New Arrivals!

After a drought, the books are coming in again, way faster than I can read them. I got one new book for review and I went to the library because I needed books for my Reading around the USA in 90 Days challenge (do check oit the post and help me find books for the different states, please!). I made a separate New Arrivals post for the Dutch books I received (on my Dutch blog, in Dutch).

The reason I got only one book for review is that I say “no” to almost everything now. I did get one other book, but that’s a Dutch publisher, so it’s in my Dutch post. I want to spend most of the summer on books I already own or books that I get from the library for my USA challenge. After the summer, I may take on some more review books again.

Books for review

The Winemaker by Noah Gordon

The Wine Maker by Noah Gordon

I got this book from Open Road Media via Netgalley. The print book will be out in September.

In the 1980s, I read The Physician and Shaman by this author. Especially the first book I re-read several times and absolutely loved it. Seeing this new book at Netgalley I was very keen to read it. I finished it yesterday and it’s as good as I had hoped. The only issue with it: it ends. 5 stars

From the publishers: “Josep Alvarez is a young man in the tiny grape-growing village of Santa Eulália, in northern Spain, where his father grows black grapes that are turned into cheap vinegar. Joseph loves the agricultural life, but he is the second son, and his father’s vineyard will be inherited by his brother Donat, the firstborn. Josep needs to keep his hands in the soil. He yearns for a job growing grapes and for an opportunity to marry Teresa Gallego.

In Madrid, an assassination plot, conceived against the political leader of Spain by men of wealth and power, creates a storm of intrigue that sucks into its vortex a group of innocent young farm workers in Santa Eulália. How Josep’s life is changed drastically by these events, and how, ironically, they gradually turn him into an inspired vintner with an evolving vision of life, is the fascinating story ofThe Winemaker.

From the library

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWittVirals by Kathy ReichsThe Turnaround by George Pelecanos

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

 Virals by Kathy Reichs

 The Turnaround by George Pelecanos

These books I got for the Reading around the USA in 90 Days challenge (California and Oregon, South Carolina, and Washington DC, respectively). I’ve already read them (during my Seven Books in Seven Days challenge) and you can expect reviews soon.


On the Road to Mr. Right by Belinda Jones

On the Road to Mr Right by Belinda Jones

Also for the Reading around the USA in 90 Days challenge. This looks like a fun chick-lit. As many states are being visited, I will be able to pick and choose!

Description from the publishers: “Belinda loves America. Her best friend Emily loves men. So when they decide it’s time to shake up their lives, they combine their two greatest passions in a fantastic road trip taking them from Eden to Valentine – via Climax – in pursuit of the American Dream Guy.

There’s no shortage of men – a Casanova from Cazenovia, a male cheerleader from Darling and a tattooed trucker from Kissimmee. But is romance really the answer to their problems? And is two women in search of the perfect man such a great idea anyway?

Theirs is a journey of revelations and surprises, of cactus kisses and errant snowploughs, but above all it’s a journey in seach of love. And you think Thelma and Louise had an eventful trip…”


Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

And a final book for the Reading around the USA in 90 Days challenge (at least, in this batch – I’m not done yet!). This looks like a more serious read that I’m sure I will enjoy.

Description by the publishers: “Acclaimed on publication as a contemporary classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and Lucille, orphans growing up in the small desolate town of Fingerbone in the vast northwest of America. Abandoned by a succession of relatives, the sisters find themselves in the care of Sylvie, the remote and enigmatic sister of their dead mother. Steeped in imagery of the bleak wintry landscape around them, the sisters’ struggle towards adulthood is powerfully portrayed in a novel about loss, loneliness and transience.”

A book I bought

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James


I know, I’m too honest. Why do I even mention that I got this book? Well, maybe to see what reaction I get?

Anyway, I do NOT like erotic fiction – a few years ago I decided I had to try the genre but a third way in the book (a different book, of course, not this one), and after 5 pages of explicit scenes (with more to come), I decided I could not read such a thing.

