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Reading / Watching 2013

Just a quick update on what I read/watched in 2013.

Goodreads widget says I read 96 books of my ambitious pi in the sky goal of 314. This is really, really pathetic for me. And though I was taking classes, this isn't really much of a change in the busy-ness of my life since 2012. Either I'm watching more or playing more games or... who knows what.

The books I rated 4 or 5 stars in 2013:

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves / Karen Joy Fowler
Contagious: Why Things Catch On / Jonah Berger
Miles in Love (reread) / Lois McMaster Bujold
Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus 1 & 2 / CLAMP

Bi-Normal / M. G. Higgins
Fortunately, The Milk / Neil Gaiman
If You Could Be Mine / Sara Farizan
The Reason I Jump / Naoki Higashida
Pink and Say / Patricia Polacco
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library / Chris Grabenstein
The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett / Tom Angelberger
Code Name Verity / Elizabeth Wein
The Power of Poppy Pendle / Natasha Lowe
The Ocean at the End of the Lane / Neil Gaiman
Magic Below Stairs / Caroline Stevermer
The Story of Saiunkoku Vol 1 & 2 / Kairi Yura
Doubleblind / Ann Aguirre
The Summer Prince / Alaya Dawn Johnson (even though I gave it 4 stars, I tagged it 'awesome')
Will in Scarlet / Matthew Cody
Squire / Tamora Pierce
The Language Inside / Holly Thompson
School Spirits / Rachel Hawkins
Destiny, Rewritten / Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Doll Bones / Holly Black
Gulp / Mary Roach
A Bride's Story Vol 2 & Vol 4 / Kaoru Mori
First Test / Tamora Pierce
Seraphina / Rachel Hartman
Stranger Here / Jen Larsen
Monument 14 / Emmy Laybourne
Ignore Everybody / Hugh MacLeod
Diplomatic Immunity (reread) / Lois McMaster Bujold
The Millionaire Messenger / Brendon Burchard
The $100 Startup / Chris Guillebeau
Rainbow Man / MJ Engh
Steal Like an Artist / Austin Kleon
Animal Academy Vol. 6 / Moyamu Fujino
Miles Errant (reread) / Lois McMaster Bujold

--- Well, there's one book I forgot to mark down! Because I did read the latest Bujold. It would've been silly to reread them all and then stop! ----

But it looks like I was rating roughly half the things I read as 4 or 5 stars. Maybe I'm getting better at not bothering with the lower-rated books. Of course I say that, but I read all of that Ann Aguirre series.

Let me just wrap this up with things I watched. Just, in addition to keeping up with probably too many shows, particularly reality shows, here's what I watched once we got a good Internet connection:

* All of Eureka
* All of Warehouse 13 so I'm caught up for the final mini-season
* Up to somewhere in season 8 of Stargate SG-1
* Somewhere towards the beginning of season 1 of Stargate Atlantis

I'm trying to watch the Stargates in airdate order, so I'm flipping back and forth now.

New Sherlock tonight!

Things to Read Before Wiscon

Things I want to read before Wiscon:

Carmen Dog, by Carol Emshwiller
Steam-powered, edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft
The Secret Feminist Cabal, by Helen Merrick
Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor (I asked for this on librarything and 'won' an arc, but I never received it. So I don't think I own it yet...)
Half-Life, by Shelley Jackson
"Eros, Philia, Agape", by Rachel Swirsky

Man, that's a lot of reading, and I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff. I requested at least 2 of the Tiptree honor/long list books through ILL. They should come in this week.

On top of that, I need to read the following for Triple Take before Wiscon:
Turing book, Science of Doctor Who, A Spy in the House, Flowers for Algernon, The Einstein Intersection, and I am J.

I should also make a list of books to buy at Wiscon, so I don't end up buying books I already have and just haven't read yet. Or I could just buy books I haven't even heard of until Wiscon. That might be safer.

It'll be my first time doing Wiscon with a smartphone. I can have lists in my pocket! Er.. wait, I could always have lists in my pocket, couldn't I? Well, um.. yea.

If there's something else I should read before Wiscon, or buy at Wiscon, let me know in the comments!

Wiscon Homework!

So there's a bunch of books I really want to read before Wiscon. And it'll be March tomorrow. Eep. So here's my homework assignment between now and then.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin. I'm also reviewing this for Triple Take, so I should finish it soonish.

Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu. Also anything else by her, but I know I have this.. somewhere. As I bought it last Wiscon!

In the same vein, something by Mary Anne Mohanraj, though I'm not sure I have anything.

Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward. I think I bought this at my first Wiscon and I really, really need to read it.

The Wiscon Chronicles um.. whatever number the last one was. Just to get me in the mood.

The Secret Feminist Cabal by Helen Merrick. Because I suspect people will be talking about it. I need to get my hands on a copy first.

This year's Tiptree winner(s), once that's announced.

And then whatever reading I feel I should do for whatever panels I end up on, if any.

Any suggestions for which Mohanraj I should read? Or an additional Okorafor?

Anything else I should read so I won't feel clueless?

Gender-Based Reading Habits

The Telegraph has an article on survey results about men and women's reading habits. Apparently women are more likely to finish a book quickly.

More interestingly, apparently a lot of people are lying about what they've read to impress people, particularly the opposite sex. To which I say 'huh?'. If you want to have read a book to sound impressive, such as Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, why don't you just go ahead and read it already? (Note: I have not. I own it. I mean to read it. Bought it at Readercon last year.)

If the other person is going to be impressed by you saying you read a book, then why not impress them with a book you actually have read? Then you could at least talk about it without sounding like a doofus!

Also, apparently both sexes think the other sex is impressive if they've read Shakespeare. Yea, well, okay. Or it could just mean they graduated high school in an English-speaking country, y'know.

(ObLJ: I will be reading more of the comments left on my previous entry when I have a larger chunk of time to get into it. The early part of the week is always busy for me.)

Reading the Clarion Writers

I wish we knew which order the writers were going to be at Clarion. Is it the order they're listed on the site? Maybe. It would help me prioritize my reading if I knew for sure.

The writers are: Gregory Frost, Jeff VanderMeer, Karen Joy Fowler, Cory Doctorow, Ellen Kushner, and Delia Sherman.

I'm most read up on Doctorow, Kushner, and Sherman. I'm trying to get up to speed on everyone. There should be an anthology with short stories from all of them!

I'm reading what I can from the library and from what I already have on hand. I may stop at a bookstore to pick up a few more, but I don't want to be lugging a bunch of books to California. So my plan is to buy most of them there, and then perhaps ship them back here. Especially if I've somehow acquired waaaaay too many books. Which is not outside the realm of possibility.

So far the one book I'm pretty sure I'm bringing to California is The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction. Not so much because Cory Doctorow co-wrote it (though that helps!), as because it's a good reference.