Happily this week only two of the books arriving on my doorstep were ARCs and require reviews to be written. The rest are pure pleasure. I put a halt (almost) to requesting ARCs two weeks ago when the pressure to catch up got to me. I've only been doing ARC reviews outside of LibraryThing for two months now and I suspect I've developed a bit of an attitude. I resent having to read dubious quality ARCs when I have several hundred 4 and 5 star unread books in my personal library. Now that that's off my chest, books received this week...
A Stone Boat by Andrew Solomon from the UK via Bookmooch; a novel by the author of The Noonday Demon, an acclaimed non-fiction about depression which I highly recommend.
The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw from the UK via Bookmooch; about which Doris Lessing said "What a storyteller Tash Aw is. Unputdownable." That's good enough for me. It was also a Man Booker prize nominee.
Somewhere South of Midnight by Stepehen Laws from the same UK source via Bookmooch. This is a gift for my son. A thriller I believe.
Pursuit of Light by Sandy Brewer; non-fiction, won at This Book for Free.
The Entropy of Aaron Rosclatt by James Sandham, an ARC from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. This is a first novel by a man who grew up in the same rural area that I did. It will count towards my Canadian Book Reading challenge.
Look For Me by Edeet Ravel, a novel via Bookmooch. I also own Ten Thousand Lovers and her writing is wonderful. She's won several writing awards here in Canada. She's Israeli but studied here and spends half her time in Canada.
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, a novel via Bookmooch. Another very good Canadian writer. Her new book this year is The Flying Troutmanswhich those who know tell me should be an award winning book.
So Long at the Fair by Christina Schwarz; a bound galley, a gift from Marie at The Boston Bibliophile. Thank you Marie. I loved Drowning Ruth so I'm hoping to like this one too.
The Wonder Singer by George Rabasa; a beautiful hardcover from Caitlin at Unbridled Books, which I will be reviewing. Caitlin is the nicest publicist to deal with; she also sent me a lovely copy of In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld which was the best ARC I've read in two months. I reviewed it here: http://freshinkbooks.blogspot.com/2008/09/in-hovering-flight-by-joyce-hinnefeld.html
The Collected Short Novels of Tim Winton: An Open Swimmer, That Eye The Sky, In the Winter Dark, from Bookmooch. One of my favourite Australian writers. Dirt Music, Cloudstreet, The Riders, The Turning, Land's Edge, Breath (his latest); I own them all, try one and treat yourself.
The Red and the Green by Iris Murdoch from Bookmooch. I had read several of hers when I discovered that Nancy of Book Lust has listed all her novels as must reads.
My Forbidden Face by Latifa from the UK via Bookmooch.
So, have you read any of these? Which ones interest you and which would you like to see my reviews of? Until next week...