Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Malarkey

Book stack with bonus cat! Just what you always wanted to see, right?

Recent arrivals (top to bottom):

  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter and 
  • Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman - both from HarperCollins for review (not my usual fare, but I decided it would be fun to throw in a couple I wouldn't normally read for a change of pace)
  • Follow Me Down by Shelby Foote and 
  • Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway - both purchased, the former for F2F discussion in May.
  • The Space Between Us by Anne Corlett - from Berkley for review, via Shelf Awareness
  • Big Little Hippo by Valeri Gorbachev and
  • Hoot and Honk Just Can't Sleep by Leslie Helakoski - both from Sterling Children's Books for review

Not pictured because it just landed on my porch:

  • The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day - from HarperCollins (Wm Morrow imprint) for review. I made the mistake of opening this one and reading the first couple of pages, so I figured I'd better go ahead and mention it, rather than saving it for next week's Malarkey. It sucked me in so thoroughly that I may add it to my current reads, tonight.

Books finished since last week's Twaddle:

  • The Mermaid's Daughter by Ann Claycomb

Yep, just one. Again. Sigh. It went a little slowly and I wasn't thrilled with the secondary opera theme -- The Mermaid's Daughter is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" but with a twist,  a curse that has lasted through 7 or 8 generations) -- but it turned out to be crucial, in the end, and I loved the ending. So, even if the musical subplot seems to drag a bit, I recommend sticking this one out.

Last week's posts:

Since I didn't much feel like writing, last week's blogging ended up being better than I expected.

Currently reading:

  • The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart is a middle grade book, so I ought to be farther than 50 pages but I fell asleep reading, last night. Go, me. Not a brilliant reading month happening, here. But, again, I'm enjoying my reading so I have to remind myself to stop obsessing about quantity. Also, you may have noticed that two children's books arrived. Well, that ought to bump up the numbers a bit. One can always use a children's book break. I adore picture books.

In other news:

If you look carefully, you can see what Isabel was doing in the background of the book stack photo, above. She was holding onto a toy mouse! I didn't realize that till I crawled over to snap a closer image and saw the little mousie wedged between her paws.

In case you missed the news: Scientists have discovered cats are nice (link to article). Yeah, some of us were well aware our cats like to socialize with their people, but it's nice to find out science is catching up.

OK, I'm off to read. The only other news is that it's thundering and raining, outside, so I probably ought to unplug the computer. Happy Monday!

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  1. I didn't know The Space Between Us was a book though I should have guessed. Have a great week!

    1. Is there something else called The Space Between Us? This book is kind of a dystopian in outer space (although I hear it's less dystopian and more internal, everything as it relates to the main character - which is fine by me). Oh, nevermind, I see there's a movie. It looks different from the book - same name, different story, unless they changed the heroine to a hero.

    2. Also, thanks! Hope you have a great week, too!


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