Tuesday, 24 December 2013

50 States of Pray, End of ROW80 Round 4, Eagles vs Mount Doom, and Holiday Photos

Fifty States of Pray is here!

Mark Koopmans thought up this wonderful scheme to get at least one person from all fifty states, plus others from different countries, to each share a prayer, a thought, a memory, a hope, a regret about the past and/or a wish for the future.

My wish for the future is for health for everyone. Many of us have struggled this year and in previous years with all sorts of health related issues and either long term or short term debilitations and setbacks. It sounds like a cliche but I guess it's a cliche for a reason: your health is everything. If your body or that of a loved one is letting you down, then all other matters fall by the wayside. Often the struggle is made worse by the fact that nothing you do can change certain outcomes. So here's a toast to everyone who's working on research, in healthcare, and generally helping those who struggle with vital problems.

A happy and healthy new year to all!

Check out all the other participants!

Meanwhile, it's the end of another round of ROW80. I have not done half as much editing as I could have in the last couple of weeks. I did write a few thousand words, though, bringing my NaNo story, Larksong, that much closer to the end -- only the epilogue left to draft now. And my second installment for our collaborative Winter Solstice story is up!

Now I'm going to digress for a bit and talk about something... There's a question that keeps cropping up now and again, and was most recently asked by our Ninja Captain Alex: why didn't the Eagles fly Frodo to Mount Doom in Mordor?

First off, if you haven't seen it yet, there's an in-depth analysis of this question at Sean Crist's Could the Eagles Have Flown Frodo Into Mordor page. He breaks down some of the common objections to the plan that Gandalf, Elrond, and the others could have come up with at the Council of Elrond to simply ask the Eagles to carry the ring to Mount Doom, including discussing whether or not: the Nazgul could have intercepted the Eagles; orcs might have shot at the Eagles; and Sauron himself might have attacked them, as well as why or why not Sauron might have caused the Mountain to erupt just as they reached it. He concludes that the matter is indeed a hole in the plot, and an item that Tolkien could have, but neglected to, include in the Council of Elrond discussions.

I've been rereading the History of Middle-earth books, which are compilations of many other Tolkien stories, as well as drafts for The Lord of the Rings, and the matter of the Eagles was not discussed even in drafts for the Council of Elrond chapter. I do have five more books to reread, so I'll see if I come across anything then.

Meanwhile, though, I'm rereading The Hobbit.

There's a very brief conversation with the Eagles wherein they state categorically that they are not baggage carriers. I know they carry Gandalf off Orthanc because Galadriel asked them to, but that brings me to the other comment the Eagles make: they don't care about this world's battles. The only reason they rescue Gandalf in The Hobbit is because they're wondering what all the fuss in the woods is, between the Wargs and the orcs, and they whisk Gandalf off the treetop in order to question him. It's only when he asks them to do so do they return for Bilbo and the Dwarves. Conceivably then, even if Gandalf or Elrond or Galadriel had asked them to carry the ring (or Frodo bearing the ring) to Mount Doom, their likely response would have been similar to Bombadil's: they wouldn't understand the reasons why, wouldn't care enough to take the journey seriously (except insofar as saving their own skins), and would feel no sense of value in accomplishing this one task.

The wizards are sent by the Valar specifically to meddle in the affairs of Middle-earth. The Eagles have no such higher purpose.

From my point of view, it's not a hole in the plot at all, but a case where Tolkien knows his characters so well, he doesn't need to explain their motives at every step.

And now... because it's the holidays, some gratuitous photos:

My birthday burger, onion rings, and milkshake last month at Cheeburger, Cheeburger. Yum.
Lara Lacombe and I were discussing the sugar content of American vs Canadian ketchup. Apparently the Canadian kind has more sugar, exactly the opposite of what I'd expected. Can't quite taste a difference though, but maybe that's because I don't eat it often enough.

Photographer Kyle Cassidy has a Flickr group featuring MorningCATFace.

Reindeer pyjamas and Christmas Vacation!

Unlit Christmas tree with snow on the windowsills. We got another 30cm this past weekend.

Wish you all sweet dreams this winter!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

A Visit from Author and Archaeologist Jordan Jacobs! Also: New Releases, Desolation of Smaug Review, and a Man Booker Round-up

Welcome, Jordan Jacobs!

