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October 9, 2013

My goal for this year is to read 110 books that are new to me.  You see, I re-read.  Frequently.  I am, at this very moment, listening to the audiobook of The Rook by Daniel O’Malley.  This would be the third or fourth time I’ve read it since it came out in January of last year.  The last book I listened to was Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer.  I’ve read or listened to that one probably six times in three years.  But, I am a bookseller and that tends to mean that I need to be up on the latest books, or at least, not try to handsell the same ten books over and over.  So, I set myself these challenges.  So, here’s how I’m doing so far this year:

1.  Point of Honour by Madeline E. Robins                                        5/5
2.  The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson                                         4/5
3.  Old Man’s War by John Scalzi                                                           5/5
4.  Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan                 4/5
5.  Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal                            5/5
6.  Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter                                          3/5
7.  Trapped by Kevin Hearne                                                                5/5
8.  The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi                                                 5/5
9.  The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie                                      4/5
10.  Alien in the Family by Gini Koch                                                    4/5
11,  Etiquette & Espionage  by Gail Carriger                                      5/5
12.  Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch                                                     4/5
13.  Storm Front by Jim Butcher                                                           3/5
14.  Redshirts by John Scalzi                                                                  5/5
15.  Alien Diplomacy by Gini Koch                                                      4/5
16.  The Quest of the Warrior Sheep by Christopher Russell       3/5
17.  Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye                                          3/5
18.  The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman                                         4/5
19.  The Far Traveler by Nancy Marie Brown                                  2/5
20.  The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck     4/5
21.  The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer  4/5
22.  Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen                                          4/5
23.  Kilts & Kraken by Cindy Spencer Pape                                      5/5
24.  The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. .Valente   4/5
25.  Steam & Sorcery by Cindy Spencer Pape                                  4/5
26.  Moonlight & Mechnicals by Cindy Spencer Pape                   4/5
27.  Photographs & Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape                4/5
28.  A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber                                     5/5
29.  Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George                    5/5
30.  Hunted by Kevin Hearne                                                               5/5
31.  Motor City Fae  by Cindy Spencer Pape                                     3/5
32.  Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey                        4/5
33.  Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts                                            3/5
34.  Sweet Revenge by Zoe Archer                                                        3/5
35.  Ink by Amanda Sun                                                                         4/5
36.  Aunt Dimity & the Lost Prince by Nancy Atherton                  4/5
37.  Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon by Nancy Atherton                 4/5
38.  Cards & Caravans by Cindy Spencer Pape                              3/5
39.  Death on Demand by Carolyn Hart                                            3/5
40.  Wind, Sand and Stars  by Antoine de Saint-Exupery           4/5
41.  Tethered by Meljean Brooks                                                         4/5
42.  The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors                              4/5
43.  You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi   4/5
44.  Blackout by Robinson Wells                                                         5/5
45.  Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman                                              3/5
46.  Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire                    5/5
47.  Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts                                                 4/5
48.  A Veiled Deception by Annette Blair                                           4/5
49.  Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde                                                  5/5
50.  The Masterharper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey                        4/5
51.  Larceny & Lace by Annette Blair                                                  4/5
52.  The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman                  5/5
53.  The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman                        5/5
54.  Ghost Ship by P.J. Alderman                                                         3/5
55.  The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman                            5/5
56.  A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman                              5/5
57.  Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson                               5/5
58.  Mrs. Pollifax on Safari by Dorothy Gilman                                5/5
59.  The Arrivals by Melissa Marr                                                         4/5
60.  A Question of Magic by E.D. Baker                                               5/5
61.  The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox                             4/5
62.  Death by Diamonds by Annette Blair                                         4/5
63.  Cloaked in Malice by Annette Blair                                              3/5
64.  Skirting the Grave by Annette Blair                                             4/5
65.  House of Secrets by Chris Columbus                                          3/5
66.  Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station by Dorothy Gilman          5/5
67.  Mrs. Pollifax & the Golden Triangle by Dorothy Gilman        5/5
68.  Mrs Pollifax & the Hong Kong Buddha by Dorothy Gilman 5/5
69.  Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison                            3/5
70.  The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason                                4/5
71.  Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson                                              5/5
72.  Parasite by Mira Grant                                                                    5/5
73.  The Woman of Nell Gwynne’s by Kage Baker                            4/5
74.  Nell Gwynne’s on Land and at Sea by Kage Baker                  4/5
75.  A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander                                    4/5
76.  Tulle Death Do Us Part by Annette Blair                                    4/5
77.  Mrs. Pollifax & the Whirling Dervish by Dorothy Gilman      5/5
78.  And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander                                  4/5
79.  How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea by Mira Grant       5/5
80. Mrs. Pollifax & The Second Thief by Dorothy Gilman              5/5
81.  A Dark & Stormy Night  by Jeanne M. Dams                             3/5
82.  Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger                                   5/5
83.  Mrs. Pollifax & the Lion Killer by Dorothy Gilman                   5/5
84.  Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay                                        4/5
85.  Mrs. Pollifax Pursued by Dorothy Gillman                               4/5
86.  Dreaming in Chinese by Deborah Fallows                               4/5
87.  Some Like it Hawk by Donna Andrews                                      5/5
88.  Hen of the Baskervilles by Donna Andrews                             5/5
89.  A Question of Honor by Charles Todd                                       4/5
90.  Steadfast by Mercedes Lackey                                                   4/5
91.  Murder & Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood                      5/5
92.  Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce                                                   5/5
93.  Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman                                        5/5
94.  The Lonely Lake Monster by Suzanne Selfors                         4/5
95.  The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler                                5/5
96.  Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd                                          4/5
97.  Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson  4/5
98.  Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey                                          5/5

So, I need twelve more books to reach my goal before the end of the year.  I think that is very doable.  If you’d like to see everything I’ve read, including all my re-reads feel free to check out my Goodreads page.  I’ve got two different shelves tracking my progress this year.  This one is for books over 170 pages and this one is for everything.  Do any of you have suggestions for what I should read next?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2013 9:06 am

    I just finished Me Before You by JoJo Moyes and loved it. It was amazing. I’m a little late to the game for this, but Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl left me so moved. Especially since all 3 of my girls read it and loved it.
    Your list makes me want to start

  2. October 11, 2013 6:36 pm

    My library (Shelby) doesn’t have Agents of Hel! Grr. They pretty much suck in the UF department all around. So since you’ve loved everything of Sanderson’s you’ve read so far, I’d recommend Mistborn (you haven’t read it, right?). It’s a fast read, despite the length, and the world-building is seriously incredible. I’ve yet to read the second book (I’ll get there someday), but I’m told the rest of the series is just as good as the first book.

    Oh, and Lexicon and Fangirl too. 😀

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