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New Books to You: October - December, 2017

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Oct 3, 2017, 9:08am Top

I almost used the fact that this is my Thingaversary month to buy the hardcover of this book, but then decided that I should probably preview it in the Kindle version in case it doesn't live up to its title.
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle

I see the same author has another book focusing on Hollywood called Gone with the Gin. You can be pretty sure that one will find a home with me if the Tequila Mockingbird is any good at all.

Oct 3, 2017, 5:05pm Top

Today is my 12th Thingaversary, although I only have a few new (to me) books. I got some of them from my mom, who is downsizing, but also have bought a couple.

Murder's Little Sister by Pamela Branch. I loved Branch's The Wooden Overcoat, a darkly humourous murder mystery. I'm sure I read this a long time ago, because this is my mom's old copy (and not in good shape, either) but don't recall anything about it.

Night Fall by Joan Aiken. A rather gothic-sounding mystery, which sounded intriguing. Another hand-me-down from mom.

Birds of the Northern Forest and Birds of the Eastern Forest Vol. 1, paintings by J.F. Landsdowne, text by John A. Livingston. Coffee-table books, also formerly my mother's. Not really helpful for birding as too large and heavy, but the pictures are gorgeous.

The Chalet School and Jo by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer was waiting for me when I got home from visiting mom. Jo is head girl and there are the usual alarms and excursions.

That's only 5 books, and technically I should have 13, but it's getting a bit onerous (not to mention expensive) to keep up with Thingaversary acquisitions, so it may take me a while to get the rest. I shall keep you all posted :)

Oct 3, 2017, 6:08pm Top

>2 tardis:

I'm thinking that pgmcc may need to change the algorithm for a Thingaversay over ten years. Maybe the enforcers will just need some extra cheese and tea.

Oct 4, 2017, 12:21am Top

I got a couple of ARCs today that I'm very excited for. Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines which is Book One of the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse and looks like it could be very funny.

The other one is Force of Nature by Jane Harper which is her second book after The Dry which was my favorite book of last year.

Oct 4, 2017, 9:04am Top

>2 tardis: & >3 suitable1: A little known codicil, buried on page 15 of the Enforcer Rules to Live By, is that time spent reading said acquired books, or cataloging them, or tweaking your catalog on LT all counts, so money spending is not an actual requirement to fulfill one's obligations of membership.

Oct 4, 2017, 9:08am Top

I picked up despite the mixed reviews because I am weak. So very, very weak.

Oct 4, 2017, 10:23am Top

>5 MrsLee: Only your own catalogue?

Oct 4, 2017, 1:33pm Top

>5 MrsLee: My Thingaversary is in a few months so that's very good to know. I really need to get a copy of those Enforcer Rules.

Oct 4, 2017, 9:03pm Top

>7 hfglen: It wouldn't be very polite to muck about in other's catalogs! But if you mean the railroad catalog, well, I suppose you could submit a form for an exception to the committee. I think one year I added my husband's books, and that was accepted. At least, no one showed up with the dread pirate Spaulding.

Oct 5, 2017, 5:15am Top

>9 MrsLee: That was exactly what I meant. 1230 books in just over 18 months, and counting.

Oct 5, 2017, 11:27am Top

According to the handbook, the books have to be obtained with the purpose of fulfilling one's Thingaversay obligation. Of course, the enforcers usually believe whatever they are told.

Oct 9, 2017, 4:36am Top

Added 3 to the collection yesterday:

The World at Night by Alan Furst
Chronicle in Stone & The Ghost Rider both by Ismail Kadare

Oct 9, 2017, 12:49pm Top

Open Road Media has the digital rights to Carol Shields' back catalog so whenever they have one on sale I scoop it up. This time it was which I will get to sometime!

Oct 11, 2017, 8:49am Top

Read an author's description of his book in the Costco magazine and went straight to Amazon to buy Turtles all the Way Down by John Green. His description of mental illness, and trying to heal from it (he has OCD), almost made me cry in two or three paragraphs.

Oct 11, 2017, 7:53pm Top

Well, I have nearly fulfilled the Thingaversary requirements after all. I wasn't expecting to do it, although of course one always HOPES to acquire more books, but I did go to a used book store today to get Birds of the Eastern Forest, vol. 2 to complement v.1 acquired as noted above. Because really, having only v.1? So incomplete. So wrong. And the price wasn't marked, so the guy looked at it and said "$30" which was just fine, since they run about $45 for a used copy on Amazon, and the one that was listed for his bookstore (which is how I knew to go there) was listed as $75 on Amazon. And since I was there, I looked around and got Gardens of Plenty : The Art of the Potager Garden and Frank Lloyd Wright : American Master, both of which were very reasonably priced for such lovely books.

Then I had to buy cat food, and Petsmart is right across the parking lot from Chapters, so I had to go there, too, and I got Away with the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood (I adore Phryne Fisher mysteries but they are so expensive I could only have one) and A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris, which is a collection of Sookie Stackhouse short stories.

After that I happened to be driving by Value Village and made an impulse stop (usually I avoid it around Halloween because it's a bit nuts) and got Every Which Way But Dead and The Outlaw Demon Wails because I seem to be on an urban fantasy kick right now.

I managed NOT to stop at Goodwill even though I passed it on the way home, due to lack of time and a smidgen of guilt, even though most of the books I'd already bought were used and very cheap.

So anyway, that brings me up to 12 books, which I consider sufficient, although if the Enforcers can't be bribed with tea and bikkies to look the other way, I shall count one more, which was given to my husband the other day: Heart of the City : a History of Cloverdale From Gallagher Flats to Village In The Park.

Edited: Oct 11, 2017, 11:17pm Top

I recently attended a preview of the film version of Margaret Mahy's The Changeover, followed by a Q&A with the two directors. I wouldn't normally read a book straight after seeing the film but I did so in this case because the film was so good and I knew I could trust Margaret Mahy's writing. There were some differences between book and film but these had been mentioned in the Q&A so it was not unexpected. Perhaps needless to say the book was excellent and I felt that the film did it justice so I can recommend it to any Mahy fans amongst you.

Oct 11, 2017, 11:31pm Top

>15 tardis:
You are a shining example to all of us.

Oct 12, 2017, 7:19am Top

16 Oh wow, I hope that film makes it to the UK. I love Mahy's YA books and The changeover is one of my favourites. I reread it recently and it is still just as good as when I was a teen.

Oct 12, 2017, 7:52am Top

>18 Sakerfalcon: I reread it recently too - I read it as a teen and had been trying desperately for years to remember the title. I finally ran across it earlier this year and was absolutely delighted to find that it held up quite well to my memory.

I haven't read any others of hers, but will gladly take recommendations....

Oct 12, 2017, 8:54am Top

>15 tardis: Sounds like a very fun day!

Kindle was offering Eight Skilled Gentlemen by Barry Hughart, for $1.99 today. I bought it having enjoyed Bridge of Birds. Now I see that there is a book in the middle which I don't have The Story of Stone, very tempted to purchase it, but I'm waiting. Need to do some research on whether it is necessary to read these in order.

Oct 12, 2017, 9:03am Top

>19 Darth-Heather: The Catalogue of the Universe and The Other Side of Silence are both excellent, but don't have the fantasy element. The Haunting and Alchemy do have it, and are quite good.

Edited: Oct 12, 2017, 5:43pm Top

>18 Sakerfalcon: I'm sure it will. It stars Timothy Spall as Carmody Braque (very scary!), Melanie Lynskey as Laura's mother and Lucy Lawless as Miryam.

Edited: Oct 13, 2017, 7:17am Top

>19 Darth-Heather:, >21 SylviaC: I like all of those (Alchemy a bit less) and would also add The tricksters which is supernatural and Memory which isn't.

>22 europhile: Sounds like perfect casting!

Oct 13, 2017, 8:48am Top

Apparently, I am still celebrating my Thingaversary. It seems that the Discworld gods are aware of the date, as Gollancz has just released four new books with the Joe McLaren covers which I am collecting.
Thief of Time
Monstrous Regiment
Night Watch
Going Postal - to be released October 19th, I pre-ordered so I won't forget

I'm doing a happy dance!

