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Paranormal Bromance - Carrie Vaughn. Read more... )

Spirits Abroad - Zen Cho. Read more... )

Succubus Shadows - Richelle Mead. Read more... )

Discord's Apple - Carrie Vaughn. Read more... )
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Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World - Mark Williams and Danny Penman. Read more... )

Fluency Made Achievable and The Vocab Cookbook - Kerstin Hammes. Read more... )

New Moon, Sadar's Keep, and Beldan's Fire - Midori Snyder. Read more... )

Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d'Azkaban - J. K. Rowling. Read more... )

Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World - Noreena Hertz. Read more... )
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Eurostars and Eurocities: Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe - Adrian Favell. Read more... )

Forty Days of Yoga: Breaking Down the Barriers to a Home Yoga Practice - Kara-Leah Grant Read more... )

Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets - J. K. Rowling. Read more... )
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The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun - Gretchen Rubin. Read more... )

Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers - J. K. Rowling. Read more... )

A History of Franco-German Relations in Europe: From "Hereditary Enemies" to Partners - Edited by Carine Germond and Henning Türk. Read more... )
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Well! It's been a long time. I've got a real backlog of books to put down here (almost a year, in fact) -- so I'm going to try to do these in dribs & drabs, & my thoughts may be even briefer than usual.

To start:

Drowned Ammet - Diana Wynne Jones. Read more... )

The Crown of Dalemark - Diana Wynne Jones. Read more... )

A Song for Arbonne - Guy Gavriel Kay. Read more... )

Fluent in 3 Months: Tips and Techniques to Help You Learn Any Language - Benny Lewis. Read more... )

Eat That Frog! - Brian Tracy. Read more... )
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The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living - Russ Harris. Read more... )

A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki. Read more... )

Among Others - Jo Walton. Read more... )

Keeping up with the Germans: A History of Anglo-German Encounters - Philip Oltermann. Read more... )

Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch. Read more... )

A Stranger in Olondria - Sofia Samatar. Read more... )

Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction - John McCormick. Read more... )

Cart and Cwidder - Diana Wynne Jones. Read more... )
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But here's a start, anyway:

Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances - Edited by Trisha Telep. Read more... )

Working Stiff - Rachel Caine. Read more... )

Must Love Vampires - Heidi Betts. Read more... )

The Year of the Hare - Arto Paasilinna. Read more... )

o hai

Dec. 30th, 2013 07:11 pm
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I've actually continued to read books since this summer! I just have been massively failing to post about them. Here is the first bit of the backlog.

The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson. Read more... )

Kitty's Greatest Hits - Carrie Vaughn. Read more... )

Heart of Iron - Ekaterina Sedia. Read more... )

Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent - Matthew Carr. Read more... )

The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance - Edited by Tricia Telep. Read more... )
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I'm reading! Things that are new to me! Long may this last but it probably won't.

Permeable Borders - Nina Kiriki Hoffman. Read more... )

Undone - Rachel Caine. Read more... )

Unknown - Rachel Caine. Read more... )
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... I always start these entries meekly. Gosh, it's been a long time since I updated, ugh.

I've spent a lot of the last few months rereading Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville books, serious comfort reads for me; you can check the tag for my previous thoughts, as I don't have the spoons to write up reread thoughts right now (& thinking I should is part of why I haven't updated in ages). Someday I will write a big post about why I love these books so much, & what Kitty says to me about power & activism & choices & family, but... this is not that day.

Kitty Rocks the House - Carrie Vaughn. This one is new since I last updated! Read more... )

Shaping Europe: France, Germany, and Embedded Bilateralism from the Elysée Treaty to Twenty-First Century Politics - Ulrich Krotz & Joachim Schild. Read more... )

Half World - Hiromi Goto. Another comfort re-read. This book says so many things that I need to hear over & over.

Darkest Light - Hiromi Goto. This is the sequel to Half World. I had to special-order this from Canada, but it was so worth it. Read more... )

& one more

Mar. 29th, 2013 01:17 pm
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I didn't want this to get lost in the Diane Duane post nor in the next post I ought to make sometime (rereading the Kitty Norville books ♥).

