justchris reads and writes in 2023

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justchris reads and writes in 2023

1justchris
Editado: Jan 13, 2:03 am

Still here even though I was largely checked out from LT in 2022. But every year is a fresh opportunity to do things differently.

BOOKS READ IN 2023:

January

1. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (e)
2. The Quick and the Dead by Louis L'Amour(*) (e)
3. How the West Was Won by Louis L'Amour(*) (e)
4. Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold* (e)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain DNF/DNK
5. Bowdrie by Louis L'Amour(*) (e)
6. The Lonely Men by Louis L'Amour(*) (e)
7. Infinite Jes by Sam Starbuck* (e)
8. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (a)
9. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch (a)
10.Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch (a)
11. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (book club)
12. The Awakening and Selected Stories of Kate Chopin- ROOT 1 DNK
13. Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong* (e)
14. Chaotic by Kelley Armstrong (e)
15. Hoofin' It by RJ Blain* (e)
16. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold* (e)

February

17. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher (e)
18. A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark (e)
19. The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold (e)
20. Fete for a King by Sam Starbuck* (e)
21. The Lady and the Tiger by Sam Starbuck* (e)
22. The Twelve Points of Caleb Canto by Sam Starbuck (e)
23. Otherworld Secrets by Kelley Armstrong
24. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
25. Stolen by Kelley Armstrong (e)
26. Broken by Kelley Armstrong (e)
27. The Sioux Spaceman by Andre Norton*
28. The Gates of Tagmeth by PC Hodgell*
29. By Demons Possessed by PC Hodgell(*)
30. Deathless Gods by PC Hodgell - ROOT 2

March

31. Salsa Nocturna by Daniel Jose Older (e)
32. Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong (a)
33. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong (a)
34. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong (e)
35. No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong (e)
36. Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong (a)
37. Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong (e)
38. Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong (e)
39. Wolf's Bane by Kelley Armstrong (e)
40. Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong (a)
41. Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong (e)
40. Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong (e)
42. Owned by the Alphas by Jayce Carter (e)
43. The Omegas by Annie Nicholas (e)
44. Grave Robbing and Other Hobbies by Jayce Carter (e)
45. Iron Cage by Andre Norton*
46. Holiday in Bath by Laura Matthews*
47. Wild Magic by Jo Clayton - ROOT 3
48. The Hunter and the Hunted by Kelley Armstrong (e)
49. Bootcamp of Misfit Wolves by Annie Nicholas (e)
50. Not His Dragon by Annie Nicholas (e)
51. Band Sinister by KJ Charles (e)

April

52. Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs (e)
53. Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong (a)
54. Vampire Bait by Annie Nicholas (e)
55. The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by KJ Charles (e)
56. The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh by KJ Charles (e)
57. A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles (e)
58. All Systems Red by KJ Charles (e)
59. An Unseen Attraction by KJ Charles (e)
60. Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (e)
61. Proper English by KJ Charles (e)
62. An Unnatural Vice by KJ Charles (e)
63. The Ruins of a Rake by Cat Sebastian (e)
64. The Sugared Game by KJ Charles (e)
65. Peter Cabot Gets Lost by Cat Sebastian (e)
66. Tommy Cabot Was Here by Cat Sebastian (e)
67. Irresistible by Annie Nichols (e)
68. Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells (e)
69. Daniel Cabot Puts Down Roots by Cat Sebastian (e)
70. Gilded Cage by KJ Charles (e)
71. The Rat-Catcher's Daughter by KJ Charles (e)
72. Instead of the Thorn by Georgette Heyer (e)
73. Caught by Her Alphas by Jayce Carter (e)
74. Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall - ROOT 4 (book club)
75. Wildfire by Jo Clayton - ROOT 5
76. True Biz by Sara Novic (book club)
77. Magic Wars by Jo Clayton - ROOT 6