Oct 13, 2017, 9:32am Top

Woo hoo! congratulations on your Thingaversary. many happy reading returns!

Oct 13, 2017, 9:34am Top

>23 Sakerfalcon: I left The Tricksters for you to recommend, because I knew you liked it better than I did. :)
It is one of Mahy's most popular books, though, so I'm in the minority in not caring so much for it.

>24 MrsLee: I've never seen those covers in the wild. Are they hardcover editions?

Oct 13, 2017, 11:31am Top

>24 MrsLee: The enforcers will be pleased.

Oct 14, 2017, 10:42am Top

>26 SylviaC: Yes, they are hardcovers. I buy them from Book Depository. You can look in my catalog at my Pratchett books to see some of the covers.

Oct 14, 2017, 6:47pm Top

Happy Thingaversary!

I'm reading an ARC of Artemis, the new book by Andy Weir. It's a sort of heist or caper job set on the moon. It's really good so far. Then I got a ER copy of Sinking the Sultana. It sounds good, but it might be a little while before I can get to it.

Edited: Oct 15, 2017, 9:59am Top

>29 cmbohn: I've been resisting the call of Artemis: A Novel (what? no touchstones for this yet?), so I will be very interested to hear what you think. Your description right there makes me want it!

ETA: Had to add the "a novel" to find the touchstones. I really hate the "a novel" after titles. Why is it all over the place now?

Edited: Oct 15, 2017, 1:35pm Top

Happy Thingaversary to all those who've been celebrating!

I had been doing pretty well at not adding to the TBR pile - having only acquired 2 books since March (library books aside) and one of those was a travel guide ready for my holiday. I've blown most of the progress out of the water this month though by being given 9 books and buying 6... Disaster really!

I really do need to reduce the TBR pile so that I can house my books in a better fashion and appreciate the ones I've got (and find the ones I want to read!). With this in mind, I've made a list of books that I would like to get through between now and the end of 2018 - it's a mix of genres, lengths, styles and topics, and at this point I imagine that a maximum of about 1/4 of them will be keepers. I noticed that this year I've completed about 92 books so far - this is substantially less than half of what I made it through last year, although with a concerted effort between now and December 31st, I might make it to almost half the number of pages (clearly there were a lot more short books last year). With my 'new' job (I've been there a bit more than a year now), I think what I'm seeing is more realistic in terms of what's manageable now, so there's no point in aiming for an over 200 book year any longer - the majority of very short books have gone from the shelf too, which adds to the unlikeliness of getting through that number of books.

I'm hoping that the new plan will still give me plenty of opportunity to read what takes my fancy at the time, while also making inroads into the overwhelming pile. I still need to resist adding to the pile except on special occasions (Thingaversaries and the like!) After all, it's only 88 days until my next Thingaversary!

Oct 15, 2017, 2:19pm Top

I'm not racing against myself, but I understand the mountainous TBR pile. I've avoided going to the library for the last few weeks just so I can get to books I have. That trip to Half Price Books just put me over the top.

Oct 16, 2017, 7:28am Top

I went to a book sale on Saturday and came away with a pile of new-to-me acquisitions:
Wise children by Angela Carter (this is to replace my copy which seems to have disappeared)
Moranifesto by Caitlyn Moran
The Quorn kitchen (cookbook)
Hope against hope and Hope abandoned by Nadezhda Mandelstam
The love and wars of Lina Prokofiev by Simon Morrison

Then we went into Kingston to the Oxfam bookshop where I found:
All the windwracked stars and Ink and steel by Elizabeth Bear
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak.

I think I will have to set myself a challenge of reading one Russian title each month in order to get through the backlog of books from and about Russia on my Tbr piles.

Oct 17, 2017, 8:07am Top

This arrived yesterday!

The Great Naturalists - I can't remember how I heard of it, but it's lovely. I've already read the introduction. I need to swap out a print over the mantel and was thinking of an Albertus Seba print, but couldn't find the one I loved best, so this will give me ideas for other options.

