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I'm really bummed I haven't read more this year! It's a little depressing. So now I'm making an extra effort to catch up.

I've read:

Apr. 19th, 2011 08:56 am
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1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, and Skottie Young: I've read the original several times before, but never in graphic novel format. I got the first issue for free and was hooked. The art is cute but not too sickly sweet. It's a faithful retelling.

2. Fables Vol. 14: Witches by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham: The fables are trying to move on after the huge war they just fought, but they have found a new advesary in Mr. Dark. The witches, who were headed by Frau Totenkinder, are now faced with a power struggle.

3. Ex Machina Vol. 10: Term Limits by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris: The end of Ex Machina, it wraps up all the loose ends, and blows my mind.

4. Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2: a DIY resource to zines and zine culture by Alex Wrekk: A cool little guide to get your started with zines. I thought it was very informative.

5. Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham: Rose Red finally gets out of her funk and realizes what a complete ass she has been for the last couple hundred years. There is a battle with Mr. Dark, but I don't want to give it all away.
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I read 81 books last year. It's twice as many books as I read in '09! Yay! I'm already starting a new book for '11.

books!

Dec. 16th, 2010 04:10 pm
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78. Sock Innovation: Knitting Techniques & Patterns for One-of-a-Kind Socks by Cookie A: I love Cookie's intricate designs. I almost always do twisted ribbing after I knit the monkey socks because I love the look so much. There is a lot of design theory, which was super cool.

79. 2-at-a-time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes: I needed a little refresher on 2 at a time. I was also looking for a pattern for some socks for my brother. There were a couple patterns I earmarked.

80. The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone: It's interesting, informative, and a little preachy. Well, I find most vegan books to be a little preachy. Yes, I get it animal products suck, that's why I'm reading this book. But overall, I liked it and the recipes look good. I put this on my xmas list.

81. The Modern Girl's Guide to Sticky Situations by Jane Buckingham: It's little snippets in a Q and A fashion. It's funny and fluffy informative.

books

Nov. 16th, 2010 12:00 pm
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72. Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd: Good intro to knitting socks. I checked it out because I was looking for more patterns.

73. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich: Another Stephanie Plum adventure. Her cousin Vinnie gets kidnapped because of a gambling debt and she and the girls have to rescue him. I like how Evanovich inserts modern technology and pop culture into her books so they remain relevant.

I am so on a Susan Elizabeth Phillips kick right now. I read her books in college and really liked the Chicago Stars series.

74. Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: I like SEP's writing style. It's a little different from the typical romance genre or at least better written. It's about a Dr. Jane Darlington who wants to have a baby, but with a "stupid" person so her baby won't be a super genius freak like her. She goes after the quarterback of the local famous football team, not knowing he's not as dumb as she thinks.

75. What I Did For Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: It seems like this was loosely based on Jennifer Aniston/Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie mixed with other celebrity stories. America's sweetheart marries her bad boy co-star in a drunken stupor. Her golden boy ex-husband is now with a hollywood bad girl/do gooder. At first it was about publicity, but then they fall in love. (of course)

76. Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: A cute story about a nerdy old virgin and the hunky wide receiver that falls in love with her.

77. It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: The prodigal daughter of a football team owner returns after her father's death. She inherits the Chicago Stars and her teenage half sister, with conditions. She clashes with the head coach and they call in love.

Do you see a theme here?

books!

Oct. 9th, 2010 05:50 pm
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What can I say, I'm on a zombie kick.

66. The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks: I love how committed Brooks is to the belief that zombies are real and has "science" to back it up. It was actually quite informative in case of any Armageddon situation.

67. The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks and Ibraim Roberson: Graphic novel about historical zombie attacks. Pretty interesting.

68. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: Thanks for recommending this [livejournal.com profile] brdgt! A boy and his dog live in a space colony/old west (think Firefly) where every man can hear every other man's thoughts. There's aliens and war that parallel current events.

69. The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness: The continuing saga of Todd and Viola. It gets good!

70. Brian Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide by Brian Peterson: Another good intro photography book. I've read so much photography stuff though, but it would be good for someone that's just starting out.

71. The Digital Photography Book 3 by Scott Kelby: There's a lot of hype about the Digital Photography series but I wasn't really into it. There's one tip per page, so it's quick and to the point. There was a lot of focus on commercial photography.

books!

Sep. 15th, 2010 07:09 pm
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62. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: Satisfying ending to a great series. There were so many twists that you just didn't know how it was going to end. It tied everything up, without being way too twee like Harry Potter.

63. Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story by Frederik Peeters: A man is smitten with a woman he meets at a party. Three years pass, they meet again and fall in love, but she and her 3 year old son are HIV+. This is their love story.

