Friday, July 2, 2010

What's the buzz, tell me what's a-happenin'

My apologies for the dearth of posts in May and June. To be honest, those months have not been great for me. At the risk of TMI (this isn't one of those blogs where you get to hear every little detail of my life) let's just say that I've had some health issues. The good news is that the issues are all fixable, and I'm feeling much better than I was. The bad news is that I haven't had the energy for writing or revising, not even movie reviewing.

The good news is that I've had lots of time for reading (and will have more - the upside of having surgery in September is that recovery will give me lots of reading time - I'm already planning a re-read of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series). In fact, at the mid-point of the year I've read over 40 books! I haven't finished them all, but I still think this is pretty good, considering it doesn't even take into account the Harry Potter books I've been reading to Young Master (we've just started book 5, Harry Potter and The Anger Management Issues).

So here's the scorecard for Books Read in 2010:

  1. End of Story - Peter Abrahams
  2. Looking for Mr. Goodbar - Judith Rossner
  3. The Lady in the Lake - Raymond Chandler
  4. Now and Forever - Ray Bradbury
  5. The Pale Blue Eye - Louis Bayard
  6. The Long Last Call - John Skipp
  7. Heat Wave - Richard Castle
  8. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
  9. The Grifters - Jim Thompson
  10. The Knitting Circle - Ann Hood **
  11. The Preservationist - David Maine *
  12. Dawn of the Dreadfuls - Steve Hockensmith
  13. Dragon Keeper - Robin Hobb
  14. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
  15. Horns - Joe Hill
  16. The Cold Six Thousand - James Ellroy
  17. Goodnight Nobody - Jennifer Weiner
  18. Somewhere in Time - Richard Matheson
  19. The Boleyn Inheritance - Philippa Gregory *
  20. The Choirboys - Joseph Wambaugh
  21. Make Room! Make Room! - Harry Harrison **
  22. The Price of Salt - Patricia Highsmith
  23. The Brave - Gregory McDonald
  24. The Sheik - E. M. Hull **
  25. Anno Dracula - Kim Newman
  26. Miss Lonelyhearts - Nathanael West
  27. The Day of the Locust - Nathanael West
  28. Fool - Christopher Moore **
  29. Strip Tease - Carl Hiaasen
  30. The Killer Inside Me - Jim Thompson
  31. Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral - Kris Radish **
  32. The Last Boleyn - Karen Harper **
  33. Push - Sapphire
  34. Black Water - Joyce Carol Oates
  35. The Fire Gospel - Michel Faber
  36. Drood - Dan Simmons
  37. Mistress of Rome - Kate Quinn
  38. The Removers - Donald Hamilton
  39. Molokai - Alan Brennert **
  40. The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
  41. The Ruins - Scott Smith
* = re-read
** = unfinished

And next up is another of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee stories: A Purple Place for Dying.

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