spindizzy: She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. (Book turned brain)
Okay, guys, help. I'm trying to pick out my reading goal for next year, and it's proving DIFFICULT.

  • According to GoodReads, I read 178 books this year (actual number may fluctuate because not everything I read is GoodReads), which is a bit higher than my goal of 150?

  • (I hit 150 in August, and then pretty much aggressively slacked off for the rest of the year because I was so behind on Eight Book Minimum. TAKE NOTES AS YOU READ, KIDS, BE BETTER THAN YOUR DISREPUTABLE AUNTIE SUSAN.)

  • If I am committing to Eight Book Minimum again, which was fun when it wasn't a bin fire of me being bad at regular posts and was a good way to cover books that I wasn't going to talk about in depth ever, that translates to... Okay, basic maths says it's about 208? Round it to 210 because I dislike unrounded numbers. That would be a CHALLENGE, but it would probably be doable?
    • Q: Oh my god Susan ARE YOU HIGH

    • ... I might be high, that still sounds like a lot of books

  • Part of my problem is that I wanted to up my challenge rating by having at least a third of what I read be prose for a change. No restrictions on fiction or non-fiction, just... Definitely has to be prose. That's not a terrible goal, right?

  • (Q: Susan, how do you think you're going to manage this?
    A: I have all of Pluto to read on New Year's Day, and I'm going to reread literally all of the Skip Beat omnibi before I read the one that comes out in January. That's twenty books right there. ... Also I need to read all of my library books that I've been ignoring, oops. That's like forty prose books right there, so.)

  • So, my options: I could keep the same overall goal (150), and count the level-up as having more prose? I could just go for 210 books and let anarchy reign? I could go for 210 and make 70 of them prose? I take one and have the other as a stretch goal? I DON'T KNOW.
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I'm over at [community profile] ladybusiness talking about What I've Been Reading, by which I mean cackling about terrible filth and failing out of my improving reading.
spindizzy: She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. (Book turned brain)
It is the time of year where my book-social-group are like "READING GOALS FOR THE YEAR: DO YOU HAVE THEM?!" and apparently I do? Maybe?

4 / 150 (2.67%)

I plan to read 150 books. I THINK I managed it this year, but considering that I a) didn't track all of my books properly, and b) haven't done a tally since I hit 130 in like October, I'm genuinely not sure. I don't want to check in case I'm wrong! Much manga, such long-running series, wow. But yes! 150 books seems like a reasonable number to me. I have 167 books reserved at the library and a huge chunk of them at home that I've not got to yet, so as long as like a third of them show up at work, I should be fine?

4 / 100 (4.00%)

[personal profile] renay is doing a a reading goal/challenge where she tries to read 100 new-to-her female authors, and because I WOULD probably jump off a bridge if my friends did it too (see also: OPERATION WORDS OR DEATH) (Do not see OPERATION WORDS OR DEATH you will judge me and I'll deserve it), I'm getting in on this! In my brain I read a lot of female authors, but that's because I read a lot of long-running manga series. My prose reading kinda took a nosedive once I didn't have a three-hour round trip to work every day, but I'm hoping that this will help me get back into the groove of it.

AS PART OF THIS: my grand master plan involves reading as much queer lit as I can. I'm really fortunate in that the library I work for not only has a pretty decent LGBT selection, but I found the tag for it in the library catalogue! ... Hence the 167 reservations. Between that and my personal collection, I have a pretty decent amount of lesbian crime novels/romance/SFF, and my generic goal is to read as much of it as humanly possible. (Sub goal: talk about it! No point in knowing what's out there if you don't share the knowledge right?)

"IT'LL BE NICE IF I HAVE TIME" GOAL: Either finish or formally give up on all of those series that I keep saying that I'm TOTALLY gonna catch up on, I swear, any time now! Like, A Song of Ice and Fire, Ancillary Justice, any number of manga series... I need to finish them or declare spoiler amnesty.

I'm currently planning to talk about some of what I read over at [community profile] ladybusiness once I work out a schedule/good name for it, but I can link back over here if anyone wants to know what I'm up to? I'm still not sure I want to use Good Reads any more, especially when it's easier for me to track this stuff on paper. What're y'all doing for tracking books? Anyone else doing ridiculous reading goals?
spindizzy: A My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic style portrait of me. (Lady Business)
I'm over here having feelings about Library Wars volume one and Iku Kasahara as a flawed human being if you're into that sort of thing.

(Was this terrifying? ABSOLUTELY. Everything else will hopefully be less terrifying after this. Especially because I've got a fortnight coming up when I'm scheduled to work 9-5 or 9-7 five and six days a week and will not have TIME for terror.)
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Oh sweet mother of god, how long has it been since I did one of these - February? Maybe? It's a long time, certainly. So, I'm going to try to work my way backwards and forwards and cover more of what I've read this year.

