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What Are You Reading: October 22, 2012: 10/21/12

What Are You Reading?

Don't panic when you see the length of my lists. They represent three weeks of reading and blogging. Two weeks ago I had to take a break from this meme. Our one year old tuxedo cat had gone missing. It took us ten days to find her. Rather, it took her ten days to decide she was done doing whatever it was she was doing and come home. Thankfully she's had her shots and is spayed so we don't have any surprises to worry about! But as you can imagine I just wasn't in the mood to spend my time on a meme!

Another big edition to my list (and upcoming lists) are all the graphic novels I'm reading for the CYBILS. In previous years I've been a second round judge. This year, though, I'm a first round reader. I've read fifteen of sixty-six nominated graphic novels. I have a bunch more to pick up from my library. I will be busy!

When looking at my favorite book in the last three weeks, I won't be including CYBILS. In the interest of being impartial until we're all done reading and have made the short list, I will only look at NetGalley, library and PC books. My favorite book, therefore, was Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore. It has the goofiness of his earlier books but there's an underlying maturity I haven't seen before in his writing. The book includes some full color reproductions of artwork mentioned in the novel, but they're given some silly captions that are from the context of the novel.

This week I will finish How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale and How to Dine on Killer Wine by Penny Warner. I also want to read as many more CYBILS books as possible. For fun, I'll read Forget-her-nots by Amy Brecount White, Suite Scarlet by Marueen Johnson, Scored by Lauren McLaughlin, A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison and Kosher Nation by Sue Fishkoff.

What about you?

Finished:

  1. Babymouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm (CYBILS)
  2. Binky Takes Charge by Ashley Spires (CYBILS)
  3. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (CYBILS)
  4. Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII by Chester Nez (library book)
  5. Comfort & Joy by Jim Grimsley (library book)
  6. Crunch by Leslie Connor (library book)
  7. The Curse of the Pharaohs (audio) by Elizabeth Peters (library book)
  8. Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver (CYBILS)
  9. Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian by Michael Rex (CYBILS)
  10. The First Eagle (audio) by Tony Hillerman (library book)
  11. The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan by Maxwell Eaton (CYBILS)
  12. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks (CYBILS)
  13. Ghostland by Jory Strong (library book)
  14. Her Permanent Record by Jimmy Gownley (CYBILS)
  15. Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian (library book)
  16. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter (library book)
  17. If Books Could Kill by Kate Carlisle (library book)
  18. Jane Goes Batty by Michael Thomas Ford (library book)
  19. Marzi by Marzena Sowa (CYBILS)
  20. Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa by Shonto Begay (library book)
  21. Pandemonium by Chris Wooding (CYBILS)
  22. Play Ball by Nunzio DeFilippis (CYBILS)
  23. The Power of the Parasite by Jennifer L. Holm (CYBILS)
  24. Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George (review copy)
  25. Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky (library book)
  26. Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore (personal collection)
  27. Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd by John Bengtson (library book)
  28. The Sword Thief (audio) by Peter Lerangis (library book)
  29. Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap (CYBILS)
  30. The Trouble with Normal Michael Warner (library book)
  31. Twenties Girl (audio) by Sophie Kinsella (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (personal collection)
  2. Airborn (audio) by Kenneth Oppel (library book)
  3. The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver (personal collection)
  4. Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World by David L. Pike (review book)
  5. Drama by Raina Telgemeier (CYBILS)
  6. How to Dine on Killer Wine by Penny Warner (personal collection)
  7. How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale (library book)
  8. Ichiro by Ryan Inzana (CYBILS)
  9. Killer Pancake by Diane Mott Davidson (personal collection)
  10. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (personal collection)

Reviews Posted:

  1. Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming (review copy)
  2. Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani (personal collection)
  3. Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires (library book)
  4. The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer (library book)
  5. Castle of Shadows by Ellen Renner (review copy)
  6. Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones (library book)
  7. Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh (review copy)
  8. The Days of the King by Filip Florian (review copy)
  9. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems (personal collection)
  10. I Don't Want to Take a Bath! by Julie Sykes (personal collection)
  11. The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (audio) edited by John Joseph Adams (personal collection)
  12. Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (library book)
  13. Mary's Rainbow by Clementia (personal collection)
  14. Old Man's War by John Scalzi (personal collection)
  15. Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl (personal collection)
  16. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (personal collection)
  17. The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier (library book)
  18. Silverlicious by Victoria Kann (personal collection)
  19. A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine (library book)
  20. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (personal collection)
  21. The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau (review copy)



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Comment #1: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 06:19:30

Tanya Patrice

Wow you really rocked it out with the reading. So happy to hear your cat came back and all is well.



Comment #2: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:02:00

Pussreboots

If you take away the CYBILS, I read 18 books — or six books a week. I'm glad the cat came back too! It began to pour today; so I'm relieved to have her inside.



Comment #3: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 07:42:36

Myra from GatheringBooks

Oh wow, this is a long post indeed. And you've been reading soooo much too, congratulations! I know that the first round judges are currently hard at work right about now, I'm still biding my time, as I am a second-round judge for fiction picture book category. I figured that it wouldn't be as heavygoing as the full-length novels judges. I wish you luck indeed and funfunfun!



Comment #4: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:07:14

Pussreboots

We're working hard to narrow things down for the round two judges. I'm sure your fiction readers are doing the same thing! The most difficult thing about round one reading is squeezing all the books onto my library card. It's quite a juggling act, especially with the interlibrary loans. I only can do 15 at a time.



