Monday, August 05, 2019

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals (top to bottom):

  • The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
  • Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride
  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  • The Good, The Bad, and the Furry by Tom Cox
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Recursion by Blake Crouch
  • Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

All purchases, most from Book Depository. Wanderers was bought separately. A Gentleman in Moscow is one that I've already read but didn't own. Since it was my favorite in 2018, I've been wanting to get a copy to eventually reread but it wasn't till I found myself tossing books into a cart that I decided to look up the price and discovered it was both reasonably priced and available in the format I like (I'm a paperback girl). Most of these titles were either recommended to me by friends or a blog or Instagram post piqued my interest. See, book blogs are still relevant!

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Storm Blown by Nick Courage
  • Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour, an Introduction by J. D. Salinger
  • Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson

Currently reading:

  • The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
  • The Mueller Report

Good news! I am now halfway through The Mueller Report! Bad news! I didn't finish. But, I'm finally making progress. I stopped on Thursday to read Storm Blown (a middle grade book) because I needed a break. And, then I read the other two books over the weekend. So, now I hope to get back to The Mueller Report and finish it up. But, I'm not going to fling myself off a bridge if it takes me another couple weeks.

Posts since last Malarkey:

In other news:

I managed to finish two extra books, besides Storm Blown, because I participated in the Reverse Readathon, starting Friday night. While I'm distractible (I stopped to read other people's Instagram posts about the readathon, frequently) and continued doing chores throughout the weekend, I finished the Salinger on Saturday morning and was about 2/3 of the way into Rosie Colored Glasses when I realized I wasn't going to reach the end before the close of the readathon and wandered out to the living room to hang with the husband. It didn't take long to finish that up on Sunday. I opted not to update on my readathon progress at the blog because . . . well, I just didn't want to, I guess. Instead, I updated on Instagram, when I felt like it. I think I posted 6 times. That's the most I've ever posted at Instagram in a day. I seldom participate in readathons because I consider weekends family time, but I didn't let the reading time stop me from hanging out with family, so it worked out perfectly.

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  1. Yay for book blogs still being relevant. I just don't have the attention span for long books and since nothing has come of the Mueller report, and I doubt it ever will, I don't think I'll bother read it. To me, it would be like reading the Warren Commission or the 9/11 report. I was wondering what happened with your readathon. I don't get a lot of hours in myself but I figure if I get a little bit of reading, it's all good...and it was. Two books finished.

    1. It's nice to know there's still some relevance to blogging, since blogs have been falling like dominoes. I think I only keep mine up because I like having a record of what I've read and I definitely won't bother writing about books merely for myself, like journaling.

      The Mueller Report is worth reading and I haven't given up hope that it will lead to change, but I think the new attorney general caused the biggest hope to sputter and die, then the press totally fell down on the job when Mueller testified. He made some blockbuster statements that they chose to ignore because he stuck to the facts and sounded like an old guy. There's a lot of very damaging information in that thing. Mostly, though, you get really tired of Orange Bonespur's temper tantrums and lack of respect for law, ethics, rules, truth, and pretty much everyone around him. I can't imagine how or why anyone works for him. Half the time they say they'll do something and then just . . . don't. Because they know it would be the wrong thing to do. Anyway, more about that, soon.

      I feel the same about the readathon. I was very happy to have read two books, especially after a week in which I'd finished only one. I don't normally participate because my husband travels and weekends are family time, but it worked out because he was going to be home for an entire week, so we knew there would be plenty of time to spend together. I was glad to go out and hang with him, once I realized I wasn't going to finish Rosie Colored Glasses quite in time (I came close). I wondered if anyone noticed that I'd just wandered off. LOL I had a great time. Glad you enjoyed it and got what you wanted out of it, too!


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