INAMP herself read 17.

Here’s my breakdown, each link to the individual reviews:

1. 7th Heaven by James Patterson

2. In the Woods by Tana French

3. The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

4. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

5. The Enemy by Lee Child

6. By the Rivers of Babylon by Nelson De Mille

7. Talyn (A Novel of Korre) by Holly Lisle

8. Maximum Ride: The Final Warning by James Patterson

Total Number of Books: 8
Total Number of Pages: 3,419