Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals:

  • Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman (purchased)

Only one arrival, this week. I'm on a strict budget (thanks to needing to replace our deck) and also not requesting many books, right now, so there may very well be a dearth of arrivals in the near future. If so, this is a good thing. I'm completely surrounded by books. I trip over them, my cats knock them off tables. It's ridiculous. I really need to not acquire (like that's going to happen). OK, I need to try hard not to acquire. Anyway, I gave in to temptation after Sara Ackerman made a guest visit to a Facebook book group I'm in. I was intrigued by what she had to say about her book, its setting, and her inspiration. Plus, it's WWII and you know my weakness for anything set during WWII, right?

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Who Was George Washington Carver? by Jim Gigliotti
  • Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
  • Who Was Genghis Khan? by Nico Medina

Currently reading:

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Both books are rereads. I'm rereading Born a Crime for F2F discussion. The Space Between Us I'm rereading to jog my memory because it's been 12 years since I read it (pre-blog); I decided I needed to reread it before moving on to the new follow-up book. My copy of The Space Between Us is one of the few ARCs from the HarperCollins First Look program that I hung onto because I loved it too much to part with it. 

New "Current Reads" policy: I will only mention the books I've read during the past week. If I've got a bookmark in other books but didn't touch them, I'll just skip mentioning them till I've actually read a few pages. It doesn't bother me a bit that some books sit idle for weeks and end up taking me a month or more to read because I set them aside for lengthy periods of time, but I do get weary of mentioning them when I haven't read a single page during the previous week. 

Last week's posts:

In other news:

We finished Foyle's War! I'm sad to be done with it, but we've found a couple other things to watch. Besides Our Girl, we started from the beginning of Doc Martin. The original two movies that inspired the series caught us a little off-guard as we had no idea there were any such movies and at first thought we were watching a pilot episode.

We watched both movies and will probably alternate between Our Girl and the Doc Martin series. Next up should be the pilot to the series, which I can't recall seeing, although Huzzybuns is certain that he's viewed it and I probably have, too. We've seen about 4 seasons of Doc Martin but not necessarily all in order because it used to be shown at an awkward hour -- something like 9PM on a Friday night.

And, this week I joined The Open Canon Book Club (click on the name to go to the site describing it), a new book club created by author Wiley Cash for the purpose of reading diverse American voices. The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson is the first selection. A number of North Carolina bookshops (and one in South Carolina) are offering a discount on the selections to members of the group -- you can find out all about it by clicking the link.

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  1. Sara Ackerman sounds familiar. I’ll have to go look her up now. Have a great week!

    1. I don't think I'd heard of her before but the book sounds interesting. Apparently, there's a lion in it. (!) Thanks! Have a great week, Jenny!

  2. I didn't know there were movies Doc Martin was based on, either. We enjoyed the series- I'll have to look for this myself now.

    1. The movies are really interesting because they're so very different. He's an obstetrician whose wife has cheated on him and he just goes to Cornwall to get away, then finds himself becoming a part of the community. He smiles a lot! It's quite a different doc character. Plus, the community is one in which people believe in magic and it has a more gritty, realistic look. Amazing the differences -- and the fact that both are equally entertaining.


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