New on My Bookcase (vol. 26)

November 2014 new booksHere’s what I added to my bookcase in November:

Nonfiction

Tasting the Seasons: Inspired, In-Season Cuisine Thats Easy, Healthy, Fresh and FunTasting the Seasons: Inspired, In-Season Cuisine Thats Easy, Healthy, Fresh and Fun by Kerry Dunnington by Kerry Dunnington
How did I get it: Sent to me by the author for review
Why did I get it: I love cookbooks. ๐Ÿ™‚

Honey for a Child’s HeartHoney for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt by Gladys Hunt
How did I get it: Amazon purchase
Why did I get it: It’s going to be a Christmas present.

Honey for a Teen’s HeartHoney for a Teen's Heart by Gladys Hunt and Barbara Hampton by Gladys Hunt and Barbara Hampton
How did I get it: Amazon purchase
Why did I get it: It’s going to be a Christmas present.

Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s a slow cooker time of year.

Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the HomeReal Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home by Elizabeth Foss by Elizabeth Foss
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: Catherine recommended it.

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War IIElephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Constantine Croke by Vicki Croke
How did I get it: Borrowed electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It sounds fascinating.

Fiction

The Castle Behind ThornsThe Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell by Merrie Haskell
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s been on my TBR list.

The Fourteenth GoldfishThe Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm by Jennifer Holm
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: I love Holm’s books.

PossessionPossession by A. S. Byatt by A. S. Byatt
How did I get it: Borrowed electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It was considered as a book club pick for next year, and it’s highly recommended.

A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce NovelA Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley by Alan Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwhistle
How did I get it: Borrowed audio version electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love Flavia, and I love this narrator.

Waistcoats & WeaponryWaistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3) by Gail Carriger by Gail Carriger
How did I get it: Borrowed electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love this series.

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 25)

I’m changing things up a bit here, and instead of just listing the latest (physical) library books I’ve borrowed, I’m sharing all of the books I added to my collection in October, either purchased, borrowed, or gifted, physical books or electronic versions.

Nonfiction

Love and SaltLove & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in LettersLove & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters by Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith by Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith
How did I get it: Sent to me by a friend who thought it sounded just like my sort of book. And yes, yes it does – epistolary nonfiction!

The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure TuberculosisThe Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis by Thomas Goetz by Thomas Goetz
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: I love medical history books like this.

The America’s Test Kitchen DIY CookbookThe America's Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: Because I love reading cookbooks, and I love America’s Test Kitchen books especially.

The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth CenturyThe Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century by David Reynolds by David Reynolds
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s a holds book that I’d forgotten to postpone. It’s going back unread, at least for now. It requires more concentrated reading focus than I have to give currently.

The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic RevolutionThe Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution by Keith Devlin by Keith Devlin
How did I get it: Borrowed electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Sounded interesting, although I’m not sure it’s right for me right now (see above book).

Fiction

Curtsies and ConspiraciesVelvetVelvet by Mary Hooper by Mary Hooper
How did I get it: Borrowed from the library.
Why did I get it: I’ve liked Hooper’s books in the past.

Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School Book 2)Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School Book 2) by Gail Carriger by Gail Carriger
How did I get it: Borrowed electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I loved Etiquette & Espionage Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger, book one in the series (review of Etiquette & Espionage posting on Wednesday!).

The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag: A Flavia de Luce NovelThe Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley by Alan Bradley
How did I get it: Borrowed electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I loved book one in the series.

The Murder of Roger AckroydThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot series Book 4) by Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie
How did I get it: Borrowed electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I’m reading my way through Christie’s works.

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger by Gail Carriger
How did I get it: Borrowed electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I loved Carriger’s Finishing School series, which is a spin-off of this one.

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 24)

library haul 24A really small library haul this trip because I know my reading time will be very limited. But I couldn’t resist grabbing a few new items, since I had to make a visit anyway to return some other books and get fresh reading material for the kids.

Nonfiction

Letter from New YorkLetter from New York/BBC Woman's Hour Broadcasts by Helene Hanff by Helene Hanff
Love her books 84, Charing Cross Road and Apple of My Eye so I’m hoping to like this one as much.

Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Book storeShelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Book store by Suzanne Strempek Shea by Suzanne Strempek Shea
A memoir about a year working in a bookstore? Of course I want to read it.

Kids’ Books

Five Children and ItFive Children and It (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics) by E. Nesbit by E. Nesbit
Couldn’t resist trying it after Catherine’s comments about it.

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 23)

library haul 23Lots of books this time, because once again I forgot to juggle the holds dates better. Whoops. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve reached the point where I’m counting and trying to figure out when will I make it back to the library, and how do I juggle holds dates, and combine that with an expiring library card = I don’t know if I’ll make another visit before the baby arrives, or just end up returning books and not getting anything new.

I’ve certainly got enough to keep me busy where I wouldn’t NEED any new material. But since when does not needing something new keep me from wanting additional options?

Nonfiction

Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and MedicsWomen Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics (Women of Action) by Kathryn Atwood by Kathryn Atwood
Loved her similar book on Women Heroes of World War II, and so I expected to love this one. And I did (yup, I’ve already finished it. So good!)

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a MarriageDelancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg by Molly Wizenberg
I’ve mentioned Wizenberg’s first book, A Homemade Life before as it’s one I adored. I put this one on hold as soon as I found it in the library’s catalog, and my turn has finally arrived. So so so excited for this one.

Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and StoriesFresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories by Susie Middleton by Susie Middleton
It just sounds like my sort of book.

The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and DivorceThe Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce by Shaunti Feldhahn by Shaunti Feldhahn
Loved the last book I read by her, and am expecting to enjoy this one too.

The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on AmericaThe King of Sports: Football's Impact on America by Gregg Easterbrook by Gregg Easterbrook
One of my “looking forward to reading in 2014” books. Guess I’d better get working on that list a little more. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Man Who Couldn’t EatThe Man Who Couldn't Eat by Jon Reiner by Jon Reiner
No idea how this originally came to my attention.

Good Advice from Bad People: Selected Wisdom from Murderers, Stock Swindlers, and Lance ArmstrongGood Advice from Bad People: Selected Wisdom from Murderers, Stock Swindlers, and Lance Armstrong by Zac Bissonnette by Zac Bissonnette
Learned about this one thanks to Laura Vanderkam.

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern ParenthoodAll Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior by Jennifer Senior
This has been on my TBR list for ages, and I finally bumped it up to the top of the list. It kind of seems like it might be extra appropriate as I get ready to meet the new baby.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside OutThe Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out by Angela Liddon by Angela Liddon
Seems like I have to try at least one new cookbook a month. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fiction

The Missing Italian Girl: A Mystery in ParisThe Missing Italian Girl: A Mystery in Paris by Barbara Corrado Pope by Barbara Corrado Pope
My choice for a Paris-themed fiction book for our book club retreat. Because I love historical mysteries. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Sandcastle Girls: A NovelThe Sandcastle Girls: A Novel by Christ Bohjalian by Christ Bohjalian
Some fantastic reviews plus a time period and setting that don’t get a lot of attention equals I have to try it.

A Scholar of MagicsA Scholar of Magics (A College of Magics) by Caroline Stevermer by Caroline Stevermer
Sequel to the recently finished A College of MagicsA College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer.

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New on My Bookcase: Vol. 22

Library Haul 22My overall library haul wasn’t as skimpy as this one seems, because I included a bunch of picture books for the kids, but I did force myself to be realistic about what I was going to have time to read between now and baby’s arrival. I still have a huge backlog of titles waiting for me, so I didn’t really need a lot of new items.

Nonfiction

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can TrustBarefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten by Ina Garten
Summer is the hardest time for me when it comes to cooking dinner. It’s hot, I’m uninspired, my crock-pot and soup standbys are unappealing. I’m looking for new ideas.

Homeschooling For DummiesHomeschooling For Dummies by Jennifer Kaufeld by Jennifer Kaufeld

My plan is just to skim this one, and see if there is anything obvious I’m forgetting or could be doing to make my life easier.

Fiction

Heaven’s QueenHeaven's Queen (Paradox series book #3) by Rachel Bach by Rachel Bach
The final book in the trilogy that began with Fortune’s Pawn that convinced me I might just like some science fiction.

The Truth About SparrowsThe Truth About Sparrows by Marian Hale by Marian Hale
I’ve liked some of her other books quite a bit, and juvenile historical fiction seems to be fitting my mood right now. That mood is “tired and it’s hard to focus.”

The Edge on the SwordThe Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle by Rebecca Tingle
Can’t remember how or why this one was on my TBR list, but it is another juvenile historical fiction, albeit one set in a very different time period. ๐Ÿ™‚

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New on My Bookcase: Vol. 21

Not quite as much fun as my last library visit, which I got to do solo, but this visit was done in the midst of other errands so my husband was driving, and he stayed out in the van with the kids. So while I didn’t have time to peruse the shelves, I did get to go in and out quickly, and not have to herd small children.

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Nonfiction

Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the ArcticAda Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic by Jennifer Niven by Jennifer Niven
This has been on my TBR list for.ev.er. I’m finally bumping it up to the top. I loved Niven’s book The Ice Master, so I’m hoping to love this one too.

The Aqua Net Diaries: Big Hair, Big Dreams, Small TownThe Aqua Net Diaries: Big Hair, Big Dreams, Small Town by Jennifer Niven by Jennifer Niven
Yup, same author as Ada Blackjack. It’s a memoir, and she grew up in small-town Indiana. Of course I have to try it.

Dancing with the Enemy: My Family’s Holocaust SecretDancing with the Enemy: My Family's Holocaust Secret by Paul Glaser by Paul Glaser
Holocaust survival stories fascinate me, and this one sounds like it’ll be an interesting and unusual take on the genre.

The Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert HeimThe Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim by Nicholas Kulish & Souad Mekhennet by Nicholas Kulish & Souad Mekhennet
Not super excited about this one, but I received an electronic copy of it to review ages ago, but the formatting was so frustrating that I couldn’t wade through it on my Kindle. It finally arrived at my library for me to read it the old-fashioned way. And this is one of the reasons I’ve stopped accepting review books – at times the hassles involved with it is way more than I want to deal with right now.

A Biblical Home Education: Building Your Homeschool on the Foundation of God’s WordA Biblical Home Education: Building Your Homeschool on the Foundation of God's Word by Ruth Beechick by Ruth Beechick
Super excited to read this one – I’ve liked Beechick’s homeschool books before, and I’m interested in what she has to say on this aspect of it.
Also, yes, this is missing from the picture. Because ???

God is AbleGod is Able by Priscilla Shirer by Priscilla Shirer
It’s been ages since I read anything by Shirer, but I’ve loved what I’ve read by her in the past. It’s way past time for me to get back to her writing.

Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest QuestionsEncounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions by Timothy Keller by Timothy Keller
I got smart(er) this year and remembered to check on the list of books I said I was looking forward to reading in 2014. Keller’s book is on that list and, unlike last year, I’ve remembered to request it so perhaps I can actually read it this year.

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of DeathKnocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler by Katy Butler
A repeat from awhile back – I had to return it unfinished as someone else had requested it. Hopefully I’ll finish it this time!

The New Vegetarian Cooking for EveryoneThe New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison by Deborah Madison
I’ve used and loved the original version of Madison’s cookbook, and want to see what’s changed in this revised edition. Also missing from the picture, because I had already pulled it aside and forgot to reunite it with the others.

Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You by Carla Hall
Totally reading this just because of how much I loved her on Top Chef. Plus, I was supposed to read it in 2013 and never did. Also missing from the picture for the same reason as the Madison book. Clearly I failed at taking pictures this week. It’s been a week of forgetfulness and brain cramps. I’m blaming the baby. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Fiction

The Blood of Lorraine: A NovelThe Blood of Lorraine: A Novel by Barbara Corrado Pope by Barbara Corrado Pope
I’m trying to get books one and two read from this series, so I can read book three as part of a book flight for my book club’s October retreat. As this is the second book, I’m still doing ok as far as getting the final book read by the deadline. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in ParisThe Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan by Jenny Colgan
Perhaps if I can’t get through Pope’s series in time, I can beg forgiveness from my fellow book clubbers and call this my fiction choice in the book flight – it’s set in Paris, which is the theme of the flight, so it’s not a completely crazy stretch.

Snow on the TulipsSnow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma style= by Liz Tolsma
I think I fell for this one in large part due to the gorgeous cover. The fact that the story is inspired by Tolsma’s family history didn’t hurt either. Will I actually finish it? Maybe, maybe not. Historical romance isn’t my favorite, so that’s a big strike against this one.

A Tree Grows in BrooklynA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith by Betty Smith
Not from the library, but I did get it in the picture! I borrowed this one from a friend, as it’s August’s book club pick. So it is new on my bookcase this week, just not from my usual source.

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New on My Bookcase: Vol. 20

library haul 20This library trek was done without children – not even waiting out in the car with daddy for me to hurry up and come back so we can go do other things with our weekend. Instead I was able to browse a bit, and then pick up my holds in a leisurely fashion. It was so nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nonfiction

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and StoriesMy Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories by David Lebovitz by David Lebovitz
Love cookbooks that combine lots of stories, and love Lebovitz’s previous books, so I’m pretty confident that I’m going to love this one. Plus, Paris.

Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval ParisBlood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris by Eric Jager by Eric Jager
My Paris-themed reading kick continues.

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big DifferenceThe Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big Difference by Shaunti Feldhahn by Shaunti Feldhahn
I’ve read some of her previous books and enjoyed them, and am curious to see what this one says. I mean, who doesn’t want a highly happy marriage?

Fiction

Crossing to SafetyCrossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner by Wallace Stegner
Book club’s June pick, and me forgetting to ask for it earlier means I’m running out of time to get the book finished before the meeting. Also, I keep trying to call the author “William” instead of “Wallace.” Perhaps admitting that will help me stop doing that, because I really do know what his name is.

The Divorce Papers: A NovelThe Divorce Papers: A Novel by Susan Rieger by Susan Rieger
I’m not generally much of a fan of romantic comedies, but my completely infatuation with epistolary novels is stronger than a minor thing like genre aversion.

Where Monsters DwellWhere Monsters Dwell by Jorgen Brekke by Jorgen Brekke
It’s quite possible I won’t actually read this one, or at least finish it. Reviews have me concerned that it’ll be too gruesome for me, but the glowing remarks about how well done the historical aspects of it are have me cautiously interested in trying it.

The Silver CrownThe Silver Crown by Robert C. O'Brien
I don’t remember how this one ended up on my list, but the author won a Newbery for another book, so surely that bodes well for this one. Well, that and that it’s still in print decades later.

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New on My Bookcase: Vol. 19

library haul 19I am super excited by pretty much every book I brought home this visit, and can’t wait to dive into them.

Nonfiction

In the Midst of LifeIn the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth by Jennifer Worth
I’ve loved her memoirs about her experiences as a midwife, so I’m expecting to enjoy this one where she looks back on her time as as a nurse for dying patients.

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) by Jocelyn K. Glei
I don’t remember how I heard about this one, but I love reading about productivity, and this focus on routines sounds like one I’ll especially like.

Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical MarksShady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks by Keith Houston by Keith Houston
This is just the sort of nonfiction that I so often end up adoring – some history, a quirky subject, and (hopefully) filled with fun little bits of trivia and “I didn’t know that!” moments.

Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free RecipesFresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes by Robin Robertson by Robin Robertson
I love slow cooker cookbooks, and I love vegetarian cookbooks. Hopefully I love them combined. We’ll see about the vegan aspect. I do love my dairy products…

Pies and Tarts with Heart: Expert Pie-Building Techniques for 60+ Sweet and Savory Vegan PiesPies and Tarts with Heart: Expert Pie-Building Techniques for 60+ Sweet and Savory Vegan Pies by Dynise Balcavage by Dynise Balcavage
I’ve been craving savory pies lately, and this was the first pie cookbook I found on the shelf at my library. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a vegan one, but I’m not opposed to seeing what’s included.

Fiction

The Impossible Knife of MemoryThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson by Laurie Halse Anderson
If you’re familiar with Laurie Halse Anderson, you know why I’m reading it – she’s an amazing writer and storyteller. If you’re not familiar with her, a heads-up that her books can be hard to read: she tackles tough subjects, and I expect this one to be somewhat wrenching.

NorthwoodNorthwood by Brian Falkner by Brian Falkner
I’m intrigued by the plot and, yes, tempted by the cover. Middle grade readers can be hard to do well, and I’m hopeful that this one manages it, especially because of it’s apparent mish-mash of genres. Is it fantasy? Is it adventure? I’m not sure, but either way it sounds fun.

PeeledPeeled by Joan Bauer by Joan Bauer
Love her books, and I’ve been holding off on this last one of hers that I hadn’t read. I can’t wait any longer, and will just have to hope that she’ll write another one soon.

The Pericles CommissionThe Pericles Commission (Mysteries of Ancient Greece) by Gary Corby by Gary Corby
Learned about this series thanks to Jessica, and was so intrigued by it I had to look for the first one in the series.

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New on My Bookcase: Vol. 18

library haul 18Unlike last month’s library visit where I found myself feeling uninspired by the titles I had waiting for me, this month I was SO ANXIOUS to get started reading most of these titles:

Nonfiction

Eiffel’s Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris’s Beloved Monument and the Extraordinary World’s Fair That Introduced ItEiffel's Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris's Beloved Monument and the Extraordinary World's Fair That Introduced It by Jill Jonnes by Jill Jonnes.
I’m on a Paris-themed reading kick and think this one sounds fascinating. Love history books that take a look at a small slice of the past and bring it to life.

Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday LifeStrange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life by Elizabeth Scalia by Elizabeth Scalia.
I’m not sure how this one first came to my attention, but it sounds like it’ll be a very worthwhile read.

Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu MonkSaffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk by J. Dana Trent by J. Dana Trent.
Really, the subtitle alone explains why I want to read it. Not an expected pairing and I’m curious (i.e., nosy) about how that works for them.

Mop Men: Inside the World of Crime Scene CleanersMop Men: Inside the World of Crime Scene Cleaners by Alan Emmins by Alan Emmins.
A contrast read to my recently finished Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes HomeAftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home by Gil Reavill.

Melt: The Art of Macaroni and CheeseMelt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese by Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord by Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord.
I’ve been on hold for this for ages, so despite the fact that we’re about out of the best macaroni and cheese weather, I’m still eager to see what’s included here.

Fiction

The Harlot’s Tale: A Midwife MysteryThe Harlot's Tale: A Midwife Mystery (The Midwife's Tale) by Sam Thomas by Sam Thomas.
The next in the series begun with The Midwife’s Tale, which I loved. And another one where I’ve been waiting and waiting for the book to be released and my turn to arrive on the holds list.

A College of MagicsA College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer by Caroline Stevermer.
Prompted by my recent rereads of the Cecelia and Kate series, as this is by one of the coauthors of that series.

The Chalk Circle Man: A Commissaire Adamsberg MysteryThe Chalk Circle Man: A Commissaire Adamsberg Mystery (Commissaire Adamsberg Mysteries) by Fred Vargas by Fred Vargas.
See above, about my Paris-themed reading kick. This one might be too much for me, but I’m going to give it a try.

Kids

PoppletonPoppleton by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Mark Teague by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Mark Teague.
Picked as another readaloud because of the success of her book Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the TeaMr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard

Bink and GollieBink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile.
Picked because of the success of DiCamillo’s book Mercy Watson to the RescueMercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

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New on My Bookcase: Vol. 17

library haul 17For whatever reason, I’m not as excited about this latest batch of books I picked up from the library. Maybe I’m just still in a post-vacation slump, but whatever the cause I hope to snap out of it soon.

Nonfiction

Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food CultureAnything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture by Dana Goodyear by Dana Goodyear
The blurb on this one claims it “combines the style of Mary Roach with the on-the-ground food savvy of Anthony Bourdain.” And with that I was convinced I had to try it.

The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online GeniusThe Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius by David Thorne by David Thorne
Thorne came to my attention thanks to a much-forwarded post of his about a missing cat. He made me laugh so much that I immediately requested one of his books.

The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern TableThe Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table by Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence by Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence
I think I’ve mentioned that I’m always on the lookout for great vegetarian dinner ideas (we do eat meat, but I don’t like eating it that often). Southern cooking and vegetarian don’t often seem to go together, so I’m curious to see what is included in this one…

Fiction

UnwindUnwind (Unwind Dystology) by Neal Shusterman by Neal Shusterman
Dystopian, with a crazy plot and some great reviews – I’ve got to try it. There are four books in the series, so if I like it I’ve got three more to look forward to also.

ViciousVicious by V. E. Schwab by V. E. Schwab
Found this on a list of best fantasy books of 2013, and the plot sounded interesting enough to give it a try. Not sure the “comic-book-style world” is going to be something I like, but I’m branching out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Where the Stars Still ShineWhere the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller by Trish Doller
I don’t remember how it ended up on my TBR list, only that it’s been there for ages and I want to get it off one way or another. Will I read it all, or give up on it after a few chapters? Not sure yet. The cover sure is pretty though. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Winter People: A NovelThe Winter People: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon by Jennifer McMahon
Read about this one via Jessica, and I’m not sure I’ll read it. Although it may be too creepy and scary for me, I love the past/present plotline it describes, so I wanted to give it a try. It’s possible I’ll have to concede that it’s too much, and maybe beg Jessica to tell me how it all resolves?

Kids

Mercy Watson to the RescueMercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Recommended by Alison in the comments to a recent post, and it’s by Kate DiCamillo – love her, so I’m excited to try this one!

Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the TeaMr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard
Another recommendation from that post, this one by Sarah. And it’s another one where I already know the author from some of her other books! Excited to try this one too, and see what the kids think.

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