(I'm not sure whether I've read more or less than I' expect - I know I've read A Number Of Things, but unless I look at my list of what I've read, I can't judge rough figures.)

Also, I'm kinda alarmed that I have changed my reading habits to incorporate more non-fiction and regency romances (I KNOW, WHAT THE FUCK), cut off all my hair, got a new job, am planning a wardrobe change, desperately want to buy this one specific house that is out of my price range... Guys, am I having a midlife crisis? Is that what's going on here?

Currently reading
  1. From Eroica With Love volume 3 by Yasuko Aoike. Thing that I forgot: how much everyone involved is an awful person! And how much of my "ehhhh" about this series is based ENTIRELY on James-the-creepy-accountant's existence. But the parts of it that are "The Major teams up with Eroica" or "The Major and Eroica are good at their jobs and also threatening to murder each other" or "I just reported you to the authorities, have fun! <3" are what I'm here for. I swear the balance tips in my favour at SOME point in this series, I just don't know when! (Also I found out that I AM hella behind, in that Emperor Waltz is like volume 17 and Japan is up to volume 39. *agonised face*

  2. The Epic of Gilgamesh. Oh god I'm still stuck in the introduction, this is so embarrassing. But on the other hand, this is making me miss my degree something absolutely SHOCKING. I WANT TO GO BACK AND LEARN MORE ANCIENT HISTORY. *sulks*

    (Q: Susan, are you just reading this to make writing Fate/Zero fic easier?
    A: ... DON'T LOOK AT ME.)

  3. To Write Like A Woman by Joanna Russ. I really like this essay collection! Some of it I need to sit down and ponder or don't have the knowledge to understand, and some of it is older than I am - but oh, I love it. I need to sit down and unpack some of the specific essays, especially "What can a heroine do? or Why Women Can't Write" because a) that explains the structure of The Female Man completely, and b) it is actually a reasonably good description of the structure of fanfic? I will see if I can post quotes tomorrow, as I don't think I'm going to be in a pub.

  4. Curiosity Shop by Teresa Valero and Montse Martin. I've been really intrigued by this series for a while, but [twitter.com profile] lionschmion has just started posting scanlations of it and it's really good? It's a French comic book series that appears to involve adventurous thieving, politicking, and backstabbing across pre-WWI Spain? It has a female lead in the Indiana Jones role and she is a badass trying to track down her father after his supposed death? Everyone is a somewhat terrible person, and Max (the protagonist) and her opposite number appear to have the weird "Are we going to kill each other or fuck or both?" dynamic that most adventure-y stories that is standard for these things? MAYBE I SHIP IT I'm still deciding though.

Manga/Graphic Novels/Comics
Are You My Mother?, Gangsta volume 6, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service volume 14. )

To Taste Temptation, Dangerous in Diamons, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. )
spindizzy: I feel like I spent the whole day fighting guys in rubber suits! D: (I feel like I've fought fake aliens)
THIS POST HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY DRAFT WINDOW FOR LIKE THREE WEEKS OH GOD WHY. I've just added all of the things I read in January to wrap it all up. Please ignore the fact that it's nearly the END of February, this post has been cockblocking me on posting anything else. It was originally written/due to be posted on the 14th of February.

I read a lot of manga in the staffroom at work, because it's something short and quick that I can finish on my lunchbreak and not spend the rest of my shift distracted because I want to be back finishing that novel. Last Friday, one of the ladies at work saw me reading The Mad Scientist's Daughter and sounded very surprised when she said "Oh, you're reading a book without pictures today!"


(Don't let that fool you, I have read a lot of picture books and not a lot else.)

So many picture books behind the cut. )
spindizzy: She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. (Book turned brain)
This week I have been BAD AT READING owing to finding my copy of Theatrhythm: Curtain Call, which periodically eats my life! (It's SO MUCH FUN, guys. If you like Final Fantasy music, this game has ALL OF IT! Also I have the unbeatable team of Tifa, Lightning, Garnet and Vanille. I cannot express how much I enjoy imagining them all sitting around in a bar/café in between quests.)

Books! )
spindizzy: She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. (Book turned brain)
So, as you may have seen on twitter, I read a LOT OF SHIT this week! Like, "Oops, maxed out my library card and kept going oh god" levels of Reading A Lot Of Shit. Jesus. As people have asked, here is a quick update on what I've read!

(I don't guarantee that I'm going to do this every week, but considering HOW MUCH STUFF I HAVE PUT IN MY EYES, this'll do!)

Books! )

(By my reckoning, that's nineteen books and one comic? I could be wrong though.)


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