Alchemical Thoughts



You  know the drill folks. These lists keep growing, but I still hold on to hope. I just keep finding interesting books I would like to read some day. These are also books I think some of my readers may find of interest. If any of you out there do read any of these, please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts.

Items about books I want to read:

  • I remember reading a while back the book Freakonomics (link to my review of the book) where it discusses how local drug dealers often lived with their moms and were not doing as well as many people think. However, like in many other major businesses, the guys on top usually do pretty well. NPR now highlights a new book that suggests that drug cartels are run a lot like Walmart and McDonald’s. The book is Narconomics.
  • Also via NPR, a cookbook on Korean food. The book is Koreatown.
  • I often remember seeing the ads for various tricks and pranks on the backs of comic books. Wink Books reviews a book looking at one of the companies that made such products: the S.S. Adams Company. The book is Life of the Party.
  • Another art book reviewed by the guys at Wink Books. This time it’s one of my favorite artists: Frank Frazetta. The book is Testament: A Celebration of the Life and Art of Frank Frazetta .
  • OK, one more from Wink Books because I really like the subject of this one: vintage postcards. The book is Postcard America: Curt Teich and the Imaging of a Nation, 1931-1950.
  • Joshua Kim wonders why people are not reading Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead. It is an important topic in the United States, and you likely will not hear about it from any single mainstream politician in the 2016 election (Democrat or Republican).
  • Let’s put in a little something related to work. Via The Decolonized Librarian, a review of The Dialectic of Academic Librarianship.
  • Via Marion Nestle’s Food Politics blog, a note that the book Forked is out. The book is about low wage restaurant workers. As the book summary states, this book deals with “what we don’t talk about when we talk about restaurants: Is the line cook working through a case of stomach flu because he doesn’t get paid sick days? Is the busser not being promoted because he speaks with an accent? Is the server tolerating sexual harassment because tips are her only income?” and other questions that not only we should be asking but addressing.
  • Via Arabic Literature (in English) blog, a novel about Lybian dictator Muammar Ghaddafi. The novel is The Dictator’s Last Night. I have not read it, but it reminds me of Vargas Llosa’s La Fiesta del Chivo (The Feast of the Goat), which is about Dominican Republic dictator Trujillo.
  • This could be interesting. It alleges to be a history of the reference shelf; this is something that appeals to the librarian in me. The book is You Could Look It Up, and it was reviewed on NPR.
  • Why are people fleeing Central America? The violence is a big reason according to a new book discussed at In These Times.  The book is A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America.
  • Via Manga Report, a review of the first volume of Bloody Mary.
  • A Case of Suitable Treatment looks at Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler. This made me think of the five-volume series Adolf by Osamu Tezuka, which I read a while back. (Link to to my review of the first volume).
  • Apparently Tim Burton draws even in napkins, and someone put some of that art in a book. The book is Things You Think About in a Bar (link to Amazon, since as of this post, WorldCat does not have it) and it was reviewed at Blogcritics.
  • Via Based on a True Story, a review of a new book on the rise of coffee behemoth Starbucks. The book is Starbucked.
  • On the one hand, this sounds like one of those hipster mixology books where the cocktails are made with all sorts of ingredients the average person will never find in a lifetime. On the other hand, the story of the bar that inspired the book sounds interesting, so there is just enough to catch my attention. The book is The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual, and it was reviewed at Drinkhacker.


Lists and bibligraphies:



As I have noted previously, I do a daily draw of my Tarot deck on Mondays through Fridays, and I am trying to put up my weekly summaries as a way to help me learn to read the Tarot as well as just share a bit of my journey.  My intention is to put my summaries for the previous week up at the end of the week, preferably on Saturdays, but life has been happening, so I am running a bit behind. Anyhow, here is my cards’ summary for the week of March 7, 2017.

