Monday, July 08, 2013
Monday Malarkey - Books, reading and a stalker kitten
I figured someone out there is hankering for a kitten photo, so here you go. Prissy was stalking the laser.
I've gotten quite a few books, recently. Some are not very photogenic (one in terrible shape, two others ARCs with ugly covers) so I'll just list them:
From Paperback Swap:
The Confessions of Catherine De Medici by C. W. Gortner
Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life by Lyndall Gordon
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson (this is the book that came in terrible shape; I ordered a "like new" copy but got a beat-up, dirty thing) for F2F discussion
Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Lighthouse Island by Paulette Jiles
The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley
Goat Mountain by David Vann
Winning from Within by Erica Ariel Fox
The United States of Paranoia by Jesse Walker
I haven't requested a book for about 2 weeks and last book I requested has not yet arrived, but there should be a gap in arrivals after that shows up. I'm hoping I can stay on an "ARC diet" long enough to finish everything I've received. That could take a while.
I seem to be in a bit of a writing slump. I've begun several reviews and am not satisfied with any of them, possibly because I've had a marvelous run of 6 wonderful books in a row. I don't think that's happened to me in a very, very long time, so I'll just list my recent favorites and you can ponder them (or run as fast as you can to buy them) while I'm working on my reviews.
Books that have recently blown my mind, they were so awesome:
The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy - Love his writing so much.
The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas - An emotional read; couldn't see for the tears, at one point.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - He's an iffy author for me but I loved this book so much I plan to reread it before I review. I usually only do that with Simon's books.
Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt (my #1 - and that's really saying something, given the quality of this list)
And, two that were excellent:
To Be a Cat by Matt Haig (a middle reader)
Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
One more cat photo:
Not very good, but here's one of my first pics of Fiona with the kitten. Izzy has not calmed down one bit. Still hoping, though. It's nice that at least one of my girls doesn't mind Prissy.
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