Monday, March 28, 2011

Mailbox Monday: The "Out like a lamb?" edition

Okay, this is week two of the $5 audiobook sale.  I'm done for a while after this!

by Connie Willis
Release date:  3/1/1996
Source: $5 book sale

I've been meaning to read something by Willis for ages.  This sounds like a light, easy toe in the water. 

The Rebel Angels (Cornish Trilogy, #1)
by Robertson Davies
Release date:  1981
Source: $5 book sale

Can enough ever be said about Robertson Davies?  No it can not.  God, he was wonderful!  He's never been nearly well-known enough in this country.  If you haven't read him, start with Fifth Business in The Depford Trilogy as I did and move on from there.  You'll thank me.

Hard Rain
by Barry Eisler
Release date:  7/10/2003
Source: $5 book sale

Yes, I own them all in hardback, but I'm never going to catch up on dishy Barry Eisler's backlist if I don't get a move on it.  I REALLY liked the first John Rain book. 

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
by Winifred Watson
Release date:  1938
Source: $5 book sale

A few years ago, Jon took me to a movie that I'd never even heard of.  He said, "You'll like this."  That's good enough for me.  I didn't like it, I loved the film of this novel.  I've always wanted to read the original.

Native Tongue
by Carl Hiaasen
Release date:  8/27/1991
Source: $5 book sale

I have a signed hardback of this early Hiaasen on my shelf, but I've never read it.  It sounds hysterical.  As you can see, random audiobook sales sometimes help me finally get around to reading a book I've had for ages.  Who doesn't love a good Hiaasen?

The Ninth Wife
by Amy Stolls
Release date:  5/10/2011
Source:  Paper galley via the Amazon Vine program

I like the premise of this novel, and the fact that the protagonist lives in my hometown, Washington, DC.  Sometimes that's all it takes to make me choose a book.

The Upright Piano Player
by David Abbott
Release date: 6/7/2011
Source:  Paper galley from the publisher

This debut novel is a completely unknown commodity, but at the delightful length of 240 pages, I will certainly consider reading it.  It appears to be a novel of suspense.

Kraken : The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid
by Wendy Williams
Release date:  3/1/2011
Source:  Electronic galley from publisher

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a love/hate relationship with the squid.

by Will Lavender
Release date:  July 5, 2011
Source: Paper galley from publisher

This is Lavender's second novel, and despite rave reviews and a really interesting premise, his debut, Obedience, was off my radar a few years ago.  I don't ever recall hearing his name.  This galley looks FANTASTIC!  I will defiinitely read when I can find the time.  What a pleasant surprise.

Books finished this week: 

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht - Completely wonderful!

Spiral by Paul McEuen - An awesome debut thriller!

I have a lot of reviews that I need to write up.  Expect to see several this week.

Currently reading:

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson - I can't say enough good things about this classic from 1938.  It's amazing how humor can remain fresh.  Highly recommended for fans of Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster novels. 

I'll be finished with this one tonight, and plan to jump into The Tragedy of Arthur and/or The Informationist and/or a new shiny book that catches my eye.  You know how it is.

I have so thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your books. What books have you acquired this week?  What are you reading?  Please share in the comments!


  1. The squid book has definitely peaked my interest! And I didn't know that Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day was a book at all. I loved the movie, so this title is going on the wish list.

    Not much new here. I've started on the Fourth Song of Fire and Ice book, and I just finished a book of ghost stories and whatnot that I picked up when I was in Williamsburg, VA a few months ago. I have a soft spot for these little books that they sell to tourists. I love ghost stories, especially those that come from the Appalachian area.

  2. I finished Miss Pettigrew last night, and much as the film is a favorite, the novel is a new all-time favorite. I shall spend the next several decades haunting the shelves of used book stores looking for an illustrated hardback copy from the 30's.