Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals:

  • None. Again. 

I think this makes 3 weeks with no arrivals? Some that I've been expecting have not arrived, so now I'm actually a little worried that something is happening to the ARCs (we did, at one time, have a postal worker who was stealing packages). But, we're not short of books in this household. And, I did order a few, this week -- one of them because the library book had a too-quick due date. So, hopefully, I'll have some pretty, shiny new books for you to admire, next Monday.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
  • The Saboteur by Paul Kix

Both were excellent - one a WWII YA spy novel, the other the nonfiction story of a daring man in the French Resistance (a nobleman who later inherited the family title, Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld). I've already written a Goodreads review of The Saboteur, which I finished yesterday, and I'll rewrite it as a blog post, soon. And, my draft of Orphan Monster Spy (a tour book scheduled for Thursday) is nearly complete.

Currently reading:

  • Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
  • Don Quixote by Cervantes
  • The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso 

Poor Don Quixote had to sit around yawning, this week, because I had priorities and he just couldn't be squeezed in. And, I still need to reread The Woman Next Door (for F2F discussion) before I can return to him. But, soon. Very soon. The great thing about Don Quixote is that his exploits are so unforgettable it's easy to pick up where you've left off, even after a week or two.

Princesses Behaving Badly is a book of stories about real-life princesses who were not content to sit around waiting for the opposing army to defeat King/Emperor Daddy or their own armies to be run over. They were the kind to run into battle, not wait for the results. I'm finding it a tiny bit dry and wishing it had maps but neither of those are enough to convince me to stop. I love reading about heroic, smart, indefatigable women.

Last week's posts:

In other news:

This was not a TV weekend. I decided my utility room was getting too cluttery and both the counter and cabinets needed to be cleaned and rearranged, so we first cleared the kitchen counters to use for sorting and then emptied cabinets, shuffled various objects, filled a box with things to donate, and made use of the circular file. We're not done, even after two days of working on it, but we're close. When we needed a break, we watched an episode or two of Dr. Who or read. And, last Thursday we watched this for the first time:

I've seen a lot of people mention Weekend at Bernie's when the topic of Andrew McCarthy's acting comes up (I follow him on Twitter) because it seems to be a favorite, particular a favorite of the males. But, I'd never seen it and it was on, so we watched roughly half of it. We didn't manage to see the entire movie because it was late, but we were both enjoying it and would really like to see the second half. I'll have to see if I can find a place to stream it, soon. It's such a different role from what I typically saw McCarthy play in the 80s (like Pretty in Pink, the dreamboat role).

The last episode of Dr. Who that I watched was the final episode for companions Barbara and Ian, who were finally able to return to London of 1965. I'll miss them, but I think that at least means I've made it to Season 3 of William Hartnell.

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  1. I hope your books make it ok. Good luck with cleaning and organizing I kinda hate it and kinda love it.

    1. One finally arrived via UPS, tonight (an ARC) so at least we know one delivery service is functioning -- although, actually, I'm pretty sure they're the ones who misplaced some children's books I was expecting. Thanks! I love/hate cleaning, too. Love to organize but I have difficulty deciding what to part with. It gets easier with age, but only marginally. I'm really a packrat.


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