May

78. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (a)
Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan (e) DNF
79. Guns of the Timberlands by Louise L'Amour(*) (e)
80. Network Effect by Martha Wells (a)
81. Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles (e)
82. Spiritwalk by Charles DeLint - ROOT 7 DNK
83. The Iron Marshal by Louis L'Amour (e)
80. The Foundling by Georgette Heyer* (e)
81. Dates from Hell (e)
82. A Thief in the Night by KJ Charles (e)
83. Hex on the Beach (e)
Enthralled (e) DNF
84. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs* (e)
85. Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross (e)
86. Hex Life (e)
87. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (e)
88. The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross (e)
89. Moonheart by Charles DeLint - ROOT 8 DNK
90. Delan the Mislaid by Laurie J. Marks*

June

91. Down on the Farm by Charles Stross (e)
92. An Unsuitable Heir by KJ Charles (e)
93. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
94. Overtime by Charles Stross (e)
95. The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross (e)
96. The Moonbane Mage by Laurie J. Marks*
97. The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross (e)
98. The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross (e)
99. The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross (a)
100. The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross (e)
101. The Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross (a)
102. The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross (a)
103. Under a Winter Sky (e)
104. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi G (book club)
105. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (e)
106. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (e)
107. Bowdrie's Law by Louis L'Amour(*) (e)
108. The Labyrinth Index by Charles Stross (a)
109. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (e)
110. Wolf's Curse by Kelley Armstrong (e)
111. Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong (e)
112. Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong (a)
113. Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong (e)
114. Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong (e)
115. Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong (e)
116. Darkest Powers Tales by Kelley Armstrong (e)
117. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (e)
118. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (e)
119. The Rising by Kelley Armstrong (e)
120. Atoning by Kelley Armstrong (e)
121. Driven by Kelley Armstrong (e)
122. Forsaken by Kelley Armstrong (e)
123. Becoming by Kelley Armstrong (e)
124. Ara's Field by Laurie JK. Marks*
125. Shards and Ashes edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong (e)

July

126. Enjoying the Show by Marie Harte (e)
127. Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (e)
128. Collision Course by Marie Harte (e)
129. Delivered with a Kiss by Marie Harte (e)
130. Closing the Deal by Marie Harte (e)
131. The Troublemaker Next Door by Marie Harte (a)
132. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (a)
133. A Sure Thing by Marie Harte (e)
134. How To Handle a Heartbreaker by Marie Harte (e)
135. Ruining Mr Perfect by Marie Harte (e)
136. Handle with Care by Marie Harte (e)
137. Just the Thing by Marie Harte (e)
138. The Whole Package by Marie Harte (e)
139. Smooth Moves by Marie Harte (e)
140. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (a)
141. Zero To Sixty by Marie Harte (e)
142. Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher (e)
143. All I Want for Halloween by Marie Harte (e)

