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What did YOU buy today? June 2016

What did YOU buy today?

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Jun 3, 2016, 6:30am Top

An interesting looking ARC, right off the bat this month: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon. Due to be published here July 2016, it's a story with children as the protagonists, and a mystery.

Probably thriller-y, since the blurb on the front is from Paula Hawkins, author of Girl on the Train.

Jun 4, 2016, 10:44pm Top

Picked up my history book group's November choice: Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant.

Also American Civil War, and with a local connection, Black Iron Mercy by Eric Schlehlein is a novel that came home with me. It's a print on demand title from a small Georgia publisher. I usually avoid both e-books and print-on-demand, but made an exception.

Jun 16, 2016, 8:56pm Top

One ARC today, which doesn't come out until November: _The Shores of Tripoli_ by James L. Haley. It's an historical novel about the Barbary pirates.

Jun 17, 2016, 10:32pm Top

Bought two novels: Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery by J. Aaron Sanders, and Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik.

The first is an historical mystery. The latter is an alternate history fantasy novel. I own all the other of Novik's Temeraire novels with the exception of the one that came out in hardcover this week, League of Dragons.

Jun 26, 2016, 8:27am Top

Brought home two ARCs, leaving a few others that looked interesting behind -- wow, my apartment's full of books:

* _Saving Jake_ by Sharon Sala (pub date 10/16; contemporary romance, I've liked her romantic suspense in the past)

* First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (pub date 8/16; contemporary romance, she usually brings the funny, and in this one she seems to be turning tropes upside down)

Jun 28, 2016, 9:59pm Top

One final ARC for the month, oddly arriving after the declared pub date of May 2016: The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine, a multiple time period novel that they're billing as "Kate Morton meets Daphne DuMaurier."

May 19, 3:07pm Top

So if you don't mind me asking, what did you think of "Black Iron Mercy?"

Jun 4, 8:47pm Top

I'm afraid that like thousands of other books in my apartment, it's tsundoku. My eyes are bigger than my stomach when it comes to books, even now that I can't afford to buy any on a regular basis and mostly bring home ARCs.

One of my coworkers asked me for years if I had read Pynchon's _Mason & Dixon_ yet. I bought it new, in hardcover, and it's still unread.

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