64. Maus: A Survior's Tale vol. 1: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman: Pulitzer prize winning graphic novel about Vladek Spiegelman's experiences in WWII as a Polish Jew. It's really interesting because of the way the narrative unfolds. Art is shown in the present interviewing his father and then it switches to a flashback. Of course, it's SO sad. The sadness of the war, Vladek's deteriorating health, and shitty relationship with his son make this story so heartbreaking.

65. Maus: A Survior's Tale vol. 2: And Here My Troubles Begin by Art Spiegelman: Vladek Spiegelman's time in Auschwitz and how he survives. Also, his death and how his son copes with it. It touches on the despairing guilt that children of Holocaust survivors feel because their lives were so "easy" compared to their parents. It's so hard to reconcile loving a parent, but not really liking them.

books!

Sep. 7th, 2010 12:17 pm
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57. World War Z by Max Brooks: wow, this has been on my reading list for a while. I really liked the structure of interviews. He has a great range of voices.

58. Ex Machina, Vol. 6: Power Down by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, et al: The power goes out all over NYC and there is a mysterious visitor.

59. Ex Machina, Vol. 7: Ex Cathedra by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, et al: Mitchell Hundred meets the Pope.

60. Ex Machina, Vol. 8: Dirty Tricks by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, et al: A scantily clad masked protester tries to fight the man (aka the GOP). Mitchell goes up against the KKK.

61. Ex Machina, Vol. 9: Ring Out the Old by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, et al: Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris make an appearance as comic guys interviewing for a chance to write The Great Machine's bio. There's a eco-terrorist and another mysterious visitor that delves into what started it all.

books!

Sep. 1st, 2010 12:10 pm
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52. A War of Gifts: An Ender Story by Orson Scott Card: It's Christmas time in battle school. It's mostly about religious tolerance. I read Ender's Game and really liked it, but in subsequent books Card is so super religious and preachy that it becomes a bit irritating.

53. Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast: 250 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Any Time of Day by Everyday Food/Martha Stewart Kitchens: Another great Everyday Food cookbook. It's organized a little differently this time, by meal category, not by season. But I really liked it. These and Nigella's cookbooks are the ones that I use the most.

54. The Gates by John Connolly: I liked this book as well as Connolly's other non-mystery/thriller The Book of Lost Things. It's really funny, well as funny as a book about the Armageddon could be. It's in the same genre as Good Omens.

55. How to Read a French Fry: and Other Stories of Intriguing Kitchen Science by Russ Parsons: The author is my old middle/high school best friend's dad. He's a really interesting guy and is the food editor for the LA Times (and has a James Beard award). It's part cookbook and light science.

56. The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids: The Secrets Behind What You Eat by Michael Pollen: Since it was "For Kids" I thought I would get it for my nieces. Apprently it's more for teens, because instead of 464 pages, it's 352. But it's a much easier/faster read with pictures and graphs, so good for a lazy adult too.
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47. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: wow, this was one of best YA books I read in a long time. A future dystopia where the 12 colonies must offer a tribute of one boy and one girl who all fight to the death. The winner's district gets awarded food for a year.

48. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: Book 2 of the series, a little weaker than the first book, but still really good.

49. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich: Stephanie Plum's latest hijinks involving a fading rockstar, 9 million dollars, and a kidnapping. Bonus points for Lula and Tank's "engagement".

50. Finger-Licking Fifteen by Janet Evanovich: Morelli and Steph are off again, waah. This one is about a famous TV chef who gets killed and the station offers a reward. There's a security breakdown in the Rangeman offices.

51. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O'Malley: The juxtaposition of the typical manga style and the Canadian setting is really interesting. Imagine Batman, Super Mario, and a hipster had a baby . . . I don't know if Michael Cera is going to be spot on in this role or throughly terrible.
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42. The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker: I've read this before but I wanted to read it again since my friend has an insane stalker. It's something that I think everyone should read once.

43. Weddings Can Be Murder by Christie Craig: My friend gave this to me at my bachelorette party and I've been married for 2 years! D'oh. It's actually hilariously awesome.

44.How to Expand Love: Widening the Circle of Loving Relationships by His Holiness the Dalai Lama: This was a book I really needed to read at this point in my life. It's about showing compassion and love to people even in hard situations.

45. America's Test Kitchen: Cooking for Two by America's Test Kitchen: I liked this because I don't have to break down huge recipes for just the two of us. I usually don't mind leftovers.

46. The Bountiful Container by Rose Marie Nichols McGee and Maggie Stuckey: Most recommended container gardening book. I thought it was okay, there were a lot of good tips and recipes.

Reading!

