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)

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Advent: A Novel

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

Week in Review: What I Read

Full of excitement, this week has seen the gradual wind-down of senior year begin. I’m running ragged trying to get transcripts sent, Academic Infractions Board Cases heard, and grad classes registered–but I love it!  Here’s what I read this week in between errands

  1. What Books Did People Read On the Titanic? (Bookriot): Saying I’m obsessed with the Titanic is a slight understatement. My roommate and I had the conversation that everyone has “their” tragedy and the sinking of the Titanic is definitely mine. For me it signifies the real end to everything I love about the Victorian era: new technology, W.T. Stead, billionaires, and dreams. Given all of this it’s no surprise that I jumped with joy at all of the press coverage for the centennial. This article was of utmost interest, because c’mon: books + Titanic = love.
  2. Is a Credit Union Your Savior From Student Loan Debt? (Forbes): Another timely article as I just had my loan exit interview here at Kenyon. With student debt rising there’s been an increased interest in how to keep the “next generation” from stumbling to financial ruin. This article is a new take on an old problem.
  3. Podcasts by Oxford University English Faculty (via Blackwell’s Bookshop): Okay, so this one isn’t strictly an article, but it’s a great listen all the same! One of my favorite things about being an English major is that I get to listen to great minds talk about great literature and now I can take it with me! (Bonus: these professors have British accents.)
  4. Tutoring Surges with Fight for Middle School Spots (NYT): Though I read this in the print edition–Kenyon graciously holds subscriptions to the NYT that are delivered to the dining hall Monday through Friday–it’s available online. It boggles my mind that competition is so tough just for middle school tests — I didn’t take a prep course for the SAT! The article reminds me a lot of the documentary Nursery University (check it out if you haven’t already).

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)

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

2011 Book Roundup

It’s that time of year again–time for the end of year book round-up! Though I set out to read 52 books this year I came in just short of my goal with 50 books read. I’m currently making my list for next year and I’m looking for suggestions! Have you read any great books in the past year?

1. In the Land of Invented Languages (Okrent)

2. Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)

3. Room (Donoghue)

4. Memnoch the Devil (Rice)

5. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson)

6. Call It Sleep (Roth)

7. The Day of the Locust (West)

8. The Big Sleep (Chandler)

9. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (Stein)

10. Ariel: Collected Poems (Plath)

11.  The Hunger Games (Collins)

12. Coffee at Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest  (Crusie)

13. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Fowles)

14. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (Summerscale)

15. In Cold Blood (Capote)

16. The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton (Sexton)

17. Sepulchre (Mosse)

18. The Handmaid’s Tale (Atwood)

19. Slammerkin (Donoghue)

20.  Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures (Wittman)

21. The Invention of Murder 

22. Dr. Faustus (Marlowe)

23. Death Comes to Pemberley (P.D. James)

24. Persuasion (Austen)

25. Bitter is the New Black (Lancaster)

26. The Ghost Map (Johnson)

27. I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

28. More, Now Again (Wurtzel)

29. The Playboy of the Western World (Synge)

30. Clockwork Angel (Clare)

31. Clockwork Prince (Clare)

32. City of Fallen Angels (Clare)

33. City of Ashes (Clare)

34. City of Glass (Clare)

35. City of Bones (Clare)

36. The Year of Magical Thinking (Didion)

37. Catching Fire (Collins)

38. Mockingjay (Collins)

39. The Nineteenth Century (Collins)

40. The Subjection of Women (Mill)

41. The Victorian World Picture (Newsome)

42. Chasing Harry Winston (Weisberger)

43. Hannibal (Harris)

44. Red Dragon (Harris)

45. Sisterhood Everlasting (Brashares)

46. The Monster of Florence (Preston)

47. The Rum Diary (Thompson)

48. The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Pollan)

49. Witch and Wizard (Patterson)

50. An Unquiet Mind (Jameson)