Globetrotting archaeologist and author Jordan Jacobs is back with another exciting adventure for his title heroine in Samantha Sutton and the Winter of the Warrior Queen, out in January 2014.
Jordan's first novel, Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies, had critics raving:

"Passionate Sam is a rewarding heroine to follow." -- Publishers Weekly
"Middle-grade readers will be focused on the mystery, pulled on by gripping suspense..." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Dig this book! ... If you're looking for a suspenseful story, then pick up this book and follow Samantha through hidden tunnels and haunted ruins." -- Time for Kids

Jordan is a real-life archaeologist and travel enthusiast who infuses his firsthand experiences and knowledge of exotic settings into the Samantha Sutton adventure novels. Didn't catch the first book? Don't worry! Each Samantha Sutton novel stands on its own as a thrilling archaeological mystery.
Samantha Sutton and The Winter of the Warrior Queen by Jordan Jacobs

Samantha is hesitant to join Uncle Jay on a second archaeological excavation. But the marshes near Cambridge, England, sound harmless after the sinister perils she faced in Peru. Or so she thought...

During the excavation, Samantha realizes the site could be the ancient fortress of Queen Boudica, who led an uprising against the Roman Empire. An amazing find! But Samantha's crucial discovery threatens to halt construction on a nearby theme park that will make millions for English Lord and eccentric landowner Cairn Catesby. Unfortunately for Samantha, Catesby is also the scheming head of Cambridge University's Archaeology Department, making him Uncle Jay's current boss. Catesby will stop at nothing to discredit Uncle Jay's theories about the excavation site's royal ties. When Samantha is entrusted with the protection of an artifact that undeniably links the site to the Warrior Queen, she becomes the target of unscrupulous men determined to get their fortune by any means necessary.

On the run through the snowy English countryside, Samantha must muster the strength and wit to protect the treasured artifact -- with her uncle's professional reputation hanging in the balance.

Jordan Jacobs' career as an archaeologist began with a love of mummies, castles, and Indiana Jones. He journeyed to his first archaeological excavation at age 13 in California's Sierra Nevada. A Stanford, Oxford, and Cambridge-educated man, Jordan has worked as an archaeologist at world-class institutions such as The Smithsonian and The American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Jordan is passionate about public awareness for the illicit looting of artifacts at globally important archaeological sites. He works with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), where his recommendations have helped to protect historic sites and to alert agents around the world about precious artifacts smuggled on the black market. Jordan is currently a senior specialist at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

Here's Jordan himself, on A Day at an Archaeological Dig (not what you might expect!):

A typical day in archaeology is a little tricky to pin down.

There are lots of different kinds of archaeologists, for starters, and each have their own ways of doing things. The work done at universities -- or on university-led excavations -- is very different from what happens in cultural resource management -- which tries to save information that might be lost due to construction, or to determine whether construction should happen at all. And then there are the archaeologists who work in museums, gleaning new information from old collections, or the archaeologists in governments or foundations, working to protect sites or promote responsible tourism.

I've done work across these categories, and have a general sense for each. But within each broad category, the "typical" can vary, and I have only my own experience to draw from.

As I remember it, a typical day on a major university excavation involves an invigorating cup of coca tea, a steep march up a sloping Andean road, and the gentle shooing away of the fuzzy piglets who've clustered by the unit overnight. A long, careful day of digging follows, with emphasis on the paperwork. Every bit of information is saved. Dinner is rice and fried plantains and a split and roasted guinea pig.

A typical day in cultural resource management, as I remember it, involves an alarm set for 4:30, and a predawn subway ride, to a bus, to another bus to an obscure stop by the side of a freeway bridge. The day is spent beneath that bypass, shoveling sand, and dodging the litter and debris raining down from the cars above. The overwhelming feeling is "Hurry! Budget! Save the information you can!" Everyone is anxious, all the time. There is no telling when the job will end.

Museum and government archaeology are even more variable, if my experiences are any indication. A day may be spent with a delegation from a descendant community, whose interest in -- and knowledge of -- a collection or site may inform or dispute what theories archaeologists have come up with. Or, a day might be devoted to discovering how a collection came to the museum in the first place -- the archaeology of archaeology, in a way.

Linking all these experiences is a basic truth: that archaeology is a puzzle, where the solution can never be known. But rather than frustrating, the process is humbling. It's often surprising. And it's always a thrill.

on a project in Lazio, just north of Rome

Thanks for sharing with us, Jordan!

