Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Books Read in 2011

I'm still keeping a list of all the books I read every year.  I don't know if anyone who reads this blog is actually interested in it, but I'm going to keep on posting since I have no where else to share it.  :)  (Re-reads are marked with [RR].)

1.  Escape - Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer
2.  All the Colors of Darkness - Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
3.  The Coming - Joe Haldeman
4.  Drood - Dan Simmons
5.  Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
6.  Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
7.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
8.  False Dawn - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
9.  The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart
10.  The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
11.  Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill
12.  I Who Have Never Known Men - Jacqueline Harpman
13.  Kiln People - David Brin
14.  The Dragons of Heorot - Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes
15.  Native Tongue - Suzette Haden Elgin
16.  The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett
17.  The Gate to Women’s Country - Sheri S. Tepper  [RR]
18.  The Waters Rising - Sheri S. Tepper
19.  Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
20.  Z for Zachariah - Robert C. O’Brien
21.  The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood
22.  Earth Abides - George R. Stewart
23.  Delusions of Gender - Cordelia Fine
24.  Woman on the Edge of Time - Marge Piercy
25.  Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren [RR]
26.  How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
27.  Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
28.  World War Z - Max Brooks
29.  The Hidden Side of the Moon - Joanna Russ
30.  Dawn - Octavia E. Butler
31.  Siberia - Ann Halam
32.  This Perfect Day - Ira Levin
33.  The Lost Gate - Orson Scott Card
34.  Adulthood Rites - Octavia E. Butler
35.  Imago - Octavia E. Butler
36.  The 1978 Annual World’s Best SF - Donald A. Wollheim (ed.)
37.  Anya’s Ghost - Vera Brosgol
38.  The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
39.  Cards of Grief - Jane Yolen
40.  Quiverfull:  Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement - Kathryn Joyce
41.  Camp Concentration - Thomas M. Disch
42.  The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues - Ellen Raskin
43.  The Demolished Man - Alfred Bester
44.  The Kraken Wakes - John Wyndham
45.  The Last Guru - Daniel M. Pinkwater
46.  The Second Omni Book of Science Fiction - Ellen Datlow (ed.)
47.  From These Ashes - Fredric Brown
48.  The Pirates!  In an Adventure with Scientists and The Pirates!  In an Adventure with Ahab - Gideon Defoe
49.  America Pacifica - Anna North
50.  The Star Road - Gordon R. Dickson
51.  Little Altars Everywhere - Rebecca Wells [RR]
52.  Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells [RR]
53.  The Purity Myth:  How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women - Jessica Valenti
54.  The Universe Maker - A.E. Van Vogt
55.  Time Travelers Never Die - Jack McDevitt
56.  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick  [RR]

Yes, I read Twilight.  And hated it.  After several people I know insisted that it really was good and after ripping on it for ages, I thought it was time I read it so that I knew for sure.  Now I know.  I think my favorite fiction book I read this year (with Twilight being my least favorite--although it definitely had a run for its money) was Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy.  It's utopian, feminist sci fi--if you like that sort of thing.  And I do.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Mid-Winter Sale

I'm having a mid-winter sale in my Etsy shop.  25% off all cowls and any other winter accessories I may run across in the next week or so.  I made a lot of cowls for my holiday shows and while I did sell many of them, I have more than I want to store all summer so I thought that I'd hopefully clear some of them out with a sale.  I'll be adding more as I get pictures taken so keep checking back.

Monday, January 2, 2012


I made six of these hedgehogs as Christmas presents this year using this pattern.  The Fun Fur was such a pain to work with--especially at first--but they turned out so cute I think it was worth it.  (Though right now I'll be happy if I never see another hedgehog, let alone make one.)  The ones already given were, I hope, well received.  These last three are a gift for my "nieces" who sadly may be too old for this kind of gift really soon.