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Sunday, August 09, 2009

What's on my list, and where does it come from? (TSS)

The Sunday

Happy Sunday! I'm actually hoping for a nice day of reading and sewing today, so I'm posting this early to get it out of the way. It's been a while since I posted a Sunday Salon and I'd like to get back in the habit of thinking about reading more. For this week I'm easing back in easy.

First, these are the books I added to my Books I'd Like to Read list in the month of July, and the review that pushed me over the edge:

The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand- Gwendolyn at A Sea of Books

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine- Nymeth at Things Mean a Lot

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger- Heather at A High and Hidden Place

Black Hills by Nora Roberts- Holly at Book Binge, nath at Books, Books and More Books

How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford- Gayle Forman

Hold Still by Nina LaCour- Gayle Forman

Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Cultureby Daniel Radosh - Stephanie at Open Mind, Insert Book

I didn't manage to mark a single book off the list this month, but I do have Black Hills, Ella Enchanted and Rapture Ready checked out of the library at this very moment.

Which leads me into my next short topic- where do I get my books anyway? I already told you that I don't request many ARCs. In fact, the whole conversation about ARCs made me feel so guilty that had to check and see what ARCs I DO have that I have not reviewed. I decided that I'd move one of them up the TBR so that I could slowly work off some of that guilt, so Rubies in the Orchard will be read soon. Soonish. What can I say, I have a ton of great library books checked out too! The majority of the books I actually get read lately do come from our library, which has a very nice renewal policy and I can usually renew them online. The rest of my books come from Paperbackswap. As we established when TRISH was here, I have a LOT of books sitting around unread (perhaps soon I'll post a new picture for you) and the majority of them come from Paperbackswap. It's a great site, if you're not a member you should really consider becoming one. (Aside: Do not get two book bloggers together and allow their respective husbands to overhear you discussing your book acquisitions. Said husbands will find much to bond over on the topic of bookshelves or lack thereof and unread books in general!)

Here's the full library list:

The top three are the ones I'm currently reading.
Black Hills by Nora Roberts
Graceling by Kristen Cashore
Rapture Ready! by Daniel Radosh

The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais
The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit by Jill Conner Browne
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Languageby Dianne Hales
Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History - and How We Can Fight Back by Allen Collinge
Poplorica: A Popular History of the Fads, Mavericks, Inventions, and Lore that Shaped Modern America by Martin J Smith
Parenting, Inc.: How the Billion-Dollar Baby Business Has Changed the Way We Raise Our Childrenby Pamela Paul
No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns
Columbine by Dave Cullen


  1. I hope you get your wish, Lisa, and can spend the day reading and sewing. Looks like you have some interesting reading ahead of you! Enjoy and have a great week.

  2. I hope you can get to My Most Excellent Year soon. It is SO good.

    I hope you got to do some sewing and reading today!

  3. On Nov. 21, 2008, the Harris and Klebold parents were sent the same letter requesting cooperation. "Your stories have yet to be fully told, and I view your help as an issue of historical significance," it said. "In 10 years, there have been no major, mainstream books on Columbine. This will be the first, and it may be the only one." The letter came not from Mr. Cullen but from Jeff Kass, whose Columbine: A True Crime Story, published by the small Ghost Road Press, preceded Columbine by a couple of weeks.

    "Mr. Kass, whose tough account is made even sadder by the demise of The Rocky Mountain News in which his Columbine coverage appeared, has also delivered an intensive Columbine overview. Some of the issues he raises and information he digs up go unnoticed by Mr. Cullen." --Janet Maslin, New York Times

    "A decade after the most dramatic school massacre in American history, Jeff Kass applies his considerable reporting talents to exploring the mystery of how two teens could have planned and carried out such gruesome acts without their own family and best friends knowing about it. Actually, there were important clues, but they were missed or downgraded both by those who knew the boys best and by public officials who came in contact with them. An engrossing and cautionary tale for everyone who cares about how to prevent kids from going bad." -----Ted Gest, President, Criminal Justice Journalists

  4. You're reading Graceling? I love that book! I know. I lie about how many books I have unread. lol Mainly by just not revealing the number, and no one looks that closely... And, I refuse to feel guilty about ARCs. I read by mood, so that's just how it is going to be. :)

  5. That's quite a stack you've got. I have quite a few ARCs right now but they are all books that I requested in one way or another so I am looking forward to reading all of them.

    I have another unpaid furlough day tomorrow so after the market I plan to read all day.

  6. LOL! I can just imagine what your husbands were discussing in regards to books :) You've got some great books checked out from the library...I can't wait to hear more when you finish some of them.

  7. Thanks for including my book (COLUMBINE). I hope you find it rewarding.


  8. I'll be interested to hear what you think of Columbine. It's on my wish list.

  9. Holy cow lady, that's a lot of library books! Definitely read Graceling, that one was awesome! And I read Poplorica for a class in college 5 or 6 years ago and thought it was pretty interesting...hopefully you'll think the same. :)

  10. I'm going to start My Most Excellent Year soon - really looking forward to it. Also, I hope you enjoy Ella Enchanted!

  11. Wow, look at that stack of books! There was a time I would have devoured it like a starving orphan. I just don't find the time to read books along with everything else I have going on! Good for you.

  12. I thought we did a pretty good job of keeping the book talk to a minimum. Actually, it's kind of nice that we could find *other* things to talk about! But ya, books is kind of a sore subject with Scott. :) He thinks it's pretty ridiculous, especially since he doesn't read.

    Um, like how you always put my name in caps--like you're yelling my name. :P


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