Goal accomplished!

I did what I set out to do. And the resulting cheer is that of one hand clapping.
Here are all thirteen books:

In the Shadow of the Moon

Mad Richard

Vulgar Tongues

Composting Basics

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Gardens of the High Line

By Any Name


The Witchfinder’s Sister

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Vanishing New York

Before We Were Yours

Wild Things

From now on I will stick to blogging about bike rides, archives, historic structures, and other topics that lend themselves to blogging with pretty pictures.


Halfway Through

I am now a little over halfway through (or exactly halfway through, if you count the intro post) my summer project, thirteen book reviews. It isn’t all I wanted it to be, but it is keeping my nose (and ears, I’m currently working on an audio book) in a book.

On the off chance they are more impressive when posted all in one place, here are the seven reviews I have done so far:

In the Shadow of the Moon : The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses
Vulgar Tongues : An Alternative History of English Slang


I have three more in progress, and the final three are yet to be selected. Stay tuned!

Summer fun

Lately I have felt like writing, but haven’t had a topic I felt like sharing with the entire internet. So I came up with a project for the summer, thirteen book reviews. It’s going to be on a separate page because, well, I feel like doing it that way.

Over the past few months I have taken on new responsibilities at work, including purchasing all the non-fiction for Downtown. I am also paying far more attention to the new fiction entering the building (in part because the new books cart rests against my cubicle wall). Together, these factors have me reading more than I have for some time.

So, follow along if you like! I am also open to suggestions (it’s fine to leave comments here or on the other site). Whether your goal is to read, to bike, or to do anything else, I hope you enjoy the warmth and daylight this season!

Reading ~ 2012

Last year I decided to keep a list of the books I read. I didn’t read too many, and forgot to write down several titles, so that was a bust. It is the beginning of a new year, I have a new journal for recording such things, and have therefore started the list again. I should note that none of this falls in the New Year Resolution category. It just so happens that dark and cold January is a good time for reading. In the journal I intend to just list the titles. Thought I might expand a bit more here.

The other day I started Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. I’m not too impressed yet, but am only on page 38. I bought this several months ago and it has just been sitting on the shelf. As I recall, I bought it because I liked the title. However, a cousin whose reading list I follow closely, didn’t give it the best review. That dissuaded me from starting it. Since I own it, it may not get as much time in the next few weeks.

This evening I went to the library and checked out two more books. I had heard of Precious Objects, by Alicia Oltuski, but somehow missed the part that it is non-fiction. I don’t know much about the diamond industry, so it is interesting so far. Non-fiction generally has to be very compelling to hold my interest, though.

Rounding out the stack is Sally Gunning’s The Rebellion of Jane Clarke. Some time in the past year or two my book group read one of Gunning’s other novels, The Widow’s War. I knew there was a sequel to Widow’s War, but Rebellion is not it. Bound is the one I actually wanted to read. Don’t think it was on the shelf, though. After two chapters, Jane seems like it should be a fairly easy read.

I’m a little disappointed that none of these has really grabbed me from the start. Time will tell how far I get. I also have reserved The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer.