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Books Read in June 2019


Lies Sleeping – Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London #7)


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Books Read in May 2019

I suppose that “Finished In May” is a more accurate title, but anyway.


The Hanging Tree – Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London #6)

Six Gun Snow White – Catherynne M. Valente

Dead Reckoning – William Dresden

Helen & Troy’s Epic Road Quest – A. Lee Martinez

The Master of Dreams – Mike Resnick


Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld – Jack Halpern

Short Stories

From the Borderlands – ed. Elizabeth E Monteleone & Thomas F Monteleone

Children’s Books

Princess Florecita and the Iron Shoes – John Warren Stewig

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Books to Read April 2019

In no particular order:

  • 1. Radicalized – Cory Doctrow
  • 2. The luminous Dead – Caitlin Starling
  • 3. The Grand Dark – Richard Kadrey
  • 4. How to Do Nothing – Jenny Odell
  • 5. Vultures – Chuck Wendig
  • 6. Hexed – Kevin Hearne
  • 7. The Holy Shit Moment – James Fell
  • 8. The Black God’s Drums – P. Djeli Clark
  • 9. When Tinker Met Bell – Althea Kontis
  • 10. The Fire Opal Mechanism – Fran Wilde
  • 11. The Art of Money Getting – PT Barnum
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    Read in April 2019

    Short Stories

    Suburban Folktales – Josh Russell

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    Read in February 2019


    The Terror of St. Trinian’s — Timothy Shy & Ronald Searle


    Library Mascot Cage Match — Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum

    Short Stories

    The Cupboard Vol. 25: Mother Tongues — Theodora Bishop

    A Rose for Emily — William Faulkner

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    ‘Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit’

    This week over at the Broke and Bookish the theme for Top Ten Tuesday is:

    ‘Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit’

    Since I am constitutionally unable to pass an opportunity to talk about the books/series I love, I’m going to take up this meme. 🙂

    1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollThis one is still one of my favorites, as anyone who’s seen my Alice collection can attest. I have more than a hundred different copies of it with different illustrations or translations.

    2. The Dark is Rising series by Susan CooperMy fourth grade teacher recommended I read The Grey King. I was hooked and I read the series multiple times over my childhood and even as an adult.

    3. The Black Cauldron series by Lloyd AlexanderMy mother read this series to me as a kid. I loved it.

    4. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. SayersMy favorite Peter Wimsey book. Peter’s under-cover in an ad agency. It’s brilliant and holds up to several re-reads.

    5. Rum Pum Pum by Maggie Duff This is an Indian fairy tale about a crow who is seeking vengeance against the corrupt king and allies he picks up along the way.

    6. My Mother Sends Her Wisdom by Louise McClenathan and Rosekrans HoffmanThis is a Russian folk tale, I believe. And it has a great message about planning and listening.

    7. Albert Campion series by Margery AllinghamAllingham is actually my favorite of the big three female mystery authors of the time (Sayers, Christie, & Allingham). You don’t hear much about her though, which is a shame. (And the tv series is pretty good too.)

    8. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. LewisAslan was very important to my childhood. I loved the first book much more than the others. (The Last Battle didn’t happen in my world. Though, I’ll still read it.) And you *must* read the series in the original published order. The chronological order doesn’t work because if you don’t know the information from the first book, you don’t *care* about the rest of them.

    9. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienMy mother first read this to me when I was a toddler. Then, about once every two years between other series. I’ve read it a good four or five times myself. (I’ve even read and annotated the appendices.)

    10. The Nero Wolf series by Rex StoutNero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are my go-to detectives. I enjoy their interactions. I love Archie’s voice. And the mysteries themselves are always nice and twisty, but Stout always gives you all the clues you need to get to the right answer.


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