Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tuesday Twaddle

Happy Tuesday! Forgive the absence of a Monday Malarkey post. I was a mess, yesterday, thanks to a change in air pressure (migraine) and the after-effects of migraine med (sucky).

Recent arrivals:

  • Unicorn Food by Kat Odell - from Workman Publishing, and
  • Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech - from Harper - both for review via Shelf Awareness

I was kind of stunned to see Saving Winslow, a Sharon Creech book, offered via Shelf Awareness. She's a many-times-published Newbery Award winner and I've read quite a few of her books. I think I was even more surprised to receive a copy, since you don't always get the titles available for request. I would happily read it right this moment but it's a September release, so it's probably best if I wait. We'll see if I can contain myself. 

Unicorn Food's subtitle is "Beautiful Plant-Based Recipes to Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast" and it looks like a fun cookbook. The only problem I could see in flipping through the book was a big one, though: I have a feeling many of the ingredients will be difficult for us to acquire. I'll write a list, though, and see what I can come up with. It's an August release, so I have a couple months to see what we can gather to play with in the kitchen. 

Books finished since last malarkey:

  • Goodbye, Sweet Girl by Kelly Sundberg

Yes, just a single book finished and it was a difficult one, the true story of escalating domestic abuse and the author's eventual escape. I'd hoped to finish up my middle reader, Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue, this morning, but I couldn't find it after waking up from a particularly vivid nightmare (I'd already been killed once and was trying to escape to avoid being killed a second time, in the same way, on a separate timeline -- huh, sounds like it would make an interesting book). It was in a perfectly obvious place. Oh, well. Already up and at 'em when I located it, so no early-morning reading for me, but hopefully I'll finish that one tonight.

Currently reading:

  • Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue by Jeff Seymour
  • High Season by Judy Blundell
  • Israel/Palestine by Alan Dowty

Nadya Skylung is a middle grade fantasy adventure that takes place in a world in which people travel in the clouds because it's safer than travel by land or sea. The crew of the Cloudship Orion has been invaded by pirates and the children, who hid while the adults were taken captive, must go on a rescue. 

High Season is the beachy book I said I was going to start, last week. I've read about 1/4. It's a summer story about a woman who lives on the North Fork of Long Island and is forced to rent out her home during the summer months to stay afloat, the North Fork being the laid-back, less snobby end of Long Island (as opposed to the Hamptons). 

I didn't read much of Israel/Palestine, this week -- maybe 10 pages, at best. But, I'm finding that the information sticks just fine and hopefully I'll find the time and energy to read at least a few chapters, this week. I have quite a pile I want to read in June and not a lot of time left to fit them all in. Wish me luck. 

Last week's posts:

In other news:

I watched Small Island, the 2-part series based on Andrea Levy's book, this weekend. I've yet to read the book, but I can see my copy from my desk. I just looked it up and found out Small Island (the series) was released in 2009, which means the book must be at least a couple years older. That just goes to show how long I hold onto some books without getting around to reading them. I would never have guessed I'd had Small Island on my shelf for a decade.

And, we've just finished the 3rd season of Foyle's War. Also, my lunchtime obsession is back on. I was watching Psych on a small device that decided to go on the fritz but I figured out how to correct the issue and I'm back to watching an episode of Psych with lunch, when I can fit it in.

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  1. Sorry about the migraine. They’re the worse. I wonder what books I have on my shelf that I STILL haven’t read. I don’t even want to know.

    1. I have literally thousands. To be honest, I probably should completely stop requesting ARCs but I like being part of the publicity machine and helping authors/publishers. I could never buy another book and have enough to read till I die.

  2. Unicorn Food: how fun. I'm really intrigued by those red waffles on the cover. I have the same quandry with many of my cookbooks- the pictures look so tempting, and I try things but often can't find the right ingredients (lots of my cookbooks are british or just fancier than my pantry) so I substitute or skip. Then I never know if I did something wrong, or if it didn't come out right because I made alterations! they never quite live up to expectations.

    1. Yes, that's a problem we have because we're just not in a part of the country where you can get anything and everything. Sometimes, I'll just wait till we leave the state and see if I can find ingredients elsewhere -- or send Husband to look. He's not traveling as much, though, since a recent job change. The red in the waffles comes from beets! I think the whole concept of "unicorn food" is in adding healthy ingredients that give them bright colors. My husband is the cook and he's not enthusiastic about this book, so I'm just going to have to pick out a couple recipes that don't offend him too much, I guess, and see how they go. Hazelnut-Mocha Overnight Oats is my #1, so far - oats that you put together with coffee and nuts and leave in the fridge overnight to soak up the flavor. Doesn't that sound good?

    2. mmm, yes. Do share how the results go over with your hubby.

    3. Oh, definitely. I've marked the two recipes and I'm hoping we can make those oats, this weekend. Just need to find out which ingredients we need and go shopping.

  3. I can believe you've had Small Island on your shelf for a decade because it's been 12 years since I read it! I loved it, but as I mentioned in my review, it took over 200 pages to reach that point!

    1. I'm almost positive that it was your review that convinced me to acquire a copy of the book, Les. Wow, 12 years. I would be shocked if I didn't have books that have been on my shelf closer to 20 years. I worked hard acquiring a personal library because our library system in Vburg was so awful, so now I honestly could read from my shelves for the rest of my life without buying a thing. But, I've held onto some for too long and need to do a good bit of weeding.


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