Tuesday, April 29, 2008

BLOGGING: It's Tuesday, where are you?

Are you reading many new books this year? This is a new phenomenon for me as I've usually been much too cheap to buy a new release book, and I preferred to wait for the paperback version of books, even ones for authors I am huge fans of. The exposure to publisher's copies and Advanced Reading Copies or Editions has opened up a whole new world of reading to me. Librarything.com has an Early Reader's Program where they draw for a chance to receive and review new release books. How awesome! I won one last month and am waiting patiently for it to arrive, whatever the book was, I think I forget by now. 3M has created a site for reviews of some newly released novels, Novels Now 2008. If you are cheap like me, it's a place to read reviews from blogger types and get an idea if it's a book you might like, before you buy it.

I'm still looking at that Tree in Brooklyn and it's STILL growing. It's a slow tree. It's a book so far I'm preferring to read in between other books, so I started The Chocolate War last night, the last of my Young Adult Challenge reads. I'm in a New England high school; so, not far from my real life, a Maritimes high school. Where is reading taking you today?


  1. I'm in 13th century Spain with a crusader gone mad and his monk friend trying to save his soul.

    The Crusader by Michael Alexander Eisner

    Have a good day!

  2. Usually I don't buy hardcopy books either unless I HAVE to have it. I haven't felt that drawn to anything recently. I'd love to be in New England right now--actually, might want to wait for it to warm up a little since we're already in 80 degree weather in Texas. Thanks for the links!

    I'm visiting Discworld--taking a tour with Rincewind and Twoflower and what a journey it is! Loving it!

  3. Today I'm in Southern Illinois at the end of the civil war. I've been plowing the fields and becoming a man while my older brothers went off to war. Turns out that one of my brothers has been fighting for the South. So hard and scary to think of what is going on in those battles that I can only read about in the newspapers. Will they ever come home?

  4. This morning I'm off the coast of California with Dirk Pitt searching for some wreckage that contains a deadly virus.

    At lunchtime I'll finish up Black Wind by Clive and Dirk Cussler. Then I'm off to Sam Spade's office as I start The Maltese Falcon.

  5. I'm in Colorado staying at a fine hotel, The Overlook, for the winter. There is a family here looking after the place for the off season and the father is going crazy. I'm just over the halfway mark with The Shinging by Stephen King.

    And I love review copies as well. It has opened a whole new world to me.

    suziq, I have always wanted to read The Maltese Falcom. Love the movie!

  6. I'm in WWII Germany and it's Hitler's birthday.


  7. I got an Early Reader from LibraryThing last month - swear it was one I didn't choose. oh well.

    Today I'm up in the clouds....

    Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel

  8. What a great idea! I'm in 14th century England and France in the court of Edward II and Queen Isabella.

    Queen Isabella by Alison Weir.

    (I keep buying the hardbacks and then reading the book roughly six months after the paperback comes out. Gah.)

  9. I didn't like The Chocolate War when I read it last year, but perhaps you will have a better perspective on it.

    As for where I am...

    I'm at a private tennis college ("Infinite Jest") where I will probably be for the next 3 months.

    and I'm in a quaint New England fishing village ("The Shipping News"), but I'll probably have to leave there soon.

    I love this question.

  10. I am in India at an Ashram in the 'Pray' section of 'Eat, Pray, Love'....and I am kinda keen to get to 'Love' I have to tell you!

  11. lezlie - I'd love to go to Spain again. Our cruise left from Barcelona two summers ago and we had a great day there.

    trish - Discworld is Gaiman?
    It's 80 degrees? You're not my friend anymore:P Our snow is finally all melted now.

    paula - it's hard to imagine what it would be like to be in a civil war. thanks for stopping by

    suziq - ooh, The Maltese Falcon, have fun! I love Bogie

    nicola - I read The Shining so long ago. Have you seen the sporcle.com site? They have a Name the Stephen King novels game, very fun.

