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Books What I Have Read - dorsetgirl
January 2nd, 2013
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Books What I Have Read
Someone on my LJ friendslist posted a list of all the books she'd read during 2012, and it occurred to me that I can't remember most of the books I've read this year. I know they include the Millennium trilogy, a couple of Alex Riders, several of Robert Muchamore's Cherub and Henderson's Boys series, all seven Harry Potters, Pratchett's Wintersmith and Maskerade, half a dozen random supermarket novels, Stranded by Emily Barr, Room by Emma O'Donoghue, a couple of Sophie Hannah's books, the Hunger Games trilogy and the four "Boy Soldier" books by Andy McNab. Most of these weren't the first reading.

So anyway, I thought I'd start a list for 2013, beginning with the books I finished and started today. Titles with an asterisk are ones I haven't read before.

(1) *Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn

(2) The Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey


Now I've just got to remember to come back and update this post several times a week...

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From:basaltgrrl
Date:January 4th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Awww, Crystal Singer! I have a soft spot for that book! It's not that it's great literature, but boy does she create a vivid world!

I've been using goodreads.com to list and review books for a few years now, so I have an unfortunate record of how much fic-reading has cut into my book reading over the last year.
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:January 4th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
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I agree, McCaffrey is excellent at world-building; I've often wanted to live on Pern. Oddly enough, I've always found that her stories set on Earth are rather strange; they read as if they're set in the 1950s. Or perhaps she's world-building there too, and I'm just assuming she's writing about the real world.

Someone else recommended goodreads.com, on the original Dreamwidth post (I couldn't get onto LJ at the time and didn't want to forget the idea). I joined up last night and spent about three hours rating - apparently - over two hundred books. I really don't feel like rating British books under their American name, though, so there are a few gaps. (Why change it anyway? Do Americans not know what a philosopher is?)

Along the way I discovered an error - they have someone down as author on a book who I know for an absolute fact is not mentioned on the original edition of the book - so at some point I could do with finding out if there's any way of getting that put right.

I went through quite a long period of hardly reading any books because of reading fic. Sadly, and unjustifiably, nowadays I feel very little compulsion to read LOMfic and in my other fandom there are only two writers worth reading, so it's back to the printed page for me.
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