Book Haul: June 7

I haven’t had time to update this feature in a while so I’m choosing my favorite galleys that have come in!  Again, please remember that I will review as I am able and if a book doesn’t interest me enough to finish there will not be a review posted.

The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code  (Sam Kean)
on sale 7/17/12

The Darkest Minds (Alexandra Bracken)

on sale 12/18/12

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court (Michelle Moran)

on sale 9/14/12

(I am very excited for this title since her biography of Madame Tusssuad was incredible.)

The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns (Sasha Issenberg)

on sale 9/11/12

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Book Haul: April 24

My first galley review will be up later this week and another is coming your way very soon! Just as a note, I will not be reviewing the books that I didn’t like/couldn’t bring myself to finish.  Here’s what came this week:


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The Wild Rose

The Wild Rose (Jennifer Donnelly)
on sale 5/22 


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My Last Empress: A Novel

My Last Empress (Da Chen)
10/2/2012


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Advent: A Novel

Advent (James Treadwell)
on sale 7/3/12

Book Haul: April 16

Though I’ve fallen behind on review copies already (see last week’s post for how many I received) I think there are some real winners in this week’s batch.  I’ll be reviewing these as I finish them! Without further introduction, here’s what came this week:

Dark Kiss (Michelle Rowan)
on sale 5/12 

Abdication (Juliet Nicholson)
5/22/2012

Gilt  (Katherine Longshore)
on sale 5/15/12

The Twisted Thread (Charlotte Bacon)

on sale now


Hypocrites & Half-Wits: A Daily Dose of Sanity from Cafe Hayek
on sale 7/1/2012

Klonopin Lunch: A Memoir

on sale 7/17/12


Book Haul: April 9

I know it’s a little early in my book-blogging career to start posting book hauls but I’ve been incredibly lucky this past week! I’ve received several review copies from publishers and I’ll be reviewing these as I finish them! Without further introduction, here’s what came this week:

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Rachel Joyce)
on sale 7/24/12 


The Book of Madness and Cures (Regina O’Melveny)
on sale now 

So Far Away (Meg Mitchell Moore)
on sale 5/29/12

Imperfect Bliss (Susan Fales-Hill)
on sale 7/3/2012 


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Kasher and the Rye (Moshe Kasher)
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Enchantments (Kathryn Harrison)
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The Tragedy of Arthur (Arthur Philips)
on sale now

Paris in Love (Eloise James)
on sale April 17,2012

Francophilia rediscovered

Despite my recent foray into life across the pond, my love for the French remains undiminished. Call me fickle or inconstant but I was sure my love of France had been eclipsed by England’s beauty…until today.

It all started over the summer when I saw Midnight in Paris. Whatever you may think about Woody Allen, the work is genius. The scenery, the representation of artistic greats and the costuming is beyond amazing.If you haven’t seen the film I highly suggest you rush to a theater before it disappears!

(Also as part of a semi-shameless plug, check out my post on Dormify about decorating your dorm room with Midnight in Paris as the inspiration)

Of course, with this as in all things, I was stubborn. I wanted to believe that my adoration stemmed from a love of Stein, Picasso and the beautiful music rather than from the city of love. Oh how wrong I was!

I’ve begun reading Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard. The book details Ms. Bard’s experiences abroad, from studying in Scotland during her junior year through her time as a graduate student in London and onto meeting her husband and moving to Paris. The romance is like something out of a romantic comedy (emphasis on the comedy). The French seem in turn more relaxed and more uptight than I’d ever seen them.

The insights offered into the French mystique make me want to a) start wearing silk scarves b) bike everywhere c) learn to love French cuisine and d) watch French films. Obviously this is one to read!

Off to watch Amelie,

Alexandra