My Week in Books: December 12-18

My Week in Books

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.

New Acquisitions

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:

Purchased from the Half Price Books clearance section (I can never resist!):

Received from Frances at Nonsuch Book:

Received for review:

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

Your Turn!

How was your reading week? Do tell!

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  1. Skippy Dies is a multi-part book? I have to admit, that’s one of those books that has been talked about so often on Twitter and in blogs that I’m not in the least bit interested in reading it. Especially since many of the talkers have been very pushy about it. There are quite a few books I’ve been turned off of that way this year…sigh. Well anyway, I doubt it’s one I would have liked even without that!

    Wow you get through audiobooks fast…

    I LOVE that Hyde Park Gate News idea!!!

    1. Maybe three parts? I think you can get it in three separate volumes (usually sold together) or one big volume. I’m kind of glad to have just the first part, so that if I don’t like it, I won’t have invested in the whole thing! But, I am kind of intrigued by the premise, so I’ll give it a go.

      The audiobooks I listened to this week were 2 hours long and 3 hours long. I listened to Juliet, Naked last week, mostly, but finished the last bit this week!

      Isn’t the Hyde Park Gate News thing cool?? I’d never heard of it but was intrigued by the cover. I hope it’s interesting to read!

  2. Dude, I remember reading Follow the River in high school too! I think i may have even borrowed your copy. ๐Ÿ™‚ And do I spy you wearing your new sweater from our shopping trip?

    1. You probably did! I saw it on my mom’s shelf when I was home not long ago and thought, I’d love to reread that! Now I can ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t believe Borders had it in stock! And yes, that’s my new sweater. It’s pretty much a wardrobe staple now. So toasty!

  3. Wonderful collection, Erin! Glad to know that you found ‘Follow the River’ which you read when you were in high school. Maybe it is your ‘lost classic’ ๐Ÿ™‚ ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’ is one of my alltime favourite books! Hope you enjoy the reading experience. Hope you enjoy reading ‘Skippy Dies’. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Enjoy reading your new books! Happy Holidays!

    1. Maybe it is, Vishy! Wouldn’t that be fun? I certainly remember being enthralled with it in high school. If you like audiobooks, I’d very much recommend The Elegance of the Hedgehog on audio. It is simply exquisite and is, in fact, the audiobook that got me interested in audiobooks. I’m happy to have a print copy as well…I liked it that much! Happy holidays to you, too ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m sure my copy will sit on my shelf for just as long ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s starting to pop up on “favorite books of 2010” lists, so I thought I should at least own it…even if I don’t get to it for a while!

  4. I loved the Elegance of the Hedgehog so much ! Have you seen the movie (not as good as the book, though, but Renรฉe and Paloma’s characters were excellent) ?
    I’m still waiting for my copy of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.
    I heard a lot about Follow the River but never read it. It sounds like it’s a great book !
    Have a great week end and a happy holiday !

    1. I didn’t know there WAS a movie! I’ll have to see if it’s available here! Have you listened to the audiobook? I loved both readers and thought it was a spectacular production.

      Happy holidays to you as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ohh, The Elegance of the Hedgehog is wonderful. If you like audiobooks, I highly recommend you give that one a shot! Though I hear it’s good in print as well. As for Let the Great World Spin, I’ve heard both formats are good! I hope I get to it soon. Enjoy both when you get to them!

    1. I’m glad you liked it too! That must have been frustrating, discussing a book you loved with a bunch of people who didn’t!

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