Santa Paws!

Dec. 6th, 2015 11:47 pm
venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)
Here's a happy thing. We took the dogs out in their reindeer antlers today. Now we always get people wanting to pat them and talk to them and ask about greyhounds which is one of the reasons we take them to markets, etc. But add the antlers and it seemed like every second person at least was grinning at them as they walked past. We heard "Oh look at the cute dogs!" "Look at the reindeer dogs!" so many times and they had their photo taken about ten times.

It was nice seeing people smile.

We took the hounds to a nearby market we've only visited once or twice but it got too hot too quickly to linger and we hadn't brought their cool coats. They had some excellent cuddles with various people in shaded areas, took alarm at the extraordinary noises made by some sheep (they know alpacas but I don't think they've met sheep before) and we toured the various stalls but didn't find any potential gifts. Then it was really too hot so we went back to the car and gave the dogs some water - they rarely drink from public water sources, those are contaminated by other dogs, thank you very much. They like fresh water, poured into their own bowl and held for them. It's possible they're a bit fastidious. Or spoiled.

The we went off to a nearby shopping district - which turned out to be having a market as well but it was still too hot to take the dogs around much. But we had an appointment to have their photo taken with Santa at the RSPCA for the third year in a row. And when the Santa saw them, she was delighted. "You've brought them back again! I love these guys!" And we have some lovely photos, individual and double, Miss Shadow grinning away and Mr Nosey looking a bit worried at first, then succumbing to cuddles. (We tried to persuade him to get up on the 'seat' and he didn't like that at all. Won't do that next year!) We also met a bouncy, stocky Dalmatian, a French bulldog and a French bulldog/pug who were all lovely and wanted to play.

Home again to pass out (except for Mum) and tonight Kitt and Rena dropped by for an hour to pick up some DVDs they were going to borrow. We wound up talking about various aggravations of modern life/life in general and I said, You realise we're turning into cranky old ladies in our thirties?

Anyway. Despite the heat and the people (mostly relatives) who think we're bonkers for having Santa Paws photos taken, it was a good day. A lot of people smiled.


venetia_sassy: (MCR // Best smiles!)
Had friends over today - we've been doing catch-ups more often this year which is great. Pip is often frantically busy but comes when she can and the four of us sit and talk and drink tea and sometimes I bake things or we just have fruit and we might watch movies or talk and talk for hours.

So today we had tea and strawberries and birthday cake and Rena gave me this beautiful tea cup for my birthday and Kitt brought me a book on the history of female sailors which looks fascinating. And we finally gave her her wedding present. Kept forgetting, whoops.

Oh and an achievement which must be recorded - Miss Shadow got up on the sofa of her own volition. Yes, the hounds are allowed on the sofas now (it's Mum's fault.) Mr Nosey is right up there with his head on a cushion at every opportunity but Miss Shadow tried a few times, was deeply dubious and gave up. She loves the futon in my study but I think the sofa is too squishy and slippery and she finds the footing too uncertain.

But today, I managed to get her up beside me twice. As soon as I stood up though, she was off as well. But later Mum and I looked in and not only was Mr Nosey sprawled over one sofa (of course) but Miss Shadow was on the other. Still looking dubious about it though.

I never thought I'd be encouraging a dog to get on the sofa. And since when does a greyhound need active encouragement to take over the sofa anyway?

(Kitt called us dog nerds today. Well yes, but her husband just got a tattoo of a cat so they can't talk.)

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Er, I don't know if any of the cards will arrive in time but if you would like a holiday/Christmas card, let me know your address! Comments screened. I'm usually a lot more prepared for Christmas but I spent November either preparing for or recovering from our birthday party (which makes it sound huge ... about a dozen people actually.)
venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)
We put up the Christmas tree today and I had quite the battle arranging the lights. Mum always leaves it to me, saying I'm better at it. As I struggled with tangled cords and scratchy branches which combined to nearly topple the tree (Mum caught it!), I voiced the unworthy suspicion that this was her way of pushing the job off on me. She laughed and helped me disentangle myself from the tree. There must have been a gremlin in the lights this year, they weren't tangled to start with.

But the decorations are done now and looking lovely.


venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
It's been far too may months since I've posted here - I'm living up to my journal title! I've been on tumblr but it's not the same. So many times I've meant to post ... it's been an erratic year. But there have been good things such as starting to volunteer at my local greyhound rescue, periods of decent brain function when I could work on my writing, catching up on movies I've meant to watch, losing weight, seeing my friends, SinpOz, a joint birthday party for me and Mum (100 years of living!)

