I skipped Monday Malarkey because we were in the midst of a plumbing disaster that flooded our kitchen and warped part of the living room flooring, last week, but there wasn't much to say, anyway. The last couple of weeks have gone from deliberately slow reading to genuine reading slump as I read 50 pages of this, 65 pages of that and nothing clicked.
- The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry - via Paperback Swap
- Married to Sin by D. Collier and M. McGee - Given to me by author
- The Third Twin by C. J. Omololu - Sent by friend
- The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen - via Paperback Swap
- Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican - My first hold from the new library!!
Posts since last Malarkey (quite a few, this time, since I had a burst of writing energy this week):
- A Good Start - January 2015 Reads and Adventures (a month in review)
- How to make your book buddies feel a little bit crazy (photo)
- Two memoirs of the Great Depression: Anneville by Thomas G. Robinson and Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish (mini book reviews)
- Two thrillers: North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (mini book reviews)
- HitRECord TV, Season 1 and a Friday Cat (boxed set review and cat photo)
- A Dozen Cousins by Lori Haskins Houran, illustrated by Sam Usher (children's book review)
- 2 by Native Americans: The Lakota Way by Joseph M. Marshall III and Indian Boyhood by Charles Eastman (mini book reviews)
Books I've finished in the past two weeks (this part's depressing):
- The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing (for F2F discussion)
- The Lakota Way by Joseph M. Marshall III
- The Waste Land and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot - Some of which fries my brain
- Quiet by Susan Cain (after 2 weeks of not turning a single page of this title)
- Married to Sin by D. Collier and M. McGee
- Just One Day by Gayle Forman - I loved If I Stay and Where She Went but by 20 pages I was thinking, "This is currently a 2-star read" and by 65 pages I was done.
- The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton - I can't say I either loved or hated this book but so little had happened by the time I got to page 54 that when I set it aside to sleep I knew I was likely not going to pick it up, again. Sure enough, the next day I had no desire to continue. I do think it's nicely written, though.
Both of the DNFs were library check-outs so while I'm disappointed that I spent time on books without finishing them, it's easier to give them up than it would be to give up purchased books. I'm glad I gave them a go. Libraries are the bomb.
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