August

144. Home by Martha Wells (e)
145. A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles (e)
146. A Gentleman's Position by KJ Charles (e)
147. The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen by KJ Charles (a)
148. Closing the Deal by Marie Harte (e)
149. The Only Thing by Marie Harte (e)
150. Test Drive by Marie Harte (e)
151. Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte (e)
152. Evolve 2: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead edited by Nancy Kilpatrick
153. Urban Allies edited by Joseph Nassise
154. Blood Lite III
155. Turn Up the Heat by Marie Harte (e)
156. High Jinx by Kelley Armstrong (e)
157. Cursed Luck by Kelley Armstrong (e)
158. Make Me Burn by Marie Harte (e)
159. The Kissing Game by Marie Harte (e)
160. Burning Desire by Marie Harte (e)
Hot for You by Marie Harte (e) DNF
161. Slippery Creatures by KJ Charles (a)
162. Tales from the Folly by Ben Aaronovitch (a)
163. Busman's Honeymoon by Lindsey Davis (a)
164. Falco by Lindsey Davis (a)
165. Falco Venus in Copper by Lindsey Davis (a)
166. Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (e)
167. Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire (e)
168. Subtle Blood by KJ Charles (e)
169. Slippery Creatures by KJ Charles (e)
170. A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian (e)
171. Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian (e)
172. Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire (e)
173. Discount Armageddon by Seanan MacGuire (e)
174. It Takes Two To Tumble by Cat Sebastian (e)
175. Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian (e)
176. Making the Grade by Marie Harte (e)
177. The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes by Marie Harte (a)
178. Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks*
179. Real Life by Brandan Taylor (book club)
180. Goddess of Summer Love by Kelley Armstrong (e)
181. Hunting Kat by Kelley Armstrong (e)
182. Wanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles (e)
183. Unfit to Print by KJ Charles (e)
184. Masters in This Hall by KJ Charles (e)
185. Think of England by KJ Charles (e)
186. Seduction Games by Allyson Lindt (e)
187. Without Reservation by Lynn Burke (e)
188. Bound by Aveda Vice (e)
Bi-Curious Beginnings: the Eccentric Earl Prequel by Anne Shaw DNF
189. Of Boys and Beasts by Mona Black (e)
190. Straw Man by KA Silva (e)
191. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (e)
192. Song for a Viking by KJ Charles (e)
193. To Trust Man on His Oath by KJ Charles (e)
194. How Goes the World? by KJ Charles (e)
195. A Confidential Problem by KJ Charles (e)
196. A Private Miscellany by KJ Charles (e)
197. Writing Her In by Holly Trent (e)
198. Three Part Harmony by Holly Trent (e)
199. Working Title by Holly Trent (e)
200. Sleigh, Bells, Rings by Holly Trent (e)

September

201. Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (a)
202. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (a)
203. Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire (e)
204. A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske (e)
205. Raising the Bar by Marie Harte (a)
206. Spotted Her First by Emma Dean (a)
207. The Dream Guy Next Door by Lauren Blakely (a)
208. Hungry for Her Wolves by Tara West (a)
209. Bending the Rules by Marie Harte (e)
210. What To Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte (e)
211. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers (a)
212. The Falco Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsay Davis (a)
213. Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire (e)
214. That Ain't Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire (e)
215. A Restless Truth by Freya Marske (e)
216. Consort of Secrets by Eva Chase (a)
217. Consort of Pain by Eva Chase (a)
218. Consort of Fire by Eva Chase (a)
219. Consort of Light by Eva Chase (a)
220. The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels (a)
221. Honor Bound by C. J. Archer
222. Hard and Fast by Mari Carr (e)
223. Down and Dirty by Mari Carr (e)
224. Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire (e)
225. Bound with Passion by Megan Mulry (e)
226. The Mischievous Marquess by Anne Shaw (e)
227. Wild Passion by Mari Carr (e)
228. Wild Side by Mari Carr (e)
229. The Shivadh Romances
230. Nemesis by Lindsay Davis - ROOT 9

October

231. Seven Summer Nights by Harper Fox (a)
Flicker and Flame DNF
232. Candy Boys by Jo Raven (a)
233. Driftwood by Harper Fox (a)
234. Tinsel Fish by Harper Fox (a)
235. The Henchmen of Zenda by KJ Charles (a)
236. Rough and Ready by Mari Carr (e)
237. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (e)
The Story of Silence DNF
238. The Harvest Moon by Joshua Ian (e)
239. The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian (e)
240. We Want To Do More Than Survive by Bettina Love - ROOT 10 (book club)
241. Chalice by Robin McKinley*
242. The Royals and the Ramblers by Sam Starbuck (e)
The Female Man by Joanna Russ ROOT 11 DNF DNK
Silk and Steel: A Queer Speculative Adventure Anthology (e) DNF
243. Earth Logic by Laurie J. Marks*
244. Proper Scoundrels by Allie Therin (e)
245. Spellbound by Allie Therin (e)
246. The World We Make by N. K. Jemison (e)
247. The Missing Page by Cat Sebastian (e)

