Monday, June 24, 2019

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals:

  • Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James and 
  • Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean - both from Avon Books for tour
  • Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang - purchased
  • Alexander von Humboldt: How the Most Famous Scientist of the Romantic Age Found the Soul of Nature by Maren Meinhardt - from Meryl Zegarek Public Relations for review

Hmm, I'm not sure how I got Alexander von Humboldt. That may be a Shelf Awareness book. I don't log the books I sign up to review via Shelf Awareness because you never know whether or not you'll receive a copy. So, they don't go on the schedule till they arrive. I've been receiving more unsolicited books than I normally do, lately, so I often look at arrivals and think, "Did I request this?" Either way, they go on the stacks and I try to get to everything, so I guess it doesn't matter.

Stories of Your Life and Others has been on my wish list for a while and I bought it on a whim. I was none too pleased when it came with a fold in the cover but I decided it's not bad enough to worry about sending it back. I'm at least 30 miles from a bookstore, now, so I'm afraid I buy a good portion of my books from the Evil Online Store owned by the World's Greediest Non-taxpaying Billionaire. I've decided I just need to plan better and work at trying to buy my books from indie stores because I've received far too many with damage from Amazon. It's getting kind of ridiculous. I've sent all of the rest of them back for replacement.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

I'll finish Say No to the Duke, today, but I'm not quite there. So, only one book finished. 

Currently reading:

  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  • How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper
  • The Mueller Report - Washington Post edition
  • Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James

I didn't read any of The Unspeakable Mind, yet again, so I'll try to get at least 50 pages of that read, this week. Extreme Ownership is a book my husband thrust into my hands. "Read this!" he said, "And, then pass it on to Kiddo." It's a book about applying the lessons learned by the authors when they were Navy SEALs to business. It's primarily about teamwork, owning your decisions, for better or worse, and being a leader. They have a management training business in which they go around shooting at people with laser or paint guns and teaching them how to work as a team. Husband has read the book twice and thinks it's excellent so I started reading it immediately. There are some great, really intense stories about SEAL missions. It can be a little repetitive (so far) about the lessons but their stories are really edge-of-your-seat and do a great job of illustrating what they've learned. 

How Not to Die Alone was another that was either sent unsolicited or received via Shelf Awareness. It's a quirky British book and I haven't gotten far but I can tell I'm going to like it. And, I really need to concentrate on The Mueller Report but I keep putting it off to finish other things. What I've read is pretty damning. 

Posts since last Malarkey:

In other news:

I've gone ahead and kept watching The Heart Guy (Doctor Doctor in Australia) in spite of the husband being away on business, so I'm getting close to the end of the third season. And, apparently, the third season is the final one. Fortunately, when Huzzybuns is around, I get to watch it all over again from the point at which we stopped because I'm not going to ruin the fun for him and I like it enough to watch repeatedly. That was really the only thing I watched, this week. It's binge-worthy. I'm going to miss it when we finish. I love the complexity of the characters. They're really interesting people with funny and believable dynamics.

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