2008 in Review Part Two: Books Read

    Posted by Charity, 6 years ago

    Sadly this list is shorter than the first. There were several books over the course of the year that I did not finish. I will be listing those in the group, "So Many Books, So Little Time".

    Books Read in January
    The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
    Fallen Angel: To Serve in Heaven – P. David & J. Woodward
    Crooked Little Vein – Warren Ellis
    Tales of Innocence & Experience – Eva Figes
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 3
    How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
    Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

    Books Read in February
    Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
    Other Side of the Mirror – Jo Chen
    The Learners – Chip Kidd
    Zombies Calling – Faith Erin Hicks
    Book of Ballads – Charles Vess
    The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick

    Books Read in March
    The Game – Diana Wynne Jones
    Blankets – Craig Thompson

    Books Read in April
    Milkweed – Jerry Spinelli
    Coraline – Neil Gaiman
    The Sandman Preludes & Nocturnes – Neil Gaiman
    Footfree and Fancyloose – Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain
    X-Men Endangered Species – Marvel

    Books Read in May
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 4
    Secret Wars – Brian Michael Bendis
    My French Whore – Gene Wilder
    If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
    The New Avengers Illuminati – Bendis, Reed and Cheung

    Books Read in June
    Odd Thomas – Dean Koontz
    In Odd We Trust – Dean Koontz
    Once Upon a Time in the North – Philip Pullman
    The Gospel According to Jesus Christ – Jose Saramego

    Books Read in July
    Coyote Blue – Christopher Moore
    Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
    The Death of Captain America
    Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America
    Watchmen – Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

    Books Read in August
    The Impact of a Single Event – R.L. Prendergast
    Hercules Barefoot – Carl-Johan Vallgren
    Shadow of Malabron – Thomas Wharton
    Incompetence – Rob Grant
    The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau
    The People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau

    Books Read in September
    The Prophet of Yonwood – Jeanne DuPrau
    Windflower – Nick Bantock & Edoardo Ponti
    The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau
    Word Nerd – Susin Nielsen
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Kevin Cornell

    Books Read in October
    MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume One – ed. Scott Allie
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 5
    The Grand Inquisitor’s Manual – Jonathan Kirsch
    The Eight – Katherine Neville

    Books Read in November
    The Looking Glass Wars – Frank Beddor
    The Infinite Wisdom of Harriet Rose – Diane Janney
    Fallen Angel: Down to Earth – David, Lopez, Blanco
    Fallen Angel: Back in Noire – David, Woodward, Donaldson
    Four Letter Word: Invented Correspondence from the Edge of Modern Romance – e. Knelman & Porter

    Books Read in December
    The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling
    3 Willows – Ann Brashares
    Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
    The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
    Blood Red Snow White – Marcus Sedgwick

    I made it to 59 this year. I am aiming for 60-65 next year. But of course I am also aiming for quality too.

    2008 in Review Part One: Books Bought

    Posted by Charity, 6 years ago

    I got this idea from a book I read where the author tracked the books he had bought and read over the course of the year. Like him, my two lists aren't nearly the same length and many of the titles don't match.

    Books bought in January
    First Meetings in the Enderverse – Orson Scott Card
    The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror – ed. Datlow & Windling
    The Well of Lost Plots – Jasper Fforde
    Venus as a Boy – Luke Sutherland
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 3
    How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
    The Greek Passion – Nikos Kazantzakis
    Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
    Zombies Calling – Faith Erin Hicks

    Books Bought in February
    Bite Me! The Chosen Edition – Nikki Stafford
    The Other Side of the Mirror – Jo Chen
    The Book of Ballads – Charles Vess
    Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
    The Game – Diana Wynne Jones
    Astonishing Splashes of Colour – Clare Morrall
    The Dictionary of Mythology – J.A. Coleman
    Renaissance Art – Victoria Charles
    Art Nouveau – Jean Lahor
    Symbolism – Nathalia Brodskaia