And while I'm still getting over a sinus infection, the antibiotics are starting to kick in, the two-day migraine has gone, the temperature dropped from high thirties to low twenties, we had pizza and cake for dinner and I have fabulous purple suede boots, honeybush tea, Fast and Furious 7 (I will weep hysterically all over again and Mum will laugh at me), and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell on DVD plus various gift cards from family. And amongst several lovely presents from our party, my best friend gave us vouchers for a whale watching tour on Sydney Harbour. Mum squealed/shrieked. Not sure how to describe the noise.

Like I said, it's been an erratic and, at times, stressful year but there are lots of good things. I think I will try to post a happy thing every day of December (likely most of these will be multifandom vids that have made me smile this year even when I have no idea what half the fandoms are.)

venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // woeful puppies)
"No one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away—until the clock he wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested. The span of someone’s life, they say, is only the core of their actual existence."

Reaper Man
, Terry Pratchett

I've been quietly bursting into tears all day. There are so many wonderful tributes on Tumblr and way too many apposite quotes. I'm so glad I got to hear him talk and to meet him, however briefly, on his last tour of Australia.

It's too soon but it was always going to be too soon.
venetia_sassy: (Words // levels of insanity)
Mum is overseas, staying with her best friend at the moment. She's been gone for almost four weeks, starting in the drifts of snow in Washington D.C., moving to the warmth of Virgin Gorda, back to 8 inches of snow in one night in D.C. - and now it seems to showing the very first hints of spring. Meanwhile, here in Sydney we're just quietly roasting or steaming. Autumn, roll on please!

Anyway, Mum has called every few days while in the US, just checking in and chatting (and what with looking after the house, the dogs, the cat and having a raging sinus infection for two weeks, plus a breakthrough bleed turned full period, I'm perhaps a trifle exhausted) and she keeps asking if there's anything particular I'd like her to bring back. Possibly I'm just really braindead right now or internet shopping has changed things that much but I can't think of anything except my favourite perfume and maybe some sweet stuff ...

Anyone have some American suggestions? I think Mum really wants some ideas! But there's only a week left.
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.
venetia_sassy: (SH // Gladstone oh no! dead dog?)
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 Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I bounced off this some time ago but trying again, it was very powerful. Spare writing but very dense imagery. I didn't read a lot at once. War is stupid and wasteful and horrible and humanity can be wonderful and terrible and so very ordinary. Yes, I cried.

War Horse (War Horse #1) by Michael Morpurgo

I saw the play last year (no, year before, now) and it was amazing. The puppetry was so clever and Joey and Topthorn really came alive. Again, it showed the terrible wastefulness of war (I cried.) The book ... a trifle too, hmm, twee? Better for kids, but see the play if you ever can. (I've never tried to watch the movie. Even knowing the film horses weren't being harmed, I'd be thinking of all the real ones who never came home.)

The Earthsea Quartet (Earthsea Cycle #1-4) by Ursula K. Le Guin

I've read several Le Guin books but not the Earthsea Cycle for some reason? I know we had this quartet at some point but it must have been loaned to someone and never come back. I'm not sure what to say about these except that they're beautifully written, you need to go with flow and you need to be in the mood for fables more than fantasy and it's interesting to see how easily skin colour can be changed in high fantasy and whites become the foreigners so why doesn't it happen more often?

Pangur Ban The White Cat (Pangur Ban Celtic Fantasies #1) by Fay Sampson - DNF

Thin children's novel picked up at a sale for light reading. Main characters were so unpleasant that I gave it up after two chapters - yes, they were meant to learn from their mistakes but since those mistakes were a) trying to kill a cat and accidentally killing a fellow monk who was defending the cat (but still blaming the cat for his killing!) and b) trying so hard to pursue the man who killed her brother that she drowns her horse in the pursuit even knowing the horse was out of its depth - yeah, I really didn't give a shit about the two humans, I just felt deeply sorry for the cat who was stuck with two people who wanted to kill him.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Utterly delightful and I can't imagine why no one gave me this as a child.

The Animals of Farthing Wood (Farthing Wood #1) by Colin Dann

Thirty-five years later and the environmental message is still depressingly on point. But it's a good adventure story and I laughed out loud as the animals rushed out of the church.

Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances edited by Trisha Telep

Mixed bag, as with all anthologies but I enjoyed a lot of them. 'Romances' imply HEAs to me though and these ... er, not necessarily.

Non-fiction - new

Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times by Don & Petie Kladstrup

A bit scattered to start with but once it reached WWI, it was amazing and horrifying. The utter devastation of Reims and Champagne in general was so ghastly (reading about the Germans' deliberate destruction of the Reims Cathedral right after reading about Joan of Arc seeing her king crowned there made me feel sick) and yet the most celebratory of wines continued to be produced there. And the amazing way the population went underground to live in the limestone caves to escape bombing. I'd like to read a more comprehensive history of both champagne and Champagne.


Fiction - rereads

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

As an Australian, Judy Blume was not a formative author for me but the one book of hers I did read was a favourite. When I saw a trailer for the movie adaptation a while back, I quite literally nearly fell off my chair in shock - Wolf was being played by a Native American actor! It's rather sad how genuinely surprised I was by that ... I found the DVD at the library a few ago and it's a pretty good adaptation, I think. There's a bit more romance between Wolf and Davey but it worked well. However I was distracted because it had been so long since I read the book and yet so much felt familiar to me but I couldn't quite remember what had happened only in the book. Having read the book again (and loved it and cried), I'd like to watch the movie again (and cry again.)

What I'm reading now

Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century by Mark Mazower

What I'm reading next

Mum just discovered two Christmas presents she managed to knock under the bed while wrapping others - Parks and Rec S1 and The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff - and somehow didn't realise they weren't with the other presents she gave to me. (This is not really surprising. She completely forgot about the Marvel Encyclopedia she bought for me back in November - I had to remind her - and the same thing happened the year before with a handbag. She hides them too well and doesn't make lists, I guess.) I think the Huff book may be next for fiction!
venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
Let's see if I can can keep up with doing it weekly this year! I really would like to.

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

Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers #3) by Loretta Chase

Light, frothy and fun but nothing so far has compared to Chase's Miss Wonderful/Mr Impossible/Lord Perfect trio. Even Peregrine and Olivia's return appearance as adults in Last Night's Scandal was no match for their appearance as children in Lord Perfect.

Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century #1) by Cherie Priest

Entertaining? But ... unmemorable? I liked Briar as the book went on but ...
it never quite grabbed me.

Charmed Life (Chrestomanci #1) by Diana Wynne Jones

Bizarrely, I have not read DWJ before despite having a number of her books on my shelves for years. Shocking I know. I have actually read The Tough Guide to Fantasyland and laughed myself silly over it but I tried reading a couple of her novels, got stuck and gave up.

Tried again and enjoyed this. I felt terribly sorry for Cat by the end of it and did rather wonder if things could have been better handled.

The Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm #1) by Diana Wynne Jones

TOUGH GUIDE TO FANTASYLAND! Oh, if only this one had been suggested sooner. Did find it a bit stodgy in spots.

The Year of the Griffin (Derkholm #2) by Diana Wynne Jones

Loved it, loved it, loved it. Harry Potter kids at uni, with strong whiffs of Unseen University. Friends helping each other out!

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones

This was one of the books I got stuck on (I think I just got bored.) Still not hugely thrilled but I liked Sophie embracing old ladyhood and I understand Coulson naming the toaster Calcifer now.

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1) by Elizabeth Wein

It was hot and stuffy and I had a headache so why on earth did I read a book that I strongly suspected was going to make me cry? Well, I read it and I cried and the headache got worse and IT WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK. A bloody clever one, with so many layers and ways of shaping a story. And the characters ... KISS ME HARDY!

#The Piano# by Jane Campion & Kate Pullinger

Flat, faithful adaptation of a very excellent movie that somehow managed to suck all the depth out it. Seriously, watch the movie, don't read the book.

Non-fiction

Golden Afternoon : Volume II of the Autobiography of M. M. Kaye by M.M. Kaye

I liked the first volume, about her childhood, better. This did seem like an endless string of parties at times. But it's a very vivid portrait of a specific time and place (the Raj, between the World Wars) that will never come again. Kaye is an excellent writer and she draws her word portraits beautifully. Also with great humour when called for.

Joan of Arc: A History by Helen Castor

This is where I wish I'd kept up the meme last year. I know I read Joan of Arc: Maid, Myth and History by Timothy Wilson-Smith, found it unsatisfactory and got rid of it but I can't remember exactly why. I know that I was left wanting a basic bio of Joan of Arc and Castor's book suited me well.

