Monday, November 06, 2017

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals (top to bottom):

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - purchased for F2F discussion
  • The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange - from Chicken House (a Scholastic imprint) for review
  • The Half-Finished Heaven by Tomas Transtromer - purchased
  • Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich - from Harper for review
  • We Wish for a Monster Christmas by Sue Fliess and Claudia Ranucci,
  • The Bear Who Didn't Want to Miss Christmas by Marie Tibi and Ockto Lambert, and 
  • Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro and Teagan White - all from Sterling Children's Books for review

Apologies for the poor photo quality. I should have checked the photo for clarity before I moved the books after snapping a picture.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • We Wish for a Monster Christmas by Sue Fliess and Claudia Ranucci
  • The Bear Who Didn't Want to Miss Christmas by Marie Tibi and Ockto Lambert
  • Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro and Teagan White
  • Blackout by Marc Elsberg
  • The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

This was a "Read things as they walk in the door" type of week, with the exception of Blackout - which I bought a few months ago. I think I've mentioned the fact that I always read the children's picture books at least twice (once when they arrive and then again before I review them, if not more), so that's nothing new. But, The Secret of Nightingale Wood is elementary to middle grade and I read it simply because it kept calling to me.

Posts since last Malarkey:

Currently reading:

I read 47 pages of The It Girls by Karen Harper, last night, and I was underwhelmed. But, I'm going to give it another 50 pages. I may go ahead and finish it if I'm not completely bored by it. It's mostly the author trying to force her research into the dialogue that's bothering me. It makes the dialogue sound very unrealistic . There's also a bit of jerkiness as the author keeps leaping forward in time by years. I'm enjoying learning a bit about the island of Jersey's history but I am kind of stunned that such an experienced, many-times published author was unable to leave backstory in the background, where it belongs.

I tried to restart Spies in the Family after finishing The Secret of Nightingale Wood, last night, and utterly failed. It's an easy read so clearly I'm just not in the mood for it. I will probably remove it from my current reads and start a different nonfiction title, but I hope to get back to Spies in the Family soon because I've promised to pass it on to Eldest when I finish.

In other news:

Kiddo's fiancee has a subscription to Netflix (we do not) and was here, this weekend, so I got to see the first episode of Season 1 of Stranger Things. I get it, now, why everyone is so obsessed with it. When that episode ended, it was midnight and I was ready to sleep but I was tempted to watch a second episode. I knew it would lead to binge-watching all night, so I didn't. But, I definitely get it. Hopefully, someday I'll get to watch the entire series.

What's up in your world? Read anything fabulous?

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  1. Looks like a good stack. Sorry your current read is underwhelming. Hopefully it picks up. I hope you get to continue with Stranger Things. It’s such s great show.

    1. Yep, I'm looking forward to the three I haven't yet read. As to the current read . . . no worries. If I decide it's not going to keep my attention, I've got plenty of other books waiting in the wings. I really enjoyed Stranger Things! Just the one episode was enough to have me plotting to take a day off life to binge on it. Don't know when I'll get back to it but it's definitely entertaining. And, kind of nice to find out what everybody's been going on about!

  2. Jeanine H12:57 PM

    Stranger Things is like a long movie, one per season. You definitely want to hang around to see what happens next. My sleep takes a definite hit while watching it!

    1. Thats's an interesting way to look at it. So, basically, there's one storyline that's threaded through an entire season's episodes and it's best to watch them back to back? Oof. Hmm. I must plan a day to goof off when I have access, again.

  3. Nancy I was so disappointed in The It GIrls. Thankfully read it in a day.

    1. I noticed your rating at Goodreads. I'm still only halfway through it and occasionally wonder if I should give up. It's so poorly written that the only thing holding me is the historical perspective but I'm not sure even that's worth it.


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