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Sunday Summary ~ 26 August 2018

This month saw me finally get my Book Review page fully updated. That felt good! It’s amusing to look back at how few reviews I wrote during some of those early years, though. I’m also curious to see if I can add real dates to my oldest reviews, too. When I transferred my blog to WordPress in 2007, I didn’t back-date my existing book reviews, I just posted them. So 2007 has a TON of book reviews posted, and while I was able to add the original posting dates for some of them, there are still a bunch that may have been written earlier.

I also decided (with help from Milou at Simply a Book Drunkard) that next year I will be hosting a Discworld Read-A-Long. Details TBD, but I know that I will be starting at book 1 3 (because I don’t want to start with Rincewind) and seeing how far I get through the series by the end of the year. I’m going to be going in publication order (and though I’m skipping Rincewind’s first two books I’ll read his other books in order as I get to them). I’m going to leave it as a very open Read-A-Long, though, since not everyone will want to read all of the Discworld books, and some readers have already been working their way through the series. If you’re interested in joining me, I’ll be posting more about it as we get closer to 2019!


August 2018 Status:

Knitting

Knitting projects finished:

  • D20 Geek-A-Long square

Knitting WIPs:

WIPs indicated with a ‡ are currently hibernating while I try to get other items finished.

  • ‡ 2016 GAL Blanket (current square: Studio Ghibli)
  • 2018 GAL Blanket (current square: Portal)
  • Purple Majesty Boyfriend Sweater
  • ‡ Raw Honey Mitts
  • ‡ Seeta Mitts
  • ‡ Nessie Expedition Socks MKAL
  • ‡ Don’t Cage Me In Socks
  • Trekking XXL Vanilla is the New Black socks

Reading

Books read:

  • The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin (digital short story, new)
  • The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (e-book, new)
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (paper, new)
  • I Sing the Body Electric by Ray Bradbury (digital short story, new)
  • Hotshot (Sunflower Cycle #2) by Peter Watts (digital short story, new)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Vol 1 by Hiromu Arakawa (paper manga, new)

Reviews written:

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas
This is very thought-provoking, but very short. This seems like the kind of short story my high school honors classes would have had great discussions about. It’s a well-written short, but it doesn’t provide any answers. Be prepared to come out of it with questions.

The Paper Magician
I enjoyed this book, though I will admit to having some issues with Ceony. On the other hand, the concept of magic is fascinating. I really like the premise that you can bond with man-made items. Plastic, paper, glass, metal… but not stone. It’s a really neat idea, and I do want to read the second book in the series to see more of the magic ideas. I just hope the characters don’t annoy me as much in book two.

Anne of Green Gables
This is a really cute book, and there’s a lot about it that is charming and sweet. The character development is good, the writing is good, and the prose is easy to read for all ages. However… it lacked some of the magic I was expecting and hoping for from it.

I Sing the Body Electric!

Neat short story. You don’t get a Pinocchio re-telling very often, but this is a good one. It’s well written, and has pretty well stood the test of time.

“If paying attention is love, I am love.
If knowing is love, I am love.
If helping you not to fall into error and to be good is love, I am love.”

Hotshot
Fascinating story. It’s a little confusing, but it is also the second in the set and I read it first, so that might have something to do with my confusion. (It also might be intentional, given the clarity of the ending.) Still, this is a neat concept and I want to read more in the world to see where it goes.

Books in progress:

  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (audio, new 50%)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (paper, re-read, 183/256)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (paper, new, 222/507)
  • Westward Weird edited by Martin Greenberg (e-book, short stories, new, 16/311)

Challenge update:

While the rest of this status update has been for the current month only, this is my year-long progress on all of my reading challenges.

  • Books read: 51/70
  • Shakespeare plays: 2/10
  • Percent new books: 82.35%
  • Bucket List Books: 12
  • Backlist Reader Challenge: 18/40
  • Book reviews posted: 24
  • DNF reads: 4

Here’s a bit of a fun statistic to end with: tracking my completed reads for the year to date, my average paper book has been 201.8 pages long, my average e-book has been 183.4 pages long, and my average audio book has been 9.5 hours. I find it interesting that my paper books are that short on average, but given that there have been several graphic novels and poetry volumes, I guess it makes sense.

10 thoughts on “Sunday Summary ~ 26 August 2018

  1. I loved “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” and I liked that there were more questions than answers. LeGuin does a nice job maintaining a neutral tone throughout.

    Glad you liked Anne. I suggest reading the sequels. When I first read it, I was about 8 or 9 and I related to Anne of Green Gables far more than other books in the series. But growing up I’ve related to other books in the series more depending on what I’m going through.

    1. I really did appreciate how LeGuin didn’t use Omelas to point fingers and blame. She just holds up a mirror and lets us decide for ourselves. It was really well written.

  2. Ahoy there matey. Congrats on getting yer book review page finished! I look at mine the other day to find something and realized that all sorts of random things be missing. I need to do an overhaul I think. But it is time consuming and I be pondering what I want to do with it. I will take a look at yer page for inspiration. Thanks matey.
    x The Captain

    1. Thanks! My book review page serves what I want from it, but I have yet to determine if it’s at all helpful to my readers. Still, it took me this long to have one finished at all…

  3. Congrats on getting your Book Review page updated! Big task.
    Hmm. I have a Discworld book or two on the shelf to read. Not in publication order, but based on some “getting started with Discworld – entry points” article I read.

    1. Thanks!

      There are so many “entry points” to Discworld. I think you can pretty easily start with what ever book synopsis interests you the most at this point.

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