Jan. 23rd, 2015

venetia_sassy: (SH // Gladstone oh no! dead dog?)
Slightly belated due to a 36-hour menstrual migraine. Worst migraine of any kind I've had for quite some time. I'm now in the hangover stage but I'm more affected by this wretched heat and humidity. Blegh. However, first market of the year tomorrow! I should be well enough to enjoy that. The dogs certainly will be.

What I've just finished reading

Underline: Greatly enjoyed; highly recommend.
Strikethrough: Did not like; do not recommend.
#Meh# It was okay; had some good points but I'm not keeping it.

Fiction - new

The Enchantment Emporium (Gale Women #1) by Tanya Huff

Easy, pleasant read but it could have been tighter and the family and relationship dynamics squicked me a bit. I liked Charlie and Jack the best and they're the main characters in the two sequels so I'll probably read those at some point. Summon the Keeper remains my favourite Huff book.

The Mammoth Book of Steampunk edited by Sean Wallace

Better than Corsets and Clockwork. I really enjoyed most of the stories.

#Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1)# by Melissa Marr

Like Marr's Graveminder, there were some interesting ideas but the characters and execution were bland. I really didn't care about any of them and won't be picking up the sequels. I did like the resolution of the romances, particularly since Keenan's behaviour creeped me the hell out. I almost stopped reading when Ash's friends started enabling him. Ick.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

I thought this might be a bit twee and moralising but although it verged on it a couple of times, it never tipped over. And it was so refreshing after Wicked Lovely! The stakes were small, not much happened and yet it was all so interesting and vital and every character was so vividly drawn and memorable. I was delighted.

What I'm reading now

Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century by Mark Mazower

This is really interesting but it's dense and I haven't been feeling great. Only a couple of chapters left!

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

What I'm reading next

Depends on how I'm feeling.


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