Tally Monday- December 8, 2014

Checked Out



  1. Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
  2. Perlandra by C.S. Lewis
  3. That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis
  4. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore


  1. Thrive by Ban Buettner (Audio)
  2. The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian (Audio)
  3. “Parker’s Back” by Flannery O’Connor
  4. Fables and Reflections by Neil Gaiman

TBR: 35

There now.  Doesn’t that look a bit better?

As much as I am enjoying my rendezvous with Sandman, it’s starting to feel a little like a battle.  I have four trades left to go and I have a feeling that they may just take me through the month if I don’t do something soon.  I like them, I really do, but I’m starting to feel the ache for some traditional books.

Perhaps that explains my crazy amount of purchases this week.  Actually, that’s wrong.  See, I’m getting bookshelves for Christmas and I have been using it as an excuse all week.  Plus, all of the Lewis was sold as a little gift set in a used book sale.  They were in great shape and I had never heard of them and I wanted them.  $5 didn’t seem like it was too much to spend.

On Saturday we went out with friends to a giant second hand/antique store nearby.  This place happens to have what I like to call The Best Book Booth Ever.  Last time we stopped I got a couple of books and Hubby made out like a bandit on the vinyl.  This time I sat on the floor and read through the titles and was…. disappointed.  The next booth over, however, was where my friend handed me the Moore and said, “Read it.  You’ll love it.”  Oh!  Book people!  It feels like I am never actually around book people so I bought that thing without second thought.

Both of the audios I finished last week were great.  I already wrote a review about the Tashjian and I ordered the second one in the series on audio too.  Thrive was about the happiest places in the world and what makes them so happy.  I am currently in love with Denmark, which is the happiest place in the world.  I really like this audio too.  I’m a sucker for happiness books and this one was cool because it looked at what made people in different cultures happy and talked about how to apply those principles to your own life.

I like the O’Connor short story, too. (Really, it’s rare that I don’t like what I read to completion.)  Parker was a sinful man who married a religious woman.  He was covered with tattoos everywhere except on his back.  When he is involved in an accident, he decides to fill his back with something that will please his wife.  O’Connor and I have an odd relationship but I think she may be a bit cooler than I gave her credit for in my undergrad days.

Still plugging away!  I hope you guys are too!


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