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Nov 07, 2012 04:28AM

4170 It's been a loooong couple of months for me, so I'm only just getting back into the swing of reading regularly again. Naturally this means that I've started a bunch of stuff all at once, successfully overdoing it again. ^^

I'm reading both Wake of the Bloody Angel and The Map of Time on my Kindle, listening to Reamde in audio, and reading The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression in paper.

All this while struggling through what has turned out to be a difficult NaNoWriMo for me so far. My brain is not co-operating with me lately. lol
Oct 04, 2012 04:32AM

4170 I'm currently reading Dark Currents, as well as testing out the new Whispersync by trading back and forth between text and audio on The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer.

My spouse made me promise not to buy any new books for a month (pre-orders didn't count though, hence Dark Currents), so I'll be working through backlog instead.
Sep 13, 2012 03:10AM

4170 I was suffering from a bit of reading ADD last week and ended up starting a bunch of things. Now that I've settled down, I've finished Some Kind Of Fairy Tale, Glamour in Glass, Blood and Betrayal, and gave up on The Stress of Her Regard at the 35% mark.

I still have my re-read of The Passage on the go, and have one more novella in Lord John And The Hand Of Devils to read. I just started The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

And to add a nice bit of irony: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity is still sitting on the coffee table half-read. ^^
Aug 10, 2012 02:48PM

4170 I was curious - my family have worked for Pilkington Glass for several generations, it's a big employer where I grew up, but I didn't know of a place called Pilkington. Seems the township doesn't exist any more, but it was abolished and merged into Bury in the late 1800s. "..."

In all honesty, I'm not sure. There's been a story going around our family for decades about being an offshoot of the Pilkington Glass family, but how much of that is true, I can't be sure. I'm pretty certain it was my Great Grandfather that came to Canada, but due to some trauma my Dad suffered when my Grandmother died, he's not one to talk about family history at all.
Aug 08, 2012 02:30PM

4170 I'm all over the place, apparently.

As was noted by Tom on the show, Amy means "beloved". I know that my Mum picked both mine and my sister's (Danielle) names because she wanted French-origin names to go with her own (Adrienne).

My middle name is Nicole, which is "people of victory". And my last name, Pilkington, is one of those literal Anglo-Saxon surnames that just means an ancestor of mine lived in a place called Pilkington, which is an Lancashire, I believe.

So I'm a "beloved person of victory from Pilkington" I suppose. :D
Aug 08, 2012 03:49AM

4170 I finished Assassin's Apprentice over the weekend, and am more than halfway through Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade. I'm also reading Cloud Atlas on the side, and re-reading The Passage in prep for the sequel in September.

Since I have a bunch of books coming out this fall that I plan to read, after Lord John, I'm going to tick off a bunch of the shorter books in my to read list, probably starting with Throne of the Crescent Moon. I have a really busy month ahead of me, so I'm thinking that concentrating on to-be-reads that are fewer than 400 pages will allow me to still put a dent in the pile. ;)
Jul 02, 2012 03:38AM

4170 I've already read this month's pick, but I'll probably be reading Caliban's War in the near future. I've bought it already.

I'm finishing up Railsea today, and plan to move onto Blackbirds next. I also started a reread of The Passage in prep for the sequel this fall, and am reading The Blind Giant on the side.

After Blackbirds, I'm not sure, but I'll probably dig deeper in my to-be-read and try to clear out some of the older stuff.
Jun 05, 2012 06:04PM

4170 Skipping Tigana since Kay and I don't mesh well. So instead I'm keeping up on my Hugo reading while ticking off things in my to-read pile.

Right now I'm about 20% into Leviathan Wakes, which I like so far, but since I'm very much more a sword than a laser, it's slow going for me.

Besides that, I only have The Ice Owl left and then I'll have read everything in the big 4 Hugo categories. After that I'll start filling in the blanks for other categories, such as Graphic Story and the Campbell Award.

I finished Sandman Slim today, which was just okay, but was a nice light breather after Embassytown. I started The Drowned Cities a few minutes ago.
May 24, 2012 04:45AM

4170 Admittedly, I'm not overly stoked about this year's nominees. I had already read 3 of them (Among Others, A Dance With Dragons and Deadline) and none of those strike me as particularly award-worthy.

Oh, I liked them all in various ways, but not enough to vote for any of them.

I'm currently reading Embassytown, which I was least excited to read, but am pleasantly surprised by it so far. I have a love-hate relationship with Mieville, in that I love his worlds and often his plots, but never feel even a smidgen of emotional connection to his characters. I think the first-person narrator improves that problem quite a bit.

I'm also working my way through the novellas and such, but haven't gotten through enough of them to have a proper opinion yet.
May 02, 2012 02:42AM

4170 Oh, the 26 books are just the ones I have bought for the Kindle, but still need to read. The stack of things I'd like to read eventually is much larger, but hasn't cost me money yet. ^^

Aloha wrote: "My to read next (1st priority) has 65 items, My to read soon (2nd priority) has 79 items, and my to read (some day maybe) has 1,701 items. Don't try to reason with me. I tried. It didn't work. ..."
May 01, 2012 06:02PM

4170 Had a really busy April, and so read mostly graphic novels, but finally getting back into the swing of things. Currently reading Redemption in Indigo and "Conspiracy" by Lindsay Buroker.