Still, I saw this book at the bookshop and decided I’d like to see what the fuss is all about. I may not finish it, though…


Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?


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42 Responses to New Arrivals!

  1. Birgit says:

    Curiosity obviously won 😀 but if it’s any comfort, the 50 Shades books aren’t to be found on my wishlist either. It’s just not the kind of book I see myself enjoying (despite the fact that I don’t mind a spicy scene here or there).

  2. Judith, I admire your restraint with the review books. I tend to just say yes, yes, yes when I see the books on offer. Having said that, the only two books I have for review right now wont’ be released until some time next month, so I’ve got some time to spare before I have to put the review up. Then again, there should be a good few books on their way to me which could arrive at any time now.
    As for Fifty Shades. You have probably seen the various blogs I wrote about the trilogy as well as the post about the trilogy as a whole and my reaction to it. There’s a lot wrong with the books, but I enjoyed them. But, unlike you, I’ve discovered that I do enjoy erotic fiction, so I don’t know how it will work out for you. I’m curious to find out though. As for judging people on what they read… I don’t. Seems to me everybody gets something different and personal out of reading which is just as well since that ensures that us readers have a wide choice when it comes to titles.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Marleen, I used to accept review books that I expected to give a 4 or 5 star rating. Now, I’m restricting myself to the top of the bunch – the almost-certain 5 star books. I have to. And why accept less than that if there are so many great books? 🙂

      I had another look at your 50 Shades review and about the first book, I commented (on your blog) that I was going to skip it, didn’t sound like I’d like it. Hmm… And there I am with the %^@* book on my shelves!

      • I replied too early, Judith. Only this morning I said I had only a few, to be read later, review books left and then the postman came and brought seven more. Just as well I started We Need to Talk about Kevin (for my book club later this month) earlier today or I might not have gotten around to it in time. I have to admit though that some of the books I request are titles my husband really wants to read. Those are Science-Fiction and fantasy books which are usually not my first choice, but since I request them I read and review them. Takes me out of my comfort zone occassionally but then again, they also manage to surprise me (in a good way) more often than not, so it’s all good.

      • Leeswammes says:

        Marleen, you’re just being very nice to your husband, although it sounds like you’re suffering from book-overload. Let him read and review, hah!

      • The reading is not a problem, Judith. I’m fortunate that all three of us love to read, although I take it to extreems. He refuses to review though although he will sort of proof-read any reviews I write of books he’s also read. I don’t really mind. I’m finding that I’m quite enjoying reading outside my comfort zone and discovering new authors/genres. It doesn’t always work, but when it doesn’t I do make sure in my review that I was reading out of my comfort zone.

      • Leeswammes says:

        Marleen, I do read books out of my comfort zone, too. It’s great. Only when I feel the pressure of review books, I prefer to stick with those.

        It’s nice, though, that you and your husband read (some of) the same books.

  3. Suzanne says:

    What a surprise twist at the end of your post 🙂
    I have to say that I really have no desire to read that book but if I find that you liked it I may have to reconsider …..

    • Leeswammes says:

      I’m not sure I want to read it, Suzanne. I just wanted to buy it… But I want to say really drag the book through the mud so I have to read it first, to be fair.

  4. Tien says:

    Am not judging although I am very surprised!! Only because I think I know you enough to know that it’s probably not within your appetite but… I’m proud of you for giving it a go! :p and Good Luck!

    For myself, only because it’s gone so huge, I really don’t want to read it anytime soon – “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary”

    • Leeswammes says:

      Tien, you’re right. This is not my normal genre. I just thought I should try it, for fun. I can understand people that don’t want to read hyped books, but I remember Eat, Pray, Love which I put off for a long time because if the hype. Then when I did read it, I really enjoyed it. Hype can mean a book is good. Although in the case of 50 Shades… I don’t know. 🙂

  5. snowfeathers says:

    I also ordered 50 Shades, mainly because I enjoy erotic literature from time to time, I am also a fan of Nin and Miller’s writing, plus I am way too curious to see what’s the fuss about 🙂 (Ally – Snow Feathers)

  6. Curious about The Winemaker? Hadn’t heard of that one.

  7. You’re funny, 50 was my first novel in this genre. Just lower your expectations for writing and go wtih it… I plowed through, conquered and have no desire to read more. It was over the top, which is why I say ‘just go with it’ when you read it. HA!


