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I kept forgetting to post this, and then I was ill. But better late than never, right? In that spirit, it's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in October 2009. (Click on the cuts for summaries and reactions. I reserve the right to spoil all hell out of any book if spoilery bits are what I feel like talking about.)

New: 3
---How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond, Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier nonfiction )

---Backup, Jim Butcher fantasy )

---Candide, Zadig, and Selected Stories, Voltaire, trans. Donald M. Frame fiction )


Old: 1
---The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power, Carole Levin nonfiction )


October Total: 4 books (plus several magazines, a few newspapers, and a ridiculous amount of fanfiction)

Year to Date: 66 books (39 new, 27 old)


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On a vaguely related note, I survived two days of work while still ill and recovering from being more ill. Wednesday I have off, thank goodness, and I plan to sleep a lot.

Now I am off to drink more juice. (I think I have single-handedly been keeping the US cranberry juice industry afloat these past few days... And no, Europeans, that does not mean I have a UTI. In America, we drink cranberry juice because it tastes good, not just because it's medicinal. *grin*)
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It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in September 2009. (Click on the cuts for summaries and reactions. I reserve the right to spoil all hell out of any book if spoilery bits are what I feel like talking about.)

New: 3
---The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall fiction )

---Duma Key, Stephen King fiction/horror )

---The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World, John Demos nonfiction )


Old: 4
---The Magician's Nephew, C. S. Lewis fantasy )

---The Silver Chair, C. S. Lewis fantasy )

---The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis fantasy )

---The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis fantasy )


September Total: 7 books (plus several magazines, a few newspapers, and a ridiculous amount of fanfiction)

Year to Date: 62 books (36 new, 26 old)
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It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in August 2009. (Click on the cuts for summaries and reactions. I reserve the right to spoil all hell out of any book if spoilery bits are what I feel like talking about.)

New: 4
---Raising Twins: What Parents Want to Know (And What Twins Want to Tell Them), Eileen M. Pearlman, Ph.D., and Jill Alison Ganon nonfiction )

---Ithaca: A Brief History, Carol Kammen nonfiction )

---Life in a Medieval City, Joseph and Frances Gies nonfiction )

---The Door Through Space, Marion Zimmer Bradley science fiction )


Old: 1
---The Magic of Recluce, L. E. Modesitt, Jr. fantasy )


August Total: 5 books (plus several magazines, a few newspapers, and a ridiculous amount of fanfiction)

Year to Date: 55 books (33 new, 22 old)
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It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in July 2009. (Click on the cuts for summaries and reactions. I reserve the right to spoil all hell out of any book if spoilery bits are what I feel like talking about.)

New: 4
---The Empty Chair, Diane Duane sci-fi )

---Branded by Fire, Nalini Singh romance )

---Uhura's Song, Janet Kagan sci-fi )

---Lisey's Story, Stephen King fiction/horror )


Old: 0


July Total: 4 books (plus several magazines, a few newspapers, and a ridiculous amount of fanfiction)

Year to Date: 50 books (29 new, 21 old)

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I meant to read more, but I have been perniciously distracted by fanfic in general, by RemixRedux 7 in particular, and by attempting to watch streaming episodes of Heroes season 3 on Hulu over a very persnickety wireless connection -- in other words, it took me an average of three hours to watch each 45-minute episode. *sigh*

Also, I did start a couple other Star Trek novels, but either they didn't grab me or, as with Best Destiny, I was so put off by the writing that I set them down and have not yet got around to trying again. (There are only so many times I can read the phrase 'buff curls' with a straight face, for example. Diane Carey, I am looking right at you.)
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It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in June 2009. (Click on the cuts for summaries and reactions. I reserve the right to spoil all hell out of any book if spoilery bits are what I feel like talking about.)

This month is basically nothing but Star Trek tie-in novels, about which I have waxed dreadfully long-winded. (Seriously. My reviews/reactions have been getting longer and longer over the years, but these are just ridiculous. Ah well. Obsession is fun?)

New: 8
---Troublesome Minds, Dave Galanter sci-fi )

---The Romulan Way, Diane Duane and Peter Morwood sci-fi )

---Swordhunt, Diane Duane sci-fi )

---Doctor's Orders, Diane Duane sci-fi )

---The IDIC Epidemic, Jean Lorrah sci-fi )

---The Prometheus Design, Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath sci-fi )

---Yesterday's Son, A. C. Crispin sci-fi )

---Home Is the Hunter, Dana Kramer-Rolls sci-fi/historical )


Old: 4
---Spock's World, Diane Duane sci-fi )

---How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford sci-fi )

---The Return of Rafe MacKade, Nora Roberts romance )

---The Pride of Jared MacKade, Nora Roberts romance )


June Total: 12 books (plus several magazines, a few newspapers, and a ridiculous amount of fanfiction)

Year to Date: 46 books (25 new, 21 old)
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It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in May 2009. (Click on the cuts for summaries and reactions. I reserve the right to spoil all hell out of any book if spoilery bits are what I feel like talking about.)

