Monday, May 02, 2016

Monday Malarkey

Happy Monday! I had a good day. Hope your week started out well, too.

Recent Arrivals (top to bottom):

  • The Cherry Harvest by Lucy Sanna - from HarperCollins for review
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - purchased for F2F discussion
  • The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen,
  • The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam,
  • The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver, and
  • Love Wins by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell are all from HarperCollins (Harper and William Morrow imprints) for review

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Aim True by Kathryn Budig - Finished the reading, loved it, and hope to whip up a few recipes before reviewing. 
  • 1914 and Other Poems by Rupert Brooke - Can't say I'm a fan of Rupert, but I am happy that I managed to squeeze in at least one volume of poetry before National Poetry Month ended!
  • In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis - The YA follow-up to McGinnis's 2013 dystopian Not a Drop to Drink

Currently reading:

  • Tales of Accidental Genius by Simon Van Booy (reread) - Slowly, this time. 
  • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit - a WWII book that takes place in Poland. So far, I'm completely besotted with the writing. At times, it reminds me of Simon Van Booy's writing - such lovely, rhythmic prose, with occasional humor in the midst of the darkness.
  • One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis - This one didn't grab me, at first, but I'm starting to enjoy it, now.

Recent Posts:

In Other News: 

I just realized I hadn't finished this post. Kind of spaced out, for an hour or so. Ever have one of those nights that you're just so wide awake that you might as well get up and do something till you get sleepy? Last night was like that. I was so bizarrely energized that I started 3 or 4 different posts (loading images, putting book titles in the subject line, etc., without getting to the review portion) and it wasn't till 4am that I finally felt sleepy. I think I need a very long nap or an early bedtime, tonight.

I'll probably write up my end-of-the-month post for April, tomorrow (weather- and Internet-dependent; we're still occasionally losing service for 2-4 hours at a stretch) but I can tell you that I'm pretty happy with April. The quantity is still below average but I managed to finish my F2F discussion book and read a decent number of ARCs.

I've decided to declare May "Anything Goes Month", meaning I will read whatever calls to me. Having said that, I do have A Tale for the Time Being to read for discussion and I'd like to read at least one book from my Weird Books stack. I haven't yet settled on a classic for May but I'll be thinking about that, tonight. I'm strongly considering a reread of The Count of Monte Cristo.

©2016 Nancy Horner. All rights reserved. If you are reading this post at a site other than Bookfoolery  or its RSS feed, you are reading a stolen feed. Email for written permission to reproduce text or photos.


  1. I loved A Tale For The Time Being. I hope you do also

    1. Yay! Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Sandie. I've wanted to read A Tale for the Time Being for quite a while. I was glad to have an excuse to buy it.

  2. Oh man! I couldn't even get through The Count of Monte Cristo the first time. You go girl!

    1. Really? The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my all-time favorite books. I've read it several times. Every now and then, I crave a reread. You should maybe give it a second chance (I say that, of course, because I love it). :)

  3. I have a copy of Anna and the Swallow Man (an ARC) and I'm so happy to hear that it's a winner! May is devoted to library books around the Scher house, but I'll get back to my stacks in June, so I'll make sure to move that one to my nightstand.

    I just posted my monthly summary for April and I can't complain, although... I gave up on three books. At least now they're out of my house. :)

    1. I'm only 50 pages into Anna and the Swallow Man but I think it's wonderful, so far. Hope you enjoy it, too.

      I only have one library book, at the moment - the cookbook, which I think you said you have. Ugh, can't remember the name. I rechecked it because we still haven't tried any of the recipes but I think the Chief Cook is intimidated by the lengthy instructions. He seems pretty put off by it. Oh, yeah! The Smitten Kitchen. Fingers crossed he'll be willing to give *something* from that book a try.

      I'll have to go peek at your summary. We don't talk enough, these days.

    2. Maybe that's why I haven't tried any of the recipes from The Smitten Kitchen! I'm usually pretty excited to try something as soon as I get a new cookbook, but this one is just sitting pretty on my shelf. Makes it a little hard to justify buying something new, but I've had my eye on Gwenyth Paltrow's new cookbook. Lots of simple, but delicious-looking recipes that I know we'd enjoy. Meanwhile, I think I have a dozen cookbooks in a box for our garage sale this weekend. :)

    3. Could be. David agrees that some of the recipes sound great but he likes simple instructions and some of them go on for 2 or 3 pages. Do you have any of Paltrow's other books? I've heard her previous cookbook is excellent.

    4. Nope, but I've peeked at them every so often. I should just look for them at the library. I really don't need to buy any new books right now!

    5. Same here. I'm hoping my library will have at least one of them.

  4. I have heard really good things about A Tale for the Time Being. I hope you enjoy!

    1. Thanks! I've got three books in progress, at the moment, but A Tale for the Time Being and Feather Brained are next in line. Can't wait!


Thank you for visiting my blog! I use comment moderation because apparently my blog is a spam magnet. Don't worry. If you're not a robot, your comment will eventually show up and I will respond, with a few exceptions. If a comment smacks of advertising, contains a dubious link or is offensive, it will be deleted. I love to hear from real people! I'm a really chatty gal and I love your comments!