Saturday Reflection: 9.18.2021

A mug of coffee with a frothy top sitting on a wooden table

Hello, friends! I thought I might try out a new thing here, namely an occasional Saturday post that’s a space to share what we’ve been reading and thinking about this week. I’m drinking a fancy homemade coffee (a milk frother is truly a wonderful invention) and I’m about to start a groupwatch of Nirvana in Fire.

I’m almost finished rereading Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold. I had, uh, forgotten that the plot involves a deadly microbe. This bit struck me as a little too resonant in September 2021:

He suppressed his unstrung urge to explain to them Bel’s superior right, by old valor and love, to survive. Futile. He might as well rail at the microbes themselves. Even the Cetagandans had not yet devised a weapon that triaged for virtue before slaughtering its victims.


I’m in a bit of a rereading mood at the moment. I was just talking to my friend Kate (hi Kate!) about how the return of fall makes us want to pick up familiar books. I often try to read some Tam Lin retellings in September and October, so I’m trying to decide which one I should go for first. Or should I buck tradition altogether and read The Girls at the Kingfisher Club on the grounds that it’s been too long?

Fall also means folk rock around here. I’ve been listening to a lot of Steeleye Span in the car. I have to be in a truly majestically bad mood to resist the charms of Cam Ye O’er Frae France. Offa Rex, Pentangle, and Fairport Convention are also favorites.

My groupwatch is about to start (so excited!) so I’ll sign off for now, but please tell me all about what you’re reading and/or enjoying right now!

By Maureen LaFerney

My name is Maureen. I currently work as a library assistant in a public library in the Indianapolis area, and also just so happen to be a voracious reader. I frequently end up under a cat.

8 replies on “Saturday Reflection: 9.18.2021”

Yay, folk rock! I love Steeleye Span, though I’ve also been enjoying Jiggy lately. I think you should solve the problem by rereading both Tam Lin and Kingfisher Club!
I just finished the Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis, am now on to Josephine against the Sea by Shakirah Bournes, and listening to Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. I’m not far enough into Josephine to know how I feel about her yet, but the others are excellent.

Oh, I need to read Stephanie’s new book! I’ve also been meaning to read Cemetery Boys since it came out—I’m so behind on reading.

You’ve found people to watch Nirvana in Fire with?? Lucky you! I keep trying to convince everyone I know that they desperately need to watch a 54-episode Chinese historical drama because it’s the best thing ever, but no one is biting. I even drew out a chart of characters and their relationships for easy reference but that strangely didn’t help my cause …

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