Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happiest New Year 2014

Let the reading begin. The first book I've chosen for week one is Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. It's part of a vampire series that I'm well in the middle of. I just finished reading the Shattered Vine, which I was kind of bogged down in, so I'm happy to get back to the vampire books. They just flow for me. This book makes reference to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Maybe I can find time to read that one as well.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Raven's Gift

After living in Lucerne Valley for over a year. I finally got a ride to the Apple Valley Library. It was so nice to be in a decent library again. And to my delight, right off the lobby they have a used bookstore. And some photographer had downsized their collection so I got 3 photography books for $1. each and 2 home decor books for $1. or less.

I met a librarian named Shannon and she ordered the next 3 books in the vampire series by Cast. And they will show up at my local library so I can grab them without having to go back to Apple Valley.

The book I'm reading now is in the photo. The Raven's Gift is a thriller based in Alaska.
The Raven's Gift

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Someone on my Facebook mentioned Goodreads.com. I see they have a place to set reading goals. 2014 doesn't seem to be up yet, but I'll join it when it shows up. When I titled this blog I was going to do 50 books a year but that title was taken so I went with the next number which is 51 and then two days later I realized since there are 52 weeks in a year, it would have been more logical to pick 52. Ah well, if I can keep up with the pace of a book a week I'll be lucky. This week I finished reading Awakened by Cast. I had read part of it last July then  had to return it while I went out of town. So when I recently got it back I couldn't remember where I stopped reading and ended up reading the whole book again, which was very frustrating.

I just started reading an Alaskan story called the Raven's Gift. I like the way the chapters alternate between the present and the recent past. It's a bit of a thriller at this point, though I'm not sure where the author is going with it.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Reading Goals First Post

Since I think reading is very important, especially when you are a writer, I've decided to read 51 books a year, starting in 2014. I'll keep track of them here, maybe even write a mini-review of the ones I like the most. Keeping track of them will help me to stay motivated, and maybe inspire others to put more reading into their lives. Sounds like fun. My local librarians are very good about getting a hold of books for me too. I just hope that when January rolls around I remember my goal.