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• What are you reading?

Still Becoming, by Michelle Obama, which keeps getting interrupted by other books; this week it is

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, for classics book group tomorrow.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Mercury, by Hope Larsen. Interesting story, which I am still thinking about, but I did not like the drawing. Different characters looked too similar and the same character looked too different from one panel to the next. And I don't mean Tara and Josie, who are supposed to look similar; I mean, for example, Josie's mother and the man Josie falls in love with.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I've got The True Queen, by Zen Cho!
But Bad science : quacks, hacks, and big pharma flacks, by Ben Goldacre
and Multiple sclerosis : a guide for the newly diagnosed , by T. Jock Murray, Carol S. Saunders, Nancy J. Holland are due back at the library.

• What are you watching?

Jasper Jones, directed by Rachel Perkins. I was disappointed by how ineffectual all the female characters were.

Spring

Apr. 10th, 2019 08:24 pm
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First daffodil!



That was yesterday. Today, blizzard.


• What are you reading?

Still Becoming, by Michelle Obama.
Also An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon, for SF book group tomorrow.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Cultured: How ancient foods can feed our microbiome, by Katherine Harmon Courage, and now I am looking for Jerusalem artichokes tubers to plant. This book agrees with my sister about the importance of the microbiome, but has completely different recommendations; Courage is for fiber and fermentation and my sister is basically paleo.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, for classics book group next week.

• What are you watching?

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
The House of Tomorrow.
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• What are you reading?

Becoming, by Michelle Obama, for Tawanda bookgroup in September, but my library hold came in now so I'm reading it now.

The Magpie Lord, by K.J. Charles, because I have been curious about K.J. Charles for a while and this was 99 cents on Kindle.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Giant Days: Volume 1, by John Allison.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I've got to get back to Cultured, because it is on hold for other people. It has me wondering why our national obesity hysteria hasn't reduced our national overprescription of unnecessary antibiotics.

• What are you watching?

The Post
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot
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• What are you reading?

Infomocracy, by Malka Older, and Cultured: How Ancient Foods Can Feed Our Microbiome, by Katherine Harmon Courage.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Katie Kath. Weird, charming, really good. I especially appreciated the author's solution to the situation, so common in kids' books, where you've got a magic problem that you can't get any help with, because you can't talk to anyone about magic; in fact, the people who care about you, the ones you should turn to for help, just pile more problems on the ones you already have, because you can't let them find out about magic.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Iron Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill.

• What are you watching?

The House With A Clock In Its Walls. The child actor is not a very good actor but Cate Blanchett and Jack Black are gonzo.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, for the first time but not the last.
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Maybe I should be embarrassed by how much I love and identify with Jane Doe, who says she's a sociopath.

I love how perceptive and logical she is about the differences between what people say they are doing, what they think they are doing, and what they are actually doing. I love her honesty. I love her loyalty to the one person she cares about.

I identify with the way she reads genre fiction in order to understand human behavior. Is that a sociopath thing? I used to read a lot of mysteries because it was so satisfying when the detective would make some confident statements about how humans do and do not behave. I understood that Agatha Christie was not the best tool for understanding people, but she was better than anything else I had available.
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• What are you reading?

What's a Dog For, by John Homans. I feel like I've read a significant amount of this material before, and it was more fun when Jon Katz wrote it. But people are always designing new experiments to reveal something about how dogs think, so there is always fresh water in this well.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, for Tawanda book group. Not for me.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Unusual chickens for the exceptional poultry farmer, by Kelly Jones, from [personal profile] mrissa's recommendation: https://mrissa.dreamwidth.org/1041873.html

• What are you watching?

I finished Russian Doll and started The Umbrella Academy.

The Cooler is a big bag of cliches.
The Child in Time is a realistic depiction of what it's like to lose a child, but the ending is over-the-top sentimentality.
The Greatest Showman has some good song and dance numbers.
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• What are you reading?

The Raven Tower, by Ann Leckie. She has set herself another interesting problem in narrative voice: her viewpoint character is a god, and what a god says must be true. If a god says something that isn't true, then all its power must go to making the thing become true, and if that isn't within the god's power, it will die. It thinks.

So the god is telling a story, partly about itself and partly about the person it is telling the story to, and it has to be careful not to say anything that might not be true. And Leckie is telling the story, and she wants to make it interesting, because that is her job. Also the god is a rock.

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, for classics book group.

