Friday, February 5, 2016

Sad Lootless Library

badge-4This is the weekend of Foolscap, my favorite literary convention. It's a time to talk about books (mostly science fiction and fantasy books, but anything is possible), buy books, trade books, and also have fun. It will be a good time to restore my soul, because that Triple Dog Dare is really hurting.

I got nothing from the library today. A few days ago I picked up a book for a book club I help run at the elementary school, and I managed to read a few picture books, but no holds came in and I have all the books for the rest of this month's book clubs. Sniff.
The Tale of Despereaux
Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo. For my Thursday elementary book club. Actually, this wasn't on the hold shelf, as a new local library had it without me even asking.

I've currently got 42 things out from the library, including ebooks, books for me, and books for the kids. That's the same as last week, but I hope it will trend downward as the hold avalanche slows.

I'll go look at the  Library Loot which is at The Captive Reader this week to see what everyone else is getting.  Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. 

I'm continuing my Library Quest.  I'm still in the Large Print Fiction section, so everything feels thick and important.

I'm reading Toni Morrison's God Help the Children, although so far there's been a lot of whining about a lost boyfriend, which I find tedious. There are hints of many other interesting things (job, family, childhood events) so I hope the attention turns or I get hooked by whatever Morrison is doing.

I'm still listening to Hild by Nicola Griffith.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Shelf Love Challenge 2016

Shelf Love Challenge 2016Second Run Reviews is hosting the Shelf Love Challenge 2016. This challenge is all about reading what you've got. Read what you've bought, received, found on the street or in a Magic Book Box, or which spontaneously appeared in your TBR bookcases. (What, it happens!)

The rules are:
  1. Read what you started the year with
  2. Control your acquisitions
  3. Library books don't count for this challenge
My goal for this challenge is to watch and see how I'm doing -- if I'm reading books from my shelves and whether I'm acquiring books faster than I read them. I'm also hoping that just being aware of this will encourage me to read more from my shelves.

I'm hoping to reach level 3 -- "a warm friendly hug."



  • 1-10 books: shake hands with your shelves

    1. Prisoner, Lia Silver
    2. Waiting For the Party, Ann Thwaite 1/20/16
    3. Mercenary Instinct, Ruby Lionsdrake 1/30/16
    4. Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand (Hooker) 2/1/16
    5. Parallax, Alan Hirshfeld 2/4/16


  • 11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back
  • 21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug
  • 31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves
  • 41-50 books: my shelves are now my bff
  • 51+ books: my shelves and I are going steady


  • Monday, February 1, 2016

    One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
    Last week I finished a big stack of books, and felt all accomplished and everything. Of course, since my habit is to read dozens of books at once, the law of averages means that some weeks a lot of them end.

    Other weeks, a lot of them begin, apparently. I recklessly checked out many books last month, aware of the slow doom of the Triple Dog Dare approaching, and now is the time the due dates start looming. So this week I started a lot of books, which is the first step towards finishing them.

    I'm still rocking the Triple Dog Dare, though, so all is not lost. and I added a Diversity Challenge, which I'm hoping I don't have to adjust my reading much to meet. It may turn out that I read from a small pool, in which case it will encourage me to try some bigger waves.

    The Book Date is collecting the roundups of what everyone is reading and talking about this week. I'll also look in with Teach Mentor Texts which does the same thing for kidlit.

    This week I finished five books:

    Between PlanetsKat, Incorrigible (Kat, Incorrigible, #1)Mercenary Instinct (Mandrake Company, #1)Canadian Summer (The Hilda Van Stockum Family Collection)Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris, #1)


    Between Planets, Robert Heinlein. The Full Cast Audio made this easy listening, and the contrast between what looked like future tech in the 1950's and what we have today kept us amused. The lack of cell phones or internet or Moore's Law were the most egregious, as well as an understanding of what species girl humans belong to (hint, they are human). But these would be good to listen to on long car rides.

    Kat, Incorrigible, Stephanie Burgis. This was a LibraryThing Secret Santa pick for me, except the English title was different so they thought it wasn't available. My library is awesome, so I get to read it anyway. I wish the sisters in the family were kinder to each other; it bothers me to read about contempt in a family, even where they retain basic loyalty to each other. I'm spoiled by the consideration my sons show to each other, which I possibly helped foster. I know my siblings and I were rotten to each other as kids and we are tight as adults, but I still prefer compassion.

