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The Boy Turned TwoThe little guy turned two this week. He sort of understood that it was a special day and that he was the star of the show. He took a lot of pleasure in all the birthday songs that his family sang to him - he also added some of his own tunes to the mix. Honestly, some days it feels so hard to believe that he is not a baby anymore. With my daughter, I felt the passing of each day and her birthdays appeared to be following the Martian calendar - they felt very far apart. But this guy has blazed through the past two years, I almost feel that I've missed months in between. I'm worried that if I pinch myself and blink twice, I may catch him packing for college. Yikes! 
Happy birthday, little guy! May you continue to have fun breaking apart things - whether that's your take-apart truck or your sister's carefully built Leg…

Look at what just arrived! - September 20, 2010

mailboxmonday This meme was originally hosted by Marcia @ The Printed Page. It went on tour beginning August '10 and is hosted this month by Bermudaonion's Weblog. 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).

So after a few good weeks, my mailbox has been slowing down. I'm taking it as a good thing, because I do need to put my shelf into perspective and read more. I got two books this week, both of which I am very excited about.

Right now, Room by Emma Donoghue is probably one of the most talked about books. I don't usually go by the Booker or the Pulitzer raves. I like to read about them and then put them on my TBR, but by the time I pick the book to read, it could be ages. Which is why I wasn't initially interested in Room. But then all the hype around this book made me not want to miss out on it. Oh yeah, I know how the hype usually has the opposite effect on me when I actually start reading the book. But, I still like to have the option to read it. This one came to me thanks to an awesome blogger buddy - Danielle @ There's a Book. She had two copies of this book, and was kind and wonderful enough to give me one of them! Yay!

The other book that came in was The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah. I first heard of this one in Alyce's blog, At Home with Books. Then Helen @ Helen's Book Blog reviewed it. After seeing this book twice, I was all ready to add it to my wishlist, when Helen did a giveaway and I won! So, now I'm going to be reading it for the Middle East Reading Challenge.

Have you read any of these books?


Comments

Alyce said…
I hope you enjoy The Caliph's House! You already know how much I loved it. :)
Bookventures said…
Congrats on that great snag. I am hearing great things about room too. Enjoy.
Mary (Bookfan) said…
There's so much good buzz about Room. I hope you enjoy both books!
Can't wait to hear what you think of both books. I haven't read Room yet... add it to the list!
bermudaonion said…
I enjoyed Room, but I have to tell you that it takes a little while to adjust to the young narrator's voice. Enjoy your new books!
Kate Scott said…
Looks like you got a couple of great books! Enjoy!
Tales of Whimsy said…
That second cover takes my breath away. It's simply gorgeous.
Alayne said…
Ooh both of these look really good! I've heard great things about Room. Hope you like your new books! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.
Wonderful mailbox! Have a great reading week ahead! Here is my Mondays: Mailbox/Where Am I/Musings post.
Anonymous said…
I've heard a lot of good things about Room. Enjoy your new books!
avisannschild said…
I'm not sure about Room either, but more because of the plot (not the buzz). I look forward to reading your review!
I have Room here also. The hype is making me a bit nervous. I hate it when I don't like a book that everyone loves loves. I'm hoping Room stands up to all of the hype. I hope we both enjoy it!
The1stdaughter said…
Yay! I really hope you enjoy Room. I'm hoping to squeeze it into my schedule next week sometime. It just sounds so good! Enjoy! :o)
Great mailbox. Both of these are on my wishlist. Enjoy!!
Oooh, yay for Room! I am dying to read it.