Hello there! Sorry about the belated Fiona Friday pic. I don't mean to make you suffer an entire weekend without a cat photo.
You won't believe why I hardly showed up at the blog, last week. Television! Seriously. I know I told you that I've recently been a bit of a streaming junkie (pretty weird for a girl who doesn't normally watch anything at all, apart from the occasional PBS show or movie), but this was just unreal. Last week was all about Jericho, Season 1 -- a show that was canceled years ago, and yet I still decided to torture myself.
When I started watching the first season, my husband walked past and said, "You've got a higher tolerance for stupidity than I do." Haha. Honestly, Jericho did have a terrible start but it improved. I'm particularly fond of episodes that are heavier on action than interaction. Eventually, I got so hooked that I watched the final 6 or 7 episodes of the first season in a single day. I'm midway through Season 2. Probably not the best way to spend my time but I'm having fun, so I guess that's okay. :)
I read the same book all week long and finally finished it on Thursday or Friday: The India Fan by Victoria Holt. Enjoyed it but not enough to stop me from watching Jericho. I picked up Firefly Island immediately after finishing because I was supposed to tour it (I missed my tour date but talked to the publicist and she said no biggie, just post within the tour). So far it's just not grabbing me. I set it aside (again -- that was actually my second attempt) and read Legacy of a Rescue by Marta Fuchs on Saturday, the story of how the author's father and other people in his forced labor camp were saved during WWII by a fellow who ended up perishing in the war. More about that when I review the book.
Last night I started reading The Pope's Last Crusade by Peter Eisner, a book about how Pope Pius XI tried to warn people about how dangerous Hitler was, before WWII broke out. It's great, so far. And, then I read a bit more of Firefly Island, today. Page 64 and it's still not grabbing me. I think I may have to give up and do a DNF post, but I'm going to give it at least till page 75. Usually, I love Lisa Wingate's books so I keep hoping it'll pick up.
- The Pope's Last Crusade: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler by Peter Eisner - from HarperCollins for review. That one actually just arrived on Friday and I found myself promptly drawn to it.
- NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - from HarperCollins for review. It'll be interesting to see if I survive Hill's latest. I loved his first book, 20th Century Ghosts (short stories - link leads to my review) but after reading it I was honestly too terrified to read a full novel by him, at first. I guess if you wait long enough between horror reads, even if you're a wienie like me you can built up some guts.
- Little Chipmunk's Wiggly, Wobbly Tooth and Little Raccoon Learns to Share, both by Mary Packard and illustrated by Lisa McCue, who has long been a favorite children's book illustrator - from Sterling Children's Books, unsolicited. I'll have a Children's Day in a few weeks. I'm always up for unsolicited kids' books. They make me happy.
- The Secret of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs - from HarperCollins, just arrived today. I'm pretty sure I didn't request this one, although I might have and just don't recall. I'll look in the files to make sure I don't have a tour date I've forgotten about. Either way, I'll give it a go.
We had snow flurries on Saturday!
And, today it hit 70. Wild weather. It was so gorgeous out (sunny, dry with little puffball clouds and a brisk wind) that I took a nice, long walk in the neighborhood, today, and then sat on the deck reading and taking photos of birds for a couple hours. We had a flock of cedar waxwings come through! Very exciting. I've only seen them one other time. They're so stunning that I've been hoping to see them again, ever since.
And, about that book by Kate Atkinson . . .
I honestly didn't even think about Life After Life much, most of last week, but I've decided that since I got stuck when I tried to review it, I may just default to the old "self-interview" concept. That is my one blogging block-breaker that never seems to fail. Not sure who I'll use as my fake interviewer. The goofier I get with self-interviews, though, the better they seem to work.
Since I cruelly deprived you of cat photos on Friday . . .
. . . a second dose of kitty joy for today.
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