Monday, April 04, 2016

Monday Malarkey - Bountiful Book Harvest

Last week was a surprising week for arrivals.

Arrivals (top to bottom - all but one came from HarperCollins):

  • The Great Depression by T. H. Watkins - purchased
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill
  • The Secret War by Max Hastings
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • The Summer Guest  by Alison Anderson
  • A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams
  • Aim True by Kathryn Budig

If you haven't seen the wondrous fold-out that came with A Certain Age, you really must (click to enlarge):

Very creative. Kudos to HarperCollins!

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Lumberjanes #1 by N. Stevenson, G. Ellis, and B. Allen
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Father's Day by Simon Van Booy

Currently reading:

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse

Last week's posts:

Posts were limited due to thunderstorms, last week. It was a soggy week. The wisteria was blooming (it's on the downhill slide, now) and I always absolutely must photograph the wisteria but the only place I could find that wasn't someone's yard was the bank -- and then I only had my cell phone with me. I got sucked into the mud (I have some shoe cleaning to do) and my phone doesn't have the best camera but I'm glad to have photos at all. I think they were worth the nuisance.

Reading and blogging plans:

April is always a reading month I look forward to because it's National Poetry Month. I haven't yet decided which volume of poetry I want to dig into but I'll read at least one poetry book, this month. My classic choice for the month is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and I'm enjoying that, so far. I plan to do a wrap-up of my #Weirdathon reads and one of all of my March reads before diving back into reviews. We are anticipating one day of storms but hopefully it will be the only one (fingers crossed). I have some catching up to do.

I'm hoping to read mostly books sent by publishers, this month, because I only read a single ARC in March and it was not one that was sent to me but one I picked up in a library giveaway. That means I have some catching up in the ARC department, as well as in reviewing. I've still got my stack of weird books sitting out, though, and I enjoyed my weird reading enough that I'd like to try to throw in a weird book, each month. We'll see how that works out. ARCs have priority, at the moment, but wacky reading really adds some fun to the month.

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  1. I've always wanted to read The Bell Jar. I look forward to your thoughts on it.

    1. Me, too, and I lost my copy for a couple years. It was so exciting when I found it had simply not been unpacked after we moved. So far, I'm enjoying The Bell Jar. I've read a nonfiction account of the time she fictionalized in the book so it feels a bit déjà vu, but the nonfiction lacked her sparkling turn of phrase which definitely keeps it interesting.

  2. I have heard good things all ready about The Fireman. I have never read Hill before. One day!

    1. Looks like I've only read 2 books by Joe Hill. I thought I'd read 3, for some reason (I did skip Heart-Shaped Box because it didn't sound like my thing). I think you'd like him. Of the two books I've read, I particularly liked 20th Century Ghosts, a collection of his short stories. I'm excited about The Fireman. It's getting a lot of buzzy, noisy praise.

  3. Funny, but every teacher at school does poetry in April, yet I never thought to read poetry on my blog!

    1. That is funny! I've been doing it for years. This year, I really need to focus on hitting the ARC stacks hard so I'll probably only read one collection, but I always look forward to April for the poetry. :)

  4. Great minds think alike! I decided to focus on ARCs in April, too. I should go back and read the oldest, but maybe I'll just grab the ones that are calling to me the loudest. ;)

    Rod's over halfway thru Joe Hill's latest and says it's pretty good, although it bogs down a little bit in the middle.

    1. I'm going to go by the "what's calling loudest" method. So far, the Kate Mosse died on me. I may either start something else or reread those first pages. It just didn't sink in enough to remember what had happened when I picked it back up again, after a couple days of reading other books.

      Wow, everyone seems to be reading either Joe Hill's latest or The Nest. It's kind of freaking me out. LOL


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