I was on vacation, last week, and am not so much jetlagged/sleepy as completely scatter-brained and unable to process tasks after a long traveling day (from London), so I'm going to hold on the book photo till next Monday or I probably wouldn't manage to post for days. I brought home a massive amount of reading material, though, so there will be a lovely book stack photograph, next week.
Last week's reading:
- I'm nearly halfway through Neverwhere and absolutely in love. At this point, I'm deliberately spreading out the reading because I don't want it to end; but, I'm strongly considering purchasing the performed audio version and listening to it as soon as I finish, just to stretch out the fun even longer. I like Neverwhere that much.
- The Dust that Falls from Dreams had to stay behind because it's a chunkster, so I didn't make any progress on that at all. But, I did manage to finish a book I started just before we left, Another Woman's Daughter by Fiona Sussman. I'm usually not good at focusing to read on planes but I could not put that book down till I finished; it made the flight to London go much more quickly than it might have, otherwise.
- On our first day in London, we dropped by Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street and I bought The Case of the 'Hail Mary' Celeste by Malcolm Pryce. I got about 120 pages in but the whole time I was reading I kept thinking I needed to start over because -- as today -- I was a little discombobulated after traveling and not processing the way I normally do, definitely not in a manner that befits the reading of a mystery. So, I skidded to a halt and I'm not sure whether I'll finish or start again, later.
- Another purchase was The Fortnight in September by R. C. Sherriff, from Persephone Books. I began reading it on the flight home and it's such a breezy read that I'm having no problem continuing to read, even today. So, I'm sure I'll finish it up sometime this week.
Not a single book arrived while I was gone but the UPS man just made a humorous dash from the truck (which he parked down the street -- seriously, it was comical) and dropped off the most gorgeous book from Dey Street for review: Sherlock Chronicles by Steve Tribe, subtitled "The ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the making of the hit series Sherlock." Swoon. I'm too tired to photograph it so here's a cover image snatched from the Internets:
The Dey Street version does not contain either the BBC logo in the upper right corner or the words "Foreward by Mark Gatiss", but otherwise they're identical and the foreward by Mr. Gatiss is still present.
Last week's posts:
- Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons by Margaret Wise Brown (book and CD review)
- Fiona Friday - Tennis is exhausting (cat photo)
Kiddo is living at home, now, so we had a built-in house- and cat-sitter (so convenient). The cats were clearly content, but Isabel was so excited to see me that she started chattering at me and did a little happy dance almost the moment we walked through the door and she has stuck with me like glue, even napping against my legs while I read on the sofa. Unfortunately, after arriving home at around
Fiona has been cheerful but didn't come out to greet us until I called to her. She trotted into the room and gave us a look that approximated the word, "Whatever," but didn't stay miffed for long. She's not so clingy and cuddly, though. I'm loving the extra affection from Izzy, even if it seems to involve a tinge of desperation.
Both cats are with me, as I type, Fiona warming my toes and Isabel curled up in her desk chair . . . which used to be my desk chair. The sacrifices we make for our fur friends.
The internet situation:
Unfortunately, our "disruption of service" did not occur while we were away, so that's yet to come and I still don't know when it will occur. If I disappear for a few days or more, that will be the reason. In the meantime, I'm still planning to have a #NeverwhereRAL update chat on Twitter on the 15th. There is no specific time. If you're reading along and you're a tweeter, please share how it's going on the 15th using the #NeverwhereRAL hashtag!
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