Posts Tagged ‘ToBeReadPile’
Ahh, the smell and feel of new books. Even if they are only new-to-me. Even if they came from the library and I have to give them back. They are still the physical object known as book, usually smooth on the outside by not always, often shiny and sometimes embossed. Sometimes with print on three of six faces, alluring cover art or none at all, dearest book thing how do I love you?
Allow me to introduce you to my latest aquirrings:
I didn’t have much luck with Reynolds’ debut novel, Revelation Space, it was an “almost” book for me. Almost awesome, but not quite. So when Terminal World was announced as my local SF group’s October read, I was excited to give Reynolds another shot. I’m about 100 pages in, and so far, so good!
The photo doesn’t do it justice at all, but the cover art is stunning. It’s embossed, so the light reflects of the artwork in all sorts of alluring ways. and it’s got air ships! Let’s see if I can get a decent close up of the cover art:
We came home from vacation laden with fudge, wine, cherries, a few books, and wonderful memories. Vacations out of town: I highly recommend ‘em. Even if you only go a few hours away.
Came home to find a few packages waiting for us on the kitchen table as well (thanks garden/house sitter!)
behold, books review-copy, purchased, and borrowed, and hopefully to be read soon:
from bottom to top, we’ve got:
The Thackery T Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, Edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer – This is my top priority, once I finish the book I’m reading right now (more on that later). I really have no idea how to describe this book, but I’ll try. It’s a massive collection of stories, articles, photos and artwork of the strange things (and the stories behind them) that were found in Dr. Lambhead’s sprawling home after his death. The man was a hoarder/collector of anything and everything strange. I believe the Vandermeer’s solicited entries for this, and accepted only the strangest. Suffice to say, I’ve been excited about this one for a while, and when I tore open than shipping envelope I squee’d around the apartment for most of that evening. I’ve only been able to spend about 10 minutes with the book so far, and just reading random opening paragraphs I can tell I’m gonna be squeeing the entire time I’m reading.
Lowtown, by Daniel Polansky – my 2nd priority. I’ve been looking forward to this title for months. Since I got a well written e-mail from a gent that started out something like “Hi, my name is Daniel Polansky, and I’ve written this book. . . . “. Early reviews were positive, focusing on the anti-hero and darkness of the book. Well, ya’ll know I loves me an anti-hero, and I loves me some dark. Not to mention this is a beautiful hardcover edition too.
Because I just can’t help myself, you know? Nature abhors a vacuum like my credit at my favorite local bookstore abhors not being spent. Who cares that I just got a half dozen books from the library? Bookstores are my kryptonite! Even more so after one of the employees let slip they’d just gotten in a ton of vintage SF.
teh new goodies:
from bottom to top, we’ve got:
A Feast for Crows, by George R R Martin. I got this out of the library a few years ago, I wish I’d thought to buy it before they changes the cover art to the “new” style. now my Martin covers don’t match! I can’t decide if I’m going to buy into the hype and purchase Dance with Dragons in hardback, or just get it from the library and wait to purchase until it’s in paperback.
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. I’ve never read any Willis, but I keep hearing really good things about her.
Lord Valentine’s Castle by Robert Silverberg. Another one I’d gotten from the library a few years ago, it was my first Silverberg. After I finished it, I remember my husband asking me what I thought of it as this is one of his favorites too, and I expressly remember saying that not only did I want to learn how to juggle, but if we ever had a son, I wanted to name him Valentine.
Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Midnight Riot, and I’ve been hearing this 2nd one is just as fun too.
Stalking the Unicorn, by Mike Resnick – it just looked fun. and the acknowledgement pages makes some reference to a friend of Resnick’s who is the “God emperor” of something, which made me chuckle. and that brings us to . . .
The Heaven Makers, by Frank Herbert. You wouldn’t know it by skimming the review index, but I am a HUGE Frank Herbert fan. I think I’ve read maybe a dozen books by him, and I know most of his discography by sight. But this is one I have never even heard of! Anyone know anything about this title?
