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 2 out of 384 pages.

The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

To be honest I thought the previous book in this series wasn't as good as the first four, and had way too many loose ends and unanswered questions. (I did like the bad-ass unicorns though).





Reading progress update: I've read 211 out of 336 pages.

Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch

"In some households you only have to turn up three times before you're expected to make your own tea, draw up a chair in front of the telly and call the cat a bastard."


The author has obviously never met the Ginger Ninja.

Reading progress update: I've read 357 out of 357 pages.

Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

Ooh, I did not see that coming!


This is such a fun series, especially now my quibble from the earlier books has been addressed, and Beverley's eyes are now shaped like a cat's rather than cat-shaped.

Everything's better with Moomins

Moominland Midwinter - Tove Jansson

I've just received this cute bookmark in the mail from a lovely friend back in the UK. She had been to the Tove Jansson exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery and thought I'd appreciate it.





Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? - Paul Cornell

I've really enjoyed this series, and because I was near the end of this book I thought I'd find out when the next book is out. And I found this....



from Michele Filgate @readandbreathe
from Michele Filgate @readandbreathe

Saw this on Twitter and thought it was worth sharing.


Happy to say I've read quite a few of the books on display.


The bookstore is called Rough Draft and is based in Kingston, NY.

Liked the first one enough to give the next one a punt

Moon Over Soho  - Ben Aaronovitch

I read Midnight Riot for the Halloween Bingo game, and thought the concept was intriguing enough to carry on with the series.


Looking forward to catching up with those argumentative river gods.

Finished it!

The Long Way Home - Louise Penny

Hmmm, this one definitely isn't my favourite in the series.


I mean the art stuff was very interesting and all, but please can Gamache come out of retirement. I want more police procedural and less relationship angst. Especially when it's Clara who's suffering.



and I never liked Peter Morrow anyway, so I can't say I was that upset about what happened to him.

(show spoiler)

Reading progress update: I've read 9%.

The Long Way Home - Louise Penny

I requested this from the library yesterday and was expecting to wait for a while before it became available. So it was a bit of a surprise when I got notification I could download it onto my Kindle tonight.


Not that I'm complaining mind you.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - In the Dark Dark Woods

How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny

Managed to sneak in one last bingo square, and what a doozy it was.


It looks as though the Arnot story arc has finally come to an end, and there were plenty of loose ends which have been neatly (maybe a little too neatly) tied up.


But I'm definitely interested to see where this series is going next.

Halloween Bingo 2017

And 'American Horror Story' brings my final bingo total to a somewhat measly three. But It was a whole lot of fun, and I loved looking at everyone's extremely beautiful cards.


Congratulations to all those people who got blackouts, and huge thanks to Moonlight and Obsidian for all their hard work. 




My final reading list


Country House Mystery - The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie (9/15/17)

Vampires - Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris (9/12/17)

Werewolves - Men at Arms, Terry Pratchett (9/11/17)

Terrifying Women - We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson (9/14/17)

Cozy - The Cat Who Turned On and Off, Lillian Jackson Braun (9/17/17)

Classic Noir - The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett (9/17/17)

Classic Horror - The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (9/20/17)

Free Space - Wildfire, Ilona Andrews (9/21/17)

Demons - First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones (9/24/17)

Ghost - Thin Air, Michelle Paver (9/24/17)

Chilling Children - The Midwich Cuckoos, John Wyndham (9/26/17)

American Horror Story - The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin (9/28/17)

Supernatural - The Fetch, Laura Whitcomb (10/1/17)

Aliens - Life, the Universe and Everything, Douglas Adams (10/3/17)

Witches - Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (10/15/17)

Terror in a Small Town - In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (10/18/17)

Darkest London - Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch (10/21/17)

In the Dark Dark Woods - How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny (10/31/17)


Halloween Bingo 2017 - In the Dark Dark Woods

How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny

Yay! Time to return to Three Pines.

Halloween Bingo 2017 - Haunted Houses

The Shining - Stephen King

I'm going old school for this one. I used to read a lot of horror back in the 70s and 80s; authors like Dennis Wheatley, Clive Barker, and James Herbert, but my choice is by Stephen King, the modern master of the genre, and the guy who scared me far more than the other three put together. (I still fucking hate clowns). 


I read an awful lot of King's stuff back in the day, and the reason I chose The Shining, was because although I’ve seen the film, I’ve never actually read the book. But really the main reason I chose it, is because I can get another Simpsons reference in. 



This was originally going to be my '80s Horror' choice until I realized it was actually written in 1977.



Halloween Bingo 2017 - Darkest London

Rivers of London  - Ben Aaronovitch

Ghosts, vampires and squabbling river gods. Yep, that's just how I like it. Looking forward to the next installment.


Halloween Bingo 2017 - Darkest London

Rivers of London  - Ben Aaronovitch

Dear over-zealous US editor. Thank you for keeping all the fabulous London slang in this book and not trying to sanitize or change it. But why then, do you insist on having the characters discuss 'soccer'? Seriously, no self-respecting Cockney geezer would ever let that word cross his lips. It's 'football'. Again, your readers are smart; they already know this.


But that's just me getting picky. I hate it, but there's nothing I can do about it other than try and get the UK edition.


I'm actually really enjoying this book; particularly the London rivers who are physical people with distinct personalities and who are definitely not to be messed with. 



Halloween Bingo 2017 - Darkest London

Rivers of London  - Ben Aaronovitch

...a young woman with cat-shaped eyes...




...she had the same cat-shaped eyes as Beverley.


I'm assuming neither of these women have eyes that are shaped like a cat, because that would be a bit freaky.


To be fair, I know exactly what the author means, but it just seems rather clumsy to me. Wouldn't 'cat-like eyes' be a better way to put this?


My editor friend would be tutting loudly and utilizing her red pen.

Currently reading

Kevin Hearne
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Christopher Moore
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain
Progress: 70/368 pages
The Shining
Stephen King