Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Malarkey - Short and sweet version with a different kind of kitty photo

Last week's arrivals:

  • My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer - surprise from Algonquin Books
  • The Confabulist by Steven Galloway - from Riverhead Books for review
  • All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld and
  • Love & Treasure by Ayelet Waldman - both from Alfred A. Knopf for review
  • Tooth & Claw by Jim Arnosky - surprise book from Sterling Children's Books

Last week's posts:

Books finished:

  • You Can Date Boys When You're Forty by Dave Barry
  • Countdown City by Ben H. Winters
  • The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant

Currently reading:

  • Femininity by Susan Brownmiller, a book published in 1984 and still relevant. 
  • Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo (Book 2 in the Itch series)

Just ditched:

My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side by Elisa Medhus, M.D.  - I entered the reading of this book with a healthy dose of skepticism (it begins with a foreward written by the deceased through his "spirit translator") and I closed it a few pages beyond the point that it actually made me angry when I thought the so-called spirit translator said something truly appalling specifically to make the mother happy. I wrote my thoughts at Goodreads but I don't want to share them, here.

This weekend:

It was beautiful outside but we spent all of Saturday doing the typical cleaning/purging. Yesterday, we went to the zoo and were thrilled to find out that our local zoo successfully passed accreditation requirements. They were on the verge of potentially having to shut down if they couldn't renew their accreditation but a recent fundraiser (for which we tried to get tickets -- we were too late; it had apparently sold out) was clearly successful. Very exciting. We watched the tigers alternately nap and have fistfights, were yawned at by a leopard and had a great time just standing around watching some kind of large bird dunk his head and shake himself off repeatedly.  It was a great afternoon. Hope your weekend was equally enjoyable!

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  1. I like the picture! I just go to the zoo because I can take pictures...

    1. Thanks! Yeah, same here, for the most part. I go for the photo opportunities and the excuse to get out and take a nice walk. I love the zoo and I'm so happy they raised enough money to keep going.


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