Monday, December 07, 2009

Monday Malarkey

We're still all giddy about our Friday snow, here, even though it was gone by morning (except for a tiny bit in the shade -- which disappeared as soon as the sun hit it). Above is another snow photo - obviously a long exposure and not a very good one, but I like it. I think the photo looks a little spooky with the tree limbs visible in the background.

Books, books and more books

I was offline most of the weekend because our weather has been changing almost daily and I get change-of-air-pressure migraines, so not much was accomplished in the way of reading or blog writing (and my head is still throbbing), but I've been gobbling up Life After Genius by Ann Jacoby, today. The "genius" of the title, Mead, was a math major before dropping out of college. The math bits go way over my head but the book is nicely written, Mead is a great character, I'm dying to know what happened to drive him away from college . . . and I really want to know whether or not he's having hallucinations. The pages, they are a-turning.

I haven't picked up Can God Be Trusted? for a few days, but I hope to sit down and read some of that, tonight. I did, however, start reading several more books:

Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception and Dishonor by Spc. Michael Anthony (quite a mouthful, eh?) is a tour book. I'm getting out of the blog-touring business, but I signed up for this one because my father was a navy corpsman and for some reason that translates to interest in anything with the word "medic" in it, military or otherwise. Kiddo looked at the title and said, "Dishonor??? What were you thinking, Mom?" Good point. We'll see how it turns out.

Drinking the Rain by Alix Kates Shulman - I found this book while cleaning. This seems to be a recent theme in the House of Bookfool: happening across books that I haven't read but which still pique my interest, years after they came into my possession. Drinking the Rain is the memoir of a feminist-writer-professor and tells the story of her time living alone in an island cabin off the coast of Maine without electricity, plumbing or telephone. I don't feel like I can adequately describe the book, just yet, so here's a link to info about Drinking the Rain at Shulman's website, if you're interested.

The New York Times calls Shulman: "The voice that has for three decades provided a lyrical narrative of the changing position of women in American society." Hmm, sounds like it would be a good one for the Women Unbound Challenge, doesn't it? So far, I'd definitely say it's perfect for the challenge. I had no idea I owned a book that would work, but that's okay. I kind of hate challenges.

For another blog tour (this time FirstWild), I'm reading Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence by Peter Lumpkins. I don't drink because I never developed a taste for alcohol and, in fact, never could come up with a reason to bother trying. I suppose he's preaching to the choir; but, I was curious to read an alternate opinion about the concept of total abstinence, as opposed to moderation. So far, the book is interesting but I wish the author had considered his audience. He uses a lot of what I'd call "preacher-speak" -- large words, often in the lingo of people who have attended seminary. In its language the book is self-limiting and I can't imagine it finding a wide audience, but I've found the bits about America's Prohibition Period fascinating, definitely worthy of discussion. I think that tour is later this week; I'll have to check my calendar.


I recently finished reading Specials, the third in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. I'll review Specials and The Christmas Secret by Donna Van Liere, soon. The former wrapped up the Uglies trilogy in a way that left me feeling a bit unsettled and the latter is a satisfying Christmas story, sweet and touching.

Just walked in

After several weeks of empty mailbox, today was a banner day. The mailman had to bring the new books to the door. Eeks. I received:

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle (Seasonal YA from PBS)

Schooled by Gordon Korman (YA from PBS)

The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer (ARC from the author - will have a giveaway of this one, soon)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Early Years by Ilan Stavans (I think from Shelf Awareness)

and . . . another ARC I'm not sure if I'm allowed to mention but as soon as I find out I'll tell you. If I can.

Storytime with Bookfool

Last week, I had to run to the doctor's office to nudge the doctor into signing a form that I absolutely had to have completed before he left town. While I waited, one of the receptionists opened up a 3" bottle of concentrated caffeine, guzzled it down and made a yuck-yuck-yuck face. She told me, "That stuff tastes awful . . . and it lingers," but she has successfully lowered her caffeine intake a tiny bit. Till recently she was drinking a Coke with breakfast, a concentrated shot of caffeine mid-morning, another Coke with lunch, a second concentrated jolt at mid-day and a Coke or tea with supper. Everyone in the medical office told her she was overdoing the caffeine. I loved her response: "Listen -- I have three kids, a job and a lazy husband. I need help and caffeine is it!"

