- Current Mood:frazzled
so i'm waaaaaay behind on everything else. i need to print cover sketches for two books and send the proofs to the publisher; proofread one book; design another; and make changes to the design of a third.
on top of this, my computer keeps crashing. individual applications close without warning and sometimes the entire thing just goes futz and shuts down. ack!
so if you are posting and i am not commenting, if you are commenting and i am not replying, please please please don't take it personally. i would much rather hang out with y'all. but a girl's gotta eat. ;)
love love love.
- Current Mood:harried
Last year I joined up for the Mount TBR challenge and I was pathetic. I think I read 6 books. I was supposed to read 25. This sort of thing happens to me so consistently that I'm starting to think I have a weird streak of perversity that makes me lose all desire to do something as soon as I've actually committed to doing it. But the TBR list is really getting out of control. Sure I weeded it down in November and stuck a bunch of books in a box to donate to the library. Not that I've actually donated them yet. But they're in the box and off my bookshelves so that's something at least. But then I went and got more books as gifts and unearthed more books that I might like to read from the boxes my neighbour gave me when she moved away. Gah!
So, in an effort to motivate/inspire/shame myself into reading more of the books I actually own before acquiring new ones or gorging myself senseless at the library, I have taken all the books in my possession which I have not yet read – or which I have not read since purchasing my own copy, since I'm the kind of person who reads a book from the library and then goes out and buys it *sighs* – and piled them up on the cedar chest in the living room. This way they can stare at me accusingly and hopefully guilt me into reading them. Since a single tall pile would (a) probably hit the ceiling and (b) be destined to be knocked over by a cat, I have the books in five piles. So far this actually seems to be having a positive effect since I've already knocked five books off this list. But I got off to a roaring start last year too so I'm not getting too complacent just yet. I'm also not expecting myself to read all of these books in 2013. I'd just like to read a significant number of them.
- Current Mood: hopeful
1. Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery
2. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley
3. Anne of the Island, L.M. Montgomery
4. Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr
5. The Blue Castle, L.M. Montgomery
6. Anne of Windy Poplars, L.M. Montgomery
7. Unholy Ghosts, Stacia Kane
8. Unholy Magic, Stacia Kane
9. Anne's House of Dreams, L.M. Montgomery
10. City of Ghosts, Stacia Kane
11. Sacrificial Magic, Stacia Kane
A Good Man, Guy Vanderhaeghe
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- Current Mood:snowy
I mention this because we Dutch are very practical, precise, and detail-oriented people. We are also very fond of systems and time-saving measures. And we don't like people messing with our stuff because our stuff is usually organized according to a very personal schema. We also have a very high tolerance for tedium if we know that a little tedium now will save a lot of time later.
In fact, now that I think of it, we're damn near the perfect people to be typesetters.
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- Current Mood:diligent
But I also discovered many wonderful new authors and books that I know will become favourite re-reads in years to come. So many that it's hard to narrow down my favourites. So here's a glimpse at the twisted inner workings of my mind and some books that stood out for me for one reason or another.
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- Current Mood: dorky
p.s. If you'd rather I cross-post the entire review to my journal, just shout. There'll be three more Anne of Green Gables posts (Anne of Windy Poplars, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside) in the future.
- Current Mood: content
The other 21 books not counted in my Goodreads total were just SO mindlessly fluffy that I couldn't bring myself to add them. But they appear here in the interests of "posterity" ... whatever that is. I'm sort of toying with the idea of adding them to Goodreads as books that I've read, but without a specific year being attached to them. Because I do want my "Read" shelf at Goodreads to be as accurate a reflection as possible of all the books that I've ever read. But then again ... some of these are kind of, um, embarrassing. Especially that little Meg Cabot kick I was on there for a while.
This is the first year that I've done the Goodreads Challenge and it turns out that I'm more competitive than I thought I was. Not in terms of trying to beat anyone else, but in terms of reaching my own goal. I was so determined to make my goal of 104 books that I got a little addicted to being told that I was 17% or 18% or 14% ahead of my goal and probably spent time reading that I should have spent doing other things like – oh – working? Cleaning my house? Anyway, I'm ramping down my expectations for 2013 in order to try to keep my obsession with the numbers in check.
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- Current Mood: exhausted