Lesser Spotted Animals

Saturday, July 29th, 2017 04:49 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
Recently picked up at the library, a really fun book Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You've Never Heard Of by Martin Brown.

I particularly liked the bit on the Sand Cat (and there's an illustration of one in a t-shirt that reads I HEART SAND). The sentence "This animal is very psammophilic (sand-loving)." had me thinking of Five Children and It.
"You don't know?" it said. "Well, I knew the world had changed—but—well, really—Do you mean to tell me seriously you don't know a Psammead when you see one?"

"A Sammyadd? That's Greek to me."

"So it is to everyone," said the creature sharply. "Well, in plain English, then, a Sand-fairy.

Steampunk Roomba

Thursday, September 8th, 2016 05:53 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I picked up Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano from the library. There are gears on its cover which I did not notice until after reading a few chapters.

There's a steampunk Roomba:
The windup metal vacuum discus is repeatedly knocking into the corner, trying to find its way out. The copper is scuffed, the gears whining for their efforts.

Losing books

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 02:20 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I just got a book coming due notice from the library about a book I had forgotten I had out. I then remembered I'd got bored of the book and it got buried under the pile of stuffed animals and spare pillows by my bed. I should probably dig it out and finish it!
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
Plucked from the shelf near Son because a one-word title shelved in YA is very likely to be an issue book (see [personal profile] rachelmanija on the one-word problem novel) and might be entertaining: Choke by Diana López.

Two pages in:
"which is cool when the teachers forget to ask for my opinion, which is double cool since I don't have an opinion most of the time, at least not one they would care about. Honestly, I don't know how I feel about the president or YouTube or The Giver, a book we had to read in English class."

Reading

Saturday, April 6th, 2013 03:39 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I finally got Lois Lowry's novel Son from the library and have started reading it. As I expected, I am all of a-twitch about new canon, well, sort of new canon, pieces I shall most likely ignore but perhaps this will form its own interesting story.

Also, I keep remembering a point I read years ago about how using the realworld term "birthmother" is problematic.

Coyote?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 05:58 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I may have just seen a coyote. Might have been a stray dog, but the geography's not implausible (if more urban than I'd expect) and it was certainly a light brown canid with a bushy tail carried low, and it was unhurriedly trotting down the sidewalk on its own business.

Context being I was walking home from the library with a couple of books I wanted to bring home as I may offer to write them for Yuletide.

Dodgy footnotes

Sunday, January 29th, 2012 11:04 am
katherine: Girl with glasses: Fuzzy cat with a folded pair of glasses by her paw. (glasses)
I took out from the library a book that purports to be all sciencey but I'd read about with considerable skepticism. The internet had told me of footnotes that make no sense and yes, there really are. I kept flipping, and found various instances that made me wince, such as four Ibids in a row.

The most awful was a statement about a source of information, and the footnote marker points to: the Acknowledgements. The Acknowledgements of the actual book. This book points to its very own Acknowledgements section in a footnote.

Worldbook

Sunday, January 15th, 2012 02:44 pm
katherine: Girl with glasses: Fuzzy cat with a folded pair of glasses by her paw. (Default)
The library's booksale shelf had a nearly complete set of the Worldbook, and since other people had clearly taken particular volumes, I followed suit, taking home H. For Hippopotamus and Horse and all sorts of things. Also the spine had a good slice of the Snow Leopard image that wrapped.

Fox Walked Alone

Saturday, September 17th, 2011 06:50 pm
katherine: Cat-eared Dreamsheep, sleeping against a pale green background (catdreamsheep)
I picked up my hold from the library today, another Barbara Reid, this one Fox Walked Alone which doesn't have quite the fascination of The Subway Mouse (the illustrations are done in just plasticine, without additional paint and pieces) but still pretty, and the animals curled up together!
katherine: Sleeping Canada sheep with a thought bubble Dreamwidth (canada)
I recently read Pollyanna Grows Up for the first time. (It was one of the "recycled reads" I got at the Kelowna library.) So when I got Take Up Thy Bed and Walk: Death, Disability and Cure in Classic Fiction for Girls out of my local library, the chapter I was most interested in was "A Study of Disability, Class, and Gender: Pollyanna and Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor Porter".

The whole book, though, has been a very interesting read.

And now I want to re-re-read What Katy Did.

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