The Acquisitions Department

Date: July 7, 2010

Prepared by: Acquisitions Department for A Reader's Respite
Subject: Weekly Acquisitions Report

It's been a hectic week for our Acquisitions Department.  Our blog secretary is more than a little peeved at the influx of books and got all dressed up in his Aragorn warrior costume to better convey his displeasure with the amount of work, what with all the categorizing and shelving required.  We suspect he'll get over it in time and in the interim we requested he take the horse back to the barn, please.
Here's what has gotten his tail-feathers all ruffled.....
The Sixth Surrender, by Hana Samek Norton.  Another Eleanor of Aquitaine-ish novel, this came zipping in from the Amazon Vine Program so that A Reader's Respite could participate in a Buddy Read over at Historical Fiction Online.
Hood, by Stephen R. Lawhead.  Recommended by 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews, this re-telling of the Robin Hood legend was purchased at Barnes & Noble.
Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey.  It's been years since A Reader's Respite has partaken of Anne McCaffrey's classic Dragonriders of Pern books.  We wish we still had our childhood copies, but although our dear mumsy has managed to preserve every relic of our childhood (including - we suspect but can't prove -  our first bowel movement), she now claims ignorance in the book department.  She's probably lying and just doesn't want to go down to the basement.  Whatever.  But since At Home With Books has been posting reviews of this series, we needed to re-read these books.  Dragonflight is the first in the series and we purchased this from Barnes & Noble.
My Name is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare, by Jess Winfield.  Admittedly, we purchased this one for the title alone.
Belong to Me, by Marisa de los Santos.  Highly, highly recommended by You've Gotta Read This!, we're grateful that Sandy warned us that this is a prequel to Love Walked In.  Whew.  Disaster narrowly averted. 
My Lobotomy: A Memoir, by Charles Flemming.  This one came recommended on some podcast we were listening to a couple months back.  Wish we could remember which one, but our brain is like a sieve these days.  The author was forced to undergo a lobotomy at the age of 12 (!) and this is his story.  Another purchase from good ol' B&N.
Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow.  Holy. Mother. of. God.....this 800+ page book arrived in the mail (all 25 pounds of it....kidding...not really) so that we could participate in a blog tour this fall.  A Reader's Respite doesn't normally participate in tour thingys, but made an exception for this because Chernow is simply the best of the best when it comes to American history biographies. 
A Knight in Shining Armor, by Jude Deveraux.  A Reader's Respite hasn't picked up a romance book since our freshman year in college when we went a little crazy reading all the stuff our aforementioned mumsy never allowed us to read when we lived at home.  It wasn't long before we discovered that living in a sorority house afforded us the adventure of living our own romance novel (*ahem*).  The less that's said about that, the better.  The Lit Connection reviewed this book last week and we got such a kick out of the review that we ordered this one from BookMooch.
Foreign Influence, by Brad Thor.  Continuing our quest to discover what makes popular mass-market fiction so darned, well, popular with the mass market.  This is a thriller.  We have no idea what it's about.  But Atria Books sent this along and we'll report back to you.
Antony and Cleopatra, by Colleen McCullough.  We purchased this one from B&N in order to round out our collection of McCullough's Masters of Rome Series (this is book seven).  Our obsessive/compulsive book disorder prevents us from even starting in on this series until we have all of them nicely lined up on the shelf.  (We understand the logical question here would be, "But what if you read the first one and don't like it?"   Doesn't matter, folks.  A Reader's Respite must have the entire series before we start reading.  Take it up with our shrink.)

1 comment:

  1. Oh, the Pern books! I loved those, up until number something-or-other, when I discovered it's really not such a good idea to read a series back to back to back without a genre-changing palate cleanser in between.

    My heart beats for your blog secretary. What is he reading?


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