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March booklist

1. A Week In Winter, Maeve Binchy

I'm fairly new to Binchy's work - in fact, she died not long after I read one of her books for the first time. (I was not happy about that ... more than likely, neither was she.) A Week in Winter is her last book, published posthumously, and though I haven't read enough of her books to judge, the general consensus seems to be that it is not as wonderful as some of her books, but I enjoyed it quite a lot. It felt a little contrived and episodic, but many of the characters are so wonderful that I forgive her for any failings.

2. A Storm of Swords, George R R Martin

Book three - Joffrey continues to be monstrous, Sansa is still kind of annoying, Arya is wonderful, I learn to almost like Jaime, and WHAT THE HECK, CAITLIN.

3. Hattie Big Sky, Kirby Larson

I'd heard about this for years; finally decided to read it. I had a lot of trouble remembering this was set during WWI, it feels so much more like Little House on the Prairie era (totally my fault, not the author's. It's just hard for me to get that people were still doing primitive homesteading in what I consider a fairly modern time period.)

I liked it, but it won't ever be a favorite ... it was just too sad in some ways.

4. A Feast For Crows, George R R Martin

And book four! This might be my favorite so far. By the end I almost felt sorry for Cersei, which is saying something.

5. The Madness Underneath, Maureen Johnson

This, on the other hand ...! No review, ya'll should just go read it (but start with the first one.) (And follow @maureenjohnson on twitter. Cos of reasons.)

6. The Runaway King, Jennifer Neilsen

With the second in a series like this, it always takes me a bit to get back into the world, but once I did I liked it *almost* as much as the first book.

7. God's Guidance, Elisabeth Elliott

I took a lot of notes from this one that I plan to share sometime, so that's all I'll say about that.


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Apr. 16th, 2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
Out of curiousity, how many words per minute do you read? I've oft wondered if you dedicate that much time or are you that much more efficient of a reader than I am? Obviously, you dedicate a lot of time to reading either way, I was just curious.

I told my husband when you emailed me, "Holy hannah, Marie is already starting the fifth Game of Thrones!" and he said, "Well, she's a librarian." I replied, "Yes.. but.. so?!" And he said, "She can read at work." And then I laughed IN HIS FACE (yer welcome). He should know better!

Apr. 16th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
Hello, Anon, I'm guessing you're Amanda? ;)

HAHAHA, thank you for laughing at him for me. No. I cannot read at work. If anything, it's a bad place for a reader to work because I'm constantly finding new books I want to read, and have little time to do so!

Not sure about how many words per minute ... off to go find an online test. :)
Apr. 16th, 2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
YES, that was me. :) I should have known something was suspicious when I had to enter a captcha. (See twitter for how much I love doing that.:P)

I test students on their reading fluency every week so I guess I'm a bit of a data nerd. I've tested myself a few times just to know what it's like for them. I read about 350/minute silently. Quite a bit less orally, obviously.
Apr. 16th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
I'm rather pleased with myself for recognizing your writing voice anonymously. :D You cannot hide!

I just did two separate reading tests and both tested about 500 wpm with 80% comprehension. Of course I am a bit slower with books I really am enjoying reading ... I go back and reread sentences I particularly like, or to clarify something. And I have frequent twitter breaks, I'm afraid. =P (ah, smartphones.)
Apr. 16th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
:) I was v. impressed, too! I didn't know I had such a distinct voice. I thought, perhaps, it was because the email about GoT. Ha!

I had figured your words/minute was quite a bit higher than mine. I've wondered if I would benifit from a speed-reading course. Not that I really need to improve my reading speed. About 200 words/minute is average. But I could get so much more read in a shorter amount of time! Yey!

I tend to read faster when I'm really enjoying something. Or when something is suspenseful. I tend not to like reading suspense because I find I skip over large sections without meaning to do so because I am so eager to find out what happens.

I have had more time to read lately. Mostly because I'm not in derby anymore so I can take the time to read when G. is asleep. I've also convinced G. that laying in bed with me and reading is TEH COOLEST. Or sometimes I'll just sit and read while he plays nicely. I figure it's good for children to learn to play on their own.. seeing as how Boredom Sparks Creativity. And I'm not JUST saying that to make myself feel better; I really do believe that. And now that he's older, he's much more adept at entertaining himself.

Edited at 2013-04-16 07:05 pm (UTC)
Apr. 18th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what I think about speed reading. It always sounds vaguely suspicious to me... I think because I'm picturing people viewing reading as a race or something to be hurried through just for for the sake of saying "I read 2398 books!" I can see it being useful for work-required reading, of course.

And also of course, I'm probably completely misinterpreting what speed reading is!

I SO approve of your child raising philosophies. ;) I had lots of free/independent time as an only child for 7 years, and I seriously think it helped with imagination and creativity. I also never get bored as an adult. :)
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