Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Flash Book Review: Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, the author describes the initial snowstorm as dumping four feet of snow on the area. Four feet. 48" That's a lot of snow. It could absolutely knock out power and shut down roads. But it would also make walking around very difficult. I can suspend disbelief for a lot of things: Protagonist is a witch, fine. Mysterious, magical, malevolent woods, sure. Boy survives for two weeks in the enchanted forest after a severe winter storm, okay. Characters wander around from location to location despite more than four feet of snow? Nope.

In other news, started a class on balancing exposition and reflection in nonfiction writing, spent an afternoon learning how to grow oyster mushrooms, saw author Colleen Oakley.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Books Read in 2019

Not a bad list!

001. The Reapers Are the Angels, Alden Bell
002. The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad, Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan
003. The Adults, Caroline Hulse
004. The Overstory, Richard Powers
005. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, Brittney Cooper
006. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
007. Going Bovine, Libba Bray
008. Sonora, Hannah Lillith Assadi
009. The Water Cure, Sophie Mackintosh
010. An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
011. The Spellman Files, Lisa Lutz
012. Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler
013. Mouthful of Birds, Samanta Schweblin
014. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, Ben Philippe
015. Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, Glory Edim, ed.
016. The Clockmaker's Daughter, Kate Morton
017. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley
018. Curse of the Spellmans, Lisa Lutz
019. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo
020. Heavy: An American Memoir, Kiese Laymon
021. Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart, James R. Doty, MD
022. Citizen, Claudia Rankine
023. Given to the Sea, Mindy McGinnis
024. Unnatural Creatures, Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman with Maria Dahvana Headley
025. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, Stephanie Land
026. All You Can Ever Know, Nicole Chung
027. Kill the Farm Boy, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
028. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Mackenzi Lee
029. The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, Mackenzi Lee
030. Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married, Abby Ellin
031. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, Dani Shapiro
032. The Lost Girls of Paris, Pam Jenoff
033. You, Caroline Kepnes
034. Golden Child, Claire Adam
035. How to Love a Jamaican, Alexia Arthurs
036. The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self, Victoria Price
037. Uprooted, Naomi Novik
038. Dear Mrs. Bird, AJ Pearce
039. Census, Jesse Ball
040. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
041. Any Man, Amber Tamblyn
042. Munmun, Jesse Andrews
043. Red Clocks, Leni Zumas
044. Zero Sum Game, S. L. Huang
045. In Other Lands, Sarah Rees Brennan
046. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers
047. The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert
048. How to Stop Time, Matt Haig
049. Transcription, Kate Atkinson
050. Tell the Wind and Fire, Sarah Rees Brennan
051. The Pisces, Melissa Broder
052. Less, Andrew Sean Greer
053. Girls Burn Brighter, Shobha Rao
054. The Atomic City Girls, Janet Beard
055. The Gospel of Trees, Apricot Irving
056. We Own the Sky, Luke Allnutt
057. The Talented Ribkins, Ladee Hubbard
058. Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton
059. Westside, W. M. Akers
060. Normal People, Sally Rooney
061. The Hundredth Queen, Emily R. King
062. Good Talk, Mira Jacob
063. Women Talking, Miriam Toews
064. What My Mother And I Don't Talk About, Michele Filgate
065. Valencia and Valentine, Suzy Krause
066. Fisherman's Blues: A West African Community at Sea, Anna Badkhen
