A bumper edition this week, due to the lack of posts lately.
Added to Wishlist
- Letters From Egypt – Lucie Duff Gordon. Lucie Duff Gordon got a shout out on The Great British Sewing Bee recently for having been awesome, so I’m looking forward to giving this a shot.
- Lucie Duff Gordon: A Passage to Egypt – Katherine Frank. See above.
- Solar Bones – Mike McCormack. An interesting-sounding read by an Irish author is always guaranteed to catch my attention.
- Suicide Forest. Since reading Travelers Rest I’ve had a hankering for good horror reads and this sounds like it will fit the bill nicely.
- The Voodoo Killings – Kristi Charish. This has popped up on so many of your blogs and I am itching to get my hands on it. Oddly, it’s only available in the UK as an audiobook at the moment, but I can bide my time!
- Grin and Beard It – Penny Reid. Full confession: I want to read this because I am a sucker for beards and the title/cover combo on this has drawn me right in.
- Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings – Owen Hatherley. I wasn’t blown away by Hatherley’s A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, but I feel that that was partly the fault of the book blurb not really matching the contents of the book, so I’m willing to give him another shot for this one.
- Fear the Drowning Deep – Sarah Glenn Marsh. The cover! The blurb! The Isle of Man! I’m a bit gutted that I have to wait until October for this one.
- Six Wakes – Mur Lafferty. This mash-up of sci-fi and crime sounds like it might be excellent. Clones! In space!
- Otherbound – Corinne Duyvis. Way back in the day, I knew Corinne on Livejournal and I’m delighted to see that she’s had a book (two actually!) published. I’ll be picking this up because I used to know her, but it also sounds like a really good read.
- The Telling – Alexandra Sirowy. It’s possible that if you put a picture of a woman in a dress underwater on your cover, I will pick it up regardless of what it’s about. Happily this sounds like an excellent, creepy read so I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy more than just the cover.
Articles of Note
- Revealed: Cambodia’s Vast Medieval Cities Hidden Beneath the Jungle. So freaking cool!
- Alicia Keys: Time to Uncover. I stopped wearing make-up about eight years ago, and before that I was never a particularly heavy user. People ask me about it from time to time and I basically just shrug and say I don’t really feel like wearing it, so it’s interesting to see someone else dealing with the topic more eloquently.
- Dear Britain: Elena Ferrante, Slavoj Zizek and Other European Writers on Brexit. I actually can’t talk to people about the upcoming referendum on Britain’s EU membership because I’m genuinely afraid that I’ll fall out with people. (Clearly, I wrote that several weeks ago, you’re just going to have to roll with it, I’m afraid.)
- I Saw Postwar Europe Unite. We Can’t Let it Unravel. – Patrick Stewart. Seriously though.
- London has changed some of its traffic lights for Pride and it’s just lovely. D’awww!
- 43 Real-Life Women Who Deserve Inclusion in Civilization VI. No entries for Ireland, or Britain actually, but a fascinating list nonetheless.
- 100 Must-Read Books about Libraries & Bookstores. I’ve read surprisingly few of these (The Uncommon Reader, The Eyre Affair, The Invisible Library, The Night Bookmobile, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and 84, Charing Cross Road) and would recommend even fewer (The Uncommon Reader, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and 84, Charing Cross Road), but I do have some others on my to-be-read list (The Library at Mount Char, A Discovery of Witches, The Case of the Missing Books, The Bad Book Affair, Ink and Bone, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend).
- Batman’s Killing Joke, and its ‘edgy’ rape storyline, is not a comeback I want to see. Why do DC seem to hate women so much? They really need to start doing better (no longer shielding employees with a history of sexual harassment would be a nice start, even if they continue to be obsessed with rape and fridging). There’s another article written on the opposite side of the argument, but, well, I think it minimises how poorly DC dealt with Barbara’s rape and the aftermath of it.
- Her Story: Ladies In Literature. Pop! Goes the Reader is running a series that asks contemporary female authors to talk about their role models in literature, and it is well worth a read.
- Brace Your Hearts, There Was An Official Friday Night Lights Reunion. <3 <3 <3
- Experts Contradict Taoiseach On School Admission. So, I don’t know what people outside of Ireland know about the Irish education system, but basically the Catholic Church runs the majority of primary and secondary schools. In a lot of cases, that’s not as overtly religious as it sounds, but there are more kids looking for school places and school can’t take them all, so they’re prioritising Catholic kids. Which is not cool. Like, super, super not cool. A lot of people are unhappy about the situation, to put it mildly, but the government seem in no rush to deal with the situation. Rage.
- Mark Millar Re-Launches Kick-Ass Franchise with a Black, Female Protagonist. Millar’s work is problematic, but I’m pretty into this news. Plus, new Hit-Girl series!
- Women To Take On Men In Medieval Jousts at English Heritage Sites. Yay!
- Vindicating Women’s Rights Does Not Lead To Chaos. “Even today, foetuses matter only until birth; afterwards no one cares too much what kind of lives children have to endure.”
- Michael Herr, Author of Dispatches, Dies Aged 76. 🙁
- Irish Times View: Brexit. A Bewildering Act of Self-Harm. >:|
- Lemon Cheesecake Doughnuts. So many good things all in one.
- Grilled Beer Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos. One day I’m going to be able to buy fresh jalapenos, and not just pickled ones, and that is going to be a heavenly day, my friends.
- Eggplant Lasagne Roll Ups. I don’t care that these are ‘paleo’, I just care that they look delicious.
- Doughnut Holes. These look like bite-sized Yum Yums so I am all over it!
- 16 Rhubarb Recipes That Aren’t Pie. Just in case you’d forgotten that I love rhubarb 😉
- Loaded Baked Potato Dip. I feel like eating this with crisps as suggested might be overkill, but this looks so, so good.
- Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake. If I haven’t made this by the time this post goes live I’ll be surprised.
- Strawberry Rhubarb Tartlets with a Crumb Topping. Bite-sized goodness.
- Raspberry Peach IPA Slushies. I don’t even care if it’s sunny outside, these are definitely getting made.
- Boozy Frozen Peach Pops & Moscow Mule Popsicles. The Scottish summer is probably over, but I’ll be in my kitchen, eating these, not giving a damn.
- Strawberry Rhubarb Infused Vodka. You would not believe the amount of bottles I have tucked away waiting for vodka infusions to fill them.
- Star Trek Cookies. I’m not sure my icing skills are up to these but they’re so pretty!
- Chicken in a Creamy Parmesan Bacon Beer Sauce. Maybe I could leave the chicken out and just eat the sauce?
- Honey Garlic Crunch Chicken Tenders. Um, yes please.
- Cinnamon Blueberry Slab Pie. This might just be an excuse to make a bigger pie, but I’m okay with that.
- Individual Raspberry Cheesecakes. Because when they’re bite-sized I’m pretty sure you can eat more.
- Berrylicious Blueberry Muffins. Do you know what’s better than blueberries? Even more blueberries.
Watching: The Great British Sewing Bee
Not going to lie, Rumana is amazing and I’m a bit heart broken she didn’t make it to the end. Her exit interview encapsulated what makes The Great British Sewing Bee worth watching – it elevates normal people for doing something that pretty much anyone can do. And I don’t mean that in a dismissive way at all. When Rumana talked about how sewing made her feel beautiful when she first started wearing a headscarf, well, that is what makes sewing fantastic, and what makes a pretty boring-sounding television programme fun to watch.