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So on Twitter today, there was a meme going around where you posted a Tweet and then you posted a favourite book for every favourite that Tweet got.

Current tally is 14 books for me :-) It was a fun meme because I didn't have to commit to my FAVOURITE EVER BOOK. I could just throw out all the things I love. So I thought I'd collate all of them here and thus, you guys get to have a list of awesome books!

1) Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett - as much as I love Sam Vimes, it's the witches I really fell for and this is their best.
2) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - my favourite of his books. It's a brilliant (and horrific) view of London and people who slip into cracks
3) The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce - the ultimate kickass warrior girl series.
4) The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan - amazing historical romance featuring a woman scientist. It's punch the air kind of fiction.
5) A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie - this is the Miss Marple book that gave me nightmares, but it's brilliant.
6) The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling - I love Harry Potter so much, and this is my favourite in the series.
7) Doomsday Book by Connie Willis - It's tragic and haunting, but it's my favourite of the Oxford Time Travellers books.
8) Persuasion by Jane Austen. It's my favourite Austen and the letter Wentworth writes to Anne...I get weepy every time.
9) Warriors Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold - I find it hard to pick one Vorkosigan book, but this is the one that first hooked me.
10) The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin - planet-wide disaster, magic, WOC author, inventive structure...this book is just brilliant.
11) Out on Good Behaviour by Dahlia Adler - hot, gorgeous f/f romance.
12) A Gentleman's Position by KJ Charles - historical m/m romance with a demi MC and Duke/servant romance dynamics that are never creepy!
13) Hurricane Watch by Melissa Good - the first Xena Uber I ever met, and the first I bought on publication. It's a warm hug in a book.
14) Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire - what happens after you come home from a portal fantasy? Beautifully written and it's got an ace MC!

But I had a few queued up that I didn't get to post, because I ran out of faves, but I know nobody minds MORE BOOKS, so here you go:

15) The Last-Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey - forever my favourite Valdemar books, even though it makes me cry every time.
16) Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien - it's the classic of the epic fantasy genre because it's so good and so archetypal.
17) A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane - I love all the Young Wizards books, but this remains my favourite.
18) Newsflesh series by Mira Grant - I don't normally like zombie fiction, but I love these books.
19) Prudence by Gail Carriger - I know most people go for her earlier books, but these books are such fun and I love the characters

The only rule I made for myself was no repeat authors, which is why some of my favourites aren't here: I picked my top choice for a particular author. Really, you should probably assume that anything by any of the authors I've mentioned is worth checking out.

And, you know, I'm sure I can add to this list if anyone wants to comment and ask for EVEN MORE BOOKS.
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I'm flying to England in eight days (squee!) for a fifteen day vacation, with Nine Worlds in the middle, so clearly it's time for my annual Kindle book buying splurge so that I have lots of reading material with me.

Theoretically, I'm going to have loads of time to read. Masses. So much reading to do. I'll, er, let you know how well that theory works out for me.

But in this day of Kindles and ebooks, I no longer have to restrict myself to the five or six books that'll fit in my luggage and that I'm absolutely certain I'll read. I can take 200 books if I choose. Which only seems to make my choices harder.

So, with that in mind, I need some help. Take a look at this list. Take a look at the potentials. Is there anything there that you adored and think I should prioritise? I can probably only justify four or five new books, but I have...a lot more than that on my list.

Thoughts, anyone?

