The Sunday Salon

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope you are all having a great day so far.  I just got back from brunch at Abuelos.  I gorged myself–perfect way to start a Sunday!  I got a lot of reading done this week (yesterday especally!) so I hope to keep up my streak today and get some more reading time in. 

This week I read:

Forever, Judy Blume

Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout

French Milk, Lucy Knisley

Slam, Nick Hornby

I am currently in the middle of Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.   Maybe my expectations were too high or maybe the book just hasn’t picked up yet, but I am not sure how I feel about the book so far.

The books I got this week from the libabry are:

Last Night is Twisted River, John Irving

Nana, Emila Zola

Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde

Brunelleschi’s Dome, Ross King

I also got a review book–Roses, byLeila Meacham–from Hatchette.  I am thinking it will be a great book to take with me to Florence in a few weeks because it is long and (hopefully) captivating. 

Anyone have any input on the above books?–I’d love to hear it!

The Sunday Salon

Once again, I feel like my week in reading was pretty weak.  That seems to be my mantra for February.  I finished one book this week–Passing, by Nella Larsen–and I am close to finishing the third part of East of Eden, by John Steinbeck.  I also read fifty pages of The Shack and decided it just wasn’t worth it.  The writing was so contrived and I just didn’t want to read it.  So I didn’t.

The good news is that there are really no plans for today.  I have some general housework to do, but other than that my day will be devoted to reading.

Despite the fact that my reading has been lagging, I decided to aquire some more books this week.  Firstly, I bought Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese.  The reviews I read for it portrayed it as a phenomenal book, so I purchased it. 

I also got two review copies this week from Hatchette.  The first, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, by Tiffany Baker, is a book I have had on my list for over a year.  It will also count towards the Deb challenge I am currently signed up for.  The other book I am super excited about!

I love Chelsea Handler.  I think she is absolutely hysterical.  When her last book was published, I was lucky enough to get to meet her.  As soon as the book arrived in the mail, I immediately texted my family members because I knew they would be insanely jealous!

I also got quite a few library books.

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher (this is a re-check out)

Secondand Smoke, by Patti Friedmann (for my trip to New Orleans)

The Last Madame: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, by Christine Wiltz (also for my trip to New Orleans)

Forever, by Judy Blume (for the Shelf Discovery challenge)

Murder of a Medici Princess, by Caroline P Murphy (for my trip to Florence)

Signora da Vinci, by Robin Maxwell (also for my trip to Florence)

Have you read any of these?  If so, what are your thoughts?

Have a great Sunday everyone!



Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page.

Last week I was singing my own praises–tooting my own horn, if you will.  Saying I had been so good about not buying books.  Well . . . I had a relapse.  Need I say more?  Here’s what I bought:

Anyone else get anything good this week?

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as many Mailbox Monday posts as before.  If you assumed it was because I have been behaving myself, you would be correct.  My goal in 2010 is to try to focus more on the review copies and books that I have purchased before accepting more review copies or buying more books.  I have been overloaded recently.  So I have been doing pretty well on that front.  However, my fiance and I went to Target the other night and, as always, I couldn’t pass the book section without stopping to peruse a little bit.  Finally, my fiance looked at me and said Fine, you can buy one book if you want.  Honestly, I didn’t know what to do–my eyes glanced furiously over all the titles I coveted and quickly, I snatched up this one.

I have seen it on some great reviews for it recently on other blogs, plus the copy I bought has a little sticker on the front that says Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist, so I figured it must be legit.

What about you?  Been behaving yourself?!

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page.

I am glad I am actually able to post this on Monday!  I had quite an eventful holiday with buying books and also receiving them.

The first book I got from the publisher for review.  I am really looking forward to it.

The following books I got as gifts.

And then with giftcards (and if I am being honest, I actually spent way more than the amount of the giftcards!), I bought . . .

Did anyone else get a lot of books this past week as a result of the holiday?

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page.

I was a bad, bad girl this week.  I went to both a library sale as well as B&N this past weekend.  As far as the library sale went, it was not really successful, which is fine–I am not wanting when it comes to books!  But then when I got to B&N, my self-control kind of flew out the window (shameful how quickly that happens in a bookstore!) and I spent more than I wanted to!

