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. 

Since We Fell

Since We Fell - Dennis Lehane

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel's marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. By turns heart- breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.


Went to the beach today and this was my book of choice. As with all of Lehane's books, I was sucked in immediately.

Finished it!

Crucible of Gold - Naomi Novik

Wow, well that was certainly a lot better than the last book.


The previous installment definitely felt like one of those 'bridging' books where not a lot happens, but everyone needs to be put in the right place so that they are ready for the next set of events. And those events delivered big time.


Random thoughts with no spoilers: Iskierka isn't quite as annoying and Granby is awesome. Hammond is still a douche, and I can see major trouble ahead with Emily and Demane. Bring it on!

Here be dragons

Crucible of Gold - Naomi Novik

More Temeraire? Don't mind if I do. 

Finished it!

The Cruelest Month - Louise Penny

'"This is a little something I wrote last night while watching the hockey game," said Odile. Nods greeted this insight into the creative process, this natural affinity between poetry and the playoffs.'


Hey, during the off-season, I'll get my hockey fix wherever I can.


Three Pines is definitely turning out to be the Canadian version of Midsomer or Cabot Cove, but in this installment, the murder mystery definitely takes a backseat as we find out more about the machinations of the Sûreté du Québec, and who's behind the smear campaign aimed at bringing down Gamache.


And to be honest, I was happy about that. I thought the whole whodunit thing was a bit far-fetched, especially with the Poirot-style 'let's bring all the suspects together in the spooky house so that I can denounce him/her'. 


But it's the people who live in Three Pines who make the series interesting. Although the fact that every single one of them is rather larger than life does become a bit grating at times. Living in close proximity to them would do my head in.






Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

The Cruelest Month - Louise Penny

Aha! So we're finally learning more about Gamache's backstory and the Arnot case which was hinted at in the first two books 


Still not sure I'd want to live in Three Pines. It might look idyllic, but its inhabitants seem to get killed off with alarming regularity. 


And well done to the editor who knows how to spell 'Canadiens'. 

Kindle edition is currently $4.99

Since We Fell - Dennis Lehane

At that price I decided to utilize the 'one click' button rather than join the library wait list. 

Tongues of Serpents - Naomi Novik

Yay! Look what I'm picking up from the library tomorrow.

Finished it!

Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

Not every child who falls down a rabbit hole finds Wonderland...


Some find something way weirder or scarier, while others find rainbows and unicorns. But whatever place they discover, it is a wrench when they return to our world and all they want to do is find their way back to what they now call 'home'.



Damn, but I wish this had been a full-length novel rather than a novella. I loved it, and wanted to know more about the characters and the worlds they visited.

Finished it!

Victory of Eagles - Naomi Novik

Gosh. I seem to have devoured this one as quickly as Temeraire can gobble up a cow.


I'm thoroughly enjoying this series. It's like a mash-up of Patrick O'Brian and Anne McCaffrey.


And dragon logic is great. There's nothing better than food and treasure.

Reading progress update: I've read 59%.

Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files) - Daniel O'Malley

"I don't want this man getting away from us, Ingrid."

"They're doing their best, Rook Thomas."

"I know," said Myfanwy tiredly.

"Do you want some good news?"


"The BBC's fashion team liked your hat."


See, told you she was wearing an awesomely outrageous hat.

Reading progress update: I've read 51%.

Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files) - Daniel O'Malley

At first I wasn't sure about this one because Myfanwy isn't the main protagonist, but Odette and Pawn Clements are fun to read about, and Myfanwy is very much there as a supporting character complete with outrageous Royal Ascot hat and dress.


Finished it!

Etched in Bone  - Anne Bishop

And I'm sad because it was the last one in the series.


The one thing that annoyed me was how long it took for the bad guy to get what was coming to him. They should have just let Tess do her thing and it would have prevented a lot of the trouble that happened later. But I suppose that would have made the book only about 20 pages long.


I think my favourites are the Crowgard. I would love to go shopping at Sparkles and Junk, and hang out with Jenni and Starr, as long as they promised not to eat my eyeballs.


Reading progress update: I've read 230 out of 397 pages.

Etched in Bone  - Anne Bishop

want cukkies


There can't be many people who would get away with admonishing the Elders for being rude.


want cukkies, please



I'd forgotten all about this one

Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files) - Daniel O'Malley

I finished Burn for Me earlier today, and was about to start on Etched in Bone when this popped up. I'd put it on my Overdrive queue months ago and promptly forgot all about it.


So many books, so little time.

Ooooooh! (again)

Etched in Bone  - Anne Bishop

It's like buses. You wait ages for one, and then three turn up at once.


Not only will I be picking up White Hot tonight, but Etched in Bone is also waiting for me.


Which one to read first??????



I'm the one in the corner, reading a book

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts - Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr Seuss, Steve Wozniak - that we owe many of the great contributions to society.


My lovely boss and fellow introvert lent me this book. Our department recently had a two-day team-building exercise (words that strike fear into every introvert's heart) and she and I took many deep breaths and gave a presentation on introverts in the workplace. We showed Susan Cain's TED talk, and oh boy did I relate to what she was talking about.



Now if I could just get the organizers of the next team event to ditch that ridiculous "let's all go round the table and tell everyone a bit about ourselves", I'll be ecstatic.



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