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June 2019 What Are You Reading?

I actually finished reading Urban Cycling just a few hours after posting the last What Are You Reading post!  So it had to wait until this month’s list.

Nonfiction books:

  • Urban Cycling: How to Get to Work, Save Money, and Use Your Bike for City Living by Madi Carlson
  • House Detox by Sara Burford

Fiction books:

  • Injustice vs Masters of the Universe by Tim Seeley
  • Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider: Baby Thanos Must Die by Donny Cates
  • Starcraft: Evolution by Timothy Zahn
  • Heaven’s Devils by William C. Dietz

Wow, I actually read a fair bit of fiction this month (by which I mean graphic novels…looks like three graphic novels to two regular novels)!  My favourite was probably Starcraft: Evolution by Timothy Zahn.  I love the world of Starcraft, and Zahn did a fantastic job continuing the story after the events of Starcraft II.  I really hope that he writes more with those characters – I loved the dynamics of his research team!

Honorable mentions go to Injustice vs Masters of the Universe and Cosmic Ghost Rider. Injustice vs Masters of the Universe was also fantastic.  You can’t go wrong with Masters of the Universe, and I loved the idea of He-Man and Superman brawling!  And of course Skeletor was there to mess things up for everyone.  Cosmic Ghost Rider was absolute craziness in a really fun way too.  I’d definitely recommend both books if you’re interested in graphic novels.

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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May 2019 What Are You Reading?

Nonfiction books:

  • The Soil Will Save Us:How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet by Kristin Ohlson
  • You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

Fiction books:

  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • Delilah Dirk and the Turkish General by Tony Cliff

Like I mentioned earlier this month, it felt really good some fiction again.  Over the last few months I’ve read quite a lot of nonfiction (and I didn’t really connect to the last fiction book that I read this year, the anthology Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy).

Wow, I don’t even know how to judge which book was my favourite.  I enjoyed all of them.  The Soil Will Save Us was quite interesting.  You Are a Badass at Making Money was a great book to read and self reflect through.  I’ve been looking forward to Spinning Silver for months, and while I still think Uprooted was better, it still didn’t disappoint me.  And Delilah Dirk was a fun romp that I wasn’t planning on reading but am really glad that I did.

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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#WriteTuesday – Back After a Break

Spinning Silver and my tea mugLike I said I was going to, I took the last week off from writing.  I’m not going to lie: it was kind of hard.  At the back of my mind I kept thinking that I really need to figure out what I’m doing for June on Sustainably North.  I was also tempted to start writing another short story for fun.  So I don’t know that it was a particularly relaxing week, but I stayed away from writing.

One of the best things to come out of this was that I finally read Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver.  I was a huge fan of Uprooted, and was really looking forward to reading her next fairy tale.  But I wanted Spinning Silver in trade paperback so it’s the same as my copy of Uprooted.  So for my birthday last year, my brother gave me a gift card for Chapters, and I waited almost a year, saving that card until Spinning Silver was finally available in trade.  It arrived late last week to the store and I picked it up on Friday.  I then spent most of the weekend reading it.

I’m not going to lie: it felt so good to be reading fiction.  I’ve read so much nonfiction over the last few years, many of which have been climate-related books.  They’re heavy, and honestly rather depressing.  So even though Spinning Silver is not exactly a happy read (the kingdom in question is besieged by the lord of winter, who is extending winter further and further into the other seasons so crops are dying) and is in its own way topical (dealing with crazy weather patterns), it was still fantastical and honestly just an all around good read.  (Although I freely admit that I thought there were a few too many point of view characters popping up – I think Uprooted was better because the narrative is much tighter).  Even though the nonfiction books I’ve been reading have been good in their own ways, it was wonderful to go back to fiction.

Once I was finished reading Spinning Silver, I then spent some time going through some old magazines.  I got through about five or so that have been sitting around, waiting for me to read them (I was especially happy to get through a few Maclean’s magazines – I was almost a year behind on them!!!)  Other than that, I found myself mostly hanging out with friends and family (happy belated Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there!)

