Books & Stuff
Me: I’m going to read books I already have.
Also Me: *checks out more books from the library*
I can explain…
Alligator Candy: A Memoir by David Kushner – I checked this out because I wanted an audio book.
Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession by Rachel Monroe – Had this on hold and now it’s available.
The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future
by Ryder Carroll – Finished this one. I’ve been using a bullet journal since May, but I wanted to refresh my notions of the system and maybe learn a new trick or two. That happened, but much of this book seemed bent on convincing me that bullet journaling is a good idea. I am already sold on that.
I haven’t been posing much about my Deal Me In stories, but I read a particularly good one this week. “Tasting Notes on the Varietals of the Southern Coast” by Gwendolyn Clare from the Sept/Oct issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. (I picked the 8♥ this week.) I always enjoy efficient story-telling. In less than 2000 words, Gwendolyn Clare sets up a lot and pays it off all against a background of a master vintner making a survey of a despotic king.
Btw, if you’re interested in a short story challenge for 2020, Jay usually opens signups on the solstice, so that should go up on Saturday.
I just joined the Classics Club, and I’m excited to participate in my first Classics Club Spin! If you’re not familiar, I’m going to list 20 titles from my Classics Club list. Next Sunday, the club picks a number and I read that book!
- The Mummy! by Jane Webb Loudon
- Behind a Mask by Louisa May Alcott
- Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson
- King Solomon’s Mines by Henry Rider Haggard
- The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill
- The Wind in the Rose-Bush by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
- The House of the Vampire by George Sylvester Viereck
- The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham
- The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
- The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
- The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker
- The Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells
- The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve
- The Devil’s Elixirs by E. T. A. Hoffmann
- The Vampyre by John William Polidori
- Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
- Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
- The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective by Catherine Louisa Pirkis
- The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
It’s time for my yearly dip into Amazon Prime to take care of shipping matters, and also to binge a thing or two. Like Good Omens. I’ve tried to read the book a few times and it’s never caught on with me. The series is a lot of fun though.