Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fiona Friday Fursday and Recent Arrivals

I need to dive into reviews, ASAP, so I'm going ahead with the weekly Fiona pic of Fiona with our Easter centerpiece, along with book arrivals I haven't gotten around to mentioning.  Tomorrow, I'm going to shoot for doing a Children's Day post.  I have 4 picture books to review.

Recent arrivals (which apparently smell very interesting):

Top to bottom:

Blitz: The Diary of Edie Benson, London 1940-1941 
Love Lessons by Joan Wyndham
Nella Last's War, ed. by R. Broad & S. Fleming
Betty's Wartime Diary 1939-1945, ed. by Nicholas Webley

All four were purchased used for a writing project via Abe Books.  Love Lessons is a rather grubby former library book that I don't think deserved the "very good" classification.  But, I'm a little weird about dirt, so maybe other people wouldn't feel that way.  The pages are intact and unlined. Wahoo for that.

The Woman from Paris by Santa Montefiore - from Simon & Schuster for review

I just received Children's Wartime Diaries: Secret Writings from the Holocaust and WWII by Laurel Holliday in today's mail, another secondhand purchase.

And, a brief note on last night's F2F meeting:

We met to discuss advance reader copies of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, last night, and my review of the book and meeting will likely be enthusiastic, to say the least.  Not everyone loved Life After Life, but there was a great deal to discuss and we had a very noisy, entertaining meeting.  I can't wait to tell you about it, but I need a little more sit-down time for that and I've just got a few hours to tackle my do-list before I leave for a photo editing class.  So . . . more to come.

I'm currently reading Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell and Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate, both for scheduled tours.

Also, one minor change at the blog - very minor.  

I flipped through recent blog posts and noticed I've been doing mini reviews a lot, in recent weeks/months.  I haven't yet sought out my old easy-peasy reviewing format and just noticed I've written 1,800 posts during the time I've been blogging.  Lordy.  Fortunately, I have a pretty good idea when I used that easy format. In the meantime, I'm just going to stop labeling mini reviews, as such, and write whatever length feels appropriate.  Some people write brief reviews all the time, so there's probably no sense labeling them.

Gotta dash.  Children's books, next!

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  1. I'm glad to see you had a great discussion with Life After Life - my book club will be reading it in March.

    1. It was one of the best discussions I've ever experienced, Kathy. I hope yours is every bit as fun and lively!

  2. Love your centerpiece. Always love the cats. Love your reviews (mini or honkin'). Can't wait to read Life After Life!

    1. Thanks all-around, Andiloo! I hope you love Life After Life. It's very, very discussion-worthy, one of those rare books that I feel privileged to have read (and would promptly re-read, if I had the time).


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