Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Whoopsie-daisy Wednesday

Because Monday and Tuesday posts just didn't work out, today we get Whoopsie-daisy Wednesday. It's weird, but I'm okay with weird. I embrace the weird.

Arrivals since last week (top to bottom):

  • The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan - from a friend who knows I'm an ungrateful *itch. Just kidding. But, it's definitely from a friend. 
  • The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg - from Quirk Books for review. So excited about this one that I celebrated by watching What About Bob?
  • Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman - Purchased. Apparently, I lied about reading an older edition; I couldn't find it and Husband said, "Go ahead and buy a new copy if you need to." Of course, I found my tattered secondhand paperback about 2 days after this bad boy arrived. Maybe I'll read both. Who knows? I've been in a rereading mood, this year, but I have to find out if I like it before I determine whether or not it's worth rereading.
  • This Old Van by K. Norman and C. Conahan - from Sterling Children's Books for review
  • Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss - from HarperCollins for review
  • Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons by Margaret Wise Brown (with music CD) - from Sterling Children's Books for review
  • (Not pictured) Faces in the Water by Janet Frame - purchased
  • (Not pictured) Horrible Histories: Blood-Curdling Box of Books - boxed set of Horrible Histories books by Terry Deary and Martin Brown

Clearly, I've decided to take on a few review books, recently -- and had a bit too much fun buying. I have no regrets. Everything I've read for review, so far, has been great. I'm being tremendously picky. And, fortunately, I donated two bags and a box of books to the library yesterday, otherwise I might be tempted to feel guilty. But, I don't.

I also checked out a couple books from the library:

  • Tenth of December by George Saunders
  • Power Forward by Reggie Love

Posts since last week's Malarkey:

Not a big blogging week (but I'm happy with what I managed) and I may not post anymore this week, since Huzzybuns is taking most of the week off and expects me to devote every spare moment to his whims.

Books finished since last week's Malarkey:

  • This Old Van by Kim Norman and Carolyn Conahan
  • Pamela by Samuel Richardson - I finished Pamela! I finished Pamela!!!!
  • Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
  • Horrible Histories: Savage Stone Age by Terry Deary and Martin Brown

Currently reading:

  • The Tree by John Fowles
  • Power Forward by Reggie Love
  • Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters from Children of the Great Depression, ed. by Robert Cohen

The Tree is an ARC from 2010 that didn't click at the time but which I'm enjoying, now. I'm not sure where I read about Power Forward but I checked it out mostly out of curiosity as to what someone who worked closely with President Obama has to say about him. And, Dear Mrs. Roosevelt is a total downer. I read 60-something pages the first night I opened the book then ended up setting it aside for about 2 weeks.  It's difficult reading about despair at any time but child after child after child asking for "just a little money" to help pay for food, bills, a dress, shoes, a doctor's bill . . . it wrings you out. Eleanor Roosevelt did give a lot of money to various charities and projects but you know going in that there's no way she could respond personally to all the requests in the book, much less send money (although she did have a secretary in charge of sending replies to every one of those children). 

In other news:

I got to meet Andi of Estella's Revenge and her husband, this weekend! So exciting! They dropped by my house on their way to Gulf Shores. We had a grand time chatting, laughed a lot, ate some creepy food (crawfish . . . I still don't touch that stuff, although I can at least bear to look at it, now) and I showed off my ridiculously wonderful home library. Totally delightful. I neglected to ask Andi if it would be okay to publish a photo so I'll leave that out but Andi and David are adorable, trust me.

Husband should be home any minute now, so I'd better wrap this up. Happy middle of the week!

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  1. Well now, I've not read any of those titles so you've sufficiently given me some things to ponder which are going on the wish list. Nice week! Happy reading! ^-^

    1. It's kind of an odd variety, now that I look at my stacks and lists. But, I guess that's typical. I'm a pretty eclectic reader. Hope you found something that intrigues you! :)

  2. A lovely collection of books. I really liked Neverwhere. I'll look forward to your thoughts on it.

    1. Neverwhere seems to be a Gaiman favorite even amongst those who aren't fans so I'm hopeful that I'll love it. If you feel like rereading, I'll be sorta-kinda hosting a read-along of Neverwhere in October. :)

  3. It was SO GOOD to meet you! And of course pics are fine with me. We looked too cute in our matching outfits for the world to miss that!

    1. You, too, Andiloo! I think I still have book friend meetup excitement hangover. :) The outfits were such a funny coincidence!

  4. So cool that you got to meet Andi and her husband!! I'll bet you guys had a great visit!

    1. It was great fun, Les. We laughed a lot. I wish I could meet all my book buddies (and spouses, too!) So far, I've loved every book friend I've met IRL. Book people are the best. :)


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