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?