Then and Now #17 (27/12/21 - 2/1/22)
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Last Week (and a bit further back)
The move into the new year is always an odd one for me. On the one hand technically nothing changes, and yet it feels like such a crucial time to reconsider things, start new habits and leave old ones behind. It feels like something has to happen on New Year's Eve, which always makes for a mildly stressful time in my opinion. But I did start the year determined, as I spent the 1st and the 2nd of January in the library getting started on assignments and my thesis. Go me! I also have my first therapy session tomorrow, so that is both exciting and a little nerve-wracking. Not quite ready to lay everything bare, but thankfully we're mostly going to be focusing on active ways to interrupt my anxiety-spiraling.
- Friday Friyay: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- Review: Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth, narr. by Dakota Fanning + Cast
- Favourite Reads of 2021: Top Three
- Review: Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
- Review: The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
- Review: She Kills Me: The True Stories of History's Deadliest Women by Jennifer Wright
- Favourite Reads of 2021: 15 - 4
I always hit this section and don't know what I'd want to recommend. Especially now, when I've been looking back at an entire year how do I pick one thing to highlight or recommend?! But I guess I'm going to stick with the two albums I've been listening to the past week, one of which I've already featured before. Here is the energy I want to go into the new year with:
Halsey, 'I am not a woman, I'm a god', If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power
Lana del Rey, 'Beautiful', Blue Bannister
The 'sad white girl' vibe is strong with me sometimes, but what can I say, I do love to be mildly melodramatic in between getting things done.
Extreme North: A Cultural History by Bernd Brunner (2/15/2022; W.W. Norton)
While Old English texts were my first love, Old Norse literature followed very quickly. So the way in which "the North" has been politicized is quite close to my heart and also, to a large extent, has consequences for my professional life. I can't wait to see what Brunner has to say about the North, I've only heard positive things so far.
Atlas of Forgotten Places: Journey to Abandoned Destinations from around the World by Travis Elborough (7/12/2021; Quarto Publishing - White Lion)
From ancient ruins and crumbling castles to more recent relics – an art deco New York subway station, a Soviet ghost town in the Arctic Circle, a flooded Thai mall teeming with aquatic life – Travis Elborough takes you on
and accompany Travis Elborough’s . The featured locations are a stark reminder of what was, and the accounts in .
The book features 40 sites, including: A festive tourist resort turned ghost town deep in the desert where once you could meet Santa Claus any day of the year; One of the city’s best-kept secrets is an underground, cathedral-like relic from where many Victorian commuters bustled through;: The small Caribbean island with a population of 5,000 that was evacuated when its volcano erupted in 1995. The volcano is still active and nearly half the island remains a designated exclusion zone;The former top-secret Soviet submarine base that was kept off all official maps and known as Object 825 GTS;Once dubbed ‘the place of no return’, this long-closed lunatic asylum once housed 6,000 patients who were never allowed to leave
While I've been very lucky to be able to travel and see my family, travel definitely isn't what it once was. And although I'm not majorly mad at that, I'm very grateful for books like these that let me see new and weird places nonetheless.
Queen Bee by Nina Manning (1/26/2022; Boldwood Books)
In the quiet village of Helesbury, Miranda Wallace prides herself on being the most popular member of her small social circle; the perfect friend, the best mum – the queen bee.
Until one day, Verity arrives. Cool and indifferent, Verity is everything Miranda isn’t, but she threatens to shatter Miranda’s picture-perfect life.
Suddenly plagued with insecurities, Miranda is certain Verity is hiding something. And Miranda knows all about secrets and the damage they can cause, because she’s hiding some of her own.
So when Verity threatens to reveal the truth about Miranda and destroy the perfect life she’s built, Miranda knows she has to act to protect the people she loves – even if the results are deadly.
I read Manning's The Bridesmaid last year and did very much enjoy it, despite having a few gripes. I'm very excited to see what's next with Queen Bee. I love me some small town-drama!
Life Ceremony: Stories by Sayaka Murata (7/5/2-22; Grove Atlantic)
I love strange and wonderful stories and the descriptions in the blurbs absolutely grabbed me. A narrator that is a curtain?! Tell me more!
So that's it from me! How was your last week of 2021? And what's new in 2022?