Well, we had a three day weekend for MLK Day, so I decided to return home for the weekend, seeking some R and R... and in spectacular Savannah fashion, I saw the opportunity to go back to King's Books, and took it. What resulted was almost an hour spent holding my mother and sister hostage within the bookstore while I aimlessly browsed for whatever titles suited my fancy in every nook and cranny (including a science fiction and fantasy section I had never before encountered, oooohh). Me at my worst: after having noticed the kid sister wasn't looking for her own books anymore, I assigned her to scout out specific authors in other sections, and report back to me on what works were there available, while I was still looking on my own. It's not something I'm proud of, but just look at the goodies that came out of it!
FROM KING'S BOOKS
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Just in case any of you guys like watching a high speed bandwagon with me attempting to throw myself at it as hard as I possibly can, you've got that to look forward to.
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
The incomparable Jamie Ford - whose first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, broke my heart and opened my eyes to more of Seattle's history - has got another book out, and it's also about Seattle. And opera. And it's Depression-era. So, go, Jamie, go!
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
You've just got to give props for a kick-ass cover... this futuristic novel comes highly recommended and has a Kiera-Knightley-and-Carey-Mulligan-helmed motion picture to its name, and apparently packs one hell of a plot twist.
The Keep by Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan is my fiction-writing-lady-crush. I said last year that her award-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad was one of my absolute favorite novels and I'm disappointed to say that I haven't read more of her work yet. I originally sought out Look at Me for my sophomore reading effort, but they had this one instead, so I went for it.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Every good bookstore trip needs a classic (or two). One of my mom's favorites.
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
(Aforementioned second classic of the shopping trip). One of my English 333 professor's favorites.
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
I've been looking for some solid fantasy to get into recently, and I recognized the name of the author, due to the fact that I've gotten several recommendations for their work via my Goodreads account, so I just figured, why the hell not?
FOR MY KINDLE
My first attempt at reading New Adult, and I'm so excited! A shmoopy romance about a college senior whose Communications partnership turns out to be more than expected. What's wrong with shmoopy novels, every once in a while?
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Just in case you were wondering, yes, I do oftentimes automatically make up my mind for purchase of a novel when it happens to have Seattle in the plot blurb. I love Seattle.
Perfect Ruin by Lauren deStefano
Young adult dystopian post-apocalyptic science fiction ... with an interesting and original plot premise? Shut the front door.
What books did you get this past week?