    Mercenary Instinct, Ruby Lionsdrake. Lindsay Buroker tried to hide from me by using a Kindle-only pseudonym, but I cannot be defeated so easily. This is a science fiction pseudonym that has the same style of witty dialogue, fast action, decent sexytimes, and energetic protagonists.

    * Canadian Summer, Hilda van Stockum. This author is an childhood favorite of mine who I recently discovered wrote other books without even telling me! So my awesome library sent me this 1948 story about a large Catholic family spending the summer in the Canadian mountains.

    Libriomancer, Jim Hines. I reread this along with my Tuesday book club. Maybe it will inspire me to read the third book, especially as the fourth just came out.

    * Books I started this week. Most books tend last for weeks on my lists, because I have this habit of reading dozens of things at once. But occasionally I keep focus for several days on end.

    Since I was late to the library, I didn't get a chance to read any picture books. Phooey.

    I started new eight books. That seems like a lot, doesn't it?:

    Imperfect Sword (The Lost Stars, #3)The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning, #1)Time and Again: Time Was / Times ChangeGod Help the ChildBlue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)A Stranger's Gift (Women of Pinecraft, #1)A Family of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult LiteratureRadiance

    Imperfect Sword, Jack Campbell. This has a very annoying pregnancy subplot that is not quite enough to get me to drop this series. I do get the feeling that author Campbell thinks of women as fundamentally different from men on almost every level. Legally equal, but alien.

    Emerald Atlas,
    John Stephens. A "dipping" book for me, so I won't finish it for months, but proof that I am planning to read all the books on the kidlit shelf of my TBR bookcase. Cases.

    Time and Again, Nora Roberts. A book I got by accident from the library (see other Time and Again book I am reading for a book club) but that looks fun for a few hours.

    God Help the Child, Toni Morrison. Next Library Quest Book.

    Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater. Third but not last in a YA series.

    A Stranger's Gift, Anna Schmidt. I have no idea how this book appeared on my Kindle app, but there it is.

    A Family of Readers, Roger Sutton & Martha V. Parravano. A book about reading children's books -- it was probably written explicitly for me.

    Radiance, Catherynne Valente. This is last month's Sword and Laser, so Time and Again was month before last. Luckily I've read this months book already, so I'll catch up by not rereading.

    Bookmarks moved in six books:

    Under a Graveyard Sky (Blac...Time and Again (Time, #1)Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)

    Republic, Lindsay Buroker. I like the introduction of new characters, especially the mother/daughter pair.

    Under a Graveyard Sky, John Ringo. The US Navy shows up. Commodore Wolf is not overly impressed.

    Crux, Ramaz Naam. I need to pay more attention; I think I just met a new character, but maybe I just forgot him from the last book?

    Hild, Nicola Griffith. My next audio book in the Library Quest; I choose it because I have a paper copy on my TBR stack. I move the bookmark along to track my progress.

    Time and Again, Jack Finney. This was the Sword and Laser pick for last month. Or maybe the month before that. It's a bit of a slow read, but at least the time traveling has begun.

    Mortal Heart, Robin LaFevers. Another Cybils Finalist. I wouldn't want to be cloistered either.

    The next few books I'm not really reading, just dipping into between the books I'm trying to finish so that I can pretend that I'm going to read the books on my bookcases.

    Rob Roy  A Traitor to Memory (Inspector Lynley, #11)Midnight Crossroad (Midnigh...The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning, #1)Reading and Learning to Read

    Rob Roy, Walter Scott. Rob Roy escaped! Our hero sees his ex-girlfriend. Well, friend who is a girl.
    A Traitor To Memory, Elizabeth George. The inert musician ponders.
    Awakening to the Sacred, Lama Surya Das.
    Midnight Crossroad, Charlaine Harris.
    Emerald Atlas, John Stephens. This has joined the list of slow books.
    Reading and Learning To Read, Jo Vacca. Words games for beginning readers.
    2016 Challenge Progress:
    1. Cybils 2015: 7 out of 82. Mortal Heart is on my e-reader.
    2. Reading My Library: I'm finished the audio of Between Planets and went back to Hild. and I started the audio of Between Planets as well. Started God Help the Child by Morrison so I'm well into the M's.
    3. Where Am I Reading?: 8/50.  Currently reading an Oregon, Florida, and Virginia books.
    4. TBR Triple Dog Dare. My totals are 19 library books, 3 personal library, 3 e-book.
    5. Full House Challenge: 20/25. I'm zooming! I need to figure out what counts as "book club worthy."
    6. Library Challenge: I'm at 23 already -- Young Adult. This is not counting picture books because I usual read those in the library.
    7. Diversity Challenge 2016: Kidlit: 2/12. Adult lit: 4/12. I think those are the low-hanging fruit. This month is Location diversity -- I read in 5 continents, 10 countries, and some outer space locations.

