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Just relaxing by go174
Just relaxing, a photo by go174 on Flickr.

Just relaxing

Really she has such a life by go174
Really she has such a life, a photo by go174 on Flickr.

Really she has such a life. I don’t know how she handles it.

Pink camo reading mitts by go174
Pink camo reading mitts, a photo by go174 on Flickr.

Pink camo reading mitts

Detail by go174
Detail, a photo by go174 on Flickr.


Snow on Marble Mountain by go174
Snow on Marble Mountain, a photo by go174 on Flickr.

Finished!! — Snow on Marble Mountain

stagnum memoriae

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

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Baby girl being cozy by go174
Baby girl being cozy, a photo by go174 on Flickr.

Baby girl being cozy

Top Ten Tuesday


Started on The Broke and The Bookish this meme is all about gearing up for 2012.


10) Swordspoint By Ellen Kushner  On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless–until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye. I recently purchased the audiobook through Audible. I’ve yet to start it but I’m waiting for the right moment an a cup of tea to listen.

9) The Last Unicorn By Peter S. Beagle

From The Last Unicorn:
“The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam, but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea…”

This has been on my TBR list for quite awhile. I need to find a copy and start reading.

8) The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins Do I really need to put up a summary? I think this has been one of the most recommended books since Harry Potter.

7) Howl’s Moving Castle By Diana Wynne Jones In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter. After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls. The Hatter sisters–Sophie, Lettie, and Martha–and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning.

I’ve seen the movie so many times I quote it without really paying attention. I really want to read this book and see just what I’m missing.

6) The Golden Compass – Phillip Pullman Another YA I missed it’s first time around.

5) The Gunslinger  By Stephen King –  I think I might be admitting to a Sin here when I say I haven’t read The Gunslinger. I hope to rectify that this year.

4) Under the Dome By Stephen King – another one that looks rather interesting and I’m  hoping to get a chance to sit down and read it this year.

3) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Hope this lives up to the hype.

2) The Protector’s War by S.M. Stirling Emberverse #2 Really looking forward to this one.

1) Dies the Fire By S.M. Stirling Emberverse #1 Mostly because I couldn’t wait and started this one yesterday. I’m already hooked, don’t want chapters to end and really like his writing.



  • Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31st, 2012. You can join anytime.
  • Books from other challenges count as long as they are about time travel.
  • Books can be children’s, middle-grade, YA or adult fiction.
  • Write a post and link it below including the URL to that sign-up post.


  • Surprise Trip: 1 to 3 time travel books.
  • Great Adventure: 4 to 6 time travel books.
  • Fantastic Journey: 7 to 9 time travel books
  • Mind-boggling Voyage: 10 to 12 time travel books.


Great Adventure: 4-6 Books

  • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Book 4 in the Outlander Series)
  • Island in the Sea of Time By S.M. Stirling (Book 1)
  • Doomsday Book By Connie Willis
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Last Challenge I’m joining this year. At this rate if I don’t double up and use books for multiple challenges I’m going to have to read 52 books for the year. Doable but insane when you include life and knitting and possibly moving.

Click pic to take you to the site. Rules are the same for most places, begins today, ends the last day of the year. Read from as many different genres as possible over the course of the year. I’m aiming high with Palin-esque which is 20+ genres. They go as follows.

  1. Crime/Mystery –
  2. Thriller –
  3. Romance –
  4. Fantasy –
  5. Sci-Fi – .
  6. Literary –
  7. Young Adult –
  8. Historical Fiction –
  9. Dystopian –
  10. Steampunk –
  11. Comedy/Black Comedy –
  12. Horror/Ghost Story –
  13. Adventure –
  14. War –
  15. Gothic –
  16. Poetry –
  17. Drama –
  18. Kids –
  19. Graphic Novel –
  20. Classic –

I’ll fill the books in as I read them. Wish me Luck!