I’m very excited to share that I received two fantastic looking new books in the mail over the weekend—thanks for the copies, Delacorte Press!. These new books are… Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer and Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.
While I’ve never read books by either of these authors, I’m excited to dig in to them soon and see what they’re all about. I’m particularly excited about Off the Page. Just how fun is that cover?
Over the weekend, I also made my semi-monthly visit to Strand Bookstore, where I was lured into buying FOUR new books (two of which were from the bargain used book racks outside, so I don’t feel too guilty).
The first book I picked up was Authority by Jeff Vandermeer. Authority is the sequel to Annihilation, which I read back in January (review coming soon, I swear). Annihilation was a thoroughly creepy, psychological book about an expedition to the mysterious zone known as Area X. Not much is known about Area X other than there have been numerous expeditions to the area, and most of them have ended in disaster—mass suicide, murders, people going missing only to turn up later and die of cancer. Annihilation gave me weird dreams, so I held off buying (and reading) the sequel for a while. I think summer will be the perfect time to give it a go, when the weather is nice and sunny.
I also grabbed a copy of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, which I’ve heard rave reviews about from all manner of people. Since the sequel just came out, I figured it was time to finally read this one. It also helped that I got a copy for super cheap!
From the bargain bin, I managed to get a copy of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. As a rule, whenever I see classic, out-of-copyright novels for $1, I buy them. Even if I don’t have any plans to read them in the foreseeable future.
And finally, on an impulse, I bought the 2011 edition of The Best American Travel Writing, edited by Sloane Crosley. I’ve been thinking of getting into writing for publications and I love travel, so I thought this would be a great way to see how people write about travel. I have to confess though, I bought this edition just because it was the newest one they had for under $10. Still, I’m already on the second essay, and it’s really interesting.
That’s it for me… what have you all been reading/acquiring/receiving? I love looking at other people’s book mail!