    Friday, January 29, 2016

    Library Loot

    badge-4I wanted to start the Cybils finalist list promptly, because I like to finish it by the autumn and because it's fun to read as many books as I can before they announce the winners. But it appears that either they are picking more popular titles or other people are also using it for their reading list. Humph! So there were long wait lines for holds on several of the books.

    And they all took about four weeks to come through, so now instead of scrambling to find any Cybils to read, I have a bag full. Oops.

    The hold shelf gave me:
    Libriomancer100 Best Books for ChildrenA Bride's StoryDragons Beware!Every Last WordGive Me WingsI Will Always Write BackMost Dangerous

    Libriomancer, Jim Hines. For my Tuesday book club. Actually, this wasn't on the hold shelf, as my library had it without me even asking.

    100 Best Books For Children, Anita Silvey. I put this on my hold list back in October. I love books about books.

    Bride's Story 6, Kaoru Mori. Still enjoying these.

    Dragon's Beware, Jorge Aguirre. A Children's graphic Cybils finalist. Also our next family book club pick.

    Every Last Word, Tamara Ireland Stone. A YA fiction Cybils finalist.

    Give Me Wings, Kathy Lowinger. A YA nonfiction Cybils finalist.

    I Will always Write Back, Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda w/ Liz Welch. A YA nonfiction Cybils finalist.

    Most Dangerous, Steve Sheinkin. A YA nonfiction Cybils finalist.

    I also got an ebook:
    Mortal Heart
    Mortal Heart, LaFevers. The next Cybils book. Well, not the next, because other people are in line ahead of me for that, but the next one that was available instantly. I got this on Monday, before the deluge on Thursday.

    I've currently got 42 things out from the library, including ebooks, books for me, and books for the kids. That's the same as last week, but I hope it will trend downward as the hold avalanche slows.

    I'll go sign in to Library Loot which is at The Captive Reader this week to see what everyone else is getting.  Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. 

    I'm continuing my Library Quest.  I'm still in the Large Print Fiction section, so everything feels thick and important.

    The Miracle at Speedy MotorsThe Miracle at Speedy Motors, Alexander McCall Smith.  I like the small, personal stakes for these books, much the way I like the Aunt Dimity books, only with kinder protagonists.  Because our lives are made of such small matters, and these lives matter. I like how the characters are decent, although some are kinder than others; all see it worthwhile to get along. Sometimes it's easier to hope that other change instead of exerting yourself, but the basic goal is the same.

    Between PlanetsBetween Planets, Robert Heinlein: Full Cast Audio. I rushed through and finished this because the boys were enjoying the 1950's version of Future Science (information encoded on thin microwires -- a whole book the size of a ring!) and I wanted to clear the library decks a bit. I'll definitely consider the other Full Cast Audio versions of these books for future road trips.

    I'm still listening to Hild by Nicola Griffith, which is a deeper story on many levels. The pace of a audio bugs me more with these, because I can't go faster if I'm anxious to find out what happens.

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    Diversity Challenge 2016

    Hands, Background, Black, Colorful, Communication As part of reading more mindfully, I want to read books outside my usual path. Also, I want to look for books that I've been ignoring because of barriers I don't even see, extra walls that marginalized authors have to climb over, because of their color, gender, nationality, or whatever. So I'm looking for more diverse books.

    I found two Diversity Challenges (well, they are linked, one is kidlit and one is adult) so I'll try them both. For some reason the buttons don't seem to like my blog, so I found some open source icons to give me some color.

