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I'm getting an extremely late start to this post. After the long drive yesterday back home and then a late evening meetup with our neighbors, I was out of juice very fast and needed to crash. And what does Sunday morning mean after a busy week? Tis a day full of chores. Ugh.  Life We spent this past week in Boston with my brother-in-law and his wife. We all got the break we needed - we did some shopping, watched lots of TV, and enjoyed lots of family time. I started writing this post on our drive back but didn't get to schedule in advance. We opted to drive the 13-hour route so although it made for some very long days, it felt good to get out of the house and enjoy a road trip. The weather cooperated all the days in all the places we were in those days so that was a plus.  As always after a long vacation, we have come back to a lot to do. I have so much to catch up with and need to do some of that today as there's just as much to do on the work front from tomorrow.  Renovat

Look at what just arrived! - June 5, 2010

mailboxmonday This meme is hosted by Marcia @ The Printed Page. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do).

I am posting this today instead of my usual Monday, since I have a review scheduled for then, and I don't want you to hit 'Mark-All-As-Read' soon as you see so many new posts. Nah, just kidding! But I would still love you to drop by!

My mailbox was definitely busy during this work week of four days. Hidden Wives came to me directly from the author, Claire Avery (a pseudonym for the sister-pair of Mari Hilburn and Michelle Poché). Can I gush a bit? Ever since I first saw this book somewhere (I forget where), I had been eager to read this. I signed up for giveaways, checked with TLC, and finally when the authors themselves offered me the book, I was beyond thrilled! So I started reading it right from the moment I got the packet, but I will hold my thoughts to myself for now, till my review, which I plan to post next week. By the way, this book releases on June 8th.

June 8th is going to be quite a field day in publishing houses. A lot of books I am waiting for are getting released then. But I digress...

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke was a win at Helen's Book Blog. This is another book I was looking forward to, so I am quite thrilled to have won it. This book also happens to be an Orange Prize nominee for Fiction this year, whose winner will be announced on June 9th.

I also received Amitava Kumar's two newest books - Nobody Does the Right Thing and A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, courtesy of Duke University Press. I won this pair of books through their twitter contest. That the books are set in India or feature Indian characters made it extra sweet for me! They also included a nice Duke University Press tote bag that feels quite geeky and stylish. I heart totes. I especially love the cover of Nobody Does the Right Thing, because it really has an Indian feel - that big banner of a Bollywood movie reminds me of the countless billboards that grace many towns and cities colorfully advertising the newest movies hitting the theaters.

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva @ A Striped Armchair and Marg @ The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I went on a short stroll to the library this week. I had a book to return and, well, who returns back from the library without picking up a book? So then I picked up two books that everyone has been recommending to me for a long long time. And I can't wait to get started with both of them, once I am through with the many half-read books lying strewn across my room.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld needs no introduction. Is there anyone out there who hasn't read this book? So that I can feel better about myself. Also, I am yet to come across someone who didn't like this book. I liked his Uglies series, which I am only half way through. I have been promising to pick up the 3rd book - Specials sometime. Anyways, when the librarian handed me this book, I chanced a peek inside, and guess what? There is a map and plenty of illustrations in it! Woohoo! I love books that have illustrations included. They make for so much fun while reading.

Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster. Yet another book that has been glaring at me from my insurmountable TBR. I've always wanted to read her memoirs, especially for their stylish covers. A memoir that reads like chicklit? You gotto be kidding me! Who wouldn't love that! So finally, after much coaxing, I picked it up to read. I follow Jen Lancaster's blog, Jennsylvania and her posts always leave me laughing hard. I should read more funny authors. Maureen Johnson is next on my list.


Amelia said…
Ohh LEVIATHAN looks so good!
I wanna know what you think :D
Amused said…
So many of these books look great to me! I love the look of Hidden Wives and Black Water Rising!
I haven't read Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld :) I had read Uglies, but haven't read Book 2 yet - been meaning to!
Dazzling Mage said…
Hmm, I know a lot of readers were looking forward to Leviathan, but I don't remember the reviews. So I look forward to know what you think of it!

Great books!
Anonymous said…
I have mailbox envy :)
toothybooks said…
ooh busy week for you, but i'll be looking forward to your reviews! i hope you enjoy bitter is the new black! you won't be disappointed especially if you love her blog and think that's funny.
Stephanie said…
I really liked Leviathan, and Hidden Wives does look good!
Bookventures said…
These books all sound great. I especially like Hidden Wives. I myself would love to read it. I'll be sure to come back for your review on this one.
I also got my ARC of Hidden Wives yesterday and plan on starting on it as soon as I finish the new Stephen King, Blockade Billy. I look forward to seeing what you think as I have been wanting this for some time also.
Eva said…
I haven't read Amitava Kumar before; sounds like I need to try him out! :)
DCMetroreader said…
Hidden Wives looks interesting. I like that it was written by two sisters. Will look forward to your review.

Also, I really enjoyed Bitter is the New Black (and if you like her blog -- I follow it too-- then you should enjoy the book).
avisannschild said…
I received Hidden Wives this week too (for the TLC tour) and I'm dying to read Black Water Rising and Leviathan! Enjoy all your books!
Mary (Bookfan) said…
I'll be watching for your Hidden Wives review!
Hidden Wives has caught my eye too! I will watch for your review!
erisian said…
loved bitter is the new black.
i have been itching to read the rest of her books, but "the pile" is so big that i have been having trouble prioritizing...

speaking of..
you should check this out, Aths.

i dont normally go for "challenges" but if it helps focus on the end goal, so be it..
Athira said…
Erisian, that looks like a nice challenge, I should check it out! Thanks for mentioning!