What I’m Reading This Week (May 31)

Read:

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett (audio) — this was good and I love all the stories from book dealers. Towards the end of the book I wished for a little more about the bookdealer/detective she introduced us too, and realize the thief’s story was getting a little repetitive.

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs — Another excellent Mercy Thompson read. I really like her characters and enjoy spending time with them. I was about half way into the book when I realized that I didn’t really know what the mystery was, but it evolved into something I wasn’t expecting. The timing of this book felt compressed, I feel like I should go back and see how many days it covered.

The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier and illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer — I had really high hopes for this book after the first few pages, but sadly I felt the premise got old as you read on; there were still a few things that made me smile. I think that this field guide to little known princesses is one of those book better dipped into at random rather than read from cover to cover like I did. The art work on the other hand is worth the price of admission. I love Dautremer’s use of color. If you haven’t seen this book yet, you should at least take a look at it.

Shermit’s Adventure to Sprinkle Island by Katherine Borgatti — this is a simple children’s picture book with nice, bright and cheery illustrations about a hermit crab and shrimp who find a treasure map to donuts. The author dropped this off at work for us to take a look at. I believe she is self-published and is presenting the story to local schools.

Reading:

The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen (audio) — the moment the narrator opened his mouth, I knew I’d heard him before. William Dufris is the narrator of Woken Furies by Richard Morgan. I like his voice and it worked well with the hard-boiled world in Morgan’s book and it will probably work well in Mullen’s. The problem is that Firefly Brothers’ opening feels like a scene plucked for Woken Furies or any of the other titles in Morgan’s Takesi Kovacs series. I have to remind myself that this isn’t Kovacs talking but Jason. I have to remind myself that this isn’t some far off distant planet but the American Mid-West circa the 30’s. I am confidant once I am further into the book I will be more firmly grounded in the world of the Firefly Brothers.

The Prince of Frogs by Annaliese Evans – I purchased this one because the cover was so strikingly different for all the romance novels surrounding it, the couple were already married, and it seemed to have ties to fairy tales. It’s been on my TBR shelf a while. I hope it’s good.

–Still reading Alison’s Wonderland edited by Alison Tyler, Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art) by Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton, and Mimi Hellman (I would love to see this ballet based on the original Dangerous Liaisons.), and Climbing Your Family Tree by Ira Wolfman–

Wish List:

I found Dona Nicanora’s Hat Shop by Kirstan Hawkins on Leeswammes’s Blog, but I haven’t been able to spot a U.S. edition.

Sur La Lune mentioned The Strange Case of the Composer and the Judge that seems intriguing. Another title that’s released abroad, but this one has a U.S. edition arriving in July.

Arrived in Mail:

Remembrance by Theresa Breslin and Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone both via Book Mooch

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

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18 Responses

  1. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much still needs to be read by me. The Prince of Frogs has a wonderful cover!

  2. Sounds like you had a good reading week!

    The Nona Nicanora’s Hat Shop book is only available on Kindle in the US (for now). If you’re really keen, you could pre-order the book from http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780099537571/Dona-Nicanoras-Hat-Shop – a new release is expected in August. It costs just over 5 dollars at the moment, but with bookdepository, it will get more expensive the closer you get to the date of release. So, pre-ordering now would not be a bad thing.

    I’ve got 2 books preordered with them (for August and September) – can’t believe how cheap it is!

    • Thanks for the tip. I went over to the Book Depository and pre-ordered it. Free Worldwide shipping was a nice perk they offer. Thanks, AMC

  3. The Man who Loved Books Too Much is one of my favorite books – I loved how she managed to get inside a book lover and figure out some of the quirks we have.

    Here is my Monday!

    • Have you read the books by Nancy and Lawrence Goldstone on books? Used and Rare; Slightly Chipped; Warmly Inscribed; there’s another one who’s title escapes me at the moment. The Goldstones’ books are really good.

  4. I’ve read a lot about Silver Borne, yet I’ve not yet got around to reading any of Patricia Briggs’ books, only a short story. I really should fix that! 😀

  5. Alison’s Wonderland caught my eye, as I did an Alice in Wonderland Challenge recently…have to check it out!

    Here’s my Monday:

    http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/2010/05/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_30.html

    • Alison’s Wonderland doesn’t really have anything to do with Carroll’s novel. It is a collection of erotic short stories based on fairy tales and other fantasy elements. I’m enjoying it because the retelling aren’t the ones I usually run into. I think my favorite so far is the retelling of Three Billy Goats Gruff called “The Three Billys” by Sommer Marden. It will be published in July, I think.

  6. Even though you state that “Silver Borne” felt sort of compressed, it still sounds like a good read! thanks for the review!

  7. The man who loves books too much, impossible lol
    will have to check that one out.

    dollycas
    http://dollycas.blogspot.com/

  8. I loved Richard K. Morgan’s books and now am curious about listening to it on audio. Thanks for the info. 🙂

    My What are you reading? is here.

    Happy Monday. 🙂

    xx,
    E.J
    From the Shadows

    • The Kovacs books are well done on audio except for the slight hitch that between book two and three they change the pronunciation of the characters name. It was a little annoying, then you get past it.

  9. Alison’s Wonderland sounds interesting, I will have to check that one out 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

    Mine is:
    http://www.dorolerium.com/?p=1347

  10. Ahh…The Man Who Loved Books Too Much is somewhere on my TBR stack. It sounds interesting. I should go looking for it but not this week. Happy reading!

  11. The Prince of Frogs sounds interesting!
    I hope you’ll enjoy it!
    Happy reading! 😀

  12. The Prince of Frogs… where have I heard of it? Hmm. It sounds like a really different take on a romance novel – but I will wait for your review before running out to buy it. 🙂

  13. Looks like you had a great reading week. Sorry to hear The Secret Lives of Princesses didn’t live up to your expectations.

  14. Just checked our library for The Man Who Loved Books Too Much but sadly no. I love to read books set in or about the world of books–book stores, book expos, libraries, publishers, universities, etc.

    And erotic fairytailes?! Will have to keep an eye out for Alison’s Wonderland. Unlikely to find it at the public library though. 🙂

    I think you were the Anna Marie who visited me. If so, thanks. If not, glad I found your blog.

    my Monday reading roundup.

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