Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Malarkey

The weather is tolerable! So, I went outside to pose this week's arrivals. The cats wanted to tag along but I wouldn't let them.

Recent arrivals:

  • Inky's Great Escape by Casey Lyall and Sebastia Serra - from Sterling Children's Books for review
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green - purchased on a whim (and it's a signed copy - but it looks like poor John Green had been signing for hours)
  • A Christmas to Remember: Stories by L. Kleypas, L. Heath, M. Frampton, V. Lorret - from Avon, unsolicited but I'm so excited! I've been craving holiday stories. 

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Inky's Great Escape by Casey Lyall and Sebastia Serra
  • The Underground River by Martha Conway

I got to p. 189 of The It Girls by Karen Harper before giving up, and I credit my friend Paula with the push I needed to DNF it. She's a fan of Karen Harper but didn't like The It Girls. I have The Royal Nanny by the same author on my stacks and Paula did like that one, so I decided that I'll definitely give Karen Harper a second chance. I moved on to The Underground River, which immediately sucked me in. And, the moment it arrived I read the picture book Inky's Great Escape. Husband was home, so I read it aloud to him. Humorously, he started out being annoyed with me for reading to him because he was trying to read something on his phone. But, he was listening and about halfway through, he put his phone down, turned his head, and smiled. He couldn't help himself. Inky's story (he's an octopus) is very entertaining!

Posts since last Malarkey:

Currently reading:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang

The Graveyard Book is a reread for F2F book club, which meets this week. It's not a favorite but I liked it enough to go ahead and buy a copy for rereading purposes and, lo and behold, I'm enjoying it much more the second time around. I think you could say I appreciated it without loving it the first time (because of the killings at the beginning). Quackery is nonfiction and it's entertaining but also gross because it's basically about the horrible things people did (poisoning themselves is a frequent thing) to try to cure their ills.

In other news:

I asked if anyone was interested in photoshopping a picture of my cats in my Facebook cat group and this is one of my favorite results (by Ash Thompson):

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  1. Inky's Great Escape is a new favorite and definitely one I'd recommend for gift-giving. It's very good for read aloud. I thought it was so funny that my husband resisted listening but couldn't help but show that he actually enjoyed the story. I'm looking forward to Turtles All the Way Down. I skipped the last book because the topic sounded awful but I do love John Green's writing.

    Isn't that photo a hoot? My cat group did everything from putting the kitties in the air above a trampoline to one holding the other up a la Lion King to a Star Wars light saber battle and a conga line!!! I got a lot of laughs, this morning!

  2. Looks like a good stack. I keep trying John Green’s books and plan on trying this one but I’m never horribly impressed. Oh well. I love your photo shopped picture.

    1. Best to check it out from the library, if you do read it, then. I like his books but at some point I grew tired of them and needed a break. And, I was absolutely not going to read that last one, no matter what - never will. This one definitely piqued my interest.

      Isn't that photoshopping cool? I think in the end I got about 25 photoshopped pics of the cats - some with just one kitty or the other. I set up a file and saved them all. Will probably share more of them, in the future.


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