Monday, April 11, 2011

Mailbox Monday: Hachette and I kiss and make up edition

So, just between you and me, the only publisher I've ever had a hard time getting galleys from is Hachette.  I went whining to a major best-selling author on their list, "Hachette hates me."  He brought his full 800-pound gorilla-ness down on Publicity's head, and it took a while, but it seems to have worked.  It's so good to be friendly with 800-pound gorillas!  So, for starters, I finally have access to several Hachette titles this week.

The Sixth Man
by David Baldacci
Release date: 4/12/2011
Source:  Electronic galley from publisher

I haven't read every book in this series, but I know the main characters.  And I know Baldacci's writing.  It'll be a fast, light read, and I doubt I'll have trouble catching up to speed.

Rules of Civility
by Amor Towles
Release date: 7/21/2011
Source:  Electronic galley from publisher

A debut novel set in NY in 1938.  I'm curious, and I love the mystery of a debut.  You never know what you'll get.

The Inner Circle
by Brad Meltzer
Release date: 1/11/2011
Source:  Electronic galley from publisher

I love Brad Meltzer.  I love his excellent, page-turning thrillers, and the fact that he writes so knowledgeably about my hometown.  Brad is also a fantastic public speaker and story-teller.  He's super-friendly every time I meet him.  And, he married his high-school sweetheart.  He is awesome.  I can't wait to read this.

In Office Hours
by Lucy Kellaway
Release date: 2/7/2011
Source:  Electronic galley from Publisher

I don't even remember why I wanted to read this anymore, but at one point I was enthused.  Has anyone read it?

The Girl in the Garden
by Kamala Nair
Release date: 6/15/2011
Source:  Electronic galley from publisher

Something about " Indian village untouched by time, where she discovers in the jungle behind her ancestral house a spellbinding garden that harbors a terrifying secret."  Sounds good to me.

The Twisted Thread
by Charlotte Bacon
Release date:  6/14/2011
Source:  Electronic galley from the publisher

A haunting, literary thriller set within the walls of a private New England boarding school, where youth, money, and morals collide.  Every year leading up to Thrillerfest, I find myself reading more and more thrillers--not to mention right after.  It's that time of year again.

The Profession
by Steven Pressfield
Release date: 6/14/2011
Source:  Paper galley from publisher

Another thriller, but this one sounds a little too masculine for my liking.  Maybe someone in my book group will like it.

by Andrew Grant
Release date: 5/12/2009
Source:  Purchased on my Kindle

Andrew is a friend whom I've never read.  I noticed that his debut thriller was on sale for $2.99 on Kindle, so I grabbed it.  Hopefully I can get around to reading it some day.

Law of Attraction
by Allison Leotta
Release date: 10/12/2010
Source:  Purchased at Borders

So, I haven't once visited Borders to pick over the remains, but my local mall store is closing in days, so while I was at the mall this weekend I finally poked my head in.  So depressing!  I used to love shopping for DVDs there.  Anyway, the one item I couldn't resist for 70% off was a nice hardback copy of my friend Ali Leotta's debut novel, Law of Attraction.  I originally read it on my Kindle, and I've really wanted a hardback copy for my shelf.  Incidentally, I just checked, and the paperback release isn't for a year yet.  It's a great debut (If you think I'm biased, check her other reviews.), so maybe you should look for a bargain hardback in your own Borders?

Books finished this week:

The Devil's Plaything by Matt Richtel

The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci

The Inner Circle by Brad Metzer

(Note:  A couple of months ago, I basically stopped watching television.  Even though I still have a really busy, active lifestyle, it has dramatically increased the number of books I've been reading lately.)

Currently reading:

The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips

The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair

So, what books have you acquired this week?  What are you reading?  Let us know in the comments!  Oh, and if April sees this...  Jane McGonical was on NPR this morning, sharing the ideas she espouses in Reality is Broken, the book you told us about.  Read/listen to the story here:


  1. Now that I'm caught up on the Song of Fire and Ice Series and have to wait until July to get the next book (at least I didn't have to wait 5 years like older fans), I've turned back to reading the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.

    No new books bought this week, though. Hope you have fun with yours!

  2. I'm reading Ice Hunt by James Rollins, which I picked up at the Bethesda Borders store-closing sale along with a couple other paperbacks.

  3. April,

    Did you catch Game of Thrones last night? If so, what did you think? I liked it! I was at a viewing party with some genre die-hards, and we were quite satisfied. It was funny, we grabbed the book off the shelf, and occasionally someone would announce, "We're on page 28!" LOL.

    SL, I hope you're enjoying Ice Hunt. It's one of my very favorites of Jimbo's. Psst, don't tell anyone but he just sent the MS of the new novel!