Monday, November 14, 2011
Mailbox Monday: The thankfully short edition!
Yes, it's my favorite thing--a short Mailbox Monday post! I've hardly acquired any books this week, and one is a leftover I forgot to list last week. But that's okay; I don't think I'm going to run out of literature any time soon.
So, as you can see, I did get to the Peter Orner event last week, but didn't make it to Gregory Maguire over the weekend. I had plans all set up, but I was visiting with a sick friend, and she needed me more than Mr. Maguire did. I don't think there will be any other lit events of note before December at this point, or at least there aren't any currently on my radar.
Things are going to be a little hit or miss on my end for the next few weeks as well. I'm leaving on a brief business trip this afternoon, and I'll be back on Wednesday night. I'm in town for a week, and then I'm flying to the east coast to spend Thanksgiving (and the week following it) with my family and friends back home. I've always got the best of intentions of keeping up my blogging while I travel, but my track record is abysmal. So, if posting is kind of erratic for the next few weeks, you know what that's about.
Right now, I'm in search of a feel-good, happy book, or my head is going to explode. I tossed aside the hateful Umberto Eco novel to read the awesome Stephen King novel in two days, but then I found myself doing anything to avoid finishing the cursed book. I read David Benioff's excellent and horrifically disturbing and depressing City of Thieves--which was also chock-full of anti-Semitism, I might add. Then, to lighten things up, I read a non-fiction book about the Jonestown massacre, A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres. Finally, I just bit the bullet and plowed my way through the The Prague Cemetery. Seriously, it was torturous--and not because it was a bad book, either. You'll see a review soon. The point is, I need to read something light and cheery. I am open to suggestions!
by Hillary Jordan
Release date: March 4, 2008
Source: Purchased at Books, Inc.
I probably won't get around to this in the immediate future, but maybe in 2012?
by Stephen King
Release date: November 8, 2011
Source: Purchased with Audible.com credit
Yeah, yeah, this is old news already. Does anyone else wonder why they didn't release this book two weeks later on 11/22/11?
by Alex Gilvarry
Release date: January 5, 2011
Source: Electronic galley from publisher
The tagline for this satire is: High fashion and homeland security clash in a masterful debut. That sounds worth checking out to me. My friend Nicole is going to have a quandary, however. Gilvarry is being compared to Gary Shteyngart and Junot Diaz--one of her most favorite and one of her least favorite authors. What to do?
by David Benioff
Release date: May 15, 2008
I remember all the buzz this novel had when it was published a few years ago, but it was my book group member Rachel who convinced me to read it. It is as good as she said it was, but rather more disturbing than I expected.
Books finished this week:
11/22/63 by Stephen King
City of Thieves by David Benioff
A Thousand Lives: The Untold story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown by Julia Scheeres
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
I don't read anymore.
Okay, what awesome books did you acquire this week? What have you been reading? Please let us know in the comments!