Monday, July 29, 2019

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals:

  • Chihuly: Form from Fire with essays by W. D. Bannard and H. Geldzahler - purchased
  • I Guess I'll Write It Down by Beth Evans (two journals) - from HarperCollins for review 
  • Storm Blown by Nick Courage and
  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - purchased
  • What Red Was by Rosie Price - from Hogarth for review

Kind of a hodgepodge. The book about Chihuly is mostly photos of his artwork (not just glass), a library sale find at my old library. That means it cost me a quarter. I have a few more books from that library sale but they're still in the car. You can see why I drop by when I'm in town. As long as I've been going to that library the prices have been the same and it's a perpetual sale, not a monthly or yearly one. You just never know what people will donate. 

I think I saw an ad for Storm Blown, or maybe a tweet by the author (whom I follow on Twitter) and . . . okay, I bought it mostly based on the cover because it looks exciting. What Red Was is a Shelf Awareness win, the Indigenous Peoples' History is a kind of history that I've been watching for, and the two journals were, I think, another win from a drawing. But, I'm not certain about that. They're super cute, with cartoons inside, but the best thing about them is that they're hardback and small — perfect to tuck in a purse. 

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Layover by David Bell
  • Meet Me in Monaco by Gaynor and Webb

This was definitely a good reading week. All three books were great. I read Never Have I Ever obsessively. Layover and Meet Me in Monaco were also books that I really enjoyed and didn't much want to put down. 

Currently reading:

  • The Mueller Report (Washington Post edition) - because I promised myself I'd finish reading it as soon as I ran out of tour dates (July was a busy month). 

I read, off and on, all day and still only managed 100 pages, yesterday. So, it might take a while to finish but I'm determined to finish The Mueller Report, this time. I haven't started a fiction title because I'm afraid it'll stop me from reading The Mueller Report, but I might allow myself to read a few pages of fiction per day, as long as I get 1-200 pages of Mueller read. 

Posts since last Malarkey:

I neglected to mention the fact that Brazen and the Beast has a very high rating at Goodreads, when I wrote my DNF report. It wasn't for me, but a lot of people clearly like it.

In other news:

Hmm, nothing to report, really.  Not having really ever hosted a party at my house, I confess I was a little shocked at the sheer quantity of dishes that had to be washed, after last week's party. I used the gathering as an excuse to buy some melamine plates and matching serving platters, which will be great for outdoor use (everything else we own is breakable). Once we got them all cleaned, though, we packed them away and they're going into the attic till fall. Summer is indoor season, here. Fall and winter are our outdoor time of year. We were lucky that a cold front rolled through at the right time and it was tolerable for outdoor entertaining (upper 80s). Normally, we have the kind of weather other places call a "heat wave" for about 6 months. And, even if you can tolerate the heat, the mosquitoes will eat you alive. It was not bad at all, though.

Not a big TV week, but we watched a couple movies on the Hallmark Channel: Rome in Love and Christmas at Pemberley. The latter is a favorite from Christmas season. I think I've watched it three times, now.

At the moment, Isabel is getting into everything and whining at me. I'd better shut up and find her some catnip toys. Happy Monday!

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