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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 30: Would save if my house burned down

To be honest the first things I'd be trying to save would be the passports, citizenship certificates, and various pieces of documentation that indicate that my husband and I are UK citizens, given the UK government's attitude to migrants.

But if these things were already safe, my decision would in many ways still be an extremely difficult one. Almost all of the books I've mentioned over the past twenty-nine days of this meme are deeply loved favourites, so formative that they feel like part of the foundation of me. They're in the bones of the stories that make me myself. How could I possibly choose between them? And in this hypothetical fire, I couldn't carry them all — at least not in their physical form.

But of course I would be carrying them with me, whether they were saved from a fire or not. And that's kind of the point.
dolorosa_12: (matilda)
Thirty Day Book Meme Day 29: The one I have reread most often

I don't think I've kept good enough track of this, because a lot of my childhood favourites (many of which I've discussed on previous days of this meme) have been reread hundreds of times by me, but I wasn't keeping proper track. Given that as a child and teenager I normally read about three books a day, almost every day, with frequent rereads, that makes for many, many reread books.

I think it's likely to be either a Gillian Rubinstein book (probably Galax Arena), one of the Pagan Chronicles books (probably the third, my favourite, Pagan's Vows), or Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart mysteries books. I'm not in a position to specify an exact book, because Goodreads wasn't around in those days, and even if it had been, I was highly unlikely to have used it.

The final day )

What about you? Are any of you avid rereaders?
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 28: Bought at my fave independent bookshop

My favourite independent bookshop, Galaxy Books, is sadly no more. It was a specialist fantasy, science fiction and horror bookshop in central Sydney, and you had to go down a flight of stairs into a basement to access it. Once inside, there were rows and rows of books, as well as DVDs of SFF TV shows and films. Whenever I was in the city, I would always make a point to spend a bit of time in Galaxy.

The owners of the shop also owned another independent bookshop, Abbey's, which was nearby, and I think at some point the rent for all these buildings got too much, so they closed Galaxy and reopened it inside Abbey's as its own floor.

As I say, I read a lot of books bought from Galaxy, but today I'll talk about Jo Walton's Tir Tanagiri Saga, a secondary world fantasy that retells the Arthurian story, but in a way that emphasises the importance of creating laws that will outlast the rule of any individual king, markets to support people's livelihoods, networks of roads and messengers to keep people connected and so on, rather than glorious battles or feats of chivalry. In the Tir Tanagiri world there is sexual equality, so women ride into battle alongside their rulers (who may themselves be women), and indeed the main character is a soldier fighting beside Urdo (the Arthur analogue) to unite the country.

I reviewed the series a while ago, and I still stand by my main point:

What makes this series special is the focus on the really terrible struggle Urdo faces to unite his country. As he points out on numerous occasions, his claim to the High Kingship is no better than any other regional lord in Tir Tanagiri. Lots of books that focus on this kind of heir-to-throne-consolidates-his-power storyline seem to give their hero an air of entitlement. And they don't make the struggle seem believable. It is not enough for the king-to-be to fight simply one battle and then be in control of a country as volatile as fifth-century Britain was. Walton shows that it was a hard slog, a careful balancing act between justice and expediency, full of compromises, unlikely alliances and sheer dumb luck. She resists the urge of so many other fantasy writers to make the struggle between Christianity and 'the old religion' simplistic and black and white. Sulien herself has no time for the priests of the White God, thinking them and their religion stupid and a religion of slaves, but Walton never seems like she's on an anti-Christian diatribe. Sulien is a pragmatic heroine. She recognises that hers will be the last generation of religious pluralism, and she moves on, seeing that uniting the country is more important than fighting a religious war.

It's an Arthurian novel that makes it about pragmatic political decisions, where the real heroes are quartermasters laying supply caches, scribes writing law books, and stablehands keeping the vast collection of army horses well looked after, and I love it to bits.

The other days )
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 27: Want to be one of the characters

Most of my favourite book characters live in absolutely terrible universes, have rotten luck, and the weight of the world upon them — so none of their lives are particularly attractive to me if I had to actually live them!

