New on My Bookcase (vol. 6), the fiction

As I mentioned yesterday, last weekend was library day, and brought home a mountain of books. I’ve already shared the nonfiction titles that were waiting for me. Today it’s fiction’s turn:

library haul 6 fictionThe Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Our book club pick for August. I read it in high school, but need to reread it if I’m to have any chance of discussing it beyond the broadest of outlines.

When Christ and His Saints SleptWhen Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman by Sharon Kay Penman.
One of my favorite authors, and I’ve been waiting on hold for this book for ages. The first book in a series set in Plantagenet times, this one tells the story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. So so so excited to read this.

A Change of FortuneA Change of Fortune by Jen Turano by Jen Turano.
Maybe too romancy for me, but I heard some good things about the author, and I do like reading super light fiction at times.

The Healer’s ApprenticeThe Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson by Melanie Dickerson.
A retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I’ve mentioned before how much I love fairy-tale retellings. 🙂

The WoodcutterThe Woodcutter by Kate Danley by Kate Danley.
Another fairy-tale retelling – this one using the Brothers Grimm as inspiration. It supposedly blends mystery and fantasy well too, and those are my favorite genres.

Orphan Train: A NovelOrphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline by Christina Baker Kline.
Love books that can weave together different story lines, especially past and present. Have high hopes for this.

The StorytellerThe Storyteller by Jodi Picoult by Jodi Picoult.
Not entirely sure I’ll read this one – it may be too emotionally wrenching for me.

Pretty Girl-13Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley by Liz Coley.
Also not entirely sure I’ll read this one – it may be too disturbing for my wimpy self.

The Runaway PrincessThe Runaway Princess by Hester Browne by Hester Browne.
And one final one I’m not sure I’ll read – this one doesn’t sound like my type of book, and I can’t remember why it made it onto my TBR list.

What’s new on your bookshelf?

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 6), the nonfiction

Last weekend was library day, and I had 23 books on hold, waiting for me. That’s enough books to fill up my own holds shelf!

That’s also so many books that I’m going to share the books I brought home in two posts. Today is all about nonfiction, while tomorrow I’ll share the fiction. (They won’t add up to 23 because some of the books were for my kids)

library haul 6 nonfictionA Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of BaconA Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by BooMama Sophie Hudson by Sophie Hudson (a.k.a. BooMama)
I’ve been reading her blog for something like 6 or 7 years, so of course I’m excited to read her book. Love her story-telling. I grew up in the South (two years in Mississippi even) but to Yankee parents, so a lot of what she writes is familiar-yet-not.

The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party BrideThe Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown by Daniel James Brown
One of the books I finished this month was Winter of EntrapmentWinter of Entrapment: A New Look at the Donner Party by Joseph A. King, which told the story of the Donner Party, but it was not well-written at all, and I had to force myself to finish it. I recently read a review of Brown’s nonfiction, and the reviewer praised his books so much that I was excited to perhaps read an account of those events that didn’t have me wanting to fling the book across the room. {on a side note, clearly I need to work on my “stop reading that book” skills.}

Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 by Daniel James Brown by Daniel James Brown.
Yup. Same author. Didn’t really mean to get two books by him out at once, but I obviously didn’t juggle holds dates well here.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War IIThe Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan by Denise Kiernan.
World War II is one of my major reading interests, and I’ve read virtually nothing about the events around the building of the atomic bomb, so I jumped at the chance to rectify that.

The Partly Cloudy PatriotThe Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell by Sarah Vowell.
Love history, and have heard good things about Vowell’s books. I’ve never heard her on the radio, but I assume that’s an indicator that she knows how to tell a story well.

Glamping with MaryJane: Glamour + CampingGlamping with MaryJane: Glamour + Camping by MaryJane Butters by MaryJane Butters.
Read about this via the Pioneer Woman, and it sounded fun.

Two Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological DialogueTwo Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological Dialogue by Edward William Fudge and Robert A. Peterson by Edward William Fudge and Robert A. Peterson.
I read the recent interview with Fudge on Rachel Held Evan’s blog, and it got me curious enough to want to read the book.

The Vegetarian Slow Cooker: Over 200 Delicious RecipesThe Vegetarian Slow Cooker: Over 200 Delicious Recipes by Judith Finlayson by Judith Finlayson.
While slow cookers might seem like a fall and winter cooking device (all those soups and stews), I love using mine in the summer – anything to avoid turning on the oven! I’m also always looking for more vegetarian recipes, and have liked Finlayson’s recipes in the past. {I’m not a vegetarian, but I don’t really like meat that much, and get tired of it easily.}

What are your go-to summer recipes? Bonus points if they don’t require heating up my kitchen. Extra bonus points if they’re vegetarian or vegan. My eternal gratitude if they can be made from pantry/freezer ingredients a.k.a. they don’t require a trip to the store. That’s my biggest problem with salads – I don’t want to shop more than once a week, and lettuce tends to only last a few days.

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 5)

library haul 5Last weekend was my regular library trip to make sure that my bookshelves don’t get any breathing room. 🙂

What did I pick up this trip?

Nonfiction:

Fit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of MotherhoodFit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood by Rachel Jankovic by Rachel Jankovic
I loved loved loved her first book, Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the TrenchesLoving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic. If this one is anything like that one, I’ll adore it too.

What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and PiecesWhat Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and Pieces by Katie Quinn Davies by Katie Quinn Davies
This is just the sort of cookbook I like to read, plus this one has the added interest of being written by an Irish born-Australian, so a window on how a non-American eats? Bonus. Although I’ll admit to being quite disappointed that they changed the title slightly for the American market. Boo.

