I am so happy to see so many of the things Dewey started are living on in our blogs. This is such a fun one she created. Thank you Dewey!!!
The Sparrow by Mary Donia Russell. Blame this on those guys at Books on the Nightstand. I’ve heard reviews before about how awesome this is, but Ann Kingman mentioned it in their Sci-Fi podcast from late last year/early this year (I can’t remember which podcast it was) and made it sound so good. It doesn’t seem like my typical book (I mean Jesuit priests in outer space???) but she said it wasn’t hers either and she loved it. So I thought I might give it a go.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. I have seen this on so many blogs that I was beginning to think it was over-hyped, but then Michael Kindness mentioned it in the Books on the Nightstand pod cast and made it sound so good and interesting that, well, I am adding it here.
Middlemarch by George Eliot. This is probably cheating, since I already bought it, but since I bought the Everyman’s Library hardback edition from Book Depository and it’s not HERE yet, I think I can safely say I am still coveting it. Every year I pick a big, huge, doorstop of a book and don’t finish it. I hoping this will be the year that I do finish one, and Middlemarch will be my victim. Ha, ha, ha. It is also for the Beowulf at the Beach classics challenge that Books on the Nightstand is hosting this summer. And Amanda recommended it as a good place to start with Eliot and I deeply value her opinion where such books are concerned.
Oh and in case you are wondering, past FAILS include Kristen Lavransdatter, Les Miserables (which was actually a reread, so only half FAIL), Don Quixote, and The Count of Monte Cristo (also a reread). I hope I can break this loosing streak this year. I am determined! I will persevere!!!!
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. YES!!! The amazing, amazing, AMAZING I TELL YOU, writer behind The Historian has a new book coming out. Unfortunately, it is supposedly not coming out until January 2010. I’m hoping, hoping, HOPING I get a review copy. Although…it looks like the UK will be getting it before us (blast and drat those redcoats!)…I may have to do another Book Depository order!!!
And lastly, I would love to have every single book that is being given away at BEA this weekend. Well, not really, but I saw a BUNCH on the list that sounded so good. Sigh…at least I can live vicariously through the ones who are there and will blog and Twitter about it.