February 16, 2011 18 Comments
It’s 10 days since my last New Arrivals! post and again I have enough books to warrant a new post. I don’t read this fast! My TBR is going to be way out of hand. Suggestions needed on keeping the TBR small.
But new, shiny books from giveaways, publishers, free ebooks: how can I not get them? It’s not that I’m saying “yes” to any book that I can get: as you can see from my reviews, most books are 4 star books, sometimes 5, sometimes 3. There are very few exceptions to this so my pre-selection of the books must be adequate. Maybe I should ignore the call of the books out there, and hide under a blanket with my current TBR. But it’s hard… it’s hard…
Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
A young boy’s hobby is digging in the moors, trying to find the body of his uncle, who was killed by a serial killer at the age of twelve. Because his mother and grandmother are still grieving, he doesn’t get the love and attention he wants. Finding the body, he hopes to become a hero. He contacts the serial killer in prison for advice on where to dig. That was not a good idea…
A Lesson In Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
This book from Harper Publishers will be published in March. It’s the 8th book in the Maisie Dobbs series (and my first). From Harper: “Maisie Dobbs’ first assignment for the British Secret Service takes her undercover to Cambridge as a professor, and leads to the investigation of a murderous web of activities being conducted by the up-and-coming Nazi party.”
When six Dutch bloggers came together last week, not only did we have a delightful Afternoon Tea, we also swapped some books.
Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
This book I borrowed from Chinoiseries, as she knows I’m a Murakami fan and the book is very hard to get. So I was very pleased that she was willing to lent it to a near stranger.
The book is very small in size and it’s more like a short story. The book has a lot of Japanese annotations, making it extra interesting. It is the first in a series of books, of which one of my favorites, A Wild Sheep Chase, is the third. So you can imagine I’m looking forward to reading this soon.
De kellner en de levenden
[The Waiter and the Living] by Simon Vestdijk
I got this book from Janny of JannyAn’s Blog (Dutch). Simon Vestdijk is one of the most well-known Dutch authors of the 20st Century. I already read this book at least twice but I didn’t own it. I will not add this to my TBR but put it on my shelf as a book I want to keep and read when I feel like it.
One night, twelve people are taken from their house (an apartment block) and driven by coach to a defunct cinema. There they are processed by some guards in what seems to be a kind of Last Judgement. Very gloomy and still very good. (It doesn’t seem to be translated into English, unfortunately)
Troost [Solace] by Ronald Giphart
I got this book from Else of Elsjelas (Dutch). She didn’t finish the book as she didn’t like it. However, I am trying to get to know some more Dutch writers so I was happy to try it. If I don’t like it, at least I can tell Else I totally agree.
It’s about a famous TV cook for whom everything is going wrong. I like cookery programs so who knows? I don’t expect to like this book, but I may! (The one book I don’t expect to get 4-stars).
Bloody Women by Helen Fitzgerald
A free e-book! I don’t even have an e-reader but still I succumb every now and then. I got this book from viva.nl, a Dutch magazine, because of Valentine’s Day, I think. I’ve got the Dutch translation.
From bol.com (Dutch online bookstore): “Returning to Scotland to organise her wedding, Catriona is overcome with the jitters. She decides to tie up loose ends before settling permanently in Tuscany, and seeks out her ex-boyfriends. Only problem is, they all end up dead and Catriona is the prime suspect.”
Won in a giveaway
Among Others by Jo Walton
I won this in a giveaway from Sarah at Bookworm Blues. It’s hardcover and it’s brandnew. And it looks like a great story!
From the cover: “Startling, unusual, and irrisistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and science fiction and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.“
If this doesn’t sound quite like me, Sarah’s review sold it to me as well as the cover – which in real life looks absolutely stunning.
Do you overdo your intake of new books? How do you stop them from entering your house?