|Season's greetings from a grumpy Robert.|
Somehow I managed to read 10 books in November... it must have been the new Kindle, because it definitely made me read more overall. 3 out of those 10 I read on e-reader.
* A Trick of the Light, Lois Metzger (3/5)
* Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde (3/5)
* The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt (4/5)
* The Turn of the Screw, Henry James (CC) (1/5)
* Escape from Camp 14, Blaine Harden (5/5)
* Roverandom, J.R.R. Tolkien (5/5)
* Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut's Story, Michael Collins (5/5)
* UFO in Her Eyes, Xiaolu Guo (4/5)
* Parasite, Mira Grant (3/5)
A quick look back to this Top Ten Tuesday, where I set 10 books that I want to read this autumn. The result is 6/10 and I am happy with it; I am just a bit disappointed I didn't read neither of the two, The Poisonwood Bible nor NW.
There are a few books I want to read/finish in December:
* the Classics Club Spin book Cranford;
* A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - what other time for this than December?
* I want to finish Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, at last;
* I want to finish Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief;
* I would like to start (and finish!) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
We'll see how it goes, there will probably be other books distracting me from those as well (I've had some serious non-fiction appetite lately). The two-month sci-fi reading event starts today as well, so I better put together an initial reading list for this.
I'm thinking of taking on a project for the month of December to tame the pile of To Be Reviewed books... The ratio between the books I read and the books I review is really getting out of control. Right now I've got *checking the notebook* 12 books to review, and a part of me wants to be done with all the 2013 books before the end of 2013, so if I review one book in two days, this should be doable. Some of these reviews will not be long, I am willing to give myself some maneuvering space there, because I know that taking on a task too demanding can end in a failure.
I am not sure what is wrong with me, but ever since we went to see Gravity in movie theater earlier this month, I've been loving all things space-y (my Kindle is full of samples of non-fiction on space exploration...) Especially when it comes to watching something, it's been impossible to steer away from the space drama. I don't remember when we started watching Babylon 5 - I think it might have been this month, and we are already in Season 3. Yeah....... We also saw Space Cowboys, which wasn't anything life-changing, but it was entertaining in several ways. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was such a disappointment. Given that it has one of the highest scores out of all the HP movies on IMDB, I am not sure what went wrong. The story in the film felt completely disjointed, at least coming from having read the book fairly recently. I enjoyed the first two movies, but this one just made me fall asleep over and over again.
I wish everyone a happy holiday month. I am sorting my Christmas decorations today and maybe we will put up the star on the window - it would already be done if there was a spare light bulb in the household.