Monday, October 3, 2011

Mailbox Monday: The On Top of October Edition

You know, it's getting to the point that I feel having a plain old mailbox is inexcusably boring...

So, no big literary news on this end.  I think the highlight of last week was going out to see an advance screening of the remake of Footloose with a bunch of friends Friday night.  Not very literary, but surprisingly enjoyable!  It was like being 15 again. 

I think this will also be a quiet week for lit events--until Litquake starts on Sunday with an awesome fairy picnic!  Let's hope for good weather!  The following week, I've got lit events that I could attend every night--depending on my energy and stamina.  Sometimes even I need an evening off.  But there should be some fun stuff to report in the near future.  And on that note...

by Neal Stephenson
Release date: September 20, 2011
Source: Finished hardback from publisher

I couldn't get past page three of Anathem, but this is much more up my alley.  In fact, I read all 1,000+ pages in about 3 days.  OMG, what a rollicking good time I had!

Wishes & Stitches
by Rachel Herron
Release date: October 11, 2011
Source: Finished trade paperback from publisher

This will go to a knitter in my life.  Is this something you'd like to see given away on the blog?

Falling Together
by Marisa de los Santos
Release date: October 28, 2011
Source: Finished hardback from publisher

I recall de los Santo's debut novel, Love Walked In being pleasant enough.  Truthfully, my expectations for this novel aren't super high, but not every novel needs to be brilliant.  Some can be merely entertaining and pass the time.  This will probably fit the bill when the mood strikes.

The Cat's Table
by Michael Ondaatje
Release date: October 4, 2011
Source: The Amazon Vine program

Ondaatje is another novelist that sadly I've not read before.  Jon says his writing is gorgeous, but I have to admit the description of the novel's shipboard plot is what grabbed me.

The Technologists
by Matthew Pearl
Release date: February 21, 2012
Source: The Amazon Vine program

Pearl's debut novel has been sitting on my shelf unread for many years--not through any lack of interest on my part.  And each subsequent novel has caught my eye.  But it looks like I'll finally read him with this forthcoming release.  Like his other novels, this is a period thriller.  The description of this novel makes it sound like a science thriller solved by the members of MIT's first graduating past.  That just sounds delicious.

The Good Father
by Noah Hawley
Release date: March 20, 2012
Source: Electronic galley from publisher

While not an original premise (We Need To Talk About Kevin), this is always an intriguing one to me.  It's about the experience of the parent of an (adult) child who commits an unimaginable crime.  In this case, this eponymous father's son is caught on video attempting a political assassination.  Can't wait to read this, but given that it won't be released until spring, it probably will wait a while.

The Dressmaker
by Kate Alcott
Release date: February 21, 2012
Source: Electronic galley from publisher

There can never be too many Titanic novels.  Am I right?

The Dovekeepers
by Alice Hoffman
Release date: October 4, 2011
Source: Electronic galley from publisher

Did anyone happen to notice that I'm trying to give away a free copy of this high-profile soon-to-be-best-seller?  I'm thinking, "no."  Putting aside my own complex response to this novel, it's getting rave reviews.  For this reason, I'm going to extend the deadline on last week's giveaway.  Please post a comment to the linked giveaway by Wednesday, October 12th for a chance to win.  I urge you to enter, as the odds are in your favor!

Books finished in the last week:

The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen
Reamde by Neal Stephenson
The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

This was a hefty reading week.  I'd guess about 2,000 pages.  That's certainly not unprecedented.  I don't even know how unusual it is, but it feels more like an accomplishment when a single title is over 1,000 pages long.  I'm not sure why that is.

The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman sort of snuck up on me.  It was one of the books I was most excited about acquiring at BEA, but the on-sale date was so far off that I put off reading it in lieu of books coming out sooner.  Suddenly I noticed the other day that it goes on sale tomorrow.  So, I had to fit it in over the weekend.

What an interesting novelist Mr. Klosterman is turning out to be!  I haven't read his journalism or non-fiction, but I loved his uproarious debut novel, Downtown Owl.  When I saw him at BEA, I asked if this latest would be in a similar vein.  On the contrary, it's not a comic novel, but very, very interesting.  I have no idea what I will write in a review...

