Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday Malarkey

Happy Monday! I hope those of you who celebrated America's Thanksgiving last week are well rested and had a great time. We had fun visiting my in-laws in Oklahoma. The weather was dreary but we didn't encounter any of the icy mess that a lot of the state experienced. I came home to these three arrivals, all from HarperCollins:

Top to bottom:

  • The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel
  • The Past by Tessa Hadley
  • Midnight in Broad Daylight  by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto

And, I bought a few books at our favorite bookstore stop on the drive home (but clearly forgot to place them at a poetic angle):

Top to bottom:

  • Frederica in Fashion by M. C. Beaton (have not read this author but the description sounded very Georgette Heyer-ish and I do love Heyer)
  • William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher (a Quirk title I've wanted to read for ages)
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer (also has been on my wish list for quite a while)

Last week's reading:

Feel free to caption this photo. The Romance of Tristan and Iseult, retold by Joseph B├Ędier is the only book I finished, last week, and that gets me to a grand total of 5 books read in November. Eeks. What a terrible month. But, again, I loved what I read and I'd rather read and love 5 books than finish a dozen bad ones, so I'll try not to focus on the number.

Other books I'm reading (Blogger is being a pain and won't let me center this photo, pffft!):

  • I Love It When You Talk Retro by Ralph Keyes (this is the book husband tried to murder with a spilled coffee -- you can see the coffee stain on the spine)
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • Sherlock Chronicles by Steve Tribe . . . of course. . . still 

And, I want to start about 5,000 other books. I'm strongly considering a private day or two of reading till my head explodes. Seems reasonable, right?

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  1. November wasn't a great reading month for me. I have to laugh at your picture. Isabel is either screaming a long drawn out Noooooo to warn readers away from this depressing book or just yawning at its boringness. Sorry. Not a fan of that book.

    1. I'm glad I'm not alone in having had a rather pitiful reading month. :) Haha, I really liked Tristan and Iseult but I can see why it might bore someone. I was just in the mood for something very different. And, fortunately, I knew it was a tragedy so the ending didn't bug me!

  2. I was rested, maybe not well, but rested and then I returned to work, and I feel exhausted. Luckily, I have a rare day off tomorrow, so even though I return to work Friday and Saturday, I at least can be refueled. Glad the weather wasn't icy for you over the holiday.

    1. Wahoo for days off to recharge! Thanks, we were relieved that the icy weather didn't make it to Tulsa.


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