Hope Swann (coffeebased) wrote,
Hope Swann
coffeebased

do you know the one where we all live happily

Well, Christmas happened. :)) I got wonderful gifts, and I am terribly spoilt by those who love me. I only hope they enjoyed what I gave them.

One of the gifts I received is Animal Crossing: New Leaf and I SWEAR TO GOD it is a major time suck. It is also the only thing that made me get through the looming despair event horizon that is the Space Trilogy. You can't be unhappy when an entire town of anthropomorphic animals think you are bees' knees, and that your word is simultaneously law and the sweetest, truest music that the spheres have ever played.

Also, this is my last book post of the year. I /may/ make a blogpost of thanksgiving and shoutouts on New Year's Eve, but I may also be too lazy so yeah :)) I'll be posting my 2013 book round-up post on January 1, if anyone's, you know, interested or whatever. :))

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Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson was enjoyable. It had a jocular tone that makes a walking tour of Great Britain readable and relatable.

The Creeps by John Connolly is the last book of the Samuel Jackson series. It ends in a satisfying manner, and it does manage to maintain its balance between humour and demonic interference, but I could have done with another few books between the end of the main plot and the final chapter instead of a fast-forward. Sigh.

Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast is hella informative. I am super informed about the history of coffee despite the fact that it is apparently a very US-centric history. I am also very tired of the word 'mucilage'.

Perelandra and That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis are the second and final books of Lewis' Space Trilogy. Beautifully-written, despair-inducing, and quite preachy about Catholicism and goodness. I had to tell myself to ignore the allegory and rise above it. It's definitely an interesting trilogy though, and I would recommend it if only for how beautifully it's written.

Now Reading: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, a.k.a. the last book I'm reading this year.

Reading Next YEAR: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch

Next 20:
1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
2. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
3. Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter
4. Servant of the Underworld by Aliette Bodard
5. The Scar by China Mieville
6. S by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
7. Parasite by Mira Grant
8. Babayaga by Toby Barlow
9. The Dragon Charmer by Jan Siegel
10. Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta
11. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
12. Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
13. The Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
14. The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
15. The Magic Kingdom by Stanley Elkin
16. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
17. My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
18. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
19. The Magic Kingdom by Stanley Elkin
20. Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis
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