Currently reading:

To be determined.  I might just watch Terra Nova tonight, LOL.  

So, what books have you guys acquired?  What are you reading?  Pleas let us know in the comments!


  1. I picked up (aka, downloaded) the hunger games trilogy onto my Kindle since Amazon had the entire thing for $4ish. I'm been eating them up. I finished the first book today and I've started in on the second book.

  2. April, I loved those books so much! I'm trying to convince my mom to read them. She's skeptical. She loves a good page-turner, but isn't so sure about reading a YA novel.

  3. This weekend was ridiculous. I attended a regional trade show for work and came home with a ton of stuff to read.

  4. Becky, I love the Fall Regionals! NCIBA is umprecedently late this year. Not until the very end of the month, but I'm looking forward to it. I have to get registered.

    So seriously, what are the highlights from your loot?

  5. Mmm, I got some teen and some adult stuff. In adults, I snagged a copy of Hillary Jordan's When She Woke, The Demi-Monde: Winter by Rod Rees, Pure by Julianna Baggott, The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons, The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James, and The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey.

    For teens, I got Marissa Meyer's Cinder, Beth Revis's A Million Suns, and Lauren DeStefano's Fever.

    I got more, but these are the ones I'm initially most excited about.

  6. Wonderful mailbox. Have a great reading week.

    Have a look at my haul of free e-books this week!!

    Here is my post!

  7. Still reading Bloodsucking fiends by Christopher Moore - am really enjoying it!

  8. My most recent finishes are David Liss's The Twelfth Enchantment (loved it, and surprisingly not the first to include Byron as a character in recent books though I can't remember the other) and Heidegger's Glasses by Thaisa Frank, a different approach to WWII/the Holocaust and a compulsive read. I had to put it down to read Twelfth Enchantment in about 3 or 4 days (very fast for me) to avoid late fees at the library.
    Hahahaha. I also zipped through Jimbo's Altar of Eden.

    I'm now reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which I'm loving for the humor combined with Austen style) and Ready Player One (just started).

  9. I also took advantage of the Kindle deal on the 'Hunger Games' trilogy and I am just losing a lot of sleep, they are great. I also have 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' and 'Unbroken' for this week. I know that's a lot of books but I will have the time because my sister is having surgery for a knee replacement and I should have plenty of time to read at the hospital. I hope you all can say a little prayer for her. Thanks!!!

  10. Becky,

    You did score! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on these books.

    April & Bordergal,

    'Splain please; I see The Hunger Games Trilogy being sold for $17.85 on my Kindle. Did I miss an awesome sale? (I'm trying to get my mom to read the trilogy.)

    And, Bordergirl, I will definitely be thinking of both you and your sister! Sending all good vibes her way!


    Did you know that Chris Moore is doing a thing here in SF next Monday for Litquake? I've already got a ticket if you're interested in joining me.


    You are reading some awesome books these days. I'm so glad you enjoyed The 12th Enchantment. You're immersed in all things Austen-esque these days. Well, maybe not Ready Player One. I can't wait to hear what you think of it! I think (hope) you will really enjoy it.

    I'm glad to hear your thoughts on Heidegger's Glasses. I've had it on my Kindle for a while now and really want to get around to reading it one of these days. Would you believe it was a Kindle freebie just a few months after it was published in hardback? I don't know what that was about, but I grabbed it.

    Oh, glad you enjoyed Alter of Eden, too. You've become quite the fan. Did you see that The Judas Strain is on sale on Kindle for $1.99? I snatched it. I mean, if he went to the trouble of torturing me for several hundred pages (the bastard), the least I can do is keep a copy on my Kindle, LOL.

  11. Susan, thanks for the good vibes. My sis is doing great and she is walking around and doing great in therapy.

    You surely did miss a great Amazon deal. I don't know if it was an error or what, but the deal only lasted like 8 hrs on 9-29. The 3 books in the Hunger Games series were on sale for $4.38.