If you've read my November Reads in Review post, you already know I read these three books during the Thanksgiving holiday. I picked up Hyperbole and a Half on the way to Oklahoma, finished up The Clockwork Scarab (an ARC) and whipped through Labor Day.
Yesterday, I finished another book I bought at Hastings Books & Music: Tempest by Julie Cross, a time travel YA that I found writing-weak but plot-manic. Had the action not grabbed me so thoroughly, I might have abandoned it for its weaknesses but I was quite satisfied with the way it was wrapped up and, problems aside, I would have been perfectly happy to read on if I had the next book in the series.
So . . . Oklahoma. We went to visit family. I can't actually remember the last time we were in Oklahoma. It was nice to go home. We spent most of our time hanging out, eating, watching football, reading and perusing bookstores, but we also visited Woolaroc Museum (one of my happy places; it holds lots of fond childhood memories). Woolaroc was decorated for Christmas:
On the way back to Tulsa from Bartlesville (Woolaroc is just outside Bartlesville), I snapped sunsets through a dirty window in a moving car and this one is now my desktop background:
When we arrived home it took this girl 4 hours to speak to me and 6 to fully forgive me for leaving her behind:
Isabel hissed at the cat- and house-sitter, whom she knows perfectly well. Crazy cat. I am her only human. She doesn't really like anyone else at all but she's a total lovebug with me. Unfortunately, her fears don't seem to be fading with age. I was hoping eventually she'd relax a little.
There were books waiting upon arrival and plenty purchased. I haven't snapped pics and I've been doing the Bad Thing . . . dragging arrivals off to sort by review date instead of keeping them together so that I can photograph them and list them. Oh, well. I do have a few nearby:
- Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, The Middle Ages and Viking Age - from the Everyday Life series by Sterling Books, for review
- A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith and Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill - from Knopf for review
- Nigella Fresh by Nigella Lawson, a bargain find at Hastings Books - have read about 40 pages of this and am enjoying her chatty style. I want to read the entire book before settling on favorites to attempt.
- The Ragamuffin Bible - from Zondervan for review. I totally jumped on this because I've just recently read The Prodigal (which lists Brennan Manning as one of the authors, although Greg Garrett did the writing) and it reminded me of Manning's uplifting way of looking at Christianity. I've read a few of the "meditations" by Manning and I'm already in love with this Bible. He tends to go a little heavy on the ecclesiastical terminology but I like the fact that I have to really engage the brain when I read his thoughts.
- Wool by Hugh Howey (the Omnibus edition) - purchased. I looked up the stats and found that something on the order of 100 NaNoWriMo books have been published traditionally. Wool (the original short story, from my understanding, as opposed to the entire series) is one of them. I've been thinking about doing a NaNoWriMo books self-challenge, although I'm not sure I can resist reading Wool right away. It's been on my wish list for quite a while.
- Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts, another NaNo book, via Paperback Swap. Good timing.
- Blitz: The story of 29th December, 1940 by M. J. Gaskin - purchased and I've read a little. Blitz is an account of a single day in the London Blitz based on (and occasionally including excerpts from) a number of primary sources.
- Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson - from HarperCollins for review
I'll attempt to gather other books for next week's Monday Malarkey. Yes, there are more -- too many, actually, so I'm back to ignoring offers for review books. I should never accept them anyway; let's be honest, I have far too many books in my house, as is.
Since I finished a quick YA read, last night, I'm going to dive back into The Aftermath and If On a Winter's Night a Traveler, next, and try to finish those up so I can move on.
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