It's awfully hot out. Not dog days of summer, just yet, but yucky enough to make a girl want to escape to someplace people are wearing jackets or take a generous siesta. Where are people wearing jackets in June? I need to know. Better yet, tell me where they'll be wearing jackets in August -- other than Alaska. I've experienced a cold, rainy Alaskan August. I loved it, just FYI.
I actually finished two books, this weekend! Woot! In brief:
Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada - Originally entitled "Everyone Dies Alone" (I used an online translator to determine the original German title), the German name is much more accurate. Pretty much everyone dies, eventually, and they all die alone without friends or loved ones present, but the book isn't as much of a downer as you may think. It's about retaining one's principles, even while knowing that doing so likely will bring about death. A pretty amazing WWII book based on a true story.
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones - A fictional look at bigamy from two sides - that of the daughter who feels like she's the least favored because her mother isn't the one legally married to her father; and, the viewpoint of the legitimate daughter, Chaurisse, who is not as pretty as her half-sister, Dana. Chaurisse describes Dana as one of the "silver girls" to whom people are drawn. When they meet and become friends, what will happen? Surprisingly, I found this one a bit of a page turner.
I'm not yet packing books but I'm still trying to thin them and I started reading a Regency romance to see if it was worth keeping. I'm not finding the book as exciting as most of the Regency romances I've read, so I think it'll go in a donation bag. Into the Free isn't thrilling me, either, I'm afraid. It seems to lack a definitive sense of time and place. I may ditch it and just see what everyone else at my F2F group has to say about it. We'll see. According to my reader (fortunately, my copy was an ebook freebie), I've read roughly 21%. The meeting is Wednesday, so I still have time to finish Into the Free if I manage to get into it.
The other two books in my sidebar are non-fiction and I feel like I always have to have a fiction title going. I think I have one or two fiction ARCs left, so I'll choose from whatever remains in the ARC pile (which is shrinking, for once).
Recently walked in:
Two books arrived in the mail, last week, and one just walked in the door. So I am not totally deprived of those lovely manila envelopes with little bubbles inside.
- The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O'Neal - Very kindly sent to me by Fizzy Jill when I mentioned that I must give this author a try because I can always use an upper. Thanks so much, Jill!
- A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash - A drawing win from BermudaOnion's Weblog. Very exciting. Wiley Cash is the author I missed seeing in Oxford by mere hours. I've been anxious to read his book.
- Poopendous by Artie Bennett and Mike Moran - Sent by the author. I'm planning to have a "Children's Day" (several reviews of children's books), soon, and I loved The Butt Book by the same author, so I said "yes" to reviewing Poopendous. It's about just what it sounds like -- the many fine uses of poop, like carrying seeds and such.
Is it weird that I'm pretty sure I'm going to miss our giant oak trees when we move, even though every time we have a tornado warning I visualize one of them falling on the house? They're so nice and shady. The view from my desk is about the bottom 25 feet of the oak trees (and a whole lot of poison ivy). There are no limbs for that first 25 feet or so; that kind of gives you an idea how humongous the trees are. I get to see squirrels, chipmunks and lizards playing outside my window, all the time. I do believe I'll miss that. However, I won't miss the poison ivy or picking up the limbs that fall after every puff of wind.
Enough for now. I hope your week has started well!
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