Wednesday, April 07, 2010

New books

The book purchasing is slowing down. I have three pre-orders that should arrive by the middle of next month and a couple more over the summer. I'd like to see if I can stockpile my gift certificates for awhile instead of spending them the moment they arrive.

Hearts and Minds. Amanda Craig. I'd never heard of this before it showed up on the Orange long list and now I'm seeing it everywhere. London, immigrants, murder. I love the cover and its colors.

White is for Witching. Helen Oyeyemi. I remember checking Oyeyemi's first novel out from the library, but I don't believe I ever opened it. Maybe owning a copy will make the difference.

Shanghai Girls. Lisa See. Review copy. I've never read See. The covers always look too girly for the likes of me.

In the Days of Simon Stern. Arthur A. Cohen. I found this on the free books table in the university library. It won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award back in 1973.

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. Philip Pullman. Pre-ordered last summer. I am trying very hard not to dive into this until after I've completed a couple prior commitments. Okay, I've already read the first chapter. I can tell I'm going to love it.


  1. I read about Pullman's book in The Economist. It sounded fantastic!

  2. Thanks so much for pointing out the existence of the Pullman book - and the Myth series. I have immediately added several of them to my amazon list.

    Have to restrain myself very much from hitting the "buy" button right away (the last parcel arrived only this morning and the pile keeps growing).

  3. I just finished Oyeyemi's first novel, The Icarus Girl and loved it! I plan to read White is for Witching too! I can't wait to hear what you think about it.

  4. I've heard good things about Shanghai Girls, though it's not a book I would read without strong recommendation...

  5. Anonymous7:53 PM

    Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the Pullman novel - not that I'm trying to encourage you to read it over your prior commitments - but you know, it *is* Pullman. (:

  6. Anonymous11:07 PM

    Cannot wait for the Pullman book to hit the shelves here in India. I read an excerpt in the Guardian and was hooked. Finish it soon and post about it, please? :)

  7. The O'Farrel is awesome. I think you will enjoy it.


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