New on the Stack in May 2016

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I realize this is an utterly RIDICULOUS library haul. Completely absurd that I would borrow this many books at once. Let me explain though: I went on vacation in May! And that means extra reading time, so I needed extra books. Plus I never know what sort of books I’ll be in the mood to read, so I need lots of options.

And that’s how I end up with this many books borrowed in one month. 🙂

Let’s not talk about how next month’s is already shaping up to be just as ridiculous, thanks to some ill-timed library holds. I shared the picture of my library haul on Instagram, but since I got those in June they won’t be listed until next time. 🙂

Nonfiction

What IfWhat If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

How did I get it: Bought it during an Audible sale
Why did I get it: A friend loved it.

The Drunken BotanistThe Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart

How did I get it: Bought it during an Audible sale
Why did I get it: It sounded interesting.

Only in NaplesOnly in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law by Katherine Wilson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I love food memoirs

Napoleon's ButtonsNapoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I thought about getting it during the Audible sale, but decided to try it from the library first.

Forks Over Knives PlanThe Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I don’t remember why it was on my list.

PresencePresence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Have heard many great things about it.

The Art of Eating InThe Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove by Cathy Erway

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Sounds like my kind of nonfiction – part food memoir, part do-something-for-so-long.

You Are Not So SmartYou Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourselfby David McRaney

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s been on my TBR list for ages

FreakonomicsFreakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s been on my TBR list for even longer than You Are Not So Smart

Walking the AmazonWalking the Amazon: 860 Days. One Step at a Time. by Ed Stafford

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I read his follow-up memoir, Naked and Marooned, which referenced this one quite regularly. Plus I am fascinated by this idea of walking the Amazon – in no universe does it sound appealing to me, but I’d like to read about it.

The Real Doctor Will See You ShortlyThe Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year by Matt McCarthy

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I love doctor-training memoirs.

The Dog Who Wouldn't BeThe Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: I enjoyed his other book, Owls in the Family, so much I wanted to try another title of his.

Better Than BeforeBetter Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s my book club’s pick for July and I want to reread it before then.

Fiction

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

How did I get it: Used an Audible credit.
Why did I get it: My book club is reading all of the Harry Potter books for our book club retreat. Instead of rereading them I’m planning (hoping?) to relisten to them. Plus, the Harry Potter Readathon is happening this summer!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

How did I get it: Used an Audible credit.
Why did I get it: Reading the series!

Among the MadAmong the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Next in the Maisie Dobbs series.

Walk on Earth a StrangerWalk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Jessica raved about it, so I’ll give the author another try.

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s my book club’s June selection.

Saving CeeCee HoneycuttSaving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Upcoming book for my in-person book club.

Grace at Bender SpringsGrace at Bender Springs by Vinita Hampton Wright

How did I get it: A friend loaned it to me.
Why did I get it: I loved her book Velma Still Cooks in Leeway.

An Uncertain ChoiceAn Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Her books are comfort reads, and this one has such a pretty cover.

The Tattooed Potato and Other CluesThe Tattooed Potato and Other Clues by Ellen Raskin

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: The cover. I fell for it. Plus it’s by the author of The Westing Game.

PathfinderPathfinder by Orson Scott Card

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Trying to read another book of his, after not being crazy about Enders Game.

AirbornAirborn by Kenneth Oppel

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It sounded intriguing.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to DustAs Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It was the next in the Flavia series.


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May 2016 New on the Stack

New on the Stack in August 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack button

New on the Stack in August 2015

Nonfiction

The Great BridgeThe Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn BridgeThe Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough by David McCullough
How did I get it: Borrowed it via audio from the library
Why did I get it: It’s one of the three picks for book club’s September retreat.

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are FullTreasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy MomsTreasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms by Gloria Furman by Gloria Furman
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: Heard good things about it.

Deconstructing PenguinsDeconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of ReadingDeconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: Working on a project, and it’s been on my TBR list for awhile.

How to Write ShortHow to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast TimesHow to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times by Roy Peter Clark by Roy Peter Clark
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: Because this is not something I’m good at. (obviously)

In a French KitchenIn a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in FranceIn a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France by Susan Herrmann Loomis by Susan Herrmann Loomis
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Because I loved her previous memoir, On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French TownOn Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Herrmann Loomis

The Energy BusThe Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive EnergyThe Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon by Jon Gordon
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: My neighbor is running a book group in September discussing this book.

Girl Meets ChangeGirl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life’s TransitionsGirl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life's Transitions by Kristen Strong by Kristen Strong
How did I get it: Received a review copy from the publisher.
Why did I get it: It sounded intriguing.

Fiction

Wuthering HeightsWuthering HeightsWuthering Heights by Emily Bronte by Emily Bronte, read by Emma Messanger
How did I get it: Bought it from Audible.
Why did I get it: Whispersync made it a great deal.

