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In 2012, I read 100 books. Admittedly, some of them were short- mostly the ebooks- but still, my yearly total usually comes up somewhere around 75 or so. I didn't set out to read 100 books; it just happened. Okay, I didn't set out to do it until around mid-December when I realized how close I was to that number and decided what the heck, I'd shoot for it. I did purposely avoid starting a long book right then, putting off the newest Joyce Carol Oates novel until January first. I finished number 100 around 9 PM on New Year's Eve.

I doubt I'll reach that number again, unless I'm invalided in some way. It's not really an achievement- I wasn't reading the 100 greatest books in history or anything like that. There was some nonfiction and some literary novels, but there was also a lot of steampunk and horror in there. But, still, some weird ego place in me went "Hey, cool!"
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We're coming up on another Halloween soon. What are you reading to get into the mood? What are your favorite creepy books (fiction or nonfiction!)?

For some good shivers, I like Harlan Ellison and Orson Scott Card's short stories, and Mira Grant's trilogy of zombie novels.

My YA picks include anything by William Sleator and Robert Cormier, and I still reread them regularly. Sleator's "The Beasties" is actually one of the few books that's ever creeped me out so badly I wish I hadn't read it. I'm not actually sure why it hit me so hard. It's very... visceral, I guess.

For nonfiction that will make your skin crawl, I recommend "The Plutonium Files" by Eileen Welsome, and I just heard good things about "Dispensing with the Truth" by Alicia Munro (anyone read it?). Nothing like the history of ethics violations in science and medicine to keep you up all night...
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This weeks question is (yes, I'm late posting it): What are you reading today?

I'm working my way through the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, and I'm on "Heartless" right now.
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Favorite childhood book

Hi all! Anybody still in here?

I recently saw a list of 'book questions', and thought that they might stimulate some conversation. There are 55 questions on the list; if I post one a week they will keep us going for a little over a year. What do you all think?

The first question is:

What was your favorite childhood book?

Mine was 'Carbonel, King of the Cats' by Barbara Sleigh, which apparently few people have heard of. It is finally back in print, but alas is out of my current price range. I'm hoping that it (and the two sequels) will come out for Kindle or in paperback.

I loved it because an ordinary girl was able to use magic, and hey, anything with a talking cat was a hit with me- okay, still is.
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I've been posting about reading Osprey books for a long time, and I thought it might be a good idea to talk about the various series for a little bit.

I first came upon Osprey books while I was in New Orleans for a medical convention. Lots of titles caught my interest, and I read them quickly. They are short, in the whole, and chock full of information, as well as lots of illustrations. There are several different series, more seem to crop up all the time.

I don't follow them all. Specifically, I don't pick up Aviation Elite Units, Battle Orders, Essential Histories, Essential History Specials, Force on Force, General Aviation, General Military, Graphic History, Modelling Manuals, Modelling Masterclass, Osprey Modelling. For the most part, these don't interest me. There's also some wargaming rules sets; I haven't read or purchased any, but I'm slowly considering it.

Now, there's still a number of series that I *do* follow. I don't buy every book in each of these series, but I read a lot of them.

I started with Men-at-Arms. These deal with soldiers in various eras and wars throughout history. There's nearly five hundred titles now, though not all are in print.

Next was Campaign. This series dealt with famous battles or series of battles and covers their commanders, background, forces, gear and sequelae. They tend to be the longest of these books, as they are more complicated. There's about 250 of these.

Then I started to follow Elite. These books are about forces throughout history that were considered the best of their eras, or their national forces. There's nearly two hundred of these. Recently, as they've covered most of the world's best forces, they're using these books to deal with tactical guides, especially from WWII.

At one point, while we still lived in Chicago, I picked up a couple of books of the Combat Aircraft series from a used book store. It's not one that I really like all that much. There's less than a hundred books in this series.

Then there's Warrior. I don't really know what makes this series different from Men-at-Arms, but it deals with the arms, tactics and era of various military traditions. There's over 160 of these.

