Thursday, November 7, 2013


30 Days of Gratitude:
I am grateful for bleach and that my bleach sensitivity seems to have resolved itself. Dyers need bleach.

NaBloPoMo Day 7:
This post is short. It's not that I don't have a lot to say today. I do. It is more that my fingers are cold and refuse to type anymore. And also because despite having cold fingers, I need to be using this time to knit an instarsia Christmas stocking for a customer. I would like to use my lifeline for this blog post, Regis, and tell you about the books I have read this year.

I have read or listened to 39 short stories, novellas, or full-length books. My goal is 50 full length books by the end of the year. I think this is doable, thanks to audiobooks.

I am all over the place with my reading. Science fiction, fantasy, literature, humor...romance... I blame a certain friend of mine for getting me hooked on well written romances. I blame my husband for picking out vampire rom-com books for us to listen to.

So far the most surprising thing about my reading is how much I have enjoyed the techno fiction books. Ready Player One, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, and The Circle (listening to now) have been an interesting and terrifying look in the near future of technology and social media.

Rachel's bookshelf: 2013


  1. I remember you mentioned the other day that you had only managed to read one of the books on the goodreads yearly "best of" lists. I finally got a chance to look at that myself & I've only read two AND the only reason I've read those two is because Neil Gaiman had new books this year. And one of them is for grade schoolers.

    I am jealous of your ability to multi-task with audiobooks.

    1. It depends on what I am doing. I can listen for about 20 minutes before my mind wanders off. My multitasking only includes knitting, cleaning or something else equally mindless. Interestingly, I find I can keep my place better when I wear ear buds to listen instead of playing it through the speakers.

  2. Good for you. What's your name on Goodreads again? I thought you mentioned it here, but Lord knows, I'm clueless anymore so it could have been my imagination. You are impressive. Do you like Jasper Fforde?

    1. dyeabolical on Goodreads. I have some of Jasper Fforde's books, but I haven't started reading them yet. Scott tore through Fforde's entire catalog earlier this year and loved them.


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