Does an "omnibus" count as one or two books? Because while I'm unable to put down this 600 page compendium of fantasy/science fiction/romance/political intrigue called Cordelia's Honor, it's really a collected reprint of Shards of Honor and Barrayar, and so shouldn't it count as two books? I should think so. Because I've been reading it for a month and I'll be lucky if I finish it in January.
But oh, it's so good. Brenda told me not to bother with it, but if the Miles books are better than this, I'm going to have to start reading immediately and not stop for months and months. They're all available online, too, which makes me ache for some sort of ebook reading device as I never have.
(Aside: Cordelia's Honor has the worst cover ever, including the tagline "When enemies become more than friends -- THEY WIN! Please do not let this deter you.)
So I'm sorry for the slow month, and I'm sorry to say that February won't be much better. My goal is to do a little postponed NaNoWriMo event in February--known around here as ShaNoWriMo. A small group of hardy, daring folks are diving into this together and aiming to write 50,000 words before the end of February. I'll keep you updated around here, and if I get any reading done I'll let you know, but we'll have to see how well that goes.
Believe me, it hurts. I have a huge stack of library books that I'm very excited about that are going to get returned unread. But sometimes you just have to suck it up and do it. I'm thinking of making a list of what I have out right now, returning it all en masse, and then celebrating on March 1 by checking them all out again. What do you think: clever plan, sick need, or overkill?
Wish me luck.