Current bedside shelfie

Current bedside #shelfie. Two copies of FIKA because one's a giveaway copy (at least, that's the plan ... eventually). #books

I am really behind with all of these library books and I need to start/finish them! So, what's on my nightstand (which is actually a bookcase)?
  • I received the first chapter teaser of The Marvels by Brian Selznick when I attended his Arbuthnot Lecture last week.
  • Last of the Sandwalkers I randomly picked up at the Arlington Library because I kept glimpsing it on various websites. So glad I did! I read Jay Hosler's Clan Apis on the recommendation of Neil Gaiman a few years ago (not a personal recommendation, of course -- I wish!), and I think this one might be better. I'm hoping to write a brief review of this book relatively soon.
  • One of the public libraries I go to is in Montgomery County, and although the library system covers a large area and serves a large population, it seems to acquire new books rather slowly. I've been on Hold for The Spiritglass Charade for months and I finally got it. It's been so long, in fact, that I've forgotten a lot of what happened in the first book (The Clockwork Scarab). I hope it comes back to me as I read this one.
  • There are two copies of Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats because I'm supposed to review it for Blogging for Books and then give away the other copy (or else, they made a mistake again and sent me two copies instead of one).
  • I'm a casual Sherlock Holmes fan so I pick up various Sherlockian books every once in awhile. I read The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R, King years ago and the premise of a woman matching wits with Sherlock Holmes appealed to me (it always does!). I haven't read any of the other 11 books in the series, but I checked out the 13th book, Dreaming of Spies, because it takes place in Japan.
  • The War That Saved My Life: short review coming soon. Suffice it to say, it's a mostly positive review.
  • I don't watch a lot of viral videos or follow a lot of channels on YouTube; I have a hard enough time keeping up with things I have to do without getting sucked into all of that. So, while I'd heard of Kid President, I had never seen any of his videos. But nevermind that, I picked up Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome anyway! I really like the positive messages, profiles, and tasks in the book. For someone who needs a pick-me-up more often than not (i.e., me), this has been enjoyable to read.
  • I've had Under a Painted Sky checked out for an obscenely long time and I really need to finish it. Just because it's taking me so long to read it doesn't mean I don't like it or that it's not good. Quite the contrary -- so far, so good! A lot of my YA reading gets pushed to the side when there are picture books and middle grade novels that have to be read, unfortunately. And I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm a very sloooooow reader. 
  • There are books that I have to read for Capitol Choices and Finding Serendipity is one of them. Well, when I put it that way it makes it seem like the book isn't good, but that's not true. The good thing about having required reading is that I get the chance to read books I normally wouldn't pick up on my own. This one might have been a book like that but now I have the chance to read it. 
  • The last book, Drawing is Magic: Discovering Yourself is a Sketchbook, is not so much a reading book as a doing book. I love John Hendrix's illustrations and I was so excited to get this book to try my hand at drawing and doodling. But, as I tweeted to Mr. Hendrix, I have perfectionist tendencies that make it hard for me to "just draw." I hope this book will let me do that. I should probably move this book to my desk where I keep all of my pens ...

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