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).

August 1, 2014: Bookly Matters And Birthday Wishes!

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.

August 1, 2014: Bookly Matters And Birthday Wishes!

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.

August 1, 2014: Bookly Matters And Birthday Wishes!

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.

11 thoughts on “August 1, 2014: Bookly Matters and Birthday Wishes!

  1. Happy Birthday, Andria!

    @Joe — 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.

    Grumpy Cat? Maybe, but she’s also a girl. 🙂

  2. I loooooooooooove da Grumpy Cat! Her name is Tardar Sauce at home. Too bad you didn’t get to see her! 🙂 Happy BDay to your sis.

  3. How much do I love Grumpy? If I had a choice between a visit with her or Joe F (and you may have noticed what a huge fan I am) I’d pick Tardar! 🙂

  4. I’ve got the first three on your pile there in my to-read shelves. I think the only one of that stack that I’ve read is Fangirl, which I was pretty disappointed in. As someone who’s written a fair bit of fanfic, I should have been the right audience for that book, but there were a lot of things about it that I didn’t care for, and a lot of things about the fandom/college aspect that I found really unrealistic (like how she stays in her room as much as possible, and a boyfriend sort of falls into her lap–this does not happen, nor do most normals consider writing slash fanfic a totally interesting quirk that they constantly want to hear more about).

    I anticipate that Darwin Elevator one to be good. When I got a free copy of it at Comic-Con last year (yes, I’m way behind), the publisher likened it to Firefly, so I have high hopes.

  5. Happy birthday to Andria. No grumpy cat, actually wishing HAPPY birthday. Siblings are sometimes buzz kills. 🙂

    150 books.. I actually might read over 100
    but I am not writing reviews on them!

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