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rabbitprincess

rabbitprincess

Joined May 2016

“Reading & sauntering & lownging & dozing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness.“ -- David Hume
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Continuing to enjoy these comics. I liked this one slightly more than Revolutions of Terror (Vol. 1) but slightly less than The Weeping Angels of Mons (Vol. 2).

rabbitprincess I am also a sucker for references to Pyramids of Mars, one of my fave Fourth Doctor stories. 1d
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Given that the book mentions Thomas Quaid‘s death in the title, I felt the first little bit of the story predictable in a “don‘t go into the basement!!!” kind of way. That said, it was still a great story and wrapped up the Lennox series nicely.

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The Blazing World | Margaret Cavendish
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Ant-men and Spider-men? I didn‘t know that this Blazing World was the Marvel universe 🤣🤣

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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Apparently I joined Litsy on David Byrne‘s 64th birthday. Today is his 70th birthday. Happy birthday to him and happy Litsyversary to me! 🎂🎈🎉🥳

TheSpineView Happy Litsyversary! 🥳🥳🥳 4d
Lcsmcat Happy Litsyversary! Does this make us Litsy-twins? 😊 4d
rabbitprincess @TheSpineView Thanks! I am always surprised by it each year because I keep forgetting the actual date 🤣 @Lcsmcat It sure does! Happy Litsyversary, Litsy-Twin! 4d
kwmg40 Happy Litsyversary! 3d
rabbitprincess @kwmg40 Thanks! 🎉🥳 2d
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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
Bailedbailed

I wanted to like this, because the concept is great, but the whole book is one long chapter with section breaks. I found it exhausting to read. Also found the second-person narration a bit odd, but would probably have rolled with it had there been more chapter breaks.

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Each story in this box set features a different Master, and all are a lot of fun to listen to, but the cumulative effect is a bit predictable (of COURSE the mysterious stranger is going to be the Master in the last story: that‘s happened the other three times). Hard to choose a favourite, but perhaps The Bekdel Test because it features Missy.

rwmg Missy and River Song together in one story? How did the universe survive? 7d
rabbitprincess @rwmg They were preoccupied with trying to break out of an unescapable prison, so the universe lived for another day 😂 4d
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Farewell, My Lovely | Raymond Chandler
Bailedbailed

DNF for slow pace and racist language.

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Upright Women Wanted | Sarah Gailey
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This book was the perfect length for the story it told but left enough room for more. I would read more!

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A great start to what I think will be a new go-to cozy mystery series for me. I picked this up because of the BritBox adaptation starring Roger Allam, and it was a good choice.

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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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This was a delightful book. Funny but sad, as the Greek chorus—style narration describes it. I wasn‘t sure having the story told by the residents of Everton‘s cemetery would work, but it did, and very well. I liked this story of figuring out who you are and discovering new aspects of yourself, and I liked that some of it was based on true events. I still like Rabbit Cake better, but this is definitely worth reading.

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Garnethill | Denise Mina
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Mina‘s debut has all the elements that make her work compelling: female protagonists, Glasgow setting, tough issues examined sensitively but honestly, and the odd splash of violence.

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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May 2022 #BookSpinBingo: fresh month, fresh possibilities 😊
#BookSpin: Hope to Die (Jackson)
#DoubleSpin: A book I don‘t own (yay flexibility!)

StolenBookmobile #6 💕💕 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 2w
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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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Kind of a sparse #BookSpinBingo board for April 2022. Hoping May will be better.
⏱ BookSpin: Agent in Place (MacInnes) in progress
😴 DoubleSpin: The Philosophy Book (DK Publishing) hibernating a bit
0️⃣ bingos

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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All ready for May 2022 #BookSpinBingo. I did get some reading done this month but haven‘t had a lot of energy for it, so I‘m leaving the May list extra flexible. I am off for three weeks starting at the end of next week, so hoping that will give me time to rest and recharge.

LauraBrook Woohoo for 3 weeks off! Hang in there, friend. And good idea to take it easy on yourself too. 💝 3w
rabbitprincess @LauraBrook Thanks, Laura, I really appreciate the good vibes ♥️♥️ Hope you‘ve been having a good weekend so far! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Hopefully you have plenty of time for some R&R during your time off!! 2w
rabbitprincess @TheAromaofBooks Thanks! I hope so too 😊 2w
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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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This was good. I probably would have liked it slightly more in print, because ebooks are not always my friend. This is billed as young adult, but older adults can enjoy this too. There is very little teen romance angst.

