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Happy New Year

January 1, 2012

Resolutions.  They get you every year. If you don’t make one you feel part guilty and part smug.  If you do make one you have to worry about keeping it.  SOme years I do and some years I don’t.  I have made one this year and it directly impacts this blog.  My resolution this year is to read (or listen to) 100 books I have never read before.  I am including kids’ books in this since they make up a large portion of my book consumption as it is.  I won’t include picture books though unless I find myself getting utterly desperate. 

I’ve started the year off with two books that are new to me.  The first I’m reading in hardcopy – The Wide Awake Princess by E.D. Baker.  It’s about Princess Annabelle who is gifted with immunity to magic.  This is great when it comes to dodging angry witches, but somewhat difficult when living in a castle full of magically beautiful people.  No one wants to spend time with her because her anti-magic can cancel out their gifts.  Her mother always insists that she is mad at the fairy’s gift not at Annabelle, but she still banished Annie from her presence.  But when Annie’s oldest sister is cursed with 100 years sleep Annie is the only one left awake to do anything about it.

The second book that I”m consuming at the moment is The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.  I’m listening to it on my iPod so I’m making it through significantly slower.  Rick Riordan is good at mythology and now he is turning his sights on the Egyptian pantheon.  Two estranged siblings meet up with their dad in London.  What is supposed to be a quiet family visit turns into high adventure when their dad blows up part of the British Museum and then gets sealed into a sarcophagus.  Carter and Sadie, with the help of their uncle Amos must battle against Egyptian gods to protect themselves and find some answers about who their dad reallly is and how they can get him back.

To keep up with my resolution I need to read about two books a week.  I’m already halfway through The Wide Awake Princess, but I’m only a chapter or two into The Red Pyramid.  I’ll keep you posted!

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