Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday Twaddle

Recent arrivals:

Nothing arrived via the mail, but we went to Oklahoma for a long weekend (hence the Tuesday Twaddle -- we were in transit, yesterday) and I did some swapping at Gardner's Books in Tulsa. I opted to stay in the classics section and look for Virago Classics, in particular, and this is what I ended getting with the credit (and about $7.50 -- they charge a minimum on top of credit, just to ensure that they continue making money, according to the clerk).

  • The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck
  • Seducers in Ecuador and The Heir by Vita Sackville-West
  • Plagued by the Nightingale by Kay Boyle
  • The Happy Foreigner by Enid Bagnold
  • Cindie by Jean Devanny
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois

The final choice was for Black History Month but I probably won't get to it, this year. After a fabulous reading month in January, I've nearly skidded to a halt. Hopefully, I'll at least get in one book for Black History Month, though. Fingers crossed.

Books finished since last week's Malarkey:

  • Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth

I also DNF'd Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down by Anne Valente and will write a DNF post about that book, in the near future.

Currently reading:

  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • The Statue and the Fury by Jim Dees

Book group is this week, so I need to focus on finishing up The Statue and the Fury. I'm a little behind on my Don Quixote reading and everyone else is, as well, so we reevaluated our goals and I added a catch-up week to the reading schedule. Still enjoying it immensely. And, since I've just removed one book from my current reads, I'll start at least one more (probably two), in the next couple of days.

Last week's posts:

Not a big week for reading or posting, but I'm happy to say that I managed to finish reviewing everything I read in January, finally. And, since I haven't read that much in February, I'm not too far behind. Yippee!

In other news:

Since I managed to acquire a few books, this week, I didn't have to put postcards at the top of my blog instead of a book stack. But the two I recently received from Kelly and Carrie are so cool that you get to see them, anyway.

Note: I just updated this post because I completely forgot to add my links to last week's posts, the first time. Long weekend.

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  1. Hats off for sticking in the classic section only. I couldn’t have helped but wander. The lighthouse picture is beautiful!

    1. It was easy because the store is so big that it's overwhelming. The classics fit an entire aisle (about 6 bookshelves?) and wrapped around onto the next aisle. It's a BIG secondhand bookstore!!!

      Isn't it? I love lighthouses.

  2. I came looking for a Tuesday Twaddle post, and this seems to be your most recent. You don't do these as often as Monday Malarkey posts. Just wanted to tell you that the most recent book I finished actually used the word "twaddle" twice! Yes, twice. I immediately thought of you. It's such a good word, you know. This novel was set in London, so is it a word more likely to be used there? I dunno, but here's a look at the book, which I rated 8 of 10, a very good book. Actually, it was the cat's adventures I enjoyed most, even though that was only a small part of the story. I have a post entitled "This cat gets around" ready to go on my blog just after midnight Eastern Time tonight, but here's the first quote along with the title, just for you:

    We Are All Made of Stars ~ by Rowan Coleman, 2015, fiction (England), 8/10
    "Shadow, the very unofficial hospice cat, has emerged out of nowhere again. Pitch-black with no markings at all, and huge emerald green eyes. No one knows where he comes from or when he will come. He just appears when he pleases, knowing that when he does he will be made a huge fuss of by everyone who meets him. He's large, clearly looked after by someone, someone who probably has no idea of the humanitarian (or feline-tarian?) missions he goes on throughout the day" (p. 19).

    1. Yes, Tuesday Twaddle is just a replacement for Monday Malarkey, actually, hence the lesser number of postings. I only do the Twaddle posts if I skip (or miss) doing my Malarkey, in other words.

      I don't know about whether the word "twaddle" is used more in the UK but I read a book by Rowan Coleman in 2007, The Accidental Mother, and I loved it. I'll have to look up this book. You know my love of felines. :)


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