067. The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
068. Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story, Jacob Tobia
069. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, Jemar Tisby
070. Tuesday Nights in 1980, Molly Prentiss
071. Notes From a Young Black Chef, Kwame Onwuachi
072. No Walls and the Recurring Dream, Ani DiFranco
073. The Day I Died, Lori Rader-Day
074. The Lady Doctor, Ian Williams
075. Raw Material: Working Wool in the West, Stephany Wilkes
076. The Beholder, Anna Bright
077. Patsy, Nicole Dennis-Benn
078. Let Me Hear a Rhyme, Tiffany D. Jackson
079. My Life as a Goddess, Guy Branum
080. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, Safiya Umoja Noble
081. 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas, Marie-Helene Bertino
082. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens, Tanya Boteju
083. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated, Alison Arngrim
084. Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving
085. The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, Theodora Goss
086. Little Big Love, Katy Regan
087. The Dime, Kathleen Kent
088. Silver in the Wood, Emily Tesh
089. Recursion, Blake Crouch
090. Sandman Slim, Richard Kadrey
091. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
092. The Map of True Places, Brunonia Barry
093. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
094. Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, Elizabeth Greenwood
095. Three Things About Elsie, Joanna Cannon
096. One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, Lucy Corin
097. Marilou Is Everywhere, Sarah Elaine Smith
098. When We Were Animals, Joshua Gaylord
099. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, F. C. Yee
100. Unspoken, Sarah Rees Brennan
101. The Girl in Red, Christina Henry
102. Comics Will Break Your Heart, Faith Erin Hicks
103. Ziggy, Stardust & Me, James Brandon
104. Hollow Kingdom, Kira Jane Buxton
105. The Boys of My Youth, Jo Ann Beard
106. Reticence, Gail Carriger
107. Life and Other Inconveniences, Kristan Higgins
108. Cold Storage, David Koepp
109. Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig
110. When All Is Said, Anne Griffin
111. A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons, Ben Folds
112. This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
113. The Child Finder, Rene Denfeld
114. The Butterfly Girl, Rene Denfeld
115. Pet, Akwaeke Emezi
116. Year of the Monkey, Patti Smith
117. The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence
118. No Judgments, Meg Cabot
119. Ask Again, Yes, Mary Beth Keane
120. Cherry, Nico Walker
121. Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls, Lucy Corin
122. How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Jenny Odell
123. Orpheus Girl, Brynne Rebele-Henry
124. The Bone Houses, Emily Lloyd-Jones
125. Magic for Liars, Sarah Gailey
126. The Girl the Sea Gave Back, Adrienne Young
127. Thick and Other Essays, Tressie McMillan Cottom
128. The Good Luck Girls, Charlotte Nicole Davis
129. All the Bad Apples, Moira Fowley-Doyle
130. Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool, Clara Parkes
131. Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson
132. Who Put This Song On?, Morgan Parker
133. Butterfly Yellow, Thanhhà Lai
134. The Twisted Ones, T. Kingfisher
135. Juliet Takes a Breath, Gabby Rivera
136. A Single Thread, Tracy Chevalier
137. This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker, Terra Elan McVoy
138. The Beautiful Ones, Prince, Dan Piepenbring, ed.
139. Michigan vs. the Boys, Carrie S. Allen
140. Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig
141. Travel Light, Naomi Mitchison
142. All-American Muslim Girl, Nadine Jolie Courtney
143. Spare and Found Parts, Sarah Maria Griffin
144. Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color, Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring
145. Other Words for Smoke, Sarah Maria Griffin
146. The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates
147. Sick Kids in Love, Hannah Moskowiitz
148. Act of God, Jill Ciment
149. Fat Girl on a Plane, Kelly deVos
150. Nice Try, Jane Sinner, Lianne Oelke

