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:
- We need to talk about this - The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (discussion)
- Fiona Friday - A little kiss (cat photo)
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.
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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