2023

If you want to check on the manga/anime that I am enjoying this year, here is that page.

Here is what I am reading this year.

Egyptian Mythology A guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch

Geraldine Pinch: Egyptian Mythology, A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt

*still working on this one, but fascinating*

goodbye, thingbs by Fumio Sasaki

Fumio Sasaki: goodbye, things

As a practicing minimalist, I find coming back to some of these books from time to time is a good reminder of why I set out on this path. I like the personal feeling to this one.

The Naturalist, Theodore Roosevelt, by Darrin Lunde

Darrin Lunde: The Naturalist, Theodore Roosevelt

I liked the writing style for Lunde and learned some things I had never known of Theodore Roosevelt – for one, I didn’t know he was a Naturalist. All I knew was the National Parks and that he was a president and there was a movie with an actor who played a mentally ill man who believed himself to be Roosevelt in Arsenic and Old Lace.

Water Bound by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan: Water Bound, A Sea Haven Novel

I’ve read this one a couple times. Feehan used to be a favorite author of mine, but at some point I grew out of her he-man possessive crap. This one book, I resonate with the main female protag because of the neurodivergence and the fact that she never turns into a simpering twit like the rest of the protags in the other books seem to after they meet their he-mans.

Taproot by Keezy Young

Keezy Young: Taproot

This was short and sweet and I loved the saturated colors to it. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting a 20-40 minute read.

Peril at the Exposition by Nev March

Nev March: Peril at the Exposition

I’ve been enjoying reading diverse authors this year. This is one of those one-time-read type books, and the actions of the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more, but overall it was a soft noir with a hint of pining that was quite lovely.

The Direction of the Wind by Mansi Shah

Mansi Shah: The Direction of the Wind

*this week’s reading – got it as some free to read thing on amazon*

Treasury of Egyptian Mythology by National Geographic Kids

Donna Jo Napoli: Treasury of Egyptian Mythology

Absolutely loved the illustrations. The story was suitable for children. Very much want the Norse mythology book from this series now.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown: Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

I like the idea of essentialism, and a good 1/3 of the book was worth reading, but seeing as I am not in corporation, I had to work harder at extracting what I needed from this book for myself.

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan: Daughter of the Deep

Standard practice for me: if Rick Riordan has a new book out, I must read it. I like his style, I like the pacing, his editors are good at what they do, and I’m pretty sure most of the time about the story ending not as a tragedy.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman: American Gods

Okay, grant it, after the third or fourth ‘time-split’ where Gaiman side-tracks into some of the other god origins, I just started skipping those stories to get back on Shadow’s story, which I quite enjoyed, and I thought the ending was so much better than Graveyard Book.

Peter Berresford Ellis: The Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends

This is my second go around with Ellis. It is also THE major contributor to how I’m writing Firefly Fish – Nuada, Dian Cecht, Fomorrii, all of that is from the Irish Legends.

Night Angels A Novel by Weina Dai Randel

Weina Dai Randel: Night Angels

*this week’s reading – got it as some free to read thing on Amazon*

Magic in Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch

Geraldine Pinch: Magic in Ancient Egypt

*still working on this one, quite dense for such a thin book*

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

This one is a good refresher. I’ve listened to the audiobook of it before several years ago, but felt it time to do another read while I did another deep clean of the house.

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau: Walden

*still working on this – gods, this man is pretentious AF – doesn’t help that he’s droning on about self-sufficiency etc. and his mom brought him sandwiches and did his laundry while he was holed up in a hovel next to the pond – talk about living in your mom’s basement before it was cool*

Permaculture Design by Aranya

Aranya: Permaculture Design, A Step-by-Step Guide

This wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. Still useful, but the way the thing is written is more for people to go out and help other people plan out a permaculture forest and less: here, plant this tree in with these plants to help with this micronutrient issue…no fault of the book, just me not having done my research right.

Days of Sand by Aimee De Jongh

Aimee De Jonghi: Days of Sand

This was a fascinating 30 minute read – blessing of graphic novels. I’d not seen much of anything on Oklahoma presented in fiction before this. The colour palette was well thought out, and it definitely tugged at the heartstrings.

John Lindow: Norse Mythology – A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs

I’ve been using this one to flesh out an idea for book 3 in Gods of Fire. I know I need to get through writing book 2 first, but it does impact Lunam’s life.


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