Hugo Award Books

I’ve read 7 of the Hugo award winning books. I’d like to double that number soon.

Read marked in blue. On the To-read shelf marked in green.

1 The Demolished Man Alfred Bester

2 They’d Rather Be Right (The Forever Machine) Mark Cliffton and Frank Riley

3 Double Star Robert A. Heinlein

4 The Big Time Fritz Leiber

5 A Case of Conscience James Blish

6 Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

7 A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr.

8 Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein

9 The Man in the High Castle Philip K. Dick

10 Here Gather the Stars (Way Station) Clifford D. Simak

11 The Wanderer Fritz Leiber

12 Dune Frank Herbert

13 …And Call Me Conrad (This Immortal) Roger Zelazny

14 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein

15 Lord of Light Roger Zelazny

16 Stand on Zanzibar John Brunner

17 The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin

18 Ringworld Larry Niven

19 To Your Scattered Bodies Go Philip José Farmer

20 The Gods Themselves Isaac Asimov

21 Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke

22 The Dispossessed Ursula K. Le Guin

23 The Forever War Joe Haldeman

24 Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang Kate Wilhelm

25 Gateway Frederik Pohl

26 Dreamsnake Vonda N. McIntyre

27 The Fountains of Paradise Arthur C. Clarke

28 The Snow Queen Joan D. Vinge

29 Downbelow Station C. J. Cherryh

30 Foundation’s Edge Isaac Asimov

31 Startide Rising David Brin

32 Neuromancer William Gibson

33 Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card

34 Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card

35 The Uplift War David Brin

36 Cyteen C. J. Cherryh

37 Hyperion Dan Simmons

38 The Vor Game Lois McMaster Bujold

39 Barrayar Lois McMaster Bujold

40 A Fire Upon the Deep Vernor Vinge

41 Doomsday Book Connie Willis

42 Green Mars Kim Stanley Robinson

43 Mirror Dance Lois McMaster Bujold

44 The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson

45 Blue Mars Kim Stanley Robinson

46 Forever Peace Joe Haldeman

47 To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis

48 A Deepness in the Sky Vernor Vinge

49 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling

50 American Gods Neil Gaiman

51 Hominids Robert J. Sawyer

52 Paladin of Souls Lois McMaster Bujold

53 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Susanna Clarke

54 Spin Robert Charles Wilson

55 Rainbows End Vernor Vinge

56 The Yiddish Policemen’s Union Michael Chabon

57 The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman

58 The Windup Girl Paolo Bacigalupi

59 City & the City China Miéville

 

 

Drop Everything and Read

D.E.A.R. Friend,

I put D.E.A.R. in all capital letters on purpose to get your attention. This is all about National Drop Everything and Read Day. D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read—get it?

I got it ever since I was eight and we started having D.E.A.R. time at my school. D.E.A.R. is a lot of fun and because I know so much about it, librarians, teachers, parents, journalists, some people who make books, and some people who give books [First Book] have asked me—Ramona Geraldine Quimby—to be in charge of telling everyone about National Drop Everything and Read Day on April 12th.

April 12th will be a busy day for me since that is also Beverly Cleary’s birthday, but I always can find time to read. I am going to tell everyone in my family to Drop Everything and Read on April 12th. We can do it right at home or to make the day more special, maybe go to the library or a bookstore.

I hope that you, D.E.A.R. friend, will be reading too. Everybody can do it! All you need is a book, your family and 30 minutes together.

Sincerely,
Ramona Q.

Today is the annual Drop Everything and Read day, in honor of the birthday of Oregon author Beverly Cleary. At the after school program where I work we are attempting to read a cumulative 10 hrs today. That means if we have 20 people and they each read for 30 mins we’ll meet our goal.

I am also going to visit two 1st grade classes to read them stories from another Oregon author Rick Steber’s Tales of the Wild West series. Rick Steber will be speaking tomorrow at the elementary school where I work. It couldn’t be better timing. We’ll celebrate D.E.A.R. and then the next day hear from the author himself. (BTW I am a huge Rick Steber fan, and can’t wait to see him live.)

