Ex Libris Kirkland

Ex Libris Kirkland is my entirely self-centered way to keep track of what I read, what I like, and what I want to remember.


Recently Quoted

  • If you think of doing something in New York City, you can be certain that at least two thousand other people have had that same thought. And of the two thousand who do, about one thousand will be standing in line waiting to do it.

    an excerpt from From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, written by E. L. Konigsburg in 1967

  • These are the people -- oh it's clear to me--
    who have bribed these men and brought about the deed.
    No current custom among men as bad
    as silver currency.

    an excerpt from Antigone, written by Sophocles in -441

  • Dead men's grief comes back, and falls on grief.
    No generation can free the next.
    One of the gods will strike. There is no escape.

    an excerpt from Antigone, written by Sophocles in -441

Recently Noted

  • Also, I enjoyed Bardugo's spooky Adult fiction about Yale, Ninth House.

    an note about Shadow and Bone, written by Leigh Bardugo in 2012

  • Is this a by-the-numbers YA effort that spun off a lackluster Netflix series? Yes. Is Matt still kind of a sucker for fantasy book that's in a pseudo Russia? Also yes.

    an note about Shadow and Bone, written by Leigh Bardugo in 2012

  • The kind of book that’s chock full of interesting facts that I’m tempted to bug Erika with. Did you know the weather at some points of Antarctica is similar to Greenland today? Did you know 50,000 people live in Greenland? Did you know ONLY 50,000 people live in Greenland? Did you know Antarctica is DEFINITELY full of minerals that are pretty valuable? Did you know that only 1% of Antarctica isn’t covered in ice?

    an note about Antarctica: The Battle for the Seventh Continent, written by Doaa Abdel-Motaal in 2016

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