Monday, June 21, 2021


It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
The biggest news of last week is that my nephew graduated from high school! I got to go -- he got four tickets and I made the cut. He was really nervous because he missed the rehearsal but he marched across the stage like a champ. Academic Success -- Achieved! We celebrated with a lunch at Red Robin and then a pile of gifts at home.

In smaller news, I had my call-back mammogram and then an ultrasound and managed to pass! Woot! I also went to visit my friend Linda in her senior living place. She has dementia and I'm pretty sure she doesn't remember me, but she was happy to see me anyway. I'm hoping we can start going to movies again next week, and so I took myself to the theater and saw Quiet Place II just to scope out procedures. I felt comfortable, especially since when I go right after lunch the theaters are almost empty.

I had my last elementary book club of the school year, but only one kid showed up. She was enthusiastic, so I guess that's a win. In an even bigger win for me, when I dropped by the school to deliver prizes to be quarantined and then given out to some of the kids, the librarian gave me a big box of strawberries from her garden. They are wonderful!

I got no exercise last week. I went on a few walks but never made it to the gym and some of my planned walks were canceled. Oh well. This is Monday, so a new week dawns!

Cooking son prepared a pasta dish with cauliflowers (it was also supposed to have chickpeas, but I forgot to order those. Who wants chickpeas in a pasta dish anyway?), and then a Thai curry that received many raves, especially from his cousin who is a bit of a picky eater. So I hope that encourages him to keep trying my suggestions. I have to say that I've broken one side of my sink (the garbage disposal side) and he resents working under these conditions.

I am currently reading 26 books, which seems slightly too many but I'm OK with it. One up from last week, but several books are almost done. So far I'm hitting my #bookaday goal of finishing a book a day.

The Book Date does a weekly roundup of what people are reading, want to read, or have read each week called "It's Monday! What Are You Reading" and I'm going to go sign up. Ditto for the children's lit version at either Teach Mentor Texts or Unleashing Readers. 

Started


Dramacon, Vol. 2SnapdragonThe Girl Who Drank the Moon
Paladin's Strength (The Saint of Steel, #2)The Lost Scrolls: Fire (Avatar: The Last Airbender)Three ShadowsPiranesi


Dramacon Vol 2, Svetlana Chmakova. Cybils finalist.

Snapdragon, Kat Leyh. Cybils finalist.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill. For 4/5 grade book club.

Paladin's Sword, T. Kingfisher. I'm a patreon!

The Lost Scrolls: Fire, Nickelodeon. Avatar book from my shelves.

Three Shadows, Cyril Pedrosa. Cybils finalist. 

Piranesi, Susanna Clarke. Sword &  Laser pick. Also Hugo finalist.


Completed

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical WitchThe Last Emperox (The Interdependency, #3)Murder at Veronica's DinerDramacon, Vol. 2
SnapdragonCrystal Singer (Crystal Singer, #1)The Lost Scrolls: Fire (Avatar: The Last Airbender)Piranesi



Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch, Julie Abe. 2020 Cybils Middle-grade Speculative Fiction finalist. Sorry I forgot the picture last week! This is a fun book with an engaging protagonist. Once I got over the idea that at twelve she moves on her own to a new town to demonstrate her magical skills (like how Pokemon kids just wander away from home) I enjoyed her dedication and innovations. She doesn't have much power, so she frequently has to come up with solutions that leverage what she can do into what needs to be done. The world feels almost Japanese, although I guess what I mean by that is that it reminded me of Pokemon shows (the snacks, the town structures, the independence accorded to child protagonists). The magic systems is neat, although the poems the girl uses are terrible and don't usually scan. I am going to head-canon that they are all translations. The world-building is not very logical but does support her story arc, and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. 

The Last Emperox, John Scalzi. For Tuesday book club and Hugo reading. This again has snarky banner, people being clever or cunning according to the natures, and fun twists along the way. It did some things I didn't expect, and some I didn't really like, and also managed to do what it wanted to fairly well. I'm a bit disgruntled because it showcased some other options that it wasn't interested in pursuing, and I was more interested in them than what the characters actually wanted to do. Oh well, maybe he'll go back to this world and do the other things, now that he's wrapped up the arcs for these people.  