A Stir of Bones - Nina Kiriki Hoffman. Read more... )
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I did a reread recently of the first 7 of Diane Duane's Young Wizards books (I've previously posted brief reactions on my last reread). The series follows Long Island kids Nita & Kit as they discover they're wizards & run around drawn into adventures in the battle between good & evil. Wow, that's a dismissive summary, but I actually love these books (ask me about my Diane Duane tattoo, if you don't already know! I have plans for a second, even... ).

Anyway, general notes on the series: Read more... )

Brief commentary on individual books:

So You Want to be a Wizard - Read more... )

Deep Wizardry - Read more... )

High Wizardry - Read more... )

A Wizard Abroad - Read more... )

The Wizard's Dilemma - Read more... )

A Wizard Alone - Read more... )

Wizard's Holiday - Read more... )
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Dead Spots - Melissa F. Olson. Read more... )

Capital Cities in the Aftermath of Empires: Planning in Central and Southeastern Europe - Edited by Emily Gunzburger Makaš and Tanja Damljanović Conley. Read more... )
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... I like how three long plane journeys & the winter holiday break made me read as many books in about a week & a half as I managed in 4 months!

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism & the Scapegoating of Femininity - Julia Serano. Read more... )

Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein. No spoilers -- & I do think this YA novel is one v. much worth going into without spoilers! Read more... )

Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism - Edited by Jessica Yee. Read more... )

Kitty Steals the Show - Carrie Vaughn. Read more... )
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Most of these have been written up for ages; I just never got around to posting. & yes, these are the only books I've managed to read since August.

Broken Kingdoms - N. K. Jemisin. Read more... )

Small Change: About the Art of Practice and the Limits of Planning in Cities - Nabeel Hamdi. Read more... )

The Wiscon Chronicles Volume 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom - Edited by Alexis Lothian. Read more... )

Post-Suburban Europe: Planning and Politics at the Margins of Europe's Capital Cities - Nicholas A. Phelps, Nick Parsons, Dimitris Ballas & Andrew Dowling. Read more... )
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Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness - Anne Bishop. Yeah, the magical cock ring books. Read more... )

Kitty's Big Trouble - Carrie Vaughn. Read more... )

Half World - Hiromi Goto. Read more... )
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Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution - Sara Marcus. Read more... )

So... tl;dr: no book could really cover all of riot grrrl, & this history is a celebratory start, but the gaps, to me, were very indicative of the sorts of problems that riot grrrl had & that feminist movement still has.
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Kitty's House of Horrors - Carrie Vaughn. My second reread of the 7th book in the Kitty Norville series; still as much delicious delicious brain candy as the first time I read it. Still in awe of how Vaughn pulls no punches w/the body count here. Still love how Kitty finds herself kind of a reluctant leader, even though she'd never really seen herself that way, because the world is fucking w/the people she loves & well, that can't stand. (& yeah, still OMG want werewolf poly OT3ness in canon pls? Someone has to have written some fic about this; I don't want to write it, I only want to read it!)

Kitty & the Midnight Hour - Carrie Vaughn. Maybe I'll reread all of these out of order? Thought after reading my favorite one, I would reread the first one. &... a huge huge part of the series is how Kitty learns to interrogate what is presented to her as the natural order of things when one is a werewolf: certain domineering behavior from males in the pack, etc. What I love is that Vaughn does make Kitty skeptical, eventually, about these things, & that Vaughn doesn't do the easy thing of making it all normal because OMG our werewolf natures~~~ or whatever. But wow, on a reread I feel like it wasn't all that clear in the beginning that Vaughn was actually going to do that! I am glad whatever made me stick around the first time pulled me through. Also OMG Cormac surly werewolf bounty hunter of love! (... though yeah, still want OT3 fic, I would settle for lots of Kitty/Cormac smut as a poor second!)
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Remember when I used to actually read books? More than occasionally? ;____;

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle - Steven Pressfield. Read more... )

Remembering Japanese Baseball: An Oral History of the Game - Robert K. Fitts. Read more... )

30 Days of Becoming a Better Japanese Learner - Koichi@tofugu.com. Read more... )

Building Diaspora: Filipino Cultural Formation on the Internet - Emily Noelle Ignacio. Read more... )
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Straight from the Heart: Gender, Intimacy, and the Cultural Production of Shojo Manga - Jennifer S. Prough. Read more... )

A Sociology of Japanese Ladies' Comics: Images of the Life, Loves, and Sexual Fantasies of Adult Japanese Women - Ito Kinko. Read more... )

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