Brief linkity of brevity

Reading Update
The Left-Handed Booksellers of LondonThe 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 (The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, #1)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 (Hellequin Chronicles, #1)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: A Scottish Bookshop MysteryThe Stolen Letter (Scottish Bookshop Mystery 5) by Paige Shelton. Note to self – don’t bother continuing this series.
Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, #1)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.)

No linkity this week because sad

Thanks so much to everyone who’s offered comfort and let me know about the impression Chaos left on them. (If you missed my previous post…) Mayhem and I are both definitely feeling his absence – he was present for all but the first three months of her life, and he was present for nearly a third of mine. That’s his gloriously green eye at the top of this page (and it’s staying there, even though it just made me cry). (You can go back and read his origin story here.)

I’m pretty sure my usual posting schedule will resume soonishly, because there’s a certain comfort in routine.

Take care. Go hug your pets and family members.

Chris

Linkity’s just linkitying

Reading Update
Hell’s Spells (Ordinary Magic, #6)Hell’s Spells (Ordinary Magic #6) by Devon Monk. Another enjoyable addition to the series. I also read the two short stories in Dirty Deeds: An Urban Fantasy Collection.
The Archive of the ForgottenThe Archive of the Forgotten (Hell’s Library #2) by AJ Hackwith. It took me a little bit to get into this one (I didn’t remember much from the previous book), but then I read it in a single evening, so!
The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (Haunted Bookshop Mystery, #1)The Ghost and Mrs McClure, The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library (Haunted Bookshop Mystery, #3)The Ghost and the Dead Man’s Library, The Ghost and the Femme Fatale (Haunted Bookshop Mystery, #4)The Ghost and the Femme Fatale, and The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery #6)The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop #1, 3, 4, 6) by Alice Kimberly (Cleo Coyle). This 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 starts kind of rough but improves book by book.


“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos

I DID check to make sure he was still alive before I took this picture.

Art Journaling Monday!

Welcome to Art Journaling Monday! I’ve included some of my recent favorites below. 🙂


*Mayhem’s tail, swishing*

*Chaos, annoyed at being thwapped by said tail*

Linkity’s breathing a sigh of relief after Wednesday

Reading Update
Dues and Don'ts (Ordinary Magic #0.5)Dues and Don’ts; Gods and Ends; Rock Paper Scissors: Ordinary Magic StoriesRock, Paper, Scissors; Dime a Demon (Ordinary Magic, #4)Dime a Demon (Ordinary Magic 0.5, 3-5) by Devon Monk. Decent fluffy paranormal romance series about a town called Ordinary, where the gods vacation without their powers.
Tales from the Folly: A Rivers of London Short Story CollectionTales from the Folly: A Rivers of London Short Story Collection by Ben Aaronovitch. Enjoyable collection of short stories, most (but not all) from Peter’s POV.


*radiating malevolence* -Chaos

Linkity is a sea shanty-free zone

Cross your fingers – I’m trying a different plugin for emailing comments because the old one was, um, REALLY OLD and kept preventing WordPress from updating.

Reading Update
Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman ArchetypeWomen 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!)


“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos

Art Journaling Monday!

Welcome to Art Journaling Monday! I’ve included some of my recent favorites below. 🙂


“No, I don’t need a bigger box, thanks.” -Mayhem

Linkity’s just trying to keep it together over here

Reading Update
Zen Pencils: Creative StruggleZen Pencils – Creative Struggle: Illustrated Advice from Masters of Creativity by Gavin Aung Than. Enjoyable graphic novel style book with quotes from creatives such as Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, and Nikola Tesla.
Carry On (Simon Snow, #1)Carry On and Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2)Wayward Son (Simon Snow 1-2) by Rainbow Rowell. Amusing, absolutely NOT Harry Potter (AHEM) story of Chosen One Simon Snow and the wacky shenanigans he and his friends get up to at their British wizarding school (first book). In the second book, he and his friends visit the US over their university holiday and get up to more wacky shenanigans. Ends tidily, unless you read the epilogue, which sets up a sort of cliffie situation for the next book. Grrrr.
Death and Relaxation (Ordinary Magic, #1)Death and Relaxation, Devils and Details (Ordinary Magic, #2)Devils and Details, Rock Candy (Ordinary Magic #4-A)Rock Candy, and Paper Stars (Ordinary Magic, #3.2)Paper Stars (Ordinary Magic 1-2, 4.1, 4.2) by Devon Monk. Ok paranormal romance series about the chief of police and her sisters (also cops) of Ordinary, Oregon, where the gods go to vacation without their powers.


“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -Chaos and Mayhem

Full lap! 🙂

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