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I think I can say that Fall is finally here. Or at least the crisp Fall air is finally here. The colors not so much. We still haven't gotten around to any Fall activities, and at this point, I'm not sure when or if we'll do them.  Renovation updates We are almost at the halfway point into our ground floor renovation. The flooring is almost done, cabinets are ready to be setup, appliances are here. It's exciting to be on the other side of the renovation when things are getting finished. There's still easily 2.5 weeks worth of work left in the kitchen, and another 2-2.5 weeks for the master bathroom, so mid-November is likely when we are done with the renovation. Assuming no delays.  Flooring coming along All of us are pretty exhausted at this point. Walking up and down the stairs to pick items from the makeshift pantry and then cook on the main floor gets old very fast. I have been able to work from home without issues and I'm grateful for that. I've set up m

Books in the Bag (Feb 24, 2011)

Books in the Bag is a feature where Mailbox Monday meets Library Loot.

It's been a few weeks since I did this feature, so let's see what books are jumping off the top of my head.

These three books came in the mail.

- In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard came to me from Hachette Book Group. It seems to me to be the same genre as Finny, which I loved. So I hope to enjoy this too.
- The Story of a Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon also came to me via Hachette Book Group. I've heard of this book enough to want to know what it's about, and yet not too much that I already know the plot line. Definitely a looking-forward-to book for me!
- Ordinary World by Elisa Lorello came to me from Little Bird Publicity. I like this cover a lot, but don't know much about the book. This is a sequel to Faking It, which I had received last month.

The following came to me via TLC Book Tours.

- The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb came to me from Penguin Press. It's a contemporary novel set in Vietnam. There is a mention of the war in here, but I sincerely hope it's not a huge factor. I want to read about a Vietnam not defined by the war.
- The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke came to me from Riverhead Books. It sounded a bit sombre to me from the synopsis, with all the talk about death, but having heard a lot about it, I'm kind of curious.

Let me check my library bag now. I've been going more often to the library lately, but that's mostly to let my family browse through. There are too many library books at home right now, more than I've ever checked out, but I'll just list the ones that I picked.

- Palestine by Joe Sacco: I have seen this book in a few blogs. There's not much I know of it, but many have praised Joe Sacco's work.
- Maus II by Art Spiegelman: I still have Maus I yet to read. I haven't started it yet because I want to find a big block of time in which I can sit and read both the books. So far, that time hasn't come. What a bummer!
- The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell: I saw the movie couple of days ago, not intending to read this book at all (Usually I read the book first). I loved this movie so much that I decided I had to read it too. It's not the kind of theme/plot that will affect my reading, since I already watched the movie. Once I read it, I'll do a combined review.
- Slow Death by Rubber Duck by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie: I've once read a review of this book and had been planning to read it ever since. I read a few pages in the library itself and it was fascinating!
- Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella: When the rest of the family ended up spending too long at the DVDs section, I went around browsing the shelves, with no plans to pick a book. I thought I had read this book, but I couldn't recognize the synopsis at all. So I picked it up. But whether or not I'll get the time to read it - that's a totally different matter.

So that's the wonderful pile staring at me now - which one would you recommend to me first?


There are lots of great books in your bag! I bet your family's in awe of all the books on your shelves.
hcmurdoch said…
What an awesome collection of books. I say go for the graphic novels first since they will go quickly. Actually, Maus and Palestine are pretty dense for GNs. I preferred Maus over Palestine, but both are good. And, Freedom Writer's Diary is great. I haven't heard about the others.
Athira / Aths said…
I may give in to the graphic novels first. They kind of give me the feel of reading a lot of books, and that's usually a good mind-booster sometimes. I can't wait to start Freedom Writers Diary!
Athira / Aths said…
I want to read it too! :)
Care said…
Wow - that's a LOT of books in your bag. Love the variety!
Athira / Aths said…
I can't wait to read them!
Athira / Aths said…
I'm really looking forward to reading The Story of a Beautiful Girl! I'm starting Rubber Duck this week - can't wait to find out what it's about!