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goal: read at least forty new (*) books this year

*Wong, James. Grow Your Own Drugs: bare-bones herbal recipes.
*Pfeffer, Susan. Life As We Knew It: decent first book in apocalyptic YA series.
*Pfeffer, Susan. The Dead and the Gone: gripping follow-up, much starker but better written.
*Pfeffer, Susan. This World We Live In: third installment, goes off the rails in Act III.
*Picoult, Jodi. Songs of the Humpback Whales: melodramatic first novel, never quite settles on a point.
*Rothfuss, Patrick. The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Book 1: engaging fantasy, some original-ish (and honestly spot-on) ideas about Magick.
*Gordon, Richard. Quantum Touch: The Power to Heal: IMHO, anyone and everyone could benefit from this book.
*Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl: wonderful coming-of-age-while-crazy tale with a slightly unsatisfying ending.
*Rothfuss, Patrick. The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Book 2: well-done follow-up, lot still to go; how will it wrap up?
*Ibbotson, Eva. A Countess Below Stairs: cute YA-ish romance with a lot of nice historical detail.
*Rothfuss, Patrick. The Slow Regard of Silent Things: side-story to TNoTW, not to everyone's taste, but i found it affecting. hard to parse, but worth it for magical and psychological insight.
*Rollins, James, and Cantrell, Rebecca. Blood Infernal: end of trilogy that proposes Catholic priest vampires save the world. great premise and cool first book got pretty tired by the end.
*Peters, Ellis. A Morbid taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael #1): liked it, ready to devour the rest.
*Peters, Ellis. One Corpse Too Many (Brother Cadfael #2)
*Mead, Richelle. The Ruby Circle: on-par conclusion to Bloodlines.
*Pearl-McPhee, Stephanie. Knitting Rules!: amusing account of this addiction called knitting. good de facto pattern discussion/general assembly of knitted items.
Bujold, Lois McMaster. The Curse of Chalion: cause it's far too good to not read again while my partner reads it for the first time.
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Paladin of Souls: same.
*Lovelace, Maud Hart. Heaven to Betsy: cute, nice descriptions, homey. similar to Anne of Green Gables.
*Lovelace, Maud Hart. Betsy In Spite of Herself.
*Lovelace, Maud Hart. Betsy Was a Junior.
*Lovelace, Maud Hart. Betsy and Joe.
*Lovelace, Maud Hart. Betsy and the Great World.
*Lovelace, Maud Hart. Betsy's Wedding.
*Bujold, Lois McMaster. The Spirit Ring: good story, solid plot. not sure it has as much of a re-read potential as some of her other stores; it's not as satisfying a plot progression.
*Peters, Ellis. Monk's Hood (Brother Cadfael #3)
*Jones, Diana Wynne. Howl's Moving Castle: why did i wait so long to read this? FASt read, pretty wonderful story.
*Peters, Ellis. St. Peter's Fair (Brother Cadfael #4)
*Peters, Ellis. The Leper of St. Giles (Brother Cadfael #5)
*Peters, Ellis. The Virgin in the Ice (Brother Cadfael #6)
* Lackey, Mercedes and Mallory, James. The Outstretched Shadow: long on flowery, over-the-top descriptions and low on action, but i like the world-building so i hung in there. it reeks of other Lackey-isms, darker though; there should possibly be a warning on some of the "evil POV" sections.
* Lackey, Mercedes and Mallory, James. To Light a Candle: better-edited.
*Bujold, Lois McMaster. The Hallowed Hunt: having finally read the third Chalion Universe book, i agree with most of the criticisms i read, to wit: it isn't connected to the first two books in a concrete character or physical world way, and the end is lacking. it is still a "Bujold book", in that the plot and world are interesting, but no where the dizzying height of Paladin of Souls.
* Larssen, Stieg. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: all that they said it was, and yet despicable characters are despicable. hard to read because of the subject manner, needs a disclaimer.
* Lackey, Mercedes and Mallory, James. When Darkness Falls: speeds to a conclusion that satisfies, yet it feels far skimpier than the first two offerings (which is not wholly bad).
* Larssen, Stieg. The Girl Who Played With Fire: still a good ride, still despicable, still needs a disclaimer.
Novik, Naomi. His Majesty's Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, and Victory of Eagles, reread.
Lackey, Mercedes. the Magic's Price trilogy, the Arrows of the Queen trilogy, the Mage Winds trilogy, the Storm Warning trilogy , and the Owlknight trilogy, reread.
*Peters, Ellis. Sanctuary Sparrow, read.
*Peters, Ellis. The Devil's Novice, read.
*Peters, Ellis. Dead Man's Ransom, read.
*Peters, Ellis. Pilgrim of Hate, read.
*Peters, Ellis. An Excellent Mystery, read.
*Peters, Ellis. The Raven in the Foregate, read.
*Peters, Ellis. The Rose Rent, read.
*Peters, Ellis. The Hermit of Eyton Forest, read.
*Peters, Ellis. The Confession of Brother Haluin, read.
*Peters, Ellis. The Heretic's Apprentice, read.
*Peters, Ellis. The Potter's Field, read.
*Carey, Mike, The Devil You Know, read: interesting take on spirits and exorcists, not for the squeamish or skeptic. while i liked the world-building (and the unique take on ghosts), the protagonist is more of an anti-hero than hero, and that byplay feels like it's been done to death (no pun intended - down-and-out PI, tumbles into massive crime ring, etc).
*Peters, Ellis. The Summer of the Danes, reading.

*Novik, Naomi. Uprooted, reading... sort of.

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goal: do yoga/meditation, on average, once a week.

gah.

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goal: practice/train karate on average once/week, on my own or join a new dojo.

double GAH.

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goal: "pay" off more of kayak this year, if i get it moved to Maine.

i've been kayaking twice, yet not in my kayak, which remains in NY.

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Poor Man's Tracker: hours using kayak ($8.00/hr rental) to cover cost of kayak ($200.00) total after last year's trips converted to "o"s).

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goal: run again, once i'm feeling better

GAH GAH GAH.

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goal: hang laundry half the year.

done, while in NY.

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times snowshowing in 2015:

yeah, not.


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things i saw or read online in 2015 that really impacted me:

Date: 2015-01-04 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deva-fagan.livejournal.com
I don't have a kayak but I would happily rent or borrow one and go out with you this summer sometime! There's a nice small lake about five miles from our house here-- or on the Kennebec itself.

it's a potential plan!

Date: 2015-01-04 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chris-warrior.livejournal.com
once i get my kayak moved to Maine, i'm hoping to have water access, too. :D so there will be a variety of places to take kayaks! and with Dave's mom belonging to LL Bean, a fairly cheap place to rent them from! (or purchase another, which we will also likely do, if we can get a deal and have the space). the issue, as always, is transporting them, but i need to work out a solution for that at some point.

Date: 2015-06-11 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chris-warrior.livejournal.com
Beth also asked me about kayaking. before the summer completely fills, we should all pick a day to go. i won't have my kayak this summer, probably (no place to store it here), but Beth has two and we could split the rent of a third if we go some place that rents them. :)

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