Monday, September 22, 2014

Back to Malarkey

I'm not going to photograph the books I bought when I went stress shopping because they'll be showing up as I read them but plenty of non-purchased books have arrived since my last Monday Malarkey post. I like doing Monday Malarkey posts, by the way, so I'll continue to write them unless I feel compelled to skip one, for some reason.

Recent Arrivals:

Top to bottom:

  • Me on the Floor, Bleeding by Jenny Jagerfeld - sent by friend
  • The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag - via Paperback Swap
  • Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke - via Paperback Swap
  • Oil! by Upton Sinclair - via Paperback Swap
  • In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin - sent by friend
  • The Precious One by Marisa De Los Santos - ARC from Harper Collins
  • A Sudden Light by Garth Stein - Unsolicited from Simon & Schuster 
  • It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (not shown - just arrived via Paperback Swap)

Last week's posts:

Last week's reads:

  • Tomorrow We Die by Shawn Grady
  • Puzzlehead by James Yang
  • I am neurotic (and so are you) by Lianna Kong
  • Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During WWII by Martin W. Sandler
  • Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
  • Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Clearly, letting go of the rigidity of my former blogging method has helped restore the joy of reading.

Currently reading:

  • Lock In by John Scalzi 
  • Daring: My Passages by Gail Sheehy - long story but I was planning to dive back into Daring on Saturday night and couldn't get to the book without disturbing my husband so I read the two Monument 14 books, instead. They were nearby and super-quick reads.


The casual approach is really clicking for me. I'm going to continue to write without using any format and only when I feel like it, reserve weekends for family time, read whatever calls to me. I've grown accustomed to not receiving regular parcels; I missed them when I first stopped requesting ARCs. Some will probably still trickle in and I'm now allowing myself to request, again, but I'm capping requests at 2 per month. I've been surprised to find that limiting the arrivals has seriously ramped up the anticipation. I can't wait for my two September requests to get here!

Time for a selfie in a cat's eyeball:

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  1. So happy to see you feeling blog-healthy again!

    1. Thank you, my dear! It's nice to have the fun back. :)

  2. I have to say that that's one of the hardest things for me in trying to go more casual with my up all those delicious books in the mail. But, honestly, how many of them are really as delicious as we thought they would be? Isn't it better to request them at the library or to buy the ones you know you want? I think so.

    1. It is very difficult giving up that feeling that every week is like a mini Christmas. But, yeah, they're *not* all wonderful. Sometimes buying doesn't work out well, either, but at least I'm not letting anyone down but myself if I don't finish a book I purchased or checked out at the library. I'm with you.

  3. It's so difficult to resist all those shiny new ARCs, isn't it? When I see a new stack on the break room table at work, I really have to be strict with myself and only take something that I know I'm longing to read. If that new book by Marisa de los Santos (The Precious One) shows up, though, I'm grabbing it!! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!!

    Hurray for casual blogging!

    1. Yes, it certainly is difficult resisting. I hadn't looked at the release date for The Precious One. It's not coming out till March of 2015! Wow, that's surprising. I don't think I've ever gotten a title as far as 6 months in advance.

  4. I wish they had sent me the Garth Stein. I really liked his other book. :(

    1. I did, too! I was pretty excited to get that and hope I can squeeze it in, soon.


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