I guess it wouldn't have been too bad to be one of the teenage protagonists in all the quirky, contemporary coming-of-age novels I used to read when I was a teenager. Sure, the characters had momentary periods of heartbreak, and small moments seemed imbued with disproportionate, portentous importance, but they always seemed to have wonderful friends, infinite amounts of time, and the arcs of their lives ultimately bent towards meaning and self-discovery in a way that messy real life never truly does.

That said, I don't particularly want to be a teenager again, either — and nor do I want to be one of the background adult characters that features in this kind of book!

The other days )
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 26: Should have sold more copies

I'll always regret not getting more books in Catherine Jinks's Pagan Chronicles series. She wrote and published the first four books in quick succession in the early-to-mid-'90s, and these seemed to sell well, were nominated for Australian children's book awards and so on. Jinks then wrote various other books, a mixture of science fiction and historical fiction, mainly for chilren, before publishing the fifth book in the Pagan series, Pagan's Daughter, in 2006.

It must not have sold very well, because at some point, Jinks was going around in interviews and in the FAQs on her website saying that children's historical fiction was difficult to sell, and although Pagan Kidrouk was her favourite fictional creation and the series was one she wanted to continue, economically it didn't make sense and it was unlikely her publisher would want another Pagan book. Since then, she seems to have only published science fiction, which is a huge shame as her historical fiction is, generally, much better!

The other days )

Not for me

Mar. 25th, 2019 07:06 am
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 25: Never finished it

There aren't many books that fall into this category, because I'm generally careful about what I read, and try to pick books I'm certain I'll like. So to answer this question, I went to my 'gave up' shelf in Goodreads. In the ten years or so since I've been using the site, I've only added four books to this shelf. I normally just use Goodreads as a reading log, and the star ratings I use to write yearly roundups of the best books I've read, but several in this 'gave up' shelf have brief reviews where I noted why the books didn't work for me. These are as follows:

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness:

It is a rare occurrence that I fail to finish a book, but I realised that I was just reading this one out of a sense of duty. The preceding book in this series, A Discovery of Witches, had made me indescribably angry (for reasons that I will probably go into in a review on my blog), and I could tell from a chapter in that Shadow of the Night was more of the same. This series promises so much, and delivers so little, and strikes me as suffering from a desire on the part of the author to try to be too many things at once. It's historical fiction, but doesn't go into enough detail to satisfy historical fiction aficionados. It's a story about academia, but is filled with glaring inaccuracies about how academic life really functions (a surprising error, considering its author is a full-time academic herself). It's a paranormal fantasy story that suffers from poor world-building. And, most damning of all, it's as if Harkness wanted to write a paranormal romance, but was too uncomfortable to actually include any romance elements. I can't remember the last time I was so deeply disappointed in a series of books.

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams:

I didn't finish reading this book. The first 150 pages read like someone's D & D campaign, and I found all the characters two-dimensional, more like collections of tropes and swords-and-sorcery stereotypes than engaging human beings. It may pick up, but I decided not to waste any more of my time on it.

I feel as if I was a meaner reader back when I took the time to note on Goodreads why I gave up on particular books. These days I just move on.

The other days )
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 24: Hooked me into reading

Honestly, I wouldn't be able to tell you. I loved books and reading long before I was able to read myself. My mother always read picture books aloud to me, and, after she was born, my sister and me. Usually she would read us four picture books per night, with each of us picking two, and although I can still name a lot of the old favourites, the first book, the first story that made me really care about stories, is lost in the mists of time. I couldn't tell you the first book I was able to read by myself either aloud or in my head — I imagine it was one of the rather boring books we borrowed from school to teach ourselves to read by practicing at home with our parents — and I don't even think I can remember the first book I really, really fell in love with.

I can remember the first book that made me realise I didn't have to interpret the narrative in the way an author intended. It was Galax Arena by Gillian Rubinstein, and I disliked the protagonist, wished she wasn't the point of view character, and instead became obsessed with one of the antagonists and imagined a whole secondary story going on around her, in which the book's protagonist was only a bit player. The idea that I could read a book in this way was like a lightbulb going off, and I suppose it was the first moment I understood transformative fandom, although of course, being a ten-year-old, I didn't name it as such!

