Recent arrivals (top to bottom):
- The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
- The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
- Selected Poems by W. H. Auden
- Ava's Man by Rick Bragg (my only ARC, from HarperCollins)
- Still Life with Tornado by A. S. King
- The Paris Review, Edition 218
- Gemina by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
We went on a day trip to Oxford to visit Kiddo, this weekend, so several of the books I got this week were from Off-Square Books. Gemina was a pre-order -- which I will not do again; both times I've pre-ordered an Illuminae Files book, I accidentally ordered two. I thought Amazon warned you when you've already purchased a book, but I guess that's just e-books. At any rate, Kiddo will benefit from my mistake, again. I also ordered Still Life with Tornado because I enjoyed A. S. King's last book so much. I hope Still Life is equally weird.
Books finished since last Malarkey:
- Little Bee by Chris Cleave (for F2F discussion)
- Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth
- Spring Torrents by Ivan Turgenev - Just getting back to this after I photographed it for last week's arrivals pile and then humorously thought I'd misplaced it for a full 4 days.
- The Paris Review, Edition 218 - Purchased on a whim. I've been thinking I'd like to get subscriptions to a couple literary journals, lately, so I decided to give The Paris Review a try. Funny thing about that: Edition 218 has a terrible rating at Goodreads, so far. I'm enjoying it, though. Since it's my first edition, I have no basis for comparison - probably a good thing, in this case.
Posts since last Malarkey:
I was happy to finish two books but didn't feel like writing reviews until yesterday. When the urge strikes, I think it's best to sit down immediately and get the writing done. I enjoyed Killfile enough to feel like I wanted to write about it, so that's good. I wasn't too enamored of Little Bee. The discussion was good and I'm glad I went to book group, but the story was a bit too sad for my taste. I haven't chosen my next modern novel to start reading, yet. I think maybe I'll focus on my classic choice and see if I can make some progress.
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