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

  • Better than quoting it: here's a spread to get the full picture:

    spread from How to Know the Birds

    an excerpt from How to Know the Birds, written by Ted Floyd in 2019

  • “The drivers for the jackpot are still in place, but with less torque at that particular point.” He took a seat at the table. “They’re still a bit in advance of the pandemics, at least.”

    an excerpt from Agency, written by William Gibson in 2020

  • But gods are born of ichor and nectar, their excellences already bursting from their fingertips. So they find their fame by proving what they can mar: destroying cities, starting wars, breeding plagues and monsters. All that smoke and savor rising so delicately from our altars. It leaves only ash behind.

    an excerpt from Circe, written by Madeline Miller in 2018

Recently Noted

  • We read this chapter-by-chapter as a bedtime book with the kids! It was fun, a little light editing on the fly, but a great experience talking with the kids about this. And while we knew there would be a rescue eventually, we had no idea what it would be like. We finished this right before we went on a Florida vacation, and we talked about this a lot during then, including making it a mission to try eating dorado fish.

    I think this recommendation came from @rogre - thank you!

    an note about Survive the Savage Sea, written by Dougal Robertson in 1972

  • This is a charming collection of essays about birdwatching, geared towards actually instructing a beginning birder. Each topic is centered around a single bird, and there are nice drawings with each. I was sold right away because the first is called 'Spark Bird', explaining that birders can point to specific species and say 'that's the one that made me want to learn more about birds.' The illustration and details are about the Cedar Waxwing, which is for reals MY spark bird.

    an note about How to Know the Birds, written by Ted Floyd in 2019

  • What also surprised me is just how tedious this book was! I don't mind, really, but man, not a zippy read.

    an note about The Millionaire Next Door, written by Thomas J Stanley in 1998

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