My overly ambitious hold list at the library continues to pop up to haunt me. I am buried in piles of books with ticking due dates. I am very excited about An Unkindness of Ghosts, though. What books are you excited about right now?
I keep saying to myself (and in my book reviews), “I’m just not really into horror.” Between that and the Halloween season, it’s made me strangely nostalgic for my Stephen King phase. What are you reading this Halloween?
I am entertained by the mix in the stack. The top two in the stack are the partial result of my last trip to my favorite bookstore in the world, The Book Gallery. I am sure that 80-90% of the Lem in my book collection has come from that store.
The bottom two were birthday gifts from my friend, Genny. I got to pick out The Refrigerator Monologues, which was a terrific workaround of my pledge to not buy any books from the big five publishers this year, and I’d started reading her copy of The Wee Free Men at work, back when we used to work together. Now that we don’t, she took the responsibility of making sure I had my own copy.
Which shall I read first?
Speculative fiction featuring bad-ass women
I was gathering together my stack today, and as I was looking for a fourth book, I realized the first three had a theme of bad-ass women, and decided to stop there. I have been longing to tear into the second installment of Bitch Planet since it dropped, but I am in the middle of seven or eight books at the moment, so I am making myself wait until I finish at least one of them. Then I ran into Q-in-Law on the shelves of my local bookstore, and as I’d just read a very entertaining article on why this book is amazing, I had to snatch it up. Finally, Sisters of the Revolution has been on my shelves for ages. I know anthologies are where you find Your New Favorite Author!, but I don’t really enjoy reading them. We’ll unpack all those issues in some later post.
What’s on your to-read shelf this week?
I know the Orphan Black book is non-fiction, but it’s about speculative fiction, so it totally counts, right?
Okay, I couldn’t go with my usual stack of books photo this time because it felt like an actual tragedy to not share the covers with you. For instance, the cover is 90% of the reason why I bought The Last Machine in the Solar System, even though I really …
Have you heard of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? It happens twice a year, and I try to participate in at least one of them with my son. The last was this past Saturday, and it put a small (really negligible) dent in my to-read list. But it prompted a lot …
Some of these have been on my to-read shelf WAY too long.
No library books this week? Well, no speculative fiction library books this week. I’m working on my to-read stack for this weekend’s Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon, and needed some more genre variety. This stack reaches way back into my to-read shelves. Three of these have been hanging out there in limbo for at least a year. The PKD book, however, I just recently picked up at Michigan News in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A fantastic bookstore with a great science fiction section. (I wasn’t able to wander over to the fantasy section, or indeed, any other section before I had already exceeded my book budget for the day.)
What new bookstores have you discovered lately?