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JL's Bibliomania

Also on GoodReads as J L's Bibliomania:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8830421-j-l-s-bibliomania

and Litsy @jlsbibliomania

 

While my first love was SF, I read widely in YA, urban fantasy, police procedurals,  middle-grade, and non-fiction. 

 

 

 

Currently reading

Sparrow Hill Road
Seanan McGuire
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
Val McDermid
Progress: 161/320 pages
The Loved Dog: How to Train Your Dog in 30 Days
Tamar Geller
Progress: 103/256 pages

Flat Book Society Reading Progress Update: I've read 161 out of 320 pages.

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermid

While the Flat Book Society Read of Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermid officially starts today, I started the audiobook a week or so ago when it came in from the library.

 

My impressions so far are mixed.  While I'm enjoying the book, on the surface, I'm finding it surprisingly similar to Gulp  - a random mish-mash of history, interviews with an expert or two, and then summaries of some recent or notorious court cases. And at least in the 1st couple of chapters not as much explanation of the science as I had hoped (for instance, I didn't learn anything about the use of entomology in crime scene investigation that I hadn't already picked up from Temperance Brennan). 

P.S. It took a while to adjust to the narrator's accent. I'm not sure I'm 100% sold that audiobook is the best format for this. The book does include pictures and the flashbacks to history and chronology are a bit harder to follow in audio format.

 

The 4th Annual Scorpio Races Festival

 

The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater 

 

Fans of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater:  Today is the 1st of November and the start of the  4th Annual Scorpio Races Festival

 

Head on over to http://thescorpioracesfestival.tumblr.com/TSRF2017 to see the rules.

 

(Now I have a real dilemma - Maggie Stievater fangirl or the holiday challenge starting here).

 

 

Autistics Speaking Day

November 1 is Autistics Speaking Day. 

 

If you follow the writings of Autistic adults, the themes in today's posts won't be new.  If you haven't taken the time to explore hear what concerns Autistic adults, today is a good day to get an overview.

Halloween Bingo Finale

Give me an H! for Halloween Bingo!

Give me a cheer for Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for all their hard work!

 

 

Final wrap-up:

11 squares filled with books

4 squares filled with short stories, novellas, or excerpts from books

4 BINGOS

1 partially-filled Sudoku-like puzzle for your solving pleasure

 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

How it fits

A1

Diverse Voices

9/21/2017

10/19/2017

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Unarmed Black Teen is murdered by a cop. The Hate U Give follows the friend who witnessed and the repercussions throughout the community

A2

The Dead Will Walk

10/23/2017

10/21/2017

The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R. Carey

What can you say without spoilers?  Great twist on the classic infection/zombie trope. Would also fit chilling children, but this fits the pattern I'm creating on my card better.

A3

Classic Noir

10/7/2017

9/22/2017

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedy movies of the same name.

A4

Witches

9/13/2017

10/6/2017

Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy set in post-plague Cincinnati & environs.  Witches, Vampires & Pixies Oh My! Death threats, but no murders.

A5

Haunted Houses*

9/23/2017

10/28/2017

The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe - Arthur Conan Doyle & A Haunted House - Virginia Woolf
(The Bell at Seeley Head - Patricia McKillip)

Two short-shorts, available for free online, about ghosts and haunted houses. 
Also started the sound of a ghostly bell and doors that open onto another realm (is it haunted) on the last day.

B3

Aliens

9/29/2017

9/28/2017

Defender - CJ Cherryh

Volume 4 in the continuing saga of Bren the translator between the humans who settle on the world, the alien Atevi, and the human of the starship crew.

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

10/29/2017

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

Country House Mystery

10/17/2017

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

D5

Terrifying Women

9/19/2017

10/20/2017

All The Crooked Saints - Maggie Steifvater

Miracles abound in this newly-released stand-alone novel by a female author.  Would fill the Magical Realism or Supernatural categories.

