DFTBA!

Sep. 14th, 2011 08:57 pm
hazelbite: (OTHER: Capslock fangirl)
hazelbite: (SC: Zabagabe)
Sadly, I've been slacking on reading due to various crochet and craft projects, but here's what I have so far!

As usual:
Favorites
Re-reads
Not too impressed

1) Commodore Hornblower by C. S. Forester
2) The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1) by Robert Jordan
3) Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling (third re-read!)
4) Staking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling
5) Traitor's Moon by Lynn Flewelling
6) Lord Hornblower by C. S. Forester
7) Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling
8) Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg
9) False Colors by Alex Beecroft (m/m historical fiction!)
10) The White Road by Lynn Flewelling (NEW BOOK!!!)
11) Bold Spirit: Helga Etsby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America by Linda Lawrence Hunt
12) Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
13) Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (my first steampunk!)
14) Reign of Shadows (The Ruby Throne Trilogy, Book 1) by Deborah Chester
15) Sabriel by Garth Nix
16) Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr by Garth Nix
hazelbite: (OTHER: Book lover)
As usual:
Favorites
Re-reads
Not too impressed by these

Already read this year... )

The last two for the year:
37) Flying Colours by C. S. Forester
38) Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Top Five Favorite of 2009:

1) Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
2) The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling
3) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
4) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
5) Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
hazelbite: (OTHER: Book lover)
I've so been neglecting my LJ lately...but for a good cause! Books!

As usual:
Favorites
Re-reads
Not too impressed by these

Already read this year... )

New!

22) The Dolphins of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
23) Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
24) Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey
25) A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
26) The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall by Anne McCaffrey
27) Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
28) The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
29) The Truth by Terry Pratchett
30) Looking for Alaska by John Green
31) The Heart of Stars by Kate Forsyth
32) The Rosetta Key by William Dietrich
33) Hornblower and the "Hotspur" by C. S. Forester
34) Hornblower During the Crisis by C. S. Forester
35) Men-Of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy by Patrick O'Brian
36) Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

Probably not going to make the 50 count this year yet again, but I have read some pretty kickass books and that's all that matters :D
hazelbite: (OTHER: Book lover)
I had planned a lot of re-reads this year but haven't done too many yet. And planning some GREAT new books which includes fulfilling my plan of MOAR PRATCHETT! Also, lots of author repeats but totally worth it because they WIN.

As usual:
Favorites
Re-reads
Not too impressed by these

1) Dune by Frank Herbert
2) Bone (Volume 1): Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith
3) Bone (Volume 2): The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith
4) Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
5) Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewwelling
6) Traitor's Moon by Lynn Flewelling
7) The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling

8) Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean P. Sasson
9) Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling
10) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
11) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
12) The Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling
13) The Oracle's Queen by Lynn Flewelling
14) Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling (again! I love it THAT MUCH)
15) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
16) Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

17) The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
18) Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich (the movie 21 is based off of this book)
19) Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
20) Paper Towns by John Green
21) Lieutenant Nun by Catalina de Erauso
22) Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

So far so good on the count, hopefully I can keep it up!

Book rec!

May. 2nd, 2009 09:15 pm
hazelbite: (OTHER: Book lover)
The Graveyard Book by: Neil Gaiman

I had wanted to read this book ever since I heard that it was about a boy who lived in a graveyard and was raised by ghosts. Finally bought the hardback because the wait at the library was too long!

A MUST READ.

It's wonderfully spooky and there are twists and turns, not sharp ones but more like a winding road because of the amazing way that Neil Gaiman writes! And Bod Owens is such a charming and loveable main character! I also fangirl his guardian Silas. Not sure how much I can say about the man Jack without giving things away except that the thing that he's involved in is really clever and I wish we learned more!

And aww the end almost made me cry but it was SUCH a good way to end it because of the possibilities for Bod Owens, not in the way of sequels but for his character :D

And I almost forgot about the artwork by Dave McKean! The black and white drawings are anything but simple and they really make you feel like you're a part of the story.

So yes, go read this right away, it's so worth it (like all of Neil Gaiman's work!)
hazelbite: (SC: No good)
So at the urging (sort of) of [livejournal.com profile] brinabean, here is my long ass update finally! Er, in parts so I don't forget anything I hope.