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Flash Book Review: Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

I think I love Morgan Parker, and I'm not even halfway through her book. This line!

"I wave my hand at the intersection: two churches, a bakery that's always closed, a store called Tuesday Morning that sells who knows what if not orthodontist appointments."

I'm distracted by occasional unnecessary apostrophes but otherwise enjoying the book. Back to it!

Editor needs to learn the difference between breaks and brakes. Among other things. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Flash Book Review: This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Picked this book up on a whim while waiting in a library for kittens to be neutered. (Kittens were not having surgery in the library. Library was a more comfortable waiting area for humans than the clinic. Spay and neuter your pets, people.) Very glad I did. Anyway, review:

I had trouble reading this book. The language is so perfect that I kept rereading sections because I didn't want to miss a single word.


Highly recommend. Will be seeking out other works by these authors.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Flash Book Review: The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair

I haven't gotten past the White section, but I want to tell everyone to buy this book. Wow. Fascinating. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Flash Book Review: Duped, by Abby Ellin

I feel very lucky. My life may not be exciting, but it's mostly drama-free, and I appreciate that even more after reading this book.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Let's do this so I can read more books


My book recommendation of the year is The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. I have given four copies and have plans to give a few more.

Books Read in 2018

001. Taste of Marrow, Sarah Gailey
002. A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab
003. Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers, Wendy Sachs
004. Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly
005. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
006. Fishbowl, Bradley Somer
007. Crosstalk, Connie Willis
008. True Tales from the Campaign Trail: Stories Only Political Consultants Can Tell, Jerry Austin
009. Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
010. Swing Time, Zadie Smith
011. The Monk of Mokha, Dave Eggers
012. Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
013. It Devours!, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
014. The Night Child, Anna Quinn
015. The Hike, Drew Magary
016. Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo
017. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
018. Imprudence, Gail Carriger
019. Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, Virginia Eubanks
020. White Houses, Amy Bloom
022. After the Crash, Michel Bussi
023. The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace, Molly Caldwell Crosby
024. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian, W. Kamau Bell
025. Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi
026. The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, Mallory Ortberg
027. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
028. Freebird, Jon Raymond
029. Look for Me, Lisa Gardner
030. Gun Love, Jennifer Clement
031. Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller
032. Speak No Evil, Uzodinma Iweala
033. The Travelers, Chris Pavone
034. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, Andrea Wulf
035. The French Girl, Lexie Elliott
036. Home Sweet Home, April Smith
037. The Beauty That Remains, Ashley Woodfolk
038. Paris by the Book, Liam Callanan
039. The Astonishing Color of After, Emily X. R. Pan
040. The Fifth Petal, Brunonia Barry
041. Blood Water Paint, Joy McCullough
042. You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession, Piper Weiss
043. Tangerine, Christine Mangan
044. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli
045. Picture Us in the Light, Kelly Loy Gilbert
046. Last Seen Leaving, Caleb Roehrig
047. The Lucky Ones, Julianne Pachico
048. Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler
049. Tyler Johnson Was Here, Jay Coles
050. The Wild Inside, Jamey Bradbury
051. The Secret History of Twin Peaks, Mark Frost
052. Books for Living, Will Schwalbe
053. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, Kirk Wallace Johnson
054. Varina, Charles Frazier
055. The Way the Light Bends, Cordelia Jensen
056. White Rabbit, Caleb Roehrig
057. Brightly Burning, Alexa Donne
058. Love and Ruin, Paula McLain
059. The Midnight Cool, Lydia Peelle
060. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, Hannah Tinti
061. Skyscraping, Cordelia Jensen
062. I See You, Clare Mackintosh
063. H Is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald
064. Leah on the Offbeat, Becky Albertalli
065. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund
066. Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo," Zora Neale Hurston
067. Florida, Lauren Groff
068. Sometime After Midnight, L. Philips
069. Invitation to a Bonfire, Adrienne Celt
070. A Shout in the Ruins, Kevin Powers
071. Providence, Caroline Kepnes
072. Dread Nation, Justina Ireland
073. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
074. Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young
075. Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, Paula McLain
076. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, Phaedra Patrick
077. The Real Michael Swann, Bryan Reardon
078. The Diminished, Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
079. The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
080. The Fifth Season, N. K. Jemisin
081. The Music Shop, Rachel Joyce
082. The Accusation, Bandi
083. Two Girls Down, Louisa Luna
084. The Secrets Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
085. Mozart's Starling, Lyanda Lynn Haupt
086. A Rising Man, Abir Mukherjee
087. The Island Dwellers, Jen Silverman
088. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
089. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, Michelle McNamara
090. The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware
091. Notes of a Crocodile, Qiu Miaojin
092. All American Boys, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
093. Competence, Gail Carriger
094. A Place for Us, Fatima Farheen Mirza
095. Vox, Christina Dalcher
096. There There, Tommy Orange
097. The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal
098. Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens, Eddie Izzard
099. Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate
100. The Fated Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal
101. The Windfall, Diksha Basu
102. Our House, Louise Candlish
103. She Would Be KIng, Wayetu Moore
104. City of Ghosts, Victoria Schwab
105. Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell
106. Educated, Tara Westover
107. Waiting for Eden, Elliot Ackerman
108. The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker
109. Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Spike Milligan
110. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green
111. Eagle and Crane, Suzanne Rindell
112. The Occasional Virgin, Hanan al-Shaykh
113. Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman
114. Washington Black, Esi Edugyan
115. Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward
116. The Travelling Cat Chronicles, Hiro Arikawa
117. The Proposal, Jasmine Guillory
118. Death's Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying Teaches Us About Life and Living, Brandy Schillace
119. The Misfortune of Marion Palm, Emily Culliton
120. Everything I Know About Love, Dolly Alderton
121. Cunt: A Declaration of Independence, Inga Muscio
122. Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse
123. All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders
124. My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite
125. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis
126. The Spaceship Next Door, Gene Doucette
127. Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, Nadia Bolz-Weber
128. How Long 'til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin

2019 Goals

1. Get the house suitable for company. This probably means hiring someone to clean my floors.
2. Spin at least 12 oz/month.
3. Turn some of that yarn into a sweater.
4. Knit down stash into at least four sweaters, preferably more.
5. Get out the sewing machine and sew!
6. Finish some of those WIPs. I have at least three sweaters that just need sleeves.