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100) Orange is the New Black
101) Extinction Point
102) After the Apocalypse
103) Dr. Sleep
104) Curiosity
105) Dark Grid
106) Going Home
107) Land

A memoir, two library science fiction, new Stephen King novel, one concept more interesting than the execution time travel, and three "prepper" apocalypse novels.
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1)Siegel, Mark. SAILOR TWAIN: Or the Mermaid in the Hudson. First Second: 2012.  400p
"This extraordinary work of fiction pushes the graphic novel well beyond its previous limits"  (--Pete Hamil) A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal Sailor Twain s a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense. Sailor Twain is one of The Washington Post's Top 10 Graphic/Comic Reads of 2012

2) Manley, Will.  THE TRUTH ABOUT REFERENCE LIBRARIANS. McFarland and Co: 1996.  154p.
It's not "UNSHELVED" but it was an amusing staff development diversion (maybe I'll develop a sense of humor at work?)

3)  Martin, George R. R. GAME OF THRONES (Book 1: Song of Ice & Fire) Bantam: 2011. (829 p; minus 300 read in 2012)
In A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin rewards readers with a vividly real world, well-drawn characters, complex but coherent plotting, and beautifully constructed prose, which Locus called "well above the norms of the genre."Martin's Seven Kingdoms resemble England during the Wars of the Roses, with the Stark and Lannister families standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters The book .follow as host of characters through a myriad of subplots. The story of these two families and their struggle to control the Iron Throne dominates the foreground; in the background is a huge, ancient wall marking the northern border, beyond which barbarians, ice vampires, and direwolves menace the south as years-long winter advances. Abroad, a dragon princess lives among horse nomads and dreams of fiery reconquest.There is much bloodshed, cruelty, and death, but A Game of Thrones is nevertheless compelling; it garnered a Nebula nomination and won the 1996 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.( Amazon review)

I will most likely go ahead an pick up the second volume in the series right away and read it over the next month, before the corresponding season of the HBO adaption is released on DVD

Have also began reading Victor Hugo's LES MISERABLES; 100 pages in.

Lol....add it up; I have read 1188 pages in the first week of 2013. (Granted 400 pages were in quickly read graphic novel format.)

Week's exercise count:
M 16 miles (DNF in a 50K event)
T  gym;1 mile walk
W  6 mile walk
Th 1 mile walk
F gym; 2 miles on elliptical
S gym;. 4.5 miles on elliptical
Sn (we'll see and I'll update later) rest
Total=29.5 miles  2013= 13.5 miles  gym count= 3

Had to stop in the middle of the Recover From The Holidays event (last run of 2012), with my hip hurting. Dammit; I DID NOT want this to flare up again, but it has. Was only really bad on Monday and into Tues, but then settled down into this lingering annoying ache. So, trying to find a balance between doing something and not pushing too hard. Hope I figure out how to remedy this, or figure out how to live with it.

Well, guess those are going to be my final numbers for the week. B "never" gets sick, but he's down with the flu this weekend. Having to call off from work was hard enough for him, but he's also PO'ed that he won't get in his planned heavy lift at the gym today. So, no gym or cardio for me today either; other than running to the store for cold remedies, I'll stay home to be a helpmate at my master's beck & call (or cough and sneeze).

Not a perfect week, but I definitely ate better than I had been (for way too long), so I'll look at is as successful. BTW, I am not even stepping on a scale this month. Maybe I'll just keep it that way; I -obviously- like playing numbers games, but the diet/weight loss one is problematic for me.

Creativity:
Wrote an entry for the Library Blog.
Have been cutting out quilt pieces ( and hope to have everything cut out today).