Meanwhile, ROW80. With a little over a week to go, I must admit to a very slowed down pace. I've sort of organized the edits that need to be done, for Druid's Moon (my own story that features archaeology!) and the vignette, but have not tackled them. I've been knitting and reading instead (and will update the knitting blog soon!) -- and will in the next post or two do my yearly round up of All The Books Read This Year.

Speaking of reading, if you'd like to read a 200 word story written following a prompt from Neil Gaiman, visit Budgie.

And if you have an hour or so and want to dive into a wintertime romance, Kait Nolan's got a brand new novelette: Once Upon A Snow Day.

If you've seen The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which, I emphatically repeat, is not pronounced Smög), then I've got my Hobbit review on the Forum. I've copied it here, so beware, spoilers!


One of the first items in the credits is "based on a novel by J. R. R. Tolkien". I wonder what Jackson et al think 'based on' means? I certainly don't recall this much action smaction from my many rereads of the book. But okay, other filmgoers seem to really enjoy these things. And I have no issue with adding a female captain of the guard. But the very fact of adding a female character means you have to have romantic elements? Isn't that a bit sexist? Never mind how non-canon it is for her and a dwarf to be attracted to each other.

I have some issues with the passage of time as well. It's all very well to ignore everything that happened in Mirkwood (the eyes in the dark, the enchanted stream, the sleeping Bombur, the boat, the hart and hind) but I think they could have done a better job of showing how many days and nights were passing, with the company getting increasingly hungry and footsore and desperate. Then Bilbo climbing up and feeling the sun for the first time in days would have meant much more (instead of everyone in the theatre going 'ooh! butterflies!'). I'm not sure why they didn't include the elves' red fires and feasting, and the company's stumbling off the path toward the lights, at all. I guess they had to save all their screen time for the endless spider attack. And the endless fight sequences in Lake Town. Oh, and the jarring cuts back and forth to Gandalf walking alone into Dol Guldur. As if it wasn't the full White Council that went in to drive Sauron out.

Then there are the three real errors:

Thranduil lops off the orc's head and then resheaths his sword without cleaning it!

The river to Esgaroth is all rapids - um, how are they supposed to use it for trade if you can't paddle up the river?

Gandalf drops both sword and staff in Dol Guldur - the next thing you know, Glamdring is back at his side! (I also thought it was pointless to have Gandalf hear Galadriel telling him to go to the made-up Tombs of the High Fells to confirm that the Witch King has risen, since it seems she already knows that.)

I'm also not entirely certain about the moon rising directly after the sun set. Was it a full moon, at least (I don't remember)?

As usual, I'm not a big fan of the all-action-no-character-development-or-story mode of filmmaking (I want to watch The Hobbit not a video game). Others have suggested that you can see, for instance, Bilbo's growth of character in his facial expressions at certain key scenes. I'm not certain that's enough. And I don't see, for example, what on earth the point of including Beorn was if he does nothing. He rants about orcs for a bit, and hey look, he's the bear watching them entering Mirkwood! That's it? The company couldn't at least talk to him? Or the intriguing way Gandalf had them enter his hall, why not include that?

And what's the point of including Thorin and Gandalf's 'chance meeting, as we say in Middle-earth' if you twist it so that Thorin actually says "this isn't a chance meeting, is it?"?

The one time in the entire movie I was pleasantly surprised was when Thorin and Balin first went through the doorway into the mountain, and got emotional. That was a nice touch, to include their sense memory of the very stones of the place.

If you don't like my rantish review, there's a more balanced review at BoingBoing. I like this comment especially: "a completely unnecessary and tedious finale action sequence -- and another potential theme park ride -- involving the dwarves, that dispels the magical effect of Bilbo and Smaug's back-and-forth." He also had the same reaction as I did about Bilbo: "Also regrettable: The disappearance of Bilbo. I'm not talking about invisibility. What I mean is, what happened to the story of this modest hobbit gradually gaining courage and confidence, and coming into his own? ... poor old Bilbo's tale is buried under easily 45 minutes of chases, captures, narrow escapes, more escapes, melees and other heroics, often comically-staged with acrobatics".

It's not a good sign when I find myself rolling my eyes at yet another sneak attack, or cringing as audience members laugh at scenes they're not supposed to find funny. I'll put myself through this torture one more time next year, but if Jackson ever gets his hands on the Silmarillion (and I desperately hope he doesn't), I'll have to develop a stronger will and stay away from the theatre completely.

END Spoilers!

We have a winner! The prizewinner of the Forrester giveaway is Kathy! Please email me your contact info.

