January 18, 2012 18 Comments
Here are my latest new books. It was a bit quiet for a while, but now the postman/courier makes frequent visits to my house again. I got some new Dutch books as well, which you can read about on my Dutch blog.
Books for review
5 Reasons to Leave a Lover:
A Novella and Other Stories by Carolyn Moncel
I got this book from the author for review. From the author pitch: “As singer/songwriter, Paul Simon so eloquently suggested in a famous song from the 1970s, there are many ways to leave a lover, but these characters demonstrate that the reasons for leaving in the first place are quite finite. Encounters in Paris principal characters, Ellery and Julien Roulet return—this time involved in a love triangle, and along with two other couples, explore how love relationships are affected and splinter due to cheating, deception, ambivalence, divorce and death. This bittersweet collection of tales proves that some breakups are necessary while others are simply destined and beyond anyone’s control.”
11/22/63 by Stephen King
I received this enormous tome very generously from Simon & Schuster USA because I’m a judge for the Indie Lit Awards where this book is on the short list in the Speculative Fiction genre.
From the publishers’ website: “[Jake Epping’s] friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine […], to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.
Spin by Catherine McKenzie
From William Morrow for review. From their website: “Kate “Sober” Sandford has just gotten an interview at her favorite music magazine, The Line. It’s the chance of a lifetime. So what does she do? Goes out to celebrate—and shows up still drunk at the interview at 9am. No surprise, she doesn’t get the job, but the folks at the media company think she might be perfect for another assignment for their gossip rag. Kate is to follow a young female celebrity into rehab and get the inside story. If she can get the rehab scoop (and complete the 30-day program without getting kicked out), they’ll reconsider her for the job at The Line.
Kate takes the job. But things get complicated when real friendships develop, a cute celebrity handler named Henry gets involved, and Kate begins to realize she may be in rehab for a reason.“
A Book I got from the library
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I had this book on my wishlist for SO long! Now I’m doing a competition with my Shelfari group where we read random books from our (own) combined TBR and wishlist. It works wonders! I loved this book (yes, I read it already).
A Book I won
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
I won this from Boof of The Book Whisperer in her blogoversary event.
From bol.com (Dutch online bookstore): “The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier.
As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears Harry’s suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game. For the first time in his career, Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity. A brilliant thriller with a pace that never lets up, The Snowman confirms Jo Nesbo’s position as an international star of crime fiction.”
Do you know any of these books? Let me know!