November

248. Wonderstruck by Allie Therin (e)
249. Woman of Light Kali Fajardo-Anstine (book club)
250. Gunslinger's Lullaby by Jovana (e)
251. Gumption & Gumshoes by Alex Kidwell (e)
252. Angel-Centered Therapy through a Multicultural Lens: An Integrative Approach by Nnm (e fanfic)
253. Pirates of the Riviera by Sam Starbuck (e)
254. Safety School by Sam Starbuck (e)
a lot of Leverage fanfic
255. Screwdriver by Mari Carr (e)
256. Party Naked by Mari Carr (e)
257. Everything Nice by Mari Carr (e)
258. Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez (a)
259. Sugar and Spice by Mari Carr (e)
260. A Wolf in Duke's Clothing by Susanna Allen (e)
261. A Most Unusual Duke by Susanna Allen (e)
262. Spectred Isle by KJ Charles (a)
263. A Nobleman's Guide to Seducing a Scoundrel by KJ Charles (e)
264. Screaming Orgasm by Mari Carr (e)
265. A Duke at the Door by Susanna Allen (e)
266. Bachelor's Bair by Mari Carr (e)
267. Bright Young Dead by Jessica Fellowes (a)
268. The Mitford Scandal by Jessica Fellowes (a)
269. The Mitford Trial by Jessica Fellowes (a)

December

270. The Mitford Vanishing by Jessica Fellowes (a)
271. The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes (e)
272. The Mitford Secret by Jessica Fellowes (a)
273. Crimson Lake by Candice Fox (a)
274. Redemption Point by Candice Fox (a)
275. Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox (a)
276. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovich (a)
277. Water Logic by Laurie J. Marks*
278. Wings Once Cursed and Bound by Piper J. Drake (e)
279. Playing with Fire by RJ Blain (e)
280. Burn, Baby, Burn by RJ Blain (e)
281. Last But Not Leashed by RJ Blain (e)
282. The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes (a)
283. And Dangerous to Know by Darcie Wilde (a)
My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes (e) DNF
The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries by Emily Brightwell (a) DNF
284. A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde (a)
285. System Collapse by Martha Wells (a)
286. What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovich (a)
287. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovich (a)
288. The Flame Game by RJ Blain (e)
289. The Lost Locket by Marie Harte (e)
290. RetroCog by Marie Harte (e)
291. Whispered Words by Marie Harte (e)
292. Fortune's Favor by Marie Harte (e)
293. Silver Tongue by Marie Harte (e)
294. Entranced by Marie Harte (e)
295. Killer Thoughts by Marie Harte (e)
296. Bodywork by Marie Harte (e)
297. A Lady Compromised by Darcie Wilde (a)
298. Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jesse Donovan (e)
299. Revealing the Dragons by Jesse Donovan (e)
300. Seducing the Dragon by Jesse Donovan (e)
301. Healed by the Dragon by Jesse Donovan (e)
302. Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovich (a)
303. To Marry and To Meddle by Martha Waters (e)
304. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper (e)
305. How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper (e)
306. Selkies Are a Girl's Best Friend by Molly Harper (e)
307. Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues by Molly Harper (e)
308. Nice Werewolves Don't Bite Vampires by Molly Harper (e)
309. To Swoon and To Spar by Martha Waters (e)
310. A Nobleman's Guide to Seducing a Scoundrel by KJ Charles (a)
311. A Purely Private Matter by Darcie Wilde (a)
312. A Counterfeit Suitor by Darcie Wilde (a)
313. False Value by Ben Aaronovitch (a)
314. Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (e)
315. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert (a)
316. The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch (a)
317. Tales from the Folly by Ben Aaronovitch (a)
318. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampies by Molly Harper (e)
319. A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper (e)
320. Flight of Fancy by Molly Harper (e)
321. Driving Mr. Dead by Molly Harper (e)

key:
* reread
(*) I know it's a reread, but I don't really remember it
G graphic novel/comic
NF nonfiction
P poetry
~P text contains significant chunks of poetry
(e) e-book
(a) audiobook
DNF did not finish
DNK did not keep

The order of finished books may be approximate because I often do not update my records in a timely fashion.