    The Unconventional Librarian's 2015 Diversity Reading Challenge has 12 books:

    2016 Diversity Reading Challenge Checklist (Kidlit):
    1. A book written by or about a person of Hispanic Origin.
    2. A book in which a character suffers from mental illness
    3. A book written by or about someone with Spectrum Disorder
    4. A book with an African American young woman as a main character (think Jacqueline Woodson, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker)
    5. A book containing an Asian main character. The Truth Commission, Susan Juby 1/8/16
    6. A book with an illustrator of color (think Kadir Nelson).
    7. A book with a LGBT main character.
    8. A graphic novel (Raina Telgemeier or Jennifer Holm).
    9. A book with a Muslim girl on the cover (I Am Malala, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Persepolis): A Bride's Story 5, Kaoru Mori 1/21/16
    10. A book written by or for African American young men (Richard Wright, Walter Dean Myers, Ta-Nehisi Coates)
    11. A book in which the author, main character, or strong secondary character has a physical disability.  Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo 2/3/16
    12. The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel. (Since I've read both of these already, I'll substitute any Holocaust book)
    There's a twitter #ReadDiverseLit and chats at on 4th Thursdays at 9pm

    The adult partner is From Left to Write 2016 Diversity Reading Challenge and her twelve steps are:

    2016 Diversity Reading Challenge Checklist (Adults):
    From Left to Write 2016 Diversity Reading Challenge #ReadDiverseLit
    1. Contemporary book with a person of color on the cover (set in present day)
    2. Historical fiction about marginalized group (due to race, ethnicity, gender, mental ability, physical ability): 
    3. Graphic novel featuring protagonists of color: 
    4. Book written by or about someone with spectrum disorder
    5. Romance novel with main character of color: Prisoner, Lia Silver 1/18/16. 
    6. Book of poetry by LGBT writer
    7. Science fiction or fantasy with female main character of color
    8. Memoir or biography by or about a diverse author
    9. Book with a main character who is mixed race
    10. Novel with an LGBT main character: An Apprentice to Elves, Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Bear 1/19/16
    11. Book in which character suffers from mental illness Laura's Wolf, Lia Silver 1/8/16
    12. Book in which a main character has a physical disability: Dick Francis's Refusal, Felix Francis 1/10/16; Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand (Hooker) 2/1/16
    Social Media, Social Networks, Ball, World, PopulationI also want to concentrate each month on a different type of diversity, where I track what my reading is about that month.  If I'm really on the ball, I'll update the image down here for this:
    1. January: Location: US, Canada, Chile, Japan, U.K. (England and Ireland), Norse, Indonesia, Gabon, Iran, Botswana, Outer Space
    2. Race: European
    3. Gender
    4. Sexuality
    5. Class (economic)
    6. Mental Health
    7. Physical shape (able/disability)
    8. Literacy
    9. Integration (race)
    10. Native Americans
    11. Family Type
    12. Age

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    Setting a Rhythm

    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
    I seem to have fallen into a rhythm with my book picks. Of course I don't have the attention span to just read a book until it's done -- I pick things up and put them down, then wander about and pick up something else.  I start of the day with library triage -- are there books that MUST go back soon that I really really want to read? I work on those first (Apprentice to Elves, Bride's Story, Zero to Five). Then I make sure I'm working on my book club selections, with online groups less important than real life ones (Tarzan Alive, Nory Ryan's Song, The Veil). When I tire of that, I move onto a challenge -- Cybils, mostly Infandous, All the Rage). And then I work on my Library Quest book (The Miracle at Speedy Motors). And if I still have reading time after that, I'll read whatever is next on my TBR shelf.

    I try to read at least fifty pages in each book before giving myself permission to pick up the next, but if something excruciating happens I can run away.

    I'm still rocking the Triple Dog Dare, and I added a Library Appreciation Challenge, although I'm a library addict so it's not really much of a challenge. I think I read two non-library books this week. I also somehow managed to finish a pile of books; I'm not quite sure how that happened.

    The Book Date is collecting the roundups of what everyone is reading and talking about this week. I'll also look in with Teach Mentor Texts which does the same thing for kidlit.

    This week I finished twelve books:
    InfandousAn Apprentice to ElvesNory Ryan's Song (Nory Ryan, #1)Waiting for the PartyA Bride's Story, Vol. 5 (A Bride's Story, #5)All the RageZero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far)The Miracle at Speedy Motors (No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency #9)Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    Tarzan Alive,
    Philip Jose Farmer. This was for my Tuesday book club. I think only my brother and I enjoyed it, but I know I had a lot of fun reading this straight-faced exploration of the "truth" of the Tarzan literature. Part of the fun was remembering reading it as a teen, and noticing which parts I was too naive to understand back then. I have to remember to show it to my teen, although I don't believe he's read the entire Tarzan series so he doesn't have all the backstory.

