Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Malarkey

This will be a quick-dash malarkey using the old format. Busy day!

This week's arrivals (top to bottom):

  • Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know by Joseph Romm, PhD (purchased)
  • Lone Star by Paullina Simons and
  • What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan, both from William Morrow for review
  • The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson (recommended by Andi) and
  • Riding the Rails by Errol Lincoln Uys, both purchased secondhand

Posts since last week's malarkey:

Books finished:

  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (a reread for F2F discussion) - Not sure if I'll write about this, since I read the book as an ARC and reviewed it then, but I will say everyone in the group enjoyed it and the discussion was much more interesting than I'd anticipated. We were also very, very happy to finally discuss a book that ended on a happy note after several months of downers.
  • A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig - I wanted to buy a copy of Matt Haig's latest as soon as I heard about it, but it was not available for pre-order in the U.S. So, I pre-ordered a copy from Book Depository. The Guardian's reviewer called it an instant Christmas classic. I liked the balance of dark and light, the way this book explains certain things about Santa or Father Christmas that others have not, and a few very quotable passages, in particular. I think I might have to reread it before Christmas. It's a quick, fun read.

Currently reading:

  • Sherlock Chronicles by Steve Tribe - Just finished reading about the third episode from the first season, so I'll be watching that episode, tonight. 
  • I Love it When You Talk Retro by Ralph Keyes - I had this book set aside to read and my husband tried to murder it with a cup of coffee (spilled - it's a mostly brown book, now, with very wavy pages). The pages aren't stuck together, though, so I figured I should go ahead and read it then probably recycle. I suspect people would be wary of that brown all over the pages and avoid it if I donated it. 
  • The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick - Not very far into this and at this point it's not grabbing me, so I've got my fingers crossed that I'll fall in love, soon. 

NaNo update:

I have a mere 3,508 words to go but Kiddo just got a job offer about an hour ago and he's so wired that I had to stop typing to let him chatter at me. My goal is to finish tonight so that I can move on to working on another story after Thanksgiving. Fingers crossed.

In other news:

I'll be taking off a few days for Thanksgiving, as I usually do. Not sure when. If I can squeeze a couple of reviews in first, I will. It mostly depends upon whether or not I finish my NaNo book, today. If I don't manage to finish before I take time off, Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

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  1. Wow! You're almost done with your word count! Awesome! Hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Yep, getting very close and Facebook's "On This Day" feature tells me I finished my 2013 attempt on this day. I guess this is my normal pace. :)

      Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  2. Yeah for the job offer!

    1. Thanks, Sandie! He's very excited and I will be happy to get my guest room back!!!!


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