Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday Malarkey - Out of the slump she rises

Well, it took a few days but my week off did finally help me pull out of the reading slump that's been plaguing me in 2016. Whew! So relieved.

Recent arrivals:

  • Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones - from William Morrow for review
  • Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote - purchased for F2F discussion
  • Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst - purchased
  • One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis - From William Morrow for review
  • The Miracle Girl by Andrew Roe - Unsolicited from Algonquin
  • The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford - From William Morrow for review
  • Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson - from Dey Street for review

Hmm, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooksFail? Pretty sure you're not supposed to add heavily to the quantity of books you own before reading them off your own damn shelves.

I'm also mostly certain (fingers crossed) that's the end of the book orders I've placed, for now. The two purchases were from Book Depository, so it took a while for them to arrive. Since Other Voices, Other Rooms is a modern classic and my F2F book group's March selection, they've very kindly chosen my classic read for March. It's going to be difficult waiting to break into it, I confess.

Books finished last week:

  • Cakes and Ale by Somerset Maugham - Loved it; review is in draft form.
  • Weirdo Simpatico by Katy Bourne - Flash fiction! And, very well done, I might add.
  • Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian - Had trouble getting through this one but it turned out better than expected. 

Currently reading:

  • Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson - Interesting, but so far not thrilled with this one. I was hoping for more recipes. Near as I can tell, there are exactly 3. 
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - for Black History month.

In other news:

I meant to post for Book Blogger Appreciation Week, today, but I'm writing during a break between storms. The first hours of the day were spent sheltering in the utility room after my weather radio told me in no uncertain terms that I was to find myself a place to hide, post haste. Bossy old thing.

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  1. Yikes! Has tornado season begun for you guys? We're supposed to get rain (instead of snow, go figure!) tonight, so I guess spring is on its way. Whoohoo!

    I picked up Brown Girl Dreaming today at work, hoping to read a few pages on my break, but Facebook sucked me in. Maybe tomorrow. If you want to read a good celebrity memoir, I recently listened to Wildflower by Drew Barrymore and thought it was quite good!

    1. We don't actually have a tornado season. We can get them in any month of the year - had some in the area last month, actually. It gets tiresome dealing with them year-round.

      Brown Girl Dreaming is great. I'm really enjoying it. I like being placed in her shoes, so to speak, getting a view of what it was like being a person who still had to sit at the back of the bus almost 100 years after slavery ended. It makes you think.

      Pretty Happy isn't a memoir; it's supposed to be about how Kate Hudson stays in such great shape. But, her ideas are fairly generic. She says she eats alkaline foods vs. acidic and gives you lists of foods but instead of sharing specific recipes for things she eats, she says everyone's different so it's best to just figure out what works for you. Blah, that's not what I want. I want to know what kind of meals she creates for herself. I could always adapt them if there are foods that don't work for me but without a starting point, I have a feeling the book is going to be pretty useless. Having said that, I do think she has some great ideas, although she's a bit of a hippie. :)

  2. Yay! I'm glad you're out of your reading slump! There's no rule that says you have to read a book off your shelf before buying 1-5 more so I think you're good. ;)

    1. No rule? Well, then, let's party with new books! :)


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