    Books Bought in March
    The Monk – Matthew Lewis
    Outsiders – ed. Nancy Holder & Nancy Kilpatrick
    Blankets – Craig Thompson
    By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept – Paulo Coelho
    Milkweed – Jerry Spinelli

    Books Bought in April
    Kirby – Mark Evanier
    Tales Before Narnia – ed. Douglas A. Anderson
    Coraline – Neil Gaiman
    The Virtue of Selfishness – Ayn Rand
    If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
    X-Men Endangered Species – Marvel
    My French Whore – Gene Wilder
    The Pigeon Wants a Puppy – Mo Willems
    Once Upon a Time in the North – Philip Pullman
    The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen – ed. Maria Tatar
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 4
    Marvel Secret Wars – Brian Michael Bendis

    Books Bought in May
    Hunger’s Bride – Paul Anderson
    Heaven and Hell – Mara Faustino
    She – H. Rider Haggard
    The New Avengers Illuminati – Bendis, Reed and Cheung

    Books Bought in June
    I’m certain I purchased books this month, I just never recorded them

    Books Bought in July
    Gospel According to Jesus Christ – Jose Saramego
    Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader – Anne Fadiman
    Blood Red Snow White – Marcus Sedgwick
    Pop Art – Tilman Osterwold
    The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred – Carl-Johan Vallgren
    The Death of Captain America – Ed Brubaker et al
    Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America – Jeph Loeb et al
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: No Future for You – Brian K. Vaughn et al
    Watchmen – Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
    Hellboy Volume One – Mike Mignola
    Angel: After the Fall Volume One – Joss Whedon et al
    Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
    Dark of the Sun – Chelsea Quinn Yarbo
    Book Lust – Nancy Pearl

    Books Bought in August
    500 Essential Graphic Novels – Gene Kannenberg Jr.
    Windflower – Nick Bantock & Edoardo Ponti
    Incompetence – Rob Grant
    The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau
    People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau
    The Prophet of Yonwood – Jeanne DuPrau
    The Cabinet of Wonders – Marie Rutkoski
    The Gone Away World – Nick Harkaway
    The Vertigo Encyclopedia – Alex Irvine

    Books Bought in September
    The Beading Answer Book – Karen Morris
    Blindness – Jose Saramego
    A Short History of Myth – Karen Armstrong
    Runaways: Dead End Kids – Joss Whedon & Michael Ryan
    MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume One – ed. Scott Allie
    The Look of Love: The Art of the Romance Novel – Jennifer McKnight-Trontz
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 5
    How Novels Work – John Mullan
    The Looking Glass Wars – Frank Beddor

    Books Bought in October
    Angel: After the Fall Volume 2 – Whedon & Lynch
    Four Letter Word: Invented Correspondence from the Edge of Modern Romance – ed. Knelman & Porter
    Discovering the Golden Compass – George Beahm
    Fantasy Encyclopedia – Judy Allen
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories – F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Masterpieces of Art – Lucia Gasparini & Serena Marabelli
    The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
    Alphonse Mucha: Masterworks – Rosalind Ormiston
    Embroideries – Marjane Satrapi
    This is not a book: Adventures in Popular Philosophy – Michael Picard
    Maus Volume One and Two – Art Spiegelman
    The Complete Works – Oscar Wilde

    Books Bought in November
    The Infinite Wisdom of Harriet Rose – Diane Janney
    I know I bought more books than this, but again I lost track

    Books Bought in December
    The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling
    Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars Volume One – Frank Beddor, Ben Templesmith & Liz Cavalier
    Forever Odd – Dean Koontz
    The Drawings of Gustave Dore – George Davidson
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 3: Wolves at the Gate – Drew Goddard, Georges Jeanty, Joss Whedon

    I can wait for August.......

