Recent arrivals (above):
- The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa - Goodreads win from HarperCollins for review
I almost never win anything from Goodreads but I suspect that's because I don't try too hard. I'm excited about The Cat Who Saved Books because a) cat, b) books, c) Japanese author. Also, a couple friends have reviewed it and enthused about it, so that's always positive. And, yes, those are blooming roses behind the book, in case you were wondering. But, it does finally look like fall, here, and some of our trees are even entirely bare.
From the library sale (top to bottom):
- L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
- Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
- Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
- Dimensions of Sheckley: Selected Novels of Robert Sheckley
- The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, ed. by Merlin Holland and Rupert Hart-Davis
I actually went to the library sale in search of old books with illustrations I could cut out for collaging but as I said on Instagram, I am Bookfool and must live up to my name. I have Beneath a Scarlet Sky in e-book and it's possible I already have a print copy but in my memory I see a slightly dirty copy. If I'm right that I already have it, I'll re-donate the other copy when I find it. This one is nearly pristine, as I prefer my books to be.
There was one person at the library sale who was clearly there to find books to resell. It's funny how you can spot them. They're always in a hurry and all business, avoid eye contact, and frequently pull out the phone to look up value.
You may recall that in my last Monday Malarkey post I said I thought I was probably done receiving books for the year. Um . . . I think that's true now? I guess we'll see. I am not buying, although I did make an exception for library sales so the books above don't violate my book-buying ban. At any rate, if I receive anything, it will be a surprise.
Books finished since last Malarkey:
- The Way We Weren't by Phoebe Fox
- Dragon Mountain by Katie and Kevin Tsang
- Dragon Legend by Katie and Kevin Tsang
Wow, only 3 books in two weeks. That's not great. But, there were a couple days that I remember not feeling like reading and The Way We Weren't had a bookmark in it for over a week (not the book's fault). Plus, holiday cleaning and entertainment was done. OK, it seems reasonable, now that I've thought about it. And, I enjoyed all 3 books, so I can't complain.
- Jane and the Year Without a Summer by Stephanie Barron
- The 2021 Short Story Advent Calendar by Hingston and Olsen (publisher)
- The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa
Posts since last Malarkey:
- Two Girls, a Clock, and a Crooked House by Michael Poore (book review)
- What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (short stories) by Raymond Carver (book review)
- Fiona Friday on the Wrong Day - Reading glasses are not edible (cat photo)
- Lost Love's Return by Alfred Nicols (book review)
- The Way We Weren't by Phoebe Fox (book review)
- Spy School, Evil Spy School, and Spy Ski School by Stuart Gibbs (mini reviews)
- Fiona Friday - Stargazing (cat photo)
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