The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of FamilyThe World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne by Josh Hanagarne
Please. It’s a memoir, and it’s by a librarian? Of course I have to try it.

Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My SoulAnything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen by Jennie Allen
This one keeps popping up on my radar, and it’s time I take a look at it.

One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen WayOne Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer by Robert Maurer
Wanting some kick-in-the-pants motivation, and this might help provide it.

Fiction:

Stepping Heavenward: One Woman’s Journey to GodlinessStepping Heavenward: One Woman's Journey to Godliness by Elizabeth Prentiss by Elizabeth Prentiss
Book club’s pick for July. Need to get cracking with it, if I’m going to have it read by the meeting.

What Angels FearWhat Angels Fear: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery by C.S. Harris by C. S. Harris
Jessica brought this series to my attention, and I’m such a fan of historical mysteries I jumped at the chance to discover a new author and setting.

Mrs. Lincoln’s DressmakerMrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by jennifer Chiaverini by Jennifer Chiaverini
No idea if I’ll like this one, but it sounded interesting. My mother-in-law likes the author, but our taste in fiction doesn’t overlap much, so that’s not a super promising endorsement for me.

In the Shadow of the GlacierIn the Shadow of the Glacier (Constable Molly Smith series book 1) by Vicki Delany by Vicki Delany
One of the library-related email groups I still belong to had a discussion recently and this book was mentioned. I love Canadian settings, and I also love police procedurals with a female as the main character.

Young adult / Kid’s Fiction:

In the Shadow of BlackbirdsIn the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters by Cat Winters
This one might be a little too creepy for me, based on the cover image and premise. But I love the time period, and think I can at least start reading it and gauge the level of creepiness.

ParallelParallel by Lauren Miller by Lauren Miller
I’m the most skeptical about this one. The premise is intriguing – parallel universes, and alternate versions of your life? Could be great. Could be awful. I shall see…

Al Capone Does My ShirtsAl Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko by Gennifer Choldenko
Newbery Honor book, and I try to read all of them. I’m kind of excited about reading this one!

What’s new on your bookshelf?

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 4)

library haul vol 4Last library visit I ended up with a ton of young adult fiction. This visit I have all nonfiction, except for one fiction title.

What did I pick up this trip? Three memoirs: Answering 911: Life in the Hot SeatAnswering 911: Life in the Hot Seat by Caroline Burau by Caroline Burau, In StitchesIn Stitches by Anthony Youn by Anthony Youn, and Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s PrisonOrange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman by Piper Kerman. So, I’ve got a rookie 911 operator, a plastic surgeon, and a Smith graduate sentenced to a year for drug smuggling and money laundering. Hopefully at least one of them is a winner, and it’d be great if they all were. I’m most excited by the 911 dispatcher book. I also have Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life UnarmedCarry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Melton by Glennon Melton, but I’m not entirely sure if this is a true memoir, or more a collection of essays that are memoir-like. So I possibly have four memoirs.

I’ve also got two cookbooks: Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy RecipesWeelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes by Catherine McCord by Catherine McCord, and The I Love Trader Joe’s Vegetarian CookbookThe I Love Trader Joe's Vegetarian Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Healthy Recipes Using Foods from the World's Greatest Grocery Store by Kris Holechek Peters by Kris Holechek Peters. I had the Weelicious book out before, but had to return it when I’d barely done anything beyond glancing at the table of contents. And I am always looking for new vegetarian dinner ideas.

My final nonfiction book is Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to SuccessGive and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant by Adam Grant. I wish I remembered how it made it onto my list, because I have no idea. It doesn’t even sound familiar, but I had it on hold, and it finally arrived.

And my solitary fiction book is BitterblueBitterblue by Kristin Cashore by Kristin Cashore. It’s the final book in the Graceling trilogy, and I’m curious to see how she resolves various plot lines.

Have you added anything new to your bookshelves lately? You know I love to hear about new books, so please share!

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New on My Bookcase (vol. 3)

Nonfiction library haul vol 3I went on a bit of a binge about putting books on hold, and a number of my longer-term holds came in, so my stack on the holds shelf was ENORMOUS. Ridiculously so in fact – one entire library shelf was all my books, except for one lone CD waiting for someone else.

It’s kind of funny to me the mix of books I end up getting at times. I’m not always intentional about checking holds dates and trying to come up with a good assortment for any particular visit. This trip I’ve got a lot of young adult fiction – that was definitely not on purpose, just how it worked out!

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New On My Bookcase (Vol. 2)

library books 2Nope, you’re not imagining things. It was only last week that I posted about the new books I’d brought home from the library. I go every three weeks, because that’s how long the checkout period is. I try very hard to coordinate my holds so that things are ready for me on my library day.

Except last week I messed up and ended up having a book arrive right after I’d picked up all my holds. If I didn’t get back within a week to pick up that book, I’d have to pay a fine. Hmmm – what is worse, having to make an extra trip to the library, or pay the $2.00 fine? Once I realized I’d also been mixed up on my schedule as far as making sure I had some primo reading material waiting for me for my birthday, an extra library trip was the obvious choice. And I put a few other books on hold as well so I could hopefully guarantee myself a great read for my birthday next week.

So, what did I bring home from the library on this extra trip? Not that many, because I had just been, but I’ve got:

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New on My Bookshelf

new library booksThis weekend was my regular library trip, so I got restocked with some fresh reading material.

Here’s what I brought home:

Nonfiction

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary CanalGulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach.
Love Mary Roach, and I’m excited to see if her latest is more like Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human CadaversStiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (which I loved) and less like Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and SexBonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach (which was kind of meh.)

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