  12. Nope, still haven't read any Gaiman. Discworld is Terry Pratchett (The Color of Magic). Yes, 80 degrees. I was sitting in the courtyard at lunch and had to move to the shade because it was too hot. It sounds great now--but in a few months we won't be able to go outdoors without immediately breaking into a sweat. Our summer average is 90+, but it is humid humid humid--all the way into September. But...I'll take that over the cold any day.

  13. sprite - I can't read WW2 very often, so depressing. The last one I read was The Book Thief, vg.

    jen - Maybe we got the same book from LT? I haven't got mine from last month yet.

    carrie k - I love British historical books.

    That's probably why I stopped buying books, it's something I would do too.

    kookie - I think you are on your way to Newfoundland and I think The Chocolate War will be disturbing, bullies, ugh.

    britgal' sarah - I'd like to read that, eventually

  14. I've read several ARCs this year. It's always fun because I'm almost always to cheap to buy brand new books - I usually at least wait for the paperback.

    This week, I'm reading two different ARCs. In one, I'm hiking the Pacific Crest trail from Mexico to Canada (The Cactus Eaters by Dan White) in the other my boat is caught on a coral reef and slowly sinking putting my husband and four kids and I in a pretty dire situation (Black Wave by Jean and John Silverwood).

  15. I'm in UnLondon, with the Schwazzy, her friend, and her friend's pet milk carton named Curdle.

  16. trish - You havent' read Gaiman? I haven't read Prachett, other than Good Omens. loved.
    I love the heat but it's seldom hot enough here. I'm just jealous.

    megan - I only have one ARC and haven't read it yet. Other cheap people, yeah!

    thisredheadreads - wow, what book is that? it sounds very strange, but interesting.

  17. I just got out of an abondoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness. I survived but alas, I fear the protagonis didn't fare so well.

    Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer

  18. deb - I read Krakauer's Everest book "Into Thin Air" and it was good. Didn't make me want to climb a mountain! Glad you made it out alive.

  19. I'm still in California with a young oil prince who is torn between loving being wealthy and influential and wanting to fight for the common worker's rights.

    Oil! - Upton Sinclair

  20. I really disliked The Chocolate War...it felt a little phony. So feeling pangs of sympathy that you're reading it, but maybe you'll like it, then we can have a spirited discussion! (-:

    OTOH, I am quite fond of Sam Spade and The Maltese Falcon. Great read! Dashiell Hammet rocks! Have fun, suziqoregon!

  21. I am in Dublin reading about a man who had just gotten engaged and the three women who are disappointed by that. (This Charming Man by Marian Keyes) and in Chicago investigating a paranormal murder with a wizard detective (Storm Front by Jim Butcher)

  22. bybee - Oil! sounds so good, it was the other Oscar movie, right?
    I didnt' realize The Chocolate War had mixed reviews, you're the second person who didn't like it. At least it's short!

    I preferred Chandler's The Big Sleep last year, but I still liked the Maltese Falcon. I remember listening to it on the radio one day, and being completely absorbed in the story.

    marg - I've heard a bit about Keyes, that one sounds more like my type of book. Wizard paranormmal murder? that sounds crazy. Enjoy!

  23. I'm traveling stealthily through the Haitian jungles and forests in 1791, as the fight for independence begins amidst treachery, violence, and the breakdown of boundaries between slaves and owners, blacks and whites, and those in between.

    All Souls' Rising, by Madison Smartt Bell. I don't usually like historical fiction, but this is a knockout of a book.

  24. I'm in the South prior to the Civil War, soon to be in the middle of the Civil War.

    March by Geraldine Brooks

  25. I'm in Iceland with a bunch of Independent People who seem to be obsessed with sheep and coffee!

  26. amy - wow, osunds like a great book and one you are really enjoying. thanks for the rec.

    eileen - that's a book I'd like to read. Crosses a Pulitzer off teh list.

    wendy - I'm not sure about that one wendy! It sounds like you are finding it amusing.

  27. It says on the back cover it is "bleakly humorous" and I would agree...I'm not sure I'm supposed to be laughing in all the places I'm laughing in...but, I'm enjoying it.


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