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Wednesday’s Wicked, New Books

09.03.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

The books have been pouring in, which can only mean a few things:

  1. I have an active constellation acting on my behalf.
  2. My bookshelves are getting a good workout.
  3. My husband will soon suspend my book-buying budget.
  4. I am frantically getting behind on my reading and reviews.
  5. Publishers like me.
  6. Twitter is useful.
  7. Rafflecopter is rigged.
  8. My postman is pissed at me—and I mean really pissed at me.
  9. I squeal and book shimmy about every 10 minutes.
  10. Authors are alive and well and still have a lot of stories to tell.

Here’s a look at the Bibliotaphe’s Closet’s latest additions:

Books for Review:

A special thanks as always to Random House of Canada for sending me the following books for review:

man

Man by Kim Thuy

If this novel is as good as Thuy’s last novel, Ru, then we’re all in for a lyrical read.

book - bone clocks

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

book - ten-o-four

10:04 by Ben Lerner

book - stone mattress

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

If you’re an Atwood fan (and really, who isn’t?), you’re going to want to get your hands on her new collection of short stories. I loved her last collection, Moral Disorder, so I’m excited to read this as soon as I can.

And of course, a special thanks to Quirk Books for sending me the following book for review:

book - horrorstor

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

When this first arrived, I absolutely fell in love with its book design. I don’t actually have to say which catalogue it resembles,  do I? I don’t think I’ll be able to look at my furniture the same way again.

Thanks to author, Eric Smith, for sending me a copy of his book (and its matching poster) for review. I haven’t hung the poster on the wall yet, only because I need to go out and buy a couple of gigantic frames. Nevertheless, I look forward to decorating my office soon with book posters galore. As for being a geek, