13 Jan

Reading Challenge: January 2019 (Part 1)

Happy New Year! For 2019, I’m going to try posting these book roundups at the end of each month instead of every other, and I’ll also take a stab at describing what a book is about before launching into the usual litany of grievances. Don’t let the smooth start here fool you—I still hate (almost) everything and will tell you all about it.

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STILLHOUSE LAKE by Rachel Caine: Gina Royal arrives home one day to find a drunk driver has crashed through the wall of her garage, but the police are much more interested in questioning her about the dead woman hanging from a noose in the middle of her husband’s “workshop.” Thus, Gwen learns her husband Mel is a serial killer, her family’s life is a lie, and the world is full of rotten people who will never let her and her kids escape the legacy of The Kansas Horror.

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05 Jan

Book Haul: Stretching, Juvie, and Dystopian Sleuthing

Did a little shopping today! Links go to Amazon and are affiliate coded.


THE YOGA BIBLE by Christina Brown

$2.99 at the time of this post

Featuring over 150 yogic postures from the main schools of yoga, including lyengar and Astanga Vinyasa, this book is a comprehensive illustrated step-by-step guide to achieving each posture. It offers advice on altering postures where necessary, enabling beginners to try more difficult positions. Experienced yoga practitioners will also find a number of challenging, advanced positions—perfect inspiration for developing their practice.

In addition to postures, the book includes notes on various types of yoga practices as well as a summary of well-known traditional schools of yoga and how they vary. Readers will also find advice from the author on breathing techniques and the benefits of yoga in healing, pregnancy, de-stressing and meditation.

I’ve returned to the state of mental strain at which I physically fold in on myself, so it’s past time to get back into yoga before moving my arm away from my torso to grab something off a shelf is enough to set off panic attacks again. There are at least two other “13 gazillion aksanas” options listed in this month’s sales, but I don’t need 10,000 variations of the same basic contortion to reverse my stress-induced prawn curls, so I went for quality over quantity.

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19 Dec

Book Haul: Murderbot’s Mama and Standalone Fantasy

I’m buying more than reading lately, so I thought I’d start sharing what looks interesting enough to part me from my money. I tend to stick full-price books on my wish list until they’re discounted, so most of the books mentioned will be on sale at the time of posting. The big spender today is only $3.99.

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The Tor blog recently posted about standalone fantasy novels for those of us who hesitate to commit to a 3-million-word series that might not be finished before we die. The first three books here came directly from their list.


UNDER THE PENDULUM SUN by Jeannette Ng

$1.99 at time of post

Victorian missionaries travel into the heart of the newly discovered lands of the Fae, in a stunningly different fantasy that mixes Crimson Peak with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Catherine Helstone’s brother, Laon, has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon — but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels.

I ordinarily would take a hard pass on a book about missionaries, but I’m hoping these will be handed their asses by the Fae.

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01 Dec

2018: The Year in Sugar and Gluten

I didn’t stifle my baking with keto for most of this year, so this will be a loooooooong retrospective. Accordingly, I’m forsaking the slide show in favor of putting the photos with the associated yammering.

A slice of butter pecan cake.

Butter Pecan Cake. Cake isn’t my favorite, but I’m occasionally obliged to make one for someone else. This one, at least, was sturdy and barely needed to be trimmed to sit flat.

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