“Books and Such” (aka Reading List Overhaul)

I have just returned from a wonderful vacation visiting two dear friends, Jessica and Joel.  They’ve recently made Austin, Texas their home and have been encouraging me to visit the city they have grown to love. I had the opportunity to take a week off from work and decided to go. I love spending time with Jessica and Joel. Not only are they great hosts (who make excellent coffee), but they also take me to neat places, introduce me to new books and movies, and did I mention the coffee?

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eReader Sale: The Last Policeman

A few months ago I reviewed Ben H. Winters’ novel, The Last Policeman from Quirk. The book has recently been nominated for an Edgar award and to celebrate, the good folks at Quirk are having a sale! For a limited time, you can buy the eReader version of this book for $2.99. Check out QuirkBooks for more information.

Part 2 (City Countdown) of the trilogy will be released in July, so this sale gives you the perfect opportunity to catch up on the life and work of Detective Henry Palace.

Reading in 2013

I recently decided to commit to a Goodreads challenge (well, a self-imposed challenge on Goodreads) to read 30 books in 2013. I’ve set two ground rules: these books must be read (not listened to on audiobook) and they must be fiction (academic books are not going to count for the simple reason that I will have to read academic text books rather than reading them for fun).

I have completed one book so far this year and I finished it in the first week of January. I read Life, the Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams. It is the third book of his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I am currently reading So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.

I have four books (Four? Oy vey.) that I have slightly abandoned that I would like to finish or at least continue to work through for this year. I would like to finish at least three of these books: I Only Say This Because I Love You (Deborah Tannen); Made to Crave (author); and The Meaning of Night (author). I am making progress on Middlemarch (George Eliot), but it is long and full of detail. I started it a few years ago, but I can’t make myself finish it. Why? Well, I’m not really sure.

So, my “to read” list for 2013 looks at little something like this:

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