Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In my mailbox recently....

I love mail. Truly I feel like letters are a lost art. I still send care packages. I still love "real" mail. Getting books in the mail is the ultimate treat. Its like chocolate covered mail. Here are some of my recent books I have recieved in the mail either as early review ARC books, bought books, and books won through other beautiful bloggers ( I amend my earlier statement, winning books is like mail with chocolate AND sprinkles)..ok i'll stop.

  1. Patricia Harman's The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir
  2. The Maze Runner by: James Dashner
  3. Sworn to Silence by: Linda Castillo
  4. Moonlight in Odessa by:Janet Skeslein Charles


Sorry for not keeping so many things I am dying to gush about. School is officially in session and it takes me a while to adjust to a new time schedule so I have been a little frantic and busy as of late. Upcoming reviews and book news is coming....really it is.

Items/Bookish things I am dying to gush about: some of them at least, any comments as to what I should persue first?

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU (because I feel conflicted about it and always LOVE Jonathen T. so....)

The GIRLS by Lori Lansens (currently reading
the new Faye Kellerman is out...anyone out there read it yet? Is it a good installment to the series or wait for paperback one...heard some things...any comments?

The Maze Runner ( recieved an ARC, really enjoyed this one..I think)

Upcoming release of
Her Fearful Symmetry (by the author of Time Travelers Wife)

Some excellent library finds in their annual giveaway of "unwanted/unusable" dangerous for my shelves

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Ok, I know there's a million other things I have been meaning to post about like....joining The Japanese Literature Challenge...and reviews...and new arrivals in the mail...and a library announcment.....but hey, I'm fickle like that ( especially since, for all I know, no one reads this anyways)

so without further extroplication, isn't this just the best picture ever? Made my morning when I stumbled upon it on anothers site, had to post it post haste. RAINING books, I want this in my living room.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New Review Copy Arrival

Fear the Worst Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam (August 11, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553807161
ISBN-13: 978-0553807165

Recieved my ARC copy yesterday in the mail, and am eating this one up so far. I can be picky about my thrillers, but something about this one has taken hold right quick.

Here is the publisher provided description:

That’s what Tim Blake finds himself asking when his daughter Sydney vanishes into thin air. At the hotel where she was supposedly working, no one has ever heard of her. Even her closest friends can’t tell him what Sydney was really doing in the weeks before her disappearance. Now as the days pass without a word, Tim is forced to face not only the fact that Sydney is missing but that the daughter he’s loved and nurtured, the daughter he thought he knew as well as anyone, is a virtual stranger. As he retraces Sydney’s steps, searching for clues to her secret life, Tim discovers that the suburban Connecticut town he always thought of as perfectly ordinary has a darker side. But what he doesn’t know is just how dark. Because while he’s out searching for his daughter, questioning everyone who might have known her, someone is watching him. For Tim isn’t the only one who’ll do anything to find Syd. Whatever trouble she’s in, there’s a lot more on the way…and it’s following in Tim’s footsteps. The closer Tim comes to the truth, the closer he comes to every parent’s worst nightmare…and the kind of evil only a parent’s love has a chance in hell of stopping

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Book Blogger Love

It is that show our love. It is book blogger appreciation week. So give a mental head pat, frantic embrace, yelp of excitement towards your favorite book blog. If you feel compelled to wax poetic in the literal way you can do so in the form of listing it here. Tell us why you so enjoy that blog in paticuliar if you feel so inclined. I know I love the book blog world. It is addictive and beautiful and full-o-fun.


Oh, the horror and joy in ending a good book and deciding what to persue next. Gotta itch that newly born to be read shelves, as previously mentioned, are toppling with goodies.
What should I read next? Any input? Here is what seems to be calling me the most:

  • Outlander by: Gil Adamson
  • Born Standing Up by: Steve Martin
  • Swanns's Way by:Marcel Proust ( as translated by Lydia Davis)
  • The World Over by: Julia Glass


The setting is 19th cent. America, and retired New York City Police Detective Agustus Landor is called in to discreetly investigate a cadet that has apparently hanged himself on the premises of the newly installed West Point Acadamy. The case is complicated by further cercumstances, the body is found the next day to have had its heart removed.Landor finds a strange ally in his investigation in the form of Cadet Poe, who ads an element that is everything one might associate with Poe. Instilling into the narrative the caress of poetry, a sense of beaitifully wrought melodrama in the form of romantic love and its dangers, and...distinctly gloomy inquiry as to the elements of the heart, both literal and not, of those that people the narrative.This book was as wholey satisfying as "MR. Timothy." Every bit as dark and witty and full of fully fleshed out characters and scenery as his other book, Pale Blue Eye brings fourth the character of a young Edgar Allen Poe with an almost eery conviction, ease, and thoroughness. The language of the story is brooding and dark and yet full of sentiment that reminds one of the Poetry of Poe with the plot twists and depth of character that is uniquely Bayard. A mystery, yes, but also indeed a book that has so much more to it. So full of life are those that we meet along the way, that I was disturbingly invested in their actions.The story builds quietly and dangerously. With much appreciated humor , the plot sneaks up and grabs you with further offenses and feignts of hand that are entertaining and delightlful to no end. The book is intense.It grips you, and then holds you captive untill the verylast.