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It's been a month of treading water and seeing how far I can push myself... Good for reading, though, apparently.



Books
Un printemps à Tchernobyl by Emmanuel Lepage - gorgeously illustrated graphic novel documenting the artist's trip to Chernobyl 20 years after the nuclear explosion
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins - I didn't know what to expect from this and at first, I was thrilled. It was quirky and wonderful, horrifying and beautiful all at once. And it kept building, sweeping me along. And then, about 2/3 through... it petered out. Things began to leave loose ends. Stories began to unravel. And the ending left a bad taste in my mouth, something dirty and disappointing. I'm not sure I'd recommend it: it had so many good things going for it before it degenerated and became something else entirely.
Closer to the Heart by Mercedes Lackey - I've stopped buying these. They remain a nice, light, fluffy read, but it seems like each successive book has a little less substance.
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (reread)
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (reread)
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (reread)
Sabriel by Garth Nix (reread)
Lirael by Garth Nix (reread)
First Nations 101 by Lynda Gray - something I picked up while in Calgary. A good general overview of the issues and challenges faced by First Nations in Canada today. I would have liked to see a more widespread treatment (there was a distinct focus on BC and Western Canada) but it was certainly interesting and a great jumping-off point for further reading.
Phantom Dream by Takaya Natsuki - vols 1-3

Movies
Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004) - great documentary highlighting the lives of kids in the Red Light district using their own photography
Eat With Me (2014) - a bit of an odd movie but okay
High Strung (2016) - awesomely terrible dance movie!

Other
Napoleon and Paris exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History - only a quick run through, since I was working the trade show, but some interesting pieces. I particularly enjoyed the "monuments never completed" section... Too many paintings and illustrations though.
Roméo et Juliette by the Grands Ballets Canadiens - a little too modern, not enough classic...

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