More ARCs have arrived this week and while I’m very grateful to have these copies I’m wondering how will I find time to fit them all in. I guess that’s a good problem to have but I admit sometimes it makes me feel a bit overwhelmed because all the books sound so interesting and I want to start them all at once. Anyway, let’s talk about the books.
- The Leopard’s Wife by Paul Pickering. Set in the dark heart of the war-torn Congo and within the commensurately savage enclave of a British public school, the novel offers an at-once magical and searing portrait of the terrible beauty of post-colonial Africa. I don’t think I’ve read a novel set in the Congo before so I’m especially interested in this one because of that.
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. He’s a high school senior in Brooklyn, secretly fascinated with a series of children’s novels set in a magical land called Fillory. He assumes magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secret and very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. Ooh, I would love to go there! I also noticed that the book includes a map – I love it when books have maps.
- The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner. I really loved Gortner’s first book, The Last Queen, so when I was asked if I would like to be part of the book tour I had to say yes. I can’t wait to read this one. I don’t have all the details of the blog tour but I’ll keep you posted as more info comes out.
- Eleanor The Queen by Norah Lofts. At a time when a woman’s value was measured solely by her wealth and the number of sons she bore, Eleanor was the high-spirited, stubborn and intelligent heiress to the vast duchy of Aquitaine. I don’t think I’ve read any books about Eleanor so I’m looking forward to this novel and being trasnported to another time.
Have you heard of these? Which one would you start with first? Tomorrow I’ll tell you which books I am reading now. I’ve got some good ones on the nightstand.