- The Dresden Files (1-17, including many of the stories in between the full numbers) by Jim Butcher. I hadn’t read anything in the series since 2009, so I started again from the first book. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this series!
- A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking and A Minor Mage by T Kingfisher. Enjoyable YA fantasies about being more than you think you are and definitely more than you seem.
- Brimstone Bound, Infernal Enchantment, Midnight Smoke (Firebrand 1-3) by Helen Harper. Fluffy paranormal series about a newly minted London Detective Constable who ends up on the infamous “Supe Squad”.
- The Noose of a New Moon (Wolfbrand #1) by Helen Harper. This follows up on Devereau Webb, a character from Firebrand #3.
“What do you want now, lady?!” -Polly
Harry tummy! Type = Not Forbidden!
“I know she secretly likes me!!!!!” -Harry
“Are those kittens STILL HERE?!” -Mayhem
Working my way through the Dresden Files and completely not keeping Goodreads updated. I hadn’t read anything in the series since 2009, when I was traumatized by the ending to Turn Coat. I did better with it this time!
Harry is going to be a Large Cat. He’s on a standard-sized pillow – nose on one end, hind end dangling off the other. He’s 7.5 months old! 😮
“…zzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Harry and Polly
All Souls Near and Nigh, A Crown of Iron and Silver, and A Vigil in the Mourning (Soulbound 2-4) by Hailey Turner. Ok paranormal romance series about a werewolf and a mage who now works for a government bureau that deals with supernatural crimes.
The Ghost and the Dead Deb (Haunted Bookshop Mystery 2) by Alice Kimberly/Cleo Coyle. Ok series about a woman running a bookshop in a small Rhode Island town and solving mysteries with the help of the ghost of a 1940s PI.
“Did I just hear those dratted kittens?!” -Mayhem
She probably did! They’re out and about quite a bit these days. It’s possible Harry will learn his name as “Oh, Harry” (despairingly)…
Intent Polly, Harry REALLY loves sparkle balls, Polly and the apple, both of them, Mayhem observes.
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix. Very good urban fantasy about a young woman who goes to London for art school, but things get very, very weird before she even attends a class.
Slouch Witch, Star Witch, Spirit Witch, Sparkle Witch (The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic 1-4) by Helen Harper. The first one was the best – unfortunately, in each subsequent book, Ivy seemed more and more like a caricature than a character.
Crimes Against Magic, Born of Hatred, Infamous Reign, With Silent Screams, Prison of Hope (Hellequin Chronicles 1-4) by Steve McHugh. Pretty good series about a private investigator/sorceror who woke up tabula rasa a decade ago. Will his slowly returning memory save him from his forgotten past?
The Stolen Letter (Scottish Bookshop Mystery 5) by Paige Shelton. Note to self – don’t bother continuing this series.
Justice Calling, Murder of Crows, Pack of Lies, Hunting Season, Heartache, Thicker than Blood, Magic to the Bone, Dungeon Crawl, River of No Return (Twenty-Sided Sorceress 1-9) by Annie Bellet. Good series about a sorceress who runs a comic book shop in a small Idaho town with an awful lot of shifters in it. She’s trying to lay low and escape the notice of her evil ex (a sorcerer)…
*ignoring me with great focus* -Mayhem
(Mayhem definitely misses Chaos, but I just can’t go there in these photo captions.)
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- New releases: Tor.com (fantasy, scifi, YA SFF)
- Linkity from Smart Bitches.
- “Using neuroscience to understand reading slumps“.
- “A history of antiracist literature“.
- “Helping the princess“.
- A mash-up of Dr Seuss and JRR Tolkien.
- A bunch of little fics: Pevensies at Hogwarts, fantasy world field surgeon, not who the superhero expected would break into his place, the mysterious black door that’s only in the hallway in the middle of the night.
- Muppet 1984.
- Representation matters! The second story (the one in regular text, not screenshots from Twitter) REALLY got to me.
- A cursed human fact. Another one.
- I had never heard of karpati mutations before.
- Face mask comparison chart.
- Herd immunity poster.
- Kitten kindergarten.
- A saga of missing clouds found.
- “Art blamed in divorce suit (1947)“.
- Ok, it’s a little disturbing, but if you’re a knitter, it’s worse.
- Caffeine cryptids.
- Oh, SNAP, India!
Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. This is a book to read in bits over time because it is dense and slow going. But I found the Jungian analysis and conclusions fascinating. I got the most out of the chapter on rage and forgiving (if you have trouble getting into the book sequentially, read this chapter first), and the chapter about the underground forest. If you’re a very literal thinker or if you don’t see any value in archetypes, you’re not going to like this book. (I would’ve hated it 25 years ago!)