It is February. FEBRUARY. And it’s a lovely spring day. And the trains are not running because of scheduled repairs. Beautiful weather + no train = walk to work for the first time in ages. Google Maps says its a little over 3 1/2 miles and should take about 1 hour 15 … More Heel and Toe Express
Very interesting. Reading up about Napoleonic wars. This is a first-person (translated) autobiography of a community leader, a rabbi, who lived through the shelling of Pressburg.
I have to wonder who this really cute book is aimed at. Little Kids? Too many Ankh-Morpork references that won’t make sense to them, including gargoyles, Sunshine Home for Dragons, and bucket labeled Souvenir of Sto Lat Adults? Too cutesy. I couldn’t finish it. Fans of Sir PTerry? I am one, and see above… View … More The World of Poo by Terry Pratchett
Seanan McGuire wrote a great story about the kidnapping that wasn’t. Every other story in here was either flip-flip no, still boring or flip-skip done. Even some of my favorite authors. This seems to be my week for duds on the fiction reading-stack. View all my reviews
Dealing with Dragons Read this many many years ago, and loved the way it turned so many tropes upside down. Princess! Dragon! Knight! Wizard! Mix and match and come up with a rollicking story. Now I found out that Mark Reads has, uh, read the whole Enchanted Forest set. It is hilarious how often Mark … More Enchanted Forest Chronicles
Very interesting, very readable. Lots of excellent anecdotes from interviews with White House staff, as well as public facts about the First Ladies. My entirely non-political teenager stole this book from because ‘wait, -that’s- what Hillary Clinton looked like 20 years ago?’ and then she read a few chapters before giving it back. View all … More First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower
Very very readable book! The chapters are clearly organized, and it shows various ways that your brain is busy doing things behind your back. One minor nitpick – even though there’s a lot on how your brain responds to various social situations, the chapter on fight or flight does not mention the corresponding reaction of … More Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett