Monday, December 17, 2018

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals (left to right):

  • The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon and 
  • Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley - both from Harper for review
  • Death of a Snake Catcher by Ak Welsapar,
  • One Two by Igor Eliseev, and
  • Alpine Ballad by Vasil Bykau - all from Glagoslav Publications, two for review, one a replacement
  • Kivalina: A Climate Change Story by Christine Shearer,
  • Splinterlands by John Feffer,
  • Diary of Bergen-Belsen: 1944-1945 by Hanna Levy-Hass, and 
  • Fighting Fascism by Clara Zetkin - purchased from Haymarket Books 
  • Time is the Longest Distance by Janet Clare - sent by author for review

It's probably worth mentioning that accepting a book from an author is a no-no according to my own review policy but I'd forgotten that until the author reminded me by mentioning that she found my review policy entertaining (I had to go back and see what I'd written, it's been so long since I updated it). Well . . . one exception due to forgetfulness is okay.

The replacement book that I mentioned above is one I've already reviewed: Death of a Snakecatcher. When I wrote about the binding problem that was causing pages to fall out out of Glagoslav books, my contact took it very seriously and got in touch with the printer. After the binding issue had been fixed, she offered replacements of the books I've been sent in 2018 and I only accepted the one because I'd like to keep that particular title for rereading.

The Haymarket Books I bought on sale. I've been interested in Haymarket titles for a while but hadn't taken the plunge. At 50% off, though, I decided the time had come. Splinterlands is the only fiction title of the four I bought.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans
  • Down in Mississippi by Johnette Downing and Katherine Zecca

The latter of the two is a children's book that my youngest son bought for our eldest granddaughter and will be sending her for Christmas (I think -- he actually got her two books, so I'm not sure which one he'll send). I couldn't resist reading it before it goes out the door. 

Currently reading:

  • Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (short stories)
  • The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Friday Black is a knock-your-socks-off collection. I'm so impressed. I just started The Huntress, last night, and I didn't get very far so I considered not mentioning it but I enjoyed what little I read and think it's likely that it'll take, so to speak. I hope so. It might be responsible for the "chased by an assassin who is slowly killing off all your fellow spies" dream I had. That was an interesting dream.

Posts since last Malarkey:

  • A Duke Changes Everything (Duke's Den #1) by Christy Carlyle (book review)
  • The Third Level by Jack Finney (book review)
  • Fiona Friday - Concern (cat photo)

In other news:

We've been spending most of our free time tidying, wrapping, decorating (with the goal of going slowly overboard like they do in Hallmark movies) but we've had a little time to sit down and watch TV. We enjoyed the finale of Dr. Who, watched Sahara for the umpteenth time, and I caught a couple Hallmark movies. I liked one of them so much that I watched it twice: A Christmas Detour. I've found that I like all of the movies that star Candace Cameron Bure but this is the first one I've liked enough to watch it all over again. I think I'm all done with Christmas shopping but I need to do a mental checklist, one last time, to make sure. At the very least, I got the one bit of shipping I needed to do out of the way, so that's exciting. In recent years, we've usually been so late to ship things that sometimes they haven't arrived until after Christmas. Getting that out the door in plenty of time was a very good feeling.

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  1. I'm eager to read Their Finest Hour and a Half after seeing your IG post earlier today. It looks like something I'd really enjoy.

    1. All of Lissa Evans' books are wonderful. Have you read Crooked Heart (also WWII)? It's one of my favorites from recent years. I've read it twice.

    2. No, I haven't, but I just added it to my library list. Thanks!

    3. Super! I think you'll enjoy both. She's a very witty writer and her books are obviously very well researched. I'm always so impressed by how easy she makes it to visualize London during the war.


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