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Once again: the full list of books I read in the past year. Not counted are comic books, graphic novels, fanfics, works in progress that I have edited or beta-read, or webcomics. (For this year, that means that among other things I am not counting having FINISHED HOMESTUCK.)

Titles behind the cut-tag. )

My total count is up considerably, from 142 to 163. First-time-read count is likewise up, from 35 (25% of all books read this year) to 56 (34%).

My five most-read authors this year were Lois McMaster Bujold, Naomi Novik, David Eddings, Diane Duane, and Dorothy Sayers. Topping the first-time-read chart this year are Maggie Stiefvater, Dorothy Sayers, Catherynne M. Valente, Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, and Jo Walton (with the last two tied).

William Gibson's Pattern Recognition and Jo Walton's Among Others are still my most-reread books over the nine years I've been tracking. Following them are Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion, Janet Kagan's Hellspark, and Dorothy Sayers's Busman's Honeymoon.

And because I didn't say so the other night: Happy New Year to all, and may this year be better than the last. (Please and thank you, God, okay?)
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Once again: the full list of books I read in the past year. Not counted are comic books, graphic novels, fanfics, works in progress that I have edited or beta-read, or webcomics. (Which means that this year I'm not including having read the entire run to date of Order of the Stick.)


Titles behind the cut-tag. )

My total count is down again this year, from 152 to 142. First-time-read count has gone way down, from 62 (41% of all books read) to 35 (25%). Last year was kind of an outlier, though; this is much closer to my average.

My six most-read authors this year were Terry Pratchett, Robert Jordan, Diane Duane, Anne McCaffrey, Stephen King, and J.K. Rowling (with the last two tied). Topping the first-time-read chart this year are Edgar Rice Burroughs, Intisar Khanani, Seanan McGuire, C.S. Lewis, N.K. Jemisin, and Patricia C. Wrede.

William Gibson's Pattern Recognition and Jo Walton's Among Others are still my most-reread books over the eight years I've been tracking. Following them are Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, Sherwood Smith's Inda series, Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion, Janet Kagan's Hellspark, Janet Kagan's Mirabile, and Dorothy Sayers's Busman's Honeymoon.

And because I didn't say so the other night: Happy New Year to all, and may this year be better than the last.
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A questions meme about original fictional characters, courtesy of [personal profile] in_the_blue!

If you know what character you want, you can pick, or you can describe a character and I'll snag my closest match. Or just leave it to me to pick.

Send me a number and I'll answer the questions with one of my OCs:

- How does your OC react when their rival is grovelling at their feet for their life?
- What’s the subtitle that accompanies your OC’s name during their dramatic intro?
- What incredibly lame thing does your OC do while thinking that it’s actually super cool?
- How would your OC react to meeting someone who is attempting to impersonate them?
- Would your OC try to weasel out of a genie wish limit with the wishing for more wishes bullshit?
- Exactly what amount of wealth would be enough to tempt your OC into doing something that is distasteful but not specifically against their moral code?
- What is the most unacceptable pun that someone would use in conversation with your OC?
- Would your OC eat cooked testicles assuming they’re prepared hygienically?
- If your OC attempted to clean their nails with a dagger like some sort of stereotypical fantasy badass would they accidentally cut themselves?
- How many days can your OC go without bathing before they can’t stand being in their own body anymore?
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Once again: the full list of books I read in the past year. Not counted are comic books, graphic novels, fanfics, works in progress that I have edited or beta-read, or webcomics. (I've been wondering if I should start counting graphic novels and/or novel-length fanfics. What do you think?)

Titles behind the cut-tag. )

Trends! My total count is down, from 177 books last year to 152 this year. My first-time-read count has gone up, from 42 to 62 (and from 24% to 61% of all books read).

My five most-read authors (by book count) this year were L. Frank Baum, L.M. Montgomery, Seanan McGuire, Lois McMaster Bujold, and C.J. Cherryh. The authors topping the first-time-read chart this year were L.M. Montgomery, C.J. Cherryh, Charles Dickens, and Rosemary Kirstein; tied for fifth place were Catherynne M. Valente, Seanan McGuire, and Tamora Pierce.