Already on the Kindle:

Sailor to a Siren - Zoe sumra
Liesmith - Alis Franklin
Trade Me - Courtney Milan
Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch
Heartstone - C J Sansom
Hounded - Kevin Hearne
Think of England - KJ Charles

Definitely maybe purchases:

Slightly Scandalous - Mary Balogh
One Salt Sea - Seanan McGuire

Potential purchases:

Ink and Bone - Rachel Caine
For Darkness Shows the Stars - Diana Peterfreund
About a Girl - Sarah McCarry
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
Sparrow Hill - Seanan McGuire
The Price of Salt - Patricia Highsmith
Pheonix Rising - Pip Ballantine
The Tropic of Serpents - Marie Brennan
Delia's Shadow - Jaime Lee Moyer
Celebromancy - Michael R Underwood
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe - Jenny Colgan
London Falling - Paul Cornell
The Master of Heathcrest Hall - Galen Beckett
Iron and Velvet - Alexis Hall
The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath - Ishbelle Bee
Captive Prince - C S Pacat
I Can't Think Straight - Shamim Sarif
Just Three Words - Melissa Brayden
The Princess Affair - Nell Stark
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As part of my cunning plan to post more regularly again, have some Wednesday reading!

What are you currently reading?

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire. It's lighter than her other urban fantasy, but I'm having fun and light was what I needed.

I'm also working my way through an authorised history of MI6. Partially book research, partially personal interest. It's not as dry as I expected.

What did you recently finish?

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. Lived up to all the hype, I loved it. I'll definitely be grabbing the sequel next year.

What do you think you'll read next?

I've got a library book - Ironskin- that I need to get to, so that's definitely taking priority over the new books I bought recently. On the Kindle, I'll probably pick either the new book I couldn't resist buying this morning (queer protag, steampunk, sounded so great) or the YA lesbian romance I bought at the weekend. All titles are currently escaping me.
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I got the chance to meet Terry Pratchett several imes over the years. Mostly it was book signings at bookshops, because I could never pass those up when it was Sir Terry. he's actually the first author I ever did that for--the launch of The Fifth Elephant while I was living in Bristol. I'd never queued up to meet an author and get a book signed until that day, and I remember my parents looking gobsmacked that I'd done it because I was usually too shy.

The time that stands out, for me, was around ten years ago. I can't remember what the occasion was, although I suspect it might have been an anniversary for the library. I grew up a few miles from Beaconsfield, which was Sir Terry's birthplace, and that's the only reason this particular thing happened for me.

(I KNOW. I grew up just down the road from one of my favourites. How lucky am I?)

I grew up in my local library, much like Sir Terry grew up in his. My librarians knew me, had been a part of my life for as long as I could remember, and it's quite possible one of them actually handed Wyrd Sisters to me back when I was fifteen and struggling with Macbeth for GCSE English. So, they knew how many Pratchett books I'd read. How much I loved and admired his work.

When Beaconsfield Library arranged to have an evening event where he'd talk, answer questions, and sign books, my librarians knew how much I'd love it. They told me about it as soon as I walked into the library and made sure I got two tickets, which was important because Beaconsfield is a tiny library so space was pretty limited and the tickets went in an instant because they only cost 5GBP. I took my Dad, because I'd recently got him started on Sir Terry's books and I thought he'd like to hear the man speak.

There were less than a hundred of us. Probably closer to fifty. All crammed on uncomfortable chairs in the tiny non-fiction section, listening to Sir Terry speak and read and answer questions about everything. I can credit him for finally convincing my Dad that The Princess Bride was worth watching (it's now one of his favourites), and the way he talked about libraries was how I felt about libraries, too. His joy and love for this tiny, slightly shabby library shone through and I could easily imagine little Sir Terry curled in a corner with a book for hours on end, just like I'd done in my own little shabby library five miles away.

Meeting an author who spoke to you on so many levels, and in different ways at different times in your life, is something you never forget. That evening in a tiny local library, listening to Sir Terry speak about so many things I care about, will always stay with me.

Sleep well, sir. You avoided the rush, but we'll miss you dearly.
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A day late again, but at least I'm doing it this week...

What are you currently reading?

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. Yes, I know, I'm the last person on the planet. So far, I'm enjoying it, although I'm not completely caught by it yet. Not 'meh' enough to put it down, but it's not quite managed to draw me in so far that I can't put it down. I suspect this might be as much to do with my current status - utterly fed up with being stuck indoors - as the book, though.

