Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Malarkey

Hello! How are you, today? Just thought I'd ask. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to my fellow Americans!

Recent arrivals (top to bottom): 

  • Without You, There is No Us by Suki Kim - sent by eldest son
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - purchased for F2F discussion
  • Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang and 
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly - both from HarperCollins for review

Books finished since last Malarkey: 

  • Faithful by Alice Hoffman
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Currently reading:

  • The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman - I actually stopped myself from reading further, this week, after I decided the last two essays I read contained so much wisdom that I needed to go buy some highlighting pens and mark them up. I can't remember the last time I used a highlighter; that's why I had to go buy a couple. 
  • The Wars of the Roosevelts by William J. Mann - Still loving this book but it's one that I just pick up occasionally and usually I'll read about 25 pages. It is seriously going to take me ages to get through but I've got a fascination for the Roosevelt family and am really enjoying it, even though I'd like to go back in time and give Theodore a good pop in the nose for what he did to his brother.
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - F2F discussion is Wednesday and I'm pretty sure I'll be done with the book in time. Very relieved that it arrived with just enough time to spare; I waited a little late to order it from Book Depository.

Last week's posts:

Quite a busy blogging week. I was determined to get 2016 wrapped up and I'm happy that I succeeded.

In other news:

I may still eventually write about favorite reads from last year but I can't say, for sure. I've handwritten a list of everything I read so I can make classification marks (classics, favorites, translations, etc.) but I haven't worked on that, in a few days. I'm in no big hurry. I know most people post their favorites before the year even ends but I can't talk myself into doing that. What if I read a favorite book on the last day of the year?! So, we'll see how that goes.

An oddity of 2017, so far, seems to be my urge to read nonfiction. There are some fiction titles I'm eager to read but it's the nonfiction that's calling to me the loudest and it's all I can do to stop myself from adding yet another nonfiction title when I have two chunksters in progress. It'll be interesting to see if January has already set the tone for the entire year or that's a temporary thing, but I really am enjoying the nonfiction I've read and am currently reading, so far.

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  1. I am reading Hidden Figures right now. Just a bit slowly because too much else has been happening!

    1. Know the feeling. Hope you're enjoying Hidden Figures!

  2. I didn't know Hidden Figures was a book though I should have guessed. I hope you enjoy it and your other new books.

    1. I didn't know it till the book was offered to me for review; I'd already seen the movie previews, by that point, so that helped pique my interest. Thanks, Jenny!

  3. I really enjoyed The Nightingale. It was a little slow at the beginning, but once I was hooked, I couldn't put it down!

    I've been writing a lot of reviews this past week, but it's still going to take me some time to get completely caught up. My Best Of 2016 post may not go live until summer! :)

    1. The bits with Antoine were slow, I agree. I thought it was odd that Vianne went so far with her husband when he went off to war, too. Maybe that was done because it was accurate to some document the author read but it caught me off-guard. I'm used to women waving goodbye at the train station!

      Good for you. I hope I'll get back to reviewing, tomorrow. Gotta check my calendar to see if there's anything that's going to get in the way. I know what you mean. I'm so slow with those "best of" posts that the last couple of years I eventually decided to just skip them but I'd really like to do a Best of 2016 post because there were definitely a lot of good titles worth mentioning one last time. We'll see what happens.


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