Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Malarkey

There's not much to say about this past week, so I'm going to dive right into the usual Malarkey format.

Recent arrivals (top to bottom):

  • The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
  • The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Selected Poems by W. H. Auden
  • Ava's Man by Rick Bragg (my only ARC, from HarperCollins)
  • Still Life with Tornado by A. S. King
  • The Paris Review, Edition 218
  • Gemina by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

We went on a day trip to Oxford to visit Kiddo, this weekend, so several of the books I got this week were from Off-Square Books. Gemina was a pre-order -- which I will not do again; both times I've pre-ordered an Illuminae Files book, I accidentally ordered two. I thought Amazon warned you when you've already purchased a book, but I guess that's just e-books. At any rate, Kiddo will benefit from my mistake, again. I also ordered Still Life with Tornado because I enjoyed A. S. King's last book so much. I hope Still Life is equally weird.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave (for F2F discussion)
  • Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth 

Currently reading:

  • Spring Torrents by Ivan Turgenev - Just getting back to this after I photographed it for last week's arrivals pile and then humorously thought I'd misplaced it for a full 4 days. 
  • The Paris Review, Edition 218 - Purchased on a whim. I've been thinking I'd like to get subscriptions to a couple literary journals, lately, so I decided to give The Paris Review a try. Funny thing about that: Edition 218 has a terrible rating at Goodreads, so far. I'm enjoying it, though. Since it's my first edition, I have no basis for comparison - probably a good thing, in this case. 

Posts since last Malarkey:

I was happy to finish two books but didn't feel like writing reviews until yesterday. When the urge strikes, I think it's best to sit down immediately and get the writing done. I enjoyed Killfile enough to feel like I wanted to write about it, so that's good. I wasn't too enamored of Little Bee. The discussion was good and I'm glad I went to book group, but the story was a bit too sad for my taste. I haven't chosen my next modern novel to start reading, yet. I think maybe I'll focus on my classic choice and see if I can make some progress. 

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  1. Kiddo sure is lucky! I wish my mom accidentally bought double books and gave me the extra. I'm sad to hear Little Bee was so sad. I've had it on my shelf forever. One day I'll read it. When I can handle sad.

    1. Yes, Kiddo might be a tad spoiled. I forgot to take the book to him, this weekend, darn it! We read the first Illuminae book at the same time, then we had a mom/son book chat. That was fun. :)

      Yeah, sorry, Little Bee is just not a happy book. It was on my shelf for a long time, too. Simon & Schuster sent me a copy when I was in their advisory group and, even back then, I just didn't think it was for me so I put it on the shelf for later. Turned out I was right. On the plus side, I didn't have to buy it for F2F because I already had a copy.

  2. That's weird. Amazon always tells me when I have ordered something all ready and not just e-books!

    1. Yeah, I thought it was weird, too. I was sure they notified you if you'd already bought something. But, since I've made that mistake twice, I'm pretty sure it's not just that I overlooked a message about already ordering. So, I'm done pre-ordering books.

  3. Great finds! I haven't picked up any literary journals in a while. I felt like our local Borders used to carry more than B&N. Will have to remember to look into one. Enjoy your reads!

    1. It's been a long, long time for me, too. Can't even remember the last literary journal I bought. I no longer go to B & N - I'll maybe drop in once a year, max. I still miss Borders. It was so much brighter and cheerier than B & N.


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