Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Live to Tell

Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post!

I survived the night shift. It's not the work itself that's bad, it's the toll it takes on your body that made this shift so difficult for me. I'd say I lost around 10 hours of sleep over the course of the nights and my brain is still quite fuzzy. Though, I may actually accomplish something today and hope to shower before 5:00 which will be an improvement.

I realized that I haven't done a new books post lately and things are piling up around here. In lieu of having anything more interesting to say, here goes:

Some books came from swaps. I was thrilled when The Toss of a Lemon became available!


Some of them I won - great prizes, no?



I've been buying a lot of books lately. These.



And these. No wonder my husband is telling me to take it easy!


There is a definite theme here - mystery and suspense - that wasn't prevalent in my reading a year or two ago. Does anyone have any opinions of any of these?

Now I have a question for you. What is your opinion of reading books in a PDF format for review? Is this something that appeals to you or just the opposite? Inquiring minds want to know.

19 comments:

bermudaonion said...

What great stacks. I've got Janeology on my Christmas wish list. You did win some great prizes!

J.Danger said...

I was just thinking that very same thing yesterday! I need to get some reviews up.

softdrink said...

I read The Memorist in pdf format...and it was a challenge. I find it hard to focus and it breaks up the flow of a book. There's something about the scrolling vs. turning a page...my mind struggles with it.

Bookfool said...

Wow, beautiful stacks! So glad you're back. I'm totally green with envy about Good Evening, Mrs. Craven. I should check to see if that's on my wish list -- it's been on my mental wish list for eons.

Danielle said...

My husband also recently told me to stop buying books, too. Silly man. I have started reading The Seamstress--so far it's very good--but I've been juggling books lately and that one's a bit heft to take with me in my bookbag. I read The Bridesmaid years ago, but I still recall it being very creepy. Must reread that one. Lovely book piles.

raych said...

I hate the idea of reading pdfs to review. If they want me to read their book, they can bloody well send me a copy. I spend enough time staring at this screen with school and my blogobsessions.

Also, the Guernsey Literary etc. etc. etc. is every bit as good as everyone's been saying. I am le jealous.

Also, Ruth Rendell, hey? I've only read her 'Barbara Vine' books but ZOMGILOVETHEM!

Petunia said...

The author of Tethered promised me a copy but it never made it to me. Hope you read it soon so I can check out your review.

I won't read a PDF formatted book for review. Too hard on the eyes.

Sarah said...

I did a few years of night shift, and it certainly takes a toll. Glad to hear you're recovering :)

The only one of your books I've read is the Guernsey one, which I enjoyed. I've heard good things about Angela Thirkell and The Meaning of Night though.

I wouldn't review books as a pdf unless I had a reader or kindle, as the eye strain would be a bit much.

nutmeg said...

Oh, you have The Meaning of Night too. Maybe we could do another read along as I want to get to that as I have just bought the sequel that was released lately!

And Janeology has caught my eye.

I didn't bother with the free book available on librarything that was available in pdf format for all the same reasons as listed by those above.

Ali said...

No pdf's for me!

Glad you survived the night shift.

Nan said...

I laughed at The Meaning of Night! You could have written that one! I tried Thirkell, and was sure I'd love her, but no. And I'll whisper this very softly, I'm not a Jane Austen fan either, or the Bronte girls. Ruth Rendell can be seriously scary. :<) I like her detective. I've found myself reading a lot of mysteries lately, too.

Tara said...

bermudaonion, thanks! Janeology sounds fascinating doesn't it?

J.Danger, great minds!

Softdrink, that's good to know - I suspected as much. Thanks for commenting.

Bookfool, thanks! Amazon has Mrs Craven for a good price!

Danielle, what is it with these husbands? I'm hardly buying designer shoes. I'm glad you're enjoying The Seamstress. I bought mine from Book of the Month club so it's not the exact format - but it's huge!! Glad to hear about The Bridesmaid.

Raych, thank you! I couldn't agree more, though that wasn't quite my response, I thought it! I haven't read Rendell yet, but love BV - can't wait to see how they compare.

Petunia, sorry about Tethered! I agree, my eyes couldn't take it.

Sarah, oh I cannot imagine. I think the strain would be terrible, and you lose the whole, curl up with a good book feeling.

Nutmeg, I am so excited for The Meaning of Night but am daunted by it's size. I'd love to have another mini-bookgoup with you. The pdf book on librarything - same with me, for the same reason.

Ali, amen to that! Thanks.

Nan, hehe, so true about the meaning of night! I'd be surprised you didn't like Thirkell, but then you say you don't care for Austen or Brontes -so I won't be surprised. OOh, you like Rendell, I wouldn't have thought that! Any favorites?

Iliana said...

Glad to hear you made it :)

I love looking at bookstacks! I say yay on the Ruth Rendell books. I think The Bridesmaid was the first Rendell book I read. Wnderful. Unfortunately I didn't like the Susan Hill book but I know a lot of people have so maybe it was just me. Enjoy your new books Tara!

Fyrefly said...

Those are some great stacks - I thought I was going to get all the way through without finding one I've read, but then I saw The Meaning of Night. It's a very, very good book, and doesn't feel long despite its size. Definitely one to curl up with on a cold, rainy, gloomy afternoon.

Carrie K said...

Janeology looks interesting and of course, Mary Stewart is an old favorite of mine, along with Ruth Rendell. I've gotten back into mysteries lately myself. Winter? Who knows.

Reading it in a PDF file? Yuck. I can't even read books online and I thought THAT was going to be a great reading opportunity while at work.

Oh, the night shift! You poor girl! It is really hard to flip your circadian rhythms so completely upside down.

Cath said...

I must find some Angela Thirkell!

I loved the Guernsey Literary book to bits. Gorgeous read. Also enjoyed The Various Haunts of Men a great deal. I have the Molly Panter Downes on my tbr pile too, if it's as good as her peacetime stories it will be wonderful. Some of the best short stories I've ever read, and I don't say that lightly. Wonderful stacks!

Andi said...

Yummy books! What a tasty bunch of stacks. I'm opposed to reading review copies in PDF. I have to read enough articles that way for grad school, and my eyes just can't take it.

Tara said...

Iliana, thank you! I'm so glad I'm hearing good things about the Bridesmaid - I found it at half price books. I'll have to see what I think about the Susan Hill - I didn't see a review on your site unless I missed it.

Fyrefly, I'm glad to know you liked that one! And also glad to know it doesn't feel long - that's putting me off starting it a little bit.

Carrie K, do you have a favorite Mary Stewart? So far no one wants to read a PDF book either - glad I'm not alone.

Cath, I have lots of good things to look forward to judging by your comments. Best short stories - wow!

Andi, I think so too! I appreciate your imput on the PDF book issue. I cannot imagine having to do that; I guess if I were a paid reviewer I might have to.

Bree said...

I agree with everyone else on the PDF thing. If I do get them, I print them off at school in small chunks and then read.

Great stack of books!