- The Gap by Benjamin Gilmour
- V for Victory by Lissa Evans
- The Antiquarian Sticker Book
- Gobbolino the Witch's Cat by Ursula Moray Williams
- They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell
- The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
- Reader's Digest War Stories
Books finished since last Malarkey:
- How to Get Away with Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce
- Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria
- Heart Berries by Teresa Marie Mailhot
- Dragon Mountain by Katie and Kevin Tsang
- CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
- Georgana's Secret by Arlem Hawks
- A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
Posts since last Malarkey:
- How to Get Away with Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce (book review)
- Happy New Year! and reading goals with a cat photo (goal list, cat photo)
- 2020 Short Story Advent Calendar, ed. by Michael Hingston (review of short story collection)
- Everything I didn't review in 2020: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Orphan Monster Spy, Devil Darling Spy, and Fear (mini reviews)
- Books Read in 2020 (a list with links)
- Fiona Friday - Winter snuggles (cat photo)
In other news:
Well, this last week was something, wasn't it? I'm still distressed by the horror, perhaps even moreso than I was on the day of the American Insurrection since more violent images have been released in recent days (including a Capitol police officer being dragged down steps and beaten by Trump supporters with, among other things, a flag pole containing an American flag).
Unsurprisingly, we watched a lot of news. Husband was working from home during the Insurrection and I updated him or he'd sit for 5 minutes watching the coverage with me, between meetings and calls. We were glued to the TV on the evening of the 6th.
Otherwise, I only recall watching the premier of the new All Creatures Great and Small. I'm sure we watched a smattering of other things but I don't remember any of them. It's all been blanked out by one awful day. I don't know how you convince people who have been told for 5 years that they can't believe anything or anyone but one person that they're wrong, it was a free and fair election and nobody's out to get them. It's deeply ingrained, at this point. I have a friend from way back who has been sucked into the QAnon black hole and utterly, completely believes every one of the crazy, made-up conspiracies. I finally gave up and unfriended her after she had nothing negative to say about the attempted coup and continued spouting conspiracies. It was painful. We've been friends for a very, very long time. But, people died because of the kind of lies she's helping perpetuate and I can't be a party to that.
Can you tell I'm still riled up? It's been hard to sleep. What a rough year it's been for sleeping. I mean, the entire last year, not just 2021. I wasn't expecting 2021 to be a miraculous change from 2020, since we still have a long time till the majority are inoculated but . . . whoa. I certainly was not expecting January 6. Here's hoping for some major action to prevent similar violence in the future.
And, to end on a lighter note, here's a photo of what happened, last night. Snow!!!!
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