Monday, 31 January 2011

1,000 eBooks This Month for Kait Nolan! and Vote for Zan Marie!

The generally accepted benchmark of success for an indie author seems to be 1,000 books or more sold per month. And as of this morning, Kait Nolan was at 988 copies for January 2011 alone!

Eastern Standard Time gives you... checks computer clock... five and a half hours to click on over to or smashwords or wherever you prefer, and get yourself a copy of Forsaken by Shadow and/or Devil's Eye (purchasing options are on the linked pages).

Shamelessly honest plug - I'm always wary of self-published books. So many of them are so badly edited they pierce little arrows like misplaced apostrophes into my copy editor's heart. I love Kait's work not only because the romance and characters are so compelling, but because I can read her work for pleasure, without reaching for my favourite brown pen.

Also, Zan Marie Steadham, author of An Easter Walk and A Christmas Walk, has a contemporary story in the works called Friendly Fire. She's just been declared a finalist in the No Fear Blogfest, along with L'Aussie, Elaine Smith, Tony Benson, Michael Di Gesu and Roland Yeomans. Go cast your vote!

Finally, a bit of news about me - I've won a query critique through Roni's latest contest! Let me take one more pass at editing my pitch...

And one more contest! Susan's hosting a Readers Are Smart contest. What's your favourite big word? Mine's  still wariangle.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Check In on A Round of Words in 80 Days

Wow. My eyes are burning. I've finally caught up on Alex Cavanaugh's Top Ten Countdown Music Blogfest, commenting on all the participants. There's so much great music out there! I was impressed with how many people were actually able to narrow down their choices to the required ten songs.

And while I was commenting, I got no edits done whatsoever on Out of the Water. The last few days have really been slacking off days, unfortunately. The story's constantly in my mind, and I know where it's going, but... Well, I did spend a little time yesterday researching medieval Spanish nobility and deciding whether one character should be a Duchess or a Countess.

Today I'm empathising with Carolyn. After agonizing over perfecting my pitch for Kate's critique, I know how hard it is to get the words and the tone just right. Help Carolyn out on the Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment. Her story idea is just fantastic!

The last installment of Kait Nolan's Forsaken by Shadow is up. Wasn't it an exciting tale? Now you can read the next novella set in the same world, Devil's Eye.

Friday, 28 January 2011

New Book Releases and a Snip

Lots of books are available this week, including Terry Lynn Johnson's middle grade novel, Dogsled Dreams - check out Susan Kaye Quinn's lovely review - and Kate Kaynak's Legacy - my review of Legacy is here.

Here's a little snip from Out of the Water (still in editing stage, of course), in which Rosa, on her way to Genoa with her aunts and uncles, and cousin Joseph, has just discovered that a number of officers of the Inquisition are coming to inspect their ship. The deadline for leaving Spain has passed, and if they are questioned and captured now, there's no telling what may happen. Yet, suddenly, she has something more to fear, of a slightly personal nature...

Joseph was pacing in the companionway below decks. "Rosa!" He cried, then rushed on in a whisper. "Where have you been? I heard you up there – what's going on?"
"Oh, Joseph, it's the worst that could have happened. I’m sorry, it's all my fault." She shook her head, grasping his hand. It must have been her questioning at the harbourmaster's that had drawn the inquisitors to them. "Come, I have to tell your father."
"Wait, Rosa."
She dropped her hand. He had not raised his voice this time, but there was a definite note of command in his words.
"I want to know what you meant by saying you've decided not to stay at Genoa."
"I have to go to Constantinople." She took a step toward her aunts' cabin, but he stopped her with a hand on her arm, fingers digging into her sleeve. "Joseph, you’re hurting me. I'll explain everything, but I have to warn –"
"It's nothing to do with this rescuer of yours, is it?" He asked harshly. "I saw the way you were looking at him last night – and that night by the fire."
"I don't know what you're talking about. Let go!" She jerked her arm out of his clutches and shoved off toward the cabin door.
"I'll tell!" He ran up behind her and whispered in her ear as she knocked and opened the door. "I'll tell my father to pay more attention to the way that man looks at you."
She was grateful for the dimness of the cabin, lit only by the flicker of a single oil lamp, for the furious blush that heated her cheeks.
"Tío Aram, Tío Idel." Her uncles were seated side by side on the floor, praying, a couple of steps from where her aunts huddled together on a single bunk, as they had huddled on the sofa in the monastery. She could not bear to be the one bringing the news that they might be headed for captivity once more.
Don't forget Roni's Mega-Awesome Query Contest!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Top Ten Countdown Music Blogfest

