Out With the Old....

Out With the Old....is a look back at the week in books and the book-review world. If I missed something important, please let me know and I'd be happy to update the information!


I got two books out of this Buy a Friend a Book Week thing --- yipee! Amy over at Passages to the Past sent me the #1 book on my wishlist, The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller, Chronicle Day 1) by Patrick Rothfuss and Luanne at A Bookworm's World graciously sent me her copy of Booth's Sister, by Jane Singer; you can read Luanne's great review here. Thank you so much to both of you, I'm tickled pink (well, maybe not pink exactly, but a nice flushed color instead)!

Lest you all think I am completely selfish and needy, I did give away a few books as well....it's good karma, right?

The next Buy a Friend a Book Week will be the first week in January -- you can even pick up a count-down timer for your website here. I'll be expecting a good turnout for this next one!

A sampling of books (just a sampling, mind you) that made their way into my Leaning Tower of Pisa TBR Pile this week:
  • The Other Queen, by Philippa Gregory, courtesy of Book Club Girl (thank you!).
  • The Book of Nonsense, by David Michael Slater, courtesy of the author.
  • Jenford, by Hendrik E. Sadi, courtesy of the author.
  • The Devil's Brood, by Sharon Kay Penman, courtesy of Amazon.
  • The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud, by Jenny L. Cote, courtesy of the author.
  • Hugh and Bess: A Love Story, by Susan Higginbotham, courtesy of local bookstore.
  • The Spanish Bow, by Andromeda Romano-Lax, courtesy of local bookstore and thanks to Reading the Past for the recommendation!
  • The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton, courtesy of library sale.
  • Eragon and Eldest, by Christopher Paolini, courtesy of my brother not paying attention while I steal books off of his shelves. You'd do the same thing and you know it.
  • Shadowbrook, by Beverly Swerling, courtesy of a library sale.
  • Katherine Howard, by Jessica Smith, courtesy of a library sale.
  • Silent in the Grave, by Deanna Raybourn, courtesy of local book store and thanks to Wendi's Book Corner for the recommendation!
  • Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks, courtesy of a library sale.
  • The Mask of Apollo, by Mary Renault, courtesy of Book Mooch.
List of books added to my wishlist this week (I've really got to stop adding to it. Seriously.):
  • A Constant Heart, by Siri Mitchell, courtesy of My Friend Amy.
  • The Stonewylde Series, by Kit Berry, courtesy of Confessions of a Book Addict.
  • An Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett, courtesy of Booking Mama (and there's a giveaway)
  • The Fire and the Light: A Novel of the Cathars and the Lost Teachings of Christ, by Glen Craney, courtesy of the author's blog History into Fiction.
List of posts I hope you didn't miss:
  • Author Michelle Moran was a guest blogger over at Literarily and there's a giveaway of Michelle's book, The Heretic Queen. (Which if you haven't read yet, you need to!).
  • Author C.W. Gortner offered a very interesting perspective on the independent book seller vs. giants like Amazon on his blog, Historical Boys.
  • My Friend Amy had a good discussion going about book reviewers and the negative review.
  • Loaded Questions featured a very funny book related poem - go check it out if you missed it.
  • Educating Petunia had a reminder about National Novel Writing Month which has some great writing activities associated with it, so if you are a writer (and you know who you are!), head over to participate and get to writing so I can add your book to my Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Kelly Hewitt at Loaded Questions featured her second interview with Sharon Kay Penman. If you are a Penman fan, I suggest hopping over there to read about her next book!
  • Alpha Heroes is still hosting the Blog Hopping Challenge. It's fun, try it!
  • And don't forget, the giveaway contest for Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein, by Molly Dwyer is still open. You can enter here.
  • Oh and just in case you missed it, a friend of mine over at LibraryThing sent me a photo of what I think heaven looks like (you can see more photos and read the article here). Yes, this is someone's personal library:


  1. Michele, I need to bookmark this post. There is so much great info.

    First, wow - you got a ton of books this week. That library book sale must have been a good one. You came home with some great titles.

    Thanks for pointing out the Sharon Kay Penman interview. I really want to read that one.

    I've gotta tell you, that little bunny foo-foo tune was stuck in my head for a few hours yesterday after reading your post!

  2. I thought The Name of the Wind was great - I hope you like it!

  3. Shana - I have a 6 month old and bunny foo foo it really common in this house. (Next you'll be hearing 'the bear went over the mountain'!)

    Fyrefly - I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it, too. Have you read the entire series??

  4. The next books aren't out yet (although from what I understand they're written, but the publishes are spreading out the releases), but I'm waiting with bated breath for the second book in April!

  5. Whew - glad to hear the other books aren't out yet. Seems like the more I read, the farther behind I get. I hate missing out on a good series, too!

  6. I dig that picture - paradise!

    I have an ARC of A Constant Heart that I got from the Early Reviewers on LT - of course it's still sitting on my bookshelf feeling extremely ignored!

    I just read the interview with Sharon Penman on Loaded Questions and it was awesome! I can't wait to hear more about the book she is working on now - Richard the Lionhart.

  7. hi there!

    I'm having a post-BAFAB celebration here.

    I hope you guys can join.

    International readers are welcome to participate in this book contest. :)


  8. That library is just beyond my wildest dreams! What an amazing place that must be to have. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Tara - I think I might be willing to trade both of my children for that library. Really.


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