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Ello all; still not ded; have a meme (thanks to the lovely [personal profile] kat_lair):

Rules: List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard – they don’t have to be “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends.

1. Among Others by Jo Walton. Utterly fantastic. Anyone who's ever loved sf/f or even just books in general should read this.

2. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. A book about a ship who's no longer a ship. It swept all the major sf awards in 2014, and deservedly so.

3. The Likeness, by Tana French. French uses beautiful prose to write mysteries with compelling characters - this book is about a favourite character, going undercover in unusual situation.

4. Brown Girl in the Ring, by Nalo Hopkinson. Magic, Toronto, and a wonderful narrator - what's not to love?

5. With Child, by Laurie R. King. One of her Kate Martinelli mysteries, less well-known than her Mary Russell novels - in this the lesbian detective takes on a missing child case. Kate is a joy and a cynical delight, always.

6. Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Angels, demons, witches, and an Anti-Christ who's not quite right, oh my!

7. Faking It, by Jennifer Crusie. Ultimate comfort read and funny as hell; would rec this to anybody looking for a fun book, whether or not they usually read romance.

8. Other People's Children, by Lisa Delpit. Central to any understanding I have about teaching students from different cultural backgrounds than my own.

9. Komarr, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Ekaterin and Miles, a mystery, past hurts, and future hopes.

10. Alanna: The Lioness Quartet, by Tamora Pierce. Gender play in fiction! Going undercover as a boy to become a knight! Alanna was, remains, and will ever be badass and fantastic.

Things I noticed: mostly fiction (and sf/f at that), mostly women (yay!), and mostly white (could be a lot more diverse). If you feel up to it, I'll love to see the list of anyone on my flist/dwcircle!
ekaterinn: (I sleep with my books)
Not thinking about Monday. Instead, I will focus on the good: BOOKS!

I dropped $70 at the bookstore yesterday, and my loot included Parables of the Sower by Octavia Butler, which is one of my favorite SF books, Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women, which looks intriguing and academic, a yoga book and mat (I might start going to the yoga class at my church), and a neat present for an artist friend: an artist's moveable wooden model of a dog. *grins*

I also went to the library, and picked up Faking It by Jennifer Crusie, one of my main comfort reads, Wireless by Charles Stross, a collection of short stories, and Stone Gods, a new book by Jeannette Winterson!

And I decided that I'm going to bring An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake to school to read during lunch. My lovely girlfriend [livejournal.com profile] marathoner452 gave me the book for Christmas, and it's perfect to dip into for a bit and relax in the middle of a stressful schoolday.
ekaterinn: (ghost)
Okay, coffee, good. I have been getting up way too early all this week, babysitting and attending New Teacher Induction, and generally panicking about school starting. I have read Deathly Hallows, and while I liked it, I was spoilers for DH here! )

And, yikes, I just remembered I have to write a story for the Bujold ficathon, so I'd better go and get started on that.

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