Monday, October 05, 2009

New books that I can't wait to read!

I had a little bit of a book-buying splurge near the end of last month. A couple more are still on their way but here are some of my pretty new temptations.  If only I could read them all right now!

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
I've been meaning to read this since I read The Woman in White a few years ago, but when I heard that Drood by Dan Simmons (which I have waiting for me on the shelf) contains spoilers about The Moonstone, I knew I had to get to it sooner rather than later, which meant actually owning a copy first.

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
After hearing so much buzz about these books, especially on Twitter, I've given in and plan to read at least the first one during the read-a-thon later this month.

Big in Japan: A Ghost Story by M. Thomas Gammarino (an ARC, it'll be published on November 1st)
Oh! A Mystery of 'mono no aware' by Todd Shimoda
These are both from the wonderful Chin Music Press.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
This is another book that I ended up having to buy because of all the talk about it on Twitter. But Nymeth loved it and that's good enough for me!

A Quiet Life by Kenzaburo Oe
Mark David has mentioned this one a few times to I added it to my order along with the other Japanese literature titles below.

The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
These are both for the newly started Japanese Literature Book Group. Anyone is welcome to participate and you still have plenty of time to grab a book and join in. The discussion for The Old Capital will begin on November 30th, and for The Housekeeper and the Professor on January 25th, 2010. I'm really looking forward to discussing these with some of you.


What new books have you got recently?

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  1. I've just finished The Moonstone, and I'm so glad I read it before Drood and avoided having it spoiled! I actually guessed whodunit early on, but it was so fun not knowing for sure and waiting to find out the details. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as The Woman in White, but only because The Woman in White is more Gothic and I'm a sucker for Gothic stories. It was definitely still excellent, though!

    And hooray for Patrick Ness! I hope you enjoy it :)

  2. Everyone seems to have read & loved the Hunger Games. I have yet to read it & would be interested in your review.

  3. You're in for a treat with both the Hunger Games and Chaos Walking books to be read!

  4. I liked The Moonstone even more than The Woman in White. You're going to enjoy it so much!

  5. a LITTLE bit of a book buying splurge? ;) Seems like quite a lot!

  6. I hear you - if we could only read them all NOW! I can see I need to read Moonstone soon.

  7. I was in Barnes and Noble Saturday and bought a copy of "The Monsters of Templeton" by Lauren Groff. It was on my one-of-these-days list and when I saw it discounted, I had to buy it there and then.

  8. Oooh, nice collection of new books. I can't wait to hear what you think of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire!

  9. the hunger games and catching fire were so good can't wait for book 3 and the movie.

  10. We must be the only two left that haven't read Hunger Games!! My son loved Knife of Never Letting's on my list to read soon. Your books are great. Enjoy!

  11. ooh, there are some great ones there! I'll have to add some to my list.

  12. I'm so excited you are reading The Moonstone soon. It's a great book; I'm re-reading it now. Are you going to take part in the Wilkie Collins's Classics Circuit?

  13. Wow. I am jealous!! I want the Collins book...Moonstone and the (2) from the Hunger Game Series. Enjoy

  14. That's a lot of interesting books! I've read HUNGER GAMES and loved it. I'm waiting for CATCHING FIRE to arrive in my order so that I can continue with the suspense. :)

  15. GREAT stack! I loved The Hunger Games, but I haven't been able to get into Catching Fire just yet. Maybe soon. Enjoy!

  16. I'll definitely be reading Hunger Games and maybe even Catching Fire during the read-a-thon, too! And I just got some Borders Bucks, so I'll be getting The Knife...also.

    Look forward to hearing what you think of The Moonstone--it was my introduction to Collins.

  17. That is an awesome pile of books! Enjoy!

  18. I loved the Housekeeper and the Professor! Too bad I probably won't remember it well enough to add much to the discussion in January, but maybe I'll lurk.

  19. That's quite a stack, Nat! Thanks for the heads up about Drood and The Moonstone. Good think I have a copy of Moonstone (I'm waiting for Drood to come out in paperback before I get that one).

    I see you caved and got Suzanne Collins books. :-) I think I'll wait until all the books are out before I begin that one. We'll see if I can hold out.

    Enjoy your new books, Nat!

  20. Oh I'm really interested in Todd Shimoda's book on Mono No Aware.

  21. Nymeth - Yay! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed The Moonstone. I'm looking forward to reading it sometime this autumn or winter.

    DCMetroreader - I know what you mean, it's because everyone seems to love this series that I finally gave in.

    Bart - Both series have had so much buzz, I'm looking forward to reading them for myself.

    saleema - I really enjoyed The Woman in White, so that's good to hear!

    Lena - LOL. Two of them are for review but yes, I suppose it is still a lot. :P

    Booklogged - I wish that pretty much every time I look at all my unread books! ;)

    Teresa - Of course you had to buy it! The Monsters of Templeton is on my 'someday' list too. I hope you enjoy it!

    Les - They look like they'll be fun books to get sucked into for a few hours.

    Eric - I'm looking forward to finally understanding why everyone is raving about these books!

    Staci - LOL. It seems that way, doesn't it? After hearing so much about them I decided I couldn't wait any longer to try them for myself. :)

  22. Dana - I can't wait to read all of them! Must. Read. Faster.

    Trisha - I am going to take part in the Collins' author tour for The Classics Circuit but not for The Moonstone. I knew I just wouldn't have enough time this month to fit it in. Instead I'll be reading and reviewing one of his shorter works, The Frozen Deep. I do hope to read The Moonstone in the next few months though and am looking forward to the tour. Are you taking part as well?

    Diane - I hope you get a chance to read those ones before too long.

    Alice Teh - I hope your copy arrives soon. :)

    Andi - EVERYONE seems to have loved The Hunger Games! Hope you can get into Catching Fire. I'm quite curious now what I'll think of them.

    Trish - Oh fun, we'll be reading at least the one book together during the read-a-thon. :)

    Kelly - Thanks, I hope to. :)

    Ali - I've heard great things about The Housekeeper and the Professor. It's going to be a casual discussion so feel free to jump in if you feel inspired to do so.

    Wendy - Yes, I caved. Actually I probably would've waited too if they weren't available in paperback from the UK. I've heard that Catching Fire ends on a huge cliff hanger though so you're probably better off waiting. :)

    Mark David - Me too! I'm not sure when I'll fit it in but I hope to do so before too long.

  23. I'm glad you are taking part in the tour; I am in the Collins' tour, actually for the Moonstone.

  24. Trisha - I look forward to your review. :)


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