Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals are very, very pretty:

Top to bottom:

  • Tin Man by Sarah Winman - from Penguin for review
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - purchased for F2F discussion
  • The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and Their Muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino and
  • Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day - both from William Morrow for review
  • Vintage Hughes by Langston Hughes - purchased for National Poetry Month
  • Era Emilia by I. I. Mendor - from Glagoslav Publications for review
  • Mad Boy by Nick Arvin - from Europa for review
  • Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge - from Viking Books for Young Readers for review

Clockwise from top left:

  • But the Bear Came Back by Tammi Sauer and Dan Taylor and
  • Albie Newton by Josh Funk and Ester Garay - both from Sterling Children's Books for review
  • Sleep Train by Jonathan London and Lauren Eldridge - from Viking for review
  • Isosceles' Day by Kevin Meehan - from The Cadence Group for review

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
  • If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Sleep Train by Jonathan London and Lauren Eldridge
  • But the Bear Came Back by Tammi Sauer and Dan Taylor
  • Albie Newton by Josh Funk and Ester Garay
  • How to Forget a Duke by Vivienne Lorret

This was absolutely not what I expected my week to end up like! I was already reading Rocket Men and anticipated finishing that and then reading If You Come Softly, yes. But, then I planned to finish Lincoln in the Bardo and read 200 pages of Don Quixote. I never did feel like reading either of the latter two, although I managed 50 pages of Lincoln in the Bardo and I like what I've read. It's just not grabbing me the way I'd hoped. Then, 3 children's books arrived and I gobbled them down immediately, as always. Still couldn't talk myself into reading either of the two books I planned on making my focus books, so I decided maybe I was in need of something radically different. Fortunately, I had a romance ARC just waiting for me. How to Forget a Duke (amnesia, strapping duke, Emma fan) sucked me in. And, that capped off my week nicely. It was a really good reading week.

Currently reading (or trying to):

  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • Don Quixote by Cervantes
  • Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods by Tania Del Rio and Will Staehle

Honestly, none of these books got touched often, even though they sat in my "Current reads" section at Goodreads, all week. But, hopefully, they'll get the attention they deserve, now.

Last week's posts:

In other news:

Here is a cat with a sexy romance novel cover.

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  1. At least you read. I hardly read a word. Sigh!

    1. Oh, I'm sorry, Jenny. I know how that feels and it is awful. Children's books are a gift. My son and I were laughing about how we both sometimes read short books to bulk up the number we've completed and children's books really help with those slumpy weeks. It doesn't matter that they're children's books; they still give me a sense of accomplishment. Poetry is great for that, too. ;) Hope you get your groove back, soon!

  2. I'm very anxious to read Little Fires Everywhere! Haven't done much reading in the past three weeks. Just a few pages here and there of Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova. It's a reread for book club, but I've been too distracted with on my road trip with my hubby. If we ever do this full-time, I may not get much reading in Yikes!

    1. Me, too! I may have nudged our group leader a bit when Little Fires Everwhere was mentioned as a possible discussion book. I wanted to read it anyway, so . . .

      Sorry your reading is suffering. I don't read much when we travel, either. I'm luck to finish a single book on a 2-week vacation. Being active wears a girl out!


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