Sunday, April 13

First Quarter Wrap Up

Okay, so the first quarter of the year hasn't been the best for me. From busy February at work, a computer dying in January, having to buy a new one and attempt to transfer data over, and lets just say, of the 950 books I have catalogued into my book catalogue collector, most didn't transfer over properly or at all. Then some did, but didn't. It's confusing, but I've slowly started getting everything back. Then there was a horrible cold, which left me, asleep for three days. Kids events which took up my weekend, but were well that event was well worth missing reading time, proud almost step-mommy here!

I've been working on the committee for Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention (Ad Astra), which is happening as I write this (well the same weekend, I'm up bright and earlier trying to catch up on things before I head to the fun), but likely not when I post. (Nope, it's the weekend after, cus no sleep, event attending/working = no blog posting)

Then, most recently, a shocking event, which has left me, well words are hard to come by to describe how I feel, but I needed some time to de-compress. Needless to say, a combination of good, bad and horrible things have happened these past three months, which has left reading and reviewing and all things bookish, in the sidelines. I'm not concerned about challenges, if I don't finish certain ones I'm fine with that. Goals right now are looking fine. Will I reach 140 books total read the year? Hard to say, but I think all other personal goals will be met. Perhaps not the finishing the Wheel of Time series from start to finish, but maybe most of it.

The Books

My three month book mark, is looking a lot more like my 1.5 month status, but at least I had some great reads so far, and some, er, not so great ones. The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories, The Colour of Space are at the top of the list for best reads of the first quarter of the year. What Becomes is also well worth mentioning. Among the bottom, The Orenda and The Unfinished Child and Accusation.

The Perils of Morning Coffee - Alexander McColl Smith - 6.5/10
Cataract City - Craig Davidson - 6.75/10
What Becomes - A. L. Kennedy - 8.5/10
The Unfinished Child - Theresa Shea - 5/10
Tiger - Tash Aw - Ebook 18 (Not Reviewed)
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood - 9.5/10
As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories - Alistair MacLeod - 9/10
Naked Heat - Richard Castle - 8/10
Revolt - Qaisra Shahraz - 6/10
Cockroach - Rawi Hage - 7/10
Before I go to Sleep - S. J. Watson - 7.25/10
Lilac Bus - Maeve Binchy - 7.75/10
The Colour Out of Space - H. P. Love Craft - 9/10
Good Morning, Midnight - Jean Rhys - 7.5/10
Tide Road - Valerie Campton - 7/10
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood - 10/10 (Re-read)
The Last of the Crazy People - Timothy Findley - 8/10
Accusation - Catherine Bush - 6/10
The Orenda - Joseph Boyden - 4/10

The Challenges

Since with everything that has happened and the fact I just haven't had as much reading time as I'd like, I'm happy where I stand with the challenges. I'm "behind" according to my goodreads widget, but what does it know? It's a widget! Once I get back up to my normal reading pace, I should catch up to where I want to be - well be reading the awesome books I want to be. As usual, I'm ignoring my series challenge, it doesn't help now I need to re-read the first book in the once series, but it was a good book, so I'm not too upset by it. But I want to read another book by the author, and it's calling to me..... and I'm off track. I'm fine where I stand with the challenges, because once I'm actively reading again, they will be back on track - this year was easy riding challenges, so as long as I read, I can finish them.

1) 100 Books in 2014 - 18/100 Books - 18%
2) 2014 Category Challenge - 18/140 Books - 13%
3) 2014 GoodReads Reading Challenge - 19/140 books - 14%
4) 50 Book Pledge - 19/100 books - 19%
5) 7th Annual Canada Book Challenge - 50/13 books
6) Alphabet Reading Challenge - 8/26 books - 30%
7) Chunkster Reading Challenge - 2/5 books - 40%
8) EBook Reading Challenge - 11/50 books - 22%
9) Finish That Series Challenge - 0/3 Series, 0/9 books - 0%
10) Mental Illness Reading Challenge - 2/8 books - 25%
11) Mount TBR Challenge - 12/60 books - 20%
12) New Author Challenge - 10/25 books - 40%
13) Read Scotland Reading Challenge - 2/6 books - 33%
14) War Reading Challenge - With a Twist - 0/6 books - 0%

Countries Visited 

These past three months I visited: Canada, USA, England, Ireland, France, Scotland and Pakistan on my reading adventures.

Books That Followed Me Home

A lot, between left over christmas gift cards, birthday gifts and my general need to uh, allow books to come home with me, there was a lot. There might be more, but since my beloved computer died, and then all my books on my book cataloguing software went away. Then almost didn't come back, then half sorta did but not really, as it came back but not right, and not sure what exactly happened there, except I didn't have to manually re-catalogue 950 books...... In the end, books had to be re-entered and I'm still tracking down to make sure everything is in there. I think it is, but still missing a lot of data for book collection catalogue software. Morale of the story, back up your stuff. I usually do, but it had been a good 18 months since the last time I did it........ 18 months = lots of books and other important data. Also, my computer guy rocks. He is awesome!

1) Saturday's Child - A Cal Innes Novel by Ray Banks (EBook)
2) Echoes - Maeve Binchy (EBook)
3) Light a Penny Candle - Maeve Binchy (EBook)
4) Silver Wedding- Maeve Binchy (EBook)
5) A Week in Winter - Maeve Binchy (EBook)
6) Accusation - Catherine Bush (EBook)
7) Naked Heat - Richard Castle (EBook)
8) Heat Rises - Richard Castle (EBook)
9) Frozen Heat - Richard Castle (EBook)
10) Deadly Heat - Richard Castle (EBook)
11) Gardens of the Moon - Steven Erikson
12) From The Fifteenth District - Mavis Gallant (EBook)
13) Chronicles of a Death Foretold - Gabriel García Márquez
14) Cockroach - Rawi Hage (EBook)
15) Ragged Islands - Don Hannah (EBook)
16) From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris (EBook)
17) Dead and Gone - Charlaine Harris (EBook)
18) Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris (EBook)
19) Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris (EBook)
20) Deadlocked - Charlaine Harris (EBook)
21) Dead Ever After - Charlaine Harris (EBook)
22) A Memory of Light - Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson
23) The Colour Out of Space - H. P. Lovecraft (EBook)
24) Barometer Rising - Hugh MacLennan
25) The Way The Crow Flies - Anne Marie MacDonald (EBook)
26) The Member of the Wedding - Carson McCullers
27) Docherty - William McIlvanney (EBook)
28) Who Has Seen the Wind - W. O. Mitchell
29) Carried Away - Alice Munro
30) Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage - Alice Munro
31) Moons of Jupiter - Alice Munro
32) My Best Stories - Alice Munro
33) The Misunderstanding - Irène Némirovsky
34) The Death of Bees - Lisa O'Donnell
35) Coming Through Slaughter - Michael Ondaatje
36) The Invisible Bridge - Julie Orringer (EBook)
37) The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka
38) Black and Blue - Ian Rankin (EBook)
39) Good Morning, Midnight - Jean Rhys
39 The Voyage in the Dark - Jean Rhys
40) Matadora - Elizabeth Ruth (EBook)
41) Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer (EBook)
42) A Discovery of Strangers - Rudy Wiebe (EBook)
43) The Plum Tree - Ellen Marie Wiseman (EBook)