Murder at Veronica's Diner, J.D. Griffo. My meal companion. They did mention some good food which was fun, but the mystery stuff didn't really grab me. Most of their theories had giant holes, they connection with legality was intermittent, and I still have no idea of the purpose of the final heist. Also, do people really just take a private plane from New Jersey to Texas without wanting to go to Texas? Just as a lark? Because that was odd. Maybe this works better starting at the beginning; I didn't feel like I was missing information about any of the characters or their relationship, but maybe everything is a pay off for stuff carefully seeded in previous chapters. But I was glad it was set in New Jersey.

Dramacon Vol 2, Svetlana Chmakova. 2006 Cybils 13+ Graphic Novel finalist. I'm always pleased when I can start a series in the middle, and this one was fine to jump into. The changing relationships and connections and dreams were clear. I had more problem with what I think are manga style choices, because it's already hard for me to recognize characters on sight (which makes graphic novels hard) and when the book jumps into a more cartoony version for a few panels I tend to panic. But I made it through and now I want to know the rest of the story. 

Snapdragon, Kat Leyh. 2020 Cybils Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novel finalist. I never really warmed to the art, and found the loneliness of the main character a bit one note. Her interactions with the local witch somehow became less magic when the actual magic showed up, which seemed to lower the emotional stakes a lot. I wanted more complexity from the people, who were either good or bad, and didn't seem to have backstories of their own unless it impacted the main character. Ugh. I was probably in a bad mood when I read it. 

Crystal Singer, Anne McCaffrey. Expectations matter! I was really worried that this would be awful, but it has aged much better than I feared. Killashandra feels like a new adult, although I think she is supposed to be in her mid-to-late twenties. But she's been a student in a singing program and therefore in a supportive, closed environment. When her planned career disappears, she is ready to a complete change. I liked her ambition and pride, as well as her willingness to accommodate the needs of her friends. I was still a bit shocked at how much she disliked the people at her off-planet assignment, but I also appreciated her sense of drama as she made a ceremony out of the installation. This reread was a fun trip back to much younger me.

The Lost Scrolls: Fire, Nickelodeon. I think the TV show Avatar was the first time a recommendation flowed from my kids to me, instead of me showing them the wonders of the world. It wasn't the last time, but I still have a special place in my heart for the show. This book retells some of the stories from the show, and I bet it's only good for people who already like the show, but I enjoyed the reminders of watching when my kids weren't even in elementary school yet. 

Piranesi, Susanna Clarke. Sword &  Laser pick. Also Hugo finalist. Lovely writing, which I could appreciate more in this much smaller book! It was deeply immersive, even as I as reader had a much greater understanding of what was going on than the speaker. Watching him follow clues and make connections could have been frustrating, but instead I was deeply involved in having him remain true to his current self even as many of his understandings were challenged. The final chapters were an expert examination of the nature of identity evan as they were a skillful tying of up plot strings. I'm looking forward to a discussion of this book on Monday (today!) night.



Bookmarks Moved (Or Languished) In:

Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington, #14)Black Leopard, Red WolfThe Pleasant Profession of Robert A. HeinleinThe Luminaries
The Bourne Supremacy (Jason Bourne, #2)The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey & Maturin #16)An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League, #1)The Seven Sisters (The Seven Sisters, #1)
Sharks in the Time of SaviorsThe Lost OrphanAll Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)Paladin of Souls (World of the Five Gods, #2)
Last Night at the Telegraph ClubThe Whim of the DragonMurder Must Advertise  (Lord Peter Wimsey, #8)The Secrets of Star Whales


Uncompromising Honor 69/??, David Weber. Baen Free Radio Hour's serial. Distracted by library audio books.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James. Ancient Sword and Laser pick. Carried it around a bit. 

The Pleasant Profession of Robert A Heinlein, Farah Mendelson. Hugo finalist. Didn't touch it.

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton. Read some pages. It's my book to read while walking on a treadmill. Sadly, I have not gone to the gym at all this week.

The Bourne Supremacy, Robert Ludlum. Didn't touch it.

The Wine-Dark Sea, Patrick O'Brien. Didn't touch it.

An Extraordinary Union, Alyssa Cole. Didn't touch it.

