Okay, enough of that mushy stuff. I hope all of the Americans had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We had fun. Part of our week was spent doing some of that mad housekeeping and clutter removal that goes on when there are actually two willing adults present. Let's face it, I'm just not great at doing clutter removal on my own. So, I had a little help. Nice. And, then we did a quick up-and-back trip to Oklahoma to dine with the in-laws (excellent meal, great company), snap pics of the Golden Driller (above) and, apparently, make our clutter problem worse.
Guilty, as charged. The damage, top to bottom:
- Castle Dor by Arthur Quiller-Couch and Daphne DuMaurier
- The Artificial Man by L. P. Davies
- Gerald: A Portrait by Daphne DuMaurier
- Promised Land by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice
- Light Raid by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice
- The King's General by Daphne DuMaurier
- Haunted and
- Dime Store Magic, both by Kelley Armstrong
- Home in Time for Christmas by Heather Graham
- Consequences by Penelope Lively
- Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
Good heavens. Do you realize this means I have to dig up 120 books to get rid of? 10 for every 1 brought into the house. Rather hard to fathom, but I think I know my chore for the week. However, I did part with 6 books, last week. That gets us down to 114, if I can still subtract, although I'll have to peek back at recent posts to see whether or not I've mentioned everything that has arrived in the mailbox. In case you're interested, most of the books above came from Gardner's, a delightful secondhand bookstore in Tulsa. A few were remainders and some were foolish full-price purchases, but I don't do that often so I think I can be forgiven. You'll have to ask my spouse.
I obviously have a weakness for Daphne DuMaurier's books and some of you know I've recently become a crazed Connie Willis fangirl, so that explains the two books co-written by Willis. As to the others . . . I loved the one book I read by Penelope Lively, although I can't seem to extract the title from my brain. My friend Mike has been pushing me to read The Yiddish Policemen's Union for two years and I am determined to find something to love by Sherrilyn Kenyon because she used to be in my (former) writers' group and she is such a sweet, funny, cool lady that I desire to love her books. I confess I haven't succeeded at loving her books, so far, but I'm going to keep trying. The Kelley Armstrong books gave no hint as to order, so I wild-guessed, didn't succeed, and now will have to find the first two books in the Women of the Otherworld series. [muffled curses]
In spite of the fact that I had plenty of reading time, I only managed to finish one book, last week: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. And, guess what? It was a library check-out. So, I can't swap it or give it away, but wow . . . Before I Fall is definitely a title worth checking out. The story of a teenager who dies and then keeps reliving the day of her death until she figures out what she must accomplish, the book is consistently surprising and nicely written. I've already added Lauren Oliver's second book -- which has not yet been released -- to my wish list.
I am on the verge of finishing The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, which is also engrossing and beautifully written.
As I write, I am in a cat-less home. We boarded our little darlings for a few days and they can't be picked up after noon on Saturday, nor at all on Sunday. Misery! It is way too dull without cats in this house.In case you're interested, in this photo Fiona was watching an anole lizard and Isabel was watching Fiona's tail slap back and forth. At one point, Izzy got a mouthful of tail, which was followed by a mild set-down by Fi (a swat on the top of the head).
I guess that's about all the malarkey I've got, for now. I'll return to whipping out reviews, ASAP - maybe even later today. We shall see. Did you do anything exciting, last week?