Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Malarkey

Happy Monday! I hope those of you who are in the U.S. (or from the U.S.) had a terrific Thanksgiving holiday!

Recent arrivals (top to bottom):

  • Think Happy, Be Happy - A surprise book with no designated author but it's by Workman Publishing and just arrived because I have the coolest friends. Thanks, Carrie!
  • The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell - Purchased 
  • The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff - from Mira for review 

Fiona decided to charm me by showing up while I was photographing my stack of books and curling up around them. She is still sleeping in that chair, as I type. 

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Setting Free the Kites by Alex George - A story of friendship, youthful exhuberance, and how each of us deals with grief in very different ways. Exceptional storytelling. You should definitely pre-order this one and then stand in line to get Alex to sign it if he tours nearby. I'm hoping to reread Setting Free the Kites a little closer to the release date, in January. 

Currently reading:

  • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell - the first book in The Corfu Trilogy, which I ordered after being completely delighted by the PBS series The Durrells in Corfu. I'm close to finishing and this story is every bit as charming as the TV series, although it's quite different. They've taken some liberties, of course, in creating storylines for the series. But, much of what they've done is based upon actual events and the characters are spot on. 

Usually, I have at least one fiction read going while I'm reading a non-fic, but I'm enjoying My Family and Other Animals enough that I decided I'll just go ahead and blaze through it, then whatever non-fic I read next will be accompanied by a fiction read or two. I don't plan to read all three of the books in The Corfu Trilogy back-to-back but I'll also try not to space them too far apart.

No posts were made after last week's Malarkey, apart from this one:

  • Blogger update that has baffled me - If you have any advice or suggestions, please let me know. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with this information about cookies. 

In other news:

We had the usual understated holiday, as we don't have much family and we're all pretty far from each other, but we enjoyed our time together and the food was terrific. We spent some time shopping, but not at Black Friday sales. Instead, we just did a little grocery and necessity shopping. Husband and father-in-law bought a cheap drone for reasons I won't go into but it was pretty hilarious watching them try to figure out how to control it. I missed the part at the beginning, when mom-in-law says she had to get a big stick to knock it out of a tree.

How was your week?

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  1. You'll have to let us know about the happy book. I tried The Happiness Project last week but couldn't finish it. I've almost picked up that Gerald Durrell book before, but haven't yet. I didn't know about the series, but then we don't have cable or get over the air TV. My week? Good, celebrating 20th anniversary with my wife being the highlight. This week, her mother is visiting to see my wife in a local production of A Christmas Carol.

    1. I'll let you know. I'm reading the happy book. It's mostly just platitudes, artistically rendered, but it also has some things like lists of songs that are good for various things (the beach, relaxing, etc.) and I'm looking forward to playing around with those music titles.

      We don't have cable or satellite but we get PBS over the airwaves, so till we got Amazon Prime's streaming service, that and a couple other stations were *it* for us for years. I adore PBS. The series is loads of fun and you should definitely pick up the book.

      Happy Anniversary to you and your wife! I didn't know she's an actress. Enjoy the MIL's visit!

  2. I don't really get the cookies thing either. I don't see it showing up on my blog...

    1. Yeah, nothing is showing up on my blog, apart from the cookie message. I'm going to link to that post about it in my sidebar, primarily because I don't know quite what else to do. Gotta make some evil-looking cookies, though, so it might take a few days. I figure I ought to have a decently ominous link. ;)

    2. "...apart from the cookie message" on the dashboard, I mean.

  3. My take on the "cookies used on your blog" thing is that since I don't add cookies, then I have nothing to declare. Thus, I'm not changing or adding anything about cookies one way or the other. If Google is adding cookies or anything else to my blog, then it's their responsibility.

    1. Well, that's one way to look at it. I haven't done anything that should stop the boilerplate message from showing up, near as I can tell, so it ought to be their problem, not mine. But, I'm going to add a message in my sidebar, just because I can have fun with it. I plan to cook some evil-looking cookies and photograph them.

  4. Love the picture. I love when my kitties pose with books. We had s fairly calm holiday as well, which was a blessing.

    1. Thanks! I do, too. It was such a surprise when Fiona jumped up and curled up around those books! A good surprise. :)

      I would love to have a large family because I enjoyed large family gatherings as a child, but ours are small and quiet and I'm OK with that, too.


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