Five Years Ago This Month: January 2013

Five years ago this month...

Trees and darkness in Northern Saskatchewan.

...I was belatedly distracted. An interesting mix there of things that were memorable and terrible.

...I discuss the state of the blog. From my vantage point five years later I can say that the plans I discussed in this post didn't end up going anywhere for various reasons, which is a shame.

...I reviewed Out of Oz. I did enjoy the Wicked Years series overall, but I do find that at this point I have no desire to ever read another novel by Gregory Maguire, so I suppose that says something?

...I was distracted. Still love Joe Hill and Jenny Trout (she officially changed her name since I wrote the original post). Still have the drafts of those "kids killing each other" contrast and comparison posts. Not sure if I should bust them out at this point or not...

2018 Reading Plans

Before I tell you what I'm planning to read in 2018, here's a quick look at last year's list, with items that I either read or discarded struck out. It was a pretty poor showing, given that I didn't even get through half of the books I intended to.
  1. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (I decided to wait until later to read this one)
  3. Roadwork by Richard Bachman
  4. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  5. Nexus: Ascension by Robert Boyczuk
  6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  7. Wild Rose by Sharon Butala
  8. Possession by A. S. Byatt
  9. The Revolutions by Felix Gilman
  10. Hild by Nicola Griffith
  11. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
  12. A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay
  13. Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
  14. Napier's Bones by Derryl Murphy
  15. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
  16. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
  17. Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce
  18. The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
  19. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman
  20. The System of the World by Neal Stephenson
  21. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  22. Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
  23. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  24. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  25. Elven Star by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  26. Malice by Chris Wooding
This year, I'll endeavour not to get so sidetracked. My one "issue," which isn't an issue but does disrupt my plans, is that I'm in a book club and taking time to read the book club books is important to me, so that can derail my own plans. My list of books to read for 2018 consists of approximately half and half books I purchased for myself over the course of the last year or two and books that I've borrowed from other people (it's also about half and half male vs female authors, which is nice). I've listed them in approximately the order they appear on my bookshelves. Entries that are new since last year are bold. Here's hoping you're accustomed enough to the garbage quality of the photos I post generally to accept the ones that appear below, ahaha.

2018 TBR Shelf 1 | Two Hectobooks

  1. Napier's Bones by Derryl Murphy
  2. If on a winter's night a traveller by Italo Calvino
  3. This Word Now by Owen and Jodi Egerton (non-fiction)
  4. Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
  5. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  6. Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
  7. Sisters in the Wilderness by Charlotte Gray (non-fiction)
  8. Spindle's End by Robin McKinley (I did not care for this book when I initially read it but it's a Sleeping Beauty retelling and has remained on my shelf for that reason. I'm going to give it another chance before I decide whether or not to get rid of it)
  9. Elven Star by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  10. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  11. Nexus: Ascension by Robert Boyczuk
  12. Havoc by Chris Wooding
  13. Wild Rose by Sharon Butala
  14. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
    2018 TBR Shelf 2 | Two Hectobooks
  15. Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
  16. The Revolutions by Felix Gilman
  17. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
  18. Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
  19. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  20. The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch (I have some of the sequels on my shelf in the event that I enjoy this one)
  21. Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle
  22. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (two more of these on my shelf in case I really enjoy the first)
  23. Dune by Frank Herbert (this is the year I hope to finally reread this book!!, not pictured because it lives on the permanent shelf)
  24. A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay
  25. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
  26. Little, Big by John Crowley
  27. Hild by Nicola Griffith
  28. Possession by A. S. Byatt
  29. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  30. Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce
  31. The System of the World by Neal Stephenson
2018 TBR Shelf 3 | Two Hectobooks

In addition to the list above, I also plan to read at least six of my List books. At least one of them is a six hundred page long Henry James book, hence my lack of ambition on that front. So, wish me luck and let me know what your reading plans are for the year!

#12hppofxmas Oops

Ahahaha..ha.... So this is obviously by far the longest I've left things dangling at the end of the #12hppofxmas and here's my excuse(s):
  1. I went back to work on January 2 and in order to still read enough each evening, I had to forego blog posts.
  2. The news about Spectre and Meltdown came out on January 3 and I spent literally days on a long-overdue OS X upgrade that has slightly bricked my old laptop.
  3. ???
Here are the final page counts:
  • Day 1: 60
  • Day 2: 217
  • Day 3: 105
  • Day 4: 13
  • Day 5: 90
  • Day 6: 94
  • Day 7: 253
  • Day 8: 98
  • Day 9: 52
  • Day 10: 41
  • Day 11: 30
  • Day 12: 136
  • Total: 1189

That's right, I missed the goal by 11 pages! Argh! I totally would've had time to read those 11 pages, too, if I'd known how close I was. Ah well.

I read:
  • The Southern Reach trilogy, or rather most of it (I think next year I'd like to try reading more short selections, but we'll see!)
  • Fairy Tale Comics (a collection of fairy tale comics, believe it or not, by different artists)
  • Post Captain by Patrick O'Brian (still in progress, I am loving it and it's reminding me how much I enjoyed Master and Commander despite all the Naval terminology)
  • Attack on Titan Vol. 9 (Beast Titan, woo!)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (also still in progress, and I'm planning to write a review of it)
  • The Perfect Gentleman by Imran Ahmad (also still in progress, my next book club book, which I need to finish and return to the library tomorrow)

Till next year!