- I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell and
- Help the Witch by Tom Cox - both purchased
I read a review of I Am, I Am, I Am that intrigued me and ordered the book immediately. That was at least a couple weeks ago and I'm still holding out well on the book-buying ban. Both of these books took weeks to arrive. Help the Witch was described by the author in a way that made me think it would be perfect for spooky fall reading, so I pre-ordered it for the RIPXIV Challenge and hope to fit it in, soon. I can't think of any other books that were pre-ordered, apart from one that will arrive in January, so this may be the end of the purchased arrivals for a while, although I keep pondering a particular art book that I'd like to buy (not available at my library) for ideas about a new kind of art project I want to attempt.
Funny thing, though. I've found that once I become accustomed to not buying, I often can't talk myself into buying. It becomes a habit. Besides the book ban, I also stopped ordering from Amazon, in general, when I read that Jeff Bezos has cut the health benefits of 1,900 Whole Foods workers. There will be times I'll have no choice but to buy from Amazon because some things just aren't available locally and Amazon is pretty much how I have to buy them, but I'm going to do my level best to avoid Amazon as much as humanly possible.
Books finished since last Malarkey:
- No Judgments by Meg Cabot
- The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan
I read No Judgments (an ARC) primarily because I needed a fluff break and I know Meg Cabot's writing to be reliably light. I followed it up with The Nanny (also an ARC), which I read as my second RIPXIV book. It's a not-so-mysterious mystery (I found it pretty obvious) but it has a gothic sensibility, so it was good for its sinister atmosphere.
- Summary of the Mueller Report by Thomas E. Patterson - So, this was not my best reading week and I stuck to fiction. Hopefully, this week will be an improvement and I'll get plenty of this book read.
- The House on Tradd Street by Karen White - another RIP read
Posts since last Malarkey:
- After the Flood by Kassandra Montag (book review)
- Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill - RIPXIV #1 (book review)
- Fiona Friday - Interaction (cat photo)
In other news:
I watched a single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Darmok," after seeing someone quote it and realizing I'd forgotten the meaning of things like, "Temba, his arms wide." That's such an interesting episode. Otherwise, I only watched one thing, the first episode of a medical show set in India. I don't recall the name of the show but I didn't like it enough to continue on, anyway.
This week is the return of Chicago: Fire, so I'll be tuning in to see that. I don't watch the other two Chicago programs (Med and PD, although occasionally I'll watch an episode of Med if I don't feel like doing anything else while I wait for Fire to come on).
Otherwise, our world has been revolving around Kiddo — his job hunt and wedding. His second diploma, for the just-finished Mechanical Engineering degree, arrived on Friday. Now, if he can just find a job we'll all be very, very happy.
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