stephaniecain
06 January 2013 @ 04:39 pm
Really tired of it. Someday I want to live in a place where winter happens every few years. *G* The geography and climate of San Diego appeals to me, though it has far too many people. Maybe the desert. I could live in the desert.

I need to finish my novel. I also need to find a second job. I wonder if any of the gyms in town are hiring. That would give me access to a gym, which I also would really love to have. My arms are flabby, and it's starting to really bug me. LOL

Finished my first book of 2013. Patricia Wrede's The Far West, which I absolutely loved. Spoilers here )
Now I am going to sit and write. I really am. I mean it. >.>
 
 
 
 
stephaniecain
01 January 2013 @ 01:43 pm
So last year I read 64 books, 7 of them non-fiction. I can't seem to break that 10 non-fiction books barrier. Maybe this year. Of course, I did read a lot of white papers for work, and some of them were almost book-length. And I have been working my way through another non-fiction book for work, but I haven't finished it yet. Oh well.

2013 Reading List
  1. The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
  2. The Far West - Patricia C. Wrede
  3. The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson
  4. Social Media 101 - Chris Brogan *
  5. Kitty Steals the Show - Carrie Vaughn
  6. The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  7. On Writing - Stephen King *
  8. Keeping the Castle - Patrice Kindl
  9. Dark and Stormy Knights - ed by P.N. Elrod
  10. Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines
  11. A Million Suns - Beth Revis
  12. The Last Knight - Hilari Bell

 
 
stephaniecain
01 January 2012 @ 02:43 pm
I always try to make my first post of the year my reading list for the year, so I can find it easily. Last year I read 77 books, 10 of which were nonfiction. I'm going to try to make that 15 nonfiction in the coming year.

2012 Reading List
  1. The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting
  2. Kitty's Greatest Hits - Carrie Vaughn
  3. Chalice - Robin McKinley
  4. Phoenix Dance - Dia Calhoun
  5. Dragon Age: The Calling - David Gaider
  6. A Long Long Sleep - Anna Sheehan
  7. The Ghost and the Goth - Stacey Kade
  8. Beauty - Robin McKinley
  9. Desires of the Dead - Kimberly Derting
  10. The Candidates - Inara Scott
  11. Star Crossed - Elizabeth C. Bunce (REALLY GOOD)
  12. The Urban Fantasy Anthology - ed. Peter S. Beagle & Joe R. Lansdale (I am totally counting this a read, even though I stopped reading two of the stories halfway through because of disgusting misogyny in one and disgusting blasphemy in the other.)
  13. Blackveil - Kristen Britain (will someone please read the sequel when it comes out and just tell me what happens? I am sick of reading spoiled whiny characters and poorly edited writing just to find out if Zachary and Karigan ever bloody get together.)
  14. Liar's Moon - Elizabeth C. Bunce
  15. Forever - Maggie Stiefvater
  16. A Matter of Profit - Hilari Bell (EVERY BOOK I have read by Hilari Bell has been amazingly insightful and unique. I will always read this woman's books.)
  17. Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots - Abby McDonald
  18. Down These Strange Streets - ed by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  19. Carpathia - Matt Forbeck
  20. Thirteenth Child - Patricia C. Wrede
  21. Blood Red Road - Moira Young (GO READ THIS RIGHT NOW!)
  22. Honor's Paradox - P.C. Hodgell
  23. Under Attack - Hannah Jayne
  24. The Grimm Legacy - Polly Schumann
  25. Echoes of Betrayal - Elizabeth Moon
  26. Delirium - Lauren Oliver
  27. Across the Universe - Beth Revis
  28. Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community - Andrew Marin*
  29. Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity - Adam Hamilton*
  30. Armed and Magical - Lisa Shearin
  31. The Trouble With Demons - Lisa Shearin
  32. Bewitched and Betrayed - Lisa Shearin
  33. Con and Conjure - Lisa Shearin
  34. Love Wins - Rob Bell* (? Do I call this nonfiction when I think his theology is shaky?)
  35. Welcome to Bordertown - ed. by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner
  36. The Five Love Languages for Singles - Gary Chapman*
  37. Gabriel: Zero Point - Steve Umstead
  38. Surrender None - Elizabeth Moon
  39. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
  40. A Bride's Story 2 - Kaoru Mori
  41. The Sword & the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace - Ray E. Boomhower*
  42. Grave Memory - Kalayna Price
  43. The Sleeping Doll - Jeffery Deaver
  44. The Boy from the O - Sandy Kendall
  45. Sisters Red - Jackson Pearce
  46. Once Was Lost - Sara Zarr
  47. Greatshadow - James Maxey
  48. The Explosionist - Jenny Davidson
  49. The Love Talker - Elizabeth Peters
  50. The Bride's Baby - Liz Fielding
  51. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - David Allen*
  52. Cold Magic - Kate Elliott
  53. Deerskin - Robin McKinley
  54. A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master - Rachel Held Evans*
  55. The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin
  56. She Loves You, She Loves You Not... - Julie Anne Peters
  57. The Third Gate - Lincoln Child
  58. Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver
  59. Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
  60. Haiku for the Single Girl - Beth Griffenhagen*
  61. Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (I realize this is a NYT Bestseller, but it irked me to no end that they seem to think live ammunition is used in Civil War reenactments. Um, no, dipshits, that would NEVER happen, unless y'all in the south take it WAY more seriously than we Northerners. Sheesh.)
  62. Till We Have Face - C.S. Lewis
  63. Across the Great Barrier - Patricia Wrede
  64. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson


* nonfiction
 
 
 
 
stephaniecain
Ganked from a lot of my friends, here's the NPR's Most Popular Sci-Fi & Fantasy novels meme. I voted, and of course am outraged that some of my favorites didn't place very high (or even make the list. WTF where is Paks?!) but I'm pleased that I've read a bunch of these, and today I started the highest ranked book that I hadn't read yet and have always meant to.

I'm cheating. I'm going to bold things I've either read all the way or read all I plan to. I'm going to italicize those I plan to read. I'm going to strike through the occasional Never in my life shall I read this book.

Also, I would like to say that I already did this meme once, because I printed off the list as soon as it was released on the website, and marked all the books I'd read.

Read more... )

Wow, I thought I was at 36. Forgot about Xanth. A lot of these books have been on my to-read-someday list anyway (like Dune), but so many good new books come out every year I hadn't gotten around to a lot of them. I also read much more heavily on the fantasy side than on the science fiction side, and I'm incredibly disappointed that the Coldfire Trilogy by CS Friedman and the Company Wars books by CJ Cherryh didn't make this list. I know Coldfire is science fantasy more than science fiction, but still. *grumps*
 
 
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