Seven Sisters, Lucinda Riley. The library brought it back, but I pushed for another week.

Sharks in the Time of Saviors, Kawai Strong Washburn. I carried it around, and found my place. 

The Lost Orphan, Stacey Halls. I have about reconciled myself to the fact that this is historical fiction, not fantasy. I went in completely expecting fairies, and this is not that at all.

Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells. I think I'll listen to the audios. Just got Network Effect, but I have to finish Paladin of Souls first. 

Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold. Continuing my audio reread of the World of the Five Gods series. I got to listen to a discussion of Curse of Chalion over the weekend that informed this.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club, Malinda Lo. Ice cream date! 

The Whim of the Dragon, Pamela Dean. Read-aloud book. I'm enjoying this.

Murder Must Advertise, Dorothy L. Sayers. Read-aloud book. Another good one. I remember more of the plot, but hearing other people read it helps contextualize things I missed when I read it.

The Secrets of Star Whales, Rebecca Thorne. A gift from LibraryThing, and I'm trying to actually be timely here. Except I'm at the part where the protagonist is about to make a character-building mistake, and I don't want to see him do that.





Picture Books / Short Stories:

Donut Feed the Squirrels


Donut Feed the Squirrels, Mika Song. 2020 Cybils Elementary Graphic Novel finalist. A fun tale of hungry squirrels and a beleaguered food truck donut maker. This would be fun to share read with a kid, or for fairly new readers to enjoy by themselves. I was a bit confused that one squirrel was named Belly, which is not a name I've seen before, but hey, squirrels. My favorite part was belatedly realizing the pun in the name -- they changed the "o in "DO NOT" to a "u." OK, I'm slow.



Palate Cleansers

These books I'm barely reading; lately I use them bribes to get me to deal with the mail. Hmm. I should get back to that. 


The Educated Child: A Parents Guide from Preschool Through Eighth GradeWool (Wool, #1)Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)
Under the Eye of the StormDates from HellReading and Learning to Read


The Educated Child, William Bennett. Physical Education and other concerns beyond the academic. These guys are very suspicious of any trends away from competition.

Wool, Hugh Howey. 

Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho. 

Under the Eye of the Storm, John Hersey. 

Dates From Hell, Kim Harrison & others. Bad dates are fun. Supernatural organizations are also fun. 

Reading and Learning to Read, Jo Anne Vaca. Time to put it all together. 

Reading Challenges
  1. Cybils 2020. Finished Eva, the Semi-Magical Witch. And Snapdragon and Donut Feed the Squirrels. 
  2. Early Cybils: Read Dramacon Vol 2. I'm so happy that a volume 2 got nominated.
  3. KCLS 10 To Try: 8/10. I did get a recommendation from a librarian, but I'll probably read that with a book club this summer. Epistolary will be hard.
  4. Tacoma Extreme Reading Challenge. 39/55. No change/
  5. Reading My Library. Finished Veronica.
  6. Where Am I Reading 2021: 24/51 states -- picked up New Jersey. 11 Countries. 

Future Plans

I'm putting this at the end because I suspect it's complete fiction, but I feel I should attempt some structure.

I am reading: 
  • Book I own: Last Night at the Telegraph Club. Next: Educated Child
  • Library Book: The Lost Orphan Next: something really short. I'm more likely to read the short one.
  • Ebook I own: Paladin's Strength  Up Next: Extraordinary Union
  • Library Ebook: Girl Who Drank the Moon Next: Luminaries
  • Book Club Book: Uprooted Up Next: Addie Larue
  • Tuesday Book Club Book:  Next: I need to finish The Wind Dark Sea
  • Review Book: Secrets of Star Whales  Next: Back Home
  • Hugo Book: The Pleasant Profession of Robert A Heinlein. Next: Joanna Russ.
  • Rereading: Uprooted
  • Meal Companion: a romance set in Oklahoma
  • Audio: Paladin of Souls  Next: Network Effect

Monday, June 14, 2021

One Step Forward


It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Another slow week, partly in Pandemic mode, partly in recovery mode. So my sons are moving towards Fully Vaccinated; one has both shots and is busily growing the immune response, and the other has his Phase One test shot, and is probably doing the same, and I'm all done but old and nervous. So they don't go anywhere but I go places cautiously. I still like to order things for delivery to my car, but that's mainly because I'm lazy; if I forgot anything I'll go the next day to pick it up instead of just doing without. I wear masks when I go inside places, but it's out of a feeling of solidarity (why should the store workers assume I'm telling the truth about being vaccinated?) but I don't tighten them that much. 

