Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday Malarkey

Happy Monday, book lovers! We are finally getting into the Christmas spirit in Bookfooleryville. 

Recent Arrivals:

  • Rebirth by Kamal Ravikant - from Hatchette for review 
  • In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen - from Lake Union for review
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston - from Quirk Books for review

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Sydney Bridge Upside Down by David Ballantyne
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

I did end up setting aside Ava's Man by Rick Bragg in favor of Born a Crime and that was a good decision. Born a Crime grabbed me immediately and I could hardly stand to put it down. It is utterly fascinating, the memory of how Noah fit into his home in South Africa, which was divided by race. Sydney Bridge Upside Down turned out to be a lot darker than I anticipated. What begins as a story that appears to be about boys being boys takes a remarkably sinister turn when you find out that the main character has a much more wicked streak than you can credit to typical childhood disobedience.

Currently reading: 

  • The View from Flyover Country: Essays by Sarah Kendzior (available in ebook only)
  • It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

I've also just begun a nonfiction title but I'm only a few pages in and don't want to mention it till I'm sure it's going to stick.

Last week's posts:

Last week started out fine and then I just wasn't feeling it, so I said to myself something on the order of "Screw it. I'll get back to the blog when I feel like it," and actually was totally off the computer at least one day, maybe two.

In other news:

I think we're probably the last people I know to get around to putting up outdoor lights (Huzzybuns and Kiddo) and a tree (not yet decorated). I haven't changed out the mantel, yet; it's still decked out in the fall/Thanksgiving spirit, but I'll be working on that, today. The books above were set up on a table in our foyer, the first place to show signs that Christmas is coming. I'm kind of crazy about that Santa, who has had the place of honor on that table for about 3 years, now.

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  1. Geekarella looks fun. I'm all curious now about Sydney Bridge Upside Down. I'll be looking for your review.

    1. I agree! Unfortunately, it doesn't come out till March, so it would probably be best to keep my mitts off it for at least a month. That may be hard.

      I thought Sydney Bridge Upside Down was pretty amazing - shocking, but that made it even more interesting than I expected.

  2. I either have to decorate when the mood strikes or I don't at all. So, now I am spending my December on variations of Chloe get out of the Christmas tree. lol

    1. Yeah, if I'm not in the mood it's not going to happen. I get that. I'm getting there. It's a lot more fun when family is around. So funny about Chloe. Izzy is still behaving, which is a first. I'm okay with that!

  3. We haven't had time to do our outside lights this rate it may not happen this year!

    1. Yeah, we still haven't decorated the tree or ordered cards. I'm just now wrapping gifts and have nothing for my husband. Zero, zippo, zilch. Some years are like that. I'm pretty sure we wouldn't even have lights up if Kiddo hadn't come home. Well . . . a few of them, maybe. Huz bought some solar-powered lights. Those were easy to put up.


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