Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Preparations

2aLast week I messed up my status post, but I also barely read anything so not much lost. I'm finding that writing a book really interferes with my reading time.

On the bright side, everything that I do read seems quite good by comparison with my own work, so there's that silver lining. I should have saved up the worst drek I need for my challenges.

Somewhere in here I've also got to find time to cook about 1/10 of a Thanksgiving meal. I think I'm responsible for 3 dishes, while my sister makes everything else. Well, my brother-in-law contributes some things, and my niece is stepping up to the plate a bit (see what I did there?). Also, I shall probably force my son to make a pie, even though he's technically not eating with us. He'll be here this weekend, though, so leftovers could be in his future.

I'm off to sign up to see what everyone else is reading lately at bookjourney's and Teach Mentor Texts lists.

Finished this week:
  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars, Ian Doescher
  • After I'm Gone, Laura Lippman
  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, Meg Medina
  • Thorn Fall, Lindsay Buroker
  • The Bronte Sisters, by Catherine Reef
  • Dark Triumph, Robin LaFevers
  • Shards of Time, Lynn Flewelling
I think I did these last week:
  • My Side of the Mountain
  • Shifting Shadows
What am I currently reading? 22 books! Unfortunately, I'm nowhere near finishing anything and I will start a new book tomorrow, so I'm stuck on two pages. ARGH!  My currently reading list is now on up-to-date on GOODREADS.
  • Wide Open, Deborah Coates. NOOK. Someone in South Dakota sees ghosts.
  • Conjured, Sarah Beth Durst. Cybils pick.
  • Pantomime, Laura Lam. Cybils pick.
  • Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, David Mikics. Book about the pleasures of reading. As a converted, I like being preached to.
  • Boys Wanted, Flynn Meaney. Boy shortage in a Wisconsin town.
  • The Shadow Throne, Jennifer Nielsen. Third in a series -- my kids read this months ago.
  • Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson. Last month's Sword and Laser pick. I'm always behind. So far I'm not sure I like the main character. 
  • Codex Born, Jim C. Hines. 
  • Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean. From my shelves.
  • A Matter for Men, David Gerrold. No change.
  • Anna of Byzantium, Tracy Barett. No change.
  • About That Night, Norah McClintock.  No change. 
  • Rogue, Michael Z. Williamson. 
  • Wildflower, Alecia Whitaker. 
  • Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Carol Rifka Brunt. No change.
  • Yonder Comes the Other End of Time, Suzette Elgin. No change. 
  • Tinker, Wen Spencer. I do enjoy this book. Windwolf saves her from a bad date. 
  • Inkheart, Cornelia Funke. No change.
Reading intermittently, and deliberately slowly. These never change much:
  • Lost Enchantment, Barbara Cartland. 
  • The Jury, Stephen Adler. 
  • Reading and Learning to Read, Jo Anne Vacca. How scattershot strategies aren't that effective.
  • Nerds, Michael Buckley. 
  • Out to Canaan, Jan Karon. The bad mayoral candidate has won the election.
  • The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens.
What's up next?  Still starting a book every other day, until I get this library backlog under control. So reading nothing from my shelves :-(. I'm choosing books I've borrowed that have to go back soon.

Monday: Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
Wednesday: Hawk
Friday: Mind Games or possibly Minion
Sunday: The Turning Season

For my NOOK, I have The Summer Prince waiting.

2014 Challenge Progress:
  1. Cybils: 68/77. Starting to look like I might finish.
  2. Where Am I Reading? 37/51. We are in crisis mode here. Anybody have ideas for Missouri, North Dakota, or New Jersey? I've found books for Arkansas, Wisconsin, and South Dakota -- I just have to read them.
  3. Alphabetically Inclined: 19/26. Only books from my shelves count, and all my library books are due! Still need EIJ V XYZ.
  4. What's In a Name?: 7/7. Still have to review everything. Ha!
  5. Book Bingo: Decided to be happy with one square.
  6. Gentle Spectrum Challenge complete!.
  7. Small Fry Safari: 8/8. All done! Except for the reviewing...
  8. PoC Speculative Fiction: 23/5: Nothing new.
  9. Best of the Best 2012: 52/25.  I am stalled.
  10. Reading My Library: Library temporarily closed, so on hiatus.

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