Next is Vanguard, which disappeared before I started collecting these books. It dealt with military equipment. I don't know how many there were, but it faded out. Thereafter, they opened up New Vanguard, which still deals with military hardware which mostly don't fly (zeppelins and shuttles excepted). Since the restart, there are nearly two hundred books.

Newer still is Fortress. This series deals with castles, bases, fortifications from all of history. There's over a hundred of these, and I do appreciate the graphics; they do give a good feel of what the defenders' point-of-view would be.

More recently is Command. It deals with the most famous of generals. So far there's about twenty-five of these.

And then there's Raid. They depict the tales of the most famous battles; short, sharp and important. There's been thirty so far.

I also have looked at a few of the Weapon series. They detail a variety of items of military use. So far there's less than twenty.

I've found a couple of ebooks of Duel and Aircraft of the Aces. I haven't read any of them. Duel deals with a comparison of two military systems in conflict, such as T34 tanks versus Panther tanks. The other series deals with military airplanes and the ace pilots who flew them.

These books cover famous and obscure forces, and they fill a gap in history vary nicely. I like them, generally, though some are better than others. So, if you see me posting about the many more that I'm likely to read, you'll have some idea why I've chosen them.

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cover art you enjoy, talk about an author, talk about your own work. everything reading-related interests us, and booksinc offers a personable,
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Hiya all. I just created an off-topic book discussion community called booksinc. Anything and all reading/book related is welcomed here. Its a personable way to connect with others over what we read. Come give it a try! Tell us about the current novel you are reading :)

photography project about book lovers!

I'm a photographer in Montreal and am starting two different series of portraits and am looking for subjects!

The first series of portraits is of people who love books. They'll be  on-location editorial style portraits and I'm looking for bibliophiles  who have a huge collection of books or work in a bookstore or as a librarian, or someone who restores/binds books or anything, really, as
long as it involves books! 

The second series is portraits of people who have a literary-based tattoo, whether it is a quote or image  associated with a book. I myself have a couple of literary inspired  tattoos and something I've noticed since getting them is how often  people read them but don't ask me about them. I always wonder what assumptions are being made, both about the words and myself, so this is something I'd like to explore with the portraits. This series will be done in studio. 

For your time, you'll get the photo and a print,as well as an invitation to the vernissage later this year that these projects will be a part of!

If you're interested in participating in either series (or if you know someone who would be!) reply to this post or  send me a message at and I'll  give all the details. (If it's for the tattoo series, a photo of  yourself as well as what the tattoo is of and where it is would be great as well!)


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Check in!

And a hearty hello to all our newer members. Sorry it's been so quiet around here.

So, we don't generally do book reviews here, but everyone once in a while I ask people if they've read something really extraordinary lately, a book worth talking about. I just read two of them-- both sequels to other books. My reviews of the sequels and the books that preceded them are here: and here:

Has anyone else read something truly excellent of late? Please feel free to share reviews, links, pics, amount of sleep you lost while reading... you name it!

Your attention, please, dear members

For those of you who don't know, "bookaddict42 "  is one of our moderators' new account for book-related blogging, which is henceforth separate from her personal account (if you know who it is, or can guess-- which I'm sure you can-- please do me a favor and keep it to yourself).

Now down to the heart of the matter:

Given how little attention this community has been getting lately, I have to ask-- how many of you are really interested in having it continue? Or should us mods just go back to posting our book-related news, questions, memes, and quizzes in our own journals, where most of you are probably used to finding them anyway?

I love the idea of this community, but I feel like none of us really have the time or energy to devote to making it stand on its own feet as a genuine forum where book-lovers come together to share thoughts, information, and fun relating to our shared passion. And if it doesn't do that, I feel there isn't much point having it at all.

What are your thoughts on this? Are there ways to improve this community that don't require a massive investment of time and energy on the parts of the moderators (unless you're willing to step up and become one of them), or should we just call it quits, at least for now?