I drew the following cards during this week:

  • Monday, March 7: Knight of Pentacles
  • Tuesday, March 8: 9 of Cups
  • Wednesday, March 9: King of Wands
  • Thursday, March 10: Ace of Cups
  • Friday, March 11: Wheel of Fortune

I continue reading from my Marseilles Deck. I drew two cups suit cards this week, but otherwise the draws were pretty diverse with the Wheel of Fortune closing the week. The Wheel of Fortune spoke of turns and movement from one cycle to another.

The Knight of Pentacles, enthusiastic and enterprising, started out the week that was a steady week at work. I got some reflection and writing done last week under the auspices if you will of the Nine of Cups and the King of Wands. This was followed by the Ace of Cups.

The Nine of Cups initially puzzled me, but I see it is connected to the pensive and reflective Hermit in the Major Arcana. The King of Wands added to my creative energy this week. The Ace of Cups jumped out during shuffling on Thursday morning, so I knew that would be the card for the day. This further nurtured the creativity this week with flowing abundance. We must note the Ace of Cups is linked to the Magician in the Major Arcana.

The Wheel of Fortune was a good card to end the week on Friday. It is a card that can lead anywhere. I had an initial strong reaction to it. However, fortune was good. This was the week of spring break for the college I work at, and though I had to work, I did manage to take Friday off to enjoy at least one day of the week away from work. I spent some time together with family, and we went bookshop browsing and shopping. We did find some good deals, so overall it was a good day.


Knight of Pentacles (Marseilles Tarot)

Knight of Pentacles (Marseilles Tarot)

Nine of Cups (Marseilles Tarot)

Nine of Cups (Marseilles Tarot)

King of Wands (Marseilles Tarot)

King of Wands (Marseilles Tarot)

Ace of Cups (Marseilles Tarot)

Ace of Cups (Marseilles Tarot)

Wheel of Fortune (Marseilles Tarot)

Wheel of Fortune (Marseilles Tarot)









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Photo from Flickr user Raider of Gin (fairerdingo). Image used under terms of Creative Commons 2.0 Generic Attribution License.

This is the list of the books I reviewed at The Itinerant Librarian for February 2015. Feel free to check out the reviews. If you read any of the books I reviewed, you can leave me a comment and let me know how you liked the book or not. Also, if you have reading suggestions for me, you can let me know in the comments as well.


As part of my journey into learning the Tarot that I started this year, I do a daily single card draw on Mondays through Fridays. That is my part of my morning ritual of writing in my journal in the mornings before I get ready for work. I do a little writing, and then I draw the daily card and do a small reading or reflection on it, which I also write down in my personal journal. At the end of the week, or at the start of the following week if time got a bit tight, I go back and look at the previous week and do a small reflection in my personal journal  about the week’s draws, looking for patterns, to see if what I interpreted was close or not, so on. I am going to try to share some of those reflections here, and anyone out there with an interest in Tarot can feel free to comment. Do keep in mind I am still learning the cards, and this is my personal reading for me. Also, as I said, I am looking back in order to reflect. Down the road, I may go from one daily card to a three-card spread, but I am not quite there yet. So bear with me.

This week I am using my Marseilles Tarot deck. On the week of February 29, 2016, I drew the following cards:

  • Monday, February 29: 8 of Wands.
  • Tuesday, March 1: The Popess (a.k.a. The High Priestess in other decks).
  • Wednesday, March 2: 4 of Wands.
  • Thursday, March 3: 6 of Wands.
  • Friday, March 4: 10 of Swords.

It was a week dominated by the fiery wands with three cards in the same suit. Lyle (author of the book I am using, which is the guide that came with the deck I am using. I will provide the citation below) says the following about wands being predominant in a spread:

“When wands predominate in a spread they bring energy, movement, optimism, and creativity” (73).

Overall, it was a fairly optimistic week. On the Monday, the boss and I got together to review the final states of a pilot project the instruction team has been working on. The project went well, and now we move forward to do follow up and reflect on lessons learned.

Drawing the Popess on Tuesday puzzled me a bit, but I realize we are looking here at intuition and strong female energy. It urges paying attention to dreams. Curiously or interestingly enough, I did have a very memorable and vivid dream on Thursday night which I was able to record on my personal journal the next morning. I’ve also learned the Popess tends to appear at times in life when there is an interest in mystical subjects, like Tarot in this case.

