For the month of October, Mailbox Monday has moved over to She Reads and Reads. Be sure to check it out, and if books regularly make it into your house (via any source other than the library for the purposes of this meme), then you should consider linking up yourself.
Last week I received a couple of books featuring or written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and then I saw the Cybils nominee of (check out my post for more Cybils suggestions!) Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters, and thought it would be a nice way to round up that review (and hopefully giveaway) post, and lo and behold, it arrived.
I have to continue the Cybils theme here, and say that when I Didn’t Do It arrived this week, I loved it so much that I promptly reviewed it (it’s linked to my full review), and am kicking myself that I already nominated a book for the Poetry category in the Cybils, because this book is wonderful.
Have I ever mentioned how much I adore picture books? This week has brought some new ones into our lives, and we’re enjoying some for their humor and others for their beautiful illustrations.
- Late for School by Steve Martin — Yes, that Steve Martin. It even includes a CD with Martin performing the song that makes up the book’s text. Fun!
- The Butt Book by Artie Bennett — A book extolling the wonders of the bottom, the bum, the derriere. My younger kids find this book hilarious.
- Shadow by Suzy Lee — In my opinion, there should be a lot of buzz about this new, and highly unique, picture book. It’s a Cybils nominee as well!
- Other Goose: Re-Nurseried!! and Re-Rhymed!! Childrens Classics by J. Otto Seibold — Silly, silly, silly. I predict my kids will adore it!
For my own reading pleasure, this week brought some “self-help,” memoir, short stories and novels. (Oh my!)
- The Other Side of Organized by Linda Samuels — I do consider myself a highly organized person (who lives with folks on the other end of the spectrum), but I’m always open to new ideas.
- Disaster Preparedness: A Memoir by Heather Havrilesky — Don’t know much about this one yet, but I know I love a good memoir!
- Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans — I’m really looking forward to getting to this book of short stories. The title drew me in, and after reading last week’s Washington Post article about the author, I’m even more drawn to it.
- How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu — A novel in the “literary fiction” category that appears to depict a perspective of America from the eyes of two Ethiopian immigrants, and follows their disintegrating marriage. Very intrigued.
- The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley — The summary of this novel’s plot revolves around a man racked with dementia who has the option of receiving medication that will bring him clarity but also hasten his demise. Looking forward to this one, too!
- I’m Dreaming of a black Christmas by Lewis Black — I love me some Lewis Black ranting, so this one will be quickly gobbled up, I anticipate.
This week’s mail brought a book for each of my kids:
- Just One Bite by Lola Schaefer and Geoff Waring – this book is adorable, and huge! It depicts the size of one bite of food for a dozen animals, and the bites are shown life-size, hence the size of the book.
- The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future by Dav Pilkey – this is the second graphic novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the main characters of the Captain Underpants books. My 7 year old has read this book a few times already but I’m yet to read it myself. Now that he’s reading on his own more it’s harder to stay on top of what he’s reading.
And one for me:
- No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon – this is actually the 19th book in a series but it will be the first for me, so we’ll see how it goes.
I also downloaded two books to my Kindle, the first from the list of free books and the second from NetGalley:
- Raising Jake by Charlie Carillo – a friend of mine just read this and loved it, usually a good sign.
- You Don’t Love This Man by Dan DeWeese – ok I admit that the main thing that drew me to this book as that the author grew up not far from where I live now and taught in one of the high schools in my city.