I apologize for being MIA the past few days! I’m currently out of town, visiting a friend and my sister but with limited blog time and internet access. I am reading comments (and trying to respond!) and will catch up with everyone when I get home on Monday. Have a great weekend everyone!
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: a few ARCs, a few books I won, and one I bought used, as well as the gifts I received from the Book Blogger Holiday Swap!
From the Book Blogger Holiday Swap (selected and sent by Mary from Bookfan):
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: Book 1 of the YA series Chaos Walking and one I’m really looking forward to reading.
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: A book I’ve been wanting to read forever!
ARCs received for review:
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano: The first in a new YA series about a society where men and women, because of genetic engineering, do not live between 25 and 20, respectively.
- Daring to Eat a Peach by Joseph Zeppetello: I’ve already finished this one, so watch for a review coming next week!
- Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King: A novel about Margaret of Scotland and my current read.
Won from Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner:
- Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield: Sheffield’s memoir about how music got him through a tragedy.
- Talking to Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield: Sheffield’s second memoir, this one about growing up in the 80s (yeah!).
Purchased from Half Price Books (only one this week!):
- The House at Riverton by Kate Morton: I enjoyed The Distant Hours, which I read last month, so for a dollar, I decided to give Morton’s earlier novel a try.
Read This Week
After two slow weeks, I feel like I’ve picked up reading momentum again this week. I haven’t gotten a lot farther with The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, but that’s partly because it’s a huge book that I don’t like to drag around with me! I did finish Unexpectedly, Milo by Matthew Dicks and Daring to Eat a Peach by Joseph Zeppetello. I’m now working on Queen Hereafter by Susan Frazer King, which will be published later this month.
On audio, I finished Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork. The reader’s slow pace was getting to me, so I tried listening double speed on my iPod. It took a little getting used to, but it turned out to work quite well! On my iPod now is Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. I love Hornby’s nonfiction, but this is the first novel of his I’ve tried. So far, so good!
Erin Reads Recap
- In my Sunday Salon post, I asked for help filling in the gaps on my Books page. Thanks to everyone who contributed recommendations!
- On Monday I reviewed Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok on audio. I really enjoyed this story, which is partly autobiographical and features the kind of main character your root for all the way.
- Tuesday I announced my intention to read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy over the course of 2011 along with Jillian from A Room of One’s Own. If you have translation suggestions, I would love to hear them!
- I posted my first official Classics Reclamation Project thoughts on Wednesday regarding the first half of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
- On Thursday, I shared the items I received as part of the Book Blogger Holiday Swap and the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange.
- Finally, yesterday, I shared my thoughts on Unexpectedly, Milo by Matthew Dicks.
How was your reading week? Do tell!