The other days )

I've only finished one book since I last updated this haphazard reading log of mine: Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw, the second in her series of books about Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead and other supernatural beings. It was, like the preceding book, great fun, packed with allusions to various pieces of gothic fiction, and poked gentle fun at so many portentous vampire clichés. I loved it.
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 23: Made to read at school

I have always hated this framing, as if being required to read books for class was somehow way more unreasonable than being required to, for example, learn quadratic equations for maths class, or learn organic chemistry for science. Sure, some parts of compulsory education were boring, or poorly taught — including some of my English classes — but that didn't mean they were a grave injustice.

That little rant aside, I'm going to talk about The Beast of Heaven by Victor Kelleher for this day of the meme. We read this in Year 8 advanced English class (so when I was thirteen), and it was one of my favourite and most formative things read for school. Kelleher is mostly known as a YA author (one of his YA dystopian novels, Taronga, was commonly taught in secondary school in the '90s when I was a school student, and indeed we studied it as well), but The Beast of Heaven is dystopian fiction aimed at an adult readership. It is at once incredibly '80s, and incredibly Australian — a pair of sentient computers wake up, and continue an argument they've been programmed to have, about whether humanity deserves to continue to exist, with one computer programmed to argue in favour of humanity's ongoing survival and the other that it would be the best thing for all concerned if the massive nuclear weapons it controls would be set off and wipe humanity off the map. Against the backdrop of this argument is a group of what we think are the last human survivors on Earth, eking out an impoverished existence in a blasted, post-apocalypic desert landscape. The twist, if you've read a lot of dystopian SF, is probably fairly obvious, although it absolutely blew my thirteen-year-old mind, and the book as a whole made me think in a more structured way about Australian dystopian literature as a subgenre distinct from its literary cousins in other countries. It wasn't the first book by Kelleher that I read, but it was the one that really made me sit up and take notice of him as an author, and I think his body of work is incredible. I've always felt a sense of regret that he's not really known outside of Australia.

The other days )
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 22: Out of print

One of my favourite books when I was a teenager was The Singing Stone by Canadian author O.R. Melling. It's a portal fantasy in which Canadian student (and orphan with mysterious origins) Kay goes on a trip to Ireland to discover the secrets behind her origins, and ends up sucked into the past when climbing around some standing stones. She tumbles into a world of magic and intrigue, hovering on the brink of invasion and war, and has to go on a quest to find several magical objects, helped by an amnesiac girl, Aherne, and several other misfits.

Melling packs the book with just about every medieval Irish text that fit the story she's trying to tell — there's a blending of the stories of Lebor Gabála Érenn and Cath Maige Tuired (a mythological history of Ireland that depicts it as being settled by waves of successive invasions, and the story of a battle between various supernatural beings respectively), and Tuán meic Chairill shows up at one point as well. Of course when I was reading the book as a teenager all these stories were new to me, but rereading it in my thirties after having majored in undergrad, and done an MPhil and PhD in medieval Irish literature (Lebor Gabála was one of the texts I researched for my PhD, in fact), I see the book with different eyes. I had to laugh at the heroine, Kay, learning Old Irish to a level of proficiency that she was able to travel back in time and engage in conversation with people — and this after only one year of study!

The book is long out of print (I think it was first published in the 1980s), but I borrowed it repeatedly from the public library when I was a teenager, and I think it was one of the many formative stories that pushed me towards studying what I studied in university, such that I forgive it for its hackneyed tropes about pre-Christian Ireland in a way that I wouldn't if I read it for the first time now.

The other days )

I have to apologise again for leaving many people's comments unanswered. I will get to them eventually, but the uncertainty and stress about Brexit has pushed me right over the edge. I'm having panic attacks every night when I try to sleep, and so I'm going around in a kind of exhausted fog. I need to preserve all my energy for work. I will try to set aside some time on Sunday to answer people's comments on past posts.
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 21: Summer Winter read

I've made the decision to change this to winter, because I can't think of any specifically summery, holiday-type books that I would make a point of reading at that time. Generally in the summer holidays I read a lot, but it tends to be new or new-to-me books, rather than going back to old favourites.