The week continued back to wands on Wednesday and Thursday. The number four signals to abundant harvest and rest, the fire of the wands balanced by the earthiness of the number 4. The six of wands continued this theme and the overall positive vibe. On a side note, I am finding interesting the numerology, so this is likely an area I will explore and integrate into my study of the Tarot.

I ended the week with the 10 of Swords, an airy card that stands for consolidation before new things can begin. If there was any bad luck, then things can only get better from here. Given the previous week and this week as it ends, I think I will be OK. Overall, this was a good positive week for me.

Book citation: Jane Lyle, The Illustrated Guide to Tarot. San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press, 2011. ISBN: 9781607104308.(Amazon record, as WorldCat is just sketchy). You can find my review of the book and deck here.


Marseilles 8 of WandsMarseilles High PriestessMarseilles 4 of WandsMarseilles 6 of WandsMarseilles 10 of Swords





Photo from Flickr user Raider of Gin (fairerdingo). Image used under terms of Creative Commons 2.0 Generic Attribution License.

Photo from Flickr user Raider of Gin (fairerdingo). Image used under terms of Creative Commons 2.0 Generic Attribution License.

Here are the links to the books I reviewed at The Itinerant Librarian for the month of January 2016. Not as many this month as I was putting together my reading challenges for 2016. Still, I got some good ones in. Feel free to check them out, and as always, comments are welcome.

  • Want to learn more about what makes a big segment of the Republican Party tick? You can read The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. This is a book I do recommend as it is very relevant to the 2016 elections. In fact, this book had so much to learn, that I made a second post with additional reading notes about the book.
  • I started my Tarot journey with a gift I received over the holidays: The Illustrated Guide to Tarot by Jane Lyle. The book is part of a kit that included a deck of Marseilles Tarot cards.  One my personal projects this year is to teach myself how to read the Tarot, mostly for personal meditation and reflection, but perhaps some day, I may read cards for others, at least for friends.
  • I reread Lewis Black’s book, Me of Little Faith. This time, I did it in audiobook format.
  • I got some inspiration on happiness with Happiness A-Z.



The list keeps growing, but I just keep finding books out there that sound interesting. In addition, I think the lists from Signature Reads I am sharing below will be of timely interest to some readers.

Items about books I want to read:

  • Let’s open this post with something different. The curator of the Museum of Sex has written a book about her work and career there. If I ever make my way to New York City, the Museum of Sex is on my list of places I would love to visit. Anyhow, the book is titled, appropriately enough, Sex in the Museum. The book is due for publication on April of 2016.
  • On a different topic, I recently featured this article from Yes! Magazine on world hunger and how hunger statistics are often underestimated at The Itinerant Librarian. It was part of my series on “Signs the Economy is Bad.” The article also features a book on the topic that may be of interest. The book is World Hunger: 10 Myths.
  • I also featured this article from TruthDig on my other blog (same post as above) about how Americans are rushing to leave the poor behind. The article mentions the book Disciplining the Poor, which may provide some insight into why Americans are embracing such fuckery. They probably forget that, for many of them, “there but for (the deity of choice), go I.”
  • Not really a “book” in the traditional sense, but I think this report from Human Rights Watch deserves to be read and shared more as it deals with a topic very few outside the poor and the legal system that exploits them thinks about. The report is “Rubber Stamp Justice: US Courts, Debt Buying Corporations, and the Poor.” You can read it online or download the report as a PDF. I learned about this via Common Dreams.
  • After reading Skocpol’s book on the Tea Party (my review of the book and my additional reading notes on it), I figured I had enough of those people. However, the Texas Tribune recently had an analysis for Texas Democrats (gee, there is such a thing? could have fooled me) that mentions two books on Texas politics. At any rate, the books give either the Democrat analysis (what they ought to do if they ever get their act together) and the Republican view (how they went on to get power, only to then screw up the state in the process, though they do not see their regressive policies that way). The books are Turning Texas Blue by Mary Beth Rogers and Red State: An Insider’s Story of How the GOP Came to Dominate Texas Politics by Wayne Thorburn. By the way, while searching WorldCat to get the links for the books, I noticed that some libraries in Kentucky have the GOP book, but they do not have the Democrat book (yet as of this writing. While the book is newer, other libraries already have it, so yes, I am detecting a slight bias).
  • Continuing the thread of GOP and the Tea Party for one more book, there is a new book out on Tea Party women. Skocpol already discusses the topic quite a bit in her book, so I am a bit skeptical this newer book will say anything I have not read already. However, in the interest of getting to know the enemy, I am adding this one to my reading list. The book is Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Activists, and the Changing Face of the American Right. It was discussed in Ms. magazine. As of this writing, the book was still forthcoming.
  • A look at Detroit in terms of its ruin and how it has become, to be honest, a destination for ruin porn. The book is Beautiful Terrible Ruins, and it was reviewed at Inside Higher Ed.
  • For some of us, this may be a trip down memory lane. Here is a book dedicated to Disney attractions poster art. Yes, the teaser art is a valuable art collectible for some people, and there is a book about it. The book is Poster Art of the Disney Parks, and it was reviewed at Wink Books.
  • Also reviewed at Wink Books, if you have a fascination with skulls, then The Mammoth Book of Skulls may be for you.
  • I’ve always wanted to read some of the old Ian Fleming books about James Bond in light of the movies. Guys Lit Wire review Live and Let Die. On a side note, this is the Bond book I’ve seen many credit with sparking their interest in Tarot cards due to one of the characters who is a fortune teller. In fact, replicas of that deck were made (the original deck has been auctioned at least once), and today you can get it as the Tarot of the Witches deck. The deck has remained popular even as many by now do not know of its association with the film. Personally, if I can get a deck for my collection, I’d be happy.
  • Bookgasm provides a positive review of the latest (as of this post) volume in the series Best American Comics 2015.
  • Blogcritics reviews a Cuban science fiction novel that is getting translated into English. The book is A Legend of the Future. Personally, I tend to prefer reading materials originally in Spanish in the original, so here is the Spanish edition, Una leyenda del futuro.
  • SF Signal had a book trailer for Joe Hill’s The Fireman. Hill has been on my TBR for a while now, and as a horror writer, his works would fit in my horror reading challenge that I am doing this year. On a side note, a few people have told me I should try A Heart-Shaped Box, so I probably should move that up in my reading list.
  • Drinkhacker has a review of a simple guide to learning about and tasting bourbon. The book is Bourbon Curious.
  • Alison Tyler is an erotica editor whose books I have enjoyed before. I thought I had this in my TBR shelf, but it seems I did not, so adding it now. The book is Nine to Five Fantasies, and it was reviewed at BDSM Book Reviews.


Lists and bibliographies:

(Crossposted from The Gypsy Librarian)

Welcome to my reading list and report for 2015. I fell a bit behind on this in part because I took some time choosing my reading challenges for 2016. I read a bit less this year in terms of books, but it was in part because I had a busy year at work, and that was a good thing. I am entering my fourth year working here at Berea, and things are still going well. Overall, it was a good year for reading overall.

I continue to read and write about what I read on my personal blog. The Itinerant Librarian continues to grow slowly but surely into a good books and reading blog. It is something that I definitely enjoy both personally and as a librarian. I’ve even gotten to know, online, a few authors and editors in the process. I am always thrilled when I write a review, and an author or publisher notices and writes back an encouraging word or two. Thanks to them for writing and editing good books so I can keep reading. Keeps The Itinerant Librarian off the streets.

In addition, while I have blogged less here on my professional blog, it is not because of lack of content or ideas. A large reason is I am enjoying my book blogging. Also, to be honest, a lot of LIS blogging out there often boils down to the same few issues and dramas, and I would rather do without that stuff. So I keep up with the LIS literature, but I may not blog here as often, and I am at peace with that. I keep posting the annual reading list here mostly out of tradition. In time, I may or not move it to my personal blog. We’ll see.