LOL...I was making myself a little crazy trying to figure out how many of what fabric to cut (9 appliqued stars; each star has 8 pieces; and I have at least 20 different fabrics). B tried to help with providing me mathematical equations and formulas, but you can guess where that went... right over my head.:) End result, I'll probably have cut out too many pieces, but I'll be able to play around with pieces to my little failed-perfectionist's hearts delight in putting the quilt together.
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60) Vaughn, Carrie. KITTY'S HOUSE OF HORRORS. Grand Central Publishingg: 2010

61) Chapman, David. AMERICAN HUNKS. Arsenal Pulp: 2009

Book #59

Aug. 26th, 2010 12:24 pm
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59) Byatt, A. S. THE CHILDREN"S BOOK. Knopf: 2009.

A spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, spans the Victorian era through the World War I years, and centers around an (artistic) circle of family and friends.

Book #57

Aug. 13th, 2010 09:01 am
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57) Bauermeister, Erica. SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGEDIENTS. New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2009.

It soon becomes clear that each of the 8 students gathering every Monday night for cooking class seek a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. Chef Lillian, a woman whose connection with food is both soulful and exacting, helps them to create dishes whose flavor and techniques expand into the secrets of her students' lives. A nice little book of interconnected stories.

I finished reading this book last night while cooking food to take over to Barry's for tonight's dinner. :)

I made slow cooked crock pot beef barbeque, a mexican "cheesecake" (crust is crumbled tortilla chips with a baked filling of various cheeses, eggs, salsa and peppers, topped with sourcream and avocado- not a sweet sugary dessert cake), and Phyllis gave me some of her delicious creamy chocolate fudge that I will share for dessert.

Wasn't feeling too perky yesterday and took a rest day from exercising; today will probably just be a light gym work out as well, and then long runs again this weekend.
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M Rest
T 3.5
W 3.75
Th 6.5
F Gym
Sat 22 Gym/2 arc trainer GREAT hill and trail long run!!
Sun 12.5 Gym/3.25 treadmill

total= 53 miles 3 Gym sessions



This fleur de lis outline in my "in training" tattoo (#49!) for the Rouge-Orleans Ultra next March. It's on the outside of my lower right leg, where I can see it and be reminded of my goal. I'll get the tattoo coloured and completed after the race....

And a pic of #48, script which pretty much sums up my mental state. :) Have an apointment in two weeks for TATTOO #50; will be something symbolic of my being a twin.

Book #56 Blum, Jenna. STORMCHASERS: A Novel. Newy York, Dutton: 2010.
Twenty years after her bipolar twin brother's penchant for chasing tornadoes leads to deadly consequences and a dark secret they share, Karena Jorge finds out that he has escaped from a psychiatric ward, prompting her to join a band of professional stormchasers in hope of finding her twin.

M 5 mile walk (just to stretch and think)

Book #55

Jul. 26th, 2010 07:39 pm
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55) LeCraw, Holly. THE SWIMMING POOL. Doubleday: 2010.

from amazon.com review: While a brief synopsis of Holly Lecraw's debut might lure you into believing that "The Swimming Pool" is a steamy summer page-turner--it is, in fact, something far more intriguing. Beginning with an unlikely and dangerous affair, Lecraw charts a turbulent, but inevitable, path that rips apart two families. But more important than the crimes of the flesh and their immediate repercussions, "The Swimming Pool" picks up years later with a haunting story of loss, regret, and those damaged in the wake of past events. In a surprisingly subtle narrative, Lecraw interweaves past and present to create a disturbingly candid portrait of individuals caught up in deceit and emotional crisis.

Book #54

Jul. 24th, 2010 04:09 pm
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54) Kelly, Linda Armstrong with Joni Rogers. NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH; Raising Lance, Raising Me. Broadway Books: 2005.

Memoir by Lance Armstrong's mother. (I gues since Lance is the bigger celebrity, he got the better co-author...this book was just so-so.)

Book #53

Jul. 21st, 2010 10:05 am
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53) Mieville, China. KRAKEN: an Anatomy. New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2010.