In winter, however, it's a different story. The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper is one book that seems made for rereading in the depths of midwinter — especially given how rooted in a time it is, those few days in the lead-up to Christmas and the new year, the snow and bare trees and Christmas decorations of a rural English Christmas so lovingly described. I reread it often at that time of year, and I frequently find myself writing Yuletide fic for the The Dark Is Rising fandom, so it's very much a feature of late December to me. A couple of years ago, [ profile] RobGMacfarlane instigated a Twitter bookclub to reread the book, and share thoughts under the #thedarkisreading hashtag, which was lots of fun.

The other days )

Do any of you have seasonal favourites, whether summer or winter?
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 20: Favorite cover

It's a good thing I don't pick books based on their covers, because, let's face it, most book covers are pretty dire, especially if the story isn't 'literary fiction'. That said, I've got a couple of stand outs.

Samantha Shannon's Bone Season series had some gorgeous covers originally. They've now, sadly, been redesigned, but there was such fan outcry that the publisher is continuing to release limited editions of each new book with covers in the style of the original design.

The images I could find on Goodreads looked a bit flat, so I went onto the #theboneseason tag on Instagram to find some better photos of the books with the original design. These are the front covers of the published books so far, and these are the spines.

But I think my favourite book cover would have to be 'The Lilies of Dawn' by Vanessa Fogg. [ profile] likhain is one of my favourite illustrators, and this particular work of hers has always been one of my favourites.

The other days )

I will get back to everyone's comments on my previous post as soon as possible, but at the moment the combination of work and Brexitshambles is eating up all of my time.
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 19: Still can't stop talking about it

I mean, most of the things I'm fannish about are books, and most of those books are old! In the case of some of my most beloved fandoms of the heart, I've been thinking and talking about those books for close to twenty-five years, and show no signs of stopping. I posted a not completely exhaustive list at the last friending meme I ran:

I'm both extremely multifannish, but extremely loyal to the fandoms in which I'm invested. Most of my fandoms are small, Yuletide-eligible book fandoms: Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials and Sally Lockhart Mysteries books, The Pagan Chronicles series by Catherine Jinks, Galax Arena and the Space Demons trilogy by Gillian Rubinstein, pretty much everything Victor Kelleher has ever written, the Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon, the Romanitas trilogy by Sophia McDougall, the books of Kate Elliott, Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows duology, Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle, S. A. Chakraborty's Daevabad series, Katherine Arden's Winternight trilogy, The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton, Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver and Uprooted, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and a whole lot of mythology, folk tales and fairytales.

Talk to me about any of those books, and I'll keep talking!

The other days )
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18. Bought on a recommendation

Most of the books I read are bought on a recommendation — either via someone here or on Twitter talking about the book and me thinking I'd like it, or via Matthias, who reads a lot of review magazines and keeps an eye out for things I might like.

To pluck one at random that I bought on both the recommendation of both Matthias, and several authors on Twitter (including [ profile] say_shannon and [ profile] aliettedb), I'll go with Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. Ngan draws on various East Asian histories and cultures in this story (she describes it as simply 'Asian-inspired'), and it was one of my favourite books read last year. Here's what I said about it in a previous blog post:

This book is set in a strictly hierarchical society, with three castes (the demonic Moon caste ruling over the partially demonic Steel and fully human Paper castes), an imperial court seething with intrigue, and simmering rebellions breaking out all over a vast empire. All this is presided over by the Demon King, a thoroughly nasty individual who, among other things, takes a tribute of sorts in the form of a group of Paper teenagers to be his concubines. While this is supposed to be a great honour, in reality it's an act of violence and dispossession, and the majority of these girls — including the protagonist, Lei — do not go willingly. However, all is not as it seems in the court of the Demon King, and from the midst of a group of what appears to be the most disempowered individuals — the 'Paper Girl' concubines — a revolution is brewing. I have a personal preference for stories about girls and women who suffer trauma, have their agency taken away from them, and carve out spaces of survival and hope in the ruins, so this was always going to appeal to me, and the fact that it features a f/f love story (with a happy ending!) was just icing on the cake to me. However, it probably goes without saying that a premise like Ngan's is going to depict and address sexual violence, and although this is mostly done in a fade-to-black kind of way, if that's something you'd prefer not to read I would advise you to give this book a miss.

