- The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash and
- Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy, both from HarperCollins for review
- When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer from Harlequin Teen for review
- No Frogs in School by LaFaye and Ceulemans,
- If You're Going to a March by Freeman and Kim,
- How to Feed Your Parents by Miller and Aly, and
- Allie All Along by Sarah Lynn Reul, all from Sterling Children's Books for review
The Last Ballad got the biggest squeal, but the package of 4 Sterling children's books was the most fun to open. Who doesn't love a fresh, crisp, parcel full of new books?
Books finished since last Malarkey:
- The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day
- Allie All Along by Sarah Lynne Reul
- No Frogs in School by A. La Faye and E. Ceulemans
- If You Go to a March by M. Freeman and V. Kim
- How to Feed Your Parents by R. Miller and H. Aly
- Never Satisfied: The Story of the Stonecutter by Dave Horowitz
I had a seriously fun reading week: two novels, 5 children's books, liked or loved everything.
- Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice by Lawrence Goldstone
- The Muse by Jessie Burton
- From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein
I'm enjoying all three of these and have bookmarks in a few more (but didn't touch them, this week). The Muse is this month's F2F discussion book. I was reading a scene set in a Spanish mansion in 1936, at one point, and became so immersed that when I looked up from the book I was surprised and disappointed to find that I was not really, in fact, in a Spanish mansion at all. Unpunished Murder is great but I need to figure out what age it's geared toward. I'm finding the book is filling in some gaps in my historical knowledge base but it's a little heavy for younger readers, in my humble opinion. However, I don't know what the intended age range is. I just started From the Corner of the Oval, this weekend, and haven't gotten far but I'm looking forward to learning a little about what it was like to spend time working alongside President Obama.
Last week's posts:
- Fiona Friday - Peekaboo (cat photo)
Only one post because I was feeling that creeping addiction to social media that I sometimes get. I decided maybe it would be best just to walk away from the computer completely, so I did. Staying off Facebook was about 95% successful. Twitter, not so much. I enjoy Twitter more than Facebook, though, and I did reduce the amount of time I spent reading tweets so I'm happy. Of course, this does mean I've thrown myself behind on the book review front, but I'm almost always at least 2-3 books away from catching up so I'm not worried. 4 of the 9 books I need to review are children's books that arrived, last week; they'll be quick and easy reviews.
In other news:
Last week's television watching was a little strange. I decided I really wanted to see my favorite Doc Martin episode and I was sure I knew how to find it. I was wrong, unfortunately. I kept looking for it and watching episodes that were not the right one. The net result was about 6 hours of Doc Martin viewing without ever finding the episode I was looking for. But, I like Doc Martin, so it wasn't exactly painful.
The only other television I watched was a show I watched specifically because it was advertised as one of Benedict Cumberbatch's early roles. The two-part movie series was called Fields of Gold. From IMDb:
A two-part conspiracy thriller about an eager young photographer and a bitter tabloid hacker who are sent to investigate mysterious deaths at a cottage hospital.
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