Monday, June 25, 2018

Monday Malarkey

Happy Monday! Hope you had a terrific weekend. It's hot and steamy, here, so I am currently worshipping the air conditioner.

Recent arrivals: 

  • Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris - from St. Martin's Press for review, via Shelf Awareness
  • A Brown Man in Russia by Vijay Menon and
  • Death of the Snake Catcher (short stories) by A. K. Welssapar - both from Glagoslav Publications for review
  • What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro and 
  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer - both purchased

The letter from St. Martin's Press that came with Bring Me Back says, "Sorry in advance for the lack of sleep you'll be getting tonight." Well, I'm certainly intrigued. A Brown Man in Russia and Death of the Snake Catcher are both translations. I've had a little trouble with some of the Glagoslav books I've tried to review, in the past, and the one that most recently arrived, Era Emilia, didn't grab me (although I'll give it a second chance). So, I've got my fingers crossed that the two will be good translations. What Every Body is Saying is a book about body language and it was purchased on a whim. It probably caught my eye because we've been watching Foyle's War, which makes me curious about how a detective reads people. And, Less is a book I ordered immediately after it won the Pulitzer. It was backordered for ages, undoubtedly because prize winners are quickly snapped up after the prize is announced.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  • Siracusa by Delia Ephron

As You Wish seems to have successfully pulled me out of my summer reading slump. Thank you, Cary Elwes.  Siracusa was my F2F group read and it unfortunately stormed on the day of the meeting so I opted not to drive the 30 miles through messy weather. I never did fall in love with Siracusa but I liked it for the references to Italian history and historical sites (it takes place in Italy) and would have loved to hear everyone else's thoughts about it.

Currently reading:

  • The Lost Family by Jenna Blum

Israel/Palestine still has a bookmark in it and I still plan to get back to it, but I spent half the week rising from the ashes of my summer reading slump and the rest finishing my discussion book. I've decided to ditch High Season by Judy Blundell, at least for now. I don't dislike it but it was slow reading and I realized, halfway through last week, that I didn't feel like picking it back up. So, in an effort to keep that summer slump from returning, I'm going to move right along.

Last week's posts:

In other news:

We're almost done with Foyle's War, now on the 8th season, which takes place after the end of WWII and is more of a spy series ("The Cold War Files" it says on the cover at left) than a detective series but with Foyle still making use of his ability to read clues in objects and behavior. I'm not sure what we'll watch next. I'm not necessarily interested in going straight into another mystery series and Huzzybuns and I have very different taste in TV/movies. Foyle's War is rare in being a series that we've enjoyed watching together. It's also been unexpected and very cool to have the opportunity to watch TV together at all, since he's traveled so much during our marriage that he hit "million miler" status around 6 or 7 years ago. Huz recently had a job change that's led to a cutback in travel. I like it.

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  1. I need to get my hands on Bring Me Back. I love her books!

    1. This will be my first by Paris. I'm having trouble keeping my mitts off it. I need to finish what I'm reading before I move on, but I really want to read it. It was just released on the 19th, so check your library.


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