Welcome to my weekly Saturday feature here at Erin Reads, where I highlight new books that have entered my life, what I’ve been reading, and what’s happened on Erin Reads over the past week.
I have a mix of newly acquired books to share today: some new, some used, and some for review.
Purchased at a Borders in Chicago that was going out of business:
- Follow the River by James Alexander Thom: I read this novel, about a woman who is kidnapped by Shawnee Indians and then escapes, years ago and loved it.
- Ballistics by Billy Collins: I don’t read much poetry, but I love Collins’s combination of accessibility and depth.
Purchased from the Half Price Books clearance section (I can never resist!):
- Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann: The line for the audio is quite long at the library, so I picked up a hard copy of this novel I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time.
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery: I love the audiobook of this novel and am happy to have a hard copy as well. (Yes, I loved it that much!)
- Hyde Park Gate News by Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, and Thoby Stephen: A book of the newspaper Virginia Woolf and her siblings wrote as children.
Received from Frances at Nonsuch Book:
- Skippy Dies, Part 1: Hopeland by Paul Murray: I’ve been wanting to read Skippy Dies, and having Part 1 should give me enough of a taste to decide if I’d like to read the others.
Received for review:
- Original Sin by Peg Kingman: Received from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program, Original Sin is the story of a slave woman who, after 18 years of freedom in the East Indies, returns to America for unknown reasons.
- Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran: Set during the French Revolution, this novel should have some character overlap with Sandra Gulland’s Josephine B. trilogy, which I loved.
Read This Week
During my recent trip to Chicago, I zipped through Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, which I enjoyed. I also read a bit of Queen Hereafter by Susan Frazer King, which will be published later this month. I’m nearly finished with The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and have been pondering which classic off my list to pick up next.
On audio, I finished Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson. I started The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, which I’m enjoying very much so far, but I doubt I’ll finish its 15 discs before I head home for the holidays!
Erin Reads Recap
- In my Sunday Salon post, I talked about the challenges I would join, were I joining challenges, and how they fit my reading goals for 2011.
- On Monday I reviewed Daring to Eat a Peach by Joseph Zeppetello.
- Tuesday I announced my acceptance of the TBR Dare!
- I talked about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll for my weekly Wednesday Classics Reclamation Project post.
- On Thursday, I reviewed Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.
- Finally, yesterday, I shared my thoughts on the audiobook of Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork.
How was your reading week? Do tell!