Monday, November 26, 2012
Happy Monday! I can't remember the last time I did a Monday Malarkey post (and I'm too weary to go look) but it's definitely time. I actually received some books in the mail, this week!
Just walked in, this week:
Small Wars by Sadie Jones and
Copper Star by Suzanne Woods Fisher - both sent by my lovely friend, Paula
Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick - via Paperback Swap
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - from Splinter (a Sterling imprint)
Emma by Jane Austen - from Splinter
Great Expectations and Emma are from the series with covers by artist Sara Singh. I wrote about four other Splinter classics, here. I absolutely love these covers in a gushy, ridiculous, want-to-cuddle-them way. They are paperbacks-with-flap. I compared them to Persephone books in quality, in my previous post, and I still believe the comparison is apt. Also, on a side note, I'm calling these two books my "brat pack". I've read them both and they are favorites. Pip and Emma are just a tiny bit full of themselves, though, aren't they? It's my opinion that Emma at least meant well, while Pip's motivations were more selfish. Joe Gargery was by far my favorite character in Great Expectations.
Speaking of Persephone books, my Persephone Biannually catalog just arrived. We were actually going to be in London, this week, but the trip had to be canceled because Huzzybuns had an important meeting he could not miss. I'm okay with that, since we went to London in March (I will never pass up an opportunity to go to the UK) but I was looking forward to a visit to Persephone Books. Instead, I've perused my Persephone shelf and made little checkmarks and notations and circles in the catalog. Next up: a cup of tea and some time reading the articles in a fat, comfy chair. Might as well have fun dreaming, even if I can't go to the store, right?
If you've looked at my sidebar, lately, you know I am well and truly behind on reviews. I just added a couple books to my 2012 Books Read list and will add them to my sidebar, shortly (I always leave my current year's Books Read list in draft form till the year ends) and realized I actually have two books from August that I've yet to review. Oh. My. Gosh.
I've had trouble finding the time to sit down to type and for a while I couldn't even get myself to read, I was so weary at the end of the day, but I think I'm up to snuff, now. That means I'm going to have to start hitting those reviews hard. I apologize in advance for the potential review avalanche. As always, I don't expect anyone to comment on every post. If you feel like commenting, great. If you can't bear to read all those posts, no worries. I will do a few posts with mini reviews but not all will be done that way, so there should be quite a few posts by the end of the week, if I succeed.
The only hindrance will likely be the arrival of our sofa on Thursday. Excitement!
Fiona is irritated with me because I've misplaced her laser. Sorry, Fi. Isabel decided to climb in with the wet laundry as I tossed it into the dryer and curled herself up at the back like she owned the place. You should have heard the howl when I pulled her out.
That's about all the malarkey I've got, for now. Happy Monday!
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