My previous 75 Book Challenge threads:

2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009

2justchris
Jan 1, 2023, 12:12 am

And Happy New Year to everyone! I'm actually trying to go to bed before midnight tonight, unlike all the other nights this week...

3PaulCranswick
Jan 1, 2023, 1:45 am



Wishing you a comfortable reading year in 2023, Chris.

4thornton37814
Jan 1, 2023, 8:54 am

Enjoy your 2023 reads!

5richardderus
Jan 1, 2023, 8:58 am

Happy 2023's reads, Chris!

6drneutron
Jan 1, 2023, 8:00 pm

Welcome back, Chris!

7ronincats
Jan 1, 2023, 8:56 pm

Happy New Year, Chris!

8quondame
Jan 1, 2023, 10:50 pm

Happy new year Chris!

9kgodey
Jan 1, 2023, 10:51 pm

Hi Chris, I have you starred.

10Berly
Jan 1, 2023, 10:52 pm

11karenmarie
Jan 4, 2023, 7:54 am

Happy New Year Chris, hope it's a good one for you.

12justchris
Jan 5, 2023, 2:20 pm

Heh, just figured out I forgot to star my own thread!

>6 drneutron: Thank you, Jim!
>7 ronincats: >8 quondame: >10 Berly: >11 karenmarie: And Happy New Year to you too, Roni, Susan, Kim, and Karen! I hope it's a good year for you, and me, and everyone.
>9 kgodey: Thanks, Kriti! I've found your thread too!

I certainly exceeded the 75 book challenge goal in 2022, but didn't quite achieve my ROOT goal, and closed out only 2 categories in that challenge. But hey, 49 of my own books and two categories done is still an accomplishment. Hoping to do more of the same this year.

13Berly
Jan 5, 2023, 2:24 pm

>12 justchris: LOL. I did that, too, this year! Glad we found ourselves.

14justchris
Jan 10, 2023, 10:41 pm

>13 Berly: Glad to know I'm not alone in these little oversights!

I've been seduced by the convenience of Libby on my phone, particularly when I'm away from home and the books I brought aren't really captivating me. I enjoyed Wishful Drinking so much that I got the only other Carrie Fisher memoir available as an ebook through my local library. And then I turned to an old favorite author from my youth. Plus, I have a couple of recent genre novels on hold--very popular ones, so it'll be a lot of weeks before I get to experience All Systems Red.

And then there's the audiobook that I started during my long drive out. On Sunday, I went for a long walk so I could hear more of Midnight Riot. I only listen to the audiobook while traveling, and walking counts. I've still got a couple of weeks here, so maybe more walks are in order to finish the remaining chapters. Then I could listen to Moon over Soho on the trip home. Which reminds me that I should book the rental car sooner rather than later.

15ronincats
Jan 11, 2023, 5:38 pm

Chris, I have created a thread for us to work on decluttering at https://www.librarything.com/topic/347628

16FAMeulstee
Jan 12, 2023, 9:40 am

Happy reading in 2023, Chris!

17justchris
Jan 12, 2023, 3:05 pm

>15 ronincats: Thanks for setting that up, Roni. I got it starred and can see it's busy already.

>16 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita. Same to you!

18justchris
Jan 16, 2023, 7:18 pm

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is DNF for me. I just can't with the endless exposition, particularly verbose dialogues in competing dialects (including Twain's idea of speaking forsoothly), and extolling the virtues of 20th century capitalism, morality, and the like. Ugh. I made it to chapter 15 on my second attempt, but life's too short to slog through this despite the author's status as American literature icon.