Flow, by Marissa Lingen, here: https://firesidefiction.com/flow

It's about paying attention, when attention must be paid. Taking responsibility. Taking care. How you keep going when the world is telling you what it needs, but your body won't tell you the truth about what direction 'down' is. And what happens when you talk to the one who loves you about the things that you perceive that she can't perceive. Really good. Go read it!

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Jane Doe, by Victoria Helen Stone. "When her best friend commits suicide after being dumped by a worthless man, Jane, a self-described sociopath, decides revenge will be slow and sweet."

• What are you watching?

Innerspace,
Game Night,
Desk Set.

I tried to watch Taboo, but Tom Hardy + no subtitles = not going to work for me.
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• What are you reading?

Wild Things: the joy of reading children's literature as an adult, by Bruce Handy. I like the books he's talking about but I'm not sure I like his take on them.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Zero Sum Game, by S.L. Huang. If you would like to read a thriller without being punched in the face by sexism, this book is for you. There is an early moment when the protagonist does something stupid and I thought, you expect me to believe that she can do her job when you show me that she is that bad at her job? But no! The writer did not expect me to believe that at all!

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Where the crawdads sing, by Delia Owens, for Tawanda book group.

• What are you watching?

Avengers: Infinity War. How many fight scenes is too many fight scenes? What the heck is this movie saying about when you should kill the one you love?

The Night Of. That Riz Ahmed is going to be a big star.
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• What are you reading?

The Summer Birds, by Penelope Farmer, because of [personal profile] rachelmanija's recommendation.

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard. I think this is the right length de Bodard for me. The other one I've tried was The House of Shattered Wings, which had a similar flavor: melancholy, lots that is unspoken and maybe unspeakable, communication that is clearly conveying much more to the characters than I will ever understand. Maybe it is just too grown-up a flavor for me.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to read all the good books for eleven-year-olds. Here's my list so far:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/7530468-boxofdelights?shelf=eleven
Suggestions and comments are welcome. No need to read through my list to make sure your suggestion is not on it; more mentions of a book make me more likely to read it.

• What are you watching?

Russian Doll, whenever I get some wifi.

Bad Times at the El Royale. Violent but worth it.

Tully. Really good.

A Wrinkle in Time.
1. This movie is so beautiful.
2. I am okay with it being its own thing, even though it has more love and less math than I would have chosen.
3. I have a surprising sore spot that this movie hit when the Happy Medium, urging Meg to find her balance, yelled, "You can do this, you’re choosing not to."

I don't have a sense of balance, not like most people do. I don't have a thing in my head that is constantly telling me what direction 'down' is. I have a substitute that I have manufactured for myself, from seeing horizontals and feeling pressure against the soles of my feet.

Most likely I was born this way. The nerve endings in my left ear never got finished. My parents noticed that I was deaf in one ear when I was five, but I didn't figure out the balance problem until I was an adult. Fortunately I don't have vertigo because my baby brain was still plastic enough to realize that the signal from my inner ear is not worth listening to.

The balance mechanism in my right ear still works, but the brain interprets any signal from right ear + no signal from left ear = 'down' is whatever direction the right ear is pointing. When I was a kid I used to sit in a swing, raise my feet and close my eyes, to get the illusion that I was spinning, very slowly, clockwise. I was always surprised to open my eyes and see that the swing's chains were not twisted together.

So the yoga exercise that has you stand on one foot, find your balance, and then close your eyes fells me like a tree. It was an immense relief to learn that no, I'm not choosing not to, I just can't.
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• What are you reading?

The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard.

• What did you recently finish reading?

So Lucky, by Nicola Griffith. I agree with [personal profile] omnia_mutantur that the pacing is weird, with an action plot suddenly erupting in the home stretch of a very short book.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I have Forget the Sleepless Shores, by Sonya Taaffe. I'm very slow at reading short stories though.

• What are you watching?

First Wives Club: This is not a good time to watch a feel-good movie about crazy rich New Yorkers, with cameos from Ed Koch and Ivana Trump, and a side of "oops, I didn't realize I was fucking a sixteen-year-old."

Searching: Meh.

The Escape Artist, a BBC miniseries starring David Tennant and Sophie Okonedo. Terrible. This might be a useful resource if you are studying Women in Refrigerators.
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• What are you reading?

So Lucky, by Nicola Griffith. This is so hard to read, because Mara loses so much, both physically and socially, so fast. I know that this is one of the possibilities but it isn't one I want to think about right now. I hope I get to see Mara figuring out how to pursue happiness in the body she has.

• What did you recently finish reading?

An Excess Male, by Maggie Shen King. Really good. I'm looking forward to talking about it with SF book group.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot, for Classics book group.

