Getting back on track to end the year

The Sunday Salon.comIt’s been a busy week of not reading as my Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight died, but I’ll be getting a replacement since it was under warranty. I did start The Man Who Went Up In Smoke, the second Martin Beck mystery, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, but didn’t get it finished in time before it was due back at the library on e-book.  At the end of the week, as I was shelf reading at the library, I found five books there that I am interested in reading so I checked them out.

They are:

  1. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  2. The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  3. The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood
  4. Buried on Avenue B by Peter de Jonge
  5. The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams.

The first four happen to be books that came out this year; the last one, in 2011. I probably won’t get to all of them, but hope to at least get to the first two, because out of the five, they seem the most intriguing.

Of course, as soon as my replacement Nook gets here, I’ll be back on course to read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami during Christmas Week, most of which I have off from work. I’m not sure, if at this point, I’m going to finish The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2 by Arthur Conan Doyle as planned or complete my reading goal of 75 books (I stand at 70 as of today). I might save the rest of that for the new year. I really don’t know yet. As always, I’ll keep you apprised of my progress or lack thereof here.

Seeing that title, The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared, made me think of this list “25 best book titles of 2012” compiled on the blog The Book Case. What are some of your favorite titles from this year or for that matter any year?

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Bryan G. Robinson

Book Blogger, Library Assistant, both by choice. Blogger formerly known as Unfinished Person, but who is still an unfinished person. Library Assistant at small town library in Pennsyltucky.

9 thoughts on “Getting back on track to end the year”

  1. I’m so jealous! I really want to read Mr. Penumbra, but my library doesn’t have it yet. I’m going to put in a request, and we’ll see what happens – their funding has been cut this year, so they’re not purchasing near as many books.

  2. I love the title of The 100-Year-Old Man. Whenever you get to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, let me know what you think of it. This year was a pretty hard one for reading. I’m hoping to end this year with a reading bang, so I’ll let you know my favorites in January. 😉

  3. Oh hey–I remember this place.

    1Q84 and Sherlock Holmes. Both tomes I’ve been wanting to read for a while. It’ll be a while before I actually get to them…

  4. I’ve been hearing amazing things about Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Enjoy!

    My favorite books from this year would include Gone Girl, Redshirts, It, American Psycho, and probably a lot more if I looked at the list of books I read. Those are the ones that popped into my head immediately.

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