Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Malarkey - Old snow, old movies, new books

It took me weeks to replace my memory card reader, so I've just finally loaded the photos from this year's snow.  We only got about 1/2", a dry, sugary snow that was very pretty (and snow flurries, twice).

This week's arrivals:

  • The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona - from Sourcebooks for review
  • The Detainee by Peter Liney - from Michele at A Reader's Respite
  • Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy by Diana Preston - via Paperback Swap

From HarperCollins for review:

  • The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena
  • The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor
  • Netherwood by Jane Sanderson

Last week's posts:

Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck (review)
On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee (review)

Books finished:

  • Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck  

Ugh, that's all.  I didn't even read any children's books!  Nor did I succeed at coming anywhere near catching up on reviews, but we're finally, finally on the verge of putting our old house on the market so between our run to Oxford to see Wiley Cash speak at Square Books and afternoons spent working on the house, I haven't had a lot of free time for anything.  Hopefully, things will ease up, soon.  Fingers crossed.

Oh, did I forget to tell you about seeing Wiley Cash?  He's a terrific speaker.  I'll post a pic of him (which you may have seen on Twitter if you follow me) when I review This Dark Road to Mercy.  Can't believe I haven't reviewed that, yet.  It was my final January read.  On the plus side, it's memorable so hopefully I'll still be able to describe it coherently.

Currently reading:

Too many books, none really clicking.  I read parts of Priscilla by Nicholas Shakespeare and Children's Wartime Diaries: Secret Writings from the Holocaust and WWII, ed. by Laurel Holliday -- both of which are WWII books.  At some point I added Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman. Although Savage Harvest is beautifully written, the first chapter graphically describes the death of a man at the hands of headhunters and it is, indeed, savage. I'll get back to it, but after setting aside two books about the horrors of the Holocaust and reading the description of how headhunters sliced up their victim I needed an upper.

I turned to Redshirts by John Scalzi. It's a little over-the-top, but Scalzi is reliable for a smile and that's apparently what I needed. I have 2 evenings to finish Redshirts before it's due back at the library so as soon as I finish this post I'm making a beeline for the sofa.

I didn't do any armchair traveling with A History of the World with Google Earth, this week, but I plan to play with that some more, this week.  It's tremendous fun.

Weekend movies:

We watched Ocean's Eleven and the Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds version of Persuasion. I love the closing scene.

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  1. I've been wanting to read Redshirts, but haven't gotten there yet. Hopefully soon.

    1. It's fun, Bryan - a great brain break read for when everything else is just too heavy to get through.

  2. All year, and most of last year, my reading was just all over the place!

    1. Mine is always all over the place and I tend to go in spurts-- tons of reads and then a big dry spell. Life does that, sometimes.


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