E1

Monsters

10/25/2017

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E2

Horror

9/7/2017

10/21/2017

The Call of Chthulu - H.P. Lovecraft

I grew up with folks wearing Miskatonic University t-shirts to SF Cons and making Chthulu jokes.  Figured it was about time to actually read the story that started it all.

E3

In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY

E4

Darkest London

10/1/2017

10/31/2017

Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

In His Majesty's Secret Secret Service accompanied by bioengineers from the Continent.

E5

Amateur Sleuth

10/19/2017

9/30/2017

Fool Me Once - Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco

Alanis McLaughlin inherited her con-man mother's shop The White Magic Five and Dime.  She and the Tarot cards search for the true murderer to clear on of her most loyal customers from the charge of murdering her abusive husband.

 

* While I don't think I'll be able to finish before midnight, I decided that the 2 short-shorts I read felt too skimpy and started another book that I believe would qualify for the Haunted Houses Square.

 

 

Stiletto

Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

I did finish before the end of Halloween Bingo! This novel of VERY SECRET Secret Agents starts slowly and develops into a worthy sequel to The Rook  

 

 

 

Bingos #2 + 3 & Halloween Bingo Week 8 Update

Took a few minutes out from Stiletto to read a couple of short stories about Haunted Houses, which brings me to BINGO #2 in the rightmost column and BINGO #3 from 4 corners & the center.

 

 

White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

How it fits

A1

Diverse Voices

9/21/2017

10/19/2017

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Unarmed Black Teen is murdered by a cop. The Hate U Give follows the friend who witnessed and the repercussions throughout the community

A2

The Dead Will Walk

10/23/2017

10/21/2017

The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R. Carey

What can you say without spoilers?  Great twist on the classic infection/zombie trope. Would also fit chilling children, but this fits the pattern I'm creating on my card better.

A3

Classic Noir

10/7/2017

9/22/2017

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedy movies of the same name.

A4

Witches

9/13/2017

10/6/2017

Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy set in post-plague Cincinnati & environs.  Witches, Vampires & Pixies Oh My! Death threats, but no murders.

A5

Haunted Houses

9/23/2017

10/28/2017

The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe - Arthur Conan Doyle & A Haunted House - Virginia Woolf

Two short-shorts, available for free online, about ghosts and haunted houses. Considering how little time these stories took, it almost feels like cheating that I got 2 bingos from filling this square!

B3

Aliens

9/29/2017

9/28/2017

Defender - CJ Cherryt

Volume 4 in the continuing saga of Bren the translator between the humans who settle on the world, the alien Atevi, and the human of the starship crew.

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

 

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

Country House Mystery

10/17/2017

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

D5

Terrifying Women

9/19/2017

10/20/2017

All The Crooked Saints - Maggie Steifvater

Miracles abound in this newly-released stand-alone novel by a female author.  Would also fill the Magical Realism or Supernatural categories.

E1

Monsters

10/25/2017

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E2

Horror

9/7/2017

10/21/2017

The Call of Chthulu - H.P. Lovecraft

I grew up with folks wearing Miskatonic University t-shirts to SF Cons and making Chthulu jokes.  Figured it was about time to actually read the story that started it all.

E3

In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY

E5

Amateur Sleuth

10/19/2017

9/30/2017

Fool Me Once - Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco

Alanis McLaughlin inherited her con-man mother's shop The White Magic Five and Dime.  She and the Tarot cards search for the true murderer to clear on of her most loyal customers from the charge of murdering her abusive husband.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 205 out of 580 pages.

Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

I think I may have been too ambitious when I chose Stiletto as my choice for Darkest London. I forgot to take into account I typically don't read as much as usual in the week or so immediately post-Readathon.  So we'll see if I finish by the end of next Tuesday.

 

So far Stiletto is a well enough done sequel, but it misses the tension and the vivacity The Rook. Dissapointingly, Rook Myfanwy Thomas is a supporting character not the star of this story. I'm hopeful that the book will pick up soon since Viewpoint Character A and Viewpoint Character B have just met and will be thrown together for at least the next while (but it took 165 pages to do so). 