• What are you watching?

Coherence.
Eighth Grade, which expressed the feeling of eighth grade so well that I was dying of embarrassment all through. Kayla is so brave, and she works so hard!
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• What are you reading?

An Excess Male, by Maggie Shen King. So good at depicting people trapped in a totalitarian culture, who want to be good to each other but end up torturing each other, like their society is torturing them, because they can't seem to understand that they could be wrong about what is good for someone else.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Hardy Succulents: Tough Plants for Every Climate, by Gwen Moore Kelaidis. Lots of information about cold-hardy succulents, in general and by species. Lots of good photos. Written by someone who knows her subject and lives in my area.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

So Lucky, by Nicola Griffith. I think this is my pick for Tawanda book group this year.

• What are you watching?

Mortal Engines, in the theater with Mungo. Very pretty, very silly, very violent.

At home, Bloodlight and Bami, Leave No Trace, Wag the Dog, and season 1 of Counterpart.
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• What are you reading?

Have cold. Not reading. Head full of snot.

• What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, last month, for Classics book group, which is tomorrow. I would like to go. I always enjoy this group, even when I dislike the book. I think it's true that after you've had a cold for a week, you're not shedding the virus anymore even if you're still symptomatic.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

An Excess Male, by Maggie Shen King, for SF book group.

• What are you watching?

Killing Eve, with Neal and Rosemary, so I can't just binge it.
Have also watched On the Basis of Sex, in theater with Tawanda book group. And Being John Malkovich, Adam's Rib, Finding Your Feet, Swallows and Amazons, Love's Labours Lost, and Thoroughbreds at home.
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• What are you reading?

Still Word by Word, by Kory Stamper, and We Are Legion, by Dennis Taylor. I really would have enjoyed this when I was twelve.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Left to Take the Lead, by Marissa Lingen, a short story available here. It is near-future, mundane SF. I love this kind of fish-out-of-water communication so much, whether it is Murderbot, who is just not equipped for some of the baggage that comes with being treated as a person, or here, where the narrator is a normal functional human who comes from a normal functional human society that has profoundly different foundations than the one she is in.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I've got Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal, to read for review.

• What are you watching?

Season 3 of Fargo.

Widows, in theater with family. If I had known how violent one scene (Daniel Kaluuya's character in the bowling alley) was, I would have watched it at home, where I can fast forward or take a break. Fortunately, my son let me grab his hand until that scene was over. (There are other violent scenes, but they are not up-close, prolonged torture.)
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• What are you reading?

Word by Word, by Kory Stamper. I gave this, That Inevitable Victorian Thing, and Record of a Spaceborn Few to Nixie for Jolabokaflod, but she was traveling with only a backpack and did not take them back to Portland with her.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh. The best book about being eleven.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

We Are Legion, by Dennis Taylor, for SF bookgroup.


I watched Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, a documentary about Native American and First Nations musicians in rock. Even though the DVD does not have subtitles, so I did not catch every word, it was well worth watching.
There is a lot of beauty, both visual and aural, in this movie, but I have to warn for a few photographs of state-sponsored mass murder, with the perpetrators standing proudly in their uniforms over the bodies of their victims, and some photos and brief videos of police brutally assaulting people of color.
Also there are people who talk about things that are not genetic being "in your blood", but they mean well.

Mount TBR

Jan. 1st, 2019 01:43 pm
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From [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll's 100 Books to Consider Reading in 2019, I have read:

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (2014)
The Stolen Lake by Joan Aiken (1981)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
The Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold (1989)
Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler (1980)
The Fortunate Fall by Raphael Carter (1996)
Gate of Ivrel by C.J. Cherryh (1976)
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (2015)
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973)
The Secret Country by Pamela Dean (1985)
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (1975)
Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl (1970)
Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (1983)
Winterlong by Elizabeth Hand (1990)
Ingathering by Zenna Henderson (1995)
The Interior Life by Dorothy Heydt (writing as Katherine Blake, 1990)
God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell (1982)
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson (1998)
God’s War by Kameron Hurley (2011)
Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta (2014)
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (2015)
Cart and Cwidder by Diane Wynne Jones (1975)
Hellspark by Janet Kagan (1988)
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (1987)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier (2005)
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (2013)
Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee (Also titled Drinking Sapphire Wine, 1979)
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (2016)
Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy (1983)
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh (1992)
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre (1978)
The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip (1976)
Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (1926)
The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe (2010)
Jirel of Joiry by C. L. Moore (1969)
The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy (1989)
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (2006)
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (2014)
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy (1976)
Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti (1859)
The Female Man by Joanna Russ (1975)
Everfair by Nisi Shawl (2016)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (1970)
Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree, Jr. (1978)
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (1996)
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge (1980)
All Systems Red by Martha Wells (2017)
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (2012)