I also picked up The Proposal by Mary Balogh. I'm loving her Bedwyn Saga books and I've been trying not to eat all of them at once by interspersing them with other reads. This is one of her earlier books and it's showing - the writing isn't as skilled as I've grown used to, and the characters aren't as vivid. I don't hate it, though, and it hasn't hit any tropes that make me scream with frustration yet, so it's probably a finisher. We'll see.

What did you recently finish?

Lock In by John Scalzi was my most recently finished book. Thoroughly compelling plot and ideas that lingered, which is why I enjoy his work so much. Before that, it was Maplecroft by Cherie Priest, which isn't really my thing (too Lovecraftian) but the writing was great and for the fans of that kind of horror, it's probably perfect.

What do you think you'll read next?

I have no idea! I'll probably shake Mount TBR and see what falls out and catches my fancy.
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It's January 8th, and people are already talking about Hugo nominations. Which is both good and not so good.

Slightly wordy discussion of pros and cons of early Hugo discussions )

What I will say, is this:

Everyone who was at Loncon/Worldcon last year has a right to nominate for the Hugos. All of you. Even you.

The best way to get things onto the ballot that you loved? Is to use that nomination. What did you read or watch or listen to last year and love the fuck out of? Don't think "is this really a Hugo thing", just think "did I love that and want to see it rewarded?". Because that's what the important bit is: you loved it, and you want to see it acknowledged.

There were eleven thousand of us at Loncon. Biggest Worldcon in history. Let's make this year the largest number of nominations received, okay?

And then I'll start pimping supporting memberships for Sasquan, so you can all vote in the Hugos and get some rockets given out to some amazing stuff :-D
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So, way back on December 10th, I was supposed to talk about historical romance for [personal profile] netgirl_y2k, but in the rush to finish Yuletide and so forth, it got...postponed. NOT FORGOTTEN. It's just that this is a trickier one for me to write, and my brain crumbled away and died whenever I tried.

I am currently feeling utterly awful due a bad cold, but ideas have had time to percolate so hopefully this will be coherent.

For the December talking meme, [personal profile] netgirl_y2k asked me to talk about what I like about historical romances and give some recs.

Cut for length )
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One day, I'm actually going to do this on Wednesday...

What are you currently reading?

I am so excited because I finished books and now I can start new ones! Yay! So I'm now racing my way through Symbiont, which is the newest book by Mira Grant. My love for this author is ridiculous.

Yes, even though she's writing about zombies and I usually hate zombie lit. It's smart zombie lit, okay? That's not really *about* the zombies, they only provide the framework for something much cooler.

My lighter, digital read is Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare and it's utterly delightful so far.

What did you recently finish?

Longbourn by Jo Baker. I liked it enough to have a proper rec scheduled on my alternate Tumblr, [ profile] selenayrecsbooks, for later this week. It wasn't what I expected when I opened it up and it took me longer to get into than I thought it would, but once I hit a certain point, I couldn't stop. I got ridiculously attached to Sarah and her story, which surprised the heck out of me.

And Then He Kissed Her, which was much better than the three weeks it took me to read makes it sound. I blame NaNo. It's a historical romance, a genre I appear to be getting addicted to, and the heroine is not any form of gentleman's daughter or nobility. She has a job. She's a secretary. In historical romance, this is very rare. Okay, the love interest is a marquess, but it's still a nice little twist on the trope and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What do you think you'll read next?

em>Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger is next on my on-the-shelf reads. After that, who knows? Probably my history of rabies book. And I've got my eye on a half a dozen romance novels for my Kindle.
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A day late again, but at least I'm doing it this week...

What are you currently reading?

Still working on And Then He Kissed Her and Longbourne because I seem to have no time lately for reading, but I'm enjoying them both and should finish them very soon.

What did you recently finish?