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to Drop Everything and Read today, esp if you take the time to read with a child. I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do.

BONUS: Print the image below out on card stock for a D.E.A.R. bookmark featuring two of Beverly Cleary’s most loved characters Ramona, and Ralph S. Mouse.

2011 Overview & Book of the Year

I like books. I like lots of different kinds of books. And I think this years reading selection really shows the breath of my tastes. Just take the first five books; a star trek novel, 2 classic YA books, a fantasy/horror book, and a non-fiction philosophy book. This year was also the year of mind-bendingly-weird books like the Skin Mapthe Bone HousePrince of Europe, and the Spirit Flyer books. But I managed to squeak in at my goal of 50 books for the year.

See my 2011 Reviews

Summary of 2011 Ratings:

 Loved It– 10

 Liked It A lot– 5

 Liked It– 15

 It Was Okay– 13

 Kinda Bad– 2

 Bad– 2

 It Stunk– 0

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Total= 50

This year there was no contest for book of the year. Which may seem weird when I tell you it was a tie. I kinda had to pick both books because one is the sequel of the other. And since the first book ends on a kinda of cliff hanger, well you’ll probably want to read both anyway.

The 2011 Books of the Year are… Stephen R Lawhead’s The Skin Map and The Bone House. And I cannot wait for the third book, The Spirit Well, of the Bright Empires series to come out.

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” ― Lemony Snicket

Reading #FlashMob a Success!

60 people came to Albany’s Downtown Carnegie Library between 11am and noon on Feb 20th, Presidents Day, 2012 to celebrate their love of reading and support the historic library. Making the event dubbed a “reading #flashmob” a big success. Besides showing up to read event participants were encouraged to give a dollar to the library. The total collected during the event was $100.48.

Librarian Jason Darling was thrilled, “This will probably be our biggest day this month.” He was also excited by the number of people visiting the historic library for the first time.

One family even drove from Corvallis after learning of the event through Facebook.

The idea for this event came from reading this article in the Democrat Herald:

Albany’s downtown library to remain open on Fridays

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Democrat-Herald | Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 7:30 am

Albany’s downtown library will remain open on Fridays for at least the next six months.

A Friday closure was averted when the board of the Albany Public Library Foundation voted unanimously last week to spend $12,500 to maintain current hours until the end of the fiscal year on June 30. READ FULL STORY

Hearing that the library might have to close it’s doors one day a week DURING THE SUMMER, prompted me to action. Being a part of LibraryThing.com I had seen other groups organize reading #flashmobs, and thought that was something that I could do. So I reached out to a writer friend, and we began to plan Albany’s first reading #flashmob.

The idea was to raise awareness more than it was to raise money. But money talks, and it shows the city counsel that the citizens of Albany are willing to back the library. 60 people may not seem like much compared to the total population of Albany, but an avalanche can be started by a pebble. Getting people to come out and visit the library is the first step.

On board for the event were the Community After School Program (CAPS)  Ellen Hanson, president of the board and one of her granddaughters came out, as well as Cass Templeton the executive director. Rod Porsche of the Albany Visitors Association was there with his wife Kate Porsche, the Urban Renewal Manager for the Central Albany Revitalization Area (CARA) and their daughters. Mark Spence board president for the Albany Public Library Foundation was there with his family too. And, of course Oscar Hult was there from the Albany Downtown Association, happy to support any events that highlights the downtown area.

If you’d like to help us keep this historic library open through the summer there are several things you can do:

1. There are still T-Shirts of the I <3 Reading design for sale. Shirts are $10 ea and $4 of that goes to the library. Email me to order one.

2. Give to the Albany Library Foundation.

3. Write an email to the city counsel telling them you’d like to see the library remain open 5 days a week. You can find their email addresses on the City of Albany webpage.

4. Come to the Library Board Meeting Tuesday, March 27 5:00 p.m. Albany Public Library-Main, 2450 14th Avenue SE and voice your concerns.

5. Visit the Downtown Library, esp on Fridays. Every time someone walks through the door a counter automatically records their visit. Those numbers count at the end of the quarter when budget sheets are being balanced, and grants are being applied for, and cuts are weighed against public usage.