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.