    • Leeswammes says:

      I’m not expecting literary fiction, Mari, but will “go with it” as you say. You managed to finish it so there may be hope for me yet.

  8. Shan says:

    Not judging! I don’t know if I can bring myself to read 50 shades, so I will anxiously await your review to see what you thought and then decide.

  9. lindyloumacinitaly says:

    An interesting selection but I am resisting adding any titles to my wishlist at present, also like you I have sadly had to start being selective about accepting books for review.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Yes, it’s hard to keep it all under control, LindyLou. I’m sure the book you already have are nice, too. I’m always thinking if I badly wanted those books on my shelves, then why would I now buy new ones rather than read those? But there is something satisfying about getting new books…

  10. Katrien says:

    Nice books!
    I have made a list on goodreads with the books I’m reading this summer. I’ll be busy, but to stay organized and to keep my promises (I have books on my shelf for more than a year!) I made the list. I hope I can finish it and don’t start other books, but I’ll see.
    Happy reading!

  11. booketta says:

    All new to me apart from 50 shades which I am holding off for now. Happy reading!

  12. I read 50 Shades!!!! Given your experience with erotica, you probably won’t like it. I cared enough about the characters to find what happened, and here I am…three books later. 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Well done, Andi, for reading all tree of them. You’re not alone, Marleen (above in the comments) also did. We’ll see what I think, we’ll see…

  13. Nadine Nys says:

    As always I am very curious for your thoughts on these books… Yes, all of them… 🙂
    Happy reading

  14. heldinne says:

    haven’t read any of them, only started 50 shades, but it’s so badly written it spoils all the “fun” Hardcore boeketreeks (Mills&Boon) someone called it.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Hmm, Heldinne. I’ve heard from others that the writing isn’t very good. If you’re used to medium to highly sophisticated writing (as I am) it may be a disappointment. But it may also be fun. Sometimes things are so awful, that they’re fun again, if you know what I mean.

      I don’t think I’d take you for a 50 Shades reader, though! Fun to read that you tried it. 🙂

  15. Jae says:

    I recently started 50 Shades too. I didn’t think I’d enjoy it but wanted to be open-minded. So far I can’t say I really like it and I probably won’t finish it just because it’s sooo long, but you gotta at least check it out for yourself. 🙂

  16. Elizabeth says:

    I need to start saying NO to books. I am booked into September. Oh dear.

    Nice post.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Oh dear, indeed, Elizabeth. I know it’s hard. After writing this post I “happened” to be on Netgalley and requested some new books…

  17. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    I don’t mind erotica but BDSM doesn’t do anything for me so I am giving 50 Shades a miss. I am worried I am nt going to be able to read all the review books I received this month in time – 3/4 of them were sent by publishers unsolicited – the problem is they are all books I want to read anyway!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Shelleyrae, you shouldn’t feel obliged to read (all) the unsolicited books but yes, if they appeal, what can you do? At least, I would put those a little lower on your list, if I were you.

  18. Leslie says:

    I had to laugh when I saw 50 Shades of Grey. You’re right… I never expected to see it here! I flipped through it and wasn’t impressed by the writing. I don’t really have the time to add yet another book to my pile… and yet… I feel I need to be “informed” since so many people are discussing it. I did notice it’s available in audio. Now that might be quite an interesting listen! I’m thinking about it. 🙂

  19. I’ve read 50 Shades. It’s okay. Not the best book ever, but a light read. I too, wanted to know what the fuss was about!

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