Monday, September 09, 2013

Monday Malarkey - Two weeks' worth of arrivals, reading and links

I'm having a pretty pathetic reading month so let's begin with the past 2 weeks' arrivals:

Top to bottom:

Friday's Harbor by Dianne Hammond - from William Morrow
Swimming in the Moon by Pamela Schoenwaldt - from William Morrow
This is Paradise (short stories) by Kristiana Kahakauwila - from Hogarth Press
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry - via Paperback Swap
My Son and the Afterlife by Elisa Medhus, M.D. - from Atria Books
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis - from Katherine Tegan Books
Help for the Haunted by John Searles - from William Morrow

Top to bottom (the top 5 were all won in a Knopf giveaway):

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice
Longbourn by Jo Baker
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Most of Nora Ephron by Nora Ephron
I Kiss Your Hands Many Times by Marianne Szegedy-Maszak - from Speigel & Grau

Of the Knopf books, there's only one that I'm not interested in reading (the Anne Rice) but Kiddo has expressed interest in that one.  I'm most excited about the new Jhumpa Lahiri.


I've only finished 2 books, so far, in September.

True Spies by Shana Galen
Help for the Haunted by John Searles

I'm blaming the never-ending summer.  Please, Mother Nature, give us a break!!!  It's supposed to hit 100, today.  I melt at the thought.

Reviews (since my last Monday Malarkey):

The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen 
The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon 
Dr. Who: Players by Terrance Dicks 
The Book of Someday by Dianne Dixon 
True Spies by Shana Galen 

Other posts:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (the F2F report)
Fiona Friday - a flashback post about our dearly departed Sunshine, aka "Shiny"
A flashback photo of Isabel as a tiny kitten in lieu of malarkey
Fiona Friday - All three girls (just photos)
In a spine poetry mood 


I'm taking a break from ARCs, at the moment, because I think that often helps to pull me out of an unexpected slump.  I'm reading:

Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean - A thriller copyrighted in 1963, which I plan to follow up by streaming the movie with Huzzybuns.
Prehistoric Avebury by Aubrey Burl - History for research on one of the stories I have begun to write. Unfortunately, I have the original 1979 release.  This book has been updated at least once and I will probably eventually have to get a newer edition.
Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You by Dr. Mardy Grothe - a book on wordplay.

In other news:

  • River just just climbed up my back . . . with claws. I'm pretty sure I can feel the blood dripping down over my shoulder blades.
  • A fruit fly sacrificed itself in the foam of my coffee, two days ago.  That was weird.  #kamikaze
  • I love what my eldest son said when I ribbed him about how his place in our will is closely tied to the correct spelling of the word "whoa" when he wrote "woah" in a Facebook post.  He said:  "You're going to blow it all on fun vacations anyway. I accepted this when you emailed me from a bullet train." 
  • I'll probably get in trouble for quoting my son on the blog.
That's about all that's worth mentioning in my world.  Happy Monday!

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  1. Those books look fantastic! I'm off to look up a few of them to see what they're about.

    1. Dangerous looking at other people's stacks, isn't it? :)

  2. Yep, I did a stint of ARC accepting during the summer, but that's now over. I don't do obligation well, ya know. lol

    Good-looking books landed at your house!!!

    Hope your back is healed and no other fruit flies make a dive for your coffee.

    1. It gets a little exhausting, that obligation. But, I've read some truly amazing books that I might not have given a thought to otherwise, this year, so I just keep accepting.

      They do look fun, don't they? :)

      No fruit flies committed suicide in my most recent cup of coffee, thank goodness. So weird. I've yet to look at the claw marks on my back. I really think River just wanted to climb onto my shoulder. She can be quite a cuddle bunny when she wants to.

  3. Wowzers! You are the queen of ARCs this month. :) I brought one home from work last week that a co-worker decided to let me have since she knew I was interested more than she was. It's The Astronaut Wives Club. I can't wait to give it a read!

    Super hot here, too. 99 or thereabouts when I got off work and it was just as bad all weekend and last week. I am so ready for fall (and... shhhh... winter!).

    Hope your kitty learns to climb a little more gently next time around. :)

    1. Yeah, I've got quite the crazy stacks, haven't I? The Astronaut Wives Club has been on my wishlist since Andi read it. Hope you enjoy it!

      I noticed it's hot up in your part of the country, too. Sucks. I am dying for fall. Some years we have a cool front by now. So far, no luck, although we did have a brief spell in which it got down to highs in the 80s and I was able to open the window two mornings in a row (!!). But, that passed quickly. Hopefully soon. It's so funny that you're looking forward to winter, for once. :)

      That fur girl needs her nails clipped but if she ever stops long enough for me to get a clipper to her paws, she's hidden away somewhere. I keep hoping we'll meet halfway, at some point.


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