I walk at the gym with a flimsy paper mask and scowl at all the maskless people. Of course, most of them are working out much harder than me so this is really unfair, but I figure my scowl is hard to read since I'm WEARING A MASK so I don't bother talking myself down. I go during quiet times so there aren't many people there anyway.

I had my regular mammogram, my first one on a regular schedule since I was demoted to checks every 6 months because of shadows or blobs or something (I'm not good at medical stuff). And, I flunked it, so I have to go back next week for more scans. This is all perfectly normal, no reason for concern, so of course I'm terrified. In other health news, I jammed my toe on somehow, so I get a break from my jogging.

We had our Friday book club, and it was lovely. The book was The Blue Castle, and we skipped right past it and talked about each other and how we are doing, which was completely right since wanting that connection was precisely why we picked that book. It was on Skype, but we are thinking about maybe meeting in person as the last of us get fully vaccinated.

I have pushed all cooking off on my culinarily minded son, so he made falafels one night, and my pita bread came out really nice -- soft and puffy and perfect for putting food in. What little food we had, since I had given him the recipe and he's used to cooking for himself and I had forgotten I had adjusted the recipe downward when the teenagers went to college. Luckily my other son had made cookies. And on Friday we had homemade pizza, again from my recipe, and wow, does my son do a better job with pizza crust than I do. Yum. And on this one he just kept making pizzas until we cried enough. Wow.

I am currently reading 25 books, which seems slightly too many but I'm OK with it.It's fewer than last week somehow, probably because I'm checking earlier on Monday.

The Book Date does a weekly roundup of what people are reading, want to read, or have read each week called "It's Monday! What Are You Reading" and I'm going to go sign up. Ditto for the children's lit version at either Teach Mentor Texts or Unleashing Readers

Started

Murder at Veronica's DinerLife SucksEqual Rites (Discworld, #3)
Murder Must Advertise  (Lord Peter Wimsey, #8)The Whim of the DragonParable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel AdaptationCrystal Singer (Crystal Singer, #1)
Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)Two Times the FunThe Arcane Heart (Thrall Prince, #3)The Secrets of Star Whales


Murder at Veronica's Diner, J.D. Griffo. My book to read at the dinner table.

Life Sucks, Jessica Abel. Cybils finalist.

Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett. A reread.

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magial Witch, Julie Abe. Cybils finalist.

Murder Must Advertise, Dorothy L. Sayers. Read-aloud book.

The Whim of the Dragon, Pamela Dean. Read-aloud book.

Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, Damien Duffy. I bought this. Also, it's nominated for a Hugo!

Crystal Singer, Anne McCaffrey. I haven't read this in over twenty years; I wonder how it holds up.

Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells. Got my audio from the library!

Two Times the Fun, Beverly Cleary. Because she died recently. 

The Arcane Heart, Caroline Gibson. Because it is short. 

The Secrets of Star Whales, Rebecca Thorne. A gift from LibraryThing, and I'm trying to actually be timely here.


Completed

The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match (Emmaline Truelove, #0.5)Almost American GirlThe Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey, #9)
Life SucksAll Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)Equal Rites (Discworld, #3)
Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel AdaptationTwo Times the FunThe Arcane Heart (Thrall Prince, #3)

 
The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match, Juliana Gray. I read this in preparation for my Romance Over Forty book club, but I'm not impelled to go on with the series. I didn't feel the mystery bit layered well with the romance, and the guy was still way to old for the girl (he was, I dunno, 80? And she was 40-ish). I did enjoy him being all smug before being outwitted a lot; that was handled in a funny way rather than a cringy way.

