Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Malarkey - A two-week malarkey-fest

This is two weeks' worth of Malarkey, for a couple reasons. There wasn't much to write about, last week, because there were no arrivals and I only read two books. Plus, something was going on that kept me from the computer. I don't even recall what, now. Fortunately, while my spouse was away on business in South Africa I ordered a few books to give myself something to look forward to and they all showed up last week, along with a single review book.

Recent arrivals (top to bottom):

Purchases --

  • Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden - One that I decided to knock off my wish list. 
  • Fair Stood the Wind for France by H. E. Bates - This is the book I ordered while I was reading The Bookshop on the Corner -- Jenny Colgan gets the blame.
  • The Last One by Alexandra Oliva - Because friend and former blogger Kookie read it and we agreed that the survival aspect made it sound like my kind of read.
  • Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters - A book that's been on my wish list since I heard about it, also read and recommended by Kookie.

And, the review book --

  • Good Taste: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Family and Friends by Jane Green 

Books finished since last malarkey:

  • Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle
  • Wonder Women by Sam Maggs
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (already discussed by F2F group)
  • Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis

Currently reading:

  • Good Taste by Jane Green - I always try to read through all the recipes in a new cookbook before choosing some to try. There's only one problem with this book, so far: I want to try them all. It's going to be difficult to choose where to start, but I'm sure the chief cook will help. Good Taste is doubly fun because Jane Green is a novelist and she's added anecdotes about her own cooking life and her family throughout the book. I love a cookbook that's entertaining. 
  • A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray - The personal secretary to a deceased duke, Miss Truelove, and a friend of the family, Lord Silverton, go in search of the missing young man who has inherited the Duke's title and holdings. Set in Edwardian days, young Lord Silverton acts a bit self-indulgent like a Bertie Wooster but appearances can be deceiving. Loving this, also.
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (my second inter-library loan!) - Not quite grabbing me the way I hoped, but I find Jenny Lawson's essays entertaining if a bit heavy on the expletives. 

Posts since last malarkey:

In other news:

We tried this recipe, this weekend, and gave it the thumbs up: Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken. Friend and fellow blogger Serena added onions and mushrooms and they sounded like good additions, so we did the same and agreed -- it needed the mushrooms and I can't imagine the recipe without them. We had very little onion on-hand but added what was available and the flavor was amazing.

Poldark is back!!!  And, Ross was shirtless within the first 20 minutes. Well, I'm happy.

(This image is credited to the BBC but I borrowed it from an article at Digital Spy)

Also, just about every time I turned around, last week, the kitties were flopped next to each other, which you know I love. You can't see it but Isabel's front paws were tucked under Fiona's shoulder. I caught Fiona swatting Isabel on the nose, a couple times, last week. Isabel is the love bug when it comes to the sisterly relationship and Fiona occasionally cracks, but most of the time she's serene.

How was your week?

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  1. You're the first person that hasn't been in love with Furiously Happy. That makes me reconsider reading it. Poldark is back?! I'll have to get on that pronto!

    1. I just found the swearing a little tiresome and set it aside . . . and then haven't picked it back up. I do think she's pretty funny.

      Poldark is back!!!! Yes, do get on that. Many women across the nation are pleased as punch. Join us. ;)

  2. I have been hearing that Underground Airlines isn't as good as his other trilogy, but then I haven't read it yet personally so this is all other people's opinions. lol Hope you enjoy it!

    1. I confess the storyline doesn't interest me as much as that of the trilogy so I have lower expectations, but it'll be fun to find out whether I like it enough to return to him. It's certainly a far different idea!

  3. That chicken recipe looks amazing! I'm adding it to my list to try! Yummmmm!

    1. It's very, very good. Huz took the leftovers and poured them over spaghetti for leftovers, which is also quite good (although it's best fresh from the pot).


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