Thursday, January 31, 2008

Things that make you go "Hum..."

I realized how odd I am last night (yeah, yeah, yeah, it's not surprise to you. SHUSH!)

I keep a book list. Not to track my reading per say, it's more to keep a list of the books I've read so that I don't rebuy them. I have a tendency to do that, and it’s irritating when the book wasn't that great to begin with.

Plus, I have a rating system so that I know if I've enjoyed that particular author. When I see a book I'm interested in buying I check to see if that author has disappointed me in the past. It's also interesting (but not surprising) to note that certain lines of books please me more than others and they tend to score similarly if coming for the same publishing house/line.

This last month has been a slow reading month for me. I've been pretty busy. There was quite a bit of time this month that I didn't pick up a book (or read it on my Palm as the case may be - I'm super into ebooks). So I was shocked when I realized I'd read 15 books last month. Wow, I thought I'd read half that. LOL.

The highlight this month was the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron kissed) - they were awesome. When I finished the first one I found myself downloading the second at midnight and continued reading until five am. I never do that. I ended up reading all three in less than two days. In the end I was exhausted but, man, was it worth it! Briggs has made it to my auto buy list. I'm making a point to check out her earlier work.

Today I'm cracking down on the hot mess that is my current manuscript. Somewhere, somehow, I got off-track with it. I printed up the sixtyish pages I have and I'm working through them with a pen... making notes... cleaning up... slashing... rewriting. It's going pretty good. Except, of course, I'm only on page EIGHT, so what do I know at this point? I need to finish this book by the end of the month. It's time to move on.

6 comments:

  1. Ever visit goodreads.com? It makes it easy for you to track your books and rate them all. I love it.

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  2. Holy cow- you are wonder woman. I haven't finished a book since Harry Potter and I'm considered the "reader" in this family...
    I think I'm just not finding books that keep my interest. At this point though, that's probably a good thing (or I'd forget that I have children and they need to be fed.) But I know who to look to if I ever want to find a good one!

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  3. I haven’t tried goodreads.com. My sister uses it (I think – if not that one, it’s a website like it). I want to do something like that, but the reason I keep an excel spreadsheet is so that I can access it while I’m in the store. It’s on my Palm, so I just pull it out and check it. << That makes me sound crazier, right? LOL

    Sarah: Let me know… I’ll recommend several. You’ll like the three I listed on this post. They are fab.

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  4. I love books! I buy way too many of them!

    See, if you just write your own, you won't have to buy any....just keep writing and reading what you write!

    Um....ok, maybe not. I think I drank too much coffee today.

    Off to Barnes & Noble!

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  5. Well I keep a list of what I read but only the good ones. This is why I have deja view alot lol Ive read this the beginning sounds familiar and it wasn't good the last time lol. I should adopt your system

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  6. hmmm that sounds good, your reading always amazes me!
    Godspeed on your manuscript!

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