Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Malarkey - The usual malarkey, the typical cat photo

Isabel has been hilarious, as usual, this week. Here, she's hanging out through the little diamond-shaped window of the cubby in her kitty tree.  That was a brief, adorable pause in the midst of an episode of the cat crazies.  If you have cats, you know what I mean.  

This week's arrivals:

  • Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger Lab,
  • Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage, and
  • Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle, all by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith - from Quirk Books (one a Facebook win, the others tossed in because Eric at Quirk is awesome)
  • Velva Jean Learns to Fly by Jennifer Niven - via Paperback Swap
  • The Sister Season by Jennifer Scott - from NAL/Penguin for review - This one must have taken a slight detour. I was expecting it in December!
  • In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen - from Riverhead via Shelf Awareness
  • Replay by Ken Grimwood - Very kindly sent by my lovely friend Les (Lesley's review of Replay) - Thanks, Les!!!

Last week's posts:

Not a big posting week, obviously.  I've had to return to twice-weekly physical therapy for my old neck injury and that's a bit time-consuming but hopefully I'll be back down to once-a-week appointments, soon.

Books finished last week (none have yet been reviewed):

  • Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger Lab by Pflugfelder and Hockensmith
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  • The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody Epstein

This was a very diverse and quite interesting reading week.  I've got two book tours, this week, but I hope to get caught up on reviews by next weekend.  Crossing fingers and toes and such.

Currently reading:

  • A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith 
  • The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman (I will probably be reading this one for months, since the discussion group is reading it in sections so I may not mention it in my current reads every week)

Set aside:

I decided to set aside A Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning for now, but I left the bookmark in place so I may return to it at any time I feel the urge to finish it.  When I stall and don't return to a book for several weeks, it's usually best to move on.  It's a reread so I don't feel bad not finishing.

Coming up:

I'm planning to begin reading Viking Age from Sterling's Everyday Life series, this week.  I didn't want to have two non-fiction titles going at once but I've been anxious to start this one -- so anxious I've taken off the slipcover and set it in a safe place.  The book is just waiting for me to crack the cover.

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  1. What a cute picture :) Sorry to hear that you're having to do PT so often but I hope it's helping! Also sorry I've been such a darn stranger :( I keep meaning to email you but time seems to not be something that I've had much of lately :/ I AM however making time for myself to do a page a day of Wreck This Journal which I still haven't properly thanked you for :) You made my day with those books! Proper thanks coming soon!

    1. Chris!!!!!!

      I'm so happy to hear from you!!! I've missed you like crazy. Believe it or not, I'm not keeping up with email very well, either. Wild, eh? I know how busy you are. Need to send you a card when I have a moment. I found a nice little pile of them in a box of books.

      PT is all good. I stepped away from it for a year and that was a bit too long but my neck is already improving so I'm happy. Hope you're doing well. I've been thinking about you a lot, lately. I had this idea . . . well, I'll tell you about it in a letter.

      Yay!!! So glad you liked your books! Isn't it crazy fun playing with that Wreck This Journal? I particularly loved poking holes and I adore having an excuse to save stupid things like stickers from fruit. LOL

      You've made my day just by dropping by. :) Love you bunches!!

  2. I hope you enjoy your new books. :) I totally know what the 'pause' is. Casey doesn't sit still most of the time.

    1. Yep, they play hard and crash. I was lucky to get that photo at all. Izzy was reaching around the little window, clawing the heck out of the carpet covering but a couple times she leaned out like she was in a bus, getting ready to wave goodbye to her beloved as it pulled away. So cute.

  3. Glad the book arrived so quickly. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And, thanks for the link-love! :)

    1. Thanks, Les, I hope so, too! I have a feeling I'll love it but we shall see. I really appreciate you sharing your copy with me! And, you're welcome. :)


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