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This was a month for large, heavy, difficult to carry around books, which always affects how much I read. I also had about 4 of them on the go at once, which always complicates matters.



Books
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe - a Salem witch trials book, interesting but not developed enough and a bit predictable
Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey - the epitome of light and fluffy. I picked the first one up because of the author (her Phedre series has always stayed with me) but these... are ridiculous. Enjoyable, but ridiculous.
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster - one of those classic novels that just caught my eye. The story wasn't what I expected and it meandered all over the place, but was overall an interesting read
The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and its People by Barry Kemp - this read very much like an archaeology textbook. Lots of interesting facts but it was a hard slough through it.
The Betrayal Knows my Name, vol. 1 by Hotaru Odagiri - I love manga and I always restrain myself from reading them because I cannot afford to buy them (so many volumes, at $10 each, is just not in my price range). I picked this up on a whim at the library, though, and ended up loving it. I miss manga.

Movies
Oklahoma! (1955) - one of those big screen special presentations, very silly but fun
Furious Seven (2015) by
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) by
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) by

Culture 'n Stuff
I managed to actually get out and about a bit this month, due to actual decent weather and a few days off. I ducked into The Museum of Natural History on a whim, with the expectation of spending an enjoyable hour or so... well, it took me 20 minutes to view the entire museum. Admittedly, the animatronic dinosaurs were cool and watching the kids' reactions to them were entertaining, and the section on First Nations was interesting (albeit tiny). But that was it. I guess, after seeing Ottawa, Washington, and Pittsburgh, I'm spoiled.

I was far more impressed with the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. I'll admit to having absolutely zero interest in boats, fishing, or any associated activity, but there isn't exactly a wealth of museums to choose from here, so I went. As well as the expected displays on boats of all types, there was a remarkable exhibit on the Halifax Explosion, as well as an interesting Titanic exhibit and one on Sable Island and its shipwrecks. Strangely enough, what I found really interesting was the process they developed for identifying bodies (thought up by a Halifax doctor to deal with the bodies from the Titanic, then reused by his son after the Halifax Explosion). Morbid but surprisingly fascinating.

Yesterday I finally worked up the energy to go exploring. The weather was foggy and chill here in Halifax but, as promised by the weather channel, it cleared up about halfway to Lunenburg, with beautiful sunshine and a stiff breeze. I walked the waterfront, saw the Bluenose II, and was charmed by the brightly painted houses (why don't we have those elsewhere in Canada?). I had the best fish 'n chips I've had yet (and that's saying a lot, NS is lousy with tasty fish) on a tiny outdoor patio overlooking the water and wandered the shops. Then I headed down a treacherous road to Blue Rocks, which my guidebook told me was like Peggy's Cove but without the tourists. Absolutely beautiful place, I loved listening to the surf and how desolate it was. I would have stayed there all day except the wind was quite cold, so I kept on my adventure and hit Mahone Bay, which was just small shops on a main strip, but the wind was warm there (it's crazy how the temperature changes in relation to proximity to the ocean). Gorgeous day.

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