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Vista, California USA

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Monday, December 23, 2002

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Recent Book Activity


4 weeksall time

books registered:1576
released in the wild:0519
controlled releases:083
releases caught:0249
controlled releases caught:048
books found:0210
tell-a-friend referrals:046
new member referrals:04
forum posts:06,354

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In January 2009, I hosted my first readalong, for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. See this thread for details. Thanks to all participants!

For over 3 years, I hosted the nonfiction virtual bookbox. Thanks to all the participants: it was a fabulous success, with over 350 books shared!

Here's a link to the article I wrote on
How To Host a Nonfiction Virtual BookBox

A big THANK YOU from myself, my aunt Laurie, and the Belmont Diamonds of Charlotte, for donations to their youth group and literacy programs. I register/journal books for them under the bookshelf BelmontDiamonds. They likely won't be journalled again, but please know that they are going to good use.

Recommended reads (8 stars or above):
1. The Martian (sci fi) by Andy Weir

Books I've read in 2015:

1. Golden Son (dystopia/ sci fi) by Pierce Brown (second in Red Rising trilogy)
2. The Friar and the Cipher: Roger Bacon and the Unsolved Mystery of the Most Unusual Manuscript in the World (nonfiction/ history) by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone
3. The culture of fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things (nonfiction/ sociology) by Barry Glassner
4. The Clancy Brothers : The Men Behind the Sweaters (biography/ entertainment) by Conor Murray
5. The Minotaur (psychological mystery) by Barbara Vine (pseudonym for Ruth Rendell)
6. The Neptune File : a story of astronomical rivalry and the pioneers of planet hunting (Nonfiction) by Tom Standage (3 stars, put down half way through)
7. The Martian (sci fi) by Andy Weir





Books Started and not finished:

1. B

Here is my rough book rating system:

10 An exceptionally good book
9 Super, couldn't put it down
8 Very good
7 Good
6 Enjoyed parts of it
5 I didn't particularly like it or dislike it; mixed or no real interest
4 An "okay" book, possibly draggy or too light, not my thing
3 Poor; lost interest - a chore, possibly put it down
2 Awful - quite possibly didn't finish
1 Horrible, didn't finish it, would advise others to avoid it.

The following are bookrays/rings I'm involved in:

The following are challenges, or other interesting things that I am going to take part in or have done previously:

1. Mass Release of Steinbeck books in Cannery Row/Monterey. Done! June 2007
Link to Forum thread
2. My life is very full; better than it's ever been. Last year I read 27 books. I will not pretend to do 52 this year, but 40 would be a nice goal.
3. Reduce TBR by at least 15 books in 2011. 2007 & 2008 & 2009 were good years for me, with only a net (loss) of 10 books or (gain) of 4. 2010 I failed miserably; I read little and bought at the typical clip.

Books entered the house in 2012: 1
Books left the house in 2012: 7

Books entered the house in 2012: 28
Books left the house in 2012: 4

Books entered the house in 2011 (eBooks don't count): 20
Books left the house in 2011: 64

Books entered the house in 2010:40
Books left the house in 2010: 40

Books entered the house in 2009: 26
Books left the house in 2009: 43

Books entered the house in 2008: 58
Books left the house in 2008: 68

Books entered the house in 2007: 54
Books left the house in 2007: 64

Wild or OBCZ catches:

America and Americans
Hungry Hill
Fade to Black
The Second Confession
Inspector Ghote Draws a Line
The Queene's Christmas
The Pearl
The Log From the Sea of Cortez
The Wrath of Khan
Accusations (Babylon 5)
The Q Continuum (Star Trek)
The Goddess and the Bull
The Fugitive Queen

Special bookring hosted by firegirl, for her trip along the Appalachian Trail:
Eat Pray Love

Special bookring hosted by me, to discuss our views on religion and our relationship with a higher power:

The Sparrow and A Sunday Sermon

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