Monday, March 05, 2018

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals:

  • Rocket Men by Robert Kurson - from Random House for review via Shelf Awareness
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen - from Viking Books for Young Readers for tour

I'm thinking two book arrivals is a nice number - not too many, not zero. I get kind of antsy when nothing at all shows up. At the moment, I'm quietly boycotting Amazon so I don't know when I'll buy any books (and I was trying to stop buying, anyway). I miss bookstores. There's not a bookstore within 30 miles of us, now.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Our Native Bees by Paige Embry
  • The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef
  • Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari Wills

I started out the week feeling seriously slumpish, although I enjoyed Our Native Bees immensely. It was after I closed Our Native Bees that I thought, "Ugh, argh, I don't feel like reading." Sometimes, just ignoring my stacks and picking up whatever calls to me will fix that problem and I'd been glancing at The Brontë Sisters for days, wondering if it was any good. So, I listened to its call and spent an evening with the Brontës. I don't know if I'm cured, but I had fun reading Black Fortunes, after that, and I don't have that slumpish feeling, so fingers are crossed that the Brontës broke the spell.

Currently reading:

  • Don Quixote by Cervantes - same old, same old. 3 or 4 more weeks to go!

I started reading a YA, also: Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell. Unfortunately, the next morning I only vaguely remembered what I'd read, so I'm going to have to start that one over from the beginning. But, I have no plans to set it aside.

Last week's posts:

Clearly, I felt the same way about writing that I felt about reading, last week. And, I'm going to take a week off, so this will not be a better week.

In other news:

Oh, I think that was the other news. I've decided I need a break from the internet. I may sit down to write a book review, now and then, but only if I feel like it. Next week is spring break and I need to work on tidying up the guest room for Kiddo, so this seems like a decent time to step away for a week or two. I have a book tour scheduled on the 14th or 15th, so I'll definitely be back by then. But, it's possible I'll miss next week's Malarkey. I'll just find out when I get there.

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  1. I’m glad you’re taking an internet break. I wish I was strong enough to do that. It’s really depressing me.

    1. Sometimes it's good to step away from the internet for a while - even a few days can help if real life is starting to get you down. Highly recommend it, Jenny. The news is definitely frustrating, right now.

  2. As I'm just coming back from what was in essence a six year break from blogging, I definitely understand the need. :)

    1. Wow, six years is a long break! Welcome back, Trisha!


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