What the rest of February looks like

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Happy Valentines Day, readers (if you celebrate it)! The darling husband surprised me this morning with clues in the house, leading to the much coveted Maus and Metamaus pack. I had been pining for these books for a while now, but had given up on them because of the scary price tags, so I'm all the more excited to have my own copies of the books! I had already read Maus last year, but never reviewed it because it was so much bigger than I could do it justice. Now, I'm hoping to reread it and check out Metamaus - and hopefully talk about them in my blog.

Yesterday, halfway through my day, at a time when bookish thoughts tend to invade my work-hammered brain, I realized that we have just two more weeks to go before the end of February (whoever decided that February could do with just 28/29 days? It's messing with my reading schedules). The very next minute, I remembered that I had four more books to read this month, in addition to the one that's in progress (The Face Thief). It will be interesting to see how I end this month.

These are the four books that I have to read:

The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn: I started reading this one last night. A few months back, I read Jahn's Good Neighbors, which was one of my favorite reads from last year. That's about the only reason why I accepted Dispatcher for review (due for Wednesday next week). Unfortunately, I decided to go for the ebook, which is pretty badly constructed. (This is turning out to be the umpteenth consecutive ebook I'm having trouble with - at this rate, this medium is going to take forever to get my vote.) The story is intriguing though, but I could have done with a little less cursing.

Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney: This is the book that's intriguing me the most. As an ILA shortlisted title, I have heard a lot of good buzz around this book, but I've never really read a review. Thanks to that, I don't know much about this book - that makes me more eager to check it out!

Cross Currents by John Shors: Another of the ILA candidates, I had read a couple of chapters of this book last year, and I did enjoy the book then. Unfortunately, I never got back to it, so I'm definitely looking forward to continuing this one, set against the backdrop of the 2004 tsunami.

First you Try Everything by Jane McCafferty: Saving the most anticipated for the last, this book is also for review. First you Try Everything tells the story of a woman determined to do anything and go to any lengths to save her marriage. I seem to get misplaced tones of humor from the book cover, but I know it's more deep and psychological.


Which one would be your first choice?


17 comments:

zibilee said...

2 of these are on my list of reads for February as well, and I must make time for them. Hopefully I can get my current read finished and get things rolling along smoothly again. I just love that your husband is such a romantic, and love that he gifted you with books this Valentine's Day. So awesome! I hope you enjoy them!

Helen Murdoch said...

Of course, a book called Dance Lessons catches my attention! I am interested to see what it's about and what you think of it

Ti said...

I couldn't believe all of the votes for Dance Lessons. Having never even heard of it, the number of votes surprised me. 

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

What a great hubby you have! 

bermudaonion (Kathy) said...

What a sweet way to give you your gift!  It sounds like your husband is off to a great start!

Athira / Aths said...

Thanks! I'm thrilled too!

I guess you are also on the Dispatcher and FYTE tours? I'll be looking forward to your reviews.

Athira / Aths said...

I don't know if it has anything to do with dance, but it probably should. The synopsis is very brief.

Athira / Aths said...

Me too! It was definitely a very weird feeling. I didn't even hear much about the book pre-noms.

Athira / Aths said...

Thanks! :)

Athira / Aths said...

Lol! I agree.

softdrink said...

That is so sweet that you got books for Valentine's Day!

Bibliophilebythesea said...

I still need to read Cross Currents and the Dispatcher as well.  Sometimes, I just need to read what calls me, so thus far it hasn't worked out. Hope you love these books.

Lena Sledge's Blog said...

Sounds like you had a great Valentine's Day. I love it when hubby gives me something I especially wanted. Hope you enjoy your books. :-)

Athira / Aths said...

I'm so happy about it!

Athira / Aths said...

I hope so too - since I anyways have to read them.

Athira / Aths said...

Isn't that wonderful? Truly made my morning.

Jennifer G. said...

I just stumbled on Metamaus last Sunday at my local bookstore.  I wanted it so bad!  I look forward to seeing what you think of it!  I just loved Maus I and II.