#FridayReads 13: A Natural History of Dragons


Hi, I’m here with my Friday Reads. I’m doing pretty well with my December TBR. I’m currently reading A Natural History of Dragons, A Memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan, and I’m really enjoying this. So this is a fantasy book about a very well renowned dragon naturalist in this world, called Lady Trent, and she’s writing her memoirs, and this is the first book in her memoirs that takes us through her childhood and teenage years and through her first expedition to study dragons. So Lady Trent’s own culture is sort of reminiscent of Regency England, even though this is set in a separate fantasy world from ours. This is in the fantasy of manners tradition, which is one of my favorite fantasy sub-genres. The mores of Scirland, where she lives, are very close to Regency era mores, in regards to their culture and women’s rights and women’s position in society. So Lady Trent is really buckling the society’s expectations with her passion to study dragons. And I really like the voice of Lady Trent, she’s writing this is as an older woman, well respected, a scientist, and she often comments on how her younger self behaves. And I’m just currently at the point where she’s on her first-ever dragon studying expedition, and I love it so far. I have about a hundred and fifty pages left to go, so I think I can finish this in December. Then I have two books that I haven’t managed to get to from my December TBR, and the first of those is Word Puppets by Mary Robinette Kowal. This is her short story collection and I hope to at least read one of the short stories before December ends, so that I can say that I started it in December, and then continue on during this week and next week. And the final book that I have left from my December TBR is Shirley Jackson’s Hangsaman, which is this poor book that always gets thrown aside whenever I decide what to read next, and I always leave it for last and then I never end up picking it up. I have started it a couple of times and read about five pages each time, and this month I didn’t even start it, so I’ll definitely be reading this in January. I’ve been putting this off for so long – I want to finally know what it’s about! So I just came back earlier this week from my Christmas holidays, I was visiting family, and I didn’t get any books for Christmas, but I did get an Amazon gift card from my big sister, and I’ve already bought two novellas. I bought The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell, which is a sequel to the novella The witches of Lychford, which was a really fun novella about modern-day witches, and I also bought Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter, which is also a witch novella. A couple of other non-bookish gifts that I got was this Disney princess blind box from my little sister. You could get a random Disney princess, there were about ten options, or also you could get one of their sidekicks. And I did manage to get Jasmine from Aladdin, which is great, because I wanted either Jasmine or Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and I got her. And from my brother I got Batman and Robin bendable figures… I’ll leave that to your imagination. So that was my Friday Reads. I hope you had a great holiday if you celebrated any holiday or just a great week if you didn’t, and I hope you have a good weekend, and I will see you later.

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  • I have Paul Cornell's London Falling, Book one of the Shadow Police Series on my TBR, have you read this series, any good?. Hoping to get to it once I have finished Rivers of London, currently on Book5. Happy new year!

  • great reading plans I'm still ploughing through The Wise Man's Fear.

  • Awesome reading plans! You beat me to A Natural History of Dragons…soon I will read it, at least that is what I keep telling myself. Last year I spent Christmas and New Years in Helsinki. I wish I was there now. Now people in Helsinki know how to celebrate New Years Eve! Amazing!

  • Hello..! My name is Martin and I really thanks for the inspiration, I got, from listening about, "A Natural History of Dragons – A Memoir of Lady Trent", as I have read 50 pages, and very much like the victorian language and the plot..! I also saw that you liked "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell", quite much and I have a question (hope it's ok..!) : Is there any book (besides "The Ladies of Grace Adieu"), that can be a bit like "JS&MrN"; this magical book I love so much, that you can recomend..? Best Wishes & a Happy New Year..! 🙂 /Martin

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