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rabbitprincess

Joined May 2016

“Reading & sauntering & lownging & dozing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness.“ -- David Hume
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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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June 2022 #BookSpinBingo report:
#BookSpin (The Black Tide, Innes) in progress
#DoubleSpin (Big Feelings, Fosslien and Duffy) complete
2️⃣ bingos: top row and rightmost column

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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My #BookSpinBingo list for July 2022 is pretty much ready to go. I don‘t think I‘ll read anything off this list in the next few days.

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Mehso-so

Relative to other Big Finish audio box sets, a so-so. This was a fast listen and made me want to rewatch the Tenh Doctor episodes “New Earth” and “Gridlock”, but I didn‘t like the male lead‘s Tenth Doctor impression, which made Ten sound like he speaks with his teeth permanently clenched.

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I was so angry reading this book. There was a lot of out-loud swearing at how Boeing allowed itself to drift from quality, safety, and excellence simply to fuel shareholder profits. Not sure how closely it parallels the Netflix documentary Downfall, but probably worth a read if you watched that. Also recommended if you read Moira Johnston‘s book The Last Nine Minutes, or books about the culture at NASA in the era of Challenger.

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Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Probably a soft Pick because I‘ve requested the next book in the series. I was more meh about it than I would have liked, but that is probably at least partly my fault, because I put it down partway through and lost all my momentum.

shanaqui I had the same reaction the first time, and weirdly liked it more the second time?! I think because I knew better what to expect from it, whereas I went in expecting a bit more attention to the development of the romance. 2d
rabbitprincess @shanaqui That makes sense. Depending on how the other two books go, I might read this again and see how I feel about it. 2h
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Currently in audio: yet more Doctor Who stories from Big Finish.

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Infused | Henrietta Lovell
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Three stars for the writing and an extra half-star for the recipes.

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This series continues to be great! Only one left and I‘m caught up.

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The Wintringham Mystery | Anthony Berkeley
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A serviceable Golden Age mystery. It rattled along nicely and I was entertained. A good library borrow.

BiblioLitten I enjoyed it too. 1w
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Agent in Place | Helen Macinnes
Mehso-so

Probably a so-so, although it might be more of a me thing than the book. It took me two months to read this, and it‘s not very long. But I definitely liked Assignment in Brittany better. This was my April 2022 #BookSpin (which I remembered like a week after I wrote this review; hurray for late tagging 😂)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2d
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Simu Liu tells his story and that of his parents and grandparents with honesty, grace, and humour. The book is perfectly structured in three acts. Recommended even if you‘ve never seen Shang-Chi or Kim‘s Convenience.

kwmg40 Haven't seen Shang-Chi yet but I loved Kim's Convenience, as well as Simu Liu's short stint as a Martian in The Expanse! Looking forward to reading this book. 2w
rabbitprincess @kwmg40 I loved Shang-Chi! Going to read the play of Kim‘s Convenience before watching the show. 2w
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Pickpick

A fun timey-wimey romp written by the person who probably understands River Song best 😉

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Loved this. Now I‘m going to have to read more Euripides. I‘ve also been listening to the Hadestown soundtrack because Haynes mentions it in her chapter on Eurydice.

Tamra My hold just came in today! 👏🏾 2w
rabbitprincess @Tamra Yay! Enjoy 😊 2w
tokorowilliamwallace Yes! Euripides over Sophocles. 2d
rabbitprincess @tokorowilliamwallace I read Medea for a class in university and probably still have the book somewhere! 2d
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'Til Death | Ed McBain
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An earlier book in the 87th Precinct series, so a bit more tightly plotted. This takes place over a single day: the wedding of Carella‘s sister, Angela. It was published in 1959 so there are some cringey descriptions of women as viewed by men 🙄

rabbitprincess Hey @DGRachel I FINALLY ended up reading this, only about 3 months after you inspired me to pick it up 😁 3w
DGRachel 3 months is super speedy for me!😂😂 3w
tokorowilliamwallace The one of his I just finished, published in 1957 and written under a pen name, actually had some interesting dialogue and internal processing about relationships and intersex communication. Though it was also kind of Hollywood-cliche and the plot-driven contextualized behavior of the authorities newer too blithely dismissive, engaged in gaslighting, and we're kind of triggering at first. Thankfully that was minimized as the story went on. 2d
rabbitprincess @tokorowilliamwallace That is interesting! I find the earlier books in this series can be super cringey in how the characters perceive women, but some books are less cringey than others. I didn‘t much like Candyland, which he wrote partly under a pen name (it was billed as a collab between him and Evan Hunter). 2d
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Loved this just as much as I loved Fosslien and Duffy‘s previous book, No Hard Feelings. Actually, Big Feelings almost didn‘t happen, for reasons that are given in the book, so I was especially glad to be able to read it. Will have to get my own copy.
June 2022 #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo

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The World Set Free | H.G. Wells
Bailedbailed

I set myself free from this book because I was losing interest. Parts of it quote from a fictional novel, and I was having a hard time telling what was the fictional novel and what was the main story.

