Aaaaand, we’re back! In 5, 4, 3, 2…

I have a day off!!! I’d like to celebrate this day off by reading like, 5 books. Actually, I get almost 2 full days off work, plus another one right after, so 5 is a very realistic goal at this point.

The first one will definitely be The Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy (Bloody Jack, Book 7) by L.A. Meyer. There are a number of absolutes pertaining to this book:

  • I absolutely will give it a 5-star rating, even though I’m only about 50 pages into it so far (I kept thinking through books 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 that this guy couldn’t possibly write the perfect book for me n+1 times in a row, and I was wrong every time, so let’s just end that doubtful equation right here)
  • I absolutely will re-read it on audio, for the series is always read by the ridiculously clever-sounding Katherine Kellgren, on whom I have an audible crush.
  • I absolutely have to finish it before the next time I work with Stephanie, who has a photographic memory, is a lightning-fast reader (no, not kidding, you think I’m fast? She finished Rick Riordan’s The Last Olympian in like, 3 hours–it would take me at least 6), and who has been teasing me that if I don’t hurry up and read, she will spoil the heck out of Rapture for me! Stephanie: “Oh, and that time Higgins did *this*?! Classic! Oh, you didn’t read that part yet? Well, too bad, Slowpoke!”

In fact, to save time, let’s just do this:

Rapture of the Deep by L.A. Meyer

Rapture of the Deep by L.A. Meyer


5

In preparation for YABC on the 25th, I will be re-reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Both were 5-star reads for me, but I definitely need a refresher if we’re going to discuss them. See also: Battle Royale by Koushon Takami. I haven’t read it, but my husband got halfway before he was so thoroughly depressed when the story kept killing off the “main” character and replacing him or her with a new one. He still plans to finish it, and I plan to read it someday but it’s not that high up on my TBR list (which is now a disturbing 1176 books long).

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I’ll also be reading Retail Hell by Freeman Hall (subtitled How I Sold My Soul to the Store: Confessions of a Tortured Sales Associate). I’ve met Freeman, he’s hilarious and friendly and I know I’m going to love this book too, especially after the retail misery that I just lived through this past week. I’m hoping he’ll also inspire my tell-all bookstore memoir (^_^) just kidding, Borders! I do try to release all of my customer-related frustrations out into the wild so they don’t affect my normally awesome customer service. But sometimes there are those ones you just can’t forget…

My fifth book will be A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. Oh, don’t look at me like that. I’m already halfway through, I just got interrupted by the work shenanigans. And 2 of the 5 books I picked to read are re-reads, so it won’t take me too long to go through them again.

In addition, I’ll be doing some regular posts over the next couple of days. I really fell behind because of the job. I’ve definitely got lots of material for an IMM post, a few bookshelf photos, a Quickie review or two or three, and dare I say, a contest? (*gasp*!)

Some tune-ups due to the blog, too. Man, why do I work so much?

addiction...

addiction...

Oh, now I remember.

TBR Thursday 3

Every Thursday, I’ll be updating my Top 10 To-Be-Read books according to which ones I’ve finished, which ones I’ve recently obtained, and what new releases are coming up.

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (read)
Meridian by Amber Kizer (read)
Wings by Aprilynne Pike (read)
Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda (reading)
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard (reading)
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (reading – stuck!)
The Rescue Artist by Edward Dolnick (reading – stuck!)
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (audio – stuck!)
My Bonny Light Horseman by L. A. Meyer (audio – listening)
St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (reading)

TBR Top Ten for 9/03/2009

1. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
2. The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
3. Ash by Malinda Lo
4. Ignore Everybody by Hugh McLeod
5. Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford
6. Intertwined by Gena Showalter
7. Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
8. Home by Marilynne Robinson
9. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
10. Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino

What’s on your TBR? Comment!

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Oh yeah, I won a book! I won a book! I don’t know if I’m supposed to tell anyone yet, but… I won a book, and it’s signed! If I had one the grand prize I would probably have fainted. So the jumping up and down reaction is less embarrasing, but still exciting.

(I won a book! Yay! I *never* used to win stuff. I think BookGoil luck is starting to rub off on me.)

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Listening to: Imogen Heap, Swoon

TBR Thursday 2

Every Thursday, I’ll be updating my Top 10 To-Be-Read books according to which ones I’ve finished, which ones I’ve recently obtained, and what new releases are coming up.

TBR Top Ten for 8/27/2009

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (read)
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (read)
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (read)
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (read)
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (reading)
St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (reading)

1. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
2. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
3. Meridian by Amber Kizer
4. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
5. The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
6. Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
7 Wings by Aprilynne Pike
8. Ignore Everybody by Hugh McLeod
9. Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford
10. Intertwined by Gena Showalter

What’s on your TBR? Comment!

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Listening to:

TBR Thursday

Every Thursday, I’ll be updating my Top 10 To-Be-Read books according to which ones I’ve finished, which ones I’ve recently obtained, and what new releases are coming up.

TBR Top Ten for 8/20/2009

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent (read)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (reading)
Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder (reading)
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (reading)

1. St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
2. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
3. Meridian by Amber Kizer
4. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
5. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
6. The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
7. Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
8. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
9. Ignore Everybody by Hugh McLeod
10. Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford

Wow, so many adult books this week! Mostly because I loaned many of my new YAs to Jane.

What’s on your TBR? Comment!

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Listening to: Vivaldi, Lute Concerto in D, RV 93 – Largo