Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Malarkey - Book flood carries Bookfool away

I confess this past two weeks there's been such an influx of books that I'm a little embarrassed. Kiddo was home and informed me that a bookstore in Vicksburg was closing, so I'd blame him but I ordered some books with my Christmas gift card money and a couple ARCs showed up. Yes, occasionally, they're still trickling in.

Above are some of my purchases:

  • The Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
  • The Pleasures of the Damned by Charles Bukowski (poetry)
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre, Waking Up Screaming and Shadows of Death, all by H. P. Lovecraft (sure hope I like Lovecraft - the clerk is a Lovecraft fan and he talked me into buying 3 volumes instead of 1)
  • Descent by Tim Johnston
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I also bought a couple volumes of photography by Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier-Bresson:

ARCs and swap books that arrived:

  • The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson (ARC from Harper)
  • A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell (ARC from Harper)
  • The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller (swap)
  • A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr (swap)
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (swap)

I've only posted twice since my last Malarkey:

Books I've finished in the past two weeks:

  • Entertaining Judgment by Greg Garrett
  • Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong
  • The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
  • North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo
  • 1914: Poetry Remembers, ed. by Carol Ann Duffy

I've read 8 books, so far this year. Usually, January is my biggest reading month and 8 books is spectacularly bad, by comparison with most years. But, I think it's just a combination of trying to read more deliberately, slotting in regular exercise (a genuine time suck but worth it), and my determination to write daily that are getting in the way, along with occasionally devoting an evening to Parade's End -- which, honestly, is going to take me till spring at this rate. I haven't managed to create a decent routine in 2015 so I'm a little frustrated with myself but the fact that I'm no longer accepting mountains of ARCs definitely helps. Upon reflection, I wish I'd just taken that hiatus I considered taking. I may still do that but I'm working on a mini review post, so not yet.

Currently reading:

Just Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford. I finished 1914: Poetry Remembers on Saturday night and read a little of Parade's End, last night. I'll probably start rereading my niece Lindsey's book, Death Wish, next.

How is your year going, so far?

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  1. Well 8 books is miles ahead of the 4 I've managed to read this year. Frustrating when life gets in the way of reading. Especially in January. The month just begs you to curl up and read.

    1. Yes, it is definitely frustrating when you can't find the time to curl up and read. And, you're right, January is just a month that it feels like you should spent time with fat books, warm drinks, comfy pillows, blankets, the fur critters lining up to clamber onto your blankets for body heat. Something is amiss when you can't find the time. Maybe February will be an improvement for both of us!

  2. My solution to the exercise taking away from reading 'problem' is audiobooks. lol

    1. That would be an excellent solution but I can't use earphones because I'm hyperaccusive. That means I have a fluid imbalance in my ears that makes certain sounds painful. I haven't been able to use them for decades. I would have loved to listen to music or audiobooks back in my running days.


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