Digging Out From Under the Pile

Book pile – September 2008
September 18, 2008, 11:22 pm
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I still need to post which books I snagged at the American Library Association conference back at the end of June/beginning of July, but here are the books I’ve gotten in the last few weeks:

I got the top row as part of Grand Central Publishing’s advertisement of their Latino Books Program in conjunction with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine Lopez, Houston, We Have a Problema by Gwendolyn Zepeda, and Dream in Color by Congresswomen Linda and Loretta Sanchez). They all look interesting (Heather made some very wise selections), and I saw The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters received a very positive review in the latest issue of Library Journal. They’re not quite to my reading taste, but looking through them, I immediately thought of a couple of people to recommend them to.

As to how I got Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer, I e-mailed Heather and asked if she had any extra copies lying around her office and she did! I’m still trying to carve out the time to sit down and read this, but from the buzz I’m hearing from unexpected places, I think this is going to be a big book for Brad (who probably doesn’t remember that I met him at a couple of booksignings when his third book released).

Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland is a pretty darn readable entry in the urban fantasy genre so far. St. Martin’s offered up 1000 copies to the Library Thing Early Reviewers program from whence I snagged this copy. As part of the LTER non-binding contract, this has jumped to the top of my reading pile so I can get a review of it written and posted soon.


Rating system for book reviews
April 30, 2008, 5:44 pm
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As this is where I’ll be posting my various reviews, I thought I’d come up with my own little system for rating the books I read. I’ll probably do a similar system for movies, but more on that later. From best to worst:

5 – Shoot! I have to wake up for work in 15 minutes…Need. To. Finish. Book.
4 – I’ll skip dinner so I can go to bed on time.
3 – Cue bookmark. Cue favorite TV show.
2 – Does my kitchen need cleaning?
1 – Blech. Pull out the next book in Mount TBR.