Oct 18, 2017, 8:57am Top

>34 Bookmarque: Someone is trying to tell me something, but I haven't figured out the message. Flamingos are popping up everywhere I look! Yesterday I saw your post, then I drove past a yard which had sprouted about 10 wooded flamingos overnight on the way to work (a fundraiser our local school does, I think you have to "donate" to get them removed), and a lady came to my counter wearing a bright pink shirt with silhouettes of flamingos all over it. Looks like a lovely book.

BookBub and Amazon combined this morning to add to my Kindle TBR. But really, I bought these for my mother and husband. Of course I will not be against reading them at some point.

Time to be Earnest by P.D. James - for mom
The Dark Tower and other Stories by C.S. Lewis - for Mark

Those books were only $1.99, but when I went to purchase them, Amazon had a gift card on my account for something or other, and so the total for both books ended up being $1.12! I love surprises like that. :)

Oct 18, 2017, 5:42pm Top

>35 MrsLee: Hmm… regarding the flamingos: Do you eat many Cheerios or Fruit Loops? If so, the message may be to set fire to them. (Because then you’d have flaming Os.)

Regarding the unexpected money, there was some sort of additional Apple settlement payout today. Could that have been it? I received an e-mail crediting me for a whopping $3.42. I've seen some people post about getting $60+, but I'm consoling myself that my low payout means I wasn't overcharged as much as they were. ;)

Oct 18, 2017, 11:53pm Top

>36 YouKneeK: Possibly, although I've never owned an Apple product in my life. I think my gift card was for $2.86. My coworker had one for $12 something.

That pun. Ouch! It could be a real cereal killer.

Oct 19, 2017, 3:59am Top

>35 MrsLee: Specially for you, Lee:

(Seen in Cape Town last month.)

Oct 19, 2017, 6:28am Top

>37 MrsLee: LOL :)

Me neither on the Apple products; I’ve never owned an iAnything. Actually, we did have an Apple II computer when I was a child…

Oct 19, 2017, 8:50am Top

>38 hfglen: Pretty! Thank you, but I'm still not gonna decorate or start collecting flamingos :D Yours must not be getting the essential little shrimp or food bit that turns them pink, but they are interesting birds, are they not?

>39 YouKneeK: Finally got my email, yes, it was that settlement. Said it was in addition to an earlier settlement. I noticed when I looked at my gift card history that there had been several with small odd amounts over the years. None of which amount to much, but hey, found money is fun.

Now this is NOT my fault! My husband went to put some books his father sent our way from an overflow at his senior center into one of the Little Free Libraries, and found TREASURES! My husband is very picky discerning in his reading. He loves some of the older scifi novels, but he doesn't like to spend money on books for himself, so they are not easy to find. Here's what he came home with.

Four hardcovers:
A Choice of Gods by Clifford D. Simak
The Visitors by Clifford D. Simak
Way Station by Clifford D. Simak
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer

Oct 19, 2017, 8:56am Top

>40 MrsLee: hold firm to your resolve to not-collect flamingos. My mom didn't, and now flamingo knick-knacks are all over her house. Once people think you like them, it never stops.

I haven't read the other Simaks, but Way Station is wonderful.

Oct 19, 2017, 8:56am Top

Way Station is one of my favorites.

Oct 19, 2017, 9:02am Top

>40 MrsLee: Quite possibly not, as these were in an, ahem, "wastewater treatment facility". But the Kimberley ones are much pinker.

Oct 19, 2017, 2:57pm Top

I finished Artemis and it was just as good as it sounds. My son, who is discovering classic sci fi, asked how it compares to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I'd say it's the 21st century version. More heist than social revolution, but similar in many other ways. Lots of fun.

Oct 19, 2017, 3:17pm Top

>44 cmbohn: Good to know!

Oct 20, 2017, 8:55am Top

I'm looking through my BookBub email and I see this:

Is it just my old eyes, or is that title very difficult to read? I came up with several words before I looked at the title in the blurb, and none of mine were correct.