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Phobos | Eddie Robson
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A delightful “audio snack” that I listened to while knitting. Good pacing and snappy dialogue between long-suffering Eight and snarky Lucie. I also liked that this story was set somewhat close to home (on a moon of Mars) but not an Earth story 😄

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This is a heavy book, literally and figuratively. If you haven‘t read Hyperbole and a Half, read that first. This book benefits from that prior knowledge. It‘s raw and honest and at times absurd, but worth reading.

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I love King‘s wry humour and that Thumps DreadfulWater has a cat! This series has characters that are sometimes colourful but never “quirky”, and the books tackle serious issues with a light touch.

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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June 2022 #BookSpinBingo:
#BookSpin: The Black Tide (Innes)
#DoubleSpin: Big Feelings (Fosselien and Duffy)
This weird angle of my notebook brought to you by the fact that my back is bothering me and I don‘t want to get up off the couch 😂

TheAromaofBooks Looks great!! 1mo
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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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Slowly reactivating library holds now that I am home from my parents‘ place, so I‘ll be filling a few gaps in my June 2022 #BookSpinBingo list as new books arrive.

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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May 2022 #BookSpinBingo wrap-up:
❌ BookSpin not started
❌ DoubleSpin not started (I put Amongst Our Weapons in a different not-owned space to try to get a bingo and it didn‘t work 🤦🏻‍♀️)
1️⃣ bingo (top row)

TheAromaofBooks Still a great month!! 1mo
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Still just as good on a re-read. The part I always recommend is when Dr. Mannix talks about the actual physical processes involved in dying. Knowing this makes it easier to cope with the situation.

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The Heretic | Liam McIlvanney
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This would be a stronger pick if my reading brain had allowed it. However, I found this book felt a lot longer than the previous book (The Quaker), and it took me a while to really buckle down and read it.

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Of course I‘m going to devour a new Rivers of London book in a day. That‘s just what I do! This was fun.

Dragon Love this series 💚🐉 1mo
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The Blazing World | Margaret Cavendish
Bailedbailed

There isn‘t much narrative drive to this story. The protagonist is taken to a strange new world and spends the whole time bandying about the latest scientific ideas for reasons that are not entirely clear to me. And the sentences take FOREVER. I‘m out.

Lindy I been curious about this classic. Thanks for taking one for the team. 😉 1mo
rabbitprincess @Lindy Even on Serial Reader it was quite the slog 😕 1mo
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By the Lake Books | Burlington, ON, Canada (Bookstore)
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A much-needed book spree while visiting my parents. Three Dr Who novels (Warriors‘ Gate, State of Change, Transit), two Chris Brookmyres (Not the End of the World, A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away), a collection of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby journalism (Testament of a Generation), and a Tomson Highway play (Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing).

tokorowilliamwallace Oh man, I need to utilize the phrase book spree more often. 1mo
LeahBergen Nice haul! 1mo
rabbitprincess @tokorowilliamwallace This was a smaller spree but probably the first time I‘ve shopped for books in person in many months! @LeahBergen The Brittain/Holtby book in particular was an unusual find, so had to snap that up 😁 1mo
LeahBergen Yes, my eyes immediately went to that one! 😆 1mo
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Continuing to enjoy these comics. I liked this one slightly more than Revolutions of Terror (Vol. 1) but slightly less than The Weeping Angels of Mons (Vol. 2).

rabbitprincess I am also a sucker for references to Pyramids of Mars, one of my fave Fourth Doctor stories. 1mo
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Given that the book mentions Thomas Quaid‘s death in the title, I felt the first little bit of the story predictable in a “don‘t go into the basement!!!” kind of way. That said, it was still a great story and wrapped up the Lennox series nicely.

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The Blazing World | Margaret Cavendish
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Ant-men and Spider-men? I didn‘t know that this Blazing World was the Marvel universe 🤣🤣

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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Apparently I joined Litsy on David Byrne‘s 64th birthday. Today is his 70th birthday. Happy birthday to him and happy Litsyversary to me! 🎂🎈🎉🥳

TheSpineView Happy Litsyversary! 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
Lcsmcat Happy Litsyversary! Does this make us Litsy-twins? 😊 2mo
rabbitprincess @TheSpineView Thanks! I am always surprised by it each year because I keep forgetting the actual date 🤣 @Lcsmcat It sure does! Happy Litsyversary, Litsy-Twin! 2mo
kwmg40 Happy Litsyversary! 2mo
rabbitprincess @kwmg40 Thanks! 🎉🥳 2mo
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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
Bailedbailed

I wanted to like this, because the concept is great, but the whole book is one long chapter with section breaks. I found it exhausting to read. Also found the second-person narration a bit odd, but would probably have rolled with it had there been more chapter breaks.

