Wednesday, June 01, 2011

While I'm busy writing the next review . . .

I figured you'd like to see some pretties. Here's what I'm reading:

Top to bottom:

Proust's Overcoat - Lorenza Foschini
Regeneration - Pat Barker
The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
Dug Down Deep - Joshua Harris

And some recent arrivals:

Top to bottom (all but the last two were sent to me by a friend):

You Know When the Men Are Gone - Siobhan Fallon
The House of Tomorrow - Peter Bognanni
The Glory Cloak - Patricia O'Brian
The Princess of Nowhere - Prince Lorenzo Borghese
The Soldier's Wife - Margaret Leroy
Left Neglected - Lisa Genova
The Gendarme - Mark T. Mustian
Girl in Translation - Jean Kwok
Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger - Lee Smith (surprise from Algonquin Books)
Madame Tussaud - Michelle Moran

Not pictured: Something for Nothing by David Anthony (also from Algonquin)

The friend who sent me that pile of ARCs also sent Proust's Overcoat. Thanks, Paula! Oooh, do I have some fun reading ahead of me!!

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  1. Hope you enjoy them Nancy!

  2. That stack of books actually made me ooh and aah! :) out of all of them though I want to read You Know When the Men Are Gone the most. Have fun reading!

  3. Wow, what a friend! I'm jealous you got The Soldier's Wife, I've been waiting on that one. And I've heard good things about Madame Tussaud. Happy Reading.

  4. Anonymous3:57 PM

    What lovely books. Lots of fun ahead of you.

    May I recommend YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE and LEFT NEGLECTED? Just saying - excellent reads....

  5. Paula,

    You know I will! Love ya bunches!!! :)


    It's a pretty awesome stack, isn't it? You Know When the Men Are Gone has been on my wish list since everyone in Twitterland seemed to read it all at once (not sure exactly when that was), so I'm very excited to have a copy.


    Paula is terrific. I'm so excited about The Soldier's Wife I'm almost jealous of myself. Um . . . weird moment. LOL Madame Tussaud will be my first by Michelle Moran. I think it's a good starting point, since I've known about her for a very long time. It'll be good to read about a familiar historical character.


    Aren't they gorgeous?

    Yes, you may recommend both of those. I'm possibly the only person on the planet who hasn't read anything by Lisa Genova. I was stinging from my mother's death when Still Alice came out, so I swapped ARCs with a blog friend. I'm looking forward to seeing what all the excitement's about. :)

  6. I hope you like reading about Enzo's life as much as I did. He's the dog in The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is my favorite book so far this year:

    (Click on the book's title to read my review.)

  7. Bonnie,

    I'm loving Enzo. In fact, just before I checked my blog comments, I thought, "Let me think. What was Enzo up to, when I left him?" He's a memorable character, already.

    I don't read reviews until after I've written my own, but I'll try to remember to go read your review when mine is done. It's just to keep me from inadvertently picking up someone else's wording.

  8. Nancy,

    Your posts and pxs of books tempt. I'm intrigued by the House of Tomorrow. Great title.

  9. Cindi,

    Haha, book piles are *always* tempting, aren't they? The House of Tomorrow sounds so good. It's been on my wish list for a while. I can share when I'm done, you know. :)

  10. Proust's Overcoat was a really great read. It was short, but very interesting. I also think a lot of the other books in your stack look interesting and hope that you enjoy them all. A lot of great stuff to choose from in those piles!

  11. Zibilee,

    Yep, I finished Proust's Overcoat, last night. Fascinating. I haven't read a thing by Proust; I confess to being intimidated by the size of his books. But, now I'm much more interested (and I already was . . . just intimidated). Thanks! Pretty exciting piles, eh? :)

  12. Wow, lots of good books. I have The Soldier's Wife in my stack too. I've wanted to read Maddame Tussaud so I'm looking forward to your review!
    2 Kids and Tired Books

  13. I prefer to read books abt Proust rather than by him?, actually, I have never even tried. I have girl in translation, I think so I look forward to your thoughts (or tellme when you start that and I will move it up.
    I adored Racing in the Rain!!,
    I have not read any Moran - how can she possible have another book out already?!

  14. Holly,

    Two of my friends loved The Soldier's Wife, so that bodes well. WWII is one of the few time periods I never tire of reading. Madame Tussaud will be my first Moran. I'm very excited to finally have a copy of one of her books! Can't wait for your reviews, too! :)


    I haven't tried Proust, either, but only because his books are so freaking thick that I figured I'd never get around to reading them. It's not for lack of desire. LOL I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain - LOVED it. What a wonderful book. I don't know when I'll get to Girl in Translation but maybe we could buddy read it, sometime? Michelle Moran is apparently Superwoman in disguise. On the other hand, I may be confusing her with Nora Roberts . . .

  15. Pretty pretties! How is The Art of Racing in the Rain? I've avoided reading it because it's a dog. I don't do dog books. If the dog dies I'm out!!! lol

  16. Andi,

    The Art of Racing in the Rain was great. I finished it this morning (woke up at 3am and couldn't get back to sleep, blah). It's not a spoiler to tell you the dog dies because you know it up front. I cried a little. But, it has a SUPER ending, even after the dog dies.

  17. I just finished The Soldier's Wife. It's amazing!

  18. Jill,

    Yay, I'm glad to hear that! I'm hoping to read The Soldier's Wife soon. But, I think I have one other WWII book that's got priority.


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