Meanwhile, I've got more New York photos, this time from the Morgan Library. I thought I hadn't read any Man Booker Prize winning books, but when I was at the Library in October, they had an exhibit on past winners, and it turns out I've read these eight:

A couple of others are still on my To Read list, like Remains of the Day and A. S. Byatt's Possession. Here's the full list of winners; which ones have you read?

Do you usually enjoy films made from your favourite books (or do you get all snarky like I seem to)?
What will you be reading over the holidays?

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Final Sacrament by Forrester Giveaway, IWSG Contest, and Book Posters

It's giveaway day!

A short while ago I reviewed James Forrester's The Final Sacrament. Now you can enter to win a copy of the book -- just leave a comment below!

The Final Sacrament Spotlight and Giveaway

"A royal scandal, a secret code, a Tudor mystery, non-stop action and vivid historical detail – it's no wonder historical novelist James Forrester's Elizabethan trilogy has received international acclaim:

"For twists and turns, codes and clues, Mr. Forrester beats Dan Brown, and when it comes to social detail, he is up there with Patricia Finney" -- The Wall Street Journal

"A winner for any reader who loves historical, action-packed novels." -- Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

"James Forrester captures the sights, smells, and dangers of Tudor England and tells a gripping story." -- Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl

To celebrate the last chapter in the series, look for opportunities to win a print copy of The Final Sacrament every day this week, with bloggers around the book blogging community!

December Giveaway Schedule for The Final Sacrament:

12/9 – A Bookish Affair
12/10 – Mina's Bookshelf
12/11 – The Girdle of Melian
12/12 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader
12/13 – So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
12/16 – Books by the Willow Tree


1566. William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms, has risked his life to protect a secret document, one which could endanger Queen Elizabeth's legitimacy on the throne. But when his family goes missing, Clarenceux is put to the test. Will he abandon queen and country to save the ones he loves, or sacrifice everything to keep the country from plunging into civil war?

Filled with Forrester's signature historical detail, vivid characters, and secret clues that slowly reveal the mystery of Anne Boleyn, The Final Sacrament delivers a gripping conclusion to this Elizabethan adventure, where religious tensions, political intrigue, and personal vendettas collide.


James Forrester is the pen name of acclaimed British historian Ian Mortimer, author of nonfiction works including The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England (a Sunday Times bestseller). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998, and was awarded the Alexander Prize in 2004 by the Royal Historical Society for his work on the social history of medicine."

As if that wasn't enough, the wonderful hosts of Insecure Writer's Support Group Day are hosting a contest!

"Let people know the two ways they can benefit from the IWSG website:

1 -- It's a database of information, focusing on major links, other databases, and resources for writers. Topics include writing tips; publishers, agents, and queries; self-publishing; marketing; contests; publications; and services. Each page is a wealth of information, leading to some of the top sites for authors, and we also post information to help writers every Monday.

2 -- The IWSG itself – the first Wednesday of every month is the official posting day for those with blogs. Members post their insecurities, frustrations, and concerns, and others stop by to offer encouragement and advice. The kindness and words of wisdom have kept writers going when they were ready to quit. Many have discovered solutions to their problems. Friendships have been forged and critique partners established.

Help us spread the word –
Tweeting – one entry
Google+ post – two entries
Facebook post – five entries
Blog post – ten entries

We have two prize packages that will be awarded:

Package one – North America only –
Autographed copy of Dead Witness by Joylene Nowall Butler
Autographed copy of The Circle of Friends, Book V... Heather by L. Diane Wolfe
Autographed copy of Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK by L. Diane Wolfe
Autographed copies of The Keepers of Sulbreth and The Greater Good by Susan Gourley, plus swag

Package two – International –
5 page critique of a manuscript and a blog badge/banner from Michelle Wallace
EBook of How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now by L. Diane Wolfe
First chapter critique from Lynda R. Young
All three eBooks of the Cassa series by Alex J. Cavanaugh
EBooks Christine's Odyssey and Saving Sam by J. L. Campbell

As you spread the word, come back and fill out the form below.

Contest is open until December 16 – winners will be announced December 18."

Our Forum collaborative story is in full swing! It's titled Winter Solstice and begins with the main character, Gabriel, affirming that "the shortest day of the year would not be his last."

Of course, things rarely go smoothly on a dark and stormy night, and Gabriel has had many, shall we say, interesting run-ins with his neighbours so far...