May. 25th, 2010 12:00 pm
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36. Ex Machina, Vol. 4: March to War by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris: What happens in NYC during a protest against the war in Iraq.

37. Ex Machina, Vol. 5: Smoke, Smoke by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris: What happens when people start thinking about decriminalizing marijuana, and start getting real.

38. Deathnote vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata: My friend recommended this to me and I ended up liking it. It's about a teenager that finds a "death book" misplaced by a death god. If you write someone's name in the book, they will die. He becomes an avenger. I'll probably pick up a few more volumes.

39. : Making a change for good : a guide to compassionate self-discipline by Cheri Huber: I've had this book for a while but it was never the right time to read it. I finally cracked it open, read it in an hour and now I'm going to start the 30 day meditation. It's about self-discipline through awareness, not through berating yourself constantly.

40. The Heiress by Jude Deveraux: I love Jude Deveraux. She is my literary junk food. This is one of my favorites. An heiress is to be delivered to her betrothed and trades places with her cousin during the journey. Everyone is in love with her spunk, except the guy that she likes. Hilarity ensues.

41.The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young: Marvel came out with a graphic version of TWWOO. It was a $1 teaser first issue. It was really cute, so I'm thinking about picking up some of the graphic novels.

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May. 3rd, 2010 03:02 pm
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32. Sex and the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown: Ahh, Cosmo. I used to LOVE Cosmo during the HGB days. My cousins let me read their issues when I was in elementary school, probably not the best idea since I was constantly asking them inappropriate questions. I had a copy of this in high school, but lost it. I found this original print from the '60s at a used book store. I frigging love this book just for the hilarity. Some of it is insightful but other things like the 3 egg, 1 steak, and 1 bottle of wine "cleanse" is nuts.

33. Our Bodies Ourselves For The New Century by Boston Women's Health Book Collective: I have the 1998 edition. I got this in college when a professor recommended it. It pretty much has everything that you need to know about your body.

34. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith: Made only slightly better with the inclusion of zombies.

35. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure: WHOA. My mother in law recommended this book. She did call it smut, but that is an understatement.

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Mar. 29th, 2010 10:15 pm
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13 - 24. Fables Vol. 1-12 by Bill Willingham, et all.: I just wanted to reread them all before I read the newest graphic novel.

25. Jack of Fables Vol. 6: The Big Book of War by Bill Willingham, Sturges, Akins, Braun, Marzan Jr., and Green: Jack's battle with the literals.

26. Fables Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, and Mark Buckingham: Jack comes back to the Farm and the whole gang is together for the final battle with the literals.

27. Ex Machina: vol. 2 by Brian K Vaughan, Tony Harris, Tom Feister, and JD Mettler: more back story, gay marriage, and assassination attempt.

28. Ex Machina: vol. 3 by Brian K Vaughan, Tony Harris, Tom Feister, and JD Mettler: What happens when the mayor has jury duty.

29. Emily the Strange: Lost, Dark, & Bored, vol. 1 by Rob Reger, Jessica Gruner, Brian Brooks, Kitty Remington, Buzz Parker: Rand picked this up for me when I sprained my ankle to cheer me up. Totally random collection of comics. It's cute and funny.

30. You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail: I read this ages ago, but since I'm starting my garden so I needed a refresher. It's a really good beginning gardening book.

31.Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail: I really liked this book because it's about growing food in small spaces and containers without being too hokey or too complicated for me.

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Mar. 16th, 2010 05:00 pm
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6. Eon by Alison Goodman: Another girl disguising herself as a eunuch to become a warrior and tries to live in a man's world. It was okay, I just hated the fact that she was so self loathing. Everything was about how she hated being a woman and being crippled (because in their society it was a sign of being cursed/evil). She even starts taking testosterone and steroids and gets 'Roid rage.

7. Eat: Los Angeles 2010 Editor: Colleen Dunn Bates: I looked at an older copy at [livejournal.com profile] jangrl's house one day, and I thought it was such a great resource! There are so many awesome restaurants and shopss I've already tried out. I picked it up on clearance at a Borders Express going out of business sale.

8. The Bride of the Water God: vol. 1 by Mi-Kyung Yun: An interesting play on the old sacrificing a maiden to a river god for rain. It was funny/cute, but probably not going to pick up another volume.

9. Ex Machina: vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan, Tony Harris, Tom Feister, and JD Mettler: Wow, this totally reminded me again why I love Brian K. Vaughan. Superhero, politics, and an alternate future all in one. Loved it! It's about a superhero turned politian, Mitchell Hundred. This volume is about the Mayor's first 100 days.

10. The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service: vol. 1 by Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki: Psychic Scooby-Doo gang that transports dead people to their final resting place and grants their dying wish (usually avenge my murder type things).

