Make Room

I still haven’t finished my big reorganization project of my studio/library and I  have to get busy on that because I’ve received more advance review copies and where do I fit these? I can’t complain, I love new books so let’s get into it and let me tell you what I got. The brief descriptions are from the book cover and/or publisher.

Octavio’s Journey by Miguel Bonnefoy. A chance meeting in the local pharmacy transforms the life of lonely, illiterate Octavio. He begins reading lessons and finds love and happiness for the very first time.

Sonora by Hannah Lillith Assadi. Ahlam, the daughter of a Palestinian refugee and his Israeli wife, grows up in the arid lands of desert suburbia outside of Phoenix. In a stark landscape where coyotes prowl and mysterious lights occasionally pass through the nighttime sky.

What My Body Remembers by Agnete Friis. Ella Nygaard, 27, has been a ward of the state since she was seven years old, the night her father murdered her mother. She doesn’t remember anything about that night or her childhood before it—but her body remembers.

A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz by Goran Rosenberg. This shattering memoir by a journalist about his father’s attempt to survive the aftermath of Auschwitz in a small industrial town in Sweden won the prestigious August Prize.

Here We Are: Feminism For the Real Word by Kelly Jensen. Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like.

Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri . In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team to solve a series of killings and abductions—a ruthlessly planned escalation that turns out to be merely the visible surface of something far more sinister.

Non-fiction, works in translation and mysteries. What a great variety of books. Have you heard of some of these? Are they on your radar? Before I can get to any of these I need to get back to my current reads and hopefully finish one more before the month ends.

Books & Bikes

I spent the morning with my husband at FrankenBike (a swap meet for cyclists!) and while I did want to hang out with him I also had an ulterior motive for going with him. You see, this time FrankenBike was going to be held at a bike shop in the same area as a Half Price Books and Bookwoman!

Bookwoman is a fantastic local bookstore. It’s not very big but I could spend hours there looking through the stacks of recommended fiction, zines, gift items, it’s truly a special place. I really should go visit more often. They have Open Mic nights, a book group and host a lot of other monthly events.

Of course I had to do a bit of supporting and bought one book, Eileen by Ottesa Moshfegh. From the description: Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov, this powerful debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature. Sounds good doesn’t it?

I made my way over to Half Price Books but unfortunately the books I wanted to find they didn’t have. I could have spent more time looking around but I wanted to get back to my husband. Before I left Half Price Books though I visited the ladies room and had to giggle when I saw those two writings on the bathroom stall. I miss those cheap clearance books too!

Anyway, hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend!

Back For Seconds

With all my talk of mysteries yesterday I’ve been thinking about how hard it is to keep up with a mystery series because new books are released all the time. I’m sure if you read any type of series this is something you probably struggle with as well. I am usually caught up with a few special series or at least I’m not too far behind but what about the stories where I’ve only read the first book.

So this is going to be a list-y post to remind myself about those sleuths I want to reconnect with. The sad thing is that I already own some of the second books in the series but you know how it is, shiny new books keep arriving and sometimes older books just keep piling up. Here’s my list of mystery series I’d like to explore more of this year.

The Karen Pelletier series by Joanne Dobson. The series features an English professor who stumbles upon mysteries and shows how deadly the world of academia can be. A nice blend of cozy and crime.

The Detective Inspector Tony McLean series by James Oswald. The first book in the series seems to be a great start to this crime procedural set in Edinburgh.

The Detective Superintendent Roy Grace by Peter James. I found the first book to be quite suspenseful and I can’t wait to see if the rest of the series is the same.

The Commissario Ricciardi series by Maurizio de Giovanni. A wonderful historical set in Naples in the 30s.

The Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia MacNeal. Maggie has all the capabilities of being a successful spy but because she’s a woman she is relegated to being a typist. Can’t wait to see how she shows the British government just what she’s capable of doing.

I’m sure there are a few more I have that I could list but don’t want to let this post get too long. So what do you think? Do you follow any of these and do you think I should continue or put them out of my mind and move on to others?

How about you, do you follow a lot of series reads? Let me know if you are planning to catch up with some of your favorite series this year. Have a great weekend!