A Revelation

I’ve been reading a lot this year. My goal to read 100 books this year is coming along really well — 37 books read so far! Part of my success has been my huge stash of books and my ability to pick up anything I want at the drop of a hat, thanks to my Kindle. I make sure that I don’t go more than a couple of days before I pick a new book, even if I’m not in the mood to read.

Next week a local book group is going to be discussing World War Z by Max Brooks. Since it’s been on the peripheral of my TBR list for awhile, I thought it would be worth reading just to join the discussion, so a friend and I dropped by a local used bookstore to look for it. They didn’t have it, but I had almost $40 … Continue reading

Book Hoarding

Hi. My name is Eliza, and I’m a hoarder.

Well, a hoarder of books, anyway. (And okay, office supplies, too, but we’re not talking about that.)

Pretty much all of my friends are geeks and readers, so collectively they own lots and lots of books, but no one has quite the collection I do. Some of this could be a space issue, because people living in a small apartment are obviously not going to have as much room for bookcases as me in my 2400 sq ft house.

But really, I had almost as many when I was in a small apartment.

I honestly don’t know what the exact count is. I’ve done a few estimates by counting the number of books on one shelf and then multiplying by the number of shelves (approximately 1100 books), but that doesn’t even count my massive Kindle library. The strangest part — the … Continue reading

Damn You, Father Time

I have far too many things demanding my time. Which is to say, no time to read this past week, and that made me a little cranky. It’s always a matter of choices, but sometimes it is the way it is. Let me break it down.

Mandatory overtime at work. Journey concert. Working on my novel and a short story. Bi-weekly Pathfinder game. Add in a little sleep, and that pretty much takes up all the time.

The work and the sleep are unfortunate necessities. The concert and the gaming were fun, but pre-planned, so there was no rearranging  them in favor of reading. And the writing is sort of both–fun, because I love it, and necessary, because one of these days it’ll replace the day job. One quest temporarily overshadowing another, I suppose.

BUT. I need to pick a new book to read for the coming days. I can’t … Continue reading