Nothing new since last week. Woe :-( There need to be more hours in my day.

What do you think you'll read next?

Symbiont by Mira Grant and Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger arrived yesterday, so it will be one of those. And quite possibly my next e-read will be another historical romance. I've got a Tessa Dare sitting there, who I have never read but comes highly recommended by Courtney Milan. I work on the theory that if I love Milan's historicals, I'll probably love the ones she recommends, too :-)
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A day late, but at least I'm doing it this week...

What are you currently reading?

And Then He Kissed Her, a historical romance because I'm just in that place right now. Also, Longbourne by Jo Baker, which I've been meaning to read for ages and happened to be sitting on a shelf in the library the last time I visited. Clearly, it was meant to be.

What did you recently finish?

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. It was okay. Ish. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it, either. The pacing was off and there was an over-reliance on shock body horror, to the detriment of the plot, in my opinion. And the climax left me feeling cold and disappointed, because after all the big build up, I was expecting...more. Yeah. Not a book that I'd strongly recommend, but not something I hated. It suffered from debut novel issues - hopefully the author will get a better handle on the pacing in future books in the series, because he wrote some characters I really enjoyed and wouldn't object to seeing again.

Also, Cold Magic by Kate Elliot, which was another didn't hate/didn't love book. I think the problem was that someone sold it to me as having good queer representation and, er, that was possibly a huge oversell. On the other hand, racial diversity was there in spades, and I did love the set-up of the alternative history with all the steampunk vs. magic elements. I'll probably read more in the series despite not being completely sold on the first book, just to find out more about the world and the characters. It definitely hit the spot better than The Rook did, at least.

I also had The Library: A World History out on inter-library loan (my first ILL!) and I loved it. Highly recommended, just for the gorgeous photography alone. And the information was presented well, giving enough depth to spark a lot of ideas for me and make notes on things I want to investigate in the future, without getting so dry that I fell asleep. Sadly, it had to go back yesterday, and I hadn't actually finished reading it. But when I was putting together the info to request it again, I discovered that Amazon is currently listing it for an amazing discount. Even with shipping, customs, and translation to the Canadian dollar, it was vastly cheaper than buying it up here, so I ordered it. It's a huge, expensive, gorgeous book, and I can totally justify the expense now that I've had my hands on it.

(I may be just a bit in love with it.)

What do you think you'll read next?

I've got a lot of comics to catch up on when I finally get some time, so hopefully that will happen soon. I'm in a historical romance phase, and Tessa Dare's Romancing the Duke is currently on sale for Kindle, so that will probably be my next e-read because I couldn't resist buying it.

When I've finished Longbourne, I've been eyeing up Rabid on my own bookshelves, so that might be the one. Who doesn't love a history of rabies, after all?
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What are you currently reading?

Indexing by Seanan McGuire, because she's my author crush and twisting fairy tales makes me happy. I've also just started The Yard by Alex Grecian. The cover intrigued me and I love a good Victorian murder mystery. Hopefully this will be a *good* Victorian murder mystery :-)

Also, a short story by Holly Black that I've temporarily forgotten the title off. My bad.

What did you recently finish?

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan. It took a few chapters to catch me--which is unusual for a Milan story--and then I fell head over heels for it and finished the rest in a day.

What do you think you'll read next?

I've got The Library Diaries sitting on my library stack, for more NaNo novel researching. I've got a few options sitting on my Kindle, but I'll have to see what I'm in the mood for after I finish Indexing.
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This week I need to take my handy little iPod app and scan all the barcodes for the books that have arrived in my house since...uh...January *cringes* so I can get my LibraryThing catalogue updated. I'm afraid to do it because it will bring home the true horror of how out of control Mount TBR is but it has to be done.

Mount TBR is currently at 152 books without the new-since-January books. Gulp.

I'm putting myself on a temporary library ban. No more books from the library until I've read at least three (I'm not setting the goal post too high) dead tree books from Mount TBR. None. Nada. Nope.

