Okay, so these particular books aren't new, but wonder of all wonders -- yesterday I went to my local little dusty used bookstore and discovered that they had boxes and boxes of books that someone had delivered from another used book store farther up north from me. I had a BLAST rummaging through the boxes -- I picked up a ton but most of them went to swaptree.com to trade. I love that site! Here's what I came home with to keep:
1. James Herbert, Once
2. Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby
3. James Rollins, Amazonia
and a bunch of books by Robert Parker (Spenser) for my husband.
I realize that a meager list of three is nothing to shout about, but I'll be going back again today to finish my sojourn through the cartons.
On other fronts: I pre-ordered Carlos Ruiz Zafon's new book, The Angel's Game; even though I've read it and have an ARC, I tend to purchase books by authors I really enjoy. In fact, I've pretty much weeded out all but international authors on my non-british mystery shelves because the overseas writers do sooooooo much better than the local, home-grown variety. I'm not saying that all American mystery writers are not so hot, because I do have some that I really enjoy, but for the most part, I prefer more of an international flavor in my reading. I also pre-ordered The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Steig Larsson, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (well, if I hate it I can always trade it or give it away), and an audio CD of The Venetian Judgment, by David Stone, who has an absolutely wonderful series that begins with The Echelon Vendetta, followed by The Orpheus Deception. I bought the first two on CD as well, then bought them in hard copy because I wanted the spousal unit to read them and he really liked them too!
My Amazon Vine book shipped yesterday so I'm eagerly awaiting that one -- The Walking People, by Mary Beth Keane. I'll definitely get to that when it lands on my doorstep and a review will follow.
Yesterday evening I finished Sarah Waters' new book, The Little Stranger, and I'll follow up here shortly with a review. Having finished that book, after dinner I started Helen Vardon's Confession by R. Austin Freeman -- this month my primary focus has been on books with names in their titles. I had to skip two books in that particular series to get to that one (something I never do) but the forgotten two are waiting for me when I have a spare moment.
Okay, that's it for now. Happy reading!