Minus 14 then up to 30 degrees, southerly breezes with a chance of icy rain. Since Winter can't seem to make up its mind this year I am not investing any money this year in winter play equipment. I thought about buying snowshoes for walking in the woods but the inch of snow we have had hasn't been that difficult to plow through.
I am going to try, really try this year to do a BOOK CORNER on the first Sunday of the month. I've got my book list for the year. These are books that come highly recommended by different sources. They are also books that are maybe outside of my comfort zone. It has been far to easy for me to stick with one type of genre when I am working out or what I read before bed. This year I plan to explore some different venues.
The first book of the year is THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty. She is from New York City and this is her first book. From the book cover:
"Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trades she uses to get by palm readings, zars and a mysterious gift for healing are all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive."
I'm only 67 pages into the book and already she has accidentally summoned a djinn warrior, been kidnapped by the same warrior, landed in the brass city of Daevabad. It has my attention, that's for sure.
If you are interested, give it a read and check back with me on February 4th. We can grab a cuppa and discuss it. If you finish it early and have any comments send this off to my email, Doginthehole@aol.com and I'll bring them up in the discussion.
If you are interested in the reading list here it is.
January - The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
February - Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
March - Hunger - Roxane Gay
April - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
May - Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
June - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
July - Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
August - Artemis by Andy Weir
September - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
October - The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
November - Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
December - Nine FOlds Make a Paper Swan by Colum McCann
And the alternative book, if one of these just doesn't cut it for me and I bail, will be Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. I'll let you know in advance if that is going to happen.
So, I hope some of you join me on February 4th. Happy reading!