New Books Added to My TBR Pile
I got some new books in the mail today, that I ordered for Amazon. Having a box of new books waiting for you on your doorstep at the end of a long day is one of these things that really lifts my spirits and makes me happy. I never get tired of it. And after a very long, brain-draining sort of day/week (and another such day awaiting me tomorrow), and after sitting in a traffic jam for 2 hrs, and not getting home until almost 8pm, and still needing to eat dinner, take a shower, etc etc etc…, it was REALLY nice to have these books waiting for me. Here’s what I got:
I bought the Best New Poets 2011: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers because one of my friends and fellow graduate students is featured in it. If you’re curious, her name is Janine Joseph, her poem featured in the anthology is called “Wreck,” and she is completely awesome. I plan to get her to sign the book. I fully expect her to be a huge famous poet some day (or at least as famous as poets get nowadays — speaking of, it’s so strange that poets were once practically the “rock stars” of American culture, and now only other poets and English majors know who they are).
I bought a YA historical fiction called My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson, which I bought pretty much on a whim. It’s about the treatment of Eskimo and Native American tribes and the children sent to “white” Catholic boarding schools to essentially be brainwashed. This novel takes place mainly in the 1960s, but this kind of thing had been going on since at least the 1800s, and continued until late into the 1960s or early 1970s. It sounds like a really fascinating book, on a subject area I don’t know a LOT about, but am very interested in.
Next: I FINALLY got around to ordering a book I’ve been meaning to buy for about a year now. It’s called Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins, it’s by Emma Donoghue (now known as the author of Room), and it’s collection of re-imaginings of fairy tales (which, as I’ve mentioned a few times by now, I absolutely LOVE). I cannot wait to sink my teeth into this book (possible literally… ^_^).
And last, I bought The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. I cannot tell you how many amazing reviews I’ve read of this book! I cannot tell you how amazing this book sounds to me! I also cannot tell you how hard it was to get a hold of. I got a couple Barnes & Noble gift cards for Christmas, and planned to buy this book with one of those gift cards. But I went to TWO Barnes & Noble bookstores, and neither had this book. So I finally just caved and ordered it on Amazon instead (yet another example of why brick and mortar bookstores are going to continue to suffer despite my own willingness to continue supporting them). I absolutely cannot WAIT to read this book (though I will probably HAVE to wait, at least a month of two).