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Nice mix of books this week. I had several more I wanted to buy, but maybe next week. 🙂
Just After Sunset by Stephen King
In King’s latest collection of short stories (following 2002’s Everything’s Eventual), he presents 14 tales. (Scribner, published originally in 2008)
I love Stephen King. His short story collections never fail to entertain. Some might be duds, but there’s always an excellent one that sticks with you!
Every Contact Leaves a Trace by Connie Fletcher
This is a world that TV crime shows can’t touch. Here are eighty experts – including beat cops, evidence technicians, detectives, forensic anthropologists, blood spatter experts, DNA analysts, latent print examiners, firearms experts, trace analysts, crime lab directors, and prosecution and defense attorneys – speaking in their own words about what they’ve seen and what they’ve learned to journalist Connie Fletcher, who has gotten cops to talk freely in her bestsellers What Cops Know, Pure Cop, and Breaking and Entering. Every Contact Leaves A Trace presents the science, the human drama, and even the black comedy of crime scene investigation. Let the experts take you into their world. (St. Martins Press, originally published 2006)
I’m a crime junkie.
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Her new summer job comes with baggage. Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small hotel in the heart of New York City, and Scarlett lives there with her four siblings – Spencer, Lola, and Marlene. When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite in the once elegant, now shabby Art Deco hotel. For Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite, and a permanent guest called Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn’t quite know what to make of this C-list starlet, world traveler, and aspiring autobiographer who wants to take over her life. And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn. Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery, Broadway glamour, romantic missteps, and theatrical deceptions. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off. (Scholastic, paperback May 2009)
I started reading this at work and was so charmed, I had to have it. The sequel, Scarlett Fever, just came out!
Greatest Moments in Sports by Len Berman
The best thing about sports is that you never know when a great moment is going to happen. And everyone has a different opinion about what the greatest moments are. Sportscaster Len Berman reveals his favorite moments in sports and offers this challenge—what are yours?
Hear the cheers, create and share your own memories, and let the debate begin! Plus, the included CD features many of the actual broadcasts—you’ll hear all the drama and excitement as it happened! (Sourcebooks,November 2009)
This one looks like a lot of fun. I hope the Red Sox winning the World Series (for the first time) is in there!
Noah’s Bark by Stephen Krensky
Why do animals make the noises they do? You may not have known it, but its all thanks to an old man named Noah, who once upon a time built an ark. Noah is trying to build an ark, but with the snakes quacking, the beavers crowing, and the pigs howling, he cant get anything done. (Lerner Publishing Group, April 2010)
Just adorable and I love the art.
The Punctuation Station by Brian Clearly
All aboard! Join a family of giraffes on their journey to Punctuation Station. As the train chugs along, you’ll learn the ins and outs of using periods, commas, apostrophes, question marks, hyphens, quotation marks, and exclamation points! Playful rhymes from Brian P. Cleary and colorful illustrations from Joanne Lew-Vriethoff make learning about punctuation fun. So hop on board – this is one train ride you don’t want to miss! (Millbrook, April 2010)
More children’s books need giraffes!
What did you get this week?
I haven’t done one of these in awhile! This will cover a few weeks. A very diverse range here!
I went a reading festival and met the following authors, and bought their books for autographs. I’m looking forward to reading them.
Fiona Sweeney wants to do something that matters, and she chooses to make her mark in the arid bush of northeastern Kenya. By helping to start a traveling library, she hopes to bring the words of Homer, Hemingway, and Dr. Seuss to far-flung tiny communities where people live daily with drought, hunger, and disease. Her intentions are honorable, and her rules are firm: due to the limited number of donated books, if any one of them is not returned, the bookmobile will not return. (2008, Harper Perennial)
Read the story behind this book, it’s fascinating!
