Monday Malaise

Perhaps, a better title would be Monday Musings

malaise |məˈlāz; -ˈlez|
A general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify : a society afflicted by a deep cultural malaise | a general air of malaise.
ORIGIN mid 18th cent.: from French, from Old French mal ‘bad’ (fromLatin malus) + aise ‘ease.’

Musings would be much more positive, or less dismaying, wouldn’t you agree? It’s just that I didn’t get any new books so I can’t do a “Monday Mailbox” and I really wanted to post something.

So, what I do have for you today is a question. I am about 10 pages away from the half way point in the Readalong of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.  Do I stop and write up my post which will be published HERE on Friday, March 16? or do I take a break and go back to 1Q84 (Book 3 is waiting) – or – Read the second of A.S.Byatt’s double novella Angels & Insects? Do I do a review of the first novella?

Or fill up my blog with random things?

Or announce BLOGGIESTA?  (Yes, I will do that. This week. It’s scheduled for the last weekend of this March, by the way.)

Or _____(fill in the blank)__________? (Feel free to suggest something in the comments.)



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15 Responses to “Monday Malaise”

  1. 1 Debi March 5, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I want the fill in the blank option. Filled in with “share your favorite pie recipe”! Does that mean I should check the “write fluffy posts” box? Somehow that feels wrong–pie is serious, if oh-so-yummy, business. :)

  2. 3 Eva March 5, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I voted for the Byatt, because I *loved* the second novella in that collection!!! (At least, I think it’s the second; the one about the naturalist with lots of moths and butterflies.)

    • 4 Care March 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Oh yes! is it? so far – the first 5 pages or so are about seances; a widow who is not sure her husband lost at sea is TRULY gone so she consults the spirit world but they never get his voice right? too fun.

  3. 6 Trisha March 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

    You kill me. I love the tag writing for this one.

  4. 7 Trish March 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    OH yes–I agree with Debi. Favorite pie recipe. And glad that Trisha noted the tags. Ha!

    I’m on page 56ish. I probably could have read a bit more last night but watched Episode two of Downton Abbey instead. I blame all of you lot for getting me interested in the show (not sure if you watch, that you was a general you for the lot of book bloggers gushing about DA on Twitter). :)

    Think I’m going to concentrate on finishing Love in the Time of Cholera before I read anymore Cloud Atlas, though. That 20 pages is really bothering me…

  5. 8 bermudaonion (Kathy) March 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Does your husband read your blog – is he the one who voted for clean the house?

  6. 10 softdrink March 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I have made it past the first section of Cloud Atlas. Hallelujah. I think I might take this to Tucson, so when I’m captive on the plane with nothing else to do, I can get some major reading in!

    I should be reading 1Q84 with you…at the rate I’m going, the darn thing will be out in paperback before I get to it.

    • 11 Care March 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

      If by ‘reading 1Q84’ you mean putting a bookmark in where you last read and the put back on the shelf, then sure, join in!

      It looks like I will continue with the Byatt for my mid-Cloud Atlas break and write some fluffies. :)

  7. 12 Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) March 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Read the Byatt. I might try reading Possession this month. It’s calling to me.

    • 13 Care March 6, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Darn, I just don’t have time to squeeze in Possession this month.
      I just remembered I have a book to pick up from the library – something poetry.

  8. 14 Kailana March 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    You always have the most entertaining tags!

    Did you change your header or am I crazy?

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