19PaulCranswick
Jan 16, 2023, 8:05 pm

Thought I would touch base now that you've found your thread, Chris!

I really enjoy some of Twain's writing but where he fell down he really fell down!

20Berly
Jan 17, 2023, 2:14 am

>18 justchris: Hard pass -- thanks for the save.

21justchris
Jan 18, 2023, 9:43 pm

>20 Berly: I suffer that I might help others more fortunate...

22Fourpawz2
Jan 20, 2023, 9:17 am

>18 justchris: - Oh, dear. I've got that one in the TBR piles. Guess I better shift it to the bottom. Maybe I will 'accidentally' donate it to the library.

23Berly
Jan 21, 2023, 8:17 pm

24justchris
Jan 22, 2023, 6:20 pm

>19 PaulCranswick: Thanks for the words of support, Paul. I certainly liked The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn back when they were part of my required reading in my youth. And who knows, if I'd read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court back then, I might have liked it too. But I've lived too long and have too many criticisms of capitalism and colonialism to find this story endearing or that interesting, really, in my old age.

>22 Fourpawz2: I'd heard good things about it in the past, which is why I picked it up in the first place. So you might find you like it. Who knows?

>23 Berly: Glad I can amuse.

25justchris
Jan 29, 2023, 12:08 am

Now that I've finally succumbed to Libby, I've been going on a library e-book spree, which means not so much attention to my own collection. I finally finished my first ROOT of the year: one of my fiction books that I started and put down for a couple years. Novella and short stories by Kate Chopin--not my usual style at all. Kinda interesting and kinda horrifying and quite a contrast while simultaneously reading The Vanishing Half. It's not a keeper, and the book is falling apart, so I'll recycle it.

26PaulCranswick
Jan 29, 2023, 1:53 am

>25 justchris: The Vanishing Half has divided opinion so much, Chris. I didn't hate her The Mothers but I didn't love it that much either.

Nice to see you posting.

27justchris
Fev 13, 2023, 9:17 pm

>26 PaulCranswick: Shoot! I can't believe I forgot to reply, Paul! I haven't heard anything about divided opinions. I liked it. My book club will discuss it this weekend.

28Berly
Fev 17, 2023, 2:11 am

Wishing you a happy weekend with a great bookclub meetup!! Also, you have to share their thoughts on The Vanishing Half...just saying. I read it in a class and thought it was really interesting.

29justchris
Fev 17, 2023, 10:08 pm

>28 Berly: Will let you know! I imagine they'll like it pretty well.

The books that have had mixed reception have been those that have pretty directly implicated us in systemic racism: Nice White Ladies and The Half Has Never Been Told. The criticisms in those cases were largely directed at the quality/style of writing, but I tend to think that's a deflection of negative feelings onto an acceptable target that isn't the message.

30Berly
Fev 27, 2023, 1:30 am

>29 justchris: Intersting. So what was the verdict on Vanishing Half? : ) And Happy Monday BTW.

31justchris
Fev 27, 2023, 2:05 pm

>30 Berly: Thanks, and Happy Monday to you too! People liked The Vanishing Half, and the discussion was good. Especially when it got personal around the question of identities embraced and abandoned.

32justchris
Abr 29, 2023, 12:25 am

OK. I have completely fallen down the Libby e-book rabbit hole and am reading tons of lightweight trashy romances because I can. Find an author, binge through their works, rinse, repeat. Most of them appear to be little more than novellas, making it easy to get through a lot of them.

The paranormal romances are generally mildly entertaining meh to awful so far (Annie Nichols, Jayce Carter), . I've generally enjoyed the queer historical romances from KJ Charles, plus I find it interesting that placed end to end, they function as a multigenerational saga as she goes through the various periods from Regency to Edwardian, and I find the connection to characters from an earlier era. Did not like the Cat Sebastian queer Regency romance at all but quite enjoyed her contemporary-ish romances set in the 1960s and 1970s. Really not liking the Courtney Milan queer Regency romance I'm sampling.