Music to inspire, music to get your feet moving, music to lull you to sleep... Alex Cavanaugh had a great idea for a blogfest - the Top Ten Countdown Music Blogfest, which took place on Monday.

Now, I know it's supposed to be top ten songs... But since I'm coming late to this anyhow, I'm going to fudge a little (sorry Alex!) and do bands. I promise I have playlists to back me up! Here goes, in no particular order...


The Divine Comedy! (I prefer their earlier albums, and have playlists for all of them, but let's go with album number three)

Crowded House! (No playlist for these guys, unfortunately (I really ought to make one for Neil Finn's Try Whistling This), but here's my favourite song.)

Gyllene Tider! (Here's what Per Gessle was doing before Roxette. Again, no playlist, I'm afraid, and I couldn't find a video with English subtitles. The title of this song translates as Love Is Not Blind, But Very Nearsighted.)

Super Furry Animals! (I also like Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, but they don't sing as often in Welsh.)

Blue Rodeo! (Of course, this playlist is permanently embedded at the bottom of my blog...)

Bruce Springsteen! (Alright, I know I could have found a more original song(and I do love The Promised Land), but there is that line "I'm sick of sitting around here tryin' to write this book", and I do have that feeling every once in a while...)

Manic Street Preachers! (Welsh but not in Welsh...)

Marion! (One of the bands I wish would reform. Two brilliant albums and then nothing. I wish I could get a playlist together but not all the songs are on YouTube. I'll stick with my CDs, I guess.)

Sezen Aksu! (I had to throw a Turkish artist in there, and who better than the current Grande Dame? Here's a bit of an oldie.)

Of course, this list leaves out my favourite punk bandsTheStoneRosesTheCurePulpLedZeppelinTheBeatlesTheRollingStonesPearlJamAliceinChainsStoneTemplePilotsGunsnRosesAgeofElectricArcticMonkeysGeneLesRespectablesTheSmithsMorrisseyTheCharlatansTheJamTheSmallFacesMesAieuxetc.etc.

And, oh yes - check in on the Round of Words in 80 Days! Well, let's see... I've been editing! But I'm still adding more scenes. I can only hope that this is because I'd left the first half of the novel so wide open, and that the latter half will involve a lot more editing and a lot less filling in blanks.

I took my first paragraph though (well, slightly condensed, actually) and entered it in Nathan Bransford's 4th Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge (I think I might have entered all four! At least the last three). Mine's entry 255, I think, out of 943 to date. Wow. That's a lot of first paragraphs...
The Inquisitors blindfolded her at the town gates. Before that, she had to watch and listen, unable to retort, as strange men growled and spat at her feet. Women crossed themselves and pointed her out to young children, whispering. If she lowered her head to avoid their gazes, the Inquisitors simply jerked it up again, one or the other yanking fistfuls of her hair under the hood of her cloak. She twisted in their grip, looking back down the road, but there was no sign of Brother Arcturus, her guardian. Had he led her into a trap?

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Robbie Burns 252 Years Young (and Roni's New Contest!)

Burns Day, today!

Is there a Burns supper taking place at a pub or Scottish association club near you? If not, in the tradition of the Tolkien birthday toast, you can simply raise a dram of whisky (my current favourite is The Glenlivet) in toast to the bard.

Recitals optional, but you could always go for A Red, Red Rose (which I once memorised for a school assignment), Tam O'Shanter, My Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing, A Man's A Man For A' That, or one of my favourite songs (which I believe was written by him; it's listed among the complete songs on Robert Burns Country), Sir John Cope:

Of course, I always think of Jamie Fraser. Ye Jacobites By Name, indeed.