I'm going to consider reading:

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (2001-2010)
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō by Hitoshi Ashinano (1994-2006)
Stinz: Charger: The War Stories by Donna Barr (1987)
The Sword and the Satchel by Elizabeth Boyer (1980)
Galactic Sibyl Sue Blue by Rosel George Brown (1968)
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull (1987)
Naamah’s Curse by Jacqueline Carey (2010)
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (2015)
Red Moon and Black Mountain by Joy Chant (1970)
The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas (1980)
Diadem from the Stars by Jo Clayton (1977)
Genpei by Kara Dalkey (2000)
Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard (2010)
The Door into Fire by Diane Duane (1979)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis (2016)
Spirit Gate by Kate Elliott (2006)
The Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss (1997)
A Mask for the General by Lisa Goldstein (1987)
Slow River by Nicola Griffith (1995)
Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly (1988)
Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang (2014)
Blood Price by Tanya Huff (1991)
The Keeper of the Isis Light by Monica Hughes (1980)
Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones (2014)
A Voice Out of Ramah by Lee Killough (1979)
St Ailbe’s Hall by Naomi Kritzer (2004)
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz (1970)
Wizard of the Pigeons by Megan Lindholm (1986)
Adaptation by Malinda Lo (2012)
Watchtower by Elizabeth A. Lynn (1979)
The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald (2007)
Pennterra by Judith Moffett (1987)
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2016)
Vast by Linda Nagata (1998)
Galactic Derelict by Andre Norton (1959)
Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara (1993)
Outlaw School by Rebecca Ore (2000)
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (1983)
Godmother Night by Rachel Pollack (1996)
My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (2011)
Stay Crazy by Erika L. Satifka (2016)
The Healer’s War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (1988)
Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott (1985)
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski (1986)
The Well-Favored Man by Elizabeth Willey (1993)
Banner of Souls by Liz Williams (2004)
Ariosto by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1980)
Ooku by Fumi Yoshinaga (2005-present)
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Still not sure whether this was fun!

I drifted away from participating in the Goodreads community discussions back in April. Last week I went back to my list to see what I could fill in from the books I've read this year. I did keep up pretty well on noting all the books I read in Goodreads. I read a few last-minute books to fill gaps. I resisted the temptation to stick Sea of Rust in for the prompt "A Western" or The Marrow Thieves for the prompt "A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title". I think I've got 46 fills out of 67 prompts. √ means I read the book; a book title without a √ means that I picked something out for the prompts but didn't read it. I'm going to put those on Mount TBR for next year.

2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen – A Monster Calls
√ 2. True Crime - Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
3. The next book in a series you started - The Obelisk Gate
4. A book involving a heist
5. Nordic noir
√ 6. A novel based on a real person – Be Prepared
√ 7. A book set in a country that fascinates you – Chronicle of a Death Foretold
√ 8. A book with a time of day in the title – I Shall Wear Midnight
[DNF] 9. A book about a villain or antihero – The Traitor Baru Cormorant
√ 10. A book about death or grief - Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
√ 11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym – Houston Houston Do You Read
√ 12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist – Tell Me What You Like
√ 13. A book that is also a stage play or musical – The Real Inspector Hound
√ 14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you – Sing, Unburied, Sing
√ 15. A book about feminism - We Should All Be Feminists
√ 16. A book about mental health - Eliza and Her Monsters
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift - A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives
√ 18. A book by two authors - Gena/Finn
√ 19. A book about or involving a sport - You and a Bike and a Road
√ 20. A book by a local author – I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land
√ 21. A book with your favorite color in the title – Devil in a Blue Dress
√ 22. A book with alliteration in the title – The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion
√ 23. A book about time travel – Paper Girls
√ 24. A book with a weather element in the title – The Other Wind
√ 25. A book set at sea – Ocean Meets Sky
√ 26. A book with an animal in the title - H is for Hawk
√ 27. A book set on a different planet - The Best of All Possible Worlds
28. A book with song lyrics in the title – number9dream
29. A book about or set on Halloween - A Night in the Lonesome October
√ 30. A book with characters who are twins – Castle Hangnail
31. A book mentioned in another book
√ 32. A book from a celebrity book club - The Gate to Women's Country
√ 33. A childhood classic you've never read - The Girl with the Silver Eyes
√ 34. A book that's published in 2018 - The Hazel Wood
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
√ 36. A book set in the decade you were born - Harriet the Spy
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
√ 38. A book with an ugly cover - The XY
√ 39. A book that involves a bookstore or library - The Little Paris Bookshop
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges

2018 Popsugar Advanced Reading Challenge

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school - Lanark
√ 2. A cyberpunk book - Artificial Condition
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
√ 4. A book tied to your ancestry - The Sparrow
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
6. An allegory
√ 7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you - Rapture
8. A microhistory – Word by Word
√ 9. A book about a problem facing society today - When They Call You A Terrorist
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Book Riot's Read Harder

√ 1. A book published posthumously – The Master and Margarita
2. A book of true crime –
√ 3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) - Tehanu
√ 4. A comic written and drawn by the same person - The Tea Dragon Society
√ 5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) - The Hope Factory
√ 6. A book about nature – Rambunctious Garden
7. A western
√ 8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color – The Prince and the Dressmaker
√ 9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature - The God of Small Things
√ 10. A romance novel by or about a person of color – The Kiss Quotient
√ 11. A children’s classic published before 1980 – Pippi Longstocking
√ 12. A celebrity memoir - I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
√ 13. An Oprah Book Club selection – The Handmaid's Tale
√ 14. A book of social science – Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict
√ 15. A one-sitting book - Petra
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
√ 17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author - Trail of Lightning

Stats:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2018/7530468

I think I read 85 works of fiction, 22 nonfiction. 32 male authors, 69 female authors. 23 people of color, 78 white people.

I'd like to read more nonfiction next year. I tend to start nonfiction, get interrupted by a book group or library due date, and then leave it hanging on my "currently reading" stack forever.
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• What are you reading?

The Steerswoman, by Rosemary Kirstein.

Reread. This is such a hard book to talk about! Recommending it to my son, I said, "I remember the first time I read this, I wouldn't have kept going if my friends hadn't told me it was great. It's like yet another novelization of somebody's RPG. But that's not what it is at all. But I don't want to tell you anything else! Just read it!"

• What did you recently finish reading?

Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren.

I remember being really worried, when I was the the age this book is meant for, by Pippi's embrace of Chaos. I was a believer in Order, and I liked stories that resolved rule-breaking by showing that a rule can be a bad rule, and the people in charge can fail to recognize that, because nobody is perfect; the way to resolve that is to convince the people in charge that the rule is a bad rule, and get it replaced with a better rule, moving us all toward a More Perfect Order.

Not Pippi, though. Pippi breaks rules and just don't care.


• What do you think you’ll read next?

Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh, and a dozen other things to fill more slots in my 2018 Reading Challenge.

I'm thinking I might use this to keep track of what I watch, to? I don't know how useful that will be if I don't make comments, but I guess a list is better than nothing. So this week I watched

Sorry to Bother You. With Mungo. Mungo hated Detroit's art show. Couldn't see the point of it.
Atlanta
Unforgotten. That ending was nightmare fuel. I like police procedurals that depict striving for justice, while acknowledging that getting the right person convicted for the right crime won't make the victim whole, and a lot of the time you can't even do that. I don't like "You can't be charged with the terrible things you did, but karma has given this other person the power to torture you!"
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Small Beer Press is having a sale until Monday: http://smallbeerpress.com/shopping/remainders/#

Authors get full royalties. I bought

The River Bank Kij Johnson
The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz John Crowley
The Winged Histories Sofia Samatar
Emma Tupper’s Diary Peter Dickinson
Horse of a Different Color Howard Waldrop
Spider in a Tree Susan Stinson

I also sent books to the nieces. Nixie went to their house for Thanksgiving, and told me Younger Niece is very interested in physics, so I sent her Randall Munroe's What If?, with a note that I hoped she would enjoy this book of applied science. I picked Max Gladstone's Three Parts Dead for Elder Niece. I hate having to wait until after Christmas to find out what they thought of them.

For Mungo's birthday I gave him

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, by Christian and Griffiths
Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz
The Complete Roderick, by John Sladek
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everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by Jomny Sun

These cartoons are simple, sweet, and a little aliebn. Sometimes simple is perfect. Sometimes, when the perspective is a little aliebn, it works like binocular vision.

I enjoyed this book, but mostly it made me want to read my Pogo books, which one of my kids read to pieces. But Fantagraphics is having a back-to-school sale, so I just ordered volumes 1 & 2 of their complete Pogo.

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