Treasure IslandTreasure IslandTreasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson, narrated by Neil Hunt
How did I get it: Bought it from Audible.
Why did I get it: Whispersync made it a great deal.

Mansfield ParkMansfield ParkMansfield Park by Jane Austen, narrated by Wanda McCaddon by Jane Austen, narrated by Wanda McCaddon
How did I get it: Bought it from Audible.
Why did I get it: Whispersync made it a great deal.

Northanger AbbeyNorthanger AbbeyNorthanger Abbey by Jane Austen, narrated by Donada Peters by Jane Austen, narrated by Donada Peters
How did I get it: Bought it from Audible.
Why did I get it: Whispersync made it a great deal. Plus, it’s October’s selection for book club.

Dear Mr KnightlyDear Mr. Knightley: A NovelDear Mr. Knightley: A Novel by Katherine Reay by Katherine Reay
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: I enjoyed Daddy-Long-Legs, and wanted to read this modern adaptation of that story.

Rebel MechanicsRebel Mechanics: All is Fair in Love and RevolutionRebel Mechanics: All is Fair in Love and Revolution by Shanna Swendson by Shanna Swendson
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: Her Katie Chandler series was entertaining, and this one sounds similar to the Parasol Protectorate series which I love.

The MartianThe MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir by Andy Weir
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I’m a lemming.

Little WomenLittle WomenLittle Women (Puffin in Bloom) by Louisa May Alcott by Louisa May Alcott
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: YAB&MC pick for September and I’d forgotten all about it. I’m not doing so well at participating in this book club.

Rules of CivilityRules of Civility: A NovelRules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles by Amor Towles
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s one of the three picks for book club’s September retreat.

When You Reach MeWhen You Reach MeWhen You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery) by Rebecca Stead by Rebecca Stead
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s one of the three picks for book club’s September retreat.

Something RottenSomething RottenSomething Rotten (Thursday Next Novels) by Jasper Fforde by Jasper Fforde
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s the next in the Thursday Next series.


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New on the Stack in March, 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack button

This was … kind of a ridiculous month as far as the number of books I added to my to-be-read stack. I won two giveaways (!) and that added six books, and then I went on a major series binge read for another five. Plus I had library holds all come up at the same time, which is a good problem to have. All in all, I definitely added to the stack this month. I’d say something about next month I won’t do that, and surely I’ll be able to whittle the TBR mountain down a bit, but realistically that never seems to happen. 😉

Nonfiction

SavorSavor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You AreSavor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist by Shauna Niequist
How did I get it: Purchased it.
Why did I get it: Because I love her writing, and this is one I was excited to read this year.

The Way They LearnThe Way They LearnThe Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
How did I get it: Won it from Sonlight.

The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to RomanceThe Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance: Nurturing Your Marriage through the Homeschool YearsThe Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance: Nurturing your marriage through the homeschool years by Heidi St. John by Heidi St. John
How did I get it: Won it from Sonlight.

Help for the Harried HomeschoolerHelp for the Harried Homeschooler: A Practical Guide to Balancing Your Child’s Education with the Rest of Your LifeHelp for the Harried Homeschooler: A Practical Guide to Balancing Your Child's Education with the Rest of Your Life by Christine Field by Christine Field
How did I get it: Won it from Sonlight.

Say Goodbye to Survival ModeSay Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for LifeSay Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine by Crystal Paine
How did I get it: Won it from Sonlight.

Miserly MomsMiserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough EcomonyMiserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Ecomony by Jonni McCoy by Jonni McCoy
How did I get it: Won it from Sonlight.

Pioneer GirlPioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Smith Hill
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s about Laura Ingalls Wilder! And it’s another one I was looking forward to this year.

The Center Cannot HoldThe Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through MadnessThe Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks by Elyn R. Saks
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember how this one ended up on my TBR list. Sounded intriguing, but beyond that…?

Shakespeare Saved My LifeShakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the BardShakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates by Laura Bates
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: My library kept showing ads for this book, and I fell for it.

The Ghost MapThe Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern WorldThe Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson by Steven Johnson
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: This is the type of history book I love.

Fiction

Rasmus and the VagabondRasmus and the VagabondRasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren by Astrid Lindgren
How did I get it: Won it from Erika!

The War that Saved My LifeThe War that Saved My LifeThe War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s another one from my “looking forward to reading in 2015” list.

Surprise IslandSurprise Island Surprise Island (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #2) by Gertrude Chandler Warner by Gertrude Chandler Warner
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: To read to my Boxcar Children-loving children.

FairestFairest: Levana’s StoryFairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story by Marissa Meyer (#3.5 in the Lunar Chronicles series) by Marissa Meyer
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s yet another one from my “looking forward to reading in 2015” list.