Oct 20, 2017, 11:57pm Top

So I went to a library book sale today. The very first table inside the door was all books about words. So after selecting
1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Pilgrim in the Palace of Words
Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms
More on Oxymoron
The Dictionary of Confusable Words
The Whatchamacallit : those everyday objects you just can't name
Descriptionary : a thematic dictionary and
The Play of Words : fun and games for language lovers,
I moved on to the rest of the tables, where I gathered 26 more books. Too bad I don't have time now to post them all here.

But I did find another Pratchett: Interesting Times.

Oct 21, 2017, 12:12am Top

>47 SylviaC: I don't know if I would have gotten past that first table. All in all a very nice haul.

Oct 21, 2017, 11:10am Top

>48 Taphophile13: There were a lot more on that table that I was tempted to buy, but what I got was heavy enough to carry around. I had to make two trips to the car as it was!

I'm about to go to a sale in another city now. And there is a third one next week.

Edited: Oct 23, 2017, 6:02am Top

I was meeting a friend yesterday and because I was early I went to the bookshop to browse, always a fatal idea. I came away with two graphic novels, Spinning which is a memoir about a teenage girl into competitive ice-skating and Japanese notebooks which is a gorgeously illustrated look at life in Japan from the POV of an outsider.

Oct 23, 2017, 11:56am Top

50 - I loved Artemis.

Oct 24, 2017, 8:45am Top

>52 cmbohn: Good to know!

Oct 27, 2017, 1:21pm Top

I just snagged a copy of Scalped: Deluxe Edition Book One.

Oct 27, 2017, 3:07pm Top

>52 cmbohn: Good to hear. I've got 2 books in front of it and then I can dive in!

Nov 14, 2017, 5:14pm Top

Sigh! Another trip to Leamington Spa means my travel bag is heavier for the return journey:

Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley
The Human Division by John Scalzi
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
The Walking Dead Book One by Robert Kirkman

Dec 23, 2017, 10:41am Top

My SantaThing package arrived! Of course I opened it, because otherwise the packages under the tree would be unbalanced. Yes. I can't wait to find out who chose for me, because so far as I can tell, they did a splendid job! Two were on my wishlist:
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles - I'm really very glad they chose this, and in a lovely hardcover version, too, because I thought I already had it on my Kindle, but when I checked, I do not, and here I was planning to make it my first read in January!

The Last Detective by Peter Lovesey - Which has some mixed reactions in this group, but is one I wanted to try.

The other two are new to me:
Gypsy in Amber by Martin Cruz Smith - He wrote Gorky Park which I have never read, now I can read this and see if it should still be on my radar. It is one of those which I have semi-avoided because of comments by others which made me hesitate to read it, but this one sounds interesting, anyway.

The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel - I have heard of this one as well, and am interested to read it.

So SantaThing has been good to me. I don't know if there will be any books under the tree, none of the packages look the right shape, although, there was a bottle of Hendricks gin in a package opened last night. I wouldn't have opened it, but my daughter insisted! So, you know what we will be drinking tonight with our ramen soup!

November and December Kindle Purchases:
The Summer Before the War: a Novel by Helen Simonson
A Hilltop on the Marne illustrated by Mildred Aldrich
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham
I Am Crying all Inside and other Stories by Clifford D. Simak
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud - I really don't remember buying this one at all! Although I've heard of it.
The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett
Mary Russell's War: and Other Stories of Suspense by Laurie R. King

Ho boy. And I thought my book purchasing had slowed down... Although, to be fair, most of those books were purchased for my mother and husband. Of course, I intend to read most of them as well, one of these days.

Dec 23, 2017, 11:39am Top

>57 MrsLee:

SantaThing was good to you!

Dec 23, 2017, 7:48pm Top

What a fun haul!

I liked The Last Detective but didn't love it. I really enjoyed The Amulet of Samarkand though.

Jan 3, 9:34am Top

To finish up the year, I purchased for my mother, on Kindle:

Mrs. Jeffries Reveals Her Art by Emily Brightwell

Jan 3, 5:18pm Top

My husband got me Parsifal's Page off my Amazon wish list for Christmas. I love this kid's series, but of course, I finished it that day. It reminded me of the song.

Last Christmas
You bought me a book,
but the very next day
I finished the book.

This Christmas
to save me from tears
please buy me a longer book.

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