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. 

Reading progress update: I've read 12%.

A Pitying of Doves: A Birder Murder Mystery - Steve Burrows

"There's always a temptation to try a new path when you go to a place you've been before, but there's a pull, a tension that seems to drag you to the places you've already had success. Birders can remember the exact tree, the exact branch where they saw a good bird. If you saw it there once..."



Go Bruins!

Not sure if my nerves can take a game 7.


I think the Ginger Ninja was the model for this
I think the Ginger Ninja was the model for this
That Ain't Witchcraft - Seanan McGuire

Crossroads, noun:


1. A place where two roads cross.


2. A place where bargains can be made.


3. See also 'places to avoid.'


I was supposed to be saving this for the flight to NC on Saturday. Oops. I appear to be on page 30 already.

RIP Judith Kerr

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Judith Kerr The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Judith Kerr Mog the Forgetful Cat - Judith Kerr

Sad news.


I wrote about When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit a few years ago. I can't imagine what Ms Kerr must have thought about the recent resurgence of far-right politics in Europe.


Edit: Unsurprisingly she was very anti Brexit and drew this lovely pro-Europe picture.






And Mog will never be forgotten.




Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel



Reading progress update: I've read 74%.

In the Name of the Family - Sarah Dunant

Blimey. The Tiber must have been absolutely awash with bodies.

Depressingly true

100 Birds to See Before You Die - David  Chandler, Dominic Couzens

A very thoughtful and unexpected gift from our realtor. He saw it in a used book store and thought we'd like it.

No mice!

Tricks for Free - Seanan McGuire

Well that's a bit of a blow. Not sure I can cope without the Aeslin mice.

In the Name of the Family - Sarah Dunant

The bestselling author of Blood and Beauty returns with another captivating novel about Renaissance Italy and one of history's most notorious families. Before the Corleones, before the Lannisters, there was the Borgias. The ferocious rise of the Borgia family in Rome has taken the country by surprise, as Pope Alexander VI - Rodrigo Borgia - openly wields his illegitimate children as dynastic weapons: His son Cesare, the arrogant, sadistic leader of a victorious mercenary army, and his scandal-soaked daughter, Lucrezia, a pawn in the marriage game. 


And after all that, they're still more likable than the Trumps.

Reading progress update: I've read 69%.

The Pagan Lord - Bernard Cornwell

For Thor's sake, Uhtred! You've been whining about taking Babbenburgh for seven and a half books, and now you finally got there, the gate is shut so you've turned round and gone home? 




Finished it!

Magic for Nothing - Seanan McGuire


Roller derby, carnivals, and Aeslin mice. What's not to love?


Up until now we’ve only seen Antimony through the eyes of her older siblings. She’s the annoying little sister with a penchant for bear traps and explosives so it’s good to finally hear her voice and find out why she appears to be a bit of a misfit in a family full of misfits. (Random spontaneous combustion in her fingertips could explain some of it).


While Alex, Verity, and the rest of the extended Price family know their roles in keeping the Incryptid population safe from the eyes of the Covenant of St George, and staying under their radar, Annie is still trying to find her identity and her place in the family dynamic. She’s happy with her roller derby, but she’s angry and resentful that Verity has more freedom than she does; Verity gets to dance on live TV, but Annie had to give up competitive cheerleading and gymnastics in case it got her noticed. Understandably, after the events of Chaos Choreography, she puts all the blame on Verity for blowing the family’s cover.


And now that the Covenant knows the Price family is alive and kicking, they are heading to North America to kill them and wipe out the incryptids once and for all, and if they also take out a few innocent bystanders, then so be it. It’s down to Annie to infiltrate the Covenant and stop them.


Oh I did enjoy this one. I’ve been wanting to hear Antimony’s side of the story for a while now, and it didn’t disappoint. I loved the carnival setting and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Annie and the adorable Mork and Mindy.

Magic for Nothing - Seanan McGuire

Improbable, adjective:


1. Not very likely to happen; not probable.

2. Probably not a very good idea anyway.

3. See also “bad plan.”


Yeah, I guess going undercover to infiltrate the Covenant of St George could be classed as a "bad plan".

Decisions, decisions

An Artificial Night - Seanan McGuire Magic for Nothing - Seanan McGuire

Put a hold on these at the library and they both arrived today. It's a tough decision, but I think the Aeslin mice might have won the day.

seems about right.


Currently reading

Ashes of Honor
Seanan McGuire
A Pitying of Doves: A Birder Murder Mystery
Steve Burrows
Progress: 12 %