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Reading report for November 2013

November was a less than average reading month for me: I finished 8 9 books. (Tsk! I forgot one).
Of those, 5 were rereads and 3 were TBR.

Unusually, this was not due to one of my fits of depression (reading little and rereading are two of the danger signs), but simply because I have had other things to do. I have been using some of the time I usually spend reading to draw/doodle instead, something I love doing but I haven't had much energy to do for a long time. One of the things I did was to hand-draw all my Christmas cards. I also made a number of paper ornaments, most which can be hung anywhere at any time of year, but of course they also look nice on the Christmas tree.

Any time I do less than my usual amount of reading for a while, I begin to feel the difference in my body by the second week or so, especially my neck and shoulders. Having myalgia means I need to take good care of myself and reading unfortunately puts a strain on my muscles. But if I had to choose between bei…

Reading report for October 2013

I finished 14 books in October. Of those, 4 were rereads and none were ebooks, something that hasn‘t happened in a single month since I bought my Kindle a couple of years ago. In addition, all 10 first-time reads were TBR books, so I have now fulfilled my goal of reading 50 books from my TBR stack in 2013. Now that there are only 2 months left in the year I don‘t think I will set myself a further TBR goal, but I will continue to count the TBR books I read to see if it is realistic for me to set the TBR bar higher for next year. I am finally beginning to see gaps in my formerly overstuffed bookshelves, and I should be having a hard time preventing myself from buying books to fill them, but so far it has been easy to avoid that temptation, because I am saving up money for something else. Besides, the Christmas season is beginning and I have been busy planning what to give to whom and making Christmas cards.

There were several reading highlights in October. Among them were Only in Ameri…

Friday book list #15: Still more books by Ngaio Marsh

Death and the Dancing Footman:
Non-fiction:

The Ingoldsby Legendsby Richard Harris Barham.Collection of myths, legends, ghost stories and poetry.
Stage works:
Saxophone in Tarlatan by Aubrey Mandrake (real name Stanley Footling). Play (highbrow and presumably experimental). Imaginary.Bad Black-Out by Aubrey Mandrake. Play. See above.Six Characters in Search of an Author (Italian: Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore) by Luigi Pirandello. Play. (sideways mention, i.e. the actual title is not mentioned as a title but the exact phrase occurs in reference to the play. I felt justified in including it as the author is mentioned as well).The Passing of the Third Floor Back by Jerome K. Jerome. Play and short story, but the reference could be to either the play or a film based on it.
Novels:
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. (mentioned as Alice through the Looking-Glass). Novel.Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Novel.Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers…