I have just officially passed 2,000 posts (this is #2001). I don't pay much attention to such things so I admit seeing the number "2,000" beside the word "posts" rather astounded me.
This week's arrivals:
- The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert - from Sourcebooks for review
- The Black Count by Tom Reiss - via Paperback Swap
- Spy Smuggler: The Story of Paul LeLaud, France 1942-1944 by Jim Eldridge - sent by my delightful friend Tammy. Here is Tammy's review of Spy Smuggler.
- 10 copies of Labor Day by Joyce Maynard - from HarperCollins for book group - apparently the first box that was mailed went astray. Book group meets Wednesday night and the books just arrived last Thursday so it'll be interesting to see how many people manage to read it in time for the meeting. I've already reviewed Labor Day, here, so I didn't need a copy and went on an outing to our former town to deliver the books when they arrived. I had a good time. I don't go back to Vicksburg very often, anymore.
Last week's posts:
- The Return of Monday Malarkey - mostly in cat photos
- Ancient Egypt: Everyday Life in the Land of the Nile by B. Brier and H. Hobbs, plus my thoughts on See Inside an Egyptian Town (2 reviews)
- Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson (review), plus a photo of a cat in a cocktail dress
- Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson (review)
- Fiona Friday - Sisters investigating (cat photos)
Finished (last week) but not yet reviewed:
- Brain: The Man Who Wrote the Book that Changed the World by Dermot Davis
- The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen - This one's for tour so the review will be scheduled for later in the month.
- The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman - Oy, she's a chunkster. Bigger than The Goldfinch! It's going to take me quite a while to read this one but I'm reading it along with friends in a private Facebook discussion group created specifically for the purpose. Hopefully, they'll help keep me motivated.
- The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning - Stalled on this one about halfway through (and it's a reread - nothing urgent) so I need to make a decision whether to shove myself through the second half or set it aside.
- Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell - Just read the first story, this morning, and I thought it was an interesting take on the vampire story but I disliked the ending. It'll be fun to see what else this book has to offer. Vampires in the Lemon Grove got a lot of buzz in 2013.
One of our trees has budded, already. In mid-January. What? Winter's over? I'm not even sure we got our full 2 weeks of cold weather. It's completely gray, gloomy, wet and miserable today, though, so it feels close enough to winter. I'll take it.
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