Sibyx's 2017 Reading Rambles: Spring Equinox to Summer Solstice
This is a continuation of the topic Sibyx's 2017 reading rambles the First.
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Triptych! Note that Posey is sitting on a table - her comment: "The cats do it, so I will too!"
Nota Bene: I will continue using months for the Round-ups
Currently Reading (still March)
new The Grand Tour Adam O'Fallon Price contemp fic
✔ Flower Net Lisa See hist mys china
♬ Last Act in Palmyra Lindsey Davis hist mys roman era
Murdoch Marathon: ONGOING. (No plans for reading IM at present) IM readers group is HERE
Virago No immediate plans
26. ✔ The Customs of the Kingdoms of India Marco Polo travel, history
27. ♬ Poseidon's Gold Lindsey Davis roman emp. mys
28. ✔Liar's Oath #2 in The Legacy of Gird Elizabeth Moon ***1/2
29. ✔ In the Heart of the Amazon Forest Henry Walter Bates travel, adventure ***1/2
30. ✔Sheepfarmer's Daughter#1 The Deed of Paksenarrion Elizabeth Moon fantasy****
31. ✔ Divided Allegiance #2 in The Deed of Paksenarrion Elizabeth Moon fantasy ****1/2
32. ✔ Oath of Gold#3 Elizabeth Moon fantasy ****1/2
33. new ♬ Lords and Ladies Terry Pratchett fantasy ****
34. ✔ My Struggle: Book 3 Karl Ove Knausgaard contemp fic *****
35. ✔ Me, Myself, and Us Brian R. Little psych. *****
36. ✔ The Dead Ladies Project Jessica Crispin lit essays ****
DNF (did not finish)
Started in 2017
Continued in 2016
My Struggle NEXT UP: My Struggle: Book 4: Dancing in the Dark Karl Ove Knausgaard
Marcus Didius Falco Lindsey Davis NEXT UP: Last Act in Palmyra #6
Inspector Gamache Louise Penny UP NEXT: A Great Reckoning
Discworld: Witches Terry Pratchett READING: Maskerade
Completed or caught up with or to be continued= TBC) in 2017
Crown of Stars Kate Elliott (7 of 7) COMPLETED
Paksenarrion's World have read five or half. TBC in 2018.
The Nanotech Succession Linda Nagata READING: Deception Well
Now I'm sort of done. So much easier to do this when I'm not also doing the round-up. Now I have to go rustle up a good photo of the gang.
36. memoir, travel ****
The Dead Ladies Project Jessa Crispin
Jessa Crispin, due, no doubt, to a combination of nature and nurture, has always felt alone, has always been the perpetual observer and outsider--even in childhood--to an extreme that evokes a combination of empathy and exasperation in me. A good sort of exasperation, I might swiftly add, because Crispin, while she admits wallowing now and then, the blanket of comfortable misery pulled over her, she also works with unstinting effort to make sense of herself. Of what, to others, appears perverse, but is to her the only path she can take. I have no doubt she repeatedly chooses the most vivid and interesting person in the room to talk to and try to make friends with, only to find out that they are terrible and unloyal and demanding: narcissistic or borderline or just plain bastards. But so interesting!. She'll travel to an exotic new country where she doesn't speak the language only to hole up in her hotel room afraid to go out. If a lover gives her a choice: go on the trip or stay with me, but not both, she'll choose the trip. (I have enough of Crispin in me to empathize, I am sometimes the weirdo in the room, but I have formed roots; I am grounded in a family; I have made different choices and am aware of the limitations and rewards of that choice and to know that with the right partner the choice of connection doesn't have to be as limiting and frightening as Crispin fears.) I learned a lot too. Crispin structures her travels around places where the artists she is drawn to have lived. From Rebecca West to Jean Rhys, William James (not exactly a dead lady, but who's quibbling) to the fey Claude Cahun, (of whom I had never heard) we go from Berlin to St. Petersburg, Belgrade to Jersey Island in search of connection and understanding about them and their obsessions and artworks. She comes to adore some more, to respect others less as she learns more about them. On a lighter note: Her list of what is in her suitcase, that she lugs around for a year and a half, is a miracle of economy and I sat up and took notice, me who can't go anywhere with a number of impulsive last-second things that make the suitcase bulge and threaten to explode and that, in the end, I know I'll never need (and never do). Also, at the back of the book a reading list for each chapter. Excellent! A very good read. ****
Happy new one! I love the thread topper photos - Ernie in the box is a hoot!
>18 sibyx: Lucy, what a great review! Thumb from me, and I am adding that one to the list.
Happy New Thread, Lucy. Posey up top is very funny. I imagine she never would've tried that without the cat's example. Everyone looks quite comfy.
Happy new thread thread, Lucy. Posey is demonstrating a real sense of ownership up top. xx
>18 sibyx: I have that one on order and hope to be reading it soon. I hope I enjoy it as much as you did!
Love the triptych, I want it framed on my wall!! Happy New Thread and how lovely to see Stasia! :D
Hi Lucy: Happy new thread. I love the triptych. The Crispin sounds like one I would like. Another one goes on the list.
I saw the title of the last book on your thread Me, Myself and Us and it struck a chord but the book that I read was not the same. I read Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self. Ouellette's book on the subject was also very good.
Happy new thread!
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