May 3, 2008

Book Porn and Weekly Geeks #2

Chris was saying just the other day that we haven't seen as many Book Porn posts lately. The reason for that on my end is the fact that I have been more or less behaving in the past few months. But yesterday was a bit of an exception. Behold, my four new books:


The Historian found its way to me via BookMooch, and I'm going to save it for the third RIP challenge later this year. The Polysyllabic Spree is for the Non-Fiction Five challenge and I'm really excited about reading it. And the other two were in the bargain bin at a local bookstore! They are both beautiful hardcovers and I could barely believe my eyes when I saw them. I got My Invented Country because of Robin's review, and Living to Tell the Tale, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's autobiography, is bound to be good. The fact that both of these are non-fiction books set in South American makes them extra appealing for me.

Now for your amusement, I will share a list of books that currently are (or soon will be) on their way to me. In my defence, I only actually bought the last three. Some I have the generosity of fellow book bloggers to thank for, and others were acquired via BookMooch:
  • Tigerheart by Peter David
  • From Black Rooms by Stephen Woodworth
  • When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  • A $15 Amazon giftcard that will be turned into Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman
  • Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist
  • The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
  • I Am Morgan leFay by Nancy Springer
  • The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
  • To Be a Slave by Julius Lester (it's Debi's fault)
  • Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember by James Mellon
  • Transformations by Anne Sexton (I blame Lisa)
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
So much for behaving :P


For the second Weekly Geeks, Dewey is asking participants to adopt Darla D's policy of linking to other blog reviews at the end of her posts. This is a splendid idea. I always liked the fact that Darla did that. I think that what I'll do is ask people to leave me a link to their reviews in the comments, and then I'll edit my posts to include them. I edited my latest review (paddy clarke ha ha ha by Roddy Doyle) and added some links to other bloggers, but I think I'll only really start doing it for future posts - I'm not quite sure if I'd have the time to go back and edit lots of old posts. So from now on, if you see me posting about a book you have reviewed, please let me know and I'll link to your review.

28 comments:

  1. Great books there! Yay for new bookporn! Seriously, I've been having withdrawals with no one buying mass amounts of books lately...but it seems that you just about did the trick between your picture and massive list :p

    I've had my eye on the Marquez biography for awhile. I hope it's good! I can't imagine it not being. And I'm sure you'll love the Historian and you may just be planning a trip to Romania after reading it ;) Is the Anne Sexton book a book of her poetry? She used to be one of my favorite poets when I was a teen. I haven't read her in ages.

    I like this Weekly Geeks too. I've always loved Darla's reviews and have thought of doing the same thing for awhile now! I'll have to do it.

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  2. I hope you enjoy The Historian! It is a little long for my taste, but I found myself caught up in the story and even searching on the web for more information about Vlad the Impaler. I'll look forward to your review...in months! :) I have the Ice Queen on my shelf as well--I've only read one Hoffman book and I liked it but it didn't make me want to hurry up and pick up another.

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  3. A week after the book festival and I decided to splurge on books. I don't know what got into me. I haven't decided if I want to 'fess up and name all the titles on my Sunday Salon post tomorrow or not.

    You've got a great list of books there, some I would like to read too. I hope you enjoy The Historian even if only half as much as I did. :-)

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  4. I hope you enjoy The Polysyllabic Spree, it's all about getting you to read more Nick Hornby! I really enjoyed The Ice Storm and it will be interested to read your thoughts on it. I am hoping to get Transformations as well, I keep reading references to it.

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  5. I loved, loved, loved The Historian (and it sounds like I'm not the only one here). I'm always so excited when I hear that someone is about to read it for the first time. I'll look forward to your review in a few months.

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  6. Oooh the Polysyllabic Spree is excellent, so so funny! But I warn you..Nick Hornby reviews will double the size of your TBR pile!

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  7. Nymeth, I'm sure you'll enjoy The Historian, I really loved it, very atmospheric.

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  8. Impressive list! I have been behaving lately so no book porn for me. I've joined Bookmooch and I'm actually giving away a lot of books more than receiving:P
    Have you ever read anything by Isabel Allende? she used to be my favourite author as a teenager. Read all her books up to "Paula". My favourite was The House of the spirits".

    Linking to other people reviews is a brilliant idea, and I've always thought I should do it, after seeing Darla,but then never did!

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  9. Chris: I already want to go to Romania as it is...I can't imagine what it'll be like after reading The Historian! I'm really looking forward to that one. The Anne Sexton book is poetry, yes - a collection of 17 poems based on 17 Grimms' fairy tales. How awesome is that?

    Trish: The size does intimidate me a little bit, but I think I'll enjoy it. The Ice Queen will be my first Hoffman. I've heard good things about her before, so I thought it was time to give her a try.

    Literary Feline: I hope you do post about your purchases! I'm curious now :P

    Rhinoa: I really think I'll love The Polysyllabic Spree! I was flipping through it and reading little bits here and there and I loved every one of them.

    Greer: You're definitely not alone, I keep hearing wonderful things about it. I'm really looking forward to reading it!

    Mariel: Yup, I heard that before...ah well, what's another book (or another 20 books) added to the list anyway? :P

    Brideofthebookgod: I think I will! I love atmospheric books.

    Valentina: I read City of Beasts last year, and I was actually a little disappointed...but that's an YA book, and some writers have some difficulty making that transition. So I need to give her adult fiction a try. I loved the movie version of The House of the Spirits, so I really have no idea why I haven't read it yet. My mother has a bunch of her books, so I think I'm going to borrow some.
    I have given away more books than the ones I requested on BookMooch as well, but after a while I had something like 20 points begging to be spent, and so I went on a little spree :P

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  10. Nick Hornby! Anne Sexton's Transformations - I've been looking for this one for ages! Neil Gaiman! More Neil Gaiman! Book porn is right!!!! Who needs to behave when books like that come along?
    See you Wednesday, still working on my other book and my Neil Gaiman.