11. Gunslinger Girl vol. 1 by Yu Aida: A cross between La Femme Nikita and RoboCop. To be honest, I found it creepy. Young dying or maimed girls are given a new life with cybernetic bodies, but they work for a mercenary company. They drug the girls into submission and give them older male handlers. Too Stockholm-ish for me.

12. Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories: vol. 1 by Warren Ellis, John Cassady, and Laura Depuy: Planetary is a group of "mystery archaeologists". Interesting, but along the same premise of B.P.R.D., which I like better.
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1. The Magicians by Lev Grossman: It's sort of like Harry Potter went to college and then did graduate studies in Narnia. Actually, this book was pretty good, dry humor, sarcastic, fantastical elements but realistic.

2. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang: 3 stories woven together; Monkey King, a Chinese guy that wants to be white, and a white guy that is embarrassed about his fob (fresh off the boat) Chinese cousin.

3. Tales From Wonderland: vol. 1 by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Raven Gregory: Zenoscope's idea of Wonderland. Remind me to never pick one of these up again.

4. Cook This, Not That! by David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding: Small 6.5 x 6.5" book. It's packed with tons of recipes each with a full page picture. A lot of them are makeovers of popular restaurant dishes but there is also ingredient subs. There's nutritional information for every recipe. I think the best part is that unlike other "diet" or "healthy" cookbooks, they focus on real food and real ingredients. You aren't going see a recipe for making fettucini with fake noodles and non-dairy creamer but rather 2% milk and whole wheat pasta.

5. Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide by J.P. McEvoy and Oscar Zarate: A graphic guide that was so dense, I like to think I understood at least half of it. It was a very thorough theoretical and historical coverage of quantum theory. I have one more quantum theory book to read this year.
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40. Lust Killer by Ann Rule: A true crime novel that's set in 1960's Marion County. I was born there in Salem. Super creepy since it's 1. real and 2. I know where these places are. It's about Jerry Brudos, a serial killer that people still talk about.

41. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card: A really interesting SF book about childhood, child psychology, and government propaganda. Very well written.

42. David Busch's Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David Busch: An expanded version of the info booklet that comes with your camera. It has some good tips on DSLR photography too.

43. Push by Sapphire: The book that inspired the movie Precious. It's fiction that was inspired by several of Sapphire's former students. It's sad, gut wrenching, but still hopeful.

I hope I read more in '10, but I think I got a lot in last year.
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35. Above Top Secret by Jim Marrs: 1/2 interesting conspiracy theories, 1/2 insanely laughable. The parts on Roswell and JFK were good, but the parts on fake moon landing and some others not so much. Rand picked it up when we were in SF to read on the plane, so I read it on the way back.

36. 13 Clocks by James Thurber: Not exactly cute, but interesting non-fairy tale fairy tale. I really liked it and it works for adults and children.

37. Fables: The Dark Ages, vol. 12 by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Peter Gross, Andrew Pepoy, Michael Allred, and David Hahn: You really can't go wrong with Fables.

38. Wonder Woman: Who is Wonder Woman? by Allan Heinberg, Terry Dodson, and Rachel Dodson: I thought this volume was actually pretty good. Interesting way that Wonder Woman wrestled with her different identities.

39. Wonder Woman: Love and Murder by Jodi Picoult, Terry Dodson, Drew Johnson, and Paco Diaz: This was awful and cliche. Too much romantic interludes, forced action, and disregard for canon.

books

Sep. 28th, 2009 02:45 pm
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I just finished reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. It's about the Greek gods and their half mortal children battling to keep Olympus from being taken over by the Titans. It's really interesting because I like mythology. You know how Harry Potter is written about a teenager, by an adult. Percy Jackson sounds like it was written by an 11-16 year old. Interesting, but definitely a young adult read.

30. The Lightning Thief
31. The Sea of Monsters
32. Titan's Curse
33. The Battle of the Labyrinth
34. The Last Olympian

books

Sep. 10th, 2009 02:37 pm
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26. Introducing Foucault: Graphic Guide, 4th Edition by Christopher Horrocks: I got this in DC. It wasn't really my cup of tea. The author didn't seem to like Foucault at all and was a little homophobic.

27. Craft Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco: A good book on business tactics. Good interviews from actual business owners. This would be great in conjunction with The Boss of You.

28. Early Childhood Development: 6th Edition by Laura E. Berk: I borrowed this from Bee. 500+ pages from birth through elementary school. I liked it, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone that wasn't into ECD or getting their masters.

29. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: HILARIOUS! I have to read more Gainman. It was everything I wanted in a comedy about the Apocalypse.

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