The first book is The Murders at the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe. This is believed have been the creation of the crime fiction novel. I enjoyed the book. I haven't read any classic crime stories and I haven't read Poe in the past 10 years. This story can be downloaded for free at
I can't wait to see what is next.
I know, I know. I've been stuck on Sci-Fi/Fantasy for so long that I have completely neglected other genres. Rebecca Schinsky (aka The Book Lady) recently announced a Toni Morrison read-along on her blog in celebration of Morrison's newest book release. Rebecca will re-read Morrison's entire catalog, I will commit to one book, for now. Per Rebecca's advice, I will begin with The Bluest Eye.
If you are interested in following along, discussions will take place at The Book Lady's Blog.
I have steered away from mystery/crime fiction in the past, this is an excellent opportunity to build up knowledge in this genre.
I hope that you will join as well.
New year, new reading challenge. Yay!
Last year, I challenged myself to read any 70 books. This was a 10 book increase over the prior year. This year the challenge is to read with some structure. The total goal is 71, 45 of which are predetermined. The total number did not increase much as I have new people in my life. Reading is a solitary habit and I don't want to push away the people that I love.
So here it is, the 2012 reading list:
This year, I read a total of 72 books. Thirty-seven of which were checked out from my local library. I used Amazon and Audible to price check the items (please see prior post for links to purchase from Indie Stores).
Fables: Vol 9 Sons of Empire - $12.23
Fables: Vol 8 Wolves - $12.20
Fables: Vol 7 Arabian Nights - $10.15
Fables: Vol 6 Homelands - $10.19
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - $14.99
Fables: Vol 5 The Mean Season- $10.19
Fables: Vol 4 March of the Wooden Soldiers - $12.23
Fables: Vol 3 Storybook Love - $10.19
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (audio-book) - $32.00
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (audio-book) -$88.55
Bossypants (audio-book) - $21.25
Lost (audio-book) - $31.93
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming - $10.00
This Perfect Day - $10.17
Little Children - $5.58
A Discovery of Witches - $10.88
The Shepherd's Tale - $10.19
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (audio-book) - $16.09
The Walking Dead Compendium No 1 - $34.79
American on Purpose (audio-book) - $31.93
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twilight - $10.45
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat - $10.62
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey - $10.62
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Time of Your Life - $10.72
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate - $10.71
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Long Way Home - $10.77
Freakonomics (audio-book) - $27.93
My Horizontal Life (audio-book) - $17.49
Ricky Gervais Presents: The World of Karl Pilkington - $13.57
The Stepford Wives - $9.59
Rosemary's Baby - $10.91
Role Models (Audio-book) - $20.99
Persepolis - $9.11
Persepolis 2 - $10.48
Fables: Vol 2 Animal Farm - $10.24
Fables: Vol 1 Legends in Exile - $10.24
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (audio-book) - Not available
Total Savings: $600.17
This total as impressive as it is, does not even factor in the DVD which I've gotten from my library.
This is why I love my library. This is why I donate my money and volunteer my time. I have a healthy income but I can't afford to keep up with my desired reading pace. If it weren't for the library, my life would be different.
I’m proud to announce that I have successfully completed my 2011 Reading Challenge! Yay, I challenged myself to read 70 books in 2011.
Books Read (by genre)
* denotes library book
Bold denotes genre favorite
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The descriptions are incredible, not only of geography but also of the Binewski family members. I have a very clear idea in my head about how each family member looked, walked, ate, and breathed in some cases. The material in this book was grotesque at times but worth the read.
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Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I watched the movie adaptation first and was intrigued by it. I watched several times and had dozens of questions about the characters. After reading "Let Me In," all my questions were answered...and then some.
This writer is obviously gifted. He was able to match the grotesque with a story of childhood love and friendship, without it being corny or cheap.
I suggest this book to anyone who has a bit of a tough stomach for gore, but especially to those that watched the film.
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The release date is set for 7/10/12. I am very excited. I tend to be the one who finds out about trilogies after they are completed. The first book in this trilogy was Discovery of Witches, which received mixed reviewed. I devoured the book and eagerly wait for the next release.