If you're like me and can't choose a favourite, here's a list of all of Burns' poetry.

In other news, Roni of the awesome Fiction Groupie blog is hosting a query contest!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

RoW80 Check In and Much Ado About To Dos

One thousand words typed up this morning, but since then...

I seem to be falling into the pattern of taking at least one day off per week, but outside of that have been editing, writing, or at least plotting, every day of the week. For the most part, then, I've been meeting my Round of Words in 80 Days goals. Yay!

Suddenly, this afternoon, I have other things to do, though, that are all fighting to take me away from the novel: a copy edit, another editing job for work, and homework for Spanish class. Technically, the latter might count as research, as the only reason I've taken up Spanish to begin with is so that I can get further inside Rosa's head. Well, there are also the editing exams to be taken at United Nations headquarters, eventually...

Our assignment is to summarise an article from the news, and I found the perfect article yesterday: The Westmount Children's Library is celebrating its 100th year! This was the first library that I ever went to outside of school. It's also attached to a greenhouse, which is a moist, humid place that's perfect for visiting on a day like today, when it's nearly -30 degrees Celsius outside.

Oh, right. I have to stay in and work. Vengo, Rosa! I'm coming!

Friday, 21 January 2011

The Stylish Blogger Award!

My thanks to Amanda for the Stylish Blogger Award!

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1. I'm wondering if I should participate in Alex Cavanaugh's upcoming blogfest Top Ten Countdown - Music. My ten favourite songs of all time? Could I really narrow it down to ten? Ten bands, maybe... Many of them I've made YouTube playlists for.

2. My current favourite tea is Lord John Grey tea, inspired by Diana Gabaldon's books and available at the Old Wilmington Tea Company.

3. I took a week off at the start of the month to buckle down on research, but got distracted by a trip to New Brunswick and Maine, where we drove and walked along roads like these:

4. Have I ever mentioned that I can't drive? I've driven a car exactly twice in my life and that was for maybe five minutes each time, driving up a straight road to our house. I'm always stumped when asked for ID that has my address, since I don't have a license.

5. I'd love to spend a weekend at one of those medieval/renaissance/victorian towns where you get to try blacksmithing, candlemaking, coppering, and so on. I barely know what goes into soap!

Recently Discovered - or Revamped - Stylish Bloggers!

1. Carolyn
2. Ayak
3. Zan Marie
4. Kate
5. Lola
6. Helen
7. Tara
8. Karen

And... Penultimate installment of Kait Nolan's Forsaken By Shadow is up!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

ROW80 and What I've Learned From Editing

Now, in terms of checking in on the Round of Words in 80 Days, I'm doing great! I do some work each day, chopping old words, adding new ones, moving scenes around for maximum effect, and so on. And I've gotten some great feedback on my pitch from Kate!

However, I've begun to learn a few things (there's always something to learn. I probably lived through all this editing the last novel, but ain't it the truth that pain lessens over time?):

1. I never write with a sense of the outside. A lot of my editing involves figuring out what's going on beyond the world of my characters' conversations and adding those details in.

2. Characters should never wonder about things. Never. Not once. If you write "She wondered..." once, you'll turn around and find you've written it ten times. Per page.

3. The attractiveness of collecting eggs from your Farmville hens is inversely proportional to the excitement level in the scene you're editing.

4. A boring scene can always be livened by romantic tension. Just don't ask me to do chase scenes or sword fights.

5. Square brackets will never disappear until the very end. Even now, I've still got research to do on art history, Renaissance clothing, the layout of Barcelona, and French curse words. And that's only in the first 20 pages.

6. Forget worrying about "as you know Bob", focus on the fact that your readers don't know anything about your characters - and your characters may not know about each other. They have to talk! Otherwise you might realise you're 30 pages in and they're having conversations about matters they haven't even learned about yet. Oops.

7. It's okay to shout. Sometimes you can't help it. Please stop nodding! Smiling! Shrugging! Please, I beg you...

In other news, the visitor to Poe's grave did not come this year either. Say, who used to drink the cognac?

