Life and Things
It’s been an up and down month for me. I’m looking at having a biopsy on my liver sometime in the next few weeks. This month also found me in the ER for an entire day for no reason the doctors can figure out. I just started following dietary guidelines to help my liver, so I’ve got to remove lots of things from my diet slowly.
I stopped playing my Star Trek Timelines game in hopes of getting more writing done. I did get more done, but not near as much as I had hoped. Now I have to decide if I want to play again or try harder writing in September. Choice, choices….
I recently started going through and sprucing up older posts, and I’ve started trying to add more pics and GIFs to posts in general. This does take more energy than I have to give many days, so it’s slow going, and I’m trying to be patient with myself.
Books Read and Reviewed in August
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero, 5*
The Way It Hurts by Patricia Blount, 5*
Haunted Britain by JG Montgomery, 3*
The English Slave by David Eugene Andrews, 4*
Surfer Dude by Lois Szymanski, 4*
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller, 4*
The Governor’s Daughter by Sambath Meas, 5*
Hamilton and Philosophy edited by Aaron Rabinowitz. 5*
Finding My Badass Self by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley, 5*
Banged Up Heart by Shirley Melis, 4*
The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester, 5*
The List by Patricia Forde, 5*
Mr Prescott by Carlos Dash, 4*
(Audiobook) The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R King, narrated by Jenny Sterlin, 5*H
Habitatfor Human Remains by Scott Lerner, 5*
The Ice Queen by Rebecca Bauer, 4*
Best Reads of the Month
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
This book was just a lot of fun! It had elements from childhood favourites like Scooby-Doo, mixed with Lovecraft, and lots of humour! A great read all around.
The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester
A sad story with a redeeming ending, this is a tale of the could have been and should haves beens of two young lives. A story of regrets, and finding oneself. There are poems threaded throughout that are just beautiful encapsulations of different events in the story.
The List by Patricia Forde
I love dystopias, and playing with language, so this book combined two of my favourite things. It’s a good lesson on the value of language and community.
Best Series New to Me
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
This was a great beginning to a new fantasy series, one that doesn’t hesitate to play around with notions of gender fluidity, without it having to bludgeon the reader unnecessarily. Like Sarah Gailey’s River of Teeth, it simply is part of who the character is. Unlike Hero, though, some of those Sal comes in contact with do give them some measure of grief, though out of confusion it seems, rather than prejudice. I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here!