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WWW Wednesdays Jan 30

Bit later today getting my WWW Wednesday post together. But oh well, here it is now!

The meme comes from shouldbereading, and all you have to do is answer these questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? and What are you planning to read next?

currently reading

  • The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells – only on chapter 2, so no real thoughts yet. Enjoying being back in that world though!

recently finished

  • Pandaemonium by Ben Macallan – awesome. I loved it. Highly recommended, and more complete review coming soon.
  • The Tempest (The Complete Works of Shakespeare) – always makes me feel good to finally read for myself something canonical like this that gets referenced a lot in all sorts of different media. I think I’m going to take a bit of a break from Shakespeare though… probably aim to finish the whole thing by the end of 2013. Only 36 plays to go 😉

plan to read next

There’s a couple possibilities, depending on what sort of book I feel like after finishing The Serpent Sea.  Let’s do it by genre:

  • SFF: probably Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente
  • crime/thriller: either Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, or the second Castle book
  • historical fiction: probably The Eagle’s Daughter by Judith Tarr
  • in French: probably Molière, Le misanthrope
  • classics: I’m still technically in the middle of Dracula, I should probably finish that
  • poetry: 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda

I am spoiled for choice. Happy bookworm is happy.

WWW Wednesdays Jan 23

Wheee, another round of WWW Wednesdays 🙂

The meme comes from shouldbereading, and all you have to do is answer these questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? and What are you planning to read next?

currently reading

pandaemonium cover

  • PANDAEMONIUM by Ben Macallan – sequel to Desdaemona, which I looooved. Excited for this one, though I’ve barely started it, so no thoughts/opinions yet. But doesn’t it have a gorgeous cover?! (Click the picture to go to the Goodreads page for Pandaemonium).
  • The Complete Works of Shakespeare – The Tempest (didn’t have much time for it this week)

recently finished

  • Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – okay, I admit, the last 150 pages or so of this book were really intense. But I also felt that it ended in a rather similar manner to the first book of the trilogy. Overall, I definitely liked the first book more, but I have the third book and will read it.
  • Le Torrent, Anne Hébert – love the tone and atmosphere. And happy that I haven’t lost my French too much, since reading this wasn’t too difficult.

plan to read next

  • The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells, or maybe
  • Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente, or…
  • the second Castle book? or
  • something by Sharon Shinn or Kate Elliott or Carol Berg or
  • ahh I don’t know, I can’t decide!

… Sometimes the TBR pile feels very overwhelming.

2013 Resolutions

I’m not much one for thinking a lot about the past (my past, at least)–I’m usually thinking ahead to the future. So 2012… it was a good year. I finished my Masters degree. I didn’t write as much fiction as I would have liked, but overall 2012 was a good year. Now it’s over and I’m looking forward to everything 2013 will bring me.

Sitting here now, drinking the last of my loose-leaf strawberry and rose jasmine tea that was a gift from a friend, looking out the window on a beautiful sunny winter day, 2013 is looking pretty awesome.

I made a few resolutions for this year, to help the awesomeness along.

  • exercise 5 days a week (right now I’m dancing twice a week, and it’s just not cutting it)
  • write 5 days a week (still pulling myself back into good habits after my writing got derailed by my thesis)
  • find a job (self-explanatory)
  • read at least 10 works in French
  • read at least 5 works in Latin and Greek

The last two are to prevent my languages from atrophying. It would be pretty sad to have spent 6 years studying ancient languages only to lose them a year later through lack of practice. As for the French, I don’t talk to anyone in French since moving away from Ottawa, so I’ve got to start reading more in French if I don’t want to lose it. Movies or tv shows would work too–anyone have any recommendations?

In French, I’m thinking I’ll start by finishing up Anne Hébert’s Le Torrent. I read most of the stories in that collection a couple years ago but never got to the last one or two. For the Latin and Greek, I think I’ll start with Livy I and Homer Iliad I, since again I started both of those about a year ago.

So those are my resolutions this year. Anyone else make any for 2013?