Monday, October 25, 2021

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals:

  • Walrus Song by Janet Lawler and Timothy Basil Ering (illustrator) - from Candlewick Press for review

Just one arrival and, of course, I sat right down to read it because I adore children's books. It's a good one. I'll be reviewing it when it releases in November. I remember only one childhood story with walruses in it and I cannot manage to summon the title but I think I love this book partly because I can't think of a single other book specifically about walruses that I've read and reviewed. Walruses Need Love, Too! 

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Lost Love's Return by Alfred Nicols
  • Evil Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
  • The Sundial by Shirley Jackson
  • Walrus Song by Janet Lawler and Timothy Basil Ering

The following is Isabel's contribution to today's Malarkey (she walked across my keyboard):



Currently reading:

  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Throwback: The Chaos Loop (Throwback #2) by Peter Lerangis

Posts since last Malarkey:

In other news:

I'm already thinking about challenges for next year. This year's challenges . . . well, some went pretty well (Gone With the Wind — check! Book-buying and library ban —very good! Native American books — totally dropped the ball). I like choosing a very large challenge book, like GWTW; that's gone well in recent years. I'm waffling between Dune and the full version of The Count of Monte Cristo, at the moment, but that may change. The version of The Count that I've been reading all my life is condensed. I didn't even realize that till a few years ago so now I want to read the longer version. But, Dune is one I've wanted to read for as long as I can remember, so . . . 

Waffle, waffle. 

Since I finished The Sundial, I haven't felt much like reading. I pick up a book and drift off, thinking about things that need to be done or just daydreaming. Ugh, I hate that. Walrus Song was a welcome arrival because it allowed me to read a book from start to finish without my mind wandering. After a few days of reading one short story or only a handful of pages, I picked up the wrong Throwback book and was enjoying it. Then, I realized there was a reason the author talked about some important time travel activities that took place without going into detail. He did go into detail elsewhere. There's an entire other book. 

So, I set aside #3 and picked up The Chaos Loop, which is Throwback #2. It's so much fun that I read half of it and then I started thinking about the astronaut book that I've been reading only on my bike and how last week I never did get around to biking and how I'm almost out of books to review and missed the readathon, this weekend, and blah, blah. Net result: I've decided to take a few days off from blogging to try to finish some books so I'll have something to review — and hopefully manage to get back on that bike. A lot of my reading time has been replaced by art time, so I need to also work at figuring out how to squeeze both into a day. Sometimes, it just might not happen, but we shall see. 

My next post will be Fiona Friday and then I'll be back to normal blogging, next week. 

Happy reading!

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  1. I am going to try Gone with the Wind finally, soon. I have it checked out from the library, but am currently wading through this doorstopper Tom Jones- after that, I think Gone with the Wind will feel easy! I tried Dune long ago and just could not get through the first few chapters. I wonder if it's worth a repeat effort.

    1. Gone With the Wind is so much more enthralling than I expected it to be! Hope you love it as much as I did. I haven't read Tom Jones. As to Dune, if you're like me it can take more than one attempt to get into a longer book. I didn't get through Great Expectations till the 3rd try and Don Quixote took 4 attempts. I think in that case, though, I needed a better translation.

    2. Ha, I only read Great Expectations because it was assigned in school- I don't think I would have made it through that one without some guidance.

    3. Guidance would have been nice. I didn't have much in the way of literature courses because I opted for journalism and it was allowed as a substitute for lit in my junior high and high school. So, when I was in my 20s I felt like I was behind the rest of the world and started trying to read every piece of classic literature I could get my hands on (very slowly because I had little ones, back then). I just wasn't ready for Great Expectations for a while. When I finally got into it, I loved it. Absolutely loved it; it's one of my all-time favorites.


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