15 November 2009

New Books; Or Having Friends Can Be Dangerous

In the last month I've gotten into the habit of trading books with friends. I've not yet tried the official book-swapping sites. (If you don't know what a book-swapping site is, check out the series of posts at S. Krishna's Books in which Swapna reviews and compares them.)

Anyway, I was stupid enough to think that I would actually give away more books than I brought in. Well, I think I'm ahead of the game, but not by much. Of course, I'm still buying books and I also receive books for review.

Here's a look at some of the books that came in the mail recently.

Let's start with two books I'm particularly looking forward to. Undercover by Beth Kephart, a YA novel, was given to me by a friend and I plan to read it over Thanksgiving weekend. A Nest of Celeste by Henry Cole is a beautiful book that I requested from the publisher. I'm not sure yet if it is YA or middle reader. The Mark by Jen Nadol is a YA novel that has paranormal elements (ARC for review).

I received three finished books and one ARC for review. I'm very excited about all four of these books. Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson, Between Here and April byDeborah Copaken Kogan, The House on Tradd Street by Karen White, and The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White.

I managed to snag three historical fiction ARCs from a friend. The reviews definitely caught my interest. The Wet Nurse's Tale by Erica Eisdorfer, The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins, and Mozart's Sister by Nancy Moser.

Finally, I have three new nonfiction titles: M. F. K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans by Joan Reardon (bought), The Secret Wife of Louis XIV by Veronica Buckley (review), and The Magician's Book by Laura Miller (swapped).

Can you recommend any of these books? What looks good to you? Anything new in your house this week?


Sandy Nawrot 11/15/09, 8:39 AM  

Wow, that is a load of books! There is no sense even trying to end up with a lighter load with this steady stream of fun coming through your mailbox! I really want to read that book Backseat Saints!!!!

bermudaonion 11/15/09, 9:03 AM  

Friends like that are fabulous, not dangerous! You got some great looking books. I'm hoping to see Backseat Saints soon.

Deborah 11/15/09, 9:08 AM  

Mozart's sister is REALLY good. if you end up liking that one, Nancy Moser has written several other good historical fiction 1st person novels in teh same style on Jane Austen, Martha Washington and Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Louise 11/15/09, 9:13 AM  

Since I really like Joshilyn Jackson, I am very curious about Backseat Saints and the cover is great too!

I got two Danish thrillers in the mail this week, Uglies, Pretties and Specials by Scott Westfield plus Darkness by my friend by John Marsden. I am excited about them all!

Anonymous,  11/15/09, 9:51 AM  

I didn't know Joshilyn Jackson had a new book coming out. So yay!

Anonymous,  11/15/09, 9:58 AM  

Wow--lots of books for you! They all look really good.

Heather 11/15/09, 10:19 AM  

Wow, you got the new Joshilyn Jackson! I'm so jealous, I just love her. She's hilarious.

Great haul there! :)

Jill 11/15/09, 10:28 AM  

I'm so excited about Joshilyn Jackson's latest...looking forward to your thoughts on it!

Amy 11/15/09, 12:35 PM  

Great load of books. The Magician's Book and The Tory Widow look interesting. I love getting books in the mail but I never know where to start...

Literary Feline 11/15/09, 1:09 PM  

I admit that one of the big reasons I haven't joined a swapping site is because I would rather not have a book coming in for every book I give out. I know I wouldn't have to request books in return--but the temptation would be there. As it is, I'm terrible about avoiding the bookstores anyway--which is probably worse.

I like the idea of trading one on one though. I do that on occasion, but probably not often enough.

I am looking forward to reading The Girl on Legare Street. I enjoyed the author's first book in the series. I hope you will too!

I hope you have a great week, Beth!

Nise' 11/15/09, 1:10 PM  

Nice selection of books you received! I've read three of them and enjoyed them all (The Wet Nurse's Tale, The House On Tradd Street and Mozart's Sister). Just received The Girl on Legare Street. Happy reading1

Beth Kephart 11/15/09, 3:54 PM  


My email has been really difficult and porous for the past few weeks, and often I do not get notice of comments on my blog. And so, just now, I got your note about not being able to come to Lititz, and I rush to reassure you that I completely understand. Julie was wonderful (I just wrote about her presence) and the panel was really solid and interesting and yet and yet and yet, I would never want you to drive so far, and put so much at risk.

I come here to tell you that and find UNDERCOVER in your mail box.

You are a good soul, all around.


Kailana 11/15/09, 4:46 PM  

What a great haul of books! I am jealous! :)

A Bookshelf Monstrosity 11/15/09, 5:26 PM  

Wow, your historical fiction titles all look really interesting. Have fun with these :)

Julie P. 11/15/09, 5:48 PM  

I have quite a few of these books too that I want to get to! I loved UNDERCOVER!

Michelle 11/15/09, 6:21 PM  

Friends swapping books is just a fabulous thing isn't it? You've got really fabulous selections listed here. Enjoy!

Melody 11/15/09, 9:16 PM  

Wow, you've a lovely haul there! I can't wait to read The Girl on Legare Street!

Vasilly 11/15/09, 10:36 PM  

I haven't read any of them but The Wet Nurse's Tale and The Magician's Book are both on my shelves. Happy reading.

Alice 11/16/09, 1:19 AM  

So many books! Makes me itch so much to go out there and break my ban!

Veens 11/16/09, 6:44 AM  

I am sure you are in deep trouble with freinds like that ;) :) :)

God, just look at the titles. I wish I had friends like yours here.. would love to snag some your gorgeous books :)

Andi 11/16/09, 9:35 AM  

I love a big stack of books or seeing a post full of pretty covers. I have A Nest for Celeste on my stacks as well, and I can't wait to get to it.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 11/16/09, 11:21 AM  

I agree with Bermudaonion - "fabulous, not dangerous!"

I haven't read any of your new books; A NEST FOR CELESTE looks adorable!

Jen - devourer of books 11/16/09, 11:22 AM  

Hmm, I recognize some of those books =)

I just finished "The House on Tradd Street" and really liked it, I'm excited for "Legare"

Anonymous,  11/16/09, 12:02 PM  

That's a lot of great books. I'm reading Tradd Street right now and enjoying it.

Anonymous,  11/16/09, 1:18 PM  

Wow, what a great haul! Unfortunately I haven't read any of them, I can't give any recommendations, but many of them look really good!

Melissa 11/16/09, 2:06 PM  

I recently read Undercover and really enjoyed it. Backseat Saints also looks very good!

Kristen 11/17/09, 10:45 AM  

Book friends do tend to make the shelves sag a bit, don't they? ;-) I'm fairly jealous of quite a few of your books listed here.

Lisa (Southern Girl Reads) 11/17/09, 2:03 PM  

Some really great books here! Backseat Saints and House of Tradd Street are two I hope to read soon. Enjoy your books!

Ana S. 11/18/09, 4:06 PM  

Yep, friends can definitely be dangerous! In the best possible way, though :D

The Wet Nurse's Tale and The Magician's Book in particular are two I want to get my hand son as well.

Jenners 11/24/09, 8:32 PM  

I think you are lucky to have such good friends with such interesting books! I think you're doing pretty good without a swap site!

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