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Each story in this box set features a different Master, and all are a lot of fun to listen to, but the cumulative effect is a bit predictable (of COURSE the mysterious stranger is going to be the Master in the last story: that‘s happened the other three times). Hard to choose a favourite, but perhaps The Bekdel Test because it features Missy.

rwmg Missy and River Song together in one story? How did the universe survive? 2mo
rabbitprincess @rwmg They were preoccupied with trying to break out of an unescapable prison, so the universe lived for another day 😂 2mo
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Farewell, My Lovely | Raymond Chandler
Bailedbailed

DNF for slow pace and racist language.

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Upright Women Wanted | Sarah Gailey
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This book was the perfect length for the story it told but left enough room for more. I would read more!

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A great start to what I think will be a new go-to cozy mystery series for me. I picked this up because of the BritBox adaptation starring Roger Allam, and it was a good choice.

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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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This was a delightful book. Funny but sad, as the Greek chorus—style narration describes it. I wasn‘t sure having the story told by the residents of Everton‘s cemetery would work, but it did, and very well. I liked this story of figuring out who you are and discovering new aspects of yourself, and I liked that some of it was based on true events. I still like Rabbit Cake better, but this is definitely worth reading.

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Garnethill | Denise Mina
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Mina‘s debut has all the elements that make her work compelling: female protagonists, Glasgow setting, tough issues examined sensitively but honestly, and the odd splash of violence.

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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May 2022 #BookSpinBingo: fresh month, fresh possibilities 😊
#BookSpin: Hope to Die (Jackson)
#DoubleSpin: A book I don‘t own (yay flexibility!)

StolenBookmobile #6 💕💕 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 2mo
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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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Kind of a sparse #BookSpinBingo board for April 2022. Hoping May will be better.
⏱ BookSpin: Agent in Place (MacInnes) in progress
😴 DoubleSpin: The Philosophy Book (DK Publishing) hibernating a bit
0️⃣ bingos

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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All ready for May 2022 #BookSpinBingo. I did get some reading done this month but haven‘t had a lot of energy for it, so I‘m leaving the May list extra flexible. I am off for three weeks starting at the end of next week, so hoping that will give me time to rest and recharge.

LauraBrook Woohoo for 3 weeks off! Hang in there, friend. And good idea to take it easy on yourself too. 💝 2mo
rabbitprincess @LauraBrook Thanks, Laura, I really appreciate the good vibes ♥️♥️ Hope you‘ve been having a good weekend so far! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Hopefully you have plenty of time for some R&R during your time off!! 2mo
rabbitprincess @TheAromaofBooks Thanks! I hope so too 😊 2mo
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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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This was good. I probably would have liked it slightly more in print, because ebooks are not always my friend. This is billed as young adult, but older adults can enjoy this too. There is very little teen romance angst.

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This is a post-pandemic novel that I was able to cope with despite our still being in a pandemic. There is enough levity from the Three Pines gang and a non-pandemic-related strand of plot to balance out the dissonance of a life after Covid.

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The audio edition is read expertly by Hugh Fraser, who played Hastings in the TV adaptations. This was the first Christie I read (in print) and it is still one of my favourites.

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Red Harvest | Dashiell Hammett
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Probably a low Pick. It made me gasp in shock at one point, and the plot was fairly pacey, so that was good. Definitely a hard-boiled read.

shanaqui Hmm, I can't remember if I've read this, now. 🤔 2mo
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Next up in audio, more Doctor Who goodness :)

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Robbie Morrison is a firm favourite of mine for Doctor Who comics, and this story is another good one. Great choice of enemy and I liked the Scottish connections as well.

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Bailedbailed

Ugh, I should have read a more detailed summary before picking up this book. McMurphy is a statutory rapist and brags about his crime, and I have no sympathy for such a character.

shanaqui Oh yikes. Yeah, no, no matter how classic. 3mo
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Bloody January | Alan Parks
Bailedbailed

I personally am not fond of books with multiple sex scenes in the first 50 pages and language that describes women in an objectifying way. This book felt squalid in a way that McIlvanney‘s Laidlaw series, also set in Glasgow, does not. Oh well, one less series to worry about.

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The Heron's Cry | Ann Cleeves
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I liked this, but what I *really* liked was the storyline where Matthew and Jonathan were preparing to have Matthew‘s mum over for Sunday lunch. I must be having a slice-of-life moment, so please hit me up with your favourite slice-of-life novels (or graphic novels).