I have a feeling that working on scripts for this new show is really going to put a crimp in my rapid-fire reading pace. Last year, I read a paltry 65 books. I was so embarrassed that I set a seemingly lofty goal for myself in 2014: 120 books! At the time, I figured it would be tight but now, with July officially behind us, I’ve tallied an impressive 107 reads. Yeah, getting to 120 will be more than doable, even with all the prep and script work, so I’ve decided to raise the bar. 150 books! That’s my new 2014 goal.
In addition to impeding my reading, this new gig has also slowed things down on the writing end – as far as my monthly book reviews for this blog are concerned. I’ve still got to get around to doing write-ups on 11 of the 19 titles I read in June.
In the meantime, you can always check out my right sidebar for my reading recommendations (Listing my Top 20 Recent Reads).
Since we’re on the subject, I thought I’d put in a shout-out for our friend – and fantasy author extraordinaire – Joe Abercrombie and his new book Half A King. I already mentioned last week, it’s one of his best – incredibly engaging and nearly impossible to put down. I read the first one hundred pages in one night, then blazed through the final 200+ the following day.
Another friend to this blog – and equally extraordinary in his own right – is long-time editor and first-time author Lou Anders whose YA novel, Frostborn (Thrones & Bones), hits the shelves next week. It’s perfect for budding young fantasy enthusiasts looking for their first foray into the world of giants, wyverns, and treacherous relatives.
My recent purchases. Every time I knock a title off my to-read pile, two more take its place. It’s like my own literary hydra.
Sorry, needed to add this link to a story about a language school blogger who was fired for writing about homophones: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2712312/Language-school-blogger-fired-boss-confuses-homophones-homophobes-accuses-promoting-gay-agenda.html#ixzz39BU4mBQ5
P.S. : Hey, Mark – The novel I mentioned at lunch was Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. A great mix of action, adventure and humor with a terrific protagonist in Devi Morris. My only criticism was the romantic subplot that, at times, undermined our hitherto kick-ass heroine.
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to sis on her birthday:
P.P.S. They were apparently shooting the Grumpy Cat Christmas movie while we are at The Bridge Studios last week. Alas, no celebrity sighting despite keeping my eye on every vehicle that rolled on and off the lot. I hear he’s a self-drive.