Speaking of books…

…check out my new bookcases.  It took a week to put them together (I had planned to put the doors on after work on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, but 12-hour days don’t lead to that), but now they are done, yay 🙂

It’s nice to have all that extra room.  I pretended I was Borders and faced out books whose covers I like.  Then in the bookcase with the doors, I have a shelf with my friends’ books and another shelf with signed books (and also a Spike figure signed by James Marsters).

So here are my shiny new bookcases:

Special shelves:

It’s hard to tell how tall they are, so here’s a work-in-progress pic for scale.  Yes, our ceiling is diagonal in that room.  The extra shelf on top would not have fit in that other corner of the room.

Do you like them?  I know I will fill them up pretty fast, lol.  Hopefully the Kindle will help slow that down.

Lots of love,



New Year, plus 100 Books Challenge 2010, part 2

Oh, poor poor blog, how I have ignored you.  Last year I made the goal to post twice a week (Teaser Tuesday plus another post), and I was doing pretty well for the first half of the year.  After SCBWI, I know I slowed to a posting crawl, and since NaNo, I haven’t posted anything at all.  Of course, I was on vacation for a month, two weeks of which I was on a boat with limited internet.  But I’ve also been home for two weeks and haven’t touched the blog.

So here I am 20 days late to post about my success at meeting the 100 book challenge.  I was really ahead of schedule until November, when I suddenly read super-slow (thanks, NaNo).  Then I got to December with a bunch of books left to go.  Luckily, I was flying across the country and cruising across the Pacific, so I had lots of time to read.

The first 50 books can be found here: https://sagelikethespice.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/100-books/

Here’s the second half:

51. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
52. Princess Academy – Shannon Hale (audiobook)
53. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
54. Down the Rabbit Hole – Peter Abrahams
55. The Goose Girl – Shannon Hale (audiobook)
56. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
57. Frostbite – Richelle Mead
58. Ever – Gail Carson Levine
59. Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard (audiobook)
60. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
61. Zombie Tag – Hannah Moskowitz
62. River Secrets – Shannon Hale (audiobook)
63. Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones
64. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
65. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (audiobook)
66. Liar by Justine Larbalestier
67. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
68. The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
69. Ophelia by Lisa Klein (audiobook)
70. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
71. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
72. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
73. Paper Towns by John Green (audiobook)
74. NUM8ERS by Rachel Ward
75. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
76. Eerie Queerie #1 by Shuri Shiozu
77. Eerie Queerie #2 by Shuri Shiozu
78. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (audiobook)
79. Hero by Perry Moore
80. The Unidentified by Rae Mariz
81. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (audiobook)
82. Magic Under Glass by Jacqueline Dolamore
83. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (audiobook)
84. The Sudoku Puzzle Murders by Parnell Hall
85. So Many Boys by Suzanne Young
86. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (audiobook)
87. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
88. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
89. The Bunnicula Collection (Bunnicula, Howliday Inn, Bunnicula Strikes Again) by James and Deborah Howe
90. Dracula by Bram Stoker
91. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
92. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
93. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
94. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle
95. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
96. Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle
97. An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle
98. The Great Santa Search by Jeff LeGuinn
99. Matched by Allie Condie
100. Doctor Who: Wetworld by Mark Michalowski

My favorite of these books was Paranormalcy.  My favorite for all of 2010 was Ella Enchanted.

I’ve already started the new year’s reading list.  I’m on book 6 (and of course, I’m reading four at once).

I’ll try to do better at posting from now on.

Lots of love,