Monday, February 03, 2014

Monday Malarkey - Snow, the usual malarkey and what I did during the Super Bowl

I was fully expecting a snow-free winter but we got about 1/2" of snow, last week!  Unfortunately, my card reader died, so I haven't loaded any new snow pics.  The poppets above posed in 2011.  We've had at least 3 snows in the last 4 years!  Wild!  This time, I filled a gallon-sized Ziploc bag with snow and stashed it in my freezer so I can snow on myself in August (or, at least, admire the snow and think of cooler days when we're in that, "Dear God please, please, please give us a break from the heat" phase). 

This week's arrivals:
  • Shadows in the Sun by Gayathri Ramprasad - from Hazelden (Perseus Books?) for tour
  • Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck - from NAL for tour

Last week's posts:

Books finished last week (not reviewed, yet):

  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
  • Spy Smuggler: Paul Lelaud, France 1942-44 by Jim Eldridge 

Currently reading:

  • On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
  • The Rosie Project by Graham Simsion
  • The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman 


I had the Viking Age book from Sterling's Everyday Life series in my sidebar, last week, but all I managed to read was the introductory material and I kept glancing longingly at The Middle Ages from the same series till I realized I needed to switch titles. It makes a lot more sense to read about the Middle Ages in non-fiction while reading The Sunne in Splendour, a book about The Wars of the Roses, than to mix historical time and place.  So, I set Viking Age aside, plunked The Middle Ages in my sidebar and proceeded to promptly have 2 days of negligible reading progress.  Still, I do plan to get going on The Middle Ages, soon, so I guess I'll leave it in the sidebar unless I fail to get started.

And, other notes on reading:

The copy of The Rosie Project that I'm reading is (gasp!) an e-book!!!  After reading so many gushy reviews, I figured I really ought to snap it up when the e-book went on sale for $1.99.  I just began reading it late last night or early this morning.  To be honest, I can't remember which, but I'm loving it.

I had set The Sunne in Splendour aside for a couple weeks and just dived back into it, this weekend, but I started to get my Edwards and Richards confused and had to do some side reading about the Woodvilles, so I didn't get very far.  As I've mentioned before, this one may take me months to get through.  I'm enjoying it, though.

Just before the Super Bowl began, I was paging through Facebook posts and saw a link via PBS to an article listing 14 books you could read in the time it takes to watch the Super Bowl and thought, "Hey! That's a great idea!  I could have a little mini reading challenge during the Super Bowl." It made sense with just two of us hanging around and neither particularly interested in the football game.

So, I brought out several short books and read Spy Smuggler by Jim Eldridge, from Scholastic's "My Story" series of historical fiction masking as true stories (I still object to the combination of the "My Story" name without an author listed on the cover, which misleads readers into thinking they're about to read history from a primary source). It was an excellent story and I would have moved on to the next book on my pile but Huzzybuns turned on Downton Abbey, for me. I'm on the verge of giving up on this season of Downton but naturally I had to stayed tuned in for Sherlock.  There went the rest of the evening.

I'm sure all the Oklahomans watching Sherlock sat up straighter when Sherlock said his parents were in Oklahoma and he'd hate to interrupt them while they're working on their line dancing. We certainly thought that was a great moment.

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and this week is off to a great start!

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  1. SO glad you are loving The Rosie Project. I really enjoyed it. I was sort of surprised that some of my blogger friends didn't like it, but they all had valid reasons. Just goes to show you how different we are as readers.

    1. Really? I think it's wonderful. It's a bit like reading about Sheldon Cooper suddenly deciding he needs a wife. You're one of the people who gushed enough to convince me I needed to add The Rosie Project to my wishlist, so thanks for that!

  2. I can't wait for your reviews of Dept. of Speculation and The Rosie Project!

    1. I can tell you now that Dept. of Speculation didn't work for me. I can see its merits but I felt too distant from the narrator. I gave it 3 stars so it obviously didn't end up getting thrown at a wall (and I did like the fact that it sent me rushing off to look up certain bits of information).

      I'm crazy about The Rosie Project, so far - - got to about 44% then I had to recharge my iPad, darn it, but I'm happy to have gotten this book at a decent price so I'll take the e-book with its problems and enjoy it. :)

  3. Poppets!! I haven't thought of those in a long time!!

    We're getting a big storm tonight and tomorrow. I'd gladly send you some of my snow, as long as you're willing to take the subzero temps, too. :)

    1. I know! Neither have I. Poppets don't seem to be quite the Big Thing they were, a few years back.

      I would take your snow and cold. I'm okay with cold. I have terrible allergies so a freeze is a good thing. It's rough living in a place with an 11-month pollen season and mold . . . also allergic to every kind of mold God makes. I can't actually rake leaves, anymore, because I've set loose mold spores raking damp leaves and had a pretty severe allergic reaction. Give me a frozen wasteland, any day.

  4. It is snowing here right now, actually. Someone on the radio the other day was mentioning how we should bag up snow for the summer because people around complain about the winter and then start complaining about the heat in the summer... The snow would be a reminder in the summer. haha

    1. You will never, ever hear me complaining about winter. I may get a little frustrated if the heater stops working but I appreciate the cold. Even when we lived in Michigan and had a 7-month winter, I loved it. Winter gives me a break from allergies (we have an 11-month pollen season, here, ugh).

      This is the first time I've ever thought to bag up snow. I love just knowing it's in the freezer. It makes me happy. :)

  5. We can send you snow from Canada. Have you finished the Chang Rae Lee novel? I just finished & reviewed that one at ... cheers.

    1. That probably wouldn't work out well, since we're supposed to get to the 70s in a few days, but I appreciate the offer. ;)

      Yes, I finished On Such a Full Sea! I enjoyed it. Will look at your review when I don't have bathwater running. Obviously, I need to update my sidebar. I've finished quite a few books (mostly children's) but I've had a busy-busy week and will probably be overwhelmed for another week or so, then things should hopefully calm down. Fingers crossed!

    2. Meaning "calm down and then I can return to blogging". Apparently, it's a mistake to write a reply while bathwater is running. LOL


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