Almost American Girl, Robin Ha. 2020 Cybils YA Graphic Novel finalist. This worked really well as a memoir; the words and pictures conveyed the confused feelings and frustrated loneliness following Ha's move to the US in middle school; in Alabama she felt isolated in a blended family that didn't accept her and a school where she didn't speak English but there weren't many ESL students. It's also a good portrayal of her bond with her mother, which was very strong but twisted a bit under the strain of the move; American notions of what parents can do and how they should be treated differ from Korean expectation, and as the family negotiates which American mores to adopt there is pressure. The ending sagged a bit -- suddenly time jumped a lot and emotions made big moves, which felt jarring after the immersive days of middle school. 

Nine Tailors, Dorothy Sayers. Read aloud. I liked having the fast reader for the last day, because there is a lot of action and danger so that fitted well. And I like how the mysterious death that drives the detective story is almost an afterthought, because bigger concerns sweep the community in the last chapter. And I enjoyed seeing what my eroding memory kept and what was knew -- I had remembered whodunnit (which is usually the first to go for me!), but completely forgotten the flood, despite how much foreshadowing it got. I remembered why the Thodays disappeared but not how the beer bottle got up to the bell chamber. In fact, I had forgotten the existence of the brother completely. 

Life Sucks, Jessica Abel. 2008 Cybils YA Graphic Novel finalist. This book does what it tries to do very well -- it's funny, it's emotionally tight, and it works. But I am old and don't want to be cynical, so I didn't enjoy it that much. I know young adults who are good people, not sexists jerks. Nice guys who aren't "nice guys" which is what the good guy in this book kinda strives to be. And the ending was grim, with nobody within a shouting distance of happy, although I guess they aren't buried in the deepest possible misery. So I know people I'd recommend this to, but I'm not one of them.

All Systems Red, Martha Wells. It was fun reading this aloud. I had some technical difficulties, and I'm definitely not as good at this as the people who are professional authors, but they were encouraging and we all had a good time, and it gave the person reading the Pamela Dean trilogy time to take her trip before starting the last book. Now I'll go back to waiting for the library to deliver the 5th Murderbot novella on audiobook.

Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett. A reread. I like the humor and the balance between almost slapstick visual humor and more subtle satire, along with a careful line between fantasy trappings and deeper character or philosophical insights. I'm not as interested in exploring the innate differences between male and female approaches to magic; in my experience both men and women might be attracted to either approach, and labeling them just makes some people smug and other people vaguely uncomfortable. It was fun seeing the University again, and the introduction of Weatherwax.

Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, Damien Duffy. This is a fairly straight adaptation, which helped me a lot. I reread the book only a few months ago, so despite my occasional difficulty telling people apart (which is all me, not the art, as I have trouble differentiating different humans by their looks) I knew who would say what. The art did a great job of highlighting emotional scenes as well as giving strength to the problems of sharing, where the transmitted emotions are shown in the art. A powerful story told with strong pictures makes for a good book. This will be a tough Hugo contender, especially as it is a complete story and many of the other entries are one volume of many.

Two Times the Fun, Beverly Cleary. It's the summer, so I'm trying to finish a #bookaday, but sometimes it's hard. Luckily I have many tiny books on my to-read bookcases, so when it looks like I won't finish something weighty I grab something smaller. This is a book aimed at young readers; the protagonists are four so it's either a read-aloud or a good book for an early reader. The kids aren't quite as much fun as Ramona, but still enjoyable. 

The Arcane Heart, Caroline Gibson. Another book chosen so I can keep up with #bookaday. This is the third book in a series that started out as fanfiction but diverged enough that the author filed off the serial numbers and is writing her own thing. It ends with a lot of dangling plot threads, although the emotional work is mostly done. I am looking forward to how she completes the series. 


Bookmarks Moved (Or Languished) In:

Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington, #14)Black Leopard, Red WolfThe Pleasant Profession of Robert A. HeinleinThe Luminaries
The Bourne Supremacy (Jason Bourne, #2)The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey & Maturin #16)An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League, #1)
The Seven Sisters (The Seven Sisters, #1)Sharks in the Time of SaviorsThe Lost Orphan
All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)Paladin of Souls (World of the Five Gods, #2)Last Night at the Telegraph ClubThe Last Emperox (The Interdependency, #3)


Uncompromising Honor 69/??, David Weber. Baen Free Radio Hour's serial. Honor is pretty scary shen she's mad.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James. Ancient Sword and Laser pick. I'm picking this up again!