Over the past seven years my most-read authors are Lois McMaster Bujold, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, and Diane Duane, with Naomi Novik and L. Frank Baum tied for fifth place. My most reread books are William Gibson's Pattern Recognition (ten times in seven years) and Jo Walton's Among Others (seven times in three years).

Man that's a lot of data analysis for no particular reason.
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From all over: Comment with one of your RP characters and one of mine. I will make up the worst AU I can think of.
batyatoon: (the world is quiet here)
Once again: the full list of books I read in the past year. Not counted are comic books, graphic novels, fanfics, works in progress that I have edited or beta-read, or webcomics.

Titles behind the cut-tag. )

Since I've got six years of data now, I figured it was time to start analyzing trends!

My first-time-read count is 42 this year (24% of total books), up from 32 (20% of total) last year. My five most-read authors (by book count) this year were Lemony Snicket, Mary Renault, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, and Laura Ingalls Wilder; last year's were Lois McMaster Bujold, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Naomi Novik, and Sherwood Smith.

My five most-read authors over these six years are Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold, Stephen King, Diane Duane, and Naomi Novik. My most reread books are William Gibson's Pattern Recognition (nine times in six years) and Jo Walton's Among Others (six times in two years).
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The year in review, as seen through public posts in this journal. Leaving out last year's end-of-year memes. (Bolded phrases are subject lines; unbolded are first lines of the post, used where no subject line exists.)

January: a random act of kindness
February: [purimgifts] Dear Author
March: Safely and exhaustedly arrived back in NY. Consonance was amazing.
April: Pesach recipe round-up
May: a postcard from the magical land of sick
June: Conterpoint ahoy!
July: So we saw Pacific Rim today.
August: a mazel tov
September
October
November: (It is completely ridiculous that I haven't posted a thing since August.)
December: words, words; they're all we have to go on
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Once again: the full list of books I read in the past year. Not counted are comic books, graphic novels, fanfics, works in progress that I have edited or beta-read, or webcomics.

Titles behind the cut-tag. )

[Edited to remove accidental duplicate.]
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The year in review, as seen through public posts in this journal. Leaving out last year's end-of-year memes. (Bolded phrases are subject lines; unbolded are first lines of the post, used where no subject line exists.)

January: "Hello, folks! So yeah, while I will not be leaving LJ behind completely, I am slowly starting to make my way over to DW."
February
March: "omnomentaschen"
April: "Tonight is the first night of Pesach. Zman cherutenu; the time of our liberation."
May: "traveling plans"
June: "home again, home again"
July: "home again / Home again, in more ways than one."
August: "There's been so much going on this past month that I keep wanting to post about..."
September: "Closing the year"
October: "My pants: so bankrupt."
November: "Signal boost: NYC-area apartment needed, short-term rental"
December: "mumblesomething years ago"
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The illustrious [personal profile] ladymondegreen has given me a meme; the premise is "what were you like at a specific age?" and the number she gave me was twenty. My answer is supposed to address relationship, where I was living, what I was doing for work and school, what I feared, and my best memory.

Follow me behind the cut-tag: )

If any of you would like to pick up this meme, ask me for a number and I will give you one! (If I don't already know your age, I may have to ask for at least a ballpark.)
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Tomorrow or the day after, I am hoping to make these and/or these for Purim.

To that end, tonight I have attempted to make sugar-free raspberry jam. The last two times I made it, it crystallized when it cooled. I'm hoping to prevent that this time by means of using xanthan gum. I have no idea at all if this will work, but right now my kitchen smells like cooking fruit, and that is in itself rather happy-making. Wish me luck.

Meanwhile: a meme from a while back! [personal profile] ladysingsthe asked me seven questions. Answers behind the cut. )

Anyone feel like doing the Seven Questions meme? Comment here with "PICK ME" or some recognizable variant thereof, and I will ask you some! Probably.
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Yes, it's a full list of every book I read in the past year. Not included are graphic novels, works in progress that I have edited or beta-read, or webcomics (although for sheer volume, Homestuck probably ought to count).

