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text 2017-06-06 13:55
I'm the one in the corner, reading a book
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts - Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr Seuss, Steve Wozniak - that we owe many of the great contributions to society.


My lovely boss and fellow introvert lent me this book. Our department recently had a two-day team-building exercise (words that strike fear into every introvert's heart) and she and I took many deep breaths and gave a presentation on introverts in the workplace. We showed Susan Cain's TED talk, and oh boy did I relate to what she was talking about.



Now if I could just get the organizers of the next team event to ditch that ridiculous "let's all go round the table and tell everyone a bit about ourselves", I'll be ecstatic.



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text 2017-06-04 13:42
I really have finished it this time
In His Majesty's Service (Temeraire, #1-3) - Naomi Novik

It's amazing how much more sense the opening chapters of book 4 make, when you actually read the final 14% of book 3. Sigh.

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text 2017-01-15 02:25
DNF - but will probably pick it up again at some point
Hild - Nicola Griffith

I've been enjoying this, but it's quite detailed and slow-moving and unfortunately the library said I wasn't allowed to renew it for a third time, so I've had to return it. 


But I took the opportunity to check out a Kilt Dude book. 

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text 2016-12-07 14:50
Reading progress update: I've read 268 out of 560 pages.
Hild - Nicola Griffith

It feels like forever since I last posted anything, but work has been hellish, the election threw me completely off kilter, and I have been in a complete reading slump. And of course the glitchyness of this site isn't helping.


Hild has been on my wish list for a while now, and I saw it on the shelf while I was in the library collecting a Baldacci book for my husband (yeah, I know; he's also in a reading slump and just wanted something easy to read).


It's a fictionalised account of the life of the childhood of Hilda of Whitby, and much of it is set in places I know very well. (I'm from the Kingdom of Elmet).


The writing style has taken a bit of getting used to, and a more detailed glossary would be helpful, but that's just me being nitpicky. It looks as if the slump could be over.


Whitby Abbey



Hilda of Whitby



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text 2016-10-15 21:22
Halloween Bingo 2016 - Book 16 (Mystery)
A Siege of Bitterns: A Birder Murder Mystery - Steve Burrows

Mystery : A Siege of Bitterns, Steve Burrows


"This was how it all started for us, wasn't it, Inspector? Watching a few birds, wanting to know a bit more about them. Before we all got caught up in lists and numbers and races to four hundred and all that nonsense."


Well this is a series I will definitely be carrying on with. Obviously I love the birding aspect, but it also reminds me of Louise Penny's excellent Three Pines series with its sharp eyed Canadian policeman, and close-knit community. 


And here's an American bittern. But you'll have to read the book if you want know if one was spotted in Norfolk. 


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