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This is a post-pandemic novel that I was able to cope with despite our still being in a pandemic. There is enough levity from the Three Pines gang and a non-pandemic-related strand of plot to balance out the dissonance of a life after Covid.

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The audio edition is read expertly by Hugh Fraser, who played Hastings in the TV adaptations. This was the first Christie I read (in print) and it is still one of my favourites.

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Red Harvest | Dashiell Hammett
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Probably a low Pick. It made me gasp in shock at one point, and the plot was fairly pacey, so that was good. Definitely a hard-boiled read.

shanaqui Hmm, I can't remember if I've read this, now. 🤔 4w
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Next up in audio, more Doctor Who goodness :)

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Robbie Morrison is a firm favourite of mine for Doctor Who comics, and this story is another good one. Great choice of enemy and I liked the Scottish connections as well.

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Bailedbailed

Ugh, I should have read a more detailed summary before picking up this book. McMurphy is a statutory rapist and brags about his crime, and I have no sympathy for such a character.

shanaqui Oh yikes. Yeah, no, no matter how classic. 1mo
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Bloody January | Alan Parks
Bailedbailed

I personally am not fond of books with multiple sex scenes in the first 50 pages and language that describes women in an objectifying way. This book felt squalid in a way that McIlvanney‘s Laidlaw series, also set in Glasgow, does not. Oh well, one less series to worry about.

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The Heron's Cry | Ann Cleeves
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I liked this, but what I *really* liked was the storyline where Matthew and Jonathan were preparing to have Matthew‘s mum over for Sunday lunch. I must be having a slice-of-life moment, so please hit me up with your favourite slice-of-life novels (or graphic novels).

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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April 2022 #BookSpinBingo is looking good!
#BookSpin: Agent in Place, by Helen MacInnes
#DoubleSpin: The Philosophy Book, by DK Publishing
Almost all of my open-ended entries are in the middle column 🤣

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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March 2022 #BookSpinBingo recap:
✅ BookSpin read (Born on a Blue Day, by Daniel Tammet)
❌ DoubleSpin not read (The Diviners, by Margaret Laurence)
1️⃣ bingo (N1 to N5)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 2mo
rabbitprincess @TheAromaofBooks I picked up a good rhythm this month! 😊 2mo
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A greal companion for the past year. I enjoyed learning about women whose stories deserve to be told. Toksvig tells their stories with her usual crisp style and dry wit.

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I would consider this a good intro to books about the brain, because the chapters are short and the medical terminology explained well. It covers a variety of conditions, too.

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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I‘ve drastically retooled my #BookSpinBingo list because I will be visiting my parents and raiding their bookshelves. They have a lot of Beatles books, Rebus books, and history books, and I am not sure what will strike my fancy or suit my attention span.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Mehso-so

This is a so-so relative to the other DreadfulWater books I‘ve read. The plot of this one didn‘t grab me as much; it felt like a limited pool of suspects and that we were just waiting for the murderer to reveal themselves. The font in this edition was annoying as well. I do like DreadfulWater as a character, though, and have already requested book 3 in the series. Also, I love this author photo 🕵🏼‍♂️

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A very interesting memoir told with clarity and honesty. I especially liked reading about all the languages Tammet learned and how he included drawings of what numbers look like when he thinks about them.
#BookSpin March 2022

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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A low Pick because it took me a while to get into, but it did make me want to watch Love and Friendship again (and then I‘ll have to read this again 😆)

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Mehso-so

This was fine, but the writing style was heavy and it took me over a month to read. I did like the coincidence of this book talking about Jeanne Le Ber, who was also mentioned in Shadows on the Rock, by Willa Cather (which I read this month).

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This is very well organized and contains a lot of information about what makes a good transit city. I read mostly the bits about the cities I know well: Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. Most of the information is accurate, although obviously the book was written BEFORE the Ottawa LRT kept derailing 🤣🤣

kwmg40 Kitchener-Waterloo's LRT is still in its infancy. It was doing pretty well and then the pandemic hit. I hope the ridership continues to grow, as it was a very controversial issue here, and I'd like to see it succeed. 2mo
rabbitprincess @kwmg40 Kitchener-Waterloo gets a chapter too, if I‘m remembering correctly. I hope it does well, too. 2mo
kwmg40 @rabbitprincess Oh, wow! I didn't think KW was important enough to warrant a mention, much less a chapter. 😄 2mo
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This was a solid medical memoir that lives up to the back cover. It is more of the doctor‘s life story and how his patients changed him, and I preferred when he was talking about his patients.

