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Angela Duckworth, Grit. There was a bunch of buzz about this book a year or so ago, and a lot of people apparently took the part about perseverance to heart without reading what she has to say about passion for what you're doing being equally important. I'm still thinking about this book.

Graydon Saunders, The March North, first reread. I enjoy this book, but it's a really difficult read. Having a viewpoint character so immersed in their world that the reader has to puzzle out things from context is one thing, and part of the fun of reading speculative fiction; I'm still not 100% clear on what the standards and focus are, and I don't quite get the jump from "we just did this military action" to "we're establishing a Second Commonweal", but I get enough of it that I can follow along. However, when I'm having to puzzle out *which character is speaking* from context? That gets annoying.

Patricia Wrede, Mairelon the Magician. I especially admire how she writes the climactic section, as more and more people show up in one room, everybody's distinguishable, and everyone has a reason to be there.

Currently reading:

Patricia Wrede, Magician's Ward.

Michael J. Sandel, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.

Rainbow Rowell, Carry On. This may be a "well written but not my thing right now" book, but I'm giving it another couple of chapters to see if I get hooked.

In the queue:

Megan Frampton, My Fair Duchess. I can't remember why I checked this out, but I assume it was reviewed on either Mrs. Giggles, SBTB, or Dear Author.

Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent.

Mary Roach, Packing for Mars.
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Becky Chambers, The Long Way To A Small, Angry, Planet. I'd never heard of it until someone on Ravelry recommended it; I checked it out from the library and liked it so much that I'll buy my own copy. It’s not a book for people who want tight action-filled plots; it’s a more meandering story, character- and setting-focused, though there is an overarching storyline -- a spaceship with a motley crew travels the long way around to install a gate through space in a troubled system. It hits some of the same notes for me that Janet Kagan’s Hellspark did -- glimpses of interesting cultures and how people handle various culture clashes.


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