Category Archives: Books and Reading Lists

What should I read next?

My reading list has gotten really short recently. I’m in my final semester of graduate school, and the time it takes to do my courses well and look for a job, and run my business (I have a direct sales business), leave me with little time for personal reading. Another reason why I won’t be reading as much is because if I really like a book, I have a hard time putting it down and doing something else. I’m going to tell you what’s currently on my reading list, and also some of the things I like. In return, I’m going to ask you for recommendations for additional books. I’m going to spend at least some time this fall working on my sewing (I need some new clothes) and so even if I can’t find the time to read a book, I can get the audio version and listen while I sew. I tend to do better focusing on my projects when I have something interesting playing.

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How I tore through a book series

I’ve been meaning to read at least the first book in the Percy Jackson series for a while. Last summer I watched the movie, and I really enjoyed it, so the books made my reading list. Unfortunately, as a graduate student, I don’t have a lot of time for pleasure reading. Winter break is a great time to catch up, so when I got a $30 gift card to Amazon, I decided to use part of it to buy the first book in the series, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

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Bookshelves Runneth Over

My bookshelves runneth over.

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An Open Letter to Penguin Publishing (cc: Jim Butcher)

Dear Penguin Publishing,

I didn’t intend to write this letter. When you decided to up the pricing of your Kindle books, I was irritated, but you’re the publisher.  I resolved to purchase your Kindle books when the prices lowered, as we readers were led by various publishers to believe would happen much in the way that hardcovers are more expensive than paperback books. I felt it was a shame, over the past few years I have gotten used to buying new books for series that I am reading the day they are released (and even pre-ordering some books). However, I was returning to school, grad school to be exact, and my finances were going to be tighter, so if your e-book prices were increasing through Kindle, then I would have to wait until you lowered them.

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