Lots of New Books

Remember I said I was taking a break from the library until the end of the year? Well, this is why? Look at all the books that have arrived at Casa Bookgirl! Let’s talk a bit about them:

Cutting Edge by Joyce Carol Oates. This collection of short stories features writing by Margaret Atwood, Edwidge Danticat and other writers to feature female-centric noir. How can you go wrong with this one. Really excited about this anthology.

The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda. The novel starts in the 1960s when 17 people die of cyanide poisoning at a party given by the owners of a prominent clinic in a town on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The only surviving links to what might have happened are a cryptic verse that could be the killer’s, and the physician’s bewitching blind daughter, Hisako, the only person spared injury. I love Japanese literature so I’m excited to discover this author.

The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney. Now to move to another part of the world, this mystery is set in 1969 and Glasgow is in the grip of the worst winter in decades. But it’s not the weather that has Glaswegians on edge: a serial killer is on the loose.

The Dollmaker by Nina Allen. Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that’s why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector’s magazine. Sounds a bit creepy right?

White Elephant by Trish Harnetiaux. A crackling Christmas mystery that combines murder and blackmail at a holiday office party, in a mashup reminiscent of Big Little Lies and Clue. This sounds like the perfect book for this season.

The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. The Ramayana, one of the world’s greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita’s version. Not only this does sound like a wonderful story but I wish you could see the cover. It is beautiful.

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark. When investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email from a “CRyan” describing her “terrible experience” while working at REL, a high-profile television news network, including the comment “and I’m not the only one,” Gina knows she has to pursue the story. But when Ryan goes silent, Gina is shocked to discover the young woman has died tragically in a Jet Ski accident while on holiday. I remember reading a bunch of her books in the late 80s.

The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith. Journalist Tatiana Petrovna is on the move. Arkady Renko, iconic Moscow investigator and Tatiana’s part-time lover, hasn’t seen her since she left on assignment over a month ago. When she doesn’t arrive on her scheduled train, he’s positive something is wrong.

That is a lot of books isn’t it? I’m so thankful to the publishers who send these out to me. I am excited about all of these just not sure which one to start with first. Which one would you pick?

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Weekend Recap

How was your weekend? I have continued to work on organizing my studio and yes, have found stuff I had forgotten about! It hasn’t all been cleaning because of course I’ve gotten distracted and wanted to work on some projects but I feel like I’ve done a lot. My favorite part of the weekend though was when we went to BookPeople on Saturday.

We don’t go there too often as it’s in downtown and while we aren’t too far, Austin traffic is awful and typically end up at Barnes & Noble first as that’s closer to us. Anyway, we browsed a bit and I was excited to find BookPage and the BookPeople newsletter. On the cover of BookPage is the story of Erin Morgenstern and her new novel with the premise of a long-lost library book. Hmm, sounds like my story as the Austin Public Library still hasn’t found a book I returned!

Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading both of these and getting more book suggestions because why not? The other fun catalog that arrived this weekend is the Fahrney’s Holiday Gift catalog. So many beautiful fountain pens and inks. I may have to write Santa about one of these. Ha.

So that’s a bit of what we were up to this weekend. I still can’t believe how quickly the end of the year is approaching, can you? I hope you have a fantastic week ahead and more book talk soon.

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Checking In

Hi Friends! Hope you’ve all been enjoying the month. I feel like between now and the end of the year, it’s all going to go by in a blur. I’ve still been quite busy at work and lately when I come home I find my energy is going more towards some of my crafting. As I was going to do some bookbinding that meant I really wanted a clean craft table and I swear it took me a whole evening to clear off one of my craft tables.

Which goes into what I’ve been up to… organizing! I’m waiting for some storage bins I bought which will go in the closet of my studio so I can organize some of my smaller items like stamps, ribbons, etc. There have been times when I’ve been crafting and end up spending too much time on trying to locate items! For those of you who are crafters, please tell me I’m not alone in this. Ha.

On the book front, I have seven books I’m juggling and I just wish I had more time to devote to my books. I’m not sure how much extra time I’ll have between now and the end of the year though as I usually end up bookbinding a bit more to get some orders out, etc. but hopefully I’ll still make my Goodreads reading goal.

So that’s about it on my end. I hope you are having a great week and more book talk soon!

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