Monday, February 07, 2011

Monday Musings: What I'm Reading & New Books for the TBR Collection

Hosted by Sheila of One Persons Journey Through a World of Books
Weekly meme where we discuss the books you've read
and those you plan to read in the coming week.

I do love a good book about books; add to it a mystery and it's even better. This past week I finished Allison Hoover Barlett's The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, a nonfiction book about a rare book thief. I am now reading Frank Delaney's The Matchmaker of Kenmare, a novel set in Ireland during World War II. It's one of those books I do best to read in big gulps rather than in brief spurts, and unfortunately spurts is about all I have been able to manage lately. Hopefully I will find more time to read this week.

I am not sure what I will be reading next. Perhaps Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs or Christine Falls by Benjamin Black?

What are you reading at the moment?

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Library of Clean Reads (February Host)
We share what books that we found
in our mailboxes last week.

While sorting through old letters and cards, I discovered a seven year old gift card to a local bookstore. After verifying it was still good, decided to add to my collection of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series books and ordered Bone Crossed and Silver Borne. My husband and I had agreed I would buy them only after reading the second book in the series, but I had a weak moment. My excuse is that I didn't actually spend any of my own money. Does that count?

Also in the mail this past week, I received For the King's Favor by Elizabeth Chadwick from fellow blogger Wisteria of Bookworm's Dinner through LibraryThing's SantaThing program (thanks, Wisteria!).

Meanwhile, my husband received Under the Skin by Michel Faber from LibraryThing member HarryBookGnome via the same exchange program. And even though the book is a gift to my husband, I can't wait to read it myself! I loved the author's The Crimson Petal and White.

Other books that came into the house recently (purchased by me):
Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, the Afterlife by Francine Prose
In Stranger Tides by Tim Powers (a gift for my husband)
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (e-book)
What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery Series #1) by Victoria Laurie (e-book)

While out and about this past weekend, I also purchased a few more books for Mouse. She has quite a TBR stack of her own, and she hasn't yet made her entrance into this world! Anjin says soon her TBR stack will be taller than his. I'm afraid he's probably right on that account.

What new books have come your way recently?

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  1. My reading has been slow ever since my office relocated so I'm grabbing any chance I can get for my reading.

    I'm still reading Holly Schindler's A Blue So Dark; a story about a 15-yr-old girl and her schizo mom. I hope to finish it by this week!

  2. I enjoy books about books as well. I just started Howard's End is on the Landing and am enjoying it so far.

    I think it is wonderful that you are starting a "wee" library already. I have refrained from entering the children's book section yet - but once the Brynn arrives, I know that I will be starting her own library here at our house.

  3. It's so cute that your baby already has a stack of books :)

    I'm reading Muslim Women Reformers and Sea at the moment. Looks like you got a lot of interesting books in the house.

  4. I like books about books too.... and libraries, and readers, and....
    Oh... sorry :)

    I have yet to read The Man Who Loved Books Too Much but it is on my shelf.

  5. Aw, that's so sweet that you've got a TBR stack for the baby :) The Man Who Loved Books Too Much is on my TBR list--the title alone sounds fascinating! Have a great reading week.

  6. I am reading Wench right now, and can't wait until I have a few more hours to devote to it! I love that you have a huge stack of books for the baby as well!

  7. You can't start too early collecting books for the baby! ;)

    Looking forward to your thoughts on the Frank Delaney book. I will be reading it soon.

  8. I am (mainly) reading Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (I think).

    I loved Lonesome Dove, don't know anyone who didn't.

  9. What fun to find an old gift card like that! Enjoy your new books!

  10. I've been thinking of re-reading the Mercy books since I just bought Silver Borne. I'm reading Made to Be Broken by Kelley Armstrong right now. I've heard it's supposed to be better than the first one but not in my opinion so far.

  11. here's mine

  12. For the King's Favor is on my tbr list. Enjoy!

  13. Get twice the bang for your buck when you and hubby can read the same books. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

  14. The rare book thief book sounds interesting. Have you read The Island of Lost Maps?

    I got a kick out of What's a Ghoul to Do?

    Here's my Monday!

  15. I saw Bartlett talking about the book on Book TV last year and now have it on my shelf to read. I can't wait!

  16. How fun is that when you run across a gift card and it's still good??!!! I hope you have a great week of reading and life!!

  17. Good list of books I hope you two enjoy your reading week!

  18. Oh, go with Blood Bound! It's an interesting one... and don't you love the cover art? I think it's beautiful.

    Just finished the second book in the Body Farm series by Jefferson Bass and gotta say I was a bit disappointed. I'll try another to see but...

    Now I'm reading Decision Points by President Bush.

    Does Mouse have "Good Night Moon"?


  19. A seven-year-old gift card?! How fun! That reminds me. I have a gc I received for Christmas that I haven't used yet. It's all of 6 weeks old. :)

    I'm reading Shoot to Thrill by P.J. Tracy. It's very good, but I shouldn't read it at night. I've been having some pretty disturbing dreams/nightmares!

  20. Enjoy the books. Sorry I got late to comment. The week was bad!

  21. I finished reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban yesterday in the 4-hour bus journey from Penang to KL yesterday. I'm also reading A Thankful Heart by Carole Lewis and loving it. I miss non-fiction so much!

  22. Thank you everyone for your kind comments! I am sorry for not responding individually this time around. I'm a bit overwhelmed right now by all that I've got going on. Not to mention my internet time is limited. It sounds like you are all reading some great books right now.

    CJ - Yes, Mouse has Good Night Moon--it was a shower gift. I'd actually never heard of it before but my husband says it's quite popular. I can't wait to read it to her. :-)


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