And if I accidentally read Naomi Novik's new book (out this week!) it doesn't count as one of my three because it's not from that huge stack. Although reading it would prevent it being added to the huge stack...

I'm not going to prevent myself reading Kindle books or fanfic or even doing rereads from the shelves. That way leads to madness, I've learned. If it takes two months to read three books from Mount TBR then so be it, clearly there were other things I wanted to read more urgently.

But no more library books. They're the major reason so many dead tree books keep arriving and not getting read - that feeling I just need to finish this library book before I read the next thing and then another one leaps into my hands when I go to return my books. It's a vicious, vicious circle.

*puts on resolve face*

No more library books. Mount TBR needs trimming.
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The last couple of weeks have been highly entertaining. I gave a friend a copy of Mira Grant's Feed for her birthday, which started an uncontrollable addiction so she bought herself the other two books for and consumed all three over the last month.

Every couple of days I've been getting beautiful and hilarious messages over Twitter from her and I've been chortling madly and not spoiling her because the reactions to each new twist have been so great. I mean, who doesn't enjoy seeing some guess wildly wrong about upcoming events, knowing what will happen next?

It must be fun to be Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire and see people going crazy over each book in turn, knowing what's coming up next and giggling to herself at how wrong people are in their predictions. And hearing the howls of outrage over certain twists :-D

I get a small taste of it every now and again when someone finds Courting for Dummies and comments on each part as they read it but Seanan takes "the author is evil" to levels I can't match. Heh.

I <3 Seanan McGuire and everything she writes and participates in. Her Twitter is a thing of joy and I can 'hear' her saying everything on it after listening to Squeecast regularly for the last year.

(My two favourite podcasts: Squeecast and /report).

The night she got a terrible copy editor and was live-Tweeting the insanity (STET - character remains female as stated on page one) was HILARIOUS. She's one of my major author crushes :-D
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I've been pondering my reading preferences. Not so much the genre or style I prefer, but my preference for stories with a happy ending. Or at least, in pro-fic, books that don't leave me a sobbing wreck on the floor.

When it comes to fanfic, I'm happy endings all the way, baby.

Hell, I'm not wild about ambiguous endings in novels but sometimes the subject matter is so intense (cf. Hunger Games trilogy, Newsflesh trilogy) that an unalloyed happy ending would make no sense. In those cases, I'd still prefer not to be a sobbing wreck but I can live with a not entirely happy-happy joy-joy ending. I'll just read something light and happy after to clear out the less-than-happy feels.

The thing is, I often feel guilty for this preference. I regularly encounter the "you aren't appreciating true art if you don't like to be a sobbing wreck" argument about books and it's just as prevalent in fanfic at times. There are definitely books and fics out there that I've felt strongly about, that I've been breathless and not-quite-sobbing over in the middle, and I keep reading and rereading them because the end makes it all better. Sometimes the stories with the hardest middles are the ones that make me feel best when the ending is good because it's such a contrast and relief.

It's just that, for me, most of my reading is about escapism. It's about leaving the mundane, frequently horrible real world and spending some time elsewhere. So I'd like it if the stories I'm reading left me feeling uplifted and happy at the end instead of searching for the nearest massive chocolate cake to bury my heartache and depression in.

Am I the only person who feels that way?

And why do so many people insist that this preference somehow makes me a lesser person than having a reading diet that's heavy on the tragedy?
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Oh, Monday, you only took an hour to defeat me completely. How do you do this to me?

In more cheerful news...

During yesterday's weekly Skype with my parents, Dad told me he'd finished reading Warrior's Apprentice (I gave it to him for his birthday last year in hopes he'd enjoy something I love) and please could I tell him what to read next and what the best order to read in is and by the way HE FREAKING LOVES LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME ABOUT HER BEFORE.