OTOH, I really liked True Biz, our May social justice book club pick. And I appreciated Hood Feminism, which we discussed this month. June will be Persepolis.

All the textual popcorn is an indicator that I am struggling with basic functioning. So I haven't had the spoons to engage with online communities. Or in person ones, really. I've really gone hedgehog for the most part.

33Berly
Abr 29, 2023, 10:31 pm

Glad to know you are alive, even if you've turned into a hedgehog. : ) I, too, have resorted to light fluffy reads lately. Mysteries, romance and some witchery. Okay, with one or two redeeming worthwhile reads thrown in. Loved Stone Blind most recently. Hang in there and enjoy the Libby e-book rabbit hole.

34justchris
Maio 25, 2023, 11:56 pm

I started branching out from Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series on Libby. I really enjoyed the Cursed Luck duology. The various anthologies with Armstrong contributions were largely disappointing. Couldn't care about the characters or the stories from the other contributors, wasn't impressed with the writing, big yawn. Especially when the protagonists were essentially super-powered super-special supernatural women with kickass lives and yadda yadda. Meh. Gave up trying to get through all the stories, which ranged from short stories to novellas depending on which compilation, and many were stories featuring characters from established series. The exception was Hex Life: I enjoyed and appreciated almost every story, ranging from charming to campy to horror.

35Berly
Jun 6, 2023, 8:55 pm

So you are leading a hexed life, but enjoying it? : )

36justchris
Jul 26, 2023, 10:16 pm

>35 Berly: So sorry to be so out of it. Yes, I really did enjoy that anthology.

I went on an Otherworld kick and tracked down all the short stories to read, which led me to some more anthologies. I mostly enjoyed Urban Allies because I appreciated the conceit of 2 authors teaming up to throw their protagonists together. And of course, I really liked "Tailed," which paired Elena Michaels from Otherworld and Seanan MacGuire's Verity Price from Incryptid. Enough that I put a hold on the first couple Incrytpid books. Not particularly interested in reading the whole The New Dead zombie anthology after reading "Life Sentence," which features the Boyd cabal (who play such a minor role in the Otherworld series). I was very entertained by the Zoe story "The List" in Evolve 2, and found the overall concept and very wide range of the stories in the anthology interesting enough to read the whole thing. I found the Nick and young werewolves story "V Plates" similarly funny in Blood Lite III and appreciated the unexpected bonus of a Nina Kiriki Hoffman short story ("Distressed Travellers," featuring a viri--introduced in Spirits that Walk in Shadow), plus a fun Harry Dresden story ("I Was a Teenage Bigfoot").

Plus, I continue to binge on e-books to the detriment of work and home. Sigh.

37Berly
Ago 18, 2023, 3:28 pm

And so a month later...what's up? : )

38justchris
Ago 26, 2023, 8:18 pm

>37 Berly: Still binging on ebooks. I need to update my reading list above...

Been busy with medical drama the last month. I had a biking mishap that resulted in a giant bruise on my thigh that then got infected. I just finished a second course of antibiotics because the infection started flaring up again after the first round. Hasn't left me with much time or energy beyond escapist fiction.

39justchris
Ago 26, 2023, 8:50 pm

Updated! It's easy to rack up a lot of ebooks because many seem to be novellas.

40PaulCranswick
Ago 26, 2023, 9:09 pm

>38 justchris: Infected bruises sound a bit of a pain!

Nice to see you posting, Chris.

41justchris
Out 21, 2023, 9:49 pm

>41 justchris: Thanks for stopping by, Paul! I so am not keeping up this year.

Big news! I am relocating to the PNW from the Midwest. I'll be moving the first week of December. In theory, I've been downsizing all year. In reality, only a few things here and there. I have surgery in mid-November, and I hope to have most of my stuff packed by then. So I have about 3 weeks.

Plus, I have read so many e-books! I'm going to try to update my list. I fully expect to top 200 between the e-books and audiobooks.

