Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals (top to bottom - click on image to enlarge):

  • The Book of Sleep by Nicole Moshfegh, PsyD
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
  • A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen

All of these were purchases. The Book of Sleep is the third and last book I bought during a bout of insomnia. Fingers crossed it will offer some sage advice. To All the Boys I've Loved Before was bought on a whim at Sam's. I've seen a lot of people gushing about Jenny Han's books, so the idea of buying or checking out one of her books has been lingering in the back of my head and I was happy to find one at a reasonable price. Swann's Way is a book I've wanted to buy for eons but it was author Alex George's endorsement of this particular translation that convinced me to go for it. And, A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen is a book I pre-ordered within 24 hours of closing his previous book, Here and Now and Then

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Virus on Orbis 1: The Softwire by P. J. Haarsma
  • A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
  • Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis

Virus on Orbis 1: The Softwire is an e-book! I read an e-book! Regular readers of my blog will know that I'm not a fan of reading electronically. I opened it up during a night that I couldn't sleep. It was 2:30 in the morning and I didn't want to turn the light on, so I looked for something easy to read in my Kindle app (I still do not own a Kindle and never have — the app is on my iPad). I think it's middle grade but I'm not certain. Reading the e-book didn't disturb my husband but I eventually got sick of reading in bed and went to the living room. I don't think I ever did manage to get to sleep, that night. I started reading A Beginning at the End practically the moment it showed up. And, Almost Just Friends is a book I'm scheduled to tour in February. Trying to get a jump on things, here.

Currently reading:

  • The World of Sanditon by Sara Sheridan 

I'm not going to continue putting my workbook on insomnia in the current reads because I don't always think to pick it up and it will likely take me more than a month to read (in spite of the fact that it's a 1-month program). But, it will show up in my finished books when I'm done. I just finished Almost Just Friends, this morning, so I haven't chosen my next read, yet, but I'll start a fiction title, tonight. 

Posts since last Malarkey:

In other news:

Last week was a super busy week. I'm a homebody but I had errands and appointments and lunch with a friend, so I was out of the house more than normal. Hopefully, this week will be a tiny bit calmer.

In TV news, the regular series shows have returned, so I watched NCIS and about half of Chicago Fire. During Chicago Fire, I got a call from one of my sons. He's more important than TV so I missed the second half. I also missed Doctor Who, yesterday, but it will be available for streaming so that's no big deal. I did manage to tune in for Sanditon. Having read the book is both good and bad. I know exactly what's going to happen but it is definitely fascinating seeing it acted out, getting a glimpse of how well a terrific actor can show what she's thinking via expression and movement. It's very well cast, in my humble opinion. We didn't watch any movies. I really wasn't in the mood for TV, most of the week, although I was excited to get back to watching NCIS and I thought it was an especially intriguing episode.

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  1. I have Sanditon recorded but haven't actually watched any of it yet. Maybe one day.

    1. It's very different! Instead of being gentlemen who rush around entertaining themselves and doing occasional work regarding their property holdings, the men are enterprising (well, some of them). And, the music is modern, which is a bit jarring.

  2. So which translation of Swann's Way is it? Now I'm a bit intrigued because it's one of those series I've always wanted to read, but just haven't managed to finish. Hopefully this week was a little calmer for you as you had hoped.

    1. It's a Penguin and the translator is Lydia Davis. I've always wanted to read it, too. I don't know why I've put it off.

      This week was, unfortunately, crushing. I would love a good week. I crave some positive news, for one thing.


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