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I've recently read a ton of graphic novels and memoirs - some I loved and others not so much but were still a thrill to read. Guts by Raina Telgemeier I am always on the lookout for Raina Telgemeier's comics, so when I found Guts available at my library's Overdrive catalog last year, I had to request it right away. Her comics are always delightful, designed for the middle-grade audience, and written very well. Guts is a continuation of her Smile nonfiction graphic memoir series (see Smile and Sisters ) and recounts a period in her childhood when she experienced IBS for the first time. When Raina wakes up one night with an upset tummy, she just assumes it's a stomach bug as her mom is also showing the same symptoms. But when it doesn't go away soon but is instead influenced by the daily highs and lows of being a middle grader - good friends, not so good ones, and then the bullies, she realizes there's something else going on. If you have not read the previous

Look at what just arrived! - August 2, 2010

mailboxmonday This meme was originally hosted by Marcia @ The Printed Page. It goes on tour beginning August '10 and is hosted this month by Chick Loves Lit. 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 missed doing this for the last two weeks, so there are quite a few books waiting to get on this post. Instead of putting all of them together, I will break the post and put up the rest next week. Russell Wiley is out to Lunch by Richard Hine came to me from Goldberg McDuffie Communications. I have to say that I am in love with this cover. It's glossy and very attractive that the moment I tore open the package I wanted to read it. Plus, it is office-themed. It is about Russell Wiley whose career and marriage are on the rocks, and how he attempts to save his personal and professional lives. Makes you want to read too right?

Tanya Egan Gibson's How to Buy a Love of Reading came to me courtesy of Plume. I first saw this book on a blog, and found it a fascinating idea. Words are Carley Wells' enemy. This book is about her transition from an indifference towards books to a fascination with reading. I haven't come across such converts in real life, though I've heard aplenty of them. It will be interesting to read of such a person.

Travelogues can make for great reading especially if they come with a potpourri of lessons learnt. And no, I don't mean the preach-style books, but something that results in a self-rediscovery would be wonderful. I've been curious about how much travel can change people. I've not read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, but it's one on my TBR. A similar-themed book, Todos Santos by Deborah Clearman came to me from Little Bird. It follows Catherine Barnes, who travels to Guatemala with her son after finding out that her professor husband has been interacting with his students in more ways than as a teacher. She then travels to the village, Todos Santos and in the middle of violence and tensions, she begins to find herself.

I first got hooked with this book when Juju @ Tales of Whimsy reviewed it. She had a contest running and I was really glad to have won a copy of Either You're in or You're in the way by Logan and Noah Miller. This book follows the touching story of the twin brothers accomplishing the impossible - making a feature film with no experience, money or contacts. Success stories like that always intrigue me. I like seeing the impossible becoming reality. I always have this desire to chant LOST's John Locke's dialogue "You can't tell me what I can't do".

Have you read any of these books?


Dazzling Mage said…
Ooh, great books! I also have How To Buy a Love of Reading in my TBR pile. It seems like a cute read.
Mary (Bookfan) said…
They sound interesting and the covers are really wonderful!
All these sound good and are new to me....enjoy. Here is my link:
Kaye said…
RW is Out to Lunch does have a wonderful cover! Sounds like a fun book too. Enjoy! Have a good week and happy reading!
Great looking books...I like the look of How to Buy a Love of Reading...enjoy them all!

Here's my MM:
Bookventures said…
You've got some great books this week. Todos Santos sounds particularly interesting. I hope you enjoy it.
Serena said…
i haven't heard of any of these books...happy reading
Alayne said…
These look really unique and different! Congrats. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.
Tales of Whimsy said…
1. Whooot the book arrived!
2. Thanks for the shout out :)
3. I hope you love it. They are SO cool.
4. *high five* for the Locke reference.
Shanyn said…
Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up your Mailbox Monday post! I saw that Russell Wiley book on someone else's list, not sure how I feel about it :)

Happy Monday!
bermudaonion said…
You had a good week in books! I've heard the book by the Millers is really good. I can't wait to see what you think of it.
pussreboots said…
I haven't read any of your MM books. I'm a day late in making the rounds. Here's what I received.