I decided not to point out that I've been trying to pimp her to him for the last few years :-D And then I gave him advice on where to go next and we had a mutual geek out about the awesomeness of Miles Vorkosigan. He's decided that as this was such a solid rec from me, he's going to start his copy of Scalzi's Redshirts next and I think he was downloading Old Man's War as we hung up. Dad, sometimes you need to trust me when I tell you to read stuff.

Internally I was screaming "ANOTHER CONVERT WOO!" because everyone should read Bujold and love her :-D This must be why I'm on the Bujold panel next month...

In celebration, I decided to let myself start Captain Vorpatril's Alliance even though I don't have a long weekend to settle in with it. So far, thirty pages in, my major reaction is "Oh, Ivan, NO".

My mantra for Miles books tends to be "Miles Vorkosigan what did you do" with "Oh, Ivan, NO" for any chapters where Ivan appears. So I think this book is going to really work for me despite the lack of Miles :-D

Thinking about this, I'm starting to understand why I've turned into a Hawkeye fangirl. When I'm reading Hawkeye (and any Avengers books where Clint appears, to be fair) I tend to vacillate between "Oh, Clint, NO" and "Clint Barton what did you do". Apparently Clint combined all my favourite Miles and Ivan traits into one big, adorable, totally lethal dork.

If anyone thinks my day at work is mostly me thinking "I could be at home reading, I hate you all, why can't I be at home reading?", you'd be right.
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It's only a week into January and I finished my first book of the year. Ha! Er, usually I'm closer to having finished two at this stage. OH WELL.

I mean, it's not like I'm not reading. There's been a lot of fanfic to read. And also comics. My entire "must read Marvel Civil War" thing has been justified by the first page of issue #1 of the new New Avengers. It references a big *thing* that happened in the early stages of that arc. See? See? Told you reading all of that would be important!

Speaking of, my hold on Civil War: Spider-man just activated so I should have that to read by the weekend.

Just after I read Amazing Spider-man #700, which I had to pick up just to find out why the Internet exploded over it.

I'm looking at the long-range forecast and apparently my next Friday off will have a snow storm. Ugh. That forecast is still nearly two weeks out, though, so it could still change. Right? I could still get over to the city to pick up a massive comics haul that day, couldn't I? Er.

It looks like this is the week when winter finally gets fierce. My drive to work today was horrible and I suspect there will be a fair bit of working from home in my future. I got to witness a near accident up close and personal when a van lost control on the highway. Thankfully he didn't go into my lane and the other drivers were able to avoid him as he slid across theirs. THIS IS WHY I DON'T DRIVE ON BAD MORNINGS. It's not just that I'm not a confident driver in snow/ice (although that's a big part of it, but there are other drivers causing accidents even when I'm managing to drive in a straight line. Ugh, winter.

I also dumped half a bag of safety salt on my drive today to make it safe for me to walk. So I'll have to remember to buy more salt when I'm at the store next. Blargh, salt. The cats are going to be licking my shoes constantly for the next two months.

Can I have the kind of winter back that's incredibly cold but dry? Please?
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Someone *cough*[ profile] sugoll*cough* indicated that there might be some interest in hearing about my attempt to read all the Civil War books. So here you go.

I've learned about the broad outline of the Civil War event that Marvel did so it's not too difficult for me to read whatever I can get from the library in any order. Part of me doesn't want to read it (because ow) and another part of me needs to read it because it's such a big part of the back-story in a lot of Marvel lines. So I'm grabbing everything from the library, girding my loins and plunging in.

Currently I'm reading a massive book that seems to combine the trades issues as Civil War: X-Men Universe, Civil War: Wolverine and Civil War: X-Men so I'll talk about those later. I've also got another huge book that collects all the different Avengers issues to read when I'm done with that.

The first thing to arrive from the library, though, was this little number:

Civil War: Young Avengers and Runaways
I hadn't read anything about any of these characters before so the little precis on each one and their history at the beginning was very useful! I'd heard people discussing Teddy and Billy so I knew a little about them. I've also been reading the new Hawkeye series so I'd met Kate Bishop.

