Book Bounty

I hope you all had a great weekend. We celebrated our anniversary and aside from trying out a new restaurant where we enjoyed a very delicious brunch we also had a bit of a bookish weekend. We went to the bookstore and I purchased a few magazines, my husband got some sketchbooks and all in all it was delightful.

Now, there have been a few other book purchases lately so I thought I’d share what I’ve recently acquired.The books are:

The Houseguest and Other Stories by Amparo Davila. I don’t read a lot of short stories but she is considered one of Mexico’s finest writes of short stories so I needed to check this one out.

Next is The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. This is one of those I’ve seen frequently on bestseller lists and mentioned in blogland and I finally got it. A story about family, inheritances and the fate of a house.

My other book which I mentioned in my previous post is Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quińonez. A story that takes place in New York’s Spanish Harlem where Willie Bodega is king. I did start this one and think it’s going to be great.

My other purchases are magazines. First though I have to say what a bummer that so many of my favorite craft magazines are no more. This year alone I think four of my favorites have already ceased publication. Anyway, I bought the latest Somerset Studio magazine because it’s been a while since I purchased one of these and I get so much inspiration from these. I also got the latest Flow magazine because how could I not with that picture of Frida on the cover.

The other, which almost is a book, is For the Love of Paper. So many beautiful papers, postcards, and pages to turn into crafty projects. I typically by the Flow Book for Paper Lovers which comes out annually but this year they aren’t shipping it to the States! I think I need to see if I can buy it and ship it to my father-in-law’s home and just pick it up next summer when we go visit him.

There are many more new books I need to tell you about because lots of review copies have arrived. Oh and have you heard about the Half Price Books sale this week/weekend? I know you have your calendars marked! Let me know if you are planning to go and if you’ve made some recent purchases.

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Catching Up

Well October went by quickly didn’t it? I was away last week at an HR conference in Fort Worth so I didn’t get a chance to blog or do a wrap up post for the month and I didn’t finish my R.I.P. challenge although I did read a couple of spooky books. But, overall October was a great reading month as I finished seven books and all were quite good.

My conference was really good and what a bonus that on my drive back from Ft. Worth I stopped in Georgetown to visit Lark & Owl Booksellers. This is such a cute indie bookstore. You can find a good selection of books, gifts by local artists and they also have a bistro. I bought Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñoez and sat at the cafe and enjoyed a yummy salad. They have a lot of events so even though the bookstore is not that close to me, I hope I’ll be able to visit again.

Now to look forward to this month. I know there are several reading events: German Literature Month, Margaret Atwood Reading Month and Nonfiction November. All great reading events that I’ve participated in the past but I think this time I’m going to have to take a raincheck.

Right now I want to focus on my shelves and my ARCs. My shelves are overflowing and I have so many great books to look forward to. I also am taking somewhat of a break from checking out library books. I have one book out currently but once I’m done with that one, I’ll only check out audiobooks which I use for my commute. Otherwise, no other books. I’ll try to keep this up until the end of the year.

So that’s a bit of what’s going on. I have to tell you about some new book arrivals, magazines and of course a long list of book recaps. What about you, what’s been going on in your bookish life?

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This & That

How is everyone doing? I’m so sorry my posts have been so spotty lately but last week was a busy one at work and I was just exhausted when I got home. All I’ve been doing I feel like is watching crafty videos on youtube. Ha.

Anyway, we did get out for some fun on Sunday when we went to a flamenco concert. There was a short performance outside against the Austin downtown backdrop so it was really lovely but the best part was to come. Nino de Pura delighted the audience with the beautiful guitar sounds.

Other than that the weekend was also a lot of running doing chores and garden work. I have so much to tell you about new books I’ve received, books I’ve finished reading, etc. but first I have to vent about a library snafu.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my public library but I had ordered a book via ILL for my husband and I returned it last Wednesday but they’ve lost it! So now I probably will have to pay for it. It’s not that expensive but that’s just never happened before. As a matter of fact, I returned another book that day and they have that one but not the other. We’ll see what happens. Hopefully they’ll find it.

So that’s the latest. Again, I’m so sorry I’ve been away from blogland but I’ll catch up one of these days. Take care friends and more bookish talk soon.

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