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January Books

Here we go! I'm off to a decent start, and even managed to read a couple books from that bookcase (which is now two bookcases) of the books that I need to read so I can decide whether to keep them or give them away.

1. Witch Week, Diana Wynne Jones

Part of me is very sad that I didn't read Diana Wynne Jones as a child. The rest of me is just happy I've started now. This is not one of her better ones, really, but still.

2. The Invitation-Only Zone, Robert S. Boynton

A chilling book about some of the people (mostly Japanese) abducted by North Korea - people who just dropped off the face of the earth.

3. Grave Peril, Jim Butcher

Slowly working my way through the Dresden Files. Much as I like the reader, I think I'm going to have to give up the audio books for a while in favor of print: there are just too many names to keep straight and my attention wanders more easily with audio.

4. Fire & Hemlock, Diana Wynne Jones

Recommended by katharhino and goodness, I can see why. It's beautiful and mysterious and yet very grounded. Also, hard to explain.

5. Toilets, Toasters & Telephones, Susan Goldman Rubin

Histories of various household items - this is a middle grade book, so there's not as much detail as I would have enjoyed (and some of the explanations seemed over-simplified), but still quite fun. It reminded me of the science museum in London, where my favorite part was the basement display of vintage household appliances!

6. Summer Knight, Jim Butcher

7. The Innocent, Posie Graeme Evans

So ... this was the very first book I ever ordered from PaperbackSwap (which is sadly a shell of its former self these days.) That means it's been hanging around for over 10 years unread. In truth, it wasn't really worth it - the history was shaky at best, the writing okay but still cringe-worthy at times. And yet the story was compelling enough that I couldn't stop. So I didn't. 


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Feb. 5th, 2017 10:07 pm (UTC)
Fire and Hemlock IS very hard to explain. But I just get inward heart eyes whenever I think about it. Every time I read it there's more there. Sigh. If you like that particular brand of weird, I next recommend Hexwood, also by DWJ and also involving nonlinear storytelling and things that aren't what they seem.

I'm glad you're reading the Chrestomanci books too - I agree Witch Week is not at the top of my list but it's still charming.
Feb. 13th, 2017 12:33 am (UTC)
And of course, that's the one DWJ book my online library doesn't have. Crumbs! I'll keep my eyes open at bookstores, though.
Feb. 6th, 2017 12:38 am (UTC)
ooh, I read the Boynton book last year; chilling is a good word for it. It makes me so sad and mad, too. We were in Japan when some of these abductions happened. What would the global outcry have been if an American kid had disappeared like that? A Japanese kid, however, meant things were hush-hush. MAD, like I said.
Feb. 13th, 2017 12:34 am (UTC)
Right? It's terrible how long it took for anyone to raise a public fuss about the disappearances.
Feb. 6th, 2017 11:47 am (UTC)
I've been using PBS for a long time now as well and the website is so 90s style that it desperately needs an update. There's so many other tweaks that it could use too. That being said, I'm still a big fan of it and find myself scanning books at goodwill to see whether it is on anyone's wish list so I can fulfill it for them. I do the same for swapaDVD :D
Feb. 13th, 2017 12:35 am (UTC)
I'm so glad it's still useful for you! I don't mind the datedness of the site, but it seems like there are far fewer people willing to swap books now that there's a charge for each one. I still have a huge wishlist there, but I hardly ever get any notices that any are available. =\

But I can't complain - I've gotten *hundreds* of books from there over the years!
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