 

In the world of the Checquy, the Grafters, who hail from what would become the Spanish Netherlands, are the masters of biological sciences and the British excel in psychic and superhero powers. In the world of Leviathan created by Scott Westerfeld, it's the British that are the bioengineering geniuses, and the Continental powers are Clankers who excel in mechanical marvels.  While it's based on false cognates created by the Germanic-sounding names like Grootvader and Broederschap, my brain keeps flashing back to Westerfeld's world and wanting the British to be the biomasters. 

 

Bookish garb

The Husband pointed out that in preparation for NaNoWriMo the current Woot Shirt Derby is for bookish-related items. 

 

Go. Vote...Consider buying a shirt. Spend the $ on more books instead!!!

10th Anniversary Dewey's Closing Survey

Now that I've slept, gone to work for a few hours, and steered my older son through a mountain of homework, I finally have a minute for the Dewey's Readathon closing survey.

 

Which hour was most daunting for you?

Definitely Hour 16 as I tried to finish up before my planned bedtime


Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

I read 1 book – The Girl With All the Gifts

and 1 short story – The Call of Chthulu

For a total of 428 pages


Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

The Girl With All the Gifts is a great choice to read in one gulp.

I typically recommend picture books for the transition times, and that’s worked better than the dense short story I picked this time.


What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?

I loooved the cheering mini-challenge in hour 12 this time and hope it continues.  I’ve really missed both being a cheerleader and having folks cheering for us non-Twitter people.  The rad thing you could do would be to open up the list of anticipated attendees a few days before the event so that those of us who like to cheer could select folks to cheer for as part of our pre-readathon prep rather than having to steal reading time to wade through the participant list.


How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?

Schedule permitting, I’ll see you on April 28, 2018.  I also hope to see you during 24in48 in January.

 

Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

I was a GoodReads co-host for the first time and enjoyed that. I’d definitely be willing to help out on the day of, and might well sponsor a Book Depository prize next time.

Dewey's Update 3 & Halloween Bingo Week 7

It's the start of hour 16 and I'm planning to post this update, finish the last section of The Call of Chthulu and then call it a night (having been woken weekday early by the dog). 

 

As of the end of week 7 of Halloween Bingo, my card looks like:

 

 

White ghost = called

Grey monster = read

Brainy Guy = read + called

 

I'll add the table of books read later (as in after I've slept).

 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

How it fits

A1

 Diverse Voices

9/21/2017

10/19/2017

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Unarmed Black Teen is murdered by a cop. The Hate U Give follows the friend who witnessed and the repercussions throughout the community.

A2

The Dead Will Walk

 

10/21/2017

The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R. Carey

Great twist on the classic infection/zombie trope. Would also fit chilling children, but this fits the pattern I'm creating on my card better.

A3

Classic Noir

10/7/2017

9/22/2017

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedy movies of the same name.

A4

Witches

9/13/2017

10/6/2017

Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy set in post-plague Cincinnati & environs.  Witches, Vampires & Pixies, Oh My! Death threats, but no murders.

B3

Aliens

9/29/2017

9/28/2017

Defender - CJ Cherryt

Volume 4 in the continuing saga of Bren the translator between the humans who settle on the world, the alien Atevi, and the human of the starship crew.

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

 

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

Country House Mystery

10/17/2017

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

D5

 Terrifying Women

9/19/2017

10/20/2017

All The Crooked Saints - Maggie Steifvater

Miracles abound in this newly-released stand-alone novel by a female author.  Would fill the Magical Realism or Supernatural categories.

E1

Monsters

 

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E2

Horror

9/7/2017

10/21/2017

The Call of Chthulu - H.P. Lovecraft

I grew up with folks making Chthulu jokes and wearing Miskatonic University t-shirts to SF Cons .  Figured it was about time to actually read the short story that started it all.

E3

In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY.  My son's school is putting on the play.