The Pleasant Profession of Robert A Heinlein, Farah Mendelson. Hugo finalist. Started a chapter!

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton. Read some pages. It's my book to read while walking on a treadmill.

The Bourne Supremacy, Robert Ludlum. Didn't touch it.

The Wine-Dark Sea, Patrick O'Brien. Didn't touch it.

An Extraordinary Union, Alyssa Cole. Progress! 

Seven Sisters, Lucinda Riley. Didn't touch it.

Sharks in the Time of Saviors, Kawai Strong Washburn. Didn't touch it.

The Lost Orphan, Stacey Halls. Read a few pages. 

Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells. I think I'll listen to the audios. So far I've heard all the novellas and I'm waiting on the novel. 

Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold. Continuing my audio reread of the World of the Five Gods series. I got distracted by Fugitive Telemetry but I'm back now.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club, Malinda Lo. Well, the book club happened and I'm only 1/3 of the way through, but I do plan to finish.

The Last Emperox, John Scalzi. For Tuesday book club, and Hugo reading. Finished the first part, and ready to start the second.



Picture Books / Short Stories:

Dennis Banks and Russell Means: Native American ActivistsJapanese American Imprisonment During World War II


Dennis Banks and Russell Means: Native American Activists, Duchess Harris & A.R. Carser. I know very little about this topic, so I enjoyed reading about these two prominent men in the movement. It's a good introduction to the topic, aimed at kids directed to read it rather than as a book they'd pick up on their own. I wanted a bit more information about their families, but then I'm nosy. 

I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. 

Japanese American Imprisonment During World War II, Duchess Harris & Marne Ventura. This is a topic I know more about, but I liked the emphasis on what actually happened and why, and how imprisonment is the correct term. Again, I don't think kids would read this for fun, but it would be a worthwhile resource in a classroom. I was cranky that a few photographs showed up twice.

I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher.



Palate Cleansers

These books I'm barely reading; lately I use them bribes to get me to deal with the mail. Hmm. I should get back to that. 


The Educated Child: A Parents Guide from Preschool Through Eighth GradeWool (Wool, #1)Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)
Under the Eye of the StormDates from HellReading and Learning to Read


The Educated Child, William Bennett. 

Wool, Hugh Howey. They are all trying very hard!

Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho. 

Under the Eye of the Storm, John Hersey. 

Dates From Hell, Kim Harrison & others. This date is going entertainingly badly. 

Reading and Learning to Read, Jo Anne Vaca. Time to put it all together. 

Reading Challenges
  1. Cybils 2020. Finished Almost American Girl. Started Eva, the Semi-Magical Witch. Also another 2020 nominee.
  2. Early Cybils: Read Life Sucks.
  3. KCLS 10 To Try: 8/10. I did get a recommendation from a librarian, but I'll probably read that with a book club this summer. Epistolary will be hard.
  4. Tacoma Extreme Reading Challenge. 39/55. But I think I miscounted and it's better than that. I picked up Afro-Futurism.
  5. Reading My Library. Reading Veronica.
  6. Where Am I Reading 2021: 23/51 states -- picked up Alabama. 11 Countries. 

Future Plans

I'm putting this at the end because I suspect it's complete fiction, but I feel I should attempt some structure.

I am reading: 
  • Book I own: Last Night at the Telegraph Club. Next: Piranesi
  • Library Book: The Lost Orphan Next: something really short. I'm more likely to read the short one.
  • Ebook I own: Extraordinary Union  Up Next: Paladin's Strength
  • Library Ebook: Life of Addie LaRue Next: Luminaries
  • Book Club Book: The Girl Who Drank the Moon Up Next: Addie Larue
  • Tuesday Book Club Book: The Last Emperox. Next: I need to finish The Wind Dark Sea
  • Review Book: Secrets of Star Whales  Next: Back Home
  • Hugo Book: The Pleasant Profession of Robert A Heinlein. Next: Joanna Russ.
  • Rereading: Crystal Singer
  • Meal Companion: Murder at Veronica's Diner
  • Audio: Paladin of Souls  Next: Murderbot?