Monday, August 26, 2019

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals:

  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher and
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram - both purchased
  • Invisible as Air by Zoe Fishman and
  • No Judgments by Meg Cabot - both from HarperCollins for review

Fiona was wondering what on Earth I was up to, as you can see! The two books I purchased were both pre-ordered. I think A Boy and His Dog, etc. was recommended by Andrew Smith (Young Adult author of many books) but I can't recall where I read about Darius the Great. I think I have one or two more pre-orders coming (one in January?) but I've put myself back on a book-buying ban and haven't had many offers for review books, lately, so the arrivals may dry up. That's fine. This has been my lowest-quantity reading month and I still have a backlog, so I need to work at reading what I've got.

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • The Passengers by John Marrs

Ugh, that's it. Just one book. Praying, hoping, crossing fingers that this week is better.

Currently reading:

  • The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret (Misadventures in Matchmaking #3)

In spite of hopes, I didn't touch In Pain by Travis Rieder, this past week, but it's a good book and a quick read so when I get to it I'll undoubtedly finish it quickly. I have really enjoyed the Misadventures in Matchmaking series. This is the last, since it's about three sisters working different parts of the matchmaking business and slowly getting paired off without having much success at finding matches for their clients.

Posts since last Malarkey:

Harry's Trees is going on the favorites pile. I wish I'd thought to start a favorites pile earlier — at the beginning of the year rather than a few months in. I've got a sizable portion of them set aside, though, which will make it easier than normal to review my favorites at year end. And maybe I can make space and shelve them together. I need to work on getting rid of some older titles that I thought I'd reread but now realize I never will, anyway.

In other news:

There's not much other news. I'm trying to decide whether or not a landscape I painted on top of collage (on 12" x 12" board - something I've done twice since viewing a free Ivy Newport video on this particular technique) is done and ready for varnishing or needs a bit of touch-up. I think there are one or two places I'll touch up. Humorously, I have probably done about 40-50 paintings since I started painting, a few years ago, and I haven't signed a single one because I can't decide how to sign them. Full signature? Cutesy little block of initials? Husband prefers I don't sign them at all because it's not like I'm going to be a famous artist, so why wreck the painting with my signature. But, I appreciate my grandmother's signature on her paintings, so I don't think I'll listen to him, although I don't know what I'll do about the plethora of unsigned paintings lying about and hanging. I probably won't pull any off the walls to sign. Maybe I'll just start signing them, from now on.

I'm still watching The Royal and now on the fifth and final season (at least, the final season available to us for viewing), which is good because I'm about ready to move on to something else. They have a tendency to mercilessly kill off favorite characters. I've been too busy to watch TV, most days, so I've generally watched The Royal while eating supper, just to sneak in a little TV time.  Future daughter-in-law has loaded her Netflix onto our TV, so that widens my options for finding something new after I finish with The Royal. Anyone have suggestions for great things (not mysteries or anything gruesome/terrifying) to watch on Netflix?

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