Here then is the list of books I read during 2015. Books marked with an asterisk (*) are re-reads. Most books were reviewed at The Itinerant Librarian. Feel free to go over there and check some of the reviews out. Simply click on the “books and reading” label in the sidebar of The Itinerant Librarian to get to the reviews.


  • Cornel West, with Christa Buschendorf, Black Prophetic Fire.
  • Diane Muldrow, Everything I Need To Know About Christmas I Learned from a Little Golden Book.
  • Carl Critchlow, Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division.
  • Lawrence Osborne, The Wet and the Dry.
  • Chris Metzen, Transformers: Primacy.
  • Vic Malhotra, X-Files: Year Zero.
  • Scott Snyder, American Vampire, Volume 5.
  • Andrew Bohrer, The Best Shots You’ve Never Tried.
  • Ian Doescher, William Shakerspeare’s The Jedi Doth Return.
  • Juzo Tokoro, Spawn: Shadows of Spawn, Vol. 2.


  • Kennedy Xu, Daomu.
  • Juzo Tokoro, Spawn: Shadows of Spawn, Vol. 3.
  • Kevin L. Nadal, That’s So Gay!
  • Jane Stern and Michael Stern, Two for the Road.
  • James Kuhoric, The Six-Million Dollar Man, Season 6.
  • Scott Snyder, American Vampire, Volume 7.
  • Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, Being Dead Is No Excuse.
  • Henrik Lange, 90 Classic Books for People in a Hurry.


  • Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in your Eyes.
  • Bob Budiansky, et. al., Transformers Classics, Volume 4.
  • Michael R. Veach, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: an American Heritage.
  • Erik Burnham,, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters.
  • Ryan Burton,, Dark Engine, Volume 1.
  • Paco Ignacio II Taibo, Pancho Villa Takes Zacatecas.
  • John Arcudi, The Mask.
  • Mitzi Szereto, ed., Dark Edge of Desire.
  • Kevin Smith, Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet.
  • James Luceno, Star Wars: Tarkin.


  • W. Haden Blackman, Darth Vader and the Lost Command.
  • Various authors, Predator Omnibus, Volume 1.
  • Seth Holmes, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies.
  • Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac, The China Collectors.
  • Fred W. Sauceman, Buttermilk and Bible Burgers.
  • Todd McFarlane, Spawn: Volume 1: Endgame.
  • Carlton Mellick III, ClownFellas: Tales of the Bozo Family.


  • Martin Luther King Jr., The Radical King.
  • Nick Kyme and Lindsey Priestly, eds., Tales of Heresy (The Horus Heresy, Book 10).
  • Geoff Johns, Batman: Earth One, Volume 2.
  • Paul S. Kemp, Star Wars: Lords of the Sith.
  • Steve McNiven and Charles Soule, Death of Wolverine.
  • Jennifer S. Baker, The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction.
  • Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, Deadman Wonderland, Volume 2.
  • Vassilis Gogtzilas, The Bigger Bang.
  • Max Dunbar, Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate Volume 1.
  • Jim Davis, My Laughable Life with Garfield: The Jon Arbuckle Chronicles.


  • Jimmy Palmiotti, Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Power Outage (The New 52).
  • Shawn Kittelsen. Mortal Kombat X.
  • Jim Davis, 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna: The Life & Times of a Fat, Furry Legend!
  • David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, The 12 Bottle Bar.
  • Paul Kingsbury, Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947-1989.
  • Nick Roche and Brian Lynch, Monster Motors.
  • Rob Anderson,, Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit.
  • Shane McCarthy, Transformers: Drift-Empire of Stone.
  • Mark Millar, Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 1.
  • Scott Snyder, Batman, Volume 6: Graveyard Shift (The New 52).
  • Adrian Brooks, The Right Side of History.
  • Bayard Rustin, The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin.