Monday, 17 January 2011

Blog Tour de Force and My Story Pitch

January snow... and more snow... and yet more... It's pretty, but what to do if you're not a snow bunny and the -30 wind chill is slicing your cheeks and pinching your nostrils, and all you want is to stay indoors?

Why, take part in the Indie Book Collective's Blog Tour de Force, of course! Showcasing a new indie author for every day of the tour, and giving you a zillion chances to win a Kindle.

Meanwhile, Kate Kaynak is reviewing and critiquing pitches for all sorts of unpublished novels, from a wide variety of genres. Thank you, Kate! Mine'll likely be up tomorrow or the next day. Here's what I submitted:

Title: Out of the Water
Author: Deniz Bevan
Genre: Historical romance, set in 1492
Word Count: 100,000

Exiled from her Spanish homeland by the Inquisition and separated from her family as they flee their home, 18 year old Rosa must place her life in the hands of a stranger from the Ottoman Empire. Baha, estranged from his own father and returning to his homeland after ten years, is her one hope of reaching Constantinople and reuniting with her family. The fact that he's attractive and tender is an unexpected pleasure.

As they travel together, her burning drive to be reunited with her loved ones is matched by a deepening desire for the man at her side -- but all too soon they may run out of time to be together. Rosa's family will likely not accept her marriage to a man of different faith, let alone one who has been renounced by his family. Yet before she can even introduce them, their reunion is cut short by the arrest of her father and brother at the hands of the Sultan's Grand Vizier. Rosa and Baha are the only ones that can rescue them, and together prove that their love can withstand their differences.

There's a wee problem, however. I seem to be gaining words as I edit, and I'm up to 131,000. Never had this happen before...

Saturday, 15 January 2011

ROW80 Check In and Six for Saturday Links

Just in time for check in, I'm coming to you from FarmV- er, I mean, from the land of I-have-only-my-manuscript-open-I-swear.

No, really, I have been good. Editing for a few days straight now, except for Thursday night, when I was writing, and last night when I was knitting and thinking about plot points.

Here's a wee snip, completely out of context. Let me know if it means anything to you.
"Brother Arcturus led them on into the darkest hour of the night, when a cold breeze started up among the black trunks of the trees and rustled the leaves all around them. Rosa kept her arms wrapped about herself, shivering. Tia Mira had left her side to walk beside her husband, who was now carrying the last torch, Baha behind them walking by himself.

At least she'd had that disgusting omelette and Baha's bread and cheese; when was the last time her family had eaten? They had barely left that room in over two months and yet they continued doggedly on the path that Arcturus set, not even questioning the presence of a monk and another stranger among them.

The third time she stumbled, Baha caught her by the elbow. He slipped his other hand against the small of her back, helping her to regain her footing as they slid forward across the forest floor.

"Thank you," she mumbled, as he released her, but found herself unable to speak more coherently. All the blood and humours in her body rushed to that part of her, a series of lines all meeting where his fingertips had been. Her arms dangled uselessly at her sides as she walked, for she was afraid that if she moved naturally, and accidentally touched him in return... Not only would everyone see the sparks fly from where they met but she might just start another fire."
Six for Saturday, as promised:

A discussion of historical YA over at the Mixed-up Files. I'm always eager for a historical! I hope the world isn't changing that much, so that kids aren't interested in history anymore.

The Literary Lab on alliteration. It's definitely not confined to poetry. I like using alliteration deliberately, if I'm going for a poetic effect in a scene, or simple emphasising a specific sound as part of the action or emotion that's in that scene.

Win a Kindle by signing up to participate in BlogTourdeForce, an IndieBookCollective event. Starts on Monday!

Part 22 of Kait Nolan's Forsaken by Shadow. Only two parts left after this - read it and then read Devil's Eye!

Publication party going strong at L'Aussie's blog. First up, author Christine Bell.