    Infandous,
    Elana K. Arnold. A Cybils YA finalist. I spent the first chapters of this waiting for the inevitable rape flashback, but Arnold surprised me with a different although also traumatic past trauma, and one that the fairy tale format prepared me for. I found the conversation about class and value and families very interesting, as well as the insight into teenage sexuality and how it is abused by society.

    An Apprentice to Elves, Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear. Monette and Bear are excellent world builders and character writers, and their collaboration kicks things up another notch. I liked how they incorporated women and aliens into their story while keeping in ground in a gritty Norse culture. And wolf companions are always cool.

    * Nory Ryan's Song, Patricia Reilly Giff. This was our Family Book club pick, and I admit it was not a favorite of the boys. Apparently they are not into grim historical fiction, even when sweetened by fine writing. Also, we all thought that the heroine was a dork for dropping the rent money down a wishing well (by "accident"). We had a good discussion, occasionally derailed into a Star Wars review, covering the history, responsibility, and the dangers of a mono culture.

    Waiting For the Party, Ann Thwaite. This biography of Francis Hodgson Burnett taught me a lot about the author; I hadn't realized that she wrote so many books, or that so many of them were aimed at the adult audience. I thought I had plumbed her depths by finding The Lost Prince, but she also wrote dozens of adult novels. Unfortunately most of her life was rather dull; she had frequent illnesses, unpleasant marriages, and a lot of squabbles over trivial matters.

    The Veil, Chloe Neill. This was Vaginal Fantasy's hiatus book, which I have finally read. Their next book is due to be discussed this week, so clearly I'm behind. It's an easy read, with a likable protagonist who finds herself with unexpected magic powers in a post-magic war New Orleans that has rule any magic illegal. With the help of the cute guy who shows up she must master her magic, come to terms with the lies her beloved father told her, and save the world.

    The Prisoner, Lia Silver. Another werewolf marine love story, this time with added evil government scientists and doomed cloned warriors. Once again Silver treats her characters as intelligent adults able to form sentences and notice misconceptions. Although this is the second in the series, reading the first gave away a lot of the ending; I wish I had read them in reverse order. It's also much more the start of a series, so I'm looking forward to getting the next book as soon as this pesky Dare is over.

    * A Bride's Story Vol. 5, 
    Kaoru Mori. This covers the wedding of the excitable twins (good luck to their grooms!) and then returns to Amir and her young husband.  The artwork is still beautiful, although my face blindness meant it took me a while to figure out when we skipped back to Amir. I eventually noticed there was only one of her. I'm enjoying this historical tale.

    All the Rage, Courtney Summers. A Cybils YA finalist. I was afraid Infandous was going to be an abused girl book; this one really was. The characterization was brutally honest, showing the damage that rape, and then a community's denial of that rape, does, not only to the girls who survive, but to all women and people. The plot didn't really convince me, though. My son was very frustrated by how "stupidly" everyone behaved, although he admitted they were coming from some bad places so it was understandable. He prefers justice.

    * Zero to Five, Tracy Cutchlow. Somewhere I saw a review for this parenting advice book, describing it's slogan as science for moms. I hoped it would give actual research, but it's more of a cosy "everything will be fine, relax and be a good mom" kind of book. Which is fun for parents of young kids, but I was more interested in the science -- it's too late for my brood, hulking teenagers that they are.

    The Miracle at Speedy Motors, Alexander McCall Smith. Library Quest Book!

    * Dead But Not Forgotten
    , ed. by Charlaine Harris. Short stories by various authors set in Harris's world. Basically Sookie Stackhouse fanfiction. Most of the stories were fun peeks into minor characters, following hints Harris dropped but never got around to filling out. I liked the ones based out of Bon Temps the most.

    * Books I started this week. Most books tend last for weeks on my lists, because I have this habit of reading dozens of things at once. But occasionally I keep focus for several days on end.

    Since I had no books on hold, and my adherence to the Dare kept me from browsing for more stuff, I looked over some picture books:

    As Fast as Words Could FlyBatman's Dark Secret

    As Fast As Words Could Fly, Pamela Tuck. Realistic art and paragraphs per page make this a solid historical story, following a young boy's drive to learn to type in order to help the civil rights workers in their endeavors. He faces discrimination at school and at work, but works and perseveres, little knowing that his manual typewriter will seem as bizarre as the dodo to modern readers.

