New Arrivals!

These are the books I received recently. They all look good!


Books I got for review

A Virtual Love by Andrew Blackman

A Virtual Love by Andrew Blackman

For review via Netgalley (ebook). This seemed like a fun story, as it involves bloggers. I’m reading this at the moment and enjoying it very much.

From the publishers: “For Jeff Brennan, juggling multiple identities is a way of life. Online he has dozens of different personalities and switches easily between them. Offline, he shows different faces to different people: the caring grandson, the angry eco-protester, the bored IT consultant.

So when the beautiful Marie mistakes him for a famous blogger, he thinks nothing of adding this new identity to his repertoire. But as they fall in love and start building a life together, Jeff is gradually forced into more and more desperate measures to maintain his new identity, and the boundaries between his carefully segregated personas begin to fray.

In a world where truth is a matter of perspective and identities are interchangeable, Jeff finds himself trapped in his own web of lies. How far will he go to maintain his secrets? And even if he wanted to turn back, would he be able to?”


Goat Mountain by David Vann

Goat Mountain by David Vann

For review from Harper. I’ve read all books by David Vann (I think) and I find him a very special writer. There is often a lot of misery and death in his books, a crazed person here or there. It sounds awful and it is. And it is very good, too! 🙂

From the publishers: “In David Vann’s searing novel Goat Mountain, an 11-year-old boy at his family’s annual deer hunt is eager to make his first kill. His father discovers a poacher on the land, a 640-acre ranch in Northern California, and shows him to the boy through the scope of his rifle. With this simple gesture, tragedy erupts, shattering lives irrevocably.

In prose devastating and beautiful in its precision, David Vann creates a haunting and provocative novel that explores our most primal urges and beliefs, the bonds of blood and religion that define and secure us, and the consequences of our actions—what we owe for what we’ve done”


Free download

Riversong by Tess Thompson

Riversong by Tess Thompson

This was a free download from Isi of From Isi pointed out the special download after I commented on her review of the book. Sounds like a good Southern fiction.

From “Lee Tucker is the kind of woman you find yourself rooting for long after the last page is read. When her husband commits suicide, he leaves her pregnant and one million dollars in debt to a loan shark. Out of options, she escapes to her deceased mother’s dilapidated house located in a small Oregon town that, like her, is financially ruined, heartbroken and in desperate need of a fresh start. Lee’s resilience leads to a plan for a destination restaurant named Riversong, to new chances for passion and love, and to danger from her dead husband’s debt as her business blooms.

A surprising mix of romance, humor, friendship, intrigue and gourmet food, Riversong entertains while reminding you of life’s greatest gifts.”


Books I was given

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

I got this book from the Dutch publishers for being part of a reader panel. I’ve read about the book on several blogs, so I’m looking forward to reading this!

From the publishers: “Mary Anne Schwalbe is waiting for her chemotherapy treatments when Will casually asks her what she’s reading. The conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they are reading the same books so they can have something to talk about in the hospital waiting room. Their choices range from classic (Howards End) to popular (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), from fantastic (The Hobbit) to spiritual (Jon Kabat-Zinn), with many in between. We hear their passion for reading and their love for each other in their intimate and searching discussions.

A profoundly moving testament to the power of love between a child and parent, and the power of reading in our lives. ”


The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey

The Cranes Dance by Meg Howry

Also from the Dutch publishers (see above).

The publishers say: “I threw my neck out in the middle of Swan Lake last night.

So begins the tale of Kate Crane, a soloist in a celebrated New York City ballet company who is struggling to keep her place in a very demanding world. At every turn she is haunted by her close relationship with her younger sister, Gwen, a fellow company dancer whose career quickly surpassed Kate’s, but who has recently suffered a breakdown and returned home.

Alone for the first time in her life, Kate is anxious and full of guilt about the role she may have played in her sister’s collapse.  As we follow her on an insider tour of rehearsals, performances, and partners onstage and off, she confronts the tangle of love, jealousy, pride, and obsession that are beginning to fracture her own sanity. Funny, dark, intimate, and unflinchingly honest, The Cranes Dance is a book that pulls back the curtains to reveal the private lives of dancers and explores the complicated bond between sisters.”


Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno by Dan Brown

Also from the Dutch publishers. This is a flip-back book, i.e., a small book with thin pages that you can literally put in your pocket. I wasn’t sure I was going to read this, but now that I’ve got a copy, I might.

From the publishers: “In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.”


The Last Girl by Jane Casey

The Last Girl by Jane Casey

Another book from the Dutch publishers. I’ve seen this thriller author around (or her books, really) and have been curious about the books. 

From the publishers: “The teenage girl was the first victim.

Her throat cut to the bone, she didn’t stand a chance.

Her mother was the second.

She, at least, had time to fight back. Briefly.

Called to the South London crime scene, Maeve Kerrigan’s first thought is that this is a domestic dispute gone bad. But the husband – found bloody and unconscious in an upstairs room – insists he’s the third victim not the killer. However, the only witness is his young daughter. And she’s not talking…


Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan

Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan

When I met Care of Care’s Online Book Club for lunch in Amsterdam, she gave me this book. I had never heard of the author but since I’ve heard several people mentioning this writer as a favorite.

From the publishers: “Returning again to the theme of working-class people and their wrenching concerns,Songs for the Missing begins with the suspenseful pace of a thriller, following an Ohio community’s efforts to locate a young woman who has gone missing. It soon deepens into an affecting portrait of a family trying desperately to hold onto itself and the memory of a daughter whose return becomes increasingly unlikely. Stark and honest, this is an intimate account of what happens behind the headlines of a very American tragedy.”


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

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18 Responses to New Arrivals!

  1. bibliosue says:

    I think I am one of the few people on the planet who did not love The End of Your Life Book Club. To me it was good, not great. That said, I met the author at Booktopia in April and he is just lovely.

    • Leeswammes says:

      It helps if the author is lovely, Suzanne! I’m not sure about the book myself but heard so many good things about it that I think I will enjoy it.

  2. Isi says:

    All of them looks great! I also have that kind of books literally for pocket with tiny pages. They were very famous a couple of years ago. And I also want to read Inferno; I always have a great time with Brown’s books!
    Hope you enjoy your new readings!
    And thanks for the link!!

  3. Loved The End of Your Life Bookclub, and looking forward to Inferno and Goat Mountain. enjoy

  4. Leslie says:

    I haven’t read any of these yet but I do have a copy of Goat Mountain and A Virtual Love sounds interesting. One of these days I will read the Da Vinci Code and the rest of the series. I think I’m the only person in the world that hasn’t read it. I read the first book and liked it and then stopped.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Leslie, I’ve only read The Da Vinci Code and decided that was probably all I needed to know. I had this suspicion confirmed (all the books are similar), but now that I have Inferno, I think I will read it.

  5. I loooove the cover (and premise) of Goat Mountain. Can’t wait to hear what you think. I downloaded Riversong as well 🙂 Who knows when I’ll get to it! 2016 perhaps? 😉 Enjoy all of your new books!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Jennifer, we’ll have to swap reading experiences on Riversong. In 2016! It’s not completely my kind of book but I think I’ll enjoy it. In 2016. 🙂

  6. Lucybird says:

    I finished The End of Your Life Book Club last week. It was good, and rather inspiring, but I found it dragged a little in the middle- I’d recommend reading something easy going alongside it

  7. Looks like a great week. I’ve had End of Your Life Book Club on my TBR for awhile. Hope you enjoy your reads this week!

  8. Lisa says:

    I really enjoyed The Crane’s Dance! It was very well written, and the backstage view into the ballet world was fascinating. I hope you enjoy!

  9. Judith says:

    I love your blogsite because you are the first one to give me a good definition for dytopia. I’ll watch your reviews and may make a review request in the future for one of my books. Do you review self-published books?

    • Leeswammes says:

      Hi Judith (I’m also a Judith), thanks for your comment. You can certainly request a review, but I have to say No to 90% of review requests because of lack of time. But who knows? 🙂

      If your book isn’t finished yet you may consider my appraisal or editing services (no website just yet). Happy reading and writing!

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