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October Reading Wrap-Up

Challenges / Events

I pretty much exclusively read R.I.P. books during September and October and ended the “challenge” with six books, eleven short stories (or so), and posts about a handful of movies. Probably my best R.I.P. yet! Had a good readathon too. I read 525 pages, making 1530 for the month!

Finished in October


  • A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay – eLibrary
  • A Vampire Quintet by Eugie Foster – #MyOwnDamnBook
  • Wild Nights! by Joyce Carol Oates – #MyOwnDamn Book
  • The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian
  • Revenge by Yōko Ogawa – Library
  • The Escapist by Michael Chabon, Glen David Gold, Bill Sienkiewicz (Artist), Howard Chaykin (Artist), Gene Colan (Artist), Steve Lieber (Artist), Eric Wight (Goodreads Author) (Artist), Kevin McCarthy – Library

Not as good a month for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks as I thought. Lots of library books. I also read thirteen short stories.

Additions to my Library

Just one addition:

  1. Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans by Melissa Daggett, 10/14/16, NetGalley, ARC

September Reading Wrap-Up



Well, September happened. I had good intentions to read more of my own books, but I got wrapped up in a couple of library books. R.I.P. is going well. I’m only through one novel (of hopefully four), but I’ve been reading quite a few “seasonal” short stories.

Finished in September

Long works:

  1. Descent into the Depth of the Earth by Paul Kidd – #readMyOwnDamnBooks reread
  2. The Séance by Iain Lawrence – library book
  3. (I’ll probably finish From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury by Saturday.)

I didn’t finish my other library book, American Ghost, although I read about two-thirds of it.

Shorter works:

  1. “Keeping His Promise” by Algernon Blackwwod
  2. “The Invisible Assistant” by John Gaspard
  3. “Smee” by A. M. Burrage
  4. “The Daemon Lover” by Shirley Jackson
  5. “Flop Sweat” by Harlan Ellison
  6. “The Green-Eyed Boy” by Peter S. Beagle
  7. “Two Hearts” by Peter S. Beagle

Additions to my Library

  1. The Faerie Key by  Denise D. Young, 9/8/2016, Amazon
  2. The Invisible Assistant by John Gaspard, 9/8/2016, Amazon
  3. The Whole Art of Detection by Lyndsay Faye, 9/8/2016, ARC
  4. Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal by Jack Kelly, 9/8/2016, I won it from Doing Dewey!
  5. A subscription to Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, 9/26/16, Amazon


My plan for October is to read R.I.P. books that I already own. But, you know how plans are.

July Reading Wrap-Up


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You know what? It’s the beginning of August and I’ve tied last year’s number of books read for 10 15 Books of Summer! The number is seven, which means I probably *will* manage 10 books by the beginning of September.

Finished in July

I also cleared 24 short stories from the ones I have bookmarked.

Additions to my Library

  1. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, 7/11/16, Tor Ebook Club, Free


Starting to think about what great books that I already own that I want to read for fall. Yes, I’m that person who celebrates when the Halloween candy shows up in stores in August (and should therefore not complain when Christmas decorations aren’t far behind).

May Reading Wrap-Up



May was pretty slumpy for me. Nothing on my shelves tempted me. I went to the library, but that was slow reading too. Finally, I impulse checked out a few things from the digital library—and *that* broke my slump. So, not a great month for #readMyOwnDamnBooks, but I have high hopes going into 15-ish Books of Summer.

Finished in May

Additions to my Library

As a concession to my ignored shelves, I tried to not add more. Mostly successful, I guess.

  1. AbrakaPOW by Isaiah Campbell, 5/6/16, NetGalley, ARC (requested before May)
  2. Smoke and Mirrors by Mike Costa, Jon Armstrong & Ryan Browne, 5/30, Comixology, Readathon winnings!

February Reading Wrap-Up

Even though there’s still a bit of February left…


I’m still chugging along through the TBR Triple Dog Dare and #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

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I had two ARCs that needed to be read by the end of February, both of which were acquired last year. So, by the letter of the law, I’ve been doing fine with the Dare. From books that I personally own, I’ve only started Emma Bull’s Territory. If I get a good couple of reading sessions in, I should finish it by the end of the month.

Finished in February

The only short stories I read this month were for Deal Me In. It’s been a really slow reading month…

Additions to my Library

(Not to be read until after April 1st)

  1. “Mystic Brew” by Caren Rich, 2/12/16, Amazon, $0.99
  2. The Guns of Retribution by Icy Sedgwick, 2/20/16, Amazon, Free
  3. To Kill a Dead Man by Icy Sedgwick, 2/20/16, Amazon, $0.99

I only bought a few ebooks from writers I know online. Three is a surprisingly low number for me.


I really wish Goodreads had a way to search or sort your library by genre, or rather the most tagged genre for a given work. I’d like to be able, when I’m in the mood for a certain genre, to search through the books I own. I’ve been thinking about other systems/apps to manage this, but I haven’t come up with a good solution.

I think I’ve finally kicked the ARC habit. I have two more to review in May, but I haven’t had any desire to comb through NetGalley for new titles. A few reasons for this, I think. 1.) I have so many books on my shelves that I haven’t read. The phrase “embarrassment of riches” comes to mind. I don’t need to acquire more 2.) I don’t feel like I’ve been providing quality reviews lately. I was never much of a reviewer in the first place, but I think the authors and publishers who are providing me with ARCs probably deserve better than my sometimes half-baked impressions. 3.) I’m suffering from a touch of blogger burn-out. I’d rather not feel obligated to review.

January Reading Wrap-Up

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My main two challenges for January are #readMyOwnDamnBooks and the TBR Triple Dog Dare. To recap, I’m aiming to read more of the books that I already own and, for the first three months of the year, *only* read books that I had acquired before the beginning of 2016. (My one exception is library audio books.)

So far, so okay.

I’ve finished four books thus far, two of them audio books and two books from my own bookcase:

I’ve also read 11 short stories. This is the place where I accidentally violated the TBR Triple Dog Dare. I follow many writers and fiction magazines on Twitter, and Shadows at the Door lured me in with the creepy tale “The Long Walk” by Kris Holt. My other short stories have been for Deal Me In (three of them coming from anthologies I own) and from a list of stories I’ve bookmarked previously. Yes, I have available to me more fiction than I can ever read.

Additions to my library:

  1. Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Illustrated) by Jules Verne, ebook  – Already own this in a different edition.
  2. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2 – I can’t read this until April!!!
  3. Self Comes to Mind by Antonio Damasio – Gift to my husband.
  4. Central Station by Lavie Tidhar – ARC, not being published until May so I won’t violate TBR Triple Dog Dare.
  5. “Adaptive” by Matthew P. Buscemi, ebook
  6. The Long Way Down by Craig Schaefer, ebook