Sporadic Mailbox Monday participant that I am, this week’s haul is really two weeks’ worth of books from a variety of sources. I love stocking up on good reads as the weather gets colder; the stocking up part is complete, now I’m just waiting for the cold weather.
I’ll take it from the top of the stack:
- Taylor Lautner: I won this mini-book at the midnight opening of Breaking Dawn on Friday (no scoffing, please). A friend and I went on a lark–she scored tickets at the awesome AMC Dine-In Theater in Menlo Park, and we had assigned seats for an over-21 crowd (they serve liquor). The waitresses were decked out in bridal veils, drink specials included ‘Edward’s Kiss’ which came with a set of plastic fangs, and a good time was had by all. I will concede that going out after 10pm is not as easy as it was back in college.
- Salt by Mark Kurlansky: I purchased this at my local used bookshop and can’t wait to give it a read. Penned by an award winning author, this nonfiction piece promises to school me in the importance of “our only edible rock”. This book piqued my interest because I have a friend (Christy over at The Daily Dish) who lives with Meniere’s disease–a condition that is exacerbated by sodium intake.
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: This was another purchase at Recycled Reading and it’s more of a quest than anything else. After all the rave reviews I read on various blogs, I borrowed this book on audio but just couldn’t slog through it on my commute because it required too much concentration. I have about 60% of the book to finish and hope that I can enjoy it more on the page.
- The Bungalow by Sarah Jio: I first heard of Sarah Jio after reading about her last novel, The Violets of March, on Edelweiss. I enjoyed the novel and shared it with my mom and aunt and am looking forward to this one. It came courtesy of the author.
- You’re (Not) the One by Alexandra Potter: This title came my way via the publisher–Plume Books–and is touted as a ‘witty romance’. This one is due out at the end of November, and I’ll be reviewing it here.
- Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillion: This one is slated for release early in December and man’s best friend plays a starring role, helping protagonist Juliet regain her bearings after suffering a devastating loss. Thanks to Berkley Publishing for this title.
- bird by bird by Annie Lamont: For the struggling author dwelling inside, Lamont dishes up some wisdom and insight for anyone with a passion for writing. I purchased this at Recycled Reading after hearing about it a while back on Twitter. Published back in 1995, Lamont’s nuggets of wisdom are still relevant today.
- The Lovely Shoes by Susan Shreve: I’m on the hunt for some YA recommendations for my students, and I scooped this one up at Recycled Reading. Have any other suggestions for me?
- Red-Robed Priestess by Elizabeth Cunningham: This novel came to me unsolicited via a PR group, and I’m hesitant to give it a read because it’s part of a series–I prefer to read them in order–and it has strong religious undercurrents. If you’re interested in reading and reviewing this one–it’s part of the Maeve Chronicles–drop me an email.
- Cook Like a Rockstar by Anne Burrell: Last and definitely NOT least, this awesome cookbook was a gift from my cousin. I’m looking forward to featuring some of the recipes on future Weekend Cooking posts and have to say the photos and recipes look great. Burrell uses language I understand, and the recipes are chock full of ingredients I’m actually familiar with! More to come on this one…