E5

Amateur Sleuth

10/19/2017

9/30/2017

Fool Me Once - Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco

Alanis McLaughlin inherited her con-man mother's shop The White Magic Five and Dime.  She and the Tarot cards search for the true murderer to clear on of her most loyal customers from the charge of murdering her abusive husband.

 

#DeweysReadingBuddy Photo Challenge

 

Quincy in his natural habitat

The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

WOA!  WOW!  

 

What a great book to read in one sitting.

10th Anniversary Dewey's Update #2

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

It's Hour 12 of of the Readathon and time for the mid-event meme

 

1. What are you reading right now?

Still working on The Girl with All the Gifts  


2. How many books have you read so far?

Part of 1 (up to Page 317)


3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I'm looking forwards to reading scary short stories after dark, once I finish The Girl with All the Gifts


4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Of course I've had interruptions!  This is why I don't even try for 24-hours straight reading


5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

No real surprises, but I LOVED co-hosting over on GoodReads and the Cheerleading Challenge

10th Anniversary Dewey's Update #1

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

It's the start of Hour 6 of the Readathon and how my Readathon is going is a matter of perspective.

 

One perspective is that I've only read for a little over an hour, finishing about 90 pages of The Girl with All the Gifts

 

The flip perspective is that I've read for an hour more than I'd get most busy Saturday mornings.  I've also:

  • Gone to Karate class
  • Watched my son during his sparring class
  • Cleaned up after Karate class
  • Made a salad and ate lunch
  • Played with the dog
  • Helped my older son with homework
  • Spent too much time enjoying other folk's Readathon updates

 

 

So I'm a bit behind where I'd hoped to be at this point, but well on my way to my personal goal of at least 1 book finished and 12-hours of reading or Readathon-related activities.

Dewey's 10th Anniversary Readathon Starting Line

 

(I'm assuming that they are going to use the same opening questions that they have for the last while and pre-scheduling this post)

(show spoiler)

 

 

What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

 

South Jersey (near Philadelphia)

 

Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

 

Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley

As explained in my pre-Readathon post  My reading choices are being guided by Halloween Bingo and I’m looking forward to setting up another potential Bingo or two


Which snack are you most looking forward to?

 

I don’t really spend a lot of time pre-planning snacks, but at some point in the day I’m likely to have a nice bowl of ice cream.


Tell us a little something about yourself!

 

We recently adopted a young dog.  He’s a snuggle bug, but also still constantly getting into things he shouldn’t.  I’m looking forward to quality time on the couch with book and dog and also curious how much of a distraction he’ll be instead.

 

If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

 

Other than reading with dog?  While I don’t spend a lot of time on GoodReads anymore, I volunteered to co-moderate the Dewey’s Readathon group for an hour.  I’ll be covering Hour 11, which is 6 pm Eastern time. So come on over to Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon during hour 11 and join the conversation.

 

Dewey’s Stack & Halloween Bingo Goals

I’m letting my reading for Dewey’s be guided by my Halloween Bingo Card.  I have two novels and two short stories that are on my definite list:

 

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey  

 

Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley 

 

The title stories from

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories - H.P. Lovecraft,S.T. Joshi  

 

 A Haunted House and Other Short Stories - Virginia Woolf,Leonard Woolf  or The Haunted Grange Of Goresthorpe - Arthur Conan Doyle  

 

I don't expect to finish the 2nd novel during the Readthon, but should have no trouble completing it by the end of the month. 

 

Once I finish those, I’ve got too many possibilities.  There’s no way I’ll black out and I’m torn about how to finish out the last week or so of Halloween Bingo so that my card ends up with a pretty pattern. 

 

 

My most likely direction is that I’ve picked up a random selection of Cozies featuring books or food.

 

But I’ve also been looking forward to Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas for a while, I have a couple of random freebie novellas for Ghost, and The Late Show - Michael Connelly is due back to the library soon.  While this would complete the top row, it's more than I'm likely to have time to finish in October.