Monday, April 29, 2019

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals (left to right):

  • Listen to the Wind by Susanne Dunlap
  • The Size of the Truth by Andrew Smith
  • Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway
  • The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis

All were purchased so no arrivals from publishers, this week. The first three are new releases by authors I'm friends with on Facebook, so I admit to thinking of this past week as a week dedicated to buying the books of Facebook friends. The Silver Pigs is the exception, a book bought for F2F discussion in August.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • No Flying in the House by Betty Brock
  • Far Flung by Cassandra Kircher

The weather was so amazing, last week, that the vast majority of my reading was done outside. Unfortunately, we're getting into the 80s, now. 78° is about my upper limit for outdoor comfort (I don't like heat) but the moment it begins cooling off, out I go. Hopefully, it will stay dry for a while so the mosquito invasion is delayed.

Currently reading:

  • On Democracy by E. B. White

I haven't started a new novel since finishing the children's book, No Flying in the House (which I thought of as filler till I settled on my next fiction read -- apparently, I was wrong), although I have two picked out and I just have to decide which one to read. Honestly, I'm just in a nonfiction mood, so it might be a few days. On Democracy has surprised me. White's writings about democracy are more of a showcase for his sense of humor than serious writings, for the most part, yet there's plenty of wisdom in this selection of essays (and, occasionally, poems). It's a short book and I'm halfway, so I hope to finish it tonight.

Posts since last Malarkey:

Although it's probably not technically considered a classic, since Forbidden Area is a book that was released in 1956 and it's still in print over 50 years later, I'm calling it my classic selection for the month of April.

In other news:

I think I may have finally figured out the reply comment issue. After perusing a bunch of forum Q/As and reading some articles, I think it may be related to Safari rather than Blogger, although it must be said that Blogger is clearly laissez faire when it comes to problems with their platform. Even at the Blogger forums, a moderator has stepped in to stop people who are having the same issue as the original poster from asking further questions when the solution didn't work for them. I noticed a lot of scolding. It will probably be the weekend before I can switch out to some other browser because I need help from the techies of the family but I'm hopeful that a solution may be coming. The other option, according to Blogger, is to enable cross-site tracking on Safari.

After spending hours trying to figure out how to do that and failing, I told my youngest son that was the recommendation and you should have seen his eyes boggle. "You do NOT want to enable cross-site tracking," he said. Message received. Hence, the decision to switch browsers. I guess I should be happy that this computer is such a pain, since he described cross-site tracking as a Very Bad Thing. Having said that, I am frustrated enough with Blogger to consider giving up the blog and simply moving to Instagram, where I keep my reviews much more succinct because I do them via the cellphone and I'm not so hot with those little cellphone keyboards. I'm @Bookfoolery at Instagram.

In TV and movies, there's little to report, apart from the fact that I discovered that Star Trek: The Original Series is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime. When I found that out, I chose a random episode and it just happened to be one of my two all-time favorites, "Tomorrow is Yesterday". I particularly love the moment when Captain Kirk has been captured by people at the Air Force base and Kirk is told, "I'm going to lock you up for 200 years." Kirk replies, "That oughta be just about right." I'm sure my entire family loves it when I blurt out that line before Kirk does.

Happy Reading!

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  1. I understand your queasiness with Facebook and Twitter. Our own queasiness helped my wife and I delete our accounts with both platforms. If you did go to Instagram only, I for one, would miss your blog posts. However again I understand.

    1. I decided I can't delete Facebook because it's the best way to find out about Paint Night quickly. The classes fill up super fast. But, I'm doing much better at dropping by just a couple of times per day and I don't think it's really ruining my social interaction to drop by less. I do feel creeped out by past uses of Facebook info and I don't think Twitter's CEO does a good job of keeping dangerous content to a minimum (frankly, I think the prez should be banned) but both serve their purposes. I'm on Twitter a bit less, most days, too. So far, so good! As to the blog, taking a week off on occasion seems to keep me going so I'll stick with that, for now. Thanks for the kind words. :)


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