The other days )
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 17: Future classic

I don't really know how to predict this. 'Classic' is such a loaded term, and, as anyone who has studied literature could tell you, the literary canon is not a fixed thing — it changes over time, different countries/cultures/groups of readers have different canons, canonicity is not the same thing as popularity, and sometimes what it takes for something to stick in the cultural zeitgeist is just really, really good publicity.

I suspect N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy is likely to feature in the curricula of a lot of university speculative fiction literature courses in the future, if it's not there already, though.

The other days )

Reading over the past few days has consisted of two novels — King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (I really missed the Dregs, and the Ketterdam setting — Ravkan political manoeuvring has always been my least favourite element of Bardugo's Grishaverse, as I'm in it for found families, migrants and exiles, and heists), and The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf (I devoured this historical novel, set in 1969 Malaysia during a time of race riots sparked by election results and the country's simmering problems boiling over, and it left me feeling quite weepy, in that it emphasises small acts of kindness, community building and solidarity in the face of violence and destruction) — and two pieces of free short fiction. These were 'Circus Girl, the Hunter, and Mirror Boy' by JY Yang (which, like all Yang's writing, didn't quite work for me), and 'The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun' by Aliette de Bodard (another excellent piece of space opera from de Bodard). Matthias and I also managed to watch Captain Marvel earlier this week, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 16: Can't believe more people haven't read

It seems as if there's a bit of a Kate Elliott theme emerging at the moment in my posts for this meme: my answer to today's question is another Kate Elliott series, her Crossroads. I've always thought Elliott was a criminally overlooked epic fantasy writer (she's an absolute genius at worldbuilding, giving a great deal of thought not only to epic fantasy staples of kingdoms, armies and royal intrigue, but also to how societies would feed and supply themselves, how households and marriages would work, and what invasion and societal collapse would look like on the ground), but even among those who have read her books, this series almost never comes up in discussion.

It is, on the surface, fairly standard epic fantasy fare: an exiled prince, banished from his homeland and inheritance under threat of death, builds up an army and rides to the rescue of a kingdom in collapse, women with few options make political marriages, people ride giant eagles. However, where it differs is in its subversion of these well-worn tropes. Instead of portraying its dispossessed man as the saviour of the world — or a kingdom — and thus its rightful ruler, what Elliott is doing is showing how monstrous and dictatorial that would look like from the ground. Because she spends the first two books in the series showing the delicate work her heroine, Mai, undertakes as the wife of a mercenary leader who has moved into a country in collapse — forging alliances through diplomacy, trade, and marriages between local women and her husband's mercenaries — and because we view most of the story through Mai's eyes, we think her husband is entirely in accord, coming as a migrant, not a coloniser. The slow sense that something is wrong — culminating in a spectacular betrayal, both of Mai and of the reader's assumptions — is so cleverly and so intricately done, and, in my opinion, makes the Crossroads trilogy Elliott's best work. Sadly, I seem to be the only person who thinks that.

The other days )
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 15: Favorite fictional father mother

I'm switching this to mother rather than father, because I honestly can't think of a book with a good father character — most of the books I've read have either terrible fathers, or they're dead. Good mothers are a bit easier to find (although a lot of them are dead in the fiction I read too). My favourite, however, is Kiya from Kate Elliott's Court of Fives — a story of the slow build to revolution of a colonised people against their colonisers (the setting is inspired by Ptolemaic Egypt). Kiya, a mother of four daughters at the start of the series (and mother to two more children by the end of it), is from the colonised people, and her husband (or rather, partner, as it's illegal for them to marry) is a soldier from the colonisers, and over the course of the series their relationship unravels as it becomes apparent that individual people's qualities and feelings are not enough to overcome deeply entrenched systematic and structural iniquities.