  • Guy Lawson, Arms and the Dudes.
  • Becky Cloonan,, Gotham Academy, Volume 1.
  • John Lewis, March: Book Two.
  • Si Spencer, Bodies.
  • Robert Lazaro, Robert Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy.
  • Thomas Hodge, VHS Video Cover Art: 1980s to Early 1990s.
  • Brian Michael Bendis, Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 3: Guardians Disassembled.
  • Steve Niles, October Faction Volume 1.
  • Mitch Broder, Discovering Vintage New York.
  • Various authors, Flash Gordon Omnibus.
  • Tim Seeley, Grayson, Vol. 1: Agents of Spyral.
  • Tony Daniel, Deathstroke Vol. 1: Gods of Wars (The New 52).
  • Corinna Sara Bechko, Heathentown.
  • Michael Uslan, Justice, Inc., Volume 1.
  • Cameron Stewart, Batgirl, Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (The New 52).
  • Robert Kirkman, Battle Pope, Volume 1: Genesis.
  • Bathroom Readers’ Institute, Uncle John’s Beer-Topia.
  • Alan Moore, Nemo: River of Ghosts.
  • Jon Pressick, ed., Best Sex Writing of the Year, Volume 1: On Consent, BDSM, Porn, Race, Sex Work and More.


  • Rebecca Winters, Plucked: A History of Hair Removal.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield the Big Cheese: His 59th Book.
  • Brian Michael Bendis, Age of Ultron.
  • Nelson A. Denis, War Against All Puerto Ricans.
  • Boaz Lavie, The Divine.
  • Z. Rider, Insylum.


  • Peter J. Tomasi, Batman: Arkham Knight.
  • Gerry Duggan, Arkham Manor.
  • Sean Ryan, New Suicide Squad, Volume 1.
  • Scott Snyder, Batman Eternal, Volume 2.
  • F. Leonora Solomon, ed., Tie Me Up: a Binding Collection of Erotic Tales.
  • Matthew Algeo, Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure.
  • Mairghread Scott, Transformers: Combiner Wars.
  • Louise Baxter Harmon, Happiness A to Z.
  • Editors of Penthouse Variations, Penthouse Variations on Oral: Erotic Stories of Going Down.
  • Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 2.
  • Kyle Higgins,, C.O.W.L. Volume 1: Principles of Power.
  • Cullen Bunn,, Lobo Volume 1: Targets (The New 52).
  • Sparky Sweets, PhD., Thug Notes: a Street-Smart Guide to Classic Literature.
  • Robert Kirkman, Battle Pope, Volume 2: Mayhem.
  • Derf Backderf, Punk Rock and Trailer Parks.
  • Peter Milligan,, The Names.


  • Henry N. Beard and Christopher Cerf, Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Left Speechless.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Takes his Licks: His 24th Book.*
  • Lee Papa, The Rude Pundit’s Almanack.
  • Jeremy Barlow, Star Wars, The Clone Wars: the Colossus of Destiny.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Will Eat for Food.
  • Wayne A. Wiegand, Part of our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library.
  • Joey Esposito, Pawn Shop.
  • Mike W. Barr, Star Wars, The Clone Wars: The Starcrusher Trap.
  • Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween.*
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Souped Up: his 57th Book.


  • Scott Snyder, Batman, Volume 7: Endgame.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Goes to his Happy Place; his 58th Book.
  • Tom Krattenmaker, The Evangelicals You Don’t Know.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Tips the Scales, his 8th Book.
  • Diane Muldrow, Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from a Little Golden Book.
  • Zeb Wells, Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One.
  • Derf Backderf, Trashed.
  • Vanessa Williamson and Theda Skocpol, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.
  • Charles M. Schultz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 10: 1969-1970.
  • Ben Khan, Shaman.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Lard of the Jungle: His 52nd Book.


  • Various authors, Star Trek: Alien Spotlight, Volume 1.
  • Various authors, The Star Wars.
  • Elaine Lee, Vamps.

Here are the numbers:

I read a total of 123 books this year with 2 re-reads.

Number of books read in 2014: 152, including 2 re-reads (the 2014 list).

