Category Archives: reading

That Reading Feeling

I read about 100 books a year, and that’s a lot of pages, even if some of the books are thin. My reading is mostly genre fiction; mystery novels and short stories, science fiction, fantasy, adventure, reprinted pulp stories from … Continue reading

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2014 Reading Stats

My goal is always two books per week, 104 per year. This year I read 105, which is just over that goal. Here’s the breakdown: Fantasy and science fiction reading was up, mystery down some, otherwise about the same across the … Continue reading

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Favorite Books Read in 2014

In no particular order, here are the books I liked best in 2014. Constellation vol. 1 by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller – science fiction, and Constellation vol. 2 by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, science fiction. These are the first and second … Continue reading

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Revised: November Reading Plan

I guess plans are made to be revised, just as rules are made to be broken, or so “they” say. My plan WAS to finish up a couple of library books, then read short stories for the rest of the … Continue reading

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November Reading Plan

For some reason, November seems like a good month to have some kind of organized Reading Plan. Over on her fine blog The Little Red Reviewer, Andrea had a post about November reading plans, and I thought it was a grand … Continue reading

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Half Year Reading Stats

Here’s what I have read through the first two quarters – the half year of 2014. As you can see, mostly mystery and science fiction/fantasy. I’m just about at, but slightly below, my target of two books per week, 104 for … Continue reading

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Favorite Reading of 2013

Here are my favorite books read in 2013. I don’t read a lot of current books, so only one or two of these were published during the year. Each year I look forward to attacking the piles of books here in … Continue reading

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My 2013 reading, by type, per quarter

I keep a record of what I read; title, author, genre, date read and a short comment or rating of 1-5 stars. Here’s the reading for the year, broken down by genre and quarters. I’ll post specific favorites soon. My … Continue reading

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Which One to Read?

I have this big stack of books hanging onto the top of my To Be Read pile, which means they’ve landed on the nightstand. They all have bookmarks in them, meaning I’ve read at least a few pages, sometimes a lot … Continue reading

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Why the Darkness?

I just read the table of contents for The Best British Fantasy 2013. It seems, from the blurbs on the stories and the book summary on SF Signal, that the contents are dark, grim, apocalyptic, twisted. I wonder why current short … Continue reading

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FFB: Summer Reading List

Most of the books shown and discussed below are either forgotten or seldom read. A couple of them are new within the last year, but not the majority of them. So I’m counting this as this week’s Friday Forgotten Book … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading May 13 – 19, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: Again, just one new book, I’d pre-ordered it some time ago. The Human Division by John Scalzi [TOR 2013 hardcover, new] – science fiction novel – first released in ‘chapters’ as connected e-stories now combined with some added … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading May 6 – 12, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: Just one new book and one library book. I’m expecting a couple of things, but not for  another week or two. The Doctor of Pimlico by William Le Queux [Oleander Press 2013 UK jacketed trade paperback, new] – … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading April 29 – May 5, 2013

I’m finding more and more things at the library lately, between our Multnomah County system and the neighboring Clackimas County one. With two county systems to draw from, plus inter-loan should it become necessary, we’re finding quite a lot of … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading April 22 – 29, 2013

We’ve had smashing weather here the last week or more. This is the best April in Portland, OR in many a year. NEW ARRIVALS: Two gifts this time and not much else, which is fine as way too much has … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading April 15 – 21, 2013

I’ve heard a lot about people receiving damaged books from Amazon. It had only happened to me once before,  several years ago, until this last week. The box was really beat up, one corner almost torn open. The box came … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading April 8 – 14, 2013

After some beautiful Spring weather, it got pretty rainy – we needed it – so I got some extra reading time in. NEW ARRIVALS:  After last week’s Doc Savage overload, things have calmed down considerably. Two books I’d been waiting for … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading March 25 – 31, 2013

Spring fever has my wife firmly in it’s grip. After seeing an article in Sunset magazine on Dahlias, she found a nearby specialty dahlia nursery and off we went, bringing home a bag on tubers. Where I’m going to put them, … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading March 18 – 24, 2013

After having no Friday Forgotten Book post this last Friday, here I am with a skimpy NA-CR post. Sorry, that’s just how it is at the moment. NEW ARRIVALS: None. Not even anything from the library. CURRENT READING: I read … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading March 11 – 17, 2013

It’s beginning to look like Spring here, with Daffodils and Forsythia blooming and buds and new growth on many shrubs and trees. Spring – it’s good! NEW ARRIVALS: After last week’s bonanza of stuff, it was inevitable, and desirable, that … Continue reading

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