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. 

A bingo possibility

The Unburied - Charles Palliser

I bought a handful of books last week at my library (they do an irresistible four books for a dollar deal) and The Unburied was one of them.


I'm pretty certain I can fit it into my bingo card.


Look at my shiny, new Bingo card! LOOK AT IT!!!


It's got my name on it and everything.


And my Day of the Dead marker kitteh is all ready to go too.





The Ginger Ninja was looking particularly photogenic today.

Needed a bit of light relief

Razor Girl: A novel - Carl Hiaasen

Well after the emotional gut-wrenching read that was Bury Your Dead, I need something a little bit lighter. And Carl Hiaasen most definitely fits the bill.

Job opportunity for proof-reader and/or accountant


Reading progress update: I've read 223 out of 384 pages.

Bury Your Dead - Louise Penny

I've got a feeling I'm going to be an emotional wreck by the end of this book.


International Cat Day

So apparently it's International Cat Day today. Head scritches and snacks to all the BookLikes kittehs.


I love my library!

Bury Your Dead - Louise Penny

Look what was waiting for me.


The Brutal Telling - Louise Penny

I seriously did not see that coming.


God, I hope the library has the next installment available.

Finished it!

Since We Fell - Dennis Lehane

And it was a wild ride, but ultimately left me thinking, is that all there is?


In the end, there were just too many plot twists. I love getting that huge "whoa, I did not see that coming" moment, but it gets a bit stale when it happens again, and then again, and yet again. Eventually the plot gets too far-fetched and it seemed to me that Lehane had no idea how to end the book, so it just limps along to the finish.


I do think this book would make a great movie, and I've got a sneaky suspicion that's what the author is hoping for. But if you want a Lehane book with the "whoa, I did not see that coming" moment, I would recommend Shutter Island over Since We Fell every time.



Reading progress update: I've read 59%.

Since We Fell - Dennis Lehane

OMG! This is so twisty turny; I have no idea where Lehane is going, but I'm definitely enjoying the ride. 

Finished it!

A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel - Louise Penny

And I correctly guessed how the murder was done, but I was way off base with the who and the why. 


Oh, but I'm worried for Clara. Peter and his family are toxic. 

Reading progress update: I've read 221 out of 322 pages.

A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel - Louise Penny

We're not in Three Pines for this one, and it definitely feels a lot less cosy.


But we do get to find out a lot more about Peter Morrow and his family. And they sure do put the 'fun' in 'dysfunctional'.

Had a fantastic time last night watching these guys. No new album to promote; just a wonderfully nostalgic trip through their back-catalogue. 


Depressingly, this is every single conference call I have ever been on.


And colleagues still talk about the time the entire conference heard me shouting, "no you're not having any more snacks you greedy, ginger f**k".


Blood of Tyrants - Naomi Novik League of Dragons (Temeraire) - Naomi Novik

Both available at the library, so I grabbed them before anyone else could. 

Currently reading

Razor Girl: A novel
Carl Hiaasen
Progress: 256/352 pages
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain
Progress: 50/368 pages