14 February 2013

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts 5

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts are my random notes about books I've read, movies I've watched, books I'm looking forward to, and events I hope to get to.


I have entered the crazy, crazy busy, busy spring editing season (all those fall books!), and I don't think I'd be reading much of anything if it weren't for audiobooks. I've been listening quite a bit lately. Besides the audiobooks reviewed on my blog, I've listened to some fantastic books for  AudioFile magazine. Here are four I can recommend. (My audiobook reviews will be, or are already, published by AudioFile.)

The Man on the Third Floor by Anne Bernays (read by Paul Michael) is about coming to terms with being gay in the 1950s. Mademoiselle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell (read by Suzan Crowley) takes a look at Anne's life in France before she returned to England. The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black (read by Anne Marie Lee) is about a young woman returning home to Galveston after having been sent away when she was teen. The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg (read by Kate McGregor-Stewart) is an immigrant story involving the conflict between and within the generations of a Los Angeles family.

Over at the SheKnows Book Lounge last month, I featured three great audiobooks for getting healthy and fit.

Print Books

I always seem to read a ton of graphic novels in the spring (must be that tired editor's brain). I'm determined to complete the Jack of Fables spin-off books so I can get back to the main story line of Bill Willingham's fabulous Fables series. I finished up Turning Pages last night. I've just started Indiscretion by Charles Dubow, it looks like it's going to be a great story of a summer in the Hamptons during which the perfect couple with the perfect life begin to unravel.

My most recent Armchair Travels column for the SheKnows Book Lounge focused on NOLA and includes suggestions for the whole family. Besides a round-up of February cozy mysteries, I introduced a new column celebrating author's birthdays. This month's Whose Birthday Is It? features four prolific authors.

Movies and TV

Although we have watched a number of movies since the first of the year, we are currently catching up with some television. First, of course, is Downton Abbey, the must-watch show of Sunday nights. We are completely invested in the doings of the abbey and are so sad that the season will end on Sunday. We are woefully behind in Mad Men and are slowly catching up so we can start to watch some of the new season. And finally, I've started watching The Carrie Diaries. I've seen only two episodes, and I'm not sure what I think yet.

In the Stacks

Besides the wonderful books you'll find featured for Imprint Friday, I have the following three books near the top of stack. Who Done It? is a Soho Teen anthology featuring a boatload of awesome authors (Libba Bray, John Green, Lemony Snicket). I can't wait to get reading this "Investigation of Murder Most Foul." The Real Jane Austen is new biography by Paula Byrne, sounds like a book made for me. Finally, I'm looking forward to jumping into Stuart MacBride's latest: Birthdays for the Dead, just out in paperback. The tag line is "Twelve years. Twelve dead girls. Who will be unlucky thirteen?" I'm in for the read!

What's on your read, watch, listen, or review list?


Julie P. 2/14/13, 6:46 AM  

Most of these are new to me except the books for the NOLA feature. We are so looking forward to MAD MEN again and we finally caught up on Downton Abbey.

JoAnn 2/14/13, 8:56 AM  

Hurray for Downton Abbey! I can't believe the season 3 finale is coming up this weekend.

Daryl 2/14/13, 9:00 AM  

so many choices .. need longer evenings .. happy valentine's day

bermudaonion 2/14/13, 10:09 AM  

The Tin Horse sounds like a book I'd love.

Zibilee 2/14/13, 1:31 PM  

I also just started Indiscretion on audio this morning, and I agree with you, I think it's going to be great. Like you, most of my reading has been done on audio, because for the life of me, I can't sit still long enough to read a book! I am hoping that changes soon.

Did you know that there is a new Fables book over at Netgalley? you might have already read that one, but I thought I would give you a heads up if you hadn't.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 2/14/13, 7:40 PM  

I love, love, love Madmen. I'm so addicted to the show that I have to watch live. I'm anxiously awaiting the new season. Sad, I know!

Thanks for audio recommendations. Half my reading now is listening.

Unknown 2/14/13, 10:44 PM  

You always show me new books, and maybe 2013 will be the year I try a Graphic novel.

Laurie C 2/15/13, 6:18 AM  

Just watched finale of Downton Abbey Season 2 last night. On to Season 3 when we can! Other shows we're watching are Jeeves & Wooster (with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry) and Psych (both for comedy relief).
I am excited to hear Jon Scieska is a contributor in a YA book; Stuart MacBride has been intriguing me for a while, but I've never read one of his books.

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