Moving day!
I have officially moved out of my college town almost a year after graduating and WHAT a relief it is to not have to spend all my money on rent anymore, urg. I am now living with my Nana because I didn't want to move back with parents (even though my sisters are awesome and I wouldn't mind living with them again!)

I was kinda sad though, driving away with a u-haul trailer and my car's trunk full of junk because all I could think about was that my college days are officially over now. Time to be a RL functioning adult! Except for the not having to pay rent part, that part is my favorite.

Musicals!
WICKED IS AMAZING AND I'M PLANNING TO SEE IT AGAIN! Just, gah, the whole thing...I don't even know where to begin! The lights, the music, the costumes OMG I'M IN LOVE WITH THE COSTUMES. I was looking forward to Defying Gravity all night AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. Seriously, I think there were tears in my eyes.

Just finished reading the book finally and even though I usually pick books over other forms of canon the musical is MADE OF AWESOME I CANNOT DESCRIBE.

Also saw Avenue Q and its hilarity on stage is far greater than on Youtube, natch. Currently listening to soundtrack for the hundredth time!

Books! Books! Books!
Still reading Lynn Flewelling's Tamir series of books, loving those just as much as the Nightrunner series! Can't wait for September and new book! Also, the author has an LJ at [livejournal.com profile] otterdance and a recent post of hers said: "Back to work on ideas for the next two Nightrunner books." which makes me glee so bad :D So yeah, [livejournal.com profile] brinabean more to look forward to!

Library book sale tomorrow. I AM SO THERE.

FTW
Actually got money from the government this time instead of the other way around so that's nice :D Will be using it to update my contacts prescription because I'm sick of wearing my glasses again.

You mean there's such a thing as a fun job?
And I has one! Working at the Six Flags park (again!) in town as an explorer guide where we are, apparently, rock stars of the park...or something. Either way, I get to hang out with the animals and talk on a mic all day. It is tiring but so much fun and everyone is awesome.

I'm especially looking forward to Fright Fest where we get to be ZOMBIES.

Still a retail slave working at Kohl's but the cool job totally makes up for it :D

That moving pictures box
Watching (and actually keeping up with!) Survivor and The Amazing Race this season, it's been a while since I've watched them.

Completely Lost on Lost and forgot all about Heroes (been too busy reading fanfic and books, wasting time online, and working) must catch up soon!

This is a belated tl;dr warning!
Too late?
hazelbite: (OTHER: GEEK)
So I'm totally reading the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling right now...AND I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN.

Finished the first book Luck in the Shadows this morning and now I'm off to get the sequels!

And I love Alec and Seregil and Micum and Nysander.

Also, OT, but my paid account ran out and it's SO HARD to go from having 118 icons to JUST 15 *flails*

Off to buy books!
hazelbite: (OTHER: Book lover)
Okay so when was the last time I actually posted something? I can't remember.

Anyway! My read 50 books for the year thing didn't quite work out but I did get to 41 books which is still more than I read last year :D

Bolded ones were my faves, italics are re-reads (I do re-reads a lot!) strikes are ones I wasn't too fond of
List! )

As I tend to do, I went through reading phases: My re-read phase especially the Hornblower books, I'm slowly adding to my collection of those :D My Terry Prachett phase (I'm planning on reading more of his in '09) and Orson Scott Card phase and probably my biggest phase, Gold Rush era California/The Old West!

My top five favorites for the year are:

5: Slippin' Into Darkness by Norman Partridge
--I made a post about this book earlier in the year and I may be a bit biased because the author is an old high school friend of my dad's, but it really is a spectacular book! If you like plot twisty horror, that is! It kept me hooked and wanting to read more, plus I felt like I knew every single character right away :D

4: Going Postal by Terry Prachett
--My first Prachett book! I am now totally and completely hooked and am planning on reading MANY MORE next year :D Also, Moist von Lipwig has got to be one of my top favorite book characters ever!

3: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
--I read this HUGE book in less than two days by staying up to 4am, crashing, and reading all the next day. SO COMPLETELY HOOKED by this one...the movie doesn't even compare (but was still good on its own anyway!)

