Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Tuesday Twaddle

I've been offline due to storms, for a few days, so first things first. Welcome to the dawn of a new year. Hello, 2017! I hope you're a good one. Happy New Year, friends!

I'm not entirely done with 2016, review-wise, so I'm going to go ahead and do the Tuesday Twaddle (Malarkey was inhibited by the presence of a spouse) and then work backwards. I really do wish I could start with a clean slate but I'll do my best to quickly catch up with myself. It should help not having a husband around. Nice idea, not shutting down the blog for the first time ever, but it didn't really work out because if family is around, I'll always be hanging with them.

Recent arrivals (top to bottom):

  • I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano,
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson,
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, and
  • The Nix by Nathan Hill - all purchased
  • Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson and
  • The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy - both from HarperCollins for review

All my purchases came about during a road trip to take the desk Kiddo and Huzzybuns built over the holidays up to Kiddo's home in Oxford. He didn't have quite enough room in his little car, so we drove the parts up and the guys put the desk together, then we went out to eat and shopped at Square Books and Off-Square Books. They just happened to have a number of books that were on my wish list. It was a bit of a splurge but I only got one book for Christmas so Huz didn't mind one bit. Cool. 

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump
  • Rebirth by Kamal Ravikant
  • I Could Pee on This by Francesco Marciuliano

Currently reading:

  • The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
  • The Wars of the Roosevelts by William J. Mann
  • Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

The View from the Cheap Seats and The Wars of the Roosevelts are both chunksters, so they will probably take quite some time to read. I'm trying to pace myself and mix in a little of each book, every day, so that I won't stall on the bigger books, as I often do.

Last week's posts:

In other news:

I've been enjoying reading various bloggers' and friends' word choices for #OneWord, this year. I'm not so great at sticking to my word so I skipped it, last year. This year, a really great one jumped out at me as I was reading Think Happy, Be Happy - a book that was sent to me by the delightful Carrie of Care's Books and Pie. It has a page with a little devil saying, "Hell, yes!" I thought, "That's my word, 'yes'," the moment I saw it. I'm the opposite of most women who have trouble saying 'no'. My problem is that I'm too good at it - too good at saying, "I'll tackle that later," or "No, thanks, I really don't want to do that." So, this year is my year of "yes" and that includes some personal goals I've avoided. In fact, I decided to not even try for one particular goal that I've been working toward all my life, last year. I will get back to work on it, this year. I may never succeed but I can keep saying "yes" to trying.

Happy 2017 to all my book-loving friends!

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  1. Happy New Year! I wanted to have a clean slate too entering the new year but I'm still carrying over a couple of books from last year. Oh well. Hope you have a wonderful reading year ahead!

    1. Yes, I'll just keep on working on last year's reviews. Hopefully, it won't take too long to be done with 2016. Happy New Year and Happy Reading Year to you, too, Iliana!

  2. What a great word! All any of us can do is say 'yes' to trying. I read H Is For Hawk and loved it so I hope you do also. I also ordered The Nix and it should get here this week. Happy 2017!

    1. Exactly, Sandie. Even if trying doesn't work out, failure is better than not trying at all.

      So glad to hear you enjoyed H is for Hawk! I've read a lot of enthusiastic reviews, so I was excited to find a remaindered copy (not cheap but at least better than full price). How fun that you also just ordered The Nix! Maybe we can discuss. Happy 2017 to you, too!

  3. Happy New Year! Good luck with your goal to keep saying yes this year and enjoy your new books. :)

    1. Thanks, Kelly! Happy New Year to you, too! And, thank you for the luck and wishes. I already enjoyed I Could Pee On This. It's very silly. I'm sure you'd love it.

  4. Ha ha! I Could Pee on This looks like a must read.

    1. It is. I read part of it while standing in Target, a few years ago, and it's been on my wishlist, ever since. It was definitely worth the wait. I read it in the car while the guys were shopping and I was snickering the whole time they were gone.


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