Since I have to play catch-up a bit (WHEN did my Kindle To-Be-Read folder get to 26 items?!), I'm planning on zooming through some of the shorter ones. It'll probably be Tricked or The Killing Moon next.

I'm also reading the graphic novel adaptation of The Last Unicorn on my iPad.
Mar 04, 2012 03:50AM

4170 Because I've been feeling scattered for the last while, I've got 5 books on the go right now. Which is silly, but kind of just happened.

My "project" book right now is Great Expectations, which I'm reading in honour of Dickens' 200th birthday. I only read a chapter or two a week, so it goes slowly.

I'm re-reading Kushiel's Mercy, which I started because I had struggled through 3 books in a row not grabbing me and wanted a break. I'm back to new stuff, but still have this on the go as a palette cleanser.

I started The Demi-Monde: Winter, and while good, it isn't propelling me forward, so I started Timeless yesterday for something light on the side.

I also started Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking as my non-fiction read, since I loved the author's TED Talk and it's a topic that applies to me.

Phew. Hopefully my ability to focus will return soon.

Oh yeah! I also have the audiobook of Clash of Kings on the go, in preparation for season 2.
Feb 16, 2012 04:30AM

4170 I have also lemmed Hitchhiker's Guide. I have come to the conclusion that humour books don't hold my interest, since Douglas Adams isn't the only funny author I've lemmed. It's not that I don't find the prose funny, but I just lose interest. The same thing happened with the radio play.

Right now, I'm this close to lemming Empire in Black and Gold. At 25%, I still feel no urge to continue reading besides the feeling of obligation, because I started it.

Usually what happens though, is the book I'm struggling with ends up as a secondary read, and I pick at it until it finally engages me enough to be my main read, or it ends.
Feb 13, 2012 03:20AM

4170 With a good set of noise-cancelling headphones, I can read anywhere, and will, but I do have a pretty regular reading routine:

Every morning with my coffee, curled up in the office papasan.
Right after work, curled up in the living room papasan.
(My spouse plays video games in the office, and we got tired of arguing over who got the comfy chair. So now we have two!)
In bed before going to sleep.

I can usually get 1 1/2 - 2 hours of reading in a day, just with those sessions.

I wear my headphones for my entire shift at work, but tend towards podcasts more than audiobooks. I only listen to books I've already read, because I read so much faster than any narrator and always get impatient.
Feb 05, 2012 03:25AM

4170 Just finished The Burning Sky, which was a disappointment. Am reading The Sparrow now and liking it much better.

I'm considering re-reading something once I finish that, since I've been so busy with work and stuff and feel like I need a mental break. It'll probably be either The Gone Away World or The Passage.
4170 I'm currently reading Percepliquis, which I started yesterday.

Before that was:
The Return of the Dapper Men
Wake Up and Dream
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti
Shadow's Edge
and Hammered

I'll probably read Empire State next.

The third novella in Myths of Origin: Four Short Novels is going slowly, mostly because I haven't been in the right head space lately for such flowery prose. And I'm a third of the way through Great Expectations.

I'm doing better than I thought I might this month, since I'm working extra hours at work AND skipping breaks just to keep up. Serves me right for working in the office of a fitness company...January is resolution season!
4170 Rounding out the month (and 2012), I've read these since my last post:

Finished The Way of Shadows
Divergent (which was good, but I don't really see Best Book of the Year in it.)
Phoenix Rising
Storm Front
The Doctor and the Kid
plus I read Countdown this morning.

Have read 2/4 of the novellas in Myths of Origin: Four Short Novels, which I'm loving, but can only read in short bursts. I started Wake Up and Dream this afternoon.

Obviously a few of those are pretty light, fluffy reads, but it's the holidays. :D
Dec 21, 2011 04:43AM

4170 *^_^*

For the record I do sleep...sometimes.
4170 Kevin wrote: "What do you think of The Way of Shadows, Amy? I just finish the book on Wednesday, and loved it. Now I am reading the second book in the series. All you going to read the other two books in the trilogy?

Also what did you think of 1Q84? I love his books, so I hope to read this book soon. "


I'm almost done The Way of Shadows and am quite enjoying it. I'll certainly continue the series, though I'll probably takes breaks between them to keep up with everything else I'm reading.

1Q84 was very good, but had a few big issues for me that kept it from being a favourite or my ever wanting to read it again. It dropped a whole star for me based solely on the Ushikawa POV chapters in the third book, which I found just repeated themselves over and over before resulting in very little plot-wise.
4170 So far this month, I've read:
Hard Day's Knight
1Q84
Deadline
The Revisionists
and I finally finished Steve Jobs.

I'm currently reading The Way of Shadows, with Myths of Origin: Four Short Novels on the side.

Since it's the holidays, I'll probably stick to lighter reads the rest of the month and much steampunk should be expected. It's pretty much my go-to for light reading now.
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