Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Malarkey

This was one of those weeks that I looked at the final pile of arrivals, muttered "Holy Toledo!" and told myself I'm back on a book-buying ban "with certain exceptions" (if/when I run out of feminist lit and can't find anything wonderful at the library, for example).

Recent arrivals (also known as The Holy Toledo Stack):

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman - purchased
  • The Golden Age by Joan London - purchased
  • The Third Level by Jack Finney - purchased
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry - from Custom House (an imprint of HarperCollins) for review
  • The Great Rescue by Peter Hernon and
  • Spies in the Family by Eva Dillon - both from Harper for review
  • The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne - from Hogarth (an imprint of Crown Publishing) for review, via Shelf Awareness
  • The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas - from Flatiron Books for review, via Shelf Awareness

All of these books make me wish I had more hours in my day but The Third Level by Jack Finney is the most exciting of my purchases because he's a long-time favorite author. I've occasionally looked to see if there are any Jack Finney books I've missed, over the years, certain that I can't possibly have read them all. But, till recently, I've had no luck finding any that I overlooked. So, I'm not sure how I missed The Third Level but I can hardly bear sitting next to it without picking it up to start reading.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Bellwether by Connie Willis (reread for F2F discussion)
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run by Peter Allison

Posts since last Malarkey:

Last week was a deliberately light posting week. I figured that since I posted a virtual tsunami of book reviews the previous week, it would be a good idea to let frequent readers have some time to catch up if they so desired.

Currently reading:

  • Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson 

In other news:

I don't know exactly when I'm going to take my summer break from blogging, but I'm thinking probably mid-July? Maybe? I guess we'll just cross that bridge when we come to it. I'm not at all tired of blogging or in need of a break. But, I have other reasons for needing to step away - not only from the blog but from the internet - for a while. At any rate, a break is coming but not for at least a couple weeks.

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  1. What a great book stack and you definitely have enough there for your blogging break! :) Enjoy the books and look forward to the reviews.

    1. I certainly do! But, I have some other things ahead of these in the queue, so they'll have to wait their turn unless someone gets impatient. :) Thanks, Iliana!

  2. That's quite the stack! I don't know if I've heard of a single one but that's not unusual around your blog. I love reading your reviews though. You read a lot more sophisticated books than me and I'm constantly scribbling down titles to suggest to my book club.

    1. It's a heck of a stack. I may be a little embarrassed by the sheer quantity of books that walked in the door, this week, but I confess that finding a book in the mailbox or on the doorstep has never lost its thrill. Oh, thanks, how cool! I like that: "more sophisticated books." I feel like a lightweight, actually, so that's a very nice thing to hear. I'm glad you enjoy my reviews. Thanks, Jenny!


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