Monday, December 21, 2009

Feel like a chat? Plus book porn.

I'm feeling rather chatty today. It's been a busy morning. Before eleven AM I dropped the girl off at school, got gas and groceries, made 6 jars of butterscotch (see last post), wrapped my Christmas gifts, and am on my fourth load of laundry. Whew! I am rushing, rushing, rushing, because I have a movie date with my coworker/friend this afternoon. It is a rare day that we can get together and see a movie in our favorite genre - The British Period Film - we are seeing An Education. My husband thinks I'm nuts to go see this since there are all sorts of 'nominated' films out there. Whatever. If he was being really nice today, he'd let me see a double feature and go to Young Victoria, as well, but it is not to be. In addition to all this rushing, our Christmas plans are now up in the air due to this new storm coming through the Midwest. I'd just as soon stay home than go to Iowa (so not festive), so perhaps I will get my dream to stay home this year. Doubt it.

I really, really, want to get a few reviews, well, not reviews, my reactions to books up in this space before the end of 2009. I am going to try, but not kill myself over it - I am operating on Blog Simplicity here you know. Next week will be devoted to my 2009 statistics and favorite books of the year, as well as sharing a book project I've been working on all year and my husband wishes would disappear (it's messy). I am a general pessimist in life, but must be an optimist about books, as I've been reluctant to post favorites until now. What if the best book of the year came along? But alas it has not.

In lieu of reviews/reactions and the like, here are the books that have come into my home over the past few months.

These are from Bookcloseouts -they were having a crazy 50% off fiction sale. I'm really curious about the Sarah Rayne (it sounds creepy and suspenseful) and excited about the Linda Holeman, an author under published in the US.




Well this is a lousy photograph, it's very grey here. I'm super excited about The Madness of a Seduced Woman, I loved this author's book, Anya. Has anyone read this?



Here are some new books I couldn't resist.



And here are some more. I'm reading Daphne: A Novelright now and it's quite good.



If I had more time, I'd give you more links here, but I've got to go! Cheers!

13 comments:

bermudaonion said...

It looks like you found some great books on sale!

BabelBabe said...

book porn, indeed. the cover of the Dark Dividing book alone gives me the creeps!

Ti said...

You reminded me that I own The Glass of Time. It was sent to me by the publisher right after I gushed about The Meaning of Night and here it sits...waiting. I must get to it!

Tara,I hope you get to stay home this year. It's not very exciting to stay home sometimes but sometimes, it's just plain nice!

Eva said...

I feel the same way; I always wait until the end of the year to post my favourites, because I don't want to rule anything out! :) I really enjoyed that Sarah Rayne novel. :D And The Seance was good too! I haven't read any of your other books, except for Her Fearful Symmetry, but I enjoyed all the pictures!

Staci said...

Wow...you got a ton of books!!! I wouldn't be that crazy about leaving home either with all of those great reads sitting there!!!

Karen said...

I'm really looking forward to hearing what you think of "An Education" - I missed it when it was on at the movies here and I soooo wanted to see it. I will just have to wait until DVD now!

Chris said...

Nice books. I read Daphne and I quite liked it. I saw the trailer for Young Victoria during The Princess and the Frog and want to see it. *ahem* Mostly because Paul Bellamy is in it though.

Lesley said...

Book porn, indeed! I am drooling over your photos - so many interesting-looking books! The only one I've read is The Seance, and while I liked it, I preferred his previous novel, The Ghost Writer.

And I agree, even the spine of A Dark Dividing looks creepy!

avisannschild said...

Temptress! I have resolved not to buy (too many) more books until I make more of a dent in my current TBR pile, but I really want to read both Mrs. Woolf and the Servants and Daphne. I'll be curious to hear what you think of A Likeness in Stone, which I read last year and found too creepy for my taste (though well written). I hope the movie was good and have a great Christmas!

Les said...

I hope you get to stay home. This is going to be a nasty holiday for travel. We canceled our trip to Florida (Sanibel) and will relax at home. Plenty of books to read!

Ooooh! I saw Best Food Writing 2009 when it came into the store. Looks like one I need to buy!! And Farewell to the East End sounds like a good follow-up to The Midwife.

Have a Merry Christmas, wherever you wind up!

Danielle said...

I have the Susan Fromberg Schaeffer book...does that count? I also have Daphne on my list of books to read next year. Such lovely piles of books. What a nice way to end the year. Nebraska is right in the middle of that same storm system that may keep you at home, so I can feel for you in terms of travel. Have a safe and Happy Holiday!

Bonnie said...

What a stack of books...it's always fun to get great books on sale! Hoping that you were able to stay home for Christmas...have a wonderful day with your family wherever you are.

Tara said...

Kathy, I sure did!

Babelbabe, it's very creepy, isn't it!

Ti, I'll be interested to see what you think of the Cox book. I did get to stay home- yeah for me!

Eva, glad to hear you liked the Rayne book! I'm not even sure where I heard of it, so it's good to have positive feedback.

Staci, I know!

Karen, we LOVED the film. So very British and excellent, loved the setting, story and everything. We were surprised that it was humorous, as the preview made it look Quite Serious.

Chris, I enjoyed Daphne quite a lot myself! Did you enjoy Princess and the Frog? We saw it recently, and I thought it was good.

Lesley, I liked The Ghost Writer as well...hopefully I'll like this one too!

avisannschild, hmm, too creepy. I'll have to see what I think. The movie was excellent and I hope you had a great holiday too.

Les, I'm sorry you had to miss your trip, how disapointing. Farewell to the East End looks good, and the format seems to be a return to The Midwife.

Danielle, sure that counts!! And I think you will like Daphne. I see that you were stuck at home as well - I'll be venturing out tomorrow, a little hesitant, the roads in my neighborhood are still lousy.

Bonnie, I think so too! And we had a very nice Christmas at home, thank you!