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A new idea for a new year! - Happy's Obsession
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A new idea for a new year!
Well, it's a New Year, and I decided to join severina2001 and do the 50bookchallenge. I used to read a TON (constantly, in fact), but in recent years, the computer has sadly supplanted the printed word for me. However, times do change, and I've been spending less time on the computer and more on other hobbies, or just real life with the family. So in addition to taking up origami, I'm going to make a pledge to read more over the next year. In fact... I may make it a 100 book challenge, but we'll have to see how it goes!

Book #1: Capital Crimes, by Jonathan and Faye Kellerman

Booklist review (from amazon.com): The Kellermans have been writing together and separately for decades. Their latest collaboration seems thrown together and listless compared with the high suspense they are capable of generating. This book houses two novellas set in two different state capitals. Each has a different writing style, grating in its own way. The first novella, "My Sister's Keeper," takes the high-romance road toward inflated writing. Set in Berkeley, California, the story centers on the murder of Congresswoman Davida Grayson in her office. Berkeley Police Detective William Barnes, who has known Grayson for years, takes the case, which, naturally presents a host of suspects including Davida's partner, who announces dramatically (and unnecessarily in 2006): "I'm Minette. Her lover." Hackeneyed plot with stilted dialogue. The second novella, "Music City Breakdown," swings the other way, with self-consciously tough-guy prose and a formulaic plot focusing on the murder of an L.A. singer transplanted to Nashville. The dialogue sounds forced throughout, the plot plods along, barely overcoming nearly indigestible chunks of backstory. The Kellermans' track record ensures demand for this distinctly lesser effort, but even devoted fans are likely to be disappointed.

My thoughts: I totally agree. I have devoured their work in the past (individually), and was excited to see this collaboration. However, once I started... not so much. The writing kind of lumps along, and I lost interest before I was done. Finished it, though.

I'm currently reading Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1), by Christopher Paolini. I'll review it when I'm done, but so far? Fantastic!

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And I'm working on a new icon, just for this - DONE!

Maybe I'll add in magazines, because I read 5-6 a week. Mostly gossip rags, and I won't review them or anything. The walk of shame? Weekly? People, USWeekly, Star, InTouch. Occasional OK!, Life & Style, rare Enquirer. Not so bad? Details. Downright good for you? Consumer Reports, Smithsonian, Scientific American. So far this year?
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cyked From: cyked Date: January 6th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've found the same thing. I used to read constantly, at least a book a week, usually more. Now I have the same book, a very good one, that I've been reading for a couple of weeks, a few pages at a time. It's very good, the latest Falco mystery by Lindsey Davis, but I just don't get around to reading. Too much time on the computer, like you say. Maybe I'll follow your lead.
Ann Marie
mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: January 6th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did horrible last year. I think I only read 11 books. I may try again this year. I love Jonathan Kellerman. Parts of his dective stories remind me of Brian's writing.

And as much as I love my gift, it sucks all my time up because I can't seem to walk past the darn thing without picking it up and playing .
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: January 6th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I've loved the Kellerman's writing for years. This book was a bit disappointing, though. And DO try again this year - now that things are settling down a little, you might have more time to read.

And glad you love the Christmas gift! I know how addictive it is. And I found that if you start the game with 2 different units, they diverge after about the 4th question. Scarily intuitive little buggars!
severina2001 From: severina2001 Date: January 6th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't seem to walk past the darn thing without picking it up and playing.

Wow, you too? I'm sooo glad it's not just me.
severina2001 From: severina2001 Date: January 6th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go you!

I'm really interested to see what you read throughout the year. I'm sure I'll ending up picking up *something* based on your recommendation!
bliss_ From: bliss_ Date: January 7th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Ohh nice idea! Be sure and recommend to me any that you think I will like!
elisabet_moisio From: elisabet_moisio Date: February 1st, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to read a TON (constantly, in fact), but in recent years, the computer has sadly supplanted the printed word for me.

I used to read a lot especially when I was without Internet. Since I got sucked to QAF fandom and reading fics, I have read less and less books.

However, times do change, and I've been spending less time on the computer and more on other hobbies, or just real life with the family.
So in addition to taking up origami, I'm going to make a pledge to read more over the next year. In fact... I may make it a 100 book challenge, but we'll have to see how it goes!


Exactly like me! I haven't been so active in LJ land for a couple months or so. I have been reading again and got hooked on Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series! :) Funny crime novels, great to read.
Also I think I'm going to challenge myself to read 100 books this year too. :)

So how's origami??
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