Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark

Being the musings of a Yorkshire lass living in the USA. I'm a book geek, bird nerd, grammar Nazi, and hockey nut.  Sarcasm is my default setting. 

Angels Flight  - Michael Connelly

Have done the most important job following my move to North Carolina.


I have got myself a library card.

The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

Found this languishing on my Kindle. I started reading it three years ago and got about a third of the way through before getting distracted by something else and never returned to it.


I vaguely remember the plot and what's happened, so I'm just going to dive back in and hope for the best.

2019 Halloween Bingo

And here is my beautiful card.



And look who's coming out to play.


Let the games begin.


This retirement lark is pretty darn good.



Yep, it finally happened. At the end of July I walked away from the life of an office drone to start a new life as... well to be honest, I'm not sure yet.


And not only did I retire, but my husband and I also upped sticks and left Massachusetts to start a whole new adventure in North Carolina. We love Boston and have both left a huge part of our hearts there, but the winters were beginning to take their toll, so we decided to move south.


But I will not change my allegiance to the Carolina Hurricanes. I am still a Boston Bruins fan, and always will be.

All this I will give to you - Dolores Redondo
When novelist Manuel Ortigosa learns that his husband, Álvaro, has been killed in a car crash, it comes as a devastating shock. It won’t be the last. He’s now arrived in Galicia. It’s where Álvaro died. It’s where the case has already been quickly closed as a tragic accident. It’s also where Álvaro hid his secrets.

The man to whom Manuel was married for fifteen years was not the unassuming man he knew.

Álvaro’s trail leads Manuel deep into one of Spain’s most powerful and guarded families.

Behind the walls of their forbidding estate, Manuel is nothing but an unwelcome and dangerous intruder. Then he finds two allies: a stubbornly suspicious police lieutenant and Álvaro’s old friend—and private confessor—from seminary school. Together they’re collecting the pieces of Álvaro’s past, his double life, and his mysterious death.

But in the shadows of nobility and privilege, Manuel is about to unravel a web of corruption and deception that could be as fatal a trap for him as it was for the man he loved.
This was a kindle freebie I picked up a while ago and promptly forgot all about it. I eventually got around to reading it. And it’s very good indeed. 

Did someone say 'Halloween Bingo'?

Reading progress update: I've read 156 out of 353 pages.

Night and Silence - Seanan McGuire

''Remind me again why I missed you?"


"Because I am the only man who adores you as fully as you should be adored, covered in blood or no."


Ah Tybalt, you old smoothie. You sure know how to sweet talk the ladies.

Night and Silence - Seanan McGuire

I can't believe I'm about to be finally up to date with Toby's adventures. Night and Silence is currently 'in transit' to my library and I can't wait to get my hands on it.


I read the first book in the October Daye series back in January and for the past seven months I've worked my way through the books and have become more and more invested in Toby and her friends as I finish each one.


Yes, they have a tendency to be a wee bit formulaic. But they're so entertaining I can overlook that. And Toby's friends are fabulous. I love Dianda the kick-ass mermaid, the scary Luidaeg, and of course Tybalt the King of Cats, who knows how to rock a pair of leather trousers. (Although I'm not sure who would win in a fight between Tybalt and Greebo from the Discworld books.

Reading progress update: I've read 78 out of 368 pages.

The Brightest Fell - Seanan McGuire

"I don't dream about going to Disney World," said Quentin. "Too humid, not enough hockey."


Ah, Quentin. You can take the boy out of Toronto...



The Brightest Fell - Seanan McGuire

Laughed out loud at the thought of the Luidaeg belting out numbers from The Little Mermaid in a San Francisco karaoke bar.

Predictable, but fun

Once Broken Faith: An October Daye Novel - Seanan McGuire

There is definitely a pattern to these books. 


Toby enjoys a brief respite from whatever it was she had to deal with in the previous book, before all hell breaks loose and she has to do her knight errant thing.


Someone dies, one of her close friends is badly hurt, there is a lot of blood (mainly Toby's) and everything works out OK in the end, usually thanks to the Luidaeg and a deus ex machina. (McGuire actually has the Luidaeg admitting to this).


But for all that, these books are ridiculously good fun and thanks to McGuire's writing I really care about the characters. Especially Dianda, I love the idea of a kick-ass mermaid.

A Red-Rose Chain: An October Daye Novel - Seanan McGuire

"I'm going with May," said Quentin. Well, I mean, at least until I can find a bus or taxi that will take me to Powell's."


"Powell's?" I asked blankly.


"It's a bookstore so big it takes up an entire city block. They have a rare books room bigger than the Safeway near the house. I'm going to ship things home, don't worry".


I do love Quentin. Faerie may be on the brink of war, but he's got his priorities right and is going to the bookstore.

There's just one problem with this book

A Shimmer of Hummingbirds: A Birder Murder Mystery - Steve Burrows

which is I have to keep breaking off to look up the hummingbirds which have been mentioned.


**Adds Colombia to birding wishlist**

Decisions decisions

A Shimmer of Hummingbirds: A Birder Murder Mystery - Steve Burrows The Winter Long - Seanan McGuire

I had both of these on hold at the library and they both were available for pick up last night. So once I'm done with Harry Bosch, which one do I read first?


Trunk Music - Michael Connelly

It's been a while since I was in Harry's world, and it's good to be back.

Currently reading

The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton
Progress: 31 %