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The Darkest Evening | Ann Cleeves
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Another great Vera story. Now I‘m caught up wih the series until the new book comes out in the fall!

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Mehso-so

The sci-fi and comedy bits are funny; the excessive sex scenes, less so.

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@TheAromaofBooks did you know there was a Stardew Valley board game? I am so stoked about this and had to share it with somebody 🤣

ozma.of.oz *gasp* I must find this immediately! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh NO I need this TODAY! 😂 Thank you for sharing/why did you do this to me?! 😆 2mo
rabbitprincess @ozma.of.oz I found it via Board Game Bliss, which is based in Ontario. The game is made in the US, so hopefully your friendly local game shop would be able to order it 😁 @RaeLovesToRead The art is so cute!! @TheAromaofBooks You‘re welcome 😈🤣😈🤣 2mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Lady Susan is described as « a lady no longer young », but « from her appearance one would not suppose her more than five and twenty, though she must be in fact ten years older ».

Ouch, says this 35-year-old ?

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Shadows on the Rock | Willa Cather
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I liked this because it is set in Quebec. It is also a quiet read, focused on characters rather than dramatic plot twists. A caveat that it is focused on the colonists, and Indigenous people don‘t get much of a look-in (although at least no stereotypical characters are shown on screen 😬).

jlhammar Loved this book! 2mo
CarolynM I liked this one a lot too. 2mo
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The Great Passage | Shion Miura
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The blurb calls this charming and hearwarming, and I agree entirely. It is worth reading if you‘re interested in how dictionaries are put together. I liked how the translator pulled off discussing Japanese in English. A book to pair this with is The Word Detective, by John Simpson, which is about his work at the Oxford English Dictionary.

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A gripping, moving account of a little-known plane crash where over half the occupants survived a ditching in the north Atlantic 900 miles from Ireland. The author is married to a daughter of the captain of the flight, so he presents unique insights about post-traumatic stress for survivors and their loved ones.

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Microserfs: A Novel | Douglas Coupland
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I‘m taking night courses in high school math (functions and calculus, which I did not take at the time because I was more of a humanities student) and supplementing the lessons with my BF‘s Grade 11 textbook. The section on perfect squares reminded me of a facsimile of AOL chat room dialogue from Douglas Coupland‘s « Microserfs » because I am a NERD ??

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The Wycherly Woman | Ross Macdonald
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Another great entry in the Lew Archer series. It kept me guessing, and although this installment was a bit sleazy and downtrodden in places, it somehow didn‘t feel excessively grim.

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I laughed out loud and groaned in horror, sometimes both in the same story. And my heart broke for Adam when he left medicine. If you‘re interested in medical memoirs, this is one to pick up.

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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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March 2022 #BookSpinBingo
#BookSpin: Born on a Blue Day (Tammet)
#DoubleSpin: The Diviners (Laurence)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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February 2022 #BookSpinBingo board stats:
✅ BookSpin completed
❌ DoubleSpin not completed
1️⃣ Bingo (diagonal O5 to B1)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!! 3mo
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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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March 2022 #BookSpinBingo list is ready! Hoping to be caught up with Vera this month by reading The Darkest Evening. Also slipped a comic onto the list for some light reading 😁

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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This was moving and earnest and powerful. The photo on the back cover took my breath away; Chris really is the spitting image of his dad. As soon as I finished the print book, I bought the audio (narrated by Chris). Highly recommended.

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The Village of Eight Graves | Seishi Yokomizo
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This was really good! I predicted a couple of things (never tell someone in a mystery novel to come see you tomorrow for important information… that‘s signing your death warrant) but was surprised by most of the twists and turns.

RaeLovesToRead This is a good tip for surviving a mystery novel! ? Same as if you're visiting Midsomer, don't join a local interest group with Joyce Barnaby & if you're in an episode of Scooby Doo, don't announce "hey gang, let's split up!" ?? 3mo
rabbitprincess @RaeLovesToRead Haha yes, not splitting up is another excellent tip! I really need to read 3mo
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Ivanov | Anton Chekhov
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My ears were ringing after this play because everyone seemed to be shouting about something or other. I am around Ivanov's age and could relate to feelings of disillusionment and failure after acquiring too many responsibilities, but I did not have a great deal of sympathy for him.