Scully is totally capturing the mood today, I would have much preferred lounging around on the sofa:

Last week I reviewed both How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu and The Old Woman With the Knife by Gu Byeong-mo.

I also painted my pottery creation. I realised after it had dried that I’d forgotten where octopus eyes go, so it’s more of a tentacled monster than an octopus. But not too bad considering I haven’t done any pottery since I was at school.

Another slow reading week, though I did finish Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May, a slow-burn, Gatsbyesque story of witches and blood debts.

I also read Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders, a novella in Aliette de Bodard’s Dominion of the Fallen series. This was set over Lunar New Year so seemed a good time to read it. If you haven’t read the series, check out my review of The House of Shattered Wings.

The weekend walk wasn’t very exciting, we just walked round some of the cycle tracks north of Brockenhurst and it was all a bit samey. Except that near the end we emerged onto Balmer Lawn to see the biggest herd of deer I’ve ever seen in the forest. No photos because we didn’t want to get too close with Scully in tow and they seemed pretty content. Most the deer we see are running away, so it was nice to see them just chilling out.

My photos of Scully seem to keep getting a weird sparkly artefact over her head these days. Maybe she’s possessed, maybe my phone is on the blink. Maybe I’ve just forgotten how the sun works! It’s nice to feel its warming affects anyway, even though the air is pretty chilly as soon as it disappears.

I may have tripped up and accidentally bought a bunch of Kindle books this week. It’s pretty hard to resist when so many of my wishlist books are in the monthly deal. I’m just telling myself I’m saving them up for when I’m made redundant.

New books acquired:

A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross
[gifted] Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney (Hot Key Books)
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan (ebook)
The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman (ebook)
Malice by Heather Walter (ebook)
The Apparition Phase by Will Maclean (ebook)
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth (ebook)
Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders by Aliette de Bodard (ebook)
Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor (ebook)