New: 7
---Envy of the Gods, John Prevas nonfiction - ACTIVELY DISRECOMMENDED )

---Salt and Silver, Anna Katherine paranormal romance )

---Vulcan's Glory, D. C. Fontana sci-fi )

---My Enemy, My Ally, Diane Duane sci-fi )

---The Vulcan Academy Murders, Jean Lorrah sci-fi )

---How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford sc-fi )

---Star Trek, Alan Dean Foster, adapted from a script by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman film novelization )


Old: 2
---I Am Spock, Leonard Nimoy nonfiction )

---The Wounded Sky, Diane Duane sci-fi )


May Total: 9 books (plus several magazines, a few newspapers, and a ridiculous amount of fanfiction)

Year to Date: 34 books (17 new, 17 old)

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On a completely different subject, my glee at my new apartment is partially offset by my annoyance at the death of my latest pair of sneakers.

I sat down this evening at work to remove a stone from my right shoe, and noticed that I could see light inside said shoe, down near the toe. This is never a good sign. Closer investigation revealed that the join between the sole and the upper section has an irreparable tear at least an inch long. "Oh," I said, "no wonder my sock got sopping wet when it rained a few days ago."

So on Wednesday, I have to take a bus to the mall and buy new sneakers.

I think this pair lasted about 11 months. I don't really expect sneakers to make it much past a year -- I am hard on my shoes -- but I was hoping these would hold out until August. *sigh*
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It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in April 2009. (Click on the cuts for summaries and reactions. I reserve the right to spoil all hell out of any book if spoilery bits are what I feel like talking about.)

New: 3
---Turn Coat, Jim Butcher fantasy )

---The Sharing Knife: Horizon, Lois McMaster Bujold fantasy )

---The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, Niall Ferguson nonfiction )


Old: 1
---Small Favor, Jim Butcher fantasy )


April Total: 4 books (plus several magazines, a few newspapers, and a ridiculous amount of fanfiction)

Year to Date: 25 books (10 new, 15 old)


...I have got to stop faffing around online to no purpose when I have nearly 50 books stacked up around my apartment waiting to be read. *thwaps self*
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It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in March 2009. (Click on the cuts for summaries and reactions. I reserve the right to spoil all hell out of any book if spoilery bits are what I feel like talking about.)

New: 3
---The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them, Amy Dickinson memoir )

---Angels' Blood, Nalini Singh romance/urban fantasy )

---Princep's Fury, Jim Butcher fantasy )


Old: 4
---The Darkangel, Margaret Ann Pierce fantasy )

---A Gathering of Gargoyles, Margaret Ann Pierce fantasy )

---The Pearl of the Soul of the World, Margaret Ann Pierce fantasy )

---The Kindly Ones, Neil Gaiman, Mark Hempel, et al comics )


March Total: 7 books (plus several magazines, a few newspapers, and a ridiculous amount of fanfiction)

Year to Date: 21 books (7 new, 14 old)
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It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in March 2009. (Click on the cuts for summaries and reactions. I reserve the right to spoil all hell out of any book if spoilery bits are what I feel like talking about.)

New: 3
---The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them, Amy Dickinson memoir )

---Angels' Blood, Nalini Singh romance/urban fantasy )

---Princep's Fury, Jim Butcher fantasy )


Old: 4
---The Darkangel, Margaret Ann Pierce fantasy )

---A Gathering of Gargoyles, Margaret Ann Pierce fantasy )

---The Pearl of the Soul of the World, Margaret Ann Pierce fantasy )

---The Kindly Ones, Neil Gaiman, Mark Hempel, et al comics )


March Total: 7 books (plus several magazines, a few newspapers, and a ridiculous amount of fanfiction)

Year to Date: 21 books (7 new, 14 old)
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It's time for the continuing adventures of Liz and her reading list! These are the books I read in February 2009. (Click on the cuts for summaries and reactions. I reserve the right to spoil all hell out of any book if spoilery bits are what I feel like talking about.)


WARNING: I have been very long-winded this month! Probably I should have taken my blather about Narnia and made a separate meta post, but I am too lazy to peel out and organize my thoughts, so you get them all muddled in with the summaries, more or less as they occurred to me.


New: 1
---Circumference: Eratosthenes and the Ancient Quest to Measure the Globe, Nicholas Nicastro nonfiction )


Old: 8
---The Northern Crusades, Eric Christiansen nonfiction )

---The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis fantasy )

---Prince Caspian, C. S. Lewis fantasy )

---The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis fantasy )

---The Silver Chair, C. S. Lewis fantasy )

---The Horse and His Boy, C. S. Lewis fantasy )

---The Magician's Nephew, C. S. Lewis fantasy )

---The Last Battle, C. S. Lewis fantasy )


February Total: 9 books (plus several magazines, a few newspapers, and a ridiculous amount of fanfiction)

Year to Date: 14 books (4 new, 10 old)

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