June 2020 Reading Pile

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I have some re-reading again in my pile this month, plus books from the library.

Reading Pile June 2020

It’s been almost three months since our local library closed due to covid-19, and I’m ecstatic about having materials available again. Granted, it’s only curbside pickup at this point, which means we need to place a hold and schedule a pick-up time. It’s very much not instant gratification; nevertheless, it’s the library! Available! Again!

Anyway, some of the books, from left to right, are: Fortune’s Pawn, Honor’s Knight and Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach, plus The Murder at the Vicarage and The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories by Agatha Christie, and, finally, Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole.

I’m still waiting for a book order to come in, so next month has the beginnings of a good lineup, too.

Have you encountered something worth recommending recently?

May 2020 Reading Pile

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I’ve wanted to order more books for a good long while, so two weeks ago I finally did. And while waiting for the shipments delayed by the coronavirus situation, I’ve been re-reading some books from my own shelves.

Reading Pile May 2020

My new books are on the top of the pile: Yoon Ha Lee’s Revenant Gun, and Network Effect by Martha Wells. The re-reads are both by Genevieve Valentine: Persona and Icon.

I’ve also already re-read Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility. It’s my favorite among her work, and a great comfort read!

Anything you’d recommend? Please let me know – I’d be especially interested in hearing what you like to read multiple times and why.

April 2020 Reading Pile

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My reading pile this month has some beloved, comforting re-reads, including Martha Wells’s novellas ahead of the launch of the first Murderbot novel, plus some nonfiction. Here’s a glimpse:

Reading Pile April 2020

From top to bottom: first, the Murderbot novellas by Martha Wells: All Systems Red, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol and Exit Strategy. Then two nonfiction works, first Saving the Sacred Sea: The Power of Civil Society in an Age of Authoritarianism and Globalization by Kate Pride Brown and, second, Animal Architects: Building and the Evolution of Intelligence by James R. Gould & Carol Grant Gould.

Fun and interesting times ahead!

March 2020 Reading Pile

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Here are some of my reads for the month:

Reading Pile March 2020

From top to bottom: Megan O’Keefe’s Steal the Sky, then The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore, and the non-fiction work Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Aleksievich (which is amazing!). Back to fiction with The New Voices of Science Fiction edited by Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman and, finally, Mazes of Power by Juliette Wade.

Have you read something especially fun or rewarding lately?

February 2020 Reading Pile

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I’ve been indubitably sick again – *sigh!* – but at least I got some watching and reading done. Here’s a selection:

Reading Pile February 2020

From top to bottom: The True Queen by Zen Cho, Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done, Saving the Sacred Sea by Kate Pride Brown and, finally, Kruunupäinen käärme ja muita suomen kansan tarinoita by Kirsti Mäkinen. In addition, I’ve already returned Genevieve Cogman’s The Secret Chapter to the library. (No, not the Library!)

Any interesting reads in your life at the moment?

January 2020 Reading Pile

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Due to being sick, I have read a bit more than usual in early January. I also got an AMAZING selection of books and screen entertainment this Christmas; thank you, fam! Just some of the works I’ve already enjoyed or am looking forward to are below.

Reading Pile January 2020

From top to bottom: Maria Dahvana Headley’s The Mere Wife, The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh and, finally, Gamechanger by L.X. Beckett.

Did you get anything especially great over the holidays? Do share!

December 2019 Reading Pile

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Everything else going on in December threatens to damp down my reading, but I won’t allow it! 🙂 Here are some of the books in this month’s reading pile:

Reading Pile December 2019

From top to bottom: Loitsukirja by Paula Havaste, then two Agatha Christie’s Poirot novels, Third Girl and Hallowe’en Party, and finally Women in the Classical World by Elaine Fantham, Helene Peet Foley, Natalie Boymel Kampen, Sarah B. Pomeroy and H. Alan Shapiro.

Not bad company to wait for the turn of the year with. 🙂

November 2019 Reading Pile

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This month I have so many good things to curl under a blanket with! 🙂 Among them are the following:

Reading Pile November 2019

From top to bottom: Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes, The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz and Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse. In addition, I took two non-fiction books out of the library: Grow in the Dark: How to Choose and Care for Low-Light Houseplants by Lisa Eldred Stenkopf and Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski.

I’ve already read Newitz’s excellent novel – which pairs really well with the movie Harriet, by the way – and am in the middle of Chilling Effect.

Anything else you’d recommend? Please share!

Online Finds: Colorful Calendar for 2020

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, Colors

It’s time to update my planning calendar for 2020. In fact, I’m running a little late on this, and my collection of notepapers with scribbles is getting out of hand… Thankfully, Julia Groves has updated her lovely watercolor designs.

Printable Calendar for 2020 by Julia Groves

I just should’ve remembered to click the ink-saving option off when printing. Ohwell. 🙂

Thank you for sharing, Julia!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Small Bouquet from October Flowers

After Hours, My Spaces, Random Beauty

I’m both amazed and delighted over how long wild flowers blossom around here:

October Wild Flowers

Granted, they’re not terribly flashy like cultivated ones, but they do give bees and other pollinators sustenance long into the fall season and provide splashes of color, too. (We keep our yard purposely toxin-free for the bees.)