I also read. Slowly but I read. I watched the Food network. And renovation shows aka Master of Flip to distract my mind from the pain. It worked. It's a good, cheap mind-numbing drug.
La mort et un peu d'amour. Alexandra Marinina. This was more interesting for the progression of the characters. The mystery and the culprit were predictable. To me at least. I knew who it was midway through. Also there are two scenes of excessive violence against women that just make me a bit mad. It was gratuitous and not necessary. I didn't expect it. So trigger warning. On the positive side, Anastasia is still wonderful and her Liocha is also wonderful.
The Radium Girls. Kate Moore. WW1 history, Women history. Comes highly recommended.
Two Filipino romances. To read more diverse authors. Smartbitches always bring new novels to discover. For more Filipino romances in English.
Loveless. Childless. Clueless. Miren B Flores.
Interim Goddess of Love : the complete trilogy Mina V. Esguerra
Also to cure the withdrawal and stop asking myself "Is it October Yet?
The vids were taken down aka they were plagiats of pollyrepeat great vid Confident. Go watch. It's pretty amazing.
The Guinness Book of Names (6th Ed) by Leslie Alan Dunkling (1993)
You have a name and one thing after another happens to you, and you behave in various ways and do things, so that soon the name begins to have a meaning. Things have accumulated around your name. (Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding)
I always judge a young author by the names he bestows on his characters. If the names seem to me to be weak, or to be unsuitable to the people who bear them, I put the author down as a man of little talent, and am no longer greatly interested in his book. . . . It is one of the first rules of the novelist’s art. Bad authors choose bad names. (Emil Zola, Dr Pascal)
As anyone who has been here and paid attention will know, I like words, I like books and I like names. Therefore, I really really like books on names. I still have the first one I bought (it's 3x2 inches in size, the etymology's as wonky as the binding and the cherub on the cover makes me wince, but I wouldn't part with it for the world), plus a lowering number of baby name books of all kinds.
This, however, started my fascination with all the other ways and means and types of naming things. I originally bought the (I think) 2nd edition, and traded up at least twice in the eighties and nineties, and it covers a huge range of topics: of course, first names (etymology, history, changing fashions in, reasons for choices), and surnames (history, psychology of, common and rarer, changing them) but also ( deep breath... )
Cross-stitched, read. Definitely read more than I have in a while.
La mort pour la mort. Alexandra Marinina. This plot is like a Matryoshka doll. One thing is hidden inside another and so on and so on. It's really well plotted and all the strings of the mystery tie together eventually. The reader is not left in the dark, one step ahead of Anastasia since we get parts of the culprit's side. Marinina does it quite well and keeps the reader guessing as to who is the villain of the tale.
I like Marinina's Moscow police procedural mysteries. Not a ton of violence and mostly never seen. They are a psychological, historical (90s Russia) mysteries well worth checking out. Her books are not translated in English. They are available in French, German, Spanish and of course Russian.
Love, Loss and what We ate : A Memoir. Padma Lakshmi. Looking forward to this one.
Babylon : Mesopotamia and the birth of a Civilization. Paul Kriwaczek. For research purposes.
In the Queue
La mort et un peu d'amour. Alexandra Marinina. I am reading in French in August like I did in July. This is the next one in the series. They are addictive. In a good way.