Mildred is a very focused eleven-year-old. Very focused on giant pumpkins. She’s growing the giants for her mother, who never got a chance to enter the Circleville, Ohio, Pumpkin Show weigh-off herself. After four disastrous growing seasons, Mildred is hoping to finally have a flawless pumpkin to enter in the contest. As long as busybody Aunt Arlene doesn’t interfere too much…and Daddy doesn’t need too much help at his veterinary practice…and her best friend Jacob can pitch in with some last-minute help…and the dogs don’t trample the seedlings…and the weather cooperates. (2009 paperback, Greenwillow)
Beginning when a dead Ray Williams arrives in Heaven, the novel unfolds as the deceased proceeds to tell his life story backwards. As dodgy and shiftless in the afterlife as he was on Earth, Ray finds himself in Heaven’s popular Last Words discussion group, where, for dramatic effect, he lies about his final utterances. A series of flashbacks reveals Ray’s defining moments, including his real last words and what they meant, in a funny, poignant narrative that moves with the clarity of a fable and the complexity of modern psychology. Ray spent his life hiding from the demands of marriage and fatherhood; from his fears of sexual ambiguityAand each chapter riffs on his signature confusion about reality. (2001, Penguin)
Karen Spears Zacharias believes Christians have been paying good money for a false doctrine: the Cash and Cadillac Gospel. With humor and wit in Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?, Zacharias unpacks story after story of those who use the name of God as a means to living their own good life, as well as some unlikely folks whose genuine faith has led them to a different understanding of wealth. (March 2010, Zondervan)
Darina’s year goes from bad to worse when her boyfriend, Phoenix, is killed in a knife fight, making him the fourth student from their high school to die that year. She’s certain that she’s going crazy when she sees him and the others in an abandoned barn, but when Phoenix kisses her, she’s convinced he’s come back… to life?
Jonas, Summer, Arizona, and Phoenix have been brought back from limbo by the enigmatic and sometimes frightening Hunter, and are allowed to remain in the world of the living for one year in order to set right a wrong linked to their deaths. In exchange for being allowed to see Phoenix, Darina agrees to help the undead teens find justice, starting with Jonas… whose year is nearly up.
Darina must discover who is behind Jonas’s fatal motorcycle accident… without becoming a victim herself… and keep the Beautiful Dead a secret. She would sacrifice anything to help her beloved Phoenix, but setting him free might mean losing him forever. (March 2010, Sourcebooks Fire)
I also bought The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. I’ve been so putting off reading the end of the Percy Jackson series, but I think it’s finally time. Also Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein and The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty.
Thanks to NetGalley.com, I’m also going to be reading Freefall by Ariela Anhalt, Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fludd, Book 1 Beastologist) by R.A. LaFevers, Prairie Winter by Bonnie Geisert, and B is for Bufflehead by Steve Hutchcraft.
Steel Pan Man of Harlem by Colin Bootman
Bought:The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Anyone Can Cook by Better Homes and Gardens (I hope I don’t prove this title to be a liar.)
Tarra and Bella by Carol Buckley
Ash by Malinda Lo
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (from the amazing Gina at SFIR)
What did you get this week?
Here are the books I received and bought this week. I also received two of my textbooks.
Donut Days by Lara Zielin
This sounded so quirky, I had to read it. So far, I really like it. It’s got some irreverant humor, which I enjoy, and concerns a topic I’ve yet to see in teen novels.
I won a copy of Carmen Agra Deedy and Wilson Kimel Naiyomah’s 14 Cows for America, thanks to Peachtree Press. That arrived today, and it’s just beautiful. I hope to have a proper post for it up soon.
I had more in my hold pile at work but it disappeared. Probably a good thing. I bought the first two used, and the last two at my work.
Here are the books I received and checked out this week. I also ordered my final three textbooks (ever) for my classes, but though they won’t be nearly as fun as these.
Part of the teen memoir series, published by HCI Books this month. Each of the girls has a story to tell. One has West Nile. One was orphaned at thirteen. And another suffered from the stress-related disorder trichotillomania.
Emily by Emily Smucker
Chelsey by Chelsey Shannon
Marni by Marni Bates
From the Library
Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks
Looked fairly interesting. Appropriate read after I’ve finished two whirlwind semesters in a row.
And finally, I bought these. Because.. how could I not?