British author Mieville creates a fantasy London where anything is possible and where something threatens to end the world and burn the city out of existence. When a nine-meter-long dead squid is stolen, tank and all, from a London museum, curator Billy Harrow finds himself swept up in a world he didn't know existed. Being chased by various magical cults, crazies and criminals (including a talking tattoo), and the police/sorcerers of the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit, Billy holds the key to finding the missing squid--that just may be an embryonic god...

Miéville's dark urban fantasy is a rich, dense literary work, full of wordplay and imagery. I quite enjoyed it.

Book #52

Jul. 19th, 2010 07:28 pm
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52)Frost, Randy O. and Gail Steketee, STUFF: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things. Harcourt: 2010

Using case studies that show the identifying traits of a hoarder, the authors explain the causes and outline the often ineffective treatments for the disorder while illuminating the psychological and emotional pull that possessions exert on all of us.

Book #51

Jul. 14th, 2010 12:33 pm
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51) Robison, John Elder. LOOK ME IN THE EYE: My Life With Asperger's. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2008.

Publisher's Weekly: Starred Review. Robison's thoughtful and thoroughly memorable account of living with Asperger's syndrome is assured of media attention due in part to his brother Augusten Burroughs's brief but fascinating description of Robison in RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.

But Robison's story is much more fully detailed in this moving memoir, beginning with his painful childhood, his abusive alcoholic father and his mentally disturbed mother. Robison describes how from nursery school on he could not communicate effectively with others, something his brain is not wired to do, since kids with Asperger's don't recognize common social cues and body language or facial expressions. Failing in junior high, Robison was encouraged by some audiovisual teachers to fix their broken equipment, and he discovered a more comfortable world of machines and circuits, of muted colors, soft light, and mechanical perfection. This led to jobs (and many hilarious events) in worlds where strange behavior is seen as normal: developing intricate rocket-shooting guitars for the rock band Kiss and computerized toys for the Milton Bradley company. Finally, at age 40, while Robison was running a successful business repairing high-end cars, a therapist correctly diagnosed him as having Asperger's.

Robison succeeds in his goal of helping those who are struggling to grow up or live with Asperger's to see how it is not a disease but a way of being that needs no cure except understanding and encouragement from others.
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50) Simmons, Dan. BLACK HILLS. New York : Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Co., 2010.

When Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, "counts coup" on George Armstrong Custer as he lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn, the general's spirit enters him. The voice of Custer's ghost will speak to Paha Sapa for the rest of his event-filled life. (ummm...much of what is related as Custer's story, at least in the first part of the book, is his obsessive love for his sexually adventurous wife Libby.) However, the main protagonist, his story spanning more than 80 years, is not the legendary general but Paha Sapa. IMO, the book's most interesting segments and plot revolve around his involvement in the carving of the Mount Rushmore monument, on sacred Lakota ground. Meticulously researched, this novel tells its story against a huge historical backdrop.

It's about a 21 nonfiction to 29 fiction split so far. Have read all of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels and all of Jonathan Nasaw's thrillers.

1thru50 )
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48) Nasaw, Jonathan. TWENTY-SEVEN BONES. Atria: 2004.
Another Nasaw thriller; rats--I've now read all the books the library has by this author.

49) Stein,Garth. ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN. Harper Collins: 2008.

I picked this novel because the title grabbed me, but I quite enjoyed it (even though the referenced "racing" is auto not running).

“I savored Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and--best of all--the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair.” (Wally Lamb, Author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True)

Book #47

Jun. 29th, 2010 06:46 pm
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47) Hill, Joe. HORNS. William Morrow: 2010.

Not as good as his first novel, but not a bad supernatural thriller. This story, and the earlier HEART SHAPED BOX, also share a central theme: that there is something more after death, and you can ultimately set a wrong to right. HORNS is about love and loss, friendship and betrayal and ultimately humanity. What Hill does so well with his story is to turn upside down the normal notion of good guy and bad guy (or God and the Devil).
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45) Nasaw, Jonathan. THE BOYS FROM SANTA CRUZ. Atria Books: 2010.
Nasaw's latest thriller mystery with FBI agent E.L. Pender. (I think there is only one more Nasaw novel I haven't read yet.)