The book is mostly working on the outskirts of the main Civil War storyline, showing just how ugly it got when it extended to the younger superheroes. It didn't pull many punches and the villain of the piece wasn't just evil, he was downright creepy.

It didn't seem to be a book that was crucial to the main Civil War storyline but I did finish it itching to read more Young Avengers books.


Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:22 pm
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According to my GoodReads widget, I'm on track to hit my target of 120 books this year. Let's just pretend that half of these weren't graphic novels, OK?

I just finished Plain Kate by Erin Bow and it is terrific. It's a YA novel and I tore through it in two days because it was that good. I loved the tone of it and Bow created characters that I genuinely cared about very quickly. She also did some lovely world-building. The book is about loss and magic and grief and love, which doesn't sound uplifting but it is. I was kind of teary smiling at the end and I'm definitely going to be acquiring a copy for my shelves (this was a library read).

On my coffee table to read from the library I've got:

Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
Demonglass - Rachel Hawkins
City of Ash - Cassandra Clare
Civil War: X-Men
Civil War: Avengers

And they're all due in two weeks. No pressure then!

I've also got to read at least five books off my shelves by the end of the year to have any hope of getting Mount TBR into passable state for the end of year reckoning. Excuse me while I laugh heartily at my plan to have *fewer* books in Mount TBR than I started with in January.

Me and books, man. I've got issues.
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Oh look, a post that is not about fanfic or the Avengers. I'm going to try, anyway :-D

I made the mistake of finding the YA section at my local library on Friday. Let's move quickly past the bit where it's been there for two years and I hadn't spotted it before, OK? Because the point is that I picked up Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and ate it over the weekend.

The whole time I was telling myself that it wasn't actually that good, the plot was recycled, it shouldn't be this compelling...

...and it sucked me in anyway. So, you know, looking for something light and silly and utterly without merit yet completely addictive? That's the book for you. I may possibly be putting the other books in the series on hold...

I also found Knight and Squire in the graphic novel section. Woo! And the newest Unwritten trade was in. Tonight, I think, will be a big comic night because I've got lots of catching up to do.

I'm also part way through The House on Durrow Street, which started a bit slowly but is already pulling me in. My little YA grab at the library resulted in two other books on my coffee table (Jinx by Meg Cabot and Plain Kate by an author that I've forgotten) that I should probably read before I get any hold books.

My weekend was very quiet and we were being really stubborn about the heating (it seems the Canadian thing to do) until Sunday, when Mum caved and I went with her. In our defence, the cats had been mithering about the cold for two days and they shut up as soon as the house warmed up.

...that is not a good defence. We're ruled by the little fuzz butts.

This Saturday, Mum and I are planning a trip to the city to visit the French patisserie. I may also accidentally fall into the comic shop, which is very close to the patisserie :-D This excursion has been inspired by The Great British Bakeoff, specifically the St Honore building. Mum and I need fancy French cake and coffee stat.
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I'm having my first slightly-bad-hair day of the new cut. This would be because I slept on it funny and my ridiculous double crown is being awful to me. I thought that it would be fine because it was behaving so nicely yesterday, which is probably what jinxed me.

Note to self: although you usually do the hair wash thing every second day, when the double crown is rebelling it's best just to suck it up and wash it. Gah, hairs.

Cut for lengthy book and comic update )

I spent large portions of yesterday convinced that it was Tuesday. It's very confusing when I do this. My grasp of space-time is frequently shaky. And people wonder why I have trouble with date arithmetic in coding!

However, that does mean that today is my Friday and tomorrow I'm not working so yay. And due to all the stuff Mum has planned for the weekend, we're doing the groceries tonight and thus I get my coffee-like treat tonight. Why yes, I do bribe myself into doing groceries with pumpkin spice lattes.


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