Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Malarkey

Getting a late start, here, because I fell asleep during the news and took a surprisingly long evening nap.

Recent arrivals (top to bottom):

  • The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga and
  • The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso - both purchased. It's true that Amazon snagged me during Prime Week (but I only bought these two books, nothing else)
  • The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones - for review from Putnam (Penguin Random House) 

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang

I'm also on the verge of finishing How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, but even with a mere 20 pages to go, I can't count it as finished till I'm done because I'm weird that way. 

Posts since last Malarkey:

Currently reading:

  • How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  • The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein

Both of the books I'm reading are utterly captivating but I am focusing on How to Stop Time (about a man who ages slowly and has been alive 450 years) and I'll return to The Punch Escrow (futuristic sci-fi), after I finish -- tonight, that is. How to Stop Time got priority because it's one of my most anticipated books of the year and it is every bit as magical as I hoped it would be. But, The Punch Escrow is loads of fun, too, so I'm excited that I'll be getting back to it, tonight. I'll review both before I leave for my summer break. If I can fit everything in (I also want to read and review Brave Deeds by David Abrams before I go), I plan to shut down by Friday. If not, I'll extend my stay a bit till I'm done.

In other news:

It's getting oppressively hot and humid, here, the time of year that you begin to feel trapped indoors because it's dangerous outside (much like being trapped indoors by the snow to avoid frostbite, for those of you in colder climates). I'm looking forward to autumn. Hope those of you in reasonable climates are enjoying your weather. I would very much like to be in Alaska, right about now. :)

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  1. You really don't have to go all the way to Alaska. Oregon (on the coast) is very mild right now. Mid-60s with sunshine. :)

    1. Well, true, but I love Alaska. I've never been to the Pacific Northwest, though. It's definitely on the wish list. Know anyone who has a place for rent?

    2. No, but I'm sure there are lots of vacation rentals all along the coast. It's against the homeowners' rules to rent (short term, vacation) within Little Whale Cove, though.

    3. Interesting about the restriction on renting. I've thought about trying some place like Lincoln City, one day. I used to have a friend there and I think he told me it was a tourist mecca of sorts. It's been a few years.

    4. Lincoln City, Depoe Bay and Newport are all great places to stay since they're centrally located on the coast. You can plan day trips as far north as Astoria, Tillamook and Pacific or south down to Yachats, Florence, etc. If you want to do something like the Rogue River boat trip, you could drive down to Bandon or Gold Beach and spend a couple of nights. My cousins rented a little beach house in Depoe Bay for a week. Super cute but a little pricey. I think it was around $1500 for the week.

    5. I'll have to ask you for advice if we ever make it up that way, Les. $1500 for a week is definitely above our budget!

  2. How to Stop Time sounds very good. I look forward to your review.
    It's so hot here. We have dry heat but I hate July. It's like you said, trapped inside. And if I am outside I'm in my pool. Can't wait till autumn.

    1. It's wonderful, Jenny. I love Matt Haig's writing but I think How to Stop Time is a particularly special book.

      I can tolerate dry heat - that's what I grew up with. But, it does drive you indoors, too, when it gets to the 100s. The humidity makes the heat even more dangerous, unfortunately, so I just hibernate as much as I can. A pool would be nice. We don't even have a city pool where we live. I didn't realize that till after we moved.

  3. I wouldn't mind being in a colder climate right now too! Hope you enjoy The Reactive -- I found it interesting!

    1. Yeah, I'll bet Austin gets pretty hot. But, at least most of Texas has the dry heat. Our area's more like Houston, if you've ever been there during the summer.

      Oh, cool, I'm so glad to hear you found The Reactive intersting! I'd never heard of either of those books I bought but they're both set in South Africa and that's what I want to read about, right now. I knew buying them without a friend's recommendation was iffy.


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