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The Goodreads Tag

I found this tag over on Evelyn’s blog We Were Raised By Wolves and just had to fill it out–you all know how nuts I am for books! I tag anyone else who wants to fill it out.
 
What was the last book that you marked as read?
Prince of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence. It’s the start of a trilogy that’s piqued my interest for some time. I would say it was just okay–interesting enough that I’d like to eventually read the other two books, but not so much so that I’m in a particular hurry.
 
What are you currently reading?
I’m still nibbling my way through The Art of Happiness, by the Dalai Lama, and I recently started Writers of the Future: Volume 30, an anthology of sci-fi and fantasy short stories.
 
What was the last book you marked as to read?
The Taken trilogy by Erin Bowman. I’m a sucker for dystopia.
 
What book do you plan to read next?
Probably S., by J.J. Abrams. I also have some biographies of Nikola Tesla that I want to dig into.
 
Do you use the star rating system?
Yes, and like so many other users, I wish they allowed half-star ratings! So many books are really in between two stars.
 
Are you doing a 2014 reading challenge?
Yes. I challenged myself to read 100 books and so far I’ve read thirty-nine books and six of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories (which GR for some reason marks as full books). I’ve also partially finished five other books, but they went on the “unfinished” list.
 
Do you have a wishlist?
No. I just add books to my “to-read” list and then look for them at the library.
 
What book do you want to buy next?
The next novel in A Song of Ice and Fire. 
 
Do you have any favorite quotes?  Would you like to share a few?
You can find my faves here.
 
Who are your favorite authors?
Diana Gabaldon, George R.R. Martin, Bill Bryson, Neil Gaiman, Arnaldur Indridason, and Agatha Christie.
 
Have you joined any groups?
No. I try not to spend a lot of time on the computer for things like that. I’d rather be reading!

What are your favorite genres?
I will pretty much read anything if it’s well written. I’m a sucker for dystopia, steampunk and fantasy of a medieval bent (like A Song of Ice and Fire). Magic is okay if used judiciously, but I hate reading fantasy novels where the characters constantly fight themselves into corners and then POOF! magic saves the day. It’s like a big fat cheat. I also really like Nordic or British crime thrillers (American, not so much). Anything with time travel is instantly interesting to me.

My husband has a theory that I’ll pick up anything if the character on the cover is wearing a hood. Based on my “read”/”to-read” list, he may be right.

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