Alina – Staff Pickles

I mostly read books written for people younger than me and books written by people older than me, in a variety of genres - mostly fantasy/scifi but also mysteries by dead ladies, cookbooks with great photography, and graphic novels without capes. When not reading I like playing board games, travelling to places with lots of vineyards, and looking at pictures of dogs.

I can also be found under afictionado; my lists include my top reads of 2016 (so far), great teen fiction addressing race and conflict, and favourite non-Western fantasy/scifi.

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My top 3 recent reads

Cover to Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness (Young Adult)

This has everything from love to explosions (literal explosions, specifically the East London school disaster). It's historical and set in Texas so naturally race is a contentious issue. I'd only recommend to late teens upwards, especially for those who enjoy having VIOLENT FEELINGS about books.


It's Not Me, It's You (Adult fiction)Cover to It's Not Me, It's You

I read through all of McFarlane's published works on the (looooong) flight home recently, and they were all funny, easy to read, and feature a cast of friends who I'd happily share a bottle of chardonnay with.

Hangnail (Children's fiction)Cover to Castle Hangnail

Castle Hangnail finally has a new master... maybe? Head minion Majordomo isn't so sure -- she seems awfully young and, well, not very wicked. If you like Eva Ibbotson then give Ursula Vernon a try.




My favourite Mills and Boon title

One Night, So Pregnant!

Currently listening to...

Bryony and Roses, by T. Kingfisher (otherwise known as Ursula Vernon)

My favourite TV/movies watched recently

Jane the Virgin is a DELIGHTFUL TV series, ignore the title.

Looking forward to ...

Looking forward to reading:  A Tyranny of Petticoats, Who's That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane, Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia McKillip (June), Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal (July), Everfair by Nisi Shawl (September), Iron Cast by Destiny Soria (October), Crosstalk by Connie Willis (October), Spindle by E.K. Johnston (December).

Will never be found reading ...

Cookbooks with no pictures, books about sad professors having affairs with students, anything too literary to resolve the ending.

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