Here are the two books from the library sale, both of which I have been wanting to read for awhile.

And from B&N . . .

Read any of these?  Thoughts?  What did you get this week?

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page.

Pretty good week here.

First off, from the author I got:

Then I was shopping for Christmas presents on the B&N website.  Big mistake, because I ended up buying three books.  The last two were on sale, so I couldn’t pass them up.  The first one just intrigued me to the point that I figured what the hell!

That is a tattoo on her chin.  Basically I have just been studying the cover ever since it arrived.

From School Library Journal:

This engaging biography examines the life of Olive Oatman, who was 13 years old when Indians attacked her Illinois Mormon family on its journey west; she was subsequently adopted and raised by the Mohave tribe. Mifflin (English, Lehman Coll., CUNY) tells Oatman’s story, from the unorthodox religious convictions that led her family west, through her captivity and assimilation into Mohave culture, to her rescue and reassimilation. Mifflin engagingly describes Oatman’s ordeal and theorizes about its impact on Oatman herself as well as on popular imagination. The author seeks to correct much of the myth that has sprung up around Oatman, owing partly to a biography written with Oatman’s participation during her life. Mifflin takes the position that Oatman was almost fully assimilated into Mohave culture and resisted “rescue,” and that her return to mainstream society was a cause of ambivalence, if not anxiety. Though Mifflin sometimes seems a bit eager to make this argument, her book adds nuance to Oatman’s story and also humanizes the Mohave who adopted her. Recommended for general readers as well as students and scholars.

From Publishers Weekly:

A grandmother’s family turns against her in Mailman’s uneven debut historical about witch trials in 16th-century Germany. The people of Tierkinddorf, on the brink of starvation following years of bad weather and poor crops, suspect a witch has cast a spell on them. Under the guidance of a visiting friar, the townspeople burn at the stake a local healer. When their luck does not improve, attention turns to the healer’s longtime friend, Güde Müller, the novel’s narrator and a widow who lives with her son, Jost; her daughter-in-law, Irmeltrud; and their two children. Güde has been recently tormented with visions of witches and of the devil disguised as her late husband, and is uncertain whether the apparitions are real. When Jost and the other village men strike out on a hunting expedition, Irmeltrud begins, in her husband’s absence, a campaign to finger Güde as a witch. Mailman creates an intense atmosphere of hunger, fear and claustrophobic paranoia, though the secondary cast is flat and Güde’s mental state doesn’t always allow for lucid narration. Fans of supernatural fiction will want to give this a look.

From Publishers Weekly:

Considering the recent rush of door-stopping historical novels, first-timer Kostova is getting a big launch—fortunately, a lot here lives up to the hype. In 1972, a 16-year-old American living in Amsterdam finds a mysterious book in her diplomat father’s library. The book is ancient, blank except for a sinister woodcut of a dragon and the word “Drakulya,” but it’s the letters tucked inside, dated 1930 and addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” that really pique her curiosity. Her widowed father, Paul, reluctantly provides pieces of a chilling story; it seems this ominous little book has a way of forcing itself on its owners, with terrifying results. Paul’s former adviser at Oxford, Professor Rossi, became obsessed with researching Dracula and was convinced that he remained alive. When Rossi disappeared, Paul continued his quest with the help of another scholar, Helen, who had her own reasons for seeking the truth. As Paul relates these stories to his daughter, she secretly begins her own research. Kostova builds suspense by revealing the threads of her story as the narrator discovers them: what she’s told, what she reads in old letters and, of course, what she discovers directly when the legendary threat of Dracula looms. Along with all the fascinating historical information, there’s also a mounting casualty count, and the big showdown amps up the drama by pulling at the heartstrings at the same time it revels in the gruesome. Exotic locales, tantalizing history, a family legacy and a love of the bloodthirsty: it’s hard to imagine that readers won’t be bitten, too.

So–have you read any of these?  If so, what are your thoughts?  What did you get this week?