Speaking from Among the BonesSpeaking from Among the BonesSpeaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 5) by Alan Bradley by Alan Bradley
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love Flavia, and her series is one that, yup, I included on that same list that’s gotten all the mention in this post.

The Thirteen ProblemsThe Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple Mysteries)The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: My continuing trek through Christie’s backlist. What a treat it is!

Lost in a Good BookLost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel)Lost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel) by Jasper Fforde by Jasper Fforde
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Because it’s a fun series.

Saturday the Rabbi Went HungrySaturday the Rabbi Went HungrySaturday the Rabbi Went Hungry by Harry Kemelman and Sunday the Rabbi Stayed HomeSunday the Rabbi Stayed Home by Harry Kemelman by Harry Kemelman
How did I get it: Borrowed them from the library (Saturday in ebook form, Sunday in print)
Why did I get it: Book club’s reading the first Rabbi Small book this month, and I wanted to read a couple more to see where Kemelman goes with the series and the character.

Inside Out and Back AgainInside Out and Back AgainInside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai by Thanhha Lai
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Heard great things about it.

Enchanted IncEnchanted, Inc.Enchanted, Inc. (Katie Chandler, Book 1) by Shanna Swendson, Once Upon StilettosOnce Upon Stilettos (Katie Chandler, Book 2) by Shanna Swendson, Damsel Under StressDamsel Under Stress (Katie Chandler, Book 3) by Shanna Swendson, Don’t Hex with TexasDon't Hex with Texas (Katie Chandler, Book 4) by Shanna Swendson, and Much Ado About MagicMuch Ado About Magic (Katie Chandler, Book 5) by Shanna Swendson
by Shanna Swendson
How did I get it: Borrowed them electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: They sounded amusing.

Ever After High The Storybook of LegendsEver After High: The Storybook of LegendsEver After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale and Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them AllEver After High: The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale by Shannon Hale
How did I get it: Borrowed them electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I really like Hale’s writing, and I love fractured fairy tales. The combo is usually a winner.


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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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 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. 7)

library haul 7, twitterature-styleSome brief glimpses of the latest books that I brought home for myself from the library.

Heavy on the nonfiction (especially cookbooks) this time!

Fiction

When Gods DieWhen Gods Die: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery by C.S. Harris
Book two in the Sebastian St. Cyr series. Book one, What Angels FearWhat Angels Fear: A Sebastian St. Cyr mystery by C. S. Harris, was good enough to make me want to continue the series, especially since I’m a complete sucker for historical mysteries.

The Crown of EmbersThe Crown of Embers by Rae Carson by Rae Carson
What else am I a sucker for? Fantasy sagas. Book one, The Girl of Fire and ThornsThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, was quite good, and I can’t wait to see what happens in book two.

Eleanor & ParkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell by Rainbow Rowell
Love great young adult fiction, and Anne’s review has me anticipating it’s a great one.

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
Started this one, but had to return it unfinished. I was loving what I’d read before having to return it (and I absolutely adored her first book, Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the TrenchesLoving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic), so I fully expect to love the rest of 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
The other one that I started and had to return it unfinished, and impatiently wait until my turn came up again on the holds list. I’ve also read enough of it to know that I want to finish it.

The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His PeopleThe Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People
Curious to see how this is structured, and how it compares to a complete Bible.

Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America’s First Sensational Murder MysteryDuel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery by Paul Collins by Paul Collins
Hoping this is a readable account of events. Love history, but don’t want to feel like it’s assigned reading for a class.

Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat KhanSpy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan by Shrabani Basu by Shrabani Basu
World War II. Biography. Espionage. Seems like a book I’ll adore.

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and SurvivalThe Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant by John Vaillant
Found this on a list of books that will change your life, or something like that. Either way, it sounds like an incredible tale, and it’s nonfiction – of course I’m trying it.

The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection PileThe First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman by Noah Lukeman
I’d say something about needing to do less reading about writing and more actual writing, but this is how I do things – read read read about it first.

Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook: Dinner’s Done!Cooking With Trader Joe's Cookbook: Dinner's Done! by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati
Love The I Love Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook I recently borrowed, and am hoping I like this one as much!

Clean Eating for Busy FamiliesClean Eating for Busy Families: Get Meals on the Table in Minutes with Simple and Satisfying Whole-Foods Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love-Most Recipes Take Just 30 Minutes or Less by Michelle Dudash by Michelle Dudash
I’ve been hearing so much about clean eating, and I want to see and learn more about what that means.

Slow Cooker Revolution
Love my slow cooker, love cookbooks by America’s Test Kitchen. This one should hopefully be a winner for us.

Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round
Like the structure of this one: recipes targeted to the seasons, because I tend not to use my slow cooker much in the spring and summer. Hoping to change that if I get some inspired by some of their summer recipes!

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