April 6, 2011 24 Comments
I pretend to be on top of this, and not let too many new books in my house. Not more than I can read, at least. And I fail. Boy, do I fail. I definitely read the ARCs and the library books in good time, but I also get other really nice books that I would like to read sometime soon!
No more complaining, secretly I love getting my hands on all these great books, of course. Look what I got in the last 2 weeks:
A Hard Death by Jonathan Hayes (ARC Harper). “Brilliant forensic pathologist Edward Jenner returns in this explosive sequel to Precious Blood—an edgy, electrifying thriller set in a small-town coastal community where nothing is as it seems.”
Neverisms: A Quotation Love’s Guide to Things You Should Never Do, Never Say, or Never Forget by Dr. Mardy Grothe (ARC Harper). “Quotation anthologist Dr. Mardy Grothe has coined the term “neverisms” for emphatic warnings about things people should never do. Neverisms are among history’s most fascinating quotations, and Grothe has assembled nearly 2,000 of them, organizing them into eighteen chapters on such topics as sex, marriage, sports, politics, business, stage & screen, and the literary life.” Non-fiction.
The White Devil by Justin Evans (Harper for review). “From the celebrated author of A Good and Happy Child comes the scariest gothic thriller of the year—for fans of The Shining and Heart-Shaped Box“.
The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen (Galley from NetGalley – ebook). “With her fifth novel, critically acclaimed writer and journalist Bella Pollen takes readers into the private dynamics of a family grappling with the loss of the father and husband in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, where between the elemental beauty and utter bleakness of the islands, strange forces are at play.”
Malled by Caitlin Kelly (from Portfolio/Penguin). “One woman’s midcareer misadventures in the absurd world of American retail.” Non-fiction.
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards (Dutch: Een vrouw van glas, ARC from Arbeiderspers). “A woman’s homecoming, a family secret and an old house that holds the key to a shocking legacy…”. I entered a giveaway for this book. What I got was two ARCs (of the same book). Is it for review?
Won in a giveaway / Bookmooch / Library
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. I won this from Little Interpretations as part of her World Book Night giveaway. “Romantic, heroic, comic and tragic, unconventional schoolmistress Jean Brodie has become an iconic figure in post-war fiction. Her glamour, freethinking ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her girls at the Marcia Blaine Academy – the ‘crème de la crème’ – who become the Brodie Set, introduced to a privileged world of adult games that they will never forget.”
Return to Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux (Bookmooch). “Magic most definitely resides in the Maine summerhouse where the mysterious Madame Zoya has granted the innermost wishes of its visitors. Now, three women have come to this special place with one thing in common: a painful past they would each like to rewrite.”
Twijfels over België (Dutch: Doubts about Belgium) by Petra Kruijt (library). I was supposed to get this book for review, but I never did. When I saw it in the library, I thought it might be ideal for the read-a-thon this Saturday. “The contract of magazine journalist Stella will not be renewed. Instead, she can get a job as a newspaper columnist in Belgium.”
What new books did you get recently? Anything that I should also get? (!)