Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Recent Arrivals at the Home of a Book Glutton

Since I took a lengthy holiday break and I have a tendency to move my books from room to room, I've got a couple photos of arrivals and I'll just list the rest of the books that have arrived -- those I can remember, that is.  

Top to bottom:

Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick - Unsolicited from Algonquin Books (read and reviewed in 2012)
Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick - from Sourcebooks for review
Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres - library sale purchase
A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C. A. Belmond - library sale purchase
Three Came Home by Agnes Newton Keith - library sale purchase
Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd - from TLC Tours for review
Fly Now! by Joanne Gernstein London - library sale purchase

Here's a shot of the cover of Heading Out to Wonderful (paperback release).  What do you think?  I love the paperback cover!

And, another stack:

Top to bottom:

Tributary by Barbara K. Richardson - from swap with friends
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt - from swap with friends
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin - sent by my delightful friend Paula
Portrait of a Turkish Family by Irfan Orga - purchased for an F2F group meeting that I'll miss . . . oh, well
The Bronte Sisters by Catherine Reef - from swap with friends
Things We Couldn't Say by Diet Eman and James Schaap - purchased for F2F group read
Day After Night by Anita Diamant - from swap with friends

Not pictured (will review those I've already finished, ASAP):

Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate (just arrived, today) - from Bethany House for tour (link leads to Publisher's Weekly review)
Coventry by Helen Humphreys - from swap with friends, already read
An Unexpected Angel by Janet H. Halling - drawing win from Holly at 2 Kids and Tired Books, already read
The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie - purchased after reading Jenclair's enthusiastic review, already read
Wall and Piece by Banksy - gift to self for Christmas, already read
The India Fan by Victoria Holt - from Sourcebooks for review
Titanic Remembered: The Unsinkable Ship and Halifax by Alan Ruffman - via Paperback Swap, already read

I hope that's everything!

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    1. Yes, indeed! I've really been enjoying my recent arrivals!

  2. I unpacked The Aviator's Wife (at work) yesterday and fell in love with the cover. I want to read that book!!

    Funny, I'm ready to add Corelli's Mandolin to my donation bag. I've had it for over a decade and doubt I'll ever read it. You'll have to convince me otherwise. :)

    1. Isn't that a great cover? I'm really eager to read it but I have a couple tour books I need to blast through, first.

      I mentioned Corelli's Mandolin to my group and only 1 out of 4 people who've attempted to read it liked it. Might as well donate it if you don't think you'll ever read it, but I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

  3. Looks like you got a lot of great stuff! I do love that cover as well! I just recently read my first Goolrick, and wasn't over the top thrilled with it, but it was decent. I have been hearing good things about this second book though! Enjoy the new arrivals!

    1. I love all the Goolrick covers Algonquin has come up with, so far. Unfortunately, I too am not enamored of his books. I liked Heading Out to Wonderful till the end and the end was so vicious that I thought it ruined the story -- even though it's based on something that really happened. Thanks!

  4. I liked Heading Out to Wonderful MUCH better than A Reliable Wife, but that doesn't mean that I was happy with the novel. I do love Goolrick's ability with language, but even at the beginning, you know that things will probably not turn out as you hope. It could have been a "wonderful" novel, but...

    1. Same here. I really actually liked Heading Out to Wonderful till . . . well, till the kid got involved in deceit. Goolrick definitely let the reader know something bad was going to happen, but I didn't know it would be so insanely violent. I was kind of disgusted. It started out so lovely! He could have easily turned it into a novel of beauty and hope, instead. But, that's apparently not Goolrick's thing.

  5. I do like the new cover of Heading Out to Wonderful. And I need to move myself along and read it already. :D I think you'll really like (maybe, I hope) The Sisters Brothers. Looking forward to your thoughts on it.

    1. It's pretty, isn't it? Really, I think Algonquin does a wonderful job with cover art, in general. I hope you like Heading Out to Wonderful. I don't think the author is for me, but I'm glad I gave him a second chance.

  6. Corelli's Mandolin is quite good, read it years ago. A good pick! Also like anything Titanic ... I sort of went nuts reading about it during the centennial. Enjoy your stack!

    1. Yay, I'm thrilled to hear that you enjoyed Corelli's Mandolin. When I listed the books I bought at the library sale, I think 1 out of 4 people said, "Oh, I liked that!" The rest pretty much hated it or couldn't get through it but it's a story I've wanted to read for a while and I'm really looking forward to it.

      I love reading about the Titanic. Oddly, I didn't read any more Titanic books than usual, last year. I somehow missed the boat, haha. Just read two, I think.


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