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  11. Oh, behaving is seriously overrated anyway, don't you think?

    Annie's got The Historian and I was thinking of reading that one for RIP, too. (I think I have like 20 different books in mind for RIP already...and of course, I'll probably only manage to read 3 or 4 of them. I definitely like to dream big though.)

    I'm really interested to hear what you think of Polysyllabic Spree...I think that sounds like a fun read. Of course, I look forward to reading your thoughts on all these books...your reviews are a wonderful experience even when I know the book is probably not for me.

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  12. Oh wow! I never knew that Sexton had written about any fairy tales at all, much less Grimm's...I'll definitely have to check that one out!

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  13. This is more like an echo but you'll definitely enjoy The Historian! Gee, maybe I should reread it as well. Hahaha!

    I've read Alice Hoffman's The Ice Queen but I think I never got around to reviewing it. Oops! There's a fairy tale in it that I adored. One word that comes to mind thinking about it now is consuming.

    Yay, lots of books! Maybe I should join Bookmooch! Sounds really fun giving books in exchange for uh, books :P

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  14. As soon as you read Persepolis, I will jump at the chance to have my links (since I reviewed the two separately) added! And the Lost Years of Merlin and The Polysyllabic Spree.

    Isn't Bookmooch the best? I'm glad you're able to get plenty of books, since so few people seem willing to send outside their own countries lately.

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  15. Let me know how you like THE HYSTORIAN and the GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ, I have been thinking of Mooching both. I received LES MISERABLES from BookMooch in such sad state I can't hold this book through 1400+ pages, they are falling appart, this is the first time this happened, your books look in very good condition.

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  16. You and I have such similar tastes in books so I found a bunch of reviews that we've both written and some future ones that I'm planning on writing!

    Here's my list for the Weekly Geeks.

    The Color Purple
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
    Slaughter-House Five
    Number the Stars
    The Hallowen Tree
    The Adventures of Pinocchio
    Neverwhere
    The Penelopiad


    I have bookmarked your reviews and will be linking to them tonight.

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  17. I read The Historian for RIP II and would recommend it (although it did take a good portion of October to get through)!

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  18. Great list, Nymeth!

    And I'm sure it's fun to read the reviews from other bloggers as well. :D

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  19. so I've linked to your reviews of:
    Book Thief
    Odd and the frost giants
    I was a Rat
    Paddy Clarke

    I think that's it, but if you find more let me know:)

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  20. That is a great idea. Though I have yet to see anyone leave me a link to their reviews. If people start doing that with my last two posts or future posts, I will be sure to revise my reviews to include their post links as well.

    Bravo!

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  21. Susan: lol, well said!

    Debi: It is overrated :P I have a HUGE mental list for RIP as well...I'll never get through them all, especially because the challenge only lasts two months and some are chunksters, but who cares :P I started The Polysyllabic Spree today and so far I LOVE it. I'll tell you one thing: Nick Hornby is one of us!

    Chris: You do! I can't wait for it to arrive.

    Lightheaded: You should join! I have seen a few members from the Philliphines before.

    Dewey: I'll defnitely link to your reviews of those. About Bookmooch, I often find a book I really want only to realize five seconds later that the owner won't send internationally, but I also find people who will, thankfully. And one of those books was acquired thanks to the very awesome Angel Network.

    Madeleine: It'll take me a while to get to them, but I will let you know. And wow, that sucks :/ that person so deserves negative feedback. So far I've been lucky, all the books I received were in good condition.

    pussreboots: Thanks for the links! I said in my post that I wouldn't do it retroactively, but I'm now changing my mind. I will edit my old posts, but it will take me some time. It does look like we have similar taste!

    thewrittenword: that's my fear :P And the challenge's only two months long. But ah well, I bet it'll be worth it.

    Melody: It really is :)

    Valentina: Thanks! Like I was telling pussreboots, I decided to edit my old posts to add links, but it'll be a long-term project.

    Serena: I'm glad you're doing it as well! It really is a great idea.

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  22. ...behaving is wildly over-rated - you just enjoy your book-porn!
    Hornby is great - put his book 31 Songs on your list (if it's not there already!!)

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  23. You've got some pretty nice reading ahead of you with these new acquisitions. I'll be very interested to see what you think of The Historian. I read it when it first came out and really liked it, but it was really different for me (at the time). Glad to see you're getting Transformations. I think you'll really enjoy this one. I think it's one that I'll continue to reread and hopefully get more out of with each new read.

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  24. Hey Nymeth! Please link me up:

    The Goose Girl

    Will be adding more since I'll be reading the next two books by Shannon Hale once I've received them in the mail! ;P

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  25. I'm hoping to read The Historian for this year's R.I.P challenge too. Have fun with The Polysyllabic Spree. :)

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  26. Good for you! I've been behaving too...at least for me..but I have still amassed a quantity of books over the past few months that would make for a good book porn post. I think I need to get on that!!!

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  27. Now that I'm deep into preparation for a move, I wish I had been a bit better about not buying so many books! ha,ha... I'm filling up box after box.
    Anyway, glad you got a lot of goodies via BookMooch! I think I have all four books in your picture. They are just waiting to be read.

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  28. Here are a few reviews we have in common when you get the chance:

    Paddy Clarke Ha, Ha, Ha

    The Book Thief

    ~Kristi (Passion for the Page)

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