Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Malarkey or A Shocking Look at What May Happen During a Brief Blogging Break

The photo above is not what my time away has looked like (photo from our trip to Costa Rica in 2009).  ;)  Oh, well.  One can dream.

I'm back to catch up on a bit of malarkey, but I'm not sure if I'll manage to get any reviews written for a few more days.  I have, however, managed to build myself one heck of a review backlog and have hacked away at the beginnings of one review. It doesn't feel very cohesive but I may soon post the review and move on.  We shall see.  In the meantime . . . a bit of malarkey:

Arrivals since I last posted:

From HarperCollins for review:

  • Fallout by Sadie Jones
  • When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon
  • 50 Children by Steven Pressman

From Sterling Children's for review:

  • Who Were the American Pioneers? by Martin W. Sandler
  • What Was America's Deadliest War? by Martin W. Sandler
  • How Does a Seed Sprout? by Melissa Stewart
  • How Many Planets Circle the Sun? by Mary Kay Carson
  • How Does a Caterpillar Become a Butterfly? by Melissa Stewart
  • How Does the Ear Hear? by Melissa Stewart
  • Why Does Earth Spin? by Mary Kay Carson

    all from the Good Question! series

  • Who's in the Tree? by Craig Shuttlewood
  • Is That My Cat? by Jonathan Allen
  • A History of the World with Google Earth by Penny Worms and William Ings
  • Ode to Childhood, ed. by Lucy Gray
  • Goodnight Songs (with CD) by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Dinosaur Numbers, Dinosaur Shapes, Dinosaur Colors and Dinosaur Opposites, all by Paul Strickland

From Paperback Swap:

  • Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
  • View from the Air by Hugh Fosburgh

This is the point at which your eyeballs pop out in shock, right?  I'm not even certain that's everything.  I sure hope it is.  On the night the first of two boxes from Sterling Kids showed up, I was in a very bad mood. We'd had three days of heavy overcast and cold, dreary rain. Amazing how that surprise box lifted my spirits.  Oh, yes . . .

Checked out from the library:

  • The Returned by Jason Mott
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi

Last week's posts:

Nada - been gone.  Still halfway gone.

Books finished since I vamoosed:

  • The Rosie Project by Graham Simsion
  • On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
  • Is That My Cat? by Jonathan Allen
  • Who's in the Tree? by Craig Shuttlewood?
  • Why Does Earth Spin? by Mary Kay Carson
  • Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage by Pflugfelder and Hockensmith
  • Who Were the American Pioneers? by Martin W. Sandler
  • The Making of a Marchioness (also known as Emily Fox Seton), parts 1 & 2 by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Returned by Jason Mott
  • Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown (and I'm listening to the CD, as I type).
  • All four of the dinosaur books by Paul Strickland (listed in arrivals)

Talk about casting yourself into review backlog hell.  I don't know that I'm even willing to update my sidebar with all that mess. I may have to have a Children's Week rather than a Children's Day (my usual method for tackling a pile of children's books), soon.

Currently reading:

  • Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck
  • A History of the World with Google Earth by Worms and Ings (learning a great deal from this children's book and having a blast armchair traveling to various historical sites)
  • The Sunne in Splendour by Penman . . . still . . . occasionally. Only on p. 350 out of about 950 pp. but fortunately one can walk away from this book for a week or more and return without forgetting what's occurred.

I didn't get far into the Sterling book about The Middle Ages so I'm going to set that one aside, for now. I've got some other non-fiction that I need and desire to read.

Other reading notes:

I discovered the local thrift shop sells used books for 10 cents each. This is not necessarily something I need to know.

The Making of a Marchioness and its sequel, The Methods of Lady Walderhurst, are paired together as Emily Fox Seton and available for free download via Project Gutenberg.  I was all set to put The Making of a Marchioness on my list of books to look for at Persephone Books, the next time I'm in London, when Tasha informed me that I could load the set for free.  And, then I discovered that The Making of a Marchioness is already on my wish list at Paperback Swap.  Funny.  My interest was piqued after I watched The Making of a Lady, which is loosely based on the books.  You can read about The Making of a Lady in The Telegraph.  I didn't realize The Making of a Lady was based on a Frances Hodgson Burnett book until I watched the credits roll. So, why did I watch this period drama, in the first place?  This is why:

James D'Arcy.  Fabulous actor.  I loved him in Master and Commander and he was frankly terrifying as Alec in The Making of a Lady.  Apparently, he's gained a reputation as something of a chameleon. The two roles in which I've seen him would bear out that description. I found this article about James D'Arcy in The Guardian.  It made me appreciate him even more. I did enjoy the books but this is one case in which I love what was done to make the story more dramatic for screen, although I didn't always understand what they were trying to say and there's a particular scene that still doesn't make sense to me after having read the books.

Addendum:  I completely forgot to mention that Shadowed by Grace by Cara Putman was a DNF.  I'll remove the image from my sidebar.

That's all for now!  Happy Monday!

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  1. You are kicking reading tail and taking names! So many books completed and newly apprehended!

    1. LOL! Well, I've been having fun. No doubt about that.

  2. Yay for all those read books! I'm behind with my reviews, too. Keep telling myself no more reading until I catch up reviewing. Ha! Like that's gonna happen. ;)

    1. I was so close to being caught up when I hit the reviewing wall and had to take a break, Les!! SO CLOSE! Oh, well. I've been having fun reading, obviously. I'd never even think about trying to stop reading to catch up. I know better than to think that's ever going to happen!

  3. Look at all that reading you get done when you go on a bloggy break! :)
    I know that usually happens to me anyway. I miss the blog and blogosphere but it's also nice to catch up with books. Enjoy all your new arrivals!

    1. I know! I've had fun! And, honestly, I'm not quite ready to come back. I may have to do a bunch of mini reviews. Thanks, Iliana!

  4. Holy lots of books and reviews to write. Good luck. ;)

    1. LOL Thanks, Jenny! I need it! Just got back from a quick road trip to see Wiley Cash talk about This Dark Road to Mercy. Now, hopefully, I'll get around to reviewing it, soon. :)

  5. "Review backlog hell"...I'm pretty sure that would be a good title for a blog! ;)

    You crack me up, Nancy, and I loved reading about your arrivals with your wonderful spirit. Two I've been meaning to read from your list are The Rosie Project and The Making of a Marchioness. Loved that you could download it without going to London! but still wouldn't it be great to visit the real Persephone? Well, you already have. xo

    1. Maybe I should change my blog name, Bellezza. It would certainly fit. LOL

      Thanks! The Rosie Project is *wonderful*!!!! I bought it for $1.99 in e-book form because I'd read so many gushy reviews. Definitely glad I went ahead and bought the e-book. I liked The Making of a Marchioness but I don't think it's as good as A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, both of which I adore. However, I'm always fine with any excuse to go to London to drop by Persephone Books. ;) You really ought to go with me, some time.


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