I'll add what I wrote about Kiya in my review of the final book:

But the character who meant the most to me was Jessamy’s brilliant mother Kiya, who was given a prominence and authority rarely seen in portrayals of mothers in YA literature. Kiya’s strength comes from her identity as a mother, and all the skills we later see her deploying are those she honed as a parent: care for others, the ability to juggle multiple tasks while also looking ahead to the near and distant future, a strong sense others and their needs and motives, and the ability to console and inspire. It is because of, and not in spite of, these strengths that she becomes the leader of the revolution sweeping Efua, and it was profoundly moving to me to see a character like Kiya honoured, lauded and respected in this way.

This is why she's my favourite.

The other days )
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 14: An old favorite

I think I've talked about a lot of old favourites here already, but there are still a few I haven't mentioned. I read a lot, and always have done, after all.

When I was growing up, my sister and I went to the local public library almost every weekend. When we were very small, we went to the Saturday morning storytime events, and this was always followed by some time spent browsing the shelves and picking out books to read over the course of the week. As we grew older, we stopped going to the storytime stuff, but continued to go and borrow books nearly every week. I discovered a lot of my favourite books this way, and frequently borrowed the same books over and over again.

One such book was Katharine Briggs' An Encyclopedia of Fairies (I think the British edition was called A Dictionary of Fairies, but for whatever reason we had the US edition in our Australian library). It does pretty much what it says on the tin: collect together pretty much every piece of folklore and folktale about otherworldly beings, mainly from Britain and Ireland. I was obsessed with this book, and used to pore over it endlessly, tracing patterns and common themes in the stories, and noting every time one of them popped up in the fantasy novels I read. It was like a window into another world — not the Otherworld, but rather, a world where people felt it necessary to leave bread and clear water by the fireplace as a gift to household spirits, where ointments of clover leaves, or turning your clothes inside out would make you immune to fairy trickery, or where hanging a pair of iron scissors above a baby's bed would prevent it from being swapped out with a changeling. And the sense of stories and memories being written into the landscape was incredibly appealling, because that was how I thought of my own landscape, and my own folklore, no matter how suburban my location.

I loved this book so much, and must have read it at least a hundred times.

The other days )
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 13: Makes me laugh

It seemed appropriate that today's answer by Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I can still remember the first time I read it — I started reading it in a cafe, and eventually had to leave the cafe because I couldn't prevent myself from laughing out loud. I'm awaiting the upcoming adaptation with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation.

The other days )
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Thirty Day Book Meme Day 12: I pretend to have read it

I don't have any books that fall into this category! What would be the point? I don't view reading as some kind of competition, where you must read the most, or the most widely, or the most 'classics', and what other reason would someone have for pretending to have read a book. I'm not reading to impress people, it's not a public performance.

That said, given my love of all things vampire, people are often surprised that I haven't read the nineteenth-century classics such as Dracula, Carmilla, and so on. At this point, they've been adapted, subverted, and turned into pastiche so many times that I basically feel as if I have read them. Some day I will probably get around to it.

The other days )

I spent most of last night feeling profoundly despairing at the current state of affairs in Britain. Theresa May's 'legally binding assurances' are nothing of the sort, but they might be just enough for the hard Brexiteers to change their tune and vote for her deal. I didn't realise how much I had been counting on (and assuming) an extension to Article 50, and how upset it still makes me to sit here hopelessly, watching the days count down until rights are taken away from me without my consent.
dolorosa_12: (emily hanna)
Thirty Day Book Meme Day 11: Secondhand bookshop gem

Nineteen Varieties of Gazelle, by Naomi Shihab Nye. This one is special to me because I was browsing secondhand bookshops with [personal profile] nymeth, and had planned to leave without buying anything, and as we left the shop, she handed me over this collection of Nye's poetry. It was such a kind and generous thing to do, on what had already been a really nice afternoon wandering around the bookshops — and the book itself is pretty good too!

The other days )


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