My first review is up on the One Hundred Romances Project Page, for Ginger Simpson's A Wing and A Prayer. Published by an e-publisher from my hometown!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Columbus and A Round of Words in 80 Days Check In Day 10

Ten days in on the Round of Words in 80 Days and I've edited 15,000 words to date. So why do I feel as though I haven't accomplished anything? Because I'm only 1/10 of the way into the novel? Because there are so many square brackets swimming around my head that I can't even see my own words?

Not sure what the answer is. I hardly edited any words on Monday, I was that busy researching Spanish cooking in the 15th Century, names of towns, Hebrew terms of endearment, Ottoman miniatures, seasonal fruits for August 1492, and so on.

There's one question that I cannot seem to find the answer to. I'm hoping Washington Irving addresses it in his biography of Christopher Columbus (which I have to buy and read any day now).

What was Columbus' title when he sailed on his first voyage?
Was he already an Admiral? A mere captain? What?

Does anyone know?

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Deborah Kerbel's Lure and Other News

Have you ever been inside an older house and wondered about the stories of the people that have lived there over the years? Have you ever heard of a ghost sighting and wondered what the history was behind that particular ghost's appearance?

10 Colborne Street in Markham Ontario, the Thornhill Village Public Library, has a number of documented supernatural occurrences that have occurred within its walls. But there hasn't been a satisfactory explanation for them - until now.

Deborah Kerbel's third Middle Grade novel, Lure, weaves a fascinating tale of mystery and friendship. I can't help it; I love having answers to mysteries, and it's very satisfying to have a story behind ghostly phenomena. I've never visited the Thornhill Library, but if I do, I'll feel like I'm entering a familiar place with old friends, thanks to Max and John and Caroline.

Now for the news - Diana Gabaldon has a brand new updated website! Tahereh's calling for guest posts! Helen made some yummy Pico de Gallo!

Well, really. What's better than spicy when it's icy and snowy everywhere?

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Round of Words in 80 Days Check In and Kate Kaynak's Legacy

Sunday check in on the Round of Words in 80 Days. What was my goal again?

Oh, yes, editing. Well, I've been plugging away solidly, except for a brief hiccough on Thursday when I did nothing (but I did read Kait Nolan's Devil's Eye!) and on Friday when I could have edited a lot more but, er, blogged instead.

Still, happy to report that Rosa and Baha have now met, 10,000 words into the novel (is that too late for Romance?) and now they're busy rescuing her family together. No major upheavals yet.

Kate Kaynak has a new book in her Ganzfield series, Legacy, which I read over the course of two days last week.

"Maddie has more problems than the average seventeen-year-old:

A psychotic killer with superpowers wants her dead.
A serious medical issue makes a "normal life" impossible.
And she's about to be introduced to Trevor's family.

Guess which one freaks her out the most?"

Normally, I'm not the kind that likes to jump into the middle of a series, but this one not only pulled me right in, I didn't feel lost at all. Legacy has a great cast of characters and references here and there to all the back stories weren't distracting - they simply made me want to go read the first two books in the series.

Another thing I'm not used to reading is paranormals, but again, Kate's writing makes it all not only believable but - well, if you haven't soulmated, at least you can live vicariously through Maddie and Trevor.

Legacy is out on 28 January! Kate's also offering critiques of novel pitches - any genre welcome - on her blog. My draft is posted there now, but I'll wait for crits before sharing it here...

Friday, 7 January 2011

Contest Winner and Kait Nolan's Devil's Eye

Friday! And I've got 100 followers - thank you all!

I've been away for a few days - at one point I was writing in Bangor, Maine, which was a very daunting experience. At least Stephen King doesn't write Romance (as a genre, anyway).

For that reason, I couldn't get Frodo to help me with the draw and have used a randomiser instead.

Drumroll... And the winner is... Rat a tat tat...

Joanna St. James

Congratulations Joanna! Let me know which prize you'd like: 10$ at or or 10$ for your PayPal account or the Mystery Book Bag with three books!

If you're looking for a short piece to read this weekend, you can't do better than Kait Nolan's latest paranormal novella, Devil's Eye, the second story in the Mirus series. Devil's Eye features wolf-shifter Mick and demi-goddess Sophie, set against the backdrop of New Orleans - with a hurricane coming in.