42Berly
Nov 12, 2023, 6:04 pm

Big news indeed!! Where in the PNW? Cuz I am in Portland, OR you know. : ) What's the new job and good luck with the surgery. That's a lot of stuff going on!

43justchris
Nov 17, 2023, 9:09 pm

>42 Berly: Portland, as it happens! Same job with same employer, just 100% remote a little further away than many of my coworkers. But then, I have a colleague who calls in from Scotland, so certainly not the furthest away.

I tried to convince the surgeon to remove the drains early, but no luck, so I have to wear them through the weekend (including at my send-off party). And I gotta say, the pain a week out from surgery is worse than immediately following. I guess I'm just backwards.

I'm deaccessioning books tonight while a friend packs household stuff I staged as ready to pack. Can you believe I'm actually managing to downsize my library? Madness, right?

Actually, I'll have all the books to go at my party so people can take something home to remember me by. Same with excess spices, dried chiles, etc.

44PaulCranswick
Nov 22, 2023, 8:11 pm

Dear Chris,



Happy Thanksgiving from an appreciative non-celebrator.

45justchris
Nov 25, 2023, 6:26 pm

>45 justchris: Thanks for the holiday wishes, Paul! Thanks so much for thinking of me despite my profound absence from LT in 2023.

In the process of packing, I've downsized 132 books from maybe 2100 in my personal library. Quite a record! A lot of the downsized fiction went home with people at my send-off party, along with one textbook. I've still got some last books to make decisions on this weekend...

46banjo123
Nov 25, 2023, 7:58 pm

>43 justchris:. Hooray for moving to Portland!

47justchris
Nov 28, 2023, 4:56 am

>46 banjo123: Thank you!

Had to stay up most of the night to pack the last of the things that the movers are going to load tomorrow morning. But it's done. And then I have a day to finish packing the stuff that I'll be hauling and clean up the condo and dispose of the last items I really hope the weather cooperates on the drive west.

48ronincats
Dez 24, 2023, 1:24 pm

49PaulCranswick
Dez 25, 2023, 7:04 am



Thinking about you during the festive season, Chris

50justchris
Dez 25, 2023, 10:47 pm

>48 ronincats: and >49 PaulCranswick: Thank you both for the seasonal greetings! Happy holidays!

51Berly
Dez 29, 2023, 2:31 am

So, are you here, in Portland?!?! I have been MIA since I last posted here a month ago. What's the news? Happy Holidays!! : )

52justchris
Jan 13, 1:51 am

>51 Berly: Thank you for checking in, Berly! Yes, I am in Portland. Arrived December 4. Still slowly unpacking, most of the books are still in boxes. The movers placed my largest bookcase upside down, and I need to wait for a couple people to visit so we can rotate it. Sigh.

53banjo123
Jan 13, 5:14 pm

>52 justchris:. Welcome to Portland!

54justchris
Jan 13, 8:42 pm

>53 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda! I lived here back in the 1990s and fully meant to return after grad school then got stuck in Madison for 24 years. I finally decided I was ready to go after many years of geographical ambivalence. Though it's hard to leave so many friends and family behind.

But my past experience is SE Portland, so it's interesting to learn a new part of the metro area. I haven't done much exploring beyond errands in the immediate neighborhood because the expenses of remodeling before moving in and relocation have been, well, quite expensive, not leaving me much for going out.

55Berly
Editado: Jan 19, 1:28 am

Well, I didn't know you were a returnee!! Welcome back home! At least you've had power. : D

56justchris
Jan 19, 1:58 am

>55 Berly: Thanks! Yep, this is my first time without a gas stove in decades, so a power outage would have a little more impact on me than I'm accustomed to. It means I'd have to set up my campstove on the balcony to do my cooking. I'm used to being able to still use the stove, do a bunch of baking to provide ambient heat, etc. Luckily, I haven't had to figure it out. Glad your power is restored.