calissa: A low angle photo of a book with a pair of glasses sitting on top. (Mt TBR)
It's probably high time I started on my December Talk meme posts, since the month is closing in on half gone already. [personal profile] umadoshi asked: How do you feel about your TBR list? Is it intimidating, or is it good to know there are so many books out there that you know you want to read, or...anything else?

As I begin to draft this post, Mt TBR stands at 216 books. So far this year I've read 54 books, some of which were rereads. If I continue reading at this rate and stop acquiring more books (ha!), it should take me around four years to read everything on Mt TBR. Surprisingly, I'm not all that intimidated by this.

What bothers me more is the notion of keeping up. There are so many books I feel I should be reading--not necessarily because they're on Mt TBR (though that is sometimes the case) but to keep in touch with what's going on. Logically I know it's impossible to keep up with everything that's going on in the spec-fic publishing industry, with the various book-blogging communities, with fandom. I struggle to even stay up-to-date with my reading here at DW and constantly feel the need to apologise for being behind. Nevertheless, this idea that I must somehow keep up is a hard one to shake and possibly tied in with a case of Imposter Syndrome.

Mostly, I see Mt TBR as simply a sign of my great love of reading. And if you think my Mt TBR is tall, you should see the size of my wish list!
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I've been watching everyone post their December Talk memes and thinking that I'd very much like to do the same. It is such a great way to get to know people and can spark off some great conversations. However, I'm sure I'm going to be too flat out to manage a post every day. So I thought I'd take a leaf out of [personal profile] havocthecat's book. If there's something you'd like me to write about, please leave a comment. I'll get to them as I can.
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For those looking to make new friends on DW, [personal profile] sidheblessed is currently hosting a Friending Frenzy. Please feel free to come over and introduce yourself.
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Words and Deeds Love Meme 4: Jan. 18th - Feb. 2nd; Hosted by J.J. Hunter at Dreamwidth

I know there are some of you out there who are going through tough times at the moment and could use a bit of encouragement. And sometimes we need a reminder to let our friends and loved ones know how much we appreciate them. So I would like to encourage you to go on over and participate. If you feel uncomfortable about nominating yourself, please let me know--I am happy to nominate anyone who is likely to read this.

Big hugs to you all.
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A few weeks ago, [personal profile] alee_grrl posted a "Some things about me" meme. Since I have a few new friends around here, I thought I'd do the same.

1. I was a professional actor in Italy for 2 weeks.
2. When I was a young, I wanted to be an Olympian in equestrian. I won ribbons in dressage, but my parents refused to buy me a horse.
3. I don't like declaring favourites, particularly in relation to books, movies and tea.
4. I shriek in the presence of wild mice and rats. To my great annoyance, this is involuntary.
5. I would rather have a Kindle than a diamond ring.
6. I have been vegetarian for around 12 years. I have never learned how to prepare or cook meat.
7. With very few exceptions, I find book launches pretentious. I suspect I'm in the wrong line of work.
8. I find it difficult to disguise when I am bored. This is probably unfortunate in combination with #7.
9. I have a mild allergy to fresh pineapple.
10. I have a very good musical ear. This is probably why I've lost what little skill I had in reading music.
calissa: A low angle photo of a book with a pair of glasses sitting on top. (Mt TBR)
Taken from Should Be Reading via [personal profile] lynnoconnacht

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
The Kuan Yin Chronicles: the myths and prophecies of the Chinese goddess of compassion. I've just finished the section detailing the history and origins of Kuan Yin (fascinating stuff!) and am just about to start on the myths and legends section.

What did you recently finish reading?
His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--one of the collections of Sherlock Holmes stories that make up the compendium I'm reading. I find the stories tend to get rather repetitive after a while.

What do you think you’ll read next?
I'll probably go back to the compendium and read The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes.
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I dredged this out of [personal profile] darakat's archives.

Ultimate Roleplaying Purity Score
CategoryYour ScoreAverage
Enjoys the occasional head-lopping
Sensitive Roleplaying63.29%
Will talk after everyone important's been killed
GM Experience86.23%
"Um... You guys are in a 10'x10' room..."
Systems Knowledge96.47%
Played in a couple of campaigns
Livin' La Vida Dorka71.26%
Goes nuts on the weekends
You are 79.38% pure
Average Score: 68.9%

A higher score than I was expecting, particularly on Hacklust, GM experience and System Knowledge.


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