Comment #5: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 08:41:56

Laurel-Rain Snow

I enjoyed the two Sophie Kinsella books...and I'm curious about Killer Pancake. I've read some of her books, but not this one...yet.

Thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #6: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:15:24

Pussreboots

It's the 5th book in the Goldy Bear series and the first one where Goldy is married to Tom Schulz. I'm listening to the series on audio, all performed by Barbara Rosenblat. She makes them fun to listen to.



Comment #7: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 11:19:39

Aseel Naji

Wow, that's a lot of books! Many of them I haven't heard of but I hope you enjoy reading them! And I'm glad you got your cat back!



Comment #8: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:19:11

Pussreboots

I'm glad to have her back too. We all are. Many of the CYBILS I'm reading, I hadn't heard of either until I started reading them. That's part of the fun. The others are mostly books that have been on my wishlist for a year or so.



Comment #9: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:00:30

LORI/DOLLYCAS

We have a missing kitty too, Watson has been gone for 11 days and we are going crazy. My daughter has gone door to door with his picture and today is going down to the school to talk to the kids. Someone had to have picked him up and taken him in for him to be gone this long.

Congrats on the CYBILS honor!!!!



Comment #10: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:23:21

Pussreboots

The two tricks that worked for us were putting food out by the front door and putting her cat carrier by the door. Inside the carrier we had her toys and favorite blankets. Apparently cats find their way home by scent. Putting these things outside makes an extension of the cat's normal territory and gives them a safe spot to aim for. I also had email help from Missingpet.net. Once you submit your information, somone from you area will email you with suggestions on what to do during the search. Good luck!



Comment #11: Monday, October, 22, 2012 at 12:10:18

Nise'

I am glad your kitty came home! It is so frightening when they are missing.



Comment #12: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:28:21

Pussreboots

Yes, it certainly is. This week our first big rainstorm of the season hit. I'm glad she's not out in it.



Comment #13: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 16:24:01

Crystal @ I Totally Paused!

Soooo glad to hear your cat came home; I'm so sorry she went missing!

I have a theory that my cat is going to try and take over the world some day, so if he were to disappear for a few days, I would assume the plan had been put into action. Maybe yours is working with mine?



Comment #14: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 21:29:02

Pussreboots

Mine seems to be working on her ninja skills. She's very good at hiding and jumping out to attack from seemingly nowhere.



Comment #15: Monday, October, 22, 2012 at 17:40:37

The Literary Lioness

Wow! Just wow! You read so much! I love to read, too but I could never read that many books in such a short time! I'm so impressed.

I'm glad you found your cat, or rather that your cat found you :). Being owned by a cat is wonderful!



Comment #16: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 21:31:41

Pussreboots

Reading for the CYBILS and reading for fun are two very different activities. Being owned by cats is nice. Both my cats picked me — not the other way around. So when the youngest one went missing, it felt like she had decided to pack her bags and move on. Thankfully that wasn't the case. We all missed her.



Comment #17: Monday, October, 22, 2012 at 18:54:42

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

I'm glad your cat came home! 31 books is still pretty impressive for 3 weeks reading!

Wishing you a great reading week



Comment #18: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 21:35:25

Pussreboots

There's some speed reading involved in the CYBILS books. I'm reading them but I'm looking at them differently than I do for the pleasure reading.



Comment #19: Monday, October, 22, 2012 at 19:57:37

Teddyree

Glad your cat turned up, I know I would have been worried sick. Nice line up of books. Enjoy your week of reading :)



Comment #20: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 21:37:59

Pussreboots

We were all worried about the cat. It will be a busy week (weeks!) of reading between the books out from the library for fun and the remaining CYBILS books.



Comment #21: Monday, October, 22, 2012 at 20:04:22

Laura Fabiani

So glad you found your cat. Looks like you got a lot of reading done even though you weren't posting the MM meme. A Tale of Two Castles caught my eye. My daughter loves graphic novels and I have to visit the library more often.



Comment #22: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 21:40:00

Pussreboots

A Tale of Two Castles is very good but it's not a graphic novel. If your daughter likes fantasy, she'll probably still like it.



Comment #23: Monday, October, 22, 2012 at 20:23:12

Yvonne

So glad your kitty returned. Hope you have a great week.



Comment #24: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 21:42:03

Pussreboots

Me too. Thank you!



Comment #25: Monday, October, 22, 2012 at 20:50:18

Lindsey

How are you liking Packing for Mars? I've only read Roach's book Stiff, but I hear her other books are just as good.



Comment #26: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 21:33:05

Pussreboots

Packing for Mars is very much like Stiff, just with a different topic.



Comment #27: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 09:52:16

Jo

Woah. 3 weeks worth or not, you've still read and blogged quite a bit.

Are you enjoying How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale? I worked my way through the first 3 books in that series before I gave up. Something about them really annoyed me.



Comment #28: Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 21:08:59

Pussreboots

My reviews for the most part were all written well ahead of posting. That gave me the time to focus on reading for the CYBLS. I loved the first of Hale's books. My review is here.



Comment #29: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 22:33:59

MarthaE

Yes - that list would be alarming if you hadn't explained! Hope your are enjoying the CYBILS. Sometimes its hard to squeeze in extra time for Judging too.

Glad your cat came home healthy. That is distressing when they disappear and you don't know what happened.



Comment #30: Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 21:08:59

Pussreboots

I am enjoying the reading part of the CYBILS but the juggling of holds on my library card is frustrating! I have 70 books to read and can only have ten hold requests on my card at any given time. I am running to the library two or three times a week.