3 Feb

It’s a bit late to be posting new year’s resolutions, but I’ve had this post in the back of my mind for a while. My resolution is just that: to be resolute.

This year I won’t stand by when people are doing things I disagree with. While I can’t possibly point out every use of words I disapprove of, I can make it clear that those words upset me in general terms. I dislike the ‘R’ word, for example, and any sort of homophobic, transphobic or misogynist ‘jokes’, as a key aspect of my worldview is that words matter. The words we use shape the thoughts in our heads, and if, for example, we’re using ‘gay’ to mean stupid, we’ve got gay=stupid right there.

I won’t stand by and watch people being bullied.

I won’t let all the world’s evils pass me by while I am absorbed in my own life, hectic, impoverished, and difficult though it is.

I will try to make a positive difference to the world, no matter how small.

Currently reading:

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
“a good bookshop is just a genteel black hole that knows how to read.”

The Healing in the Vine by Tamora Pierce

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Deadline by Mira Grant
“to those who would choose the safety of inaction over the danger of taking a stand, I have this to say: You bloody cowards. May you have the world that you deserve.”

Completed since 12/3/2014 (73)

Snuff by Terry Pratchett*
Persuasion by Jane Austen*
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett*
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie*
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Animorphs: The Invasion by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Visitor by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Encounter by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Message by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Predator by K A Applegate
For the Win by Cory Doctorow*
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett*
Animorphs: The Capture by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Stranger by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Alien by K A Applegate
Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J K Rowling
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Avengers Prime: Volume One by Brian Michael Bendis and Alan Davis*
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust by George R R Martin*
Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough*
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan*
Justice League of America: The Lightning Saga by Brad Meltzer and Geoff Johns*
Pawn by Aimée Carter*
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen*
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan*
A Dance With Dragons Part 2: After the Feast by George R R Martin*
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan*
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan*
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan*
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Hounded by Kevin Hearne*
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Shirley by Charlotte Brontë*
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
Hexed by Kevin Hearne*
Hammered by Kevin Hearne*
Tricked by Kevin Hearne*
The Great Cat Massacre: A History of Britain in 100 Mistakes by Gareth Rubin*
Bridget Jones’s Diary: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding*
United We Spy by Ally Carter
The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid*
Trapped by Kevin Hearne*
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë*
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Perseus Spur by Julian May
Hunted by Kevin Hearne*
Sisters by Barbara Mortimer*
The Martian by Andy Weir*
Orion Arm by Julian May
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch*
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë*
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
The Magic in the Weaving by Tamora Pierce
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen*
Sagittarius Whorl by Julian May
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris*
The Power in the Storm by Tamora Pierce
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch*
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch*
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch*
The Fire in the Forging by Tamora Pierce
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett*
Feed by Mira Grant
“we have embraced the cult of fear, and now we don’t seem to know how to put it back where it belongs.”

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch*


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