Daily Archives: December 8, 2008

PUB 2009 Challenge

January 1 –  December 31, 2009

I participated in Michelle’s PUB 2008 Challenge and couldn’t resist the 2009 one. With all the ARC’s arriving at my house these days, I should be able to easily read 9 books published in 2009. Sign ups and Review links can be found here.

Here is what I’m considering:

Eat, Drink and Be From Mississippi, by Nanci Kinkaid (pub. 2009-01.06)

Beat the Reaper, by Josh Bazell (pub. 2009-01.07)

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, by Tiffany Baker (pub. 2009-01.08) – COMPLETED February 3, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review.

Blonde Roots, by Bernadine Evaristo (pub. 2009-01.22)

The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister (pub. 2009-01.22) – COMPLETED April 17, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford (pub. 2009-01.27)

The Laws of Harmony, by Judith Ryan Hendricks (pub. 2009-02) – COMPLETED May 26, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.

Galway Bay, by Mary Pat Kelly (pub. 2009-02.09) – COMPLETED March 23, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

Everyone Is Beautiful, by Katherine Center (pub. 2009-02.17) – COMPLETED April14, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (pub. 2009-02.10) – COMPLETED September 3, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.

The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James (pub. 2009-02.19)

The Lost City of Z, by David Grann (pub. 2009-02.24)

The Local News, by Miriam Gershow (pub. 2009-02.24) – COMPLETED June 29, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

American Rust, by Philipp Meyer (pub. 2009-02.24)

The Mechanics of Falling, by Catherine Brady (pub. 2009-02.28) – COMPLETED March 39, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.

Bleeding Heart Square, by Andrew Taylor (pub. 2009-03.03) – COMPLETED March 11, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

The Brightest Moon of the Century, by Christopher Meeks (pub. 2009-03.06) – COMPLETED March 6, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

The Cradle, by Patrick Somerville (pub. 2009-03.09) – COMPLETED October 24, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.

The Glister, by John Burnside (pub. 2009-03.10)

The Weight of a Mustard Seed, by Wendell Steavenson (pub. 2009-03.17)

The Long Fall, by Walter Mosley (pub. 2009-03.24) – COMPLETED August 11, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.

The Girl She Used to Be, by David Cristofano (pub. 2009-03) – COMPLETED October 24, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

Buffalo Lockjaw, by Greg Ames (pub. 2009-03.31) – COMPLETED April 6, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

Malice, by Lisa Jackson (pub. 2009-04.01) – COMPLETED June 8, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.

Follow Me, by Joanna Scott (pub. 2009-04.22) – COMPLETED April 25, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, by C.M. Mayo (pub. 2009-05.05) – COMPLETED May 1, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review.

Best Intentions, by Emily Listfield (pub. 2009-05.05) – COMPLETED August 9, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

Beach Trip, by Cathy Holton (pub. 2009-05.12) – COMPLETED June 5, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories, by Simon Van Booy (pub. 2009-05.12) – COMPLETED June 19, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.

Last Night In Montreal, by Emily St. John Mandel (pub. 2009-06.02) – COMPLETED June 1, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe (pub. 2009-06.09) – COMPLETED April 12, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review.

Looking After Pigeon, by Maud Carol Markson (pub. 2009-07.01) – COMPLETED November 10, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

A Disobedient Girl, by Ru Freeman (pub. 2009-07.21) – COMPLETED September 28, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.

Bundle of Trouble, by Diana Orgain (pub. 2009-08.04) – COMPLETED October 25, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.

The Promised World, by Lisa Tucker (pub. 2009-09.01) – COMPLETED September 21, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.

Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-Same, by Mattox Roesch (pub. 2009-09.08) – COMPLETED October 11, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review.

Cleopatra’s Daughter, by Michelle Moran (pub. 2009-09.15) – COMPLETED September 12, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.

Last Night in Twisted River, by John Irving (pub. 2009-10.27) – COMPLETED November 1, 2009; rated 5/5 ; read my review.

Lost in Translation Challenge – 2009

January 1 – December 31, 2009

I am very carefully choosing my time-limited challenges for 2009. Frances from Nonsuch Book is hosting Lost in Translation – a challenge designed for participants to read six (6) books in translation. Frances has created a dedicated page for this challenge here.

I found a couple of interesting articles with ideas for books:

I will be posting my book list as I go – I have learned that to be successful I must be flexible! Below is a sampling of some books in translation already on my TBR shelf:

  1. Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (translated from the Norwegian by Anne Born) – COMPLETED January 6, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  2. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery (translated from the French by Alison Anderson) – COMPLETED July 18, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  3. The Passport, by Herta Muller (translated from the German by Martin Chalmers) – COMPLETED November 24, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  4. Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset (translated from the Norwegian by Tina Nunnally) – COMPLETED December 20, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review of The Wreath, The Wife, and The Cross.
  5. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi (translated from the French) – COMPLETED December 27, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.
  6. Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, by Marjane Satrapi (translated from the French) – COMPLETED December 28, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  7. Fire in the Blood, by Irene Nemirovsky (translated from the French by Sandra Smith) – COMPLETED December 29, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.

Mailbox Monday – December 8, 2008

This time of year my mailbox is full of holiday greetings and occasional packages. I’ve also found a few books in there!

The Glister, by John Burnside which arrived from Doubleday. This is an Advance Reader’s Edition and is due for publication March 2009. Author Jim Crace writes about this book: ‘John Burnside’s The Glister masquerades as an enthralling murder mystery, but his greater, subtle purpose is to investigate the mysteries of evil, death, and eternity, and so provide a work of astounding moral clarity and transcendence.

Blonde Roots, by Bernardine Evaristo which arrived from Riverhead Books via a Shelf Awareness request. This looks like an unusual novel in that it “upends history of the transatlantic slave trade and asks: What if Africans had enslaved Europeans?” Sounds a bit provocative, doesn’t it?

A Good Distance, by Sarah Willis arrived from Kim at Page After Page. This was a book I won in October when I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon. Willis is compared to both Anne Tyler and Kaye Gibbons – both authors I enjoy…so I am especially looking forward to reading this one. Thanks, Kim!!

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