Arrivals since last week (top to bottom):
- The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan - from a friend who knows I'm an ungrateful *itch. Just kidding. But, it's definitely from a friend.
- The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg - from Quirk Books for review. So excited about this one that I celebrated by watching What About Bob?
- Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman - Purchased. Apparently, I lied about reading an older edition; I couldn't find it and Husband said, "Go ahead and buy a new copy if you need to." Of course, I found my tattered secondhand paperback about 2 days after this bad boy arrived. Maybe I'll read both. Who knows? I've been in a rereading mood, this year, but I have to find out if I like it before I determine whether or not it's worth rereading.
- This Old Van by K. Norman and C. Conahan - from Sterling Children's Books for review
- Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss - from HarperCollins for review
- Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons by Margaret Wise Brown (with music CD) - from Sterling Children's Books for review
- (Not pictured) Faces in the Water by Janet Frame - purchased
- (Not pictured) Horrible Histories: Blood-Curdling Box of Books - boxed set of Horrible Histories books by Terry Deary and Martin Brown
Clearly, I've decided to take on a few review books, recently -- and had a bit too much fun buying. I have no regrets. Everything I've read for review, so far, has been great. I'm being tremendously picky. And, fortunately, I donated two bags and a box of books to the library yesterday, otherwise I might be tempted to feel guilty. But, I don't.
I also checked out a couple books from the library:
- Tenth of December by George Saunders
- Power Forward by Reggie Love
Posts since last week's Malarkey:
- Mini reviews: Possibly a failed attempt at randomness (brief reviews of When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life by Dawn Lundy Martin, and Julia's Cats by Barey and Burson)
- Fiona Friday - Window gazing (cat photo)
Not a big blogging week (but I'm happy with what I managed) and I may not post anymore this week, since Huzzybuns is taking most of the week off and expects me to devote every spare moment to his whims.
Books finished since last week's Malarkey:
- This Old Van by Kim Norman and Carolyn Conahan
- Pamela by Samuel Richardson - I finished Pamela! I finished Pamela!!!!
- Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons by Margaret Wise Brown
- The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
- Horrible Histories: Savage Stone Age by Terry Deary and Martin Brown
- The Tree by John Fowles
- Power Forward by Reggie Love
- Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters from Children of the Great Depression, ed. by Robert Cohen
The Tree is an ARC from 2010 that didn't click at the time but which I'm enjoying, now. I'm not sure where I read about Power Forward but I checked it out mostly out of curiosity as to what someone who worked closely with President Obama has to say about him. And, Dear Mrs. Roosevelt is a total downer. I read 60-something pages the first night I opened the book then ended up setting it aside for about 2 weeks. It's difficult reading about despair at any time but child after child after child asking for "just a little money" to help pay for food, bills, a dress, shoes, a doctor's bill . . . it wrings you out. Eleanor Roosevelt did give a lot of money to various charities and projects but you know going in that there's no way she could respond personally to all the requests in the book, much less send money (although she did have a secretary in charge of sending replies to every one of those children).
In other news:
I got to meet Andi of Estella's Revenge and her husband, this weekend! So exciting! They dropped by my house on their way to Gulf Shores. We had a grand time chatting, laughed a lot, ate some creepy food (crawfish . . . I still don't touch that stuff, although I can at least bear to look at it, now) and I showed off my ridiculously wonderful home library. Totally delightful. I neglected to ask Andi if it would be okay to publish a photo so I'll leave that out but Andi and David are adorable, trust me.
Husband should be home any minute now, so I'd better wrap this up. Happy middle of the week!
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