Monday, March 02, 2020

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals:

  • A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow - from Tor (Macmillan) for review via Shelf Awareness
  • Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo - purchased

Yes, I finally broke my month-long book-buying ban for Children of the Land. After Adam of Roof Beam Reader recommended it, I added Children of the Land to my wish list and then kept thinking about it because it sounded exactly like the kind of book I've been seeking. So, I gave in. But, I went right back to not buying, after.

A Song Below Water is an exciting arrival, too. I love both of the covers. So eye-catching!

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • The Antidote for Everything by Kimmery Martin
  • Nerp! by Sarah Lynne Reul

And, I finished up the month of February with 10 books read, again. This has been a disappointing year, so far, but while 10 books is below average for me, I acknowledge that it's not awful; I'm not in a reading slump, just sluggish by comparison with the usual reading rate. I have had to frequently pep-talk myself about this.

Currently reading:

  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Nature's Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy

The nonfiction read I started last week wasn't doing it for me, so I moved on to Nature's Best Hope. I'm not very far into it but my little nature-crazy, tree-hugging, greenie inner self is loving it. It's about how individuals can create their own healthy little ecosystems at home to encourage natural life and how crucial the variety of life on Earth is to human survival. I also started reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich but then set it aside to read Such a Fun Age after Kiley Reid appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Last week's posts: 

I missed two fiction favorites so I'll put them in a future post with favorites from some other category (nonfiction, children's, whatever I get to). Or, maybe I'll post about them separately. Waffle, waffle.

In other news:

I forgot to watch Chicago Fire on Wednesday! Completely forgot. So bummed. There were a couple nights that we just vegged on news and we watched two episodes of Doctor Who, but that's about it for TV. It always surprises me to realize how little TV I watch, when I do these updates.

Kiddo's car is sputtering, so we went over to his apartment for Huzzybuns to give it a drive around the block, this weekend. Yep, it needs to go into the shop. We all went out for Mexican food, after, and it was fabulous. Veggie fajitas! I have a new favorite. Our local Mexican place is going sharply downhill (they've stopped giving you guacamole and pico de gallo with your fajitas and cut back on the quantity of all the other ingredients but bumped the price up $2) and we lost our Tex-Mex chain restaurant, so I guess we'll drive 30 miles when we want to go out. Fortunately, we don't go out for Mexican food very often.

This week was also the first week I've managed to go to the gym regularly since pre-surgery. I bought a Fitbit to help motivate myself. It's working. I'm a wimp, right now, but I managed to gradually increase my workout during the week. One step at a time.

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