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dorking around with old books for work and reading new(ish) books for fun with strong opinions but an inconsistent rating system | you can find me most places as wynkenhimself including as | she/her

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sarah's books

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2024 Reading Goal

27% complete! sarah has read 11 of 40 books.

Tana French: The Hunter: a Novel (2024, Viking) 5 stars

It’s a blazing summer when two men arrive in a small village in the West …

don't expect it to be a procedural and you'll love it

5 stars

I'm a big Tana French fan, and I especially love these last two, in which she really seems to be working through the moral implications of police procedurals when police violence is so omnipresent. Cal's less isolated here and that's only making his life more difficult when it comes time for him to sort out what justice means, and that's what makes this book work.

reviewed The Wreath by Sigrid Undset (Kristin Lavransdatter, #1)

Sigrid Undset, Tiina Nunnally: The Wreath (Paperback, Penguin Classics) 4 stars

Kristin Lavransdatter interweaves political, social, and religious history with the daily aspects of family life …

the century-old saga about a mediaval Norwegian woman I never knew I needed to read

4 stars

oof so many bad choices being made in this book, but also so beautiful to read

Sigrid Undset: Kristin Lavransdatter (EBook, 2005, Penguin Publishing Group) No rating

In her great historical epic Kristin Lavransdatter, set in fourteenth-century Norway, Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset …

Just realized that since I listed this as one book rather than the 3-in-1 collection it is, it’s going to throw off my reading stats! Lolsobbbbb trying not to count the number of books I read anyway

Rosemary Kirstein: The Language of Power (Paperback, 2018, Rosemary Kirstein) 4 stars

I don’t want this to be done!!

5 stars

Actually finished this weeks ago, but have been in denial because it’s the last one but it’s at a cliffhanger! The plot isn’t done!! So close and yet so far!! Still thinking about what makes these books so compelling. It’s the way of thinking about what magic is, absolutely. But it’s also about what community is and what knowledge is and why curiosity is important. Grateful to the friend who recommended these and said to dive in without reading anything about them first.

reviewed Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym

Barbara Pym: Some Tame Gazelle (2011, Virago) 4 stars

Harriet and Belinda Bede are middle-aged sisters who have only two things in common: their …

A lesser Pym but still great

3 stars

Definitely not yet at the level of her really great ones, but it’s her first published novel, so fair enough! I think it’s missing the key ingredient of different generations or different classes to really get her kicks in, and there are so so so many jokes about curates. But it’s Barbara Pym and it’s still v good

Scott Hawkins: The Library at Mount Char (Hardcover, 2015, Crown) 4 stars

Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. She's sure of it. …

Compelling but so much torture

3 stars

So much about this book was great—the story, the characters, the slow but insanely compelling roll of it. But there is a huge amount of physical abuse in it and that abuse gets excused at the end too easily for me as something that was necessary for an end goal. So I devoured this book and then felt really gross when I finished it.