Monday, May 09, 2016

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals:

  • Nothing, nada, zero, zippo, zilch. Seriously, not a single book arrived. So you get Mother's Day tulips for a photo image, instead of books. Thanks to Kiddo for saving the day by bringing me something lovely to photograph!

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit - Loved it so much, I reviewed it within minutes of closing the book.
  • One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis - Still forming thoughts about this one.

Currently reading:

  • Feather Brained by Bob Tarte - A book about author Bob Tarte's determination to become a birder and find a rare bird. So far, I'm finding myself a little stunned at how thoroughly I can relate to Bob, not in his desire to be a birder but in the places he's been and the discoveries he's made about the intelligence of animals. 
  • Tales of Accidental Genius by Simon Van Booy - Reread; reading it very slowly, this time, and enjoying it even more.
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - Just started, this weekend, after finishing One Step Too Far and I'm totally hooked. 

Last week's posts:

In other news:

We're still having continuing internet issues. Fortunately, we our new fiber network should be installed by June, at the latest. Unfortunately, we're just stuck with terrible internet, till then. Neither one of us wants to call the current provider because we're already signed up with a new network. So, I occasionally check to see if our signal is on and, when it is, I scramble to get whatever I need to accomplish done. It can be on for as little as 5 or 10 minutes and then go down for hours. It's crazy. I usually don't pre-post much of anything but I've done a bit of that to prevent missing scheduled posting days (Fiona Friday for this week is already scheduled, for example) but I think the net result is going to be shorter posts, which is something I always feel like I need to work on, anyway. I do tend to drone on.

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  1. Wow! Not a single book for Mother's Day? The flowers are a lovely replacement though.

    1. Honestly, I was thrilled to get anything at all! They don't give me books. A gift card, sometimes, but never books (probably for fear that I already own everything).

  2. Happy Belated Mother's Day to you!!

  3. I'm interested in the book by Bob Tarte. I'll have to see if the library has it. I've done a couple birding weekends with some friends. Only one was a real 'birder' the rest of us were just along for the ride....but then it gets kind of addicting.

    1. You should definitely look for a copy. Hope your library can acquire it if they don't have it (it's a new release). I love Bob Tarte's writing. He's got a silly sense of humor that sometimes feels a little over the top but I'm enjoying his thoughts about his discovery of how intelligent birds are, in particular. That was a revelation for me, when I finally got my own pets -- how much they understand (cats, in my case, of course).


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