Today marks our 20th contribution for In My Mailbox, a Sunday meme hosted by The Story Siren. Since we (Fats, Iphigene and myself) are all avid bibliophiles, we find this a great way to keep track of books that we have bought, were given to us, or borrowed from the library. I only have a few this week compared to the previous week, but I would like to think that these are fairly good titles.
Yes, you read correctly. These books were left lying around near our mailbox. Since we live inside the university – mostly inhabited by an expatriate community – it is not uncommon to have garage sales or see stuff lying around unwanted as residents move in and out fairly quickly. It broke my heart to see these three orphaned books, so I simply took them in and found a new home for them in my bookshelves.
I have already read Carlos Ruis Zafon’s Shadow of the Wind (review can be found here) and I know that it’s a satisfying read. While I haven’t read anything written by Augusten Burroughs, I have heard of him. Dry, a Memoir promises to be a good adult reading material – and may even be something that we can share for Nonfiction Monday. I am particularly excited though with Primitive People by Francine Prose – because (1) as could be seen from the book cover, Prose is the author of Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. (2) I noted that this book came from Green Apple, my favorite independent book shop in San Francisco – and they sell pretty good titles.
Book for Review from Pansing
Occasionally, we do receive a few books for review from publishers or from authors. Here is one of them. Amanda Hocking’s Switched. I have a feeling that few of the YA bloggers might be familiar with this book that is said to have sold multi-million copies in e-book format. Nice! Very excited to read it. If you’ve read it, I’d like to know what you think – or even post links to your reviews.
While I admit to borrowing more picture books and YA fiction from the library, I do borrow a few academic books that also help me out in my teaching and my writing. I hardly ever feature them here (since most are pretty boring materials), but I am excited about these two:
I love reading academic books that discuss actual lives of individuals – one of the reasons why I was drawn to the field of gifted and talented education in the first place. Gifted Lives is written by Joan Freeman and it documents research that she has done with the gifted for more than 30 years. An amazing journey indeed. I also am intrigued by Howard Gardner’s Extraordinary Minds: Portraits of 4 Exceptional Individuals and an Examination of our own extraordinariness. Now, that’s a mouthful. 🙂
Presents from my husband, the enabler extraordinaire
My husband knows that I am currently banning myself from purchasing brand new books, since they cost a great deal. I can not resist bargain books, yes, but I hardly ever purchase brand new ones, if I can help it. After seeing me moon over these two books, he thought it best to buy them for me as a present. Enabler, indeed. Admittedly, he does spoil me a great deal.
Finally, my own copy of Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus. He seemed to sense I wouldn’t be able to finish Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell which I borrowed from our community library (see my IMM here), so he thought that it would be better for me to have my own copy. Hmmm… could this possibly be my Christmas gift??? Hahaha.
Trying out NetGalley
Just this week, I registered for NetGalley – I’ve been seeing quite a number of books from NetGalley in most mailboxes every Sunday, so I thought that I might as well give it a try. Here are some of the books I requested and have been given to me this week. I plan on using this sparingly primarily because I have access to a great number of books from our libraries here in Singapore and truth be told, it seems like such a huge responsibility. With all my academic writing and my teaching and other university commitments, it seems unlikely I can finish reading as quickly as I wish. Anyway, just so I can get a teaser of what Netgalley is about, here are a few reads I requested for and received from the publishers:
A full moon is rising by Marilyn Singer and Pictures by Julia Cairns. Publisher: Lee & Low Books, August 2011. Since we’re planning on doing a poetry theme for November and December, this seems like a wonderful add-in to our featured books. Add the fact that I love Lee & Low Publishing Company and their books. I am also planning on including this book for Nonfiction Monday.
Cloud of Ink by L.S. Klatt published by University of Iowa Press – is another book that would be a good add-in to our upcoming Poetry Theme. I was surprised to discover that there are only very few titles under the Poetry Genre in NetGalley. That IS sad.
Unbeknownst by Julie Hanson is also another University of Iowa Press publication. Both Cloud of Ink and this book were published in March of this year. I have not read any of Hanson’s and Klatt’s works yet, and I am looking forward to getting to know them through their poetry.
Because I can not resist award-winning books, I also requested for (and received) The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht, published by Random House Publishing Group in March 2011. The book is the winner of the Orange Prize and a National Book Award Finalist. I’ve seen quite a number of mixed reviews about the book, and it would be good to see for myself whether it is something that would move my sensibilities. I am hoping that my ladies, Fats and Iphigene, would help me out in the review of these four lovely books. 🙂