The weather’s been nice, the sun’s been shining. Time for some adventures, don’t you think? Definitely time for an illustrated epic poem!
we bought a bunch of book like objects,
some comic books too
thought it was time we headed to the zoo.
lemurs, ostriches, zebras, monkeys and more,
among peacocks of blue and jade,
and wolves. and yes, many Westeros jokes were made.
and then I went a picked a metric shitload of strawberries.
there will be much freezer jam made this weekend, I swear it!
last week I finished two books and decided two other books in my “to be read pile” would be give-aways for one reason or another.
I felt so in control of my TBR pile! it was so in control in fact, that I said out loud to a number of people “my stack of books is under control!”
then I went to the library. On the way home I checked the mailbox.
TBR pile under control?
I am a damn liar.
Yes, that stack contains brand spankin’ new stuff, old stuff, even library stuff. cuz that’s how I roll. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve still got The Wolf Age by James Enge and Mountains of Majipoor by Robert Silverberg topping the TBR list, but here are some new goodies on deck, double deck, and triple deck for the next little while:
There’s something in that photo that I’m super crazy excited about, can you guess what it is? Hint: It’s from the friendly folks at PYR.
I hadn’t planned on buying Grey, but I recently read some good reviews of it, and it was on the dollar table at Bargain Books because the cover was a bit marked up. Also from Bargain Books, the Ai Yazawa. I’m undecided on Bargain Books – no service, but tons of random cheap stuff that’s usually in mint condition. A consumer’s dream, or a nail in the coffin of my favorite independent bookseller?
Oh, and I got seduced by this too:
I just can’t help myself when it comes to Robin Hobb. You’re looking at the Soldier Son trilogy, book 1 of which I’m about 150 pages into. I probably won’t read these books one right after the other, but I hope to get to all of them, eventually.
So If I don’t get (too) distracted by anything else in the next week or so, you should expect to see reviews of at least a handful of the stuff mentioned or pictured in this post.
I’m half way through two books that just aren’t doing it for me, so no review for you today. If I don’t finish either of these books by Monday, I may write my first DNF review, because I really, really, really want to get to something else.
no review tomorrow either, as I’m sure I’ll still be ranting about my hatred (ooops sorry, my severe dislike!) for e-books and e-readers.
In an effort to read what I’ve got next year, I finished catalogued all the books I own! Ok, I catalogued all the fiction, I cheated and only counted the non-fiction.
Crammed into our one bedroom apartment we have 437 fiction titles and 200 non fiction titles.
of the 437 fiction titles I have read 62% of them. that means there are 164 unread fiction titles in this home!
More useless facts about my home library, after the jump!
All of a sudden I’m in a reading slump. I just finished two books in a row (ok, I’m still slogging through the 2nd one) that didn’t do it for me. picked up a golden oldie off the bookshelf, and am having trouble getting into it. Got some stuff from the library, but I’m just not feeling the love. maybe it’s the sudden crappy weather? maybe I just need a nap? or a beer?
Here’s my shortlist of what to read next, have you read any of these or read any compelling reviews of these? what looks the most interesting?
from the library:
Jeff Vandermeer’s The Third Bear. I adore Jeff Vandermeer, but I don’t so well with short stories. But he tends to do totally wacked out stuff, and whacked out and bizarre is always a plus for me.
like many of you, I own a ton of books (OK, there’s at least one you that makes my collection look like piddly nothing). How many? I have no idea. My guess is in the range of 700, of which 500 or so are fiction.
the big question is how many of the fiction titles that I own have I actually read?
the plan: index my library (or at least all the fiction titles) and figure how much of it i’ve actually read.
My New Years Resolution (and blog goal!) of 2011 to focus on reading the titles I already own. 2010 was a fine year, a great year, but I spent way, way, way too much money on new books. like two car payments worth. 2011 needs to be a little less materialistic, a little more frugal. A little less Kazoo Books and Dawn Treader, a little more personal and public Library.
will there be newly published books bought? of course there will. I already have a short list of “must haves” for 2011 – Rothfuss, Martin, Lynch, Yazawa, a few others.
Over the next little while I’ll be indexing my library to see what I’ve got and what I’ve read, hopefully to have the results posted right around the new year.