2: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
--My roommate Teresa said I should read it and lent me her copy...I CAN'T BELIEVE I HADN'T READ THIS SOONER. I am pretty sure I can't say anything about this book that hasn't been said already. It also launched my Orson Scott Card phase, which I will continue into '09.

1: MAURICE BY E. M. FORSTER
--I saw the movie first and LOVED it so I decided to read the book and see how different they were. The biggest surprise: they weren't very different at all! Gah, this book is so HEARTWRENCHING and ROMANTIC and all the other things I love about books and I LOVED every single character, yes EVEN Clive though he WAS being a dumbass about Maurice but, his loss, because Maurice gets his guy anyway. Did I mention how ROMANTIC it was? My use of all caps should be an indication of how much I loved it :D

So yeah, if you're looking for something new to read next year, try those!
hazelbite: (OTHER: Book lover)
Just spent WAY more money on books than I had planned...oops?

But the good thing is I went in going 'hmm, I wonder if I'll find more Forrester novels' and I did! So score, that worked out perfectly!

Seriously, the second I hit the scifi section I was grabbing things left and right...so yes, much better selection this time! 'Course it is the big sale at the fair grounds instead of the small library one so I'm not surprised :D No to mention the Anthropology section, which tends to have a majority of books published 1990 and earlier...but I actually found some more recent ones!

Some other highlights:

~The Long, Dark, Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
~And SIX Orson Scott Card books, including Speaker for the Dead so now I can return the library copy that I'm reading!
~Paperback of The Other Boleyn Girl because the hardback is big!
~The previously mentioned Lieutenant Hornblower by C. S. Forrester

The problem with owning so many books is that I tend to forget what I have and get double copies very often...at least I can sell them!

Books!

Oct. 4th, 2008 01:03 pm
hazelbite: (OTHER: Book lover)
Book sale at the library today! Paperbacks were 50 cents!

The Scifi section was overrun by Star Trek novels but I did manage to find Shadows, Gods, and Demons which has short stories by Neil Gaiman and Anne McCaffrey in it!

Also got lucky and found #5, 6, 7, of the Hornblower series by C. S. Forester: Beat to Quarters, Ship of the Line, and Flying Colors I loves me some naval fiction :3

Also picked up:
The Tombs Atuan - Ursula K. LeGuin
Doctor Who and the Time Warrior - Terrance Dicks
Holes - Louis Sachar
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

On a book-related note: I want to get into reading Terry Prachett but don't know where to start, there are so many! Plz send help!

Also, I R TEH SLOW and only just now read Ender's Game. HOW HAVE I NOT READ THIS SOONER!?
hazelbite: (OTHER: Book lover)
So I'm reading Slippin' Into Darkness by Norman Partridge (who's an old friend of my dad's) and it's kinda cool to recognize things from Vallejo.

-The old drive in near the three cemeteries
-The fiberglass cow on Springs road
-One of the characters wearing an old Hogan High baseball hat
-Mentions of Lake Herman road, American Canyon, the shipyard (Mare Island)
-The Lance & Shield (Hogan High yearbook, of which I have four, lol)

Okay, so it's got likeable characters who really shouldn't be likeable considering some things they've done but I figure if someone can make it seem like you've known them all your life in just one short chapter, it's pretty damn awesome!

Not even near done reading it though, I'll have to add more later :D

ETA: Finished. SO GOOD. Plot-twistingly amazing. Dark. Creepy. Gritty. Revenge has never been so...twisted. Plus, it takes place in my hometown. It's easy to relate to every character, even the evil ones. LOVED IT.
hazelbite: (Chip and Dale)
Well, it's a GORGEOUS day outside and I'm actually getting stuff done. Sunny days do that to me.

I'm sick of wearing winter clothes...bring on Spring!

I've also been on a Tudor kick lately mostly due to reading The Other Boleyn Girl before seeing the movie (tomorrow night!) By the way, that book is 661 pages long and I read and finished it all last Tuesday/Wednesday IT'S THAT GOOD :D

ETA: My Cosplay...so far, atleast!

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