Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals:

  • A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray - from Berkley for review

Yep, just the one.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Where Do Pants Go? by R. Van Slyke and C. Robinson
  • Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by S. Becker and E. Kaban
  • Leaping Lemmings by J. Briggs and N. Slater
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  • The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders

Currently reading:

  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin - for F2F discussion
  • Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis - Just returned to this one, last night, and I found myself struggling with it, a bit, as the description is sometimes a little overwrought. The net result was that I occasionally put the book down and walked away or sometimes resorted to skimming. I'm only on p. 102 out of about 360 pages so I'm hoping it will pick up. 
  • Wonder Women by Sam Maggs - Also set aside while I was reading that pile of fiction, last week. I'll return to this one, today, and probably add another novel or collection of short stories, maybe a children's book (I only have one left). 

Removed from current reads:

  • Intimations by Alexandra Kleeman - Allegedly, this short story collection is one of the hot books for fall but the first story was so bizarre and the second story so off-putting that I couldn't talk myself into returning to it, so I'm saving it for later. When I return, I'll begin with the third story and see if moving past the lobsters (they kept foaming . . . foamy lobsters?) will help. 

Last week's posts:

In other news:

Hmm, there's not much other news. I've been going through a bout of insomnia, the past month or so, and it's finally begun to really hit me to the point that I'm having a bit of trouble functioning. So, it may be a little difficult to get myself to catch up on my current backlog of reviews, which I hoped to hit hard this week; although, I don't think there's any hurry. I may do a Children's Day if I have a particularly good day, anytime soon, but there are no urgent or specific dates on which I need to post because I don't do book tours. I'll get to the reviews when I get to them, in other words. One advantage of having taken off for a couple of months seems to be that I've lost that feeling of being under pressure to review, even though I'm back to a normal reading pace. Fascinating. Happy Monday to all!

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  1. Insomnia is the worst. No pressure. At least you're still reading.

    1. Yep, still reading. Maybe not as much, the past couple of days. But, that's just because the lack of sleep finally walloped me to the point of not being able to function. I took an ambien, last night, and got a very good night's sleep. It didn't even wake me up when the cat knocked things off the bedside table. Now, about 30 more nights like that and I'll be golden. ;)

  2. Foamy lobsters? lol That's different.

    1. Yeah, not a pretty visual image and I couldn't figure out why lobsters would foam, so it was a bit of a turn-off. Not that I don't like weird writing. I *did* just read The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders. That's some pretty weird writing but in a good way. It all made sense; I could see what he was trying to say from the beginning, you know? That makes all the difference.

  3. Rod and I have both struggled with insomnia this past week or so. I may have to break down and take an Advil PM tonight. I'm pretty much ok once I get to work, but I REALLY don't want to get up at 5:15 a.m. How many more days until retirement?? :)

    1. I don't know how long I've been battling insomnia but I know it's been over a month - long enough that I've gotten to the point I'm having trouble functioning. I'm taking Ambien but I hate it because it only works as long as you take it. The moment you stop, it rebounds on you. Hoping I'll at least get caught up on sleep enough to feel human, soon! I can't imagine getting up at 5:15 after a bad night's sleep!!!


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