My first contribution went up today, and I'll be doing another closer to the end. Still twenty days to go! Who knows what will happen next?

Also this week:

(you maybe can't tell from the photo but this is the giant poster I saw in Times Square, New York, back in October)

Speaking of posters, here's a stirring one I saw at the New York Public Library (which, if you're lucky enough to live in NYC, is hosting, this Sunday, Neil Gaiman reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol (squee!)):

Do you know of any other contests or giveaways?
Are you lucky enough to live in/near New York City?
How would you advertise books?

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Masked Love by Nicole Zoltack, Doctor Who for IWSG, ROW80, and 50 States of Pray

Masked Love by Nicole Zoltack is here!

Title: Masked Love
Author: Nicole Zoltack
Genre: Holiday/Christmas Regency Novella
Publisher: Swoon Romance, on Twitter and Facebook
Publication date and formats: November 1, 2013; eBook (mobi and ePub)
Isabelle is content being a maid, and will do anything for her lady, even accompany her to a masquerade ball. Lady Theodosia needs extra support and encouragement on this night, for tomorrow she will meet the man her parents have pledged her to.
Isabelle has never had occasion to attend such an event, and is at first ill at ease. But meeting an enchanting young man during the course of the evening makes her wish for a life she can never have. Thinking she will never see him again, she returns his flirtation and even reveals her face. Imagine her shock when he shows up the next morning, announcing his claim on Lady Thedosia.
Isabelle does all she can to avoid Lord Adrian Wingave, but then he not only sees her, he recognizes her. To make matters worse, Isabelle fears her feelings are not one-sided. Torn between duty and desire, Isabelle hopes for something more this Christmas.
Nicole Zoltack loves to write fantasy/paranormal, romances, horror, and historical, for all ages. When she isn't writing about girls wanting to be knights, talking unicorns, and zombies, she spends time with her loving family. She loves to ride horses (pretending they're unicorns, of course!) and going to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, dressed in period garb. Her current favourite TV show is The Vampire Diaries.

I recently attended my first masquerade and I kept thinking of Nicole's characters while I was there! Such a great idea, to have two characters fall in love without knowing who they are at first. If you're looking for a holiday romance to read, this is a good choice!

I didn't wear a mask but got my makeup done instead:

NaNoWriMo is done!

My story isn't, though - I still need to write at least 10k if not 20k more to complete the story. On the other hand, during the last days of NaNo, I did come up with a title: Larksong

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day! Which seems fitting, as I'm procrastinating on all the editing I need to do. No wait, that didn't come out right.

Well, how's this for inspiration? The BBC movie An Adventure in Space and Time, which details the creation of the first ever season of Doctor Who, fifty years ago.

So many moments where it could have gone wrong or been cancelled altogether!

Seeing Hartnell and Troughton - and then Matt Smith there too - made me all teary. The first two doctors are still my favourites. Hope they find all the missing episodes some day.

As for ROW80 goals, I posted a revised list of goals on the Forum:

1. Christmas Season! Cards and gifts and planning parties and...
2. finish NaNo story - 50k wasn't enough!
3. write my two installments for the December X! (This one's a jointly written story called Winter Solstice - read along if you like!)
4. keep up with the blogging and do my year-end books read review
5. keep knitting
6. edit my vignette and submit it somewhere - I must do this!
7. read!
8. organise photos from the last couple of months
9. promote the Whisky Trench Riders on the CBCMusic contest. Please vote!
10. print out Captive of the Sea from Scrivener
11. write another article for Bizim Anadolu
12. EDIT Druid's Moon and maybe try a couple more submissions

I threw in #7 to make sure I can cross at least one thing off this list!

Also this week, Mark Koopman's linky list for his 50 States of Pray event is open!

"I'm calling it the 50 States of Pray event and I'd love to find at least one person (but the more the merrier) from each U.S. state to participate.

But wait... as they say on TV... This is absolutely open to anyone, anywhere. Imagine if we got one person from 50 independent states (countries), too. That would be amazing!

All that's required is to take a moment and about 100 words. Then, on Dec. 24, 2013, please share a prayer, a thought, a memory, a hope and even a regret about the past and/or a wish for the future."
There's a new book recommendation site out there: Just One Book.

My problem is I would recommend The Lord of the Rings. But for them to feature me on the page, I'd have to come up with something truly original to say about it.

Which book would you recommend if you could choose only one?

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!
  • see the 2016 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2016/12/annual-books-read-statistics-2016.html
  • see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html