Titles behind the cut-tag. )

I've been doing this since 2008, making this the fourth year. By this time some statistical trends ought to be showing up; I wonder if I should start analyzing them. (And I still haven't started keeping track of page count....)
batyatoon: (the world is quiet here)
The year in review, as seen through public posts in this journal. (Bolded phrases are subject lines; unbolded are first lines of the post, used where no subject line exists.)

January: "hitting the road again"
February: "I am smug like a smug thing and posting about it very belatedly."
March: "I'd Do NEFilk For You"
April: "Tomorrow night is the first night of Pesach. Zman cherutenu; the time of our liberation."
May: "[unfiltered] here's how it is."
June: "Tonight is Shavuot."
July: "write like a girl"
August: "That Icon Meme Again"
September: "closing, closing, closing the year"
October
November
December: "i'm still here. i'm not gone."
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It's back! This time I got it from [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue, and it goes like this:

Comment on this post and let me know you want to participate. I will choose seven userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.

[livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue picked these... )
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There are so many things I have been meaning to post and not gotten around to it, including a handful of links and an update on the acapella music collection project and a mention of the actual by-god double rainbow all the way across the sky I saw two weeks ago.

So of course I'm going to post a meme instead. From [livejournal.com profile] cflute via [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman: Write Like A Girl.

Italicize the authors you've heard of before reading this list of authors, bold the ones you've read at least one work by, underline the ones of whose work you own at least one example of.

Please feel free to repost with your own favorite female SF (or non-SF) authors included! (I've added my own in a different color.)

throw your hands up at me )
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Seen several places, ganked from [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe:

Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any or all of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, and possibly a short excerpt as well.

Have at, friends. :D

Meme!

Jan. 22nd, 2011 04:19 pm
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So there are these two memes going around and I like them both, but for the moment I'm gonna just do one at a time. Seen several places:

Pick a character I've written or roleplayed, and I will give you the top five ideas/concepts/other I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to depicting them accurately. This includes both original characters and characters about whom I write fanfic.

Any character I've ever written is fair game, but I reserve the right to say "eh, I got nothin'" if I feel I don't really have that firm a grasp of them. A list of my RP characters follows below the cut. )
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For auld lang syne, my friends: here's the year in review as seen through public posts in this journal.

January: "o hai"
February: "Return of the Revenge of the Son of the Bride of the Icon Meme"
March: "I participated in the [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts fic exchange again this year."
April: "HI SO UM this."
May: "I really should announce these things farther in advance...."
June: "Memery"
July: "Housefilk in Queens, July 25"
August: "... ... ..."
September: "oh also"
October: "The meme goes: Comment and I'll give you a color that I think represents you..."
November: "I heard Talis Kimberley sing this at DucKon this past summer."
December: "What I Did On My Vacation to Israel"



ETA: Also, behind the cut-tag: Books I read in 2010. )
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The meme goes: Comment and I'll give you a color that I think represents you, and then you list ten things you like in that color!

[livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue gave me brown. (Images behind the cut.) )

Hmm. A lot of these turned out to be food or food-related. Possibly I should have had breakfast before I started.

If you want to play, reply here saying "Pick me!" and I'll give you a color -- either one that I think represents you or one chosen at random.

Memery

Jun. 12th, 2010 10:57 pm
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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).


Then she remembers Bigend's iBook, with its bright new Heathrow security sticker. She hauls the nylon case up from the floor and opens it. She'd spent twenty minutes, the night before, poking around on the desktop, but now for the first time she notices an unmarked CD-ROM that proves, on insertion, to be a searchable database for all of F:F:F. Whoever does these things for Bigend has also provided, on the hard drive, a complete collection of the footage and her three favorite edits, one of them by Filmy and Maurice. Still sitting cross-legged, she makes a Stickie: COPY CD FOR IVY.


-William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

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