Sunday, January 8, 2017

Fortnightly Update #26: A New Hope

I've been a bit busy with dog-related things since I brought home a new dog on the 3rd, but I'm trying to get back into reading and blogging again for the new year. I hope you all had a great time over the holidays.

Recent Acquisitions (or the Piling of the-Piles):

the-pile Additions:


the-invisible-pile Additions:

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
I tend to like books about art and paintings, so we'll see how I like this one. Usually in books that are centered around a painting, I can deal with multiple time periods and storylines.

Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Universe #1) by Jacqueline Carey
I've been avoiding this book, but I'm just curious enough about it to read it. Something tells me it's not my thing, but I've been wrong about books like this one before.

Currently Reading:

I'm actually not reading much lately, but I've been trying to finish Lotus by Lijia Zhang. I'm smitten with the cover and the idea that it's based on the author's own family history.

Finished These Books:

I haven't finished any books since 2016, but some stand outs from the last month of last year were:

Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming
Not your normal celebrity autobio (or at least, I didn't think so) Not My Father's Son made me alternate between cringing and wanting to shut it (because of the abusive portions), and speed reading so I can find out what exactly is going on with the Cumming family dynamic. I will never see Alan Cumming in the same light again, and it's a good thing.

Of course, even though this was online for free for quite some time (and I read most of it) I bought the ebook to have for my library and to see the final edits. This series is well worth reading for those of you who like snarky and sweet paranormal books set in a bit of a sci-fi version of the universe/our earth.

In My Life:

Princess Leia, who looks like a mini wolfhound or a gray and black Dorkie on stilts
On New Year's Eve day, we went to the local animal shelter (you know, the place we got that cat/criminal mastermind George from) and found a dog who seemed like the right fit for our little island of misfit pets. Her shelter name was Princess, but my mom and I don't really approve of titles for names, so she was redubbed Princess Leia, or Leia for short. I'll be whipping up a post about her shortly, but it's safe to say she will continue to be part of our household.

Happy 2017!


  1. Leia is adorable. <3 Have you read The Goldfinch? It is about a painting. I have to finish it. I set it aside in 2015 because of so many ARCs and never got back to it. I was loving it, though. I saw the Cummings book on sale and I hemmed and hawed and didn't end up getting it. Now I wish I had. I'll put it on my Amazon wishlist and maybe it will be on special again sometime. Have a wonderful new fortnight. :)

    1. I haven't read the Goldfinch yet- I was a bit wary of the hype around it, so I didn't pick it up when it was on sale. It's so hard to tell which bios are worth reading, and which aren't- I tend to go for bios and memoirs that have some not so rosy life events. I hope you have a great week!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, La La!
      ~Litha Nelle


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