    Batman's Dark Secret, Kelley Puckett. Batman remembers his youth as an orphan, afraid of the dark that reminds him of the alley where his parents died. But then he falls into a cave and fights a giant bat, which somehow makes him grow up to be BATMAN. Well, except that the bat is clearly the villain and the symbol of evil, so why does this dumb kid want to emulate that? And the bat is probably just protecting its young -- it's the dumb kid who is stomping around in their lair. And the artwork made Bruce seem like a whiny kid. Maybe it was too much of a whiplash from Tuck's book.

    And I started six new books:

    Mercenary Instinct (Mandrake Company, #1)Between PlanetsTime and Again (Time, #1)Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)Kat, Incorrigible (Kat, Incorrigible, #1)Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris, #1)

    Mercenary Instinct, Ruby Lionsdrake. Lindsay Buroker tried to hide from me by using a Kindle-only pseudonym, but I cannot be defeated so easily.

    Between Planets, Robert Heinlein. This is a less intense audio book for when I need more attention on where I'm going. It's from the next shelf in the library.

    Time and Again, Jack Finney. This was the Sword and Laser pick for last month. Or maybe the month before that.

    Mortal Heart, Robin LaFevers. Another Cybils Finalist. I had to jump all the way down to YA SF to find something the library had on its e-shelves.

    Kat, Incorrigible, Stephanie Burgis. This was a LibraryThing Secret Santa pick for me, except the English title was different so they thought it wasn't available. Of course I tracked it down and am reading it first. Also, the library wants it back.

    Libriomancer, Jim Hines. I'm rereading this along with my Tuesday book club. We actually wanted to read the Goblin books, where Smudge starts his life, but our libraries failed us. Well, I have the first and my library has the next two, but New Hampshire is not as well stocked. Also, goodreads should hurry up and figure out how to handle rereads. "Read" and "Currently Reading" are not exclusive categories!

    Bookmarks moved in four books:

    Under a Graveyard Sky (Blac...

    Republic, Lindsay Buroker. I have moved this into my bathroom, so I can at least read while brushing my teeth. The president may be under magical attack, Sespian and Sicarus may be under actual attack, and the gang is back together!

    Under a Graveyard Sky, John Ringo. Maybe the coast guard can get the navy to talk to them. Also, I'm starting to really enjoy the scenes where Faith is a bad ass.

    Crux, Ramaz Naam. I should probably read more than a few pages a week to get a good sense of the action.

    Hild, Nicola Griffith. My next audio book in the Library Quest; I choose it because I have a paper copy on my TBR stack. I move the bookmark along to track my progress. It's too interesting -- I've driven to the wrong destination several times because I'm listening to the story and driving on auto pilot -- oh, I'm going up the hill so I must be going home...

    The next few books I'm not really reading, just dipping into between the books I'm trying to finish so that I can pretend that I'm going to read the books on my bookcases.

    Rob Roy  A Traitor to Memory (Inspector Lynley, #11)Midnight Crossroad (Midnigh...Reading and Learning to Read

    Rob Roy, Walter Scott. Apparently Rob Roy is to be executed. So much for plot.
    A Traitor To Memory, Elizabeth George. Are the police corrupt?
    Awakening to the Sacred, Lama Surya Das. If you feel it, it is true. Let things go. Let them go!
    Midnight Crossroad, Charlaine Harris. Bobo is from the Bard books. I see a Sookie vampire too.
    Reading and Learning To Read, Jo Vacca. The use and misuse of sight words.
    2016 Challenge Progress:
    1. Cybils 2015: Five out of 82. Finished Infandous and All the Rage. Mortal Heart is on my NOOK. Well, no, my NOOK is BROKEN but I borrowed my son's.
    2. Reading My Library: I'm still on the audio of Hild  and I started the audio of Between Planets as well. Finished The Miracle at Speedy Motors so I'm well into the M's.
    3. Where Am I Reading?: 8/50.  Added Louisiana. Twice.
    4. TBR Triple Dog Dare. My totals are 16 library books, 3 personal library, 2 e-book.
    5. Full House Challenge: 18/25. I'm leaping out of the gate! But I think the next categories will be harder.
    6. Library Challenge: I'm at 19 already -- Middle Grades. This is not counting picture books because I don't usually take those out of the library.