The Last Kingdom

The joy of it. The sword joy. I was dancing with joy, joy seething in me, the battle joy that Ragnar had so often spoken of, the warrior joy. If a man has not known it, then he is no man.


Bird Facts II

  • Little Penguins are the smallest penguins. I would hope so.
  • Nicobar Pigeons are the closest living relatives to Dodos. I don’t see the resemblance.
  • Greater Flamingos can live for quite a while. The oldest captive bird was at least 83 years old.
  • Golden Conure hatchlings have to be protected from murderous… Toucans?
  • Salmon Crested Cockatoos raise their crests when threatened. Obviously, I’m not very scary.
  • The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is the largest pigeon in the world. For contrast, they can weigh up to 7.5lbs. I normal old city dwelling Rock Pigeon generally weights less than 1lb!

I’m not dead…. just exhausted from grad school and marathon training. All pictures from the Cincinnati Zoo, which I went to over a month ago and holy cow busy life.

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Shelf Status : July

July wasn’t the most fantastic month for reading. In fact, I only managed five books, which ties June for the lowest number read. But! It stands out as the month that I completed War and Peace. So there’s that. Victory! Kind of!?!

  • Favorite Book of the Month : Though it was a small month for reading, I genuinely enjoyed everything that I got through, so this is a tough call. I’m going to have to give it to War and Peace though, just because the absurd sense of achievement that I have from it. Four way tie for the silver though.
  • Least Favorite Book of the Month : I don’t have one- I really enjoyed them all. What is happening?
  • Favorite Highlight : “Pierre was right when he said that one must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I’m alive, I must live and be happy.”- War and Peace
  • Everyone Should Read : Saga. Since I know 1,200 pages of Russian lit is a hard sell I’m going to to go with Saga as my recommendation this month. It’s a comic unlike anything else.
  • Topic That I’m Now Obsessed With : Comics. After reading the new Saga and the Avatar novel I went and added about 15 more trade paperbacks to my wish list. But I need to stop spending money😦
  • New (to me) Author I Want to Read More Of : Andrzej Sapkowski. I would read more of the Witcher books for sure.
  • New (to me) Author I Think I’ll Skip From Now On : None!
  • Looking Forward To Reading : A billion different things on my TBR stack. The physical shelf is actually full so I just gotta start knocking things down one by one.
  • Reading Challenge Status : 

Full List of Books Completed

  1. The Last Wish
  2. Avatar : Smoke and Shadow
  3. Saga Volume 6
  4. War and Peace
  5. Pyramids

July was my heavy travel month, and August looks to be a bit better for time. I already have two books finished and a third getting close so I might actually have more to write about next time! Yay!


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Love blinds. We have both tried to give our sons, not what they needed, but what we needed. We’ve been so busy trying to rewrite our own pasts, we’ve blighted their present.