46) Peale, Samantha. THE AMERICAN PAINTER EMMA DIAL. W. W. Norton: 2009.
Contemporary novel about the New York art scene, as Emma struggles to find her own vision after years as a famous painter's assistant.


have also caught up on watching season 3 of United States of Tara and Nurse Jackie (SHO), and seasons 2 and into 3 of True Blood (HBO) while at my daughter's house this weekend.

book #44

Jun. 23rd, 2010 02:32 pm
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44) Nasaw, Jonathan. THE GIRLS HE ADORED. New York: Pocket Books, 2001.

Creepy psychological mystery/thriller. Same good guys (FBI Agent E.L. Pender and therapist Irene Cogan) and bad guy(Or is that bad guys? Ulysses Maxwell, diagnosed DID multiple personalities patient and serial killer) whose story is continued in the novel WHEN SHE WAS BAD. I'd read the later one, published in 2008, first, but both books worked all right as stand alone stories as well as a series.
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1) eat clean (will write more later about particulars, but am basically using tips from internet research and a couple of book I recently read*)
2) lose 10 lbs (before my b-day in two months? Going to try NOT to obsess about "dieting" but more just refer back to goal #1. Just want to take off a bit of bloat-pudge, and pay close attention to how my body responds.)
3) keep running :)

My next race event? http://www.fleetfeetjackson.com/big-butts-50k-100k (Andon, one of the runners I met at the Stage Race, told me about it.) lol..I find a race called "Big Butts" amusing; my personal theme song for it should be Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls"! I think I am going to register for the 50K race- but am considering then continuing on to see how much of the 100K division of this trail race I could actually complete? It's a slightly longer road trip down to Clinton, MS but it would be one more summer event, the race registration is inexpensive, and it seems like a decent low-key trail ultra.

Ugghhh... I either have some nasty insect bites or an itchy patch of poison ivy behind my right knee..and I'm cramping and bleeding heavy AGAIN today when I thought I was finished with my period for this cycle. :(

*43) Warner, Jackie. THIS IS WHY YOU'RE FAT(and how to get thin forever)
New York : Wellness Central, 2010.

Fitness trainer Jackie Warner shares her two-tiered approach providing a complete nutritional makeover and a condensed workout routine. Contains some good nutritional advice and tips on the concept of "eating clean".

Planning, Dreaming and Scheming: Race Calendar Read more... )

Book #40

Jun. 7th, 2010 02:04 pm
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40) Straub, Pater. A DARK MATTER. Doubleday: 2010.

lengthy literary horror novel; just what I was in the mood for.

Book #39

Jun. 3rd, 2010 08:53 am
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39) Armstrong, Lance with Sally Jenkins. ITS NOT ABOUT THE BIKE: my journey back to life. Berkley: 2001.

Armstrong's cancer memoir and winning the Tour de France. Bicycling isn't my sport, but his story is an inspiration.

Book #37

May. 27th, 2010 09:30 am
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37) Kastner, Charles B. BUNION DERBY : the 1928 footrace across America. University of New Mexico Press: 2007.

On March 4, 1928, 199 men lined up in Los Angeles, California, to participate in a 3,400-mile transcontinental footrace to New York City. The route largely followed U.S. Highway Route 66, then new and mostly unpaved, that subjected the runners to mountains, deserts, mud, and sandstorms. The Bunion Derby, as the press dubbed the event, was the brainchild of sports promoter Charles C. Pyle. The runners represented all walks of American life, from immigrants to millionaires, with a peppering of star international athletes.

Interesting factual account, but not as lively as Tom McNab's novel FLANAGAN'S RUN based on the event.

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