Comment: Wow, you did VERY well in Dewey's 24 hr readathon! And that for a first! I'm glad you enjoyed it and will in all probability be joining in April again. I can't wait, can you? And YAY for reading Changeless during the readathon - I remember doing the same a few times back :D Not my usual reading material but perfect for such an occasion I think. I may pick up the sequel in April, thanks for reminding me! And I also like the idea of going out and read in the library for a while; may steal that as well!
Apologies for being so late in rating! I almost replied in Dutch because you name sounds so much like it?!
Comment: Wow- I guess I should get myself to the library! I've been holding off because I have so much to do, but you know, you make good points. Good luck in October! (Historical fiction is awesome- is there any of your work out anywhere?)
Comment: Thank you for your letter. After reading the book that was picked for me I went and read The Night Circus and was mesmerised by it. I shouted at my inner self for leaving it so long. I think the thing that captured me the most like you was the description of the circus.
Comment: Congrats on finishing your first two goals! I've got "carve a stamp" on my next list; so cool to see you did it; I'd love any advice you might have about it. Neat that you're breaking down the books you're reading into categories, too. Good luck with your in progress and future goals!
Comment: 8 goals in progress--that's great for just starting out! I'm SUCH a fan of Real Simple magazine, so it was neat to see that you read an issue as part of one of your things! Good luck working on your goals. You've got a nice mix of goals--I love the categories you chose. And happy writing!
Comment: I really enjoyed reading the descriptions in your reading log. Her Royal Spyness has been on my to-read list for a long time now, so I was especially interested in your review of that one. Happy reading!
Comment: Thanks for sending me your thoughts on Rebecca! I completely agree, it's not a proper "romance" by a long shot :) quite a few people around here renamed their houses "manderley" I'm guessing either they didn't finish the book or we need to dredge the reservoir! But as you say the main character is so well written, I wish modern writers could learn from it!
Comment: This is the longest reading list I've ever received with the most complete stories of the books. I'm shocked that there are so many series being done. But I was glad to see you also read an occasional classic like The Moonstone and Rebecca and included some how to books.
Comment: No, I am not sick of letters from you at all - they're great! You are so evenhanded in your reviews, it is really refreshing to read. Sin in the Second City does sound like a really interesting book. I read The Devil in the White City which was fascinating, and this sounds really interesting too. But authors often show a bias - hopefully not so much it hides the history and facts of the story. Thank you again and I honestly look forward to being partnered with you again soon!
Comment: I don't mind at all that you put two letters in one envelope! I would have done the same! Thank you for your thoughts on The Moonstone - I read it as well and I really enjoyed it but I can definitely see your point about its slowness (and predictability). But I do appreciate your reviews on Woman in White and Mr Whicher (both of which I have). I am going to give them a go now - thank you so much.
Comment: Hey, thanks for not one but TWO reviews! I think perhaps Phyrne Fisher may translate better to TV -- it sounds like the fun stuff is still there with perhaps a better sense of place. And I like the common sense approach that there is no one easy clear approach to the complex problem of global poverty -- although of course I would love it to be so easy! Thanks for a fun letter to receive!
Comment: Wow you went all out in reading 1sts! I would love to have the time to do that one of these months.. I am a big crime fiction fan so your picks were right up my alley -- some I've read -- Cocaine Blues & A Peach of a Murder, some I have in my TBR --Too Big to Miss & Mum's the Work & the other 2 I will look for per your reviews -- Death at the Fair & Hag's Nook. Thanks for a great swap!
Comment: Molly Peacock's name is a familiar one from work, but I've not read anything of hers before. You make this biography sound fascinating! I looked up Mary Delany's artwork online--the bright and bold flowers against black backgrounds are stunning. Like you, I don't read a lot of biographies, but this one sounds like a great one to give a chance to. I'm going to add it to my Future reading Pinterest board so I don't forget about it!
Comment: Thanks for your reading log. I have also read 90 Days to Your Novel, and I ran into the same problem you did: when the exercises become vague, I was pretty turned off. I'm going to give it a shot, one day.
Comment: What a fabulous letter! This is just what this game is all about - reading things on your shelf you wouldn't have picked up and then discovering that they shouldn't be taking up space! I had the same experience in the last round. I do hope you get something you enjoy more in the next.
Comment: I enjoyed reading the thoughtful comments on your reading - and I had to laugh about giving your dad a clutter book that's "not too much of a slap in the face"! BTW, have you seen the film of Going postal? It's worth a look. Thanks so much, Anna, for a good swap.
