Saturday, March 1, 2008

Lots of Goodies

Although this hasn't been the best week for me since I've been fighting the flu, it has been a wonderful week for receiving books in the mail! On three different days this week, I opened packages with books in them -- that might be a record for me! That is even on top of winning an ARC of IMMORTAL from Iliana (aka bookgirl) on Friday.

On Wednesday, I received a copy of THE READING GROUP by Elizabeth Noble from The Reading Group follows the trials and tribulations of a group of women who meet regularly to read and discuss books.Over the course of a year, each of these women become intertwined, both in the books they read and within each other's lives. (Harper Collins) I think this book sounds like a great potential read for my book club; and there are already discussion questions available.

I got so excited when I saw the FedEx man pull up in front of my house on Thursday! He delivered a copy of THE SECRET OF LOST THINGS by Sheridan Hay. I requested this book from Random House based on a promotional postcard that they sent to me. This books looks so intriguing, and I can't wait to read it. Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little other than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city. Taking a job at a vast, chaotic emporium of used and rare books called the Arcade, she knows she has found a home. But when Rosemary reads a letter from someone seeking to “place” a lost manuscript by Herman Melville, the bookstore erupts with simmering ambitions and rivalries. Including actual correspondence by Melville, The Secret of Lost Things is at once a literary adventure and evocative portrait of a young woman making a life for herself in the city. (Random House)

On Friday, I received a copy of THE MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON by Lauren Groff. A few weeks ago I won a giveaway from Girls Just Reading. I have wanted to read this book ever since I found out that it was the first selection in Barnes and Noble's First Look Book Club. The Monsters of Templeton is a novel spanning two centuries: part a contemporary story of a girl’s search for her father, part historical novel, and part ghost story, this spellbinding novel is at its core a tale of how one town holds the secrets of a family. (Hyperion) I can't remember the last time a book has gotten this much positive press. Entertainment Weekly magazine raves about it almost every week.

I am dying to read all of these books, but unfortunately for now they are sitting on my TBR pile. I reserved some newly released books from the library that I have to read first (I only get two weeks.) I love getting new books, but somehow I seem to make getting free books a stressful situation! I have so many books in my TBR pile that I want to read -- I don't even know how to prioritize anymore. Does anyone else ever feel stressed out when they look at their TBR pile, or am I just crazy?


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you scored some good reads!!

You're not crazy. That's been happening to me lately too. My blog friend Softdrink sent me a book "Garden Spells", followed by a book I won at ReadingGroupGuides "And Sometimes Why", followed by one from AuthorBuzz "Keeper and Kid" followed by the Barnes and Noble First Look book "The Sister". All this month. I also won The Reading Group from bookclubgirl (haven't received it yet).. so YES I am feeling the pressure!! My own book club choice this month was a chunkster- The Time Traveler's Wife. Just finished it last night. NOw I have to hurry and start The Sister for B & N (discussion starts Monday). I have to slow down on the freebies for a bit! I don't read as fast as you do! (Or maybe you have more free time).

Amy said...

lol, yes, i received six books in the mail this week as well. one of them i ordered but the others are all promotional. i love reading and I hope I don't zap the joy out of it by making my TBR pile too huge. (honestly, it's already too huge.) But I'm a bookaholic and even with the stress, I still get filled with joy and excitement at the sight of a new book!

Julie said...

You'll have to let me know what you think of Monster's. I know it's gotten a lot of wonderful press.

Garden Spells is wonderful and one of my favorite books of 2007.

Megan said...

Dang girl how did you manage to get all those books? Have you started The Reading Group? I found it at a thrift store for 50 cents. I have picked it up a few times and found it SOOOOOOO boring. But I would love to be able to read it WITH someone.