    Posted by Charity, 7 years ago

    I am a huge fan of Thomas Wharton. I first read his book "Salamander" when it was assigned for a course that eventually was cancelled. He really hooked me. I then read "The Logogryph" and throughly enjoyed that as well. Finally, when "Icefields" was nominated for the Canada Reads book I picked that up and enjoyed that as well. At some point I checked to see if there were any more titles by Wharton and discovered a book titled "Adenographia". Unfortunately this book is no longer available unless you purchase it in the Used and Rare site and the listings on there are anything but cheap. Out of desperation I even checked eBay in hopes of a better deal. Because really, who expects over $100 for a novel by a fairly obscure Canadian author? During my futile search for this amazingly scarce book it was announced that Wharton would be releasing a new title in August of this year. Finally I had something else to read by him, but I still wanted to read this other title.

    Today I renewed my search for the title but I went about it a little differently. I found out that Wharton's first book was "Icefields" followed by "Salamander" and then "The Logogryph". The book coming out in August is being touted as his fourth book. Hmmm, interesting. Where does "Adenographia" fall into the mix? Well, time to haul out the trust search engine, tap in "Adenographia, Thomas Wharton" and see what comes up.

    Well, it turns out that "Adenographia is not so much a novel as it is a Latin medical text that was translated in the mid 19th century by a British Thomas Wharton.

    Now, I will read pretty much anything, but a medical text? In Latin? I think I can wait until August to read another Thomas Wharton title. Unless of course there is a lovely publisher rep who would like to send me an ARC! Because hey, as it turns out, I have read everything published by THIS Thomas Wharton, that should qualify for something right?

  • Well, I don't actually judge them that way....

    Posted by Charity, 7 years ago

    You know the old warning "never judge a book by its cover". Of course, that is generally used it regards to people. Basically it is about not making assumptions about people based on their looks. However, it seems pretty obvious that at some point it possibly did relate to books. So, don't judge a book by its cover....but don't we all make assumptions about books based on their covers? Looking for a suspense/thriller/horror? Try dark coloured covers. Chick Lit? Bright covers are your best bet. And most of the time we base whether we are going to read a book by the synopsis on the back (which quite often isn't written by the author). I once came across a book that looked cool on the front so I read the blurb on the back. It sounded cool, so I kept it in mind to get as soon as possible. The next time I had a chance I went back to find the book. The mass market version I had seen was no longer there, but there was a trade edition. Problem was, the blurb on the back of the trade version was completely different, and actually made me not want to read the book! And I personally almost always select books to read based on their covers and how they look. I recently started reading a book simply because of the cover, I knew nothing about the author or the book but the cover caught my eye and the blurb sounded interesting. Incidentally, I also recently stopped reading this book, because it wasn't living up to its cover. I often use the theory that if an author is cool enough to have a cover that appeals to me, then surely their writing will appeal to me as well. Of course there is a flaw in that logic, because in most cases, authors have absolutely no say in what their finished book looks like. I chose to ignore this bit of logic. So yes, I completely admit to selecting books by their covers, but I don't judge them by their covers (with the exception of serial romance titles....their covers read like a confession). I allow the writing inside to serve as the trial and I let the author to defend themselves with what they have created. So I admit to be "easily distracted by shiny objects" but I won't let a cover alter my opinion of a book once I have gotten past the cover.

    • Poll 4 votes

      How often to you select books based on their cover?

      Be honest.....

  • Thanks for the great read

    Posted by Charity, 7 years ago

    A lot of time people will ask "what's your favourite book?" Wow! What a question! Sure, I can list off a slew of titles that I have enjoyed, but a favourite? That's a little rough. Similiar to this is the problem of defining what makes a good book. I mean, there are books that I think are outstanding that other people simply detest, and I know I have been recommended titles that have made me seriously question that person's taste.

    That all being said, I think I have finally discovered a measurement for a book that I enjoy. See, I am also having a little trouble lately determining which books I am enjoying. This doesn't seem like a good place to be living in. But now I am reading something that makes me remember what a good read really is. The book I am reading is always on my mind. When I am working, I am thinking about getting some time to read. When I am watching television, I am thinking about reading. And when I really ought to be sleeping.....I'm reading. So to the authors out there that control my thoughts....and big shout of thanks.

    Here's hoping you find a book that keeps you awake at night too!

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