Monday, November 21, 2011
Mailbox Monday: The giving thanks edition
Also, there is one thing I'm looking forward to on my red-eye flight--finally getting to read the new (and final) Michael Crichton novel, Micro. Truthfully, my hopes aren't super high for the book, but it's still very special to me. I never articulated it until he passed away, but Crichton was a hero to me. I thought he was Human 2.0. He was brilliant and talented and handsome and really, really tall! I'd started reading his novels before I was ten years old, and they gave me decades of pleasure. And this is the very last new one. Sort of. Sort of because it was finished by Richard Preston, but sort of for another reason as well...
I am also thankful, as noted earlier today, to have joined Amazon.com's Top 100 Reviewers for the first time. It was a long-term goal, and it feels good to have met it. I'm less thankful for the miserable cold I'm currently suffering from, but if I can get through the next 48 hours, I'm golden. I'm super thankful that my office is closing at noon on Wednesday, and that I won't have to return for 12 days! And on that note...
by Sophie Kinsella
Release date: February 14, 2012
Source: Paper galley from publisher
I read Confessions of a Shopaholic a few years ago and kind of hated it. I thought the protagonist was an idiot. But, as you've gathered, I've been desperate to lighten my reading and this fit the bill. It was a pleasant surprise. I started reading it as soon as I opened the package. Review to come soon.
by Lisa Tucker
Release date: September 13, 2011
Source: Finished hardback from publisher
I'm not sure why Simon and Schuster sent this book months after its release, and after I read and reviewed a galley, but, okay. Thank you.
by Marisha Pessl
Release date: August 3, 2006
Source: Audible.com sale
I've been meaning to read this much-lauded novel for the past five years, and in addition to going on sale this week, I just learned that Pessl's second novel will be published this coming spring. I now have a deadline. Must read this book!
by Stephen King
Release date: June 24, 2003
Source: Free anniversary money from Audible.com
Since reviewing 11/22/63 on Amazon.com, a bunch of strangers have been leaving comments on my review telling me that I have to read the Dark Tower novels. I've always been a little wary of them, but I'll try to get to this one before the year is out.
by L.M. Montgomery
Release date: 1908
Source: $.99 Kindle purchase
I've never read this classic, and it was suggested by helpful reader friends to assist with scrubbing the Umberto Eco from my brain. I'm reading it now and it's delightful!
by Ian Fleming
Release date: April 5, 1954
Source: Kindle Daily Deal ($1.99)
Just over a week ago, my friends Melissa and Mike convinced me to give James Bond films another go. They were right; the re-make of Casino Royale with Daniel Craig was the best Bond film I've seen. It was during this discussion that I said I really needed to read Fleming's original novels. Now I'm one step closer.
by Stephen Sondheim
Release date: October 26, 2010
Source: Finished copy from publisher
Not only does the new Michael Crichton go on sale tomorrow, the new Sondheim does, too! It's the second volume of his collected lyrics/memoir that began with this volume last year. I was hoping the kind folks in Knopf publicity would honor my review request, and they did. Sort of. Someone SNAFUed and sent me last year's book instead of the new one: Look, I Made a Hat. Hopefully, I'll acquire a copy soon. Look for the bold pink cover; it'll be a popular gift title this holiday season.
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Too Much Stuff by Don Bruns
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen
So, what have you been reading? What books have you acquired this week? What will you be reading during your holiday travel/time off? Please let us know in the comments. And happy Thanksgiving to you all!