Happy Monday!


Good morning; happy Monday, all! How was your reading this week? I got to do Inbox/Outbox on BookRiot at the end of last week, so you can see some of my reading there. I finished Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (the one I told you about last week). Very funny – it was a nice, easy read. I really enjoy her comedic voice. I also read Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas. If you love Paris (and sweets) you’ll gush over this one. It’s not entirely a memoir, more of a blip about part of the time she lived in Paris, but it’s enough to make you want to do something exciting – like move to your favorite foreign country. It wasn’t a perfect book, but it was certainly diverting.

Next up is Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols (I included the link so you can see the cover, it’s wonderful). I’ve already started it, and I’m already in love. I had to special order this book (it wasn’t overly expensive, just not in wide print), and have put it on my list for The Classics Club. It will be my first book to cross off of the list. It’s wonderful, and I already know I will want his others. He’s British and proper and terribly witty, and this book is all about the fixing up of a grand house and property. Like I said; in love.

I’m obsessed with a new TV show, Call the Midwife, which aired this fall (in the US, last winter in the UK) on PBS. Unfortunately free streaming ended on December 4th, so I went ahead and bought Season 1 from iTunes for $10. So far, money very well spent. It was created by Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Upstairs/Downstairs, Lilies, etc.), so no surprise that it’s amazing, right? It is based off of the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, a midwife in London in the 1950’s. I whole-heartedly recommend it (or if you’d rather just read about it, I believe her memoirs are a trilogy, so lots of fun reading for you there). You can read more about it in this article from the New York Times. (My favorite character, so far, is Chummy. If you’ve watched, who is yours?)

I also had a very fun bundle sent to me by Quirk Books last week. It included Booze Cakes (yes, you read that correctly), which I mentioned more about here, and also The Housewives Tarot deck, which is a very cute gift idea for friends. No need to be a housewife to enjoy it – just someone who loves fun “games” and darling packaging. Here are a few photos from when I was playing with it this weekend. They also sent me Field Guide to Knitting, which (for knitters) is an unbelievably useful little resource that literally fits in the palm of your hand (see below, I put it in the palm of my hand just so you could see that :)). You can find all three of these items in the Gift Guide if you’re wanting to get them for others (or perhaps e-mail the list to someone to get for you!).

What did you read this week?




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16 thoughts on “Happy Monday!

  1. I like Chummy, but I think my favorite is Jimmy (And damnit Jenny, WHY?), and the magpie nun played by Pam Ferris.

    Sadly, I’ve not read much this weekend. Everytime I sat down to read in the morning, the new dog would come over demanding pets.

  2. My favourite is also Chummy; she’s not afraid to tell it like it is.

    I read very little this weekend, despite the fact that I finished a book late on Friday/early on Saturday. I was busy with Help-Portrait and a Christmas party on Saturday and yesterday I was extremely tired and didn’t really pick up a book at all and barely read anything.

  3. I shall have to check out Merry Hall, looks right up my street in a Wodehouse sort of a way. Anyway, this weekend in between becoming a godparent (my friends think I’m a reponsible adult figure for their 2 month old son, ha) I’ve finished ‘The Thin Man’ and have again picked up ‘The Maltese Falcons’ almost as a holiday season re-read, because nothing says xmas like a 1930s crime novel.

    • Congrats! That’s exciting. At least we know the child will be well read. ;)

      Yes, I was thinking it was (perhaps) Wodehouse-y as well, even though (gasp!) I haven’t yet read Wodehouse. *She ducks and covers.* Never fear, he’s on my shelf, patiently waiting.

  4. Wallace, you got Midwife! Lucky! I need to get me a copy of the first season ASAP! Sounds so good! That Merry Hall book sounds ace, so I need to check it out. As far as reading goes, I’ve not been reading as much lately. I think its due to the holidays – I’d rather be shopping, wrapping gifts, visiting with family and baking yummy goodies than reading. Although, I’m still reading Casual Vacancy during my lunch breaks at work (which means it will take me forever to get through it, but I like it so far, so that’s fine with me).

  5. If you need other knitting tips, YouTube is a really great source! I taught myself how to knit through various YouTube videos, and continue to teach myself new patterns and things. Is the book really that good with teaching you, too?

  6. I was able to catch Call the Midwife as it aired on PBS, or while I still had OnDemand so I managed to watch all the episodes. I absolutely loved it! I hope there will be a new season.

    Right now, I’m reading The Hobbit (of course), Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb, Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts and I’m getting ready to start a couple more Christmas books. My sudden moving of house really threw a wrench into my holiday review book reading, not to mention my leisurely reading.

    Hope you have a great week, Wallace. :)

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