It's not just about Joan (in fact, she doesn't even appear for quite some time) instead it places her story in the context of the time and shows why people, especially certain people, were prepared to believe in her, give her a chance - and then abandon her to her fate at the hands of English.

As an introduction to Joan's story, I think it's excellent. But if you want a book that focuses exclusively on her life then I doubt you'll like it.

The Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303: The Extraordinary Story of the First Big Bank Raid in History by Paul Doherty

Terrible. A potentially interesting story completely obscured by bad, repetitive writing and sloppy editing. The only bit I liked was an translated extract from Fitzstephen's Description of London.

What I'm reading now

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times by Don & Petie Kladstrup

What I'm reading next

No idea! Possibly Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn and something lighter in fiction?
venetia_sassy: (Images // reading)
It's been so hideously hot and humid the last few days, I've felt sick to my stomach most of the time. Cool change has just come through!

Books of 2014

Underline: Greatly enjoyed; highly recommend.
Strikethrough: Did not like; do not recommend.

Without going back over all my posts and Goodreads ratings, these are the books that stand out in my memory.

Non-fiction - new reads - 94 )

Fiction - new reads - 47 )

Non-fiction - rereads - 6 )

Fiction - rereads - approx. 156 (I probably forgot a few)  )

All non-fiction - 100
All fiction - 203 (approx.)
All new reads - 141
All books - 303 (approx.)

If I'd been counting as I went along, I would have pushed myself to read a few more new books in December rather than letting myself rest with some rereads. 100, 50, and 150 new reads would have been nice numbers! But considering how utterly lousy things have been in many other areas, I'm very pleased with how much non-fiction reading I was able to do last year. Not sure how much of it I remember at this point though ...
venetia_sassy: (SH // Gladstone oh no! dead dog?)
Books of December

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 - rereads

Georgette Heyer - detective novels (these vary in mystery quality but there is always at least one utterly delightful character who wins me over and some marvellous dialogue.)

Envious Casca
A Blunt Instrument
They Found Him Dead
Duplicate Death
No Wind of Blame
Footsteps in the Dark
Why Shoot a Butler?
The Unfinished Clue
Death in the Stocks
Behold, Here's Poison
Detection Unlimited


Agatha Christie

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Cat Among the Pigeons
Murder in Mesopotamia
Death on the Nile
Evil Under the Sun
Cards on the Table
Mrs McGinty's Dead
Dead Man's Folly
The Pale Horse
Third Girl
Hallowe'en Party
Elephants Can Remember
After the Funeral
The Sittaford Mystery
Towards Zero
Three Act Tragedy
Five Little Pigs


M.M. Kaye

Death in the Andamans
Death in Cyprus
Death in Zanzibar
Death in Kenya
Death in Kashmir


Fiction - new

Death In Berlin by M.M. Kaye

The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne

Last Night's Scandal (Carsington Brothers #5) by Loretta Chase

Silk Is for Seduction (The Dressmakers #1) by Loretta Chase

Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers #2) by Loretta Chase

What I'm reading now

Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers #3) by Loretta Chase

Golden Afternoon : Volume II of the Autobiography of M. M. Kaye

What I'm reading next

I've been doing very well at reading non-fiction this year but my brain shorted out halfway through a biography of Marie Antoinette towards the end of November. I've read a few new novels since then and I'm attempting Golden Afternoon so I might try one of the non-fiction books I was given for Christmas next. Or perhaps the The Hunger Games. Haven't read that yet.
venetia_sassy: (Images // tea)
Books of November

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.

Non-fiction

The Prospect Before Her: A History of Women in Western Europe, 1500 - 1800 by Olwen H. Hufton

The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex by Owen Chase

The Gilded Stage: The Social History of Opera by Daniel Snowman

Prince of Europe: The Life of Charles-Joseph de Ligne by Philip Mansel

Holy Madness: Romantics, Patriots, and Revolutionaries, 1776-1871 by Adam Zamoyski

#Casanova: Actor, Spy, Lover, Priest# by Ian Kelly

How to Create the Perfect Wife by Wendy Moore

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes

The Lunar Men by Jenny Uglow


Fiction - new

The Arrangement (The Survivors' Club #2) by Mary Balogh

The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström, #1) by Camilla Läckberg

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb


Fiction - rereads

Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase

Mr Impossible by Loretta Chase

Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase

#Not Quite A Lady# by Loretta Chase

J.D. Robb rereads - I don't feel like going through and trying to match up names to plots but they're all pretty good light reads.

