Still figuring out all the things. Health! Work! Children! What am I even doing with my life! A lengthy and bitter small-town dispute with a large company! Arguing with Mountain U's IT department! Trying to get the material for the class I'm teaching in two weeks! The woe of local elections! Fraud on my bank account! Etc. It is boring.
I am looking for more reading material, preferably by women, for the new year. So, if you have something, please leave me a comment!
English Country House Murders: If this is your thing, truly excellent. A fantastic selection of non-violent murder mysteries by an assortment of authors; inspired me to look some of them up.
Unquiet Land (Sharon Shinn): Fourth in a series. Okay. The first one had interesting drama; this one is more of the people wandering around and talking variety. Villians are always foreign, but a nice diversity of national origins in the books themselves. Female protagonist. Recommend as a library book.
Dragons series (Patricia Wrede, re-read): Excellent as always, though my favorite is the first. Most protagonists are female and they are all independent and funny. Now I want to read Sorcery & Cecilia again.
All of Agatha Christie that my library has, re-read: Wow. Stranger than I remembered, especially the spy-flavored ones (a... secret compound in the desert run by a strange millionare? sure...) and, of course, racist and anti-Semitic in the most casual of ways, but enjoyable for their soothing (although all-white) predictability.
The Siren (Tiffany Reisz): Y'all, this book was Not My Thing. So meta! (A writer who writes about S&M/erotica has written a book about writer who is into S&M/bondage and who lives with a young man and who is writing a book about a writer who is into S&M/bondage and lives with a young man.) So full of angst about people who are into S&M! So pleased with itself for being edgy! Nope.
The Gourmet cookie book : inspired me to make several kinds of interesting cookies, and modify a recipe for benne wafers to use tahini instead. Library book, worth borrowing if you like cookies.
All of Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London books, re-read: I still really love these, even if the author is a dude. There are plenty of women who are not background, and it's (IMO) a well-done urban fantasy. Faintly reminiscent of Charlie Stross (one of the few other men I'll still read) but less disturbing and apocalyptic. Main character is a British-Nigerian male police officer who's a wizard. Recommend.