Number of books read in 2013: 173, including 2 re-reads (the 2013 list).

Number of books read in 2012: 117, with 6 re-reads (the 2012 list).

Number of books read in 2011: 119, with 3 re-reads (the 2011 list).

Number of books read in 2010:  119, with 6 rereads (the 2010 list).

Number of books read in 2009: 98, with 5 rereads. I believe this is the first time I started to actively track rereads. (the 2009 list).

Number of books read in 2008: 111 (the 2008 list).

Number of books read in 2007: 85 (the 2007 list).

Number of books read in 2006: 106 (the 2006 list).

Number of books read in 2005: 73

Let’s look at a few other numbers and add some commentary and thoughts:

  • I read a bit less this year, though I think I read a few things a more mindful way. It was interesting working to choose books for some of the reading challenges I did in 2015.  I still read actively from NetGalley, less so from Edelweiss.
  • Best month: July with 19 books read.
  • Worst month: December with 3 books read.
  • 68 print books read.
  • 55 e-books read. The majority of books this year was still in print, but as you can see, e-books number is close. Though my preference remains print, as long as I read via NetGalley, I will keep reading e-books as well. Plus I may read the odd book here or there as e-book due to other sources, say my public library’s Overdrive system.
  • I read 9 books in fiction. This for me  usually means novels and short fiction. It can include erotica. Generally, I count graphic novels and manga together as separate categories regardless of whether some are fiction or nonfiction.
  • I read 34 books in nonfiction. That the majority of books other than graphic novels and manga are nonfiction is pretty consistent for me. I tend to prefer nonfiction overall. This category can include erotica in the sense that it would include sex manuals and other sex writing not fiction.
  • I read 77 graphic novels this year. Many of these I read via NetGalley, but I also read a good amount of them via the library. I also had two graphic novels challenges, which do allow for manga as well, running last year. Plus, this is a favorite genre of mine.
  • I read 3 mangas this year. One reason is that good mangas are not easy to get around here, but when I find them, I read them.
  • I read 7 books via my work library, Hutchins Library. This was kind of low considering I had a good number of books checked out from Hutchins Library. I just did not get to them right away. Those longer loan periods do kind of encourage me to keep things longer. I will try to do better in this regard in 2016. In addition, I got three books via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) through Hutchins Library:
    • Tales of Heresy is probably the furthest out ILL I have ever received so far. It came from Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library System in Alaska.
    •  The Rude Pundit’s Almanack came from King County Library System in Issaquah, Washington.
    • Tarkin came from Rowan County Public Library in Morehead, Kentucky.
  • 34 books came from my local library public, the Berea branch of the Madison County (KY) Public Library.
  • I read 23 books that I own, including 12 that qualified for the 2015 Mount TBR Reading Challenge.
  • I read 52 books via NetGalley. I read 2 via Edelweiss.
  • Other numbers:
    • LIS books read: 2
    • Erotica: 4.
    • Books provided for review, not via NetGalley nor Edelweiss: 6. These are books provided by an author, publisher, or editor for review, either by invitation or because I requested them.
  • I completed 10 Reading Challenges for 2015 (see the link above, where you can see the challenge summaries and additional details). Some of these I did because they went with the flow of my reading. Others I did to try new things. Overall, things worked out OK, and I already have 2016 Reading Challenges going (see link above to see those). I am trying some new things this year, including an audiobook challenge. Overall, I am attempting 12 Reading Challenges this year: 5 repeating from last year, and 7 new ones to me.

What I am currently reading (as of this post):

  • James Swallow, The Blood Angels Omnibus (Warhammer 40,000).
  • Rachel Kramer Bussel, ed., Dirty Dates: Erotic Fantasies for Couples.
  • Margie Lapanja, Food Men Love.
  • Elizabeth Warren, A Fighting Chance (audiobook edition).
  • Julio Patán, Cocteles con Historia: Guía definitiva para el borracho ilustrado.

And as I often do to finalize, if you are interested, here are a few others who did end of year reading reports too:

Have a happy 2016 year of reading.

April 2016
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