Thankless in Death
Concealed in Death
Calculated in Death
Delusion in Death
Celebrity in Death
Fantasy in Death
Kindred in Death
Salvation in Death
Strangers in Death
Creation in Death
Innocent in Death
Born in Death
Memory in Death
Origin in Death
Portrait in Death
Purity in Death
Holiday in Death
venetia_sassy: (Images // tea)
Books of October

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

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville - mobydickbigread.com (Audiobook project with varying quailty of readers. The best were superb. As for the book - dammit, Melville, write an adventure novel or a history book! Pick one! Already read an excellent and rather more accurate history - and the adventure novel could have been so good ... the side characters...)

Battle Magic (The Circle Reforged #3) by Tamora Pierce

Fiction - rereads

The Will of the Empress (Circle Reforged, #1) by Tamora Pierce

Street Magic (The Circle Opens, #2) by Tamora Pierce

Melting Stones (Circle Reforged, #2) by Tamora Pierce


Non-fiction - new

Cromwell: Our Chief of Men by Antonia Fraser

King Charles II by Antonia Fraser

#Circulation: William Harvey’s Revolutionary Idea# by Thomas Wright

1688: A Global History by John E. Wills Jr.

Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser

Bonnie Prince Charlie: Charles Edward Stuart by Frank McLynn

Non-fiction - reread

Women All On Fire: The Women Of The English Civil War by Alison Plowden
venetia_sassy: (SH // Gladstone oh no! dead dog?)
Books of September

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.

Non-fiction

Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation by David A. Price

The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir (Ooh, this pissed me off. It was so slipshod and biased and just so ... sloppy I was ready to declare myself pro-Richard just to spite the author. And I hadn't even cared! Fortunately, the following book was a lot more even-handed and methodical and the author had obviously been annoyed by the Weir book as well, providing some specific refutations.

Royal Blood: Richard III And The Mystery Of The Princes by Bertram Fields

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor (So many fierce and awesome ladies!)

#Joan of Arc: Maid, Myth and History# by Timothy Wilson-Smith

Mary Tudor: England's First Queen by Anna Whitelock

Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser

#The Queen's Agent : Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I# by John Cooper

The Weaker Vessel: Woman's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England by Antonia Fraser (reread)

Fiction - rereads

The Daughter Of Time by Josephine Tey

Georgette Heyer

I would recommend pretty much everything Heyer but I'm underlining some standouts among these.

A Civil Contract
April Lady
Arabella
Black Sheep
Charity Girl
Cotillion
Cousin Kate
False Colours
Frederica
Friday's Child
Lady of Quality
Pistols for Two
Sprig Muslin
Sylvester
The Corinthian
The Foundling
The Grand Sophy
The Nonesuch
The Quiet Gentleman
The Reluctant Widow
The Talisman Ring
The Toll-Gate
The Unknown Ajax
Venetia
venetia_sassy: (SH // Gladstone oh no! dead dog?)
Books of August

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.


Non-fiction
The End Of The Line: How Overfishing Is Changing The World And What We Eat by Charles Clover

Sightings: The Gray Whales' Mysterious Journey by Brenda Peterson & Linda Hogan

A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by Samantha Weinberg

#The Dragon Seekers: How An Extraordinary Circle Of Fossilists Discovered The Dinosaurs And Paved The Way For Darwin# by Christopher McGowan

Eaten by a Giant Clam: Great Adventures in Natural Science by Joseph Cummins

The Flower Hunter: The Remarkable Life of Ellis Rowan by Christine Morton-Evans, Michael Morton-Evans

Humboldt's Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Epic Journey of Exploration Through Latin America That Changed the Way We See the World by Gerard Helferich

Fever Season: The Epidemic of 1878 That Almost Destroyed Memphis, and the People who Saved It by Jeanette Keith

The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder and Survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker (reread)

The Frozen Water Trade: How Ice From New England Kept The World Cool by Gavin Weightman

The Great Dinosaur Extinction Controversy by Charles Officer and Jake Page

#Mrs P's Journey: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Created the A-Z Map# by Sarah Hartley

Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan by Giles Milton

1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro

Fiction

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)
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