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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (08/20/12)

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

This Week I’m Reading:

Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows by Mark Monmonier

This is from NetGalley. Looked interesting, and when is better to read a book about snow and arctic winds than in August. I’m hoping that it will be somewhat “popular” in its tone and not strictly dry science. Anecdotes may not be science, but they certainly help describe science.

Doctor Who Dave Gibbons Collection by Pat Mills, Steve Moore, Steve Parkhouse, Dave Gibbons (illustration)

Industry legend Dave Gibbons illustrated a classic run of Doctor Who comics, and this oversized book collects them all And in full color Gibbons-drawn strips began appearing the very first issue of Doctor Who Magazine (then titled Doctor Who Weekly), starring the Fourth Doctor as portrayed by Tom Baker, and Gibbons continued as the primary artist until issue #69, a Fifth Doctor tale. This volume also features an introduction by Gibbons, along with early Doctor Who sketches from the master. (Goodreads)

Another one from NetGalley. Already about 40 pages in.

Short Story of the Week:

“Wolf Trapping” by Kij Johnson over at Apex

The Usual:

A poem, a section of Poetic Edda and a chapters of A Clash of Kings.

What I Read Last Week:

Took part in Bout of Books 5.0. Finished up Kiss of Steel, finally, as well as the steampunk anthology I was working on and We Need to Talk About Kevin. Reviews will be coming, probably in that order.

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Bout of Books 5.0 – Wrap-Up

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 13th and runs through Sunday, August 19th in whatever time zone you are in.  Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week.  There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 5.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

GOALS – Achieved!

I was a little worried.

The May Bout of Books was my first multi-day read-a-thon and it was awesome. I followed it up with the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon and, likewise, had a blast. Thrilled at this new-found activity, I jumped into Once Upon a-Read-aThon and High Summer Readathon. And didn’t do so well. Some of it may have been the vibe (geeze, these readers are young and exuberant!), but most of it was probably me and summer apathy.

I was looking forward to this Bout of Books, but feared that maybe the bloom was off. Happily, my enthusiasm is perennial. My goal was ~600 pages. I passed it by a bit, reading 718 pages. I also took part in a few challenges and visited new blogs. I plan to visit more this week.

BOOKS Finished

All of these were in-progress, but 700 pages is 700 pages!

Library Books:
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (8/23) FINISHED!
Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories by Gavin J. Grant (Author, Editor), Kelly Link (Author, Editor) (8/27) FINISHED!

Finish Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster (9/1) FINISHED!
Doctor Who Dave Gibbons Collection by Pat Mills, Steve Moore, Steve Parkhouse (9/18) Continued.

From the Bookshelf:
Finish Through Darkest America by Neal Barrett, Jr.
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury by Sam Weller (Editor), Mort Castle (Editor) Read a couple stories, as well as Ray Bradbury stories  that were mentioned in the stories’ notes.
Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis (a re-read). Started.


MONDAY: ~101 pages read.
TUESDAY: ~110 pages read.
WEDNESDAY: ~159 pages read.
THURSDAY: ~37 pages read.
FRIDAY: ~100 pages read.
SATURDAY: ~161 pages read.