Wednesday, January 31, 2007

January 2007 Reading List

It's the first reading list of the year! I'm doing things a little bit different this time, I'm adding more information, so now I have the title, the author, number of pages, the dates I read it, and how I aquired the book. Also, I'm including comic issues and magazines this year, as long as they have a decent amount of reading--and my magazines are devotionals, so they certainly do.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling; 734 pages; 29 Dec 2006-1 Jan 2007; owned
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling; 870 pages; 2 Jan-5 Jan; library
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling; 652 pages; 5 Jan-8 Jan; owned
Avatar: The Lost Scrolls: Fire by Tom Mason; 64 pages; 8 Jan-9 Jan; owned
Ceres Celestial Ledgend Volume 1: Aya (manga); 208 pages; 12 Jan; borrowed from Katie B
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier; 271 pages; 18 Jan-22 Jan; library
The Giver by Lois Lowry (reread); 179; 15 Jan-23 Jan; owned
X-Factor #15 by Peter David; 32 pages; 24 Jan; owned
New X-Men: Childhood's End, Volume 3 by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost; 136 pages; 24 Jan; library
(X-Men) Day of the Atom by Chuck Austen; 224 pages; 24 Jan; library
Magic Lessons by Justine Larbalestier; 275 pages; 24 Jan-28 Jan; library

This past month I have read 12 books by 9 authors with a total of 3645 pages. And because I know someone will ask, I read a lot of those over Christmas break when I had a badly twisted ankle; spent the whole day reading.

As soon as I have time (next week) I'll get back to writing reviews, starting with The Adventures of Guy by Norm Cowie and I'll make a post on the importance of rereading books.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Chapter Length--Edit: Link

It has come to my attention in all my blog-reading today* that the great Justine Larbalestier has written lately on a similar topic to my last post. Check out her post on paragraph length.

Just check out Justine in general, she's great. By the way, she's the one with the posts about writing times. (And John Scalzi had some to say on the subject too)

*My younger brother is sick and I am staying home with him today to take care of him due to the fact that my dad is working in Chicago and my mum is at some esthetician's class in San Diego

Chapter Length/Writing Time

"And it really was the kitten after all."

"My mother is a fish."

Both of the above quotes are from well-known pieces of literature (Through the Looking Glass and As I Lay Dying respectively), and I hope you'll notice something: they're both one sentence long. They're chapters; chapters with less than ten words. Some books have chapters unbelievably long, 30 pages, more. Large sums of writers worry about their chapter lengths, if they're long enough, but should they? If these two books had chapters 5 or 8 words long, and made it better than most others, should we really worry about how many pages long our chapters are? If we get the point across how we want, the word count doesn't matter.

Also, there's a lot of buzz in the sci-fi community of authors about how much time should be spent writing a day. Some say 4 hours a day, some say more; some of us, however, agree that it depends on the writer. I myself only spend about an hour a day (usually) writing, but I'm a student with younger siblings to take care of. Sometimes I'll get in up to 5 hours a day, but that's not exactly normal, and even then it's not constant: I get snacks, mess around with the songs in iTunes, check other books for things, draw, doll how my character looks, use the bathroom, and in general, procrastinate. Again, who cares how long it takes to get done as long as it gets done?

Monday, January 15, 2007

December 2006 Reading List/Final

December 2006
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Avatar: The Last Airbender Cinemanga Volume 1
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Avatar: The Lost Scrolls: Water
Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

So, in 2006 I read 82 books by 19 authors. This year I will be keeping track of other things as well, such as number of pages and how I acquired the book (so far I have 5 books with a total of 2528 pages). Should be interesting, and I'm hoping to reach 100 books this year, maybe even more!

October/November 2006 Reading List

Life, the Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
X/1999 Volume 1 by CLAMP
X/1999 Volume 2 by CLAMP
The Adventures of Guy by Norm Cowie
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
X/1999 Volume 3 CLAMP


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