Saturday, December 31, 2011

End of the Year!

Wow! It's been almost 3 months since I last posted here.  Time has flown and I honestly don't know where it's gone.  Sometimes it just seems to disappear and I feel I've lost something along the way. 

Well, I can say that I have been reading! OK, no shock there.  What I have done is Re-Read a large number of books. 

I've always been one to re-read books.  Books to me are like friends or very special places that I love to go back and re-visit from time to time.  Some people tell me that once they've read a book its done.  That's it, over, never gonna read it again.  Why should I?  I already know what's going to happen.

Me? I'm just the opposite.  If I read a book, especially a series, and I find characters & plot that make me laugh and cry I want to come back to that.  Experience those feelings again and again.  Usually for me it's about a year or so between reads but occasionally it's only a few months between.  I have favorite authors and favorite books & characters that I go back to year after year.  Yes, I skip over some scenes, simply because that while they were important on the first read, I find them less so on the subsequent reads.  I move on to the parts that elicit the emotions, the drama that I find so fascinating.  Anne McCaffrey's Brain & Brawn Ship series, starting with The Ship Who Sang is a wonderful example.  Another would be the Harper Hall Series in Anne's Dragon Riders of Pern series. Awesome characters, great emotional content and tears and laughter to fill many an afternoon. 

These past few months I've been doing mostly re-reads of a number of favorite books.  I went back and started reading (switching to Audio Books) the Deeds of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon.  This began when I came across the two newest books in that series that picked up after the original three.  I joined Audible.com and picked up the first three books in digital format and I began listening to them on my drive to and from work.  I have an hour & a half drive, each way and this is an excellent time to listen to books.  Once I finished them I went and bought the two most current books in audio even though I had them on my Kindle and rounded out the series as it is now.  The next book, Echoes of Betrayal, comes out in February 2012.  I love these characters and the story is fascinating.  Emotions run high and I always find myself laughing, crying and just enjoying myself, renewing old acquaintances and falling into the story and the characters lives all over again.  At the same time I was re-reading the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.  Here is a series with so many strong characters.  Characters that draw you in, twist you up and wring you out with the emotions the stories evoke.  This is one of my favorite series. 
Once I finished Elizabeth Moon's series I moved on to the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward. I love these books and the characters are so memorable.  Their stories are gripping and exciting and make for a great audible read on my drives.  I'm getting ready to start on the 6th book of this series on Audible next week. 

I've also re-read a number of my new favorites. Stories by Radclyffe, C. P. Rowlands, Julie Cannon, R. E. Bradshaw, Erin Dutton, Susan X. Meagher, Linda Hill & Georgia Beers just to name a few and most of which I've posted here before.

I've been working with my art using Vue lately again.  Seasons change and I love making images that show those changes.  I try to imitate some of the scenes I come across on my rides and some I remember from when I was growing up.  I've also found the next quilt top design I want to make.  I love log cabin blocks and this one just jumped out of the magazine and grabbed my attention.  Now I just have to find the right fabrics and I'm read to make my text top.  I like that. 

One of my Christmas presents this year was a gift card to Amazon.com.  That made me smile!  My wife knows my weakness for new books and she knows how much I love to read!  I've bought a number of books and I've actually read quite a few since Christmas too!  Awesome goodness!  LOL!

From This Moment On by P. J. Trebelhorn
True Confessions by P. J. Trebelhorn
Pitifully Ugly by Robin Alexander
Mending Defects by Lynn Galli
Before It Stains by R. E. Bradshaw
Burning Reflections by Rachel Carrington

Just to name a few.

I also purchased a collection of 26 Zane Grey Novels that I read as a teenager and that I still have fond memories of.  Love my Kindle!  All of the stories for under $2.00!
I picked up the 1st 4 of Fred Saberhagen's Dracula Series:
An Old Friend of the Family, The Dracula Tape, The Holmes-Dracula File & Thorn.  I loved these books and I've somehow misplaced my copies.  Now I have them on my Kindle and I'm looking forward to re-reading them. 

New books are coming out the first few months of next year.  Books by Lynsay Sands, J. R. Ward, Kerrelyn Sparks & Elizabeth Moon.  I can't wait!  All favorite series of mine and I can't wait to get my hands on them.

Well, this is my last update for the year 2011.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful year and found and enjoyed many, many great books, new authors and awesome characters. 

I'm really looking forward to what will come in the new year!

Here's wishing everyone a wonderful and most Happy New Year!

See you in 2012!