I'm off to read. I'll leave you with one last snow pic - poppet Noelle in the grass:

I'm telling you . . . we have to soak up our rare snow experiences!!! Noelle and I worked hard at enjoying ourselves.

Happy Monday!

Bookfool, recently snowed upon and still smiling


  1. I know how i feel about the snow. In Virginia we got more snow than you do in Mississippi but when ever it came it was a treat. Same in Italy, rare snow but I love it. That and school gets cancelled which means no work for me!

  2. Yay more snow and poppet pics!!! :D They're just wonderful. Sorry to hear that you're still dealing with the migraines :( I've been getting them bad's the damn weather change. Didn't put two and two together before, but that air pressure thing makes sense! Very cool that you got Let it Snow in the mail :) I have that one too! Just got it recently myself! Looking forward to your thoughts!

  3. Sorry the changing weather has such a horrible affect on you. You've got me very curious about the unnamed ARC.

  4. I just happened to stumbled across your blog and have to say I think the title is hilarious! It sounds like something I would say on a regular basis. In fact now I just might. Looking forward to reading more posts in the future.

    And I am smiling about snow as well, no matter how much every one else seems to resent it!

  5. Nikki,

    Even though I've lived in places where snow can be a royal pain (because it gets packed and slippery -- a nasty driving hazard), I still loved the snow. It refreshes my soul to see snow and feel brisk, fresh air. Not having to work would be a bonus, for sure. If it stuck here, I'd get to keep my Kiddo home. That's only happened once in his entire school life (but he's had plenty of hurricane days). :)


    I figured I might as well use those poppet pictures. LOL I don't know what's stopped me from taking poppet pics in the last year or so, but I need to get back to it.

    I read that it's a change of air pressure that causes those weather-change migraines, somewhere -- no idea where. Makes sense, doesn't it? No migraine, today, since it stayed yucko outside. I knew you just got Let it Snow! I'm excited about any book that has "John Green" on the cover, aren't you? :)


    Thanks. I'm just stuck with migraines unless I can ever find a place with no weather. I've reviewed the author of the unnamed ARC, before, and she preferred that I hold back my review till publication so . . . not sure till I hear from her or I'd tell you!

    Padfoot and Prongs,

    Welcome! I assume you mean you like the "Monday Malarkey" title? I do that on occasion, when I don't feel like talking about a specific book. Tuesday is Twaddle. Wednesday is Wahoo! day. Sometimes I do Sunday Pie. The rest of the week has to figure itself out.

    Love, love, love snow. Even when we were practically buried in it and skidding around on it (in Michigan), I still went for long walks when the snow was falling. Nobody can talk me out of loving it.

    So, did both of you tackle Nano? I love the "NaNoWriMo: Anyone can be a writer, if you set the bar low enough" image. In fact, I just snagged it from your blog. I hope that's okay.

  6. So jealous of everyone getting snow! We only get the liquid version of it no matter how cold it seems to get. Cie la vie...another greenish Christmas. (Oh, and I too get those LOVELY now...with the crazy rain/storm outside....grr..)

    Looks like you got quite a few gems there! Can't wait to see your take on them...once of course you find time with the holiday season and all. Happy reading!

  7. GMR,

    We usually get flurries, at best, every couple of years. That's enough to keep me happy for a while. I know what you mean. I couldn't count the number of barefoot, green Christmases we've celebrated. Sorry you get the storm migraines, too. Weather sucks. I decided years ago that I need to live in a frozen wasteland . . . so, of course, I'm in a place where it almost never freezes.

    If I don't get around to posting, it's all because of They're getting me in terrible trouble, today. I've been sitting here laughing my head off for hours.

  8. Mead is so not having hallucinations. Really he's not. Everyone just has A Beautiful Mind too much on their minds.

  9. Cara,

    That's what I decided, in the end (I finished reading the book, last night) but she's the one who mentioned A Beautiful Mind. Don't look at me. LOL


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