Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Tuesday Twaddle

I was busy yesterday, so you get Tuesday Twaddle, this week. Malarkey will return, next Monday.

Recent arrivals (top to bottom):

  • The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders and
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders, both purchased
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan,
  • Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis, and
  • Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam - from HarperCollins for review
  • A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines - purchased for F2F discussion
  • Easy Street by Ron Perlman - purchased
  • Hey, That's My Monster! by Noll and McWilliam - from Flashlight Press for review

I've been craving a reread of Tenth of December but didn't own a copy, so I decided to go ahead and buy my own and looked up George Saunders' other books, while I was at it. Confession: The cover of The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil was irresistible. I want to frame it. In fact, I wish the Tenth of December cover happened to be equally outlandish; the contents are certainly wacky enough to deserve a cover in the same vein.

I also bought a copy of A Gathering of Old Men, my F2F group's November selection. Easy Street by Ron Perlman is one of those rare memoirs by a famous person that has actually gotten stellar reviews. I would not probably know about it if not for the fact that Ron Perlman followed me on Twitter, a couple years ago. I followed him back and decided he must have followed me because I'm a book blogger, so I was actually quite surprised when nobody contacted me about reviewing his book (although I admit to never checking my spam file, so maybe someone did and the request was tossed out). I've watched the reviews and they've all been so positive that I finally decided I might as well go ahead and buy a copy.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • A Square Meal by Ziegelman and Coe
  • Hey, That's My Monster! by Noll and McWilliam
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • Maybe a Fox by Appelt and McGhee

What a fantastic reading week! I finally decided it was time to buckle under and finish A Square Meal. It was a fun book to drag out because I enjoyed it so much and learned a great deal about how people ate, early in the 20th Century, but it was time to move on. Hey, That's My Monster! is a picture book, so I've already read it twice. It's loads of fun. Commonwealth is my first Ann Patchett and definitely won't be my last. What an amazing writer she is! I should definitely not have put off reading Patchett. Maybe a Fox is a children's book I bought at the local book festival and it was very good but so deeply sad that I'll have to think about whether or not I want to take the time to review it. Hmm, probably. We shall see. It really is a good story, even though it's a bit on the depressing side.

Currently reading:

  • Wonder Women by Sam Maggs - I'll focus more on Wonder Women, now that I've finished reading A Square Meal. It's fun reading. 
  • Intimations by Alexandra Kleeman - I tried to get into the second story after I couldn't figure out what hit me when I finished the first and the second one lost me so thoroughly that I set the book aside for the rest of the week. I'll give it at least one more chance. If the second story doesn't work, again, I'll move on to the third and start weighing whether or not to bother finishing the book. 
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote - My classic selection for September, but I'm already considering adding a second classic, since it's just a novella and three short stories. 
  • Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis - The memoir of a young woman who was raped on her second night at college and her decision to walk the Pacific Crest Trail to gain a much-needed feeling of strength. 
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan - Very light reading, a nice book to mix in when you're reading 4 other books at once. 

Clearly, I have been prone to start reading whatever walks in the door, lately, and that's fine. I'm happy with the mix I'm reading. and so very thrilled to be back to reading at a normal pace that I'm absolutely not going to kick myself around the room if I don't happen to read ARCs that have been waiting longer for my attention.

Last week's posts:

In other news, cats look adorable when they wash their faces:

You probably knew that, right?

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  1. Glad to know you enjoyed Commonwealth. I'll have to get to it this month. You should try Bell Canto by Patchett. It's amazing!

    1. I will definitely read more of Patchett. Thanks for the recommendation. I hope you like Commonwealth when you get to it!

  2. I am glad your reading mojo is back!

    1. Thanks, Kelly! It's a relief. :)

  3. So glad you're back into reading. I wish I was. Looks like some good reads. Girl In The Woods sounds like a painful but good read.
    I love when my kitties wash their faces. Particularly their ears. So cute!

    1. Thanks! Sorry your're not back to reading regularly. I know how frustrating that is. My recent slump lasted a full 6 months. I feel like I'm catching up with myself, now. It's such a relief.

      Girl in the Woods is rough and a little odd. It's frustrating to know how women are treated after experiencing something so traumatic. All of the women I know who have been raped were similarly either blown off or blamed for their own rapes, which is just flat insane. Something has got to change.

      Aren't kitties darling when they wash their faces? I just think it's the cutest thing.


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