This next week looks like it’s going to be rather busy.  Between work and other plans, I’m going to have to be really careful with my time.  I’m hoping to have June planned out for Sustainably North by next Tuesday, and have started the edits on the Make Your Way story (in a perfect world, I’m hoping to have the first full editing sweep done; we’ll see how that goes as the week progresses!)  So wish me luck, and lots of luck to you, whatever your plans are over the next week! 🙂

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April 2019 What Are You Reading?

So not much reading happened for me this month.

Nonfiction books:

  • The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy by Lester R. Brown

Fiction books:

  • none

I was reading The Great Transition for Sustainably North (in April I was celebrating the one year anniversary of the blog, and it came up when I went looking for a positive book on global warming).  Unfortunately it was a bit hard to get through, so I wouldn’t really say it was my favourite, even though it was the only thing I finished reading (I flipped through a couple of other nonfiction books this month, but didn’t actually read through them). Oh, I also read a couple of magazines (I took a few Canadian MoneySaver magazines out from the library and finished those, too – I’d probably say their February 2019 issue on Women in Finance was the best thing I read this month).

So what have you read over the last month?  Did you have a favourite book (or magazine)?

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March 2019 What Are You Reading?

The way the month started out, I wasn’t sure if I’d actually make it through any books!  I started reading Feel the Fear…And Do It Anyway, and sort of had a hard time finishing it.  But I did and was able to get through a few other books, too (I was actually quite proud of myself for reading Larry Bates’ Beat the Bank – I bought it on my Kindle a few months ago with the intention of reading it sooner, but just didn’t get to it until now!)

Nonfiction books:

  • Feel the Fear…And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers, PhD
  • Beat the Bank by Larry Bates
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by  Robin Diangelo

Fiction books:

  • None!

Wow, this ended up a heavy month, reading-wise.  After making it through the first two books, I decided to tackle White Fragility.  It’s come up a lot at work lately, so I wanted to know what exactly it entailed.

I don’t feel that it’s fair to say which book was my favourite this month.  The three books I read were all good reads in their own ways.  Feel the Fear…And Do It Anyway got me thinking about how fear might be holding me back on doing things in life.  Beat the Bank was another book on financial planning (I’ve read a few now), which gave me some new insights to consider.  I liked that it was Canadian too.  And White Fragility was, I think, a very important read.  It’s the type of book that pretty much every white person living in a Western country (especially in North America) should read and consider (although it is by no means perfect, as I think this review on Goodreads by Pococurante does a good job pointing out).

So that was my month, reading-wise.  What about you?

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February 2019 What Are You Reading?

I didn’t do much reading this month.  I’ve got a few books that I started but I only finished two.

Nonfiction books:

  • Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing by Bruce Kaplan

Fiction books:

  • Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy edited by Denise Little

My favourite of the two was Editing Made Easy.  I just didn’t really connect with Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy. 😦  But that’s okay – I find anthologies pretty hit and miss because they contain such a wide range of stories in them.

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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January 2019 What Are You Reading?

I’ve really started 2019 with a major fiction kick!  I was sick at the beginning of the month so I read several books while staying home and trying to get better.

Nonfiction books:

  • None!

Fiction books:

  • Dredd: Collecting Dredd vs. Death, Kingdom of the Blind, and The Final Cut
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Prison of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

I’m not really sure which book was my favourite this month because I really enjoyed both Fair Game and Empire of Sand.  Fair Game is by one of my favourite authors, and I really liked how this chapter of her Alpha and Omega series played out.  Empire of Sand was really unique (in my experience anyway) because it was a fantasy written using Mughal India as a basis.  It had some really fun worldbuilding and magic, plus I really enjoyed the story.  So I’m not going to choose between the two this month – they were both fantastic reads! 🙂

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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