Getting rid of stuff and a book review

Trying to sort through stuff, and get rid of it. Apparently taking pictures of things helps people get rid of things- the picture stands in for the object. And marie kondo says that you need to hold objects.

So, i re-read these three books.  They are a series, i bought the first one in 2006 or so. A childrens series, i do remember enjoying them when i bought them. This time, not as much.

Set in the 1920’s the series follows a pair of siblings, whose parents have disappeared, as they search for their parents and discover the secret society they both worked for. They help defeat chinese pirates, miners for rare minerals and an ancient technology for creating weather.

The physical books are quite good in quality, lots of fold out maps and diagrams and nice solid covers.

And now i have reread them, i can let them go


I signed up to pottermore when it first started, but did not progress far. This was in large part due to the fact that t didn’t work properly on iPads, so I had to be on my computer, which was not in the main room. It looked interesting, progressing through the books, learning spells etc.

But it was not to be. At some point there was a total revamp. I went back today, because of the new stuff about magic in North America.  I went through the sorting process for the American magic school, Ilvermorny.

Interesting. In Hogwarts I was sorted into Ravenclaw, there may have been some careful selection of answers to produce that result. With Ilvermorny, I had no preconceptions of the houses, so did not seek a particular house. I got Pukwudgie.  Still not sure of the implications (there is not a lot of description), but pretty sure it doesn’t align with Ravenclaw. 

I miss the old pottermore. I always liked jk Rowling’s website, with its little widgets and surprise events, and pottermore had many of the same elements. The new one is a bit more promotiony about the new movie and the books and just has things to read.

Important criterial

I haven’t written much about it, but we are looking to do another IVF cycle this year, with donor sperm.  This is a new angle for us, and one I haven’t talked about much, especially compared to how much I talked about the donor egg cycle.

This is a very different process than that cycle. For starters, our egg donor was known, and my sister.  This will be an anonymous donor. So we have been reviewing profiles.

Our criteria are a little different – it’s important that they resemble G, I would like them to be a negative blood type and we both have issues with their reading material. Yes- the criteria we are judging donors by is their choice of favourite book!  Or at least the element that generates the most commentary. We both like to read, and choice of author is important.

Most of the potential donors have had very disappointing selections as their favourites.  I suppose I cannot hold it against a 20 year old that their favourite was Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, but I have issues.


Microblog Monday- book discovery

I recommended an author to someone at work last week, and today I got an email following up, plus with a commentary about struggling to find new authors.  It got me thinking about authors I recommend.  So some of the authors I reread, in no particular order

1. Connie Willis- she writes time travel and near future sci fi and science books.  Her books are either going to make you giggle( Bellwether or to say nothing of the dog) or sob (Passage or Doomday book). She is also a very slow writer. I went in once to place a preorder with my local sci fi and fantasy bookshop, they asked me where I heard of the new book (the Internet) and said a new book was predicted often, but appeared rarely.  It would be another two years!

2. Lois McMaster bujold.  I think I write about her books often.  Just go read them


3. Terry pratchett. I love the Discworld series. I have been reading them since high school, the early books are a bit tough, but the later ones are amazing.


4. Kate Baker – another author I recommend often. Time traveling cyborgs, a mysterious company manipulating human history and chocolates as the most intoxicating substance available.  The last couple of books do get weird.


What all of these authors do is make me reflect on what it means to be a human, to be in our world and what people are really like.  They are also about what brings out the best in people, what motivates us.  There are also people behaving badly.

In high school I had a friend who would reread Narnia every year.  A lot of the books by these authors are like that- series I return to periodically to remind myself to the power of books.

Any recommendations?

Microblog Monday- rereading

I have been slowly rereading the Harry Potter series over the past couple of months.  I started before Christmas and only finished this weekend.  This is in part because I read other books in between and around.

But it’s also because I slowed down on the last three.  They were harder to read, knowing what is to come.  Sadder too.

But it was nice to be able to read them in quick sequence, rather than over the years as they were released.  

I enjoy rereading books- sometimes experience has given me new insights, sometimes my reading pace has shifted and I pick up new things, sometimes knowledge of what is to come makes the story different.  But I know there are those who do not like to reread- my mum is one of those.  There are very few books she will reread!


books I have been reading

Well, a book I have read.  I have been reading a lot of romances in Scribd, but I can’t take pictures so easily.

1215 The year of the Magna Carta is by Danny Danziger and John Gillingham.  It’s a light history book about the state of England And Europe in the year the Magna Carta was signed.  I had read another book by one (or both) of the authors on the year 1000 so this was an easy pick up.  It’s not academic, more like the USA Today of history books.  If you have serious history habits, probably not the best choice (I did find it a little light on in some places) but it is a good summary of the time period and debunks some of the more persistent myths about that time.  I enjoyed it, but it’s not a keeper.


booky thoughts

I like reading Jezebel, and every so often when reading it I stumble into a comment thread of readers that make me think I have found my tribe. People who have read the same obscure or random books as me. A whole chain of those who read Many Waters. That’s the Wrinkle in time series book about the twins.  Biblical time travel. Or the song of the lioness series.

I loved those books growing up, and never had anyone to share them with.

I learned to read very young (3 apparently) and it is a defining part of my personality.  I always imagined being able to share that love with my children, and was worried that they would turn out to hate books and reading.  So it is something that hurts about not having any, that the experience of sharing much loved books may never be.  Sharing with adults is still possible, but has less of an impact.