Comment: You did such a great job with your book bracket--I love the tournament & division names! Ha! Very cool that you tried it out with several different combinations and that you made your own bracket page. And I loved the variety of books you included. I'm reading one of your first round winners right now: And Then There Were None! Glad you had fun with the swap :-)
Comment: Hi Anna,
Thanks for sharing your March Reading Log. As someone who also reads a lot of non-fiction, I really appreciated seeing a log with both fiction and non-fiction in it. Good luck with Camp NaNoWriMo.
Comment: WOW!! What a great list of ideas you sent!! It was such a pleasure reading through the list and as for the links that you sent, you can get lost because they lead to so many OTHER great ideas! :-) Thanks for sending such a great group of ideas - I'll have plenty ideas for both this year and next! :-) Merry Christmas to you!
Comment: Thank you so much! I am so excited to start opening these in December! I think it is so cute how you packaged them all and labeled each day on them! UPDATE Dec 24th: Thank you again! It was so much fun each day and the notes with the gifts made it extra special! I loved it!
Comment: I remember liking Darkly Dreaming Dexter when I read it years ago, but I'd already seen the first season of the show so maybe that made me like it a little more? I might have to try The Red House Mystery--had never heard of it :-)
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating! I just discovered this in my junk folder. Silly email! Thanks for sending on time :-) Wow, you read so much in September--and what a variety! Best of luck with NaNoWriMo this year!
Comment: Oh my you read so many books! I loved your comments & the diversity of choices. I am not a fantasy fan but you did make Going Postal sound like something I might like. There were a few mysteries I have read & few I've been meaning to & then more that I added to my to be found/wish lists. Thanks for a great swap!
Comment: You must have been the third person to mention The Devil in White City to me. I didn't realize it was really 2 separate stories, and that they didn't really come together. I think I'm going to have to check it out.
Comment: Thanks for your reading log. The Corpse delivery one seemed interesting, until you mentioned the gore. Your freelance book sounded interesting, I can also recommend Writer for Hire by Kelly James-Enger if you're looking into freelancing.
Response: Yeah, I was disappointed by it too. I flipped through vol. 2 at the library yesterday just to see, but it looked like more of the same, so I guess that's a series I'll have to skip. :( Thank you for the recommendation! I'll check it out.
Comment: Thank you for your list. Fires of London sounds fascinating. And neat to hear of someone reading Gunpowder Green; as a BookCrosser, it's fun to leave copies of those tea lover mysteries in my local coffee shops. Happy reading!
Response: Fires of London was my favorite book last month. And since it's from a small press the author probably needs more love.
The coffee shop idea is really cute! :)
Comment: Thank you Anna for the cute mix of memos :) and thank you so much for the gift ^-^ I have never seen that memo pad before it's so adorable!! Just a side note, in the future please don't tape up the envie all the way to the top, I was really afraid to open it so I used my x-acto knife and I shredded some memos x_x made me a bit sad but I can still use them for my planner, so it was fine =p just a little less tape please =p thank you!
Response: Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that. I'll try to be less tape-happy in future. I'm glad you liked them though!
Comment: Thank you for your log, Anna. I've been thinking about reading Corpse for a while, and am glad to see that you liked it. I also added several of your books to my "to read" list. Happy Reading!
Comment: Thanks for the fulsome reviews -- I love reading thoughtful comments. I'm also happy to see someone reading how-to-write books AND the kinds of books they talk about. Happy reading and good luck in whatever you do.
Comment: Wow, thanks. I enjoyed reading your log. You are very descriptive and made reading it all the more enjoyable. :) Also thanks so much for the extras (lettersets). God knows I can always use them. :)
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your answers. Your way of reading books after the hype has died down is probably something I should probably do too, because I always get sucked in the hype and start reading the book with very high expectations. So thank you for your very thoughtful answers! :)
Comment: Super Hearts for an Awesome Swap. Tis the season for hot Tea:-) I wish I could restrict myself to one craft a month...haha. Your craft projects sound like fun-PM me with instructions for the cat scratch pad-Cletis is tearing up the corner cabinet. I did cover it with one I bought at WalMart. Hugs:-)
Comment: Hello, Anna! Today I received the 2 sets of stationery from PUCHIMO. OMG!!! I am sooo inlove with these two sets. The illustrations are just so very cute and lovely!!! As you can tell, I'm OVERJOYED and what a nice surprise it was! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!! :D
Response: I'm so glad you liked them! I had a lot of fun going through your wishlist. I'll be sure to let the seller know you're happy with them. :)