"Trouble. That’s what wolf-shifter Mick thinks when a beautiful woman appears in his New Orleans bar with a hurricane at her back. His first impression is confirmed when Sophie starts asking questions about his missing waitress, Liza. Mick will do anything to rescue a member of the pack he’s made for himself, including forming an unlikely alliance with a woman with a badge."
The story is tightly woven, with rising tension throughout, and the romance between Mick and Sophie had me hoping for more stories about them.

Kait does a great job of wrapping up the action but leaving larger questions open at the end, and there's so much to explore in the Mirus world. Information on obtaining Devil's Eye is here and the latest instalment of Forsaken by Shadow is up. Also, Kait's recently been interviewed at My Love Affair With Books.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Tolkien and the Circular Final Draft Revision Rewrite Stage

Eee! I forgot to toast J. R. R. Tolkien's birthday yesterday! 118 years ago, Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. On that day each year, fans are invited to stand, raise a glass of their favourite drink (single malt whisky for me), and toast his birthday at 9 pm their local time. The toast is, "The Professor".

I do have a valid excuse, though - I'm on an editing vacation from work. I'm also on the internet less (and far behind on many forum discussions). As of this evening, though... 7,000 words in final draft form and only two major questions left to resolve from the first five chapters:

Is Arcturus really a Cistercian?
What's the oldest Catholic church in Palos de la Frontera, Spain?

In keeping with this theme, Claire wonders how to revise final/late stage drafts. (Look for Zan Marie's Serenity Prayer for Authors coming soon on All The World's Our Page.) I'm not sure if we're at exactly the same level of revision yet. So far my process has been to read the entire novel from the start, addressing every square bracket - and many minor inconsistencies - as I go. Next round will be to tweak tone, imagery, metaphor, dialect and so on.

And then I might be ready for beta readers! Or, at least, ready to set the novel aside for a month or so.

How's everyone else doing?

Meanwhile, some giveaways:

Steve Fuller is hosting a contest to win a Kindle and Helene Boudreau has links for six different contests in which you can win copies of Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings. Go forth and enter!

Monday, 3 January 2011

A Round of Words in 80 Days Goals

Let's see... NaNoWriMo is over. 2010 has been and gone. Sven is AWOL. How will you keep your butt in the chair in 2011?

Why not join the A Round of Words in 80 Days challenge, hosted by Kait Nolan?

Kait's challenge is perfect for me - I can work on whatever I want for the 80 days starting 3 January, as long as I follow the three rules:

Your goal, whatever it is, should be MEASURABLE.
Your goal should be broken down into chunks.
You should make a post on your blog clearly stating your goals and linking to it in the Round of Words Linky Tool list.

My measurable goals is to get closer and closer to a final draft. I can edit about 800 words in one day (based on how I did last week), so in 80 days, I should be able to do half my novel!

Chunks: Okay, for the next two weeks, my specific goals are to edit three snips so well that I can post them in the Toolbox and Exercises on the forum, and have a snip left over for broadcasting on my blog and on Facebook.

I'm excited!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • beta read! (JB)
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • A Daughter's A Daughter by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  • Sunlight by Margaret Rucker (poem; floating in a cocktail glass)
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Preface to The Hobbit, by Christopher Tolkien
  • Ilk Defa... by Beste Barki (essays)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (essay)
  • The Moon and I by Betsy Byars
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
  • Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
  • Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
  • Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. Awry (26 book collection)
  • beta read (Born to Run by RB)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem)
  • Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  • The Mysterious Tadpole by Stephen Kellogg (reread)
  • Yashim Cooks Istanbul by Jason Goodwin
  • Miniatures by John Scalzi
  • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • All or Nothing by Rose Lerner (short story)
  • Merry Christmas, Emily (board book)
  • Extra Yarn by __ and Jan Klassen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Outlandish Companion II by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Outlandish Companion I, Revised by Diana Gabaldon
  • MacHinery and the Cauliflowers by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Dileas by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Gold Watch by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • betty, butter, sun by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • The Very Cranky Bear (Scholastic)
  • various haiku by R. Wodaski
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
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