06 October 2010

[BFG] Recent Reading: And 2 Makes 50

One more book I forgot to put on last post's list, plus one I just finished.
  1. The Encyclopedia of Jewelry-Making Techniques by Jinks McGrath (non-fiction) buy from amazon
    The Encyclopedia of Jewelry-Making Techniques: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Techniques
    I got this one from the library partly because I just like to learn new things, but also because I had a new project in mind (yeah, like I need *another* new project). You can see a sneak peek over on Anagram for Ink. The book isn't really in-depth, but it has really good basic introductions without getting into too much detail (which is the problem I'm having with the other jewelery book I signed out), and the pictures are nice (and colour!). I may look for a copy, or something similar, to add to my own library.
  2. The Twelve Kingdoms: The Vast Spread of the Seas by Fuyumi Ono (fiction) buy from amazon
    Twelve Kingdoms - Paperback Edition Volume 3: The Vast Spread of the Seas (Twelve Kingdoms (Quality))
    This third book in the series starts off much more slowly than the other two, and it's rather more confusing at the beginning (partly because it uses a lot of substantial flashbacks, which I wasn't expecting after having just read books one and two). Still, once the various details began to come together, it became a wothwhile segment of the larger story.

So, now that I've reached 50 books with a few months left to go in the year, should I just keep going and see how far I get, or should I try for 50 fiction and non, plus 50 graphic novels? Or go on a reading frenzy and try 50 fiction, 50 non-fiction and 50 GNs? (I did that last one the very first year I tried the 50 Books thing, but I had a lot more time to read that year.)

Just out of curiosity, I think I'll list each category below and see how far away from 50 I am in each one . . .

  1. Zeppelins West by Joe R. Lansdale
  2. Hannah's Garden by Midori Snyder
  3. The Blue Girl by Charles deLint
  4. Swim the Moon by Paul Brandon
  5. Widdershins by Charles deLint
  6. The Rosetta Key by William Dietrich
  7. The Swiss Family Robinson by Jean Rudolph Wyss
  8. Fitcher's Brides by Gregory Frost
  9. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  10. The Barnum Museum by Steven Millhauser
  11. Good Blood by Aaron Elkins
  12. Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi
  13. Once by James Herbert
  14. White Cat by Holly Black
  15. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  16. The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred by Carl-Johan Vallgren
  17. The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow by Fuyumi Ono
  18. The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind by Fuyumi Ono
  19. The Twelve Kingdoms: The Vast Spread of the Seas by Fuyumi Ono

  1. Crossing Over: Where Art and Science Meet by Stephen Jay Gould and Rosamond Wolff Purcell
  2. The Complete Guide to Prints and Printmaking ed. John Dawson
  3. Mangaka America ed. Steelriver Studio
  4. Video Game Art by Nic Kelman
  5. The Boilerplate Rhino by David Quammen
  6. Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species by Mark Elbroch
  7. The Decorative Illustration of Books by Walter Crane
  8. How to Spot a Fox by J. David Henry
  9. Anime Explosion by Patrick Drazen
  10. The Nature of Coyotes: Voice of the Wilderness by Wayne Grady
  11. The Encyclopedia of Jewelry-Making Techniques by Jinks McGrath

Graphic Novels
  1. Mouse Guard by David Petersen
  2. The Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
  3. Samurai Crusader: Sunrise over Shanghai story by Hiroi Oji, art by Ryoichi Ikegami
  4. Spice and Wolf Volume 1 by Isuna Hasekura, art by Keito Koume
  5. Shaman Warrior Volume 4 by Park Joong-ki
  6. Bone: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith
  7. American, Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  8. xxxHolic Volume 9 by CLAMP
  9. Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 9 by CLAMP
  10. Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 10 by CLAMP
  11. Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 11 by CLAMP
  12. The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim
  13. Foiled by Jane Yolen, art by Mike Cavallaro
  14. Shutterbug Follies by Jason Little
  15. Hellboy Animated: The Menagerie by various folks, based on Mike Mignola's character
  16. Slow Storm by Danica Novgorodoff
  17. Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
  18. Lindbergh Child: America's Hero and the Crime of the Century by Rick Geary
  19. Spice and Wolf Volume 2 by Isuna Hasekura, art by Keito Koume
  20. Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi 

OK, it seems a little unlikely that I can get to 50 of each, especially non-fiction, but you never know.

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