Miss Fiona and I have been diverted; she by numerous toys to play with and corners of her new home to explore, I by the necessity to get the house ship-shape for visitors and the need to spend time playing with my adorable new feline, because if I don't she runs around looking vaguely crazed and tearing into the garbage (oooh the chicken bones, they are so tempting) until, exhausted, she falls flat -- literally. She is hilarious. I can't even begin to tell you how much we're loving our new kitty. We do need a trashcan with a lid, though.
I've been periodically trying to write my review of The Things They Carried and I must admit . . . that book is freaking intimidating. It's so perfect that I'm afraid anything I say will be subpar. But, I'll keep trying.
I've just finished The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkard. I read the second book in this lovely inspirational Regency romance series, last year, and enjoyed it enough that I jumped at the chance to review the latest installment. The Country House Courtship is a little shy on plot, but it was perfect for the moment; I was in the mood for something light, predictable and upbeat. A sneak peek chapter along with my review will be posted on Friday.
Over the weekend, I closed another marvelous book: Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester. My husband and I enjoyed the Hornblower TV movies and he has read most of the books, but Mr. Midshipman Hornblower was my first taste of the series and I'm hooked. Completely hooked. We have 9 of the 11 books, so I won't have to go far when I'm ready to read the next in the series, Lieutenant Hornblower.
The Hornblower books were actually written out of sequence but Back Bay Books has shuffled the books so that they're chronologically ordered and a list of books is conveniently printed on the back cover. You have to appreciate Back Bay for that. Ever notice how difficult it can be to figure out the order of a series? It would be nice if all series books had a list of the book titles and order of release on the back. Imagine the shopping ease.
I'm currently reading The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt, The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory and Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles. It's been a little slow going on all of them, even though all three are enjoyable in different ways, simply because I'm all over the map. If I'm not busy moving furniture or playing with the cat, I'm outside snapping pics of the birds or sleeping off a migraine. Spring is definitely upon us. We're allegedly expecting vicious storms, this afternoon (tornado season has officially begun; but, the sun is currently shining), the mosquitoes are out (!!!!) and trees are budding. Winter was nice while it lasted.
Books In, Books Out:
There have been an awful lot of books coming and going, lately. We've been doing some major shifting, still working on trying to fit various items large and small from my mother's house into our already-crowded home. The really great thing about this process is that it gives us a chance to go through our books and other possessions and weed, weed, weed. We have been living in this house for nearly 19 years and accumulation has tagged along on the coat-tails of settling in.
On Sunday, I filled two large bags with book discards and listed a handful on Paperback Swap (all of which were promptly snapped up, even though none were recent titles). In the past 3 days, though, quite a few books have arrived in my mailbox. You should see the cramming job my mailman has done; he's become a master of the book-parcel jigsaw.
Would you like to see the books that have arrived? If so, I'll take a picture of them when I've emptied my memory card. The new point-and-shoot camera that I received for Christmas is excellent for taking photos of book stacks (and little kitty faces).
As of this moment, only three people have signed up for the Sterling Children's Book giveaway, which is just crazy. Go sign up if you teach little ones, have small children or nieces, nephews, grandkids or neighbors you'd like to share with. It's huge -- 3 people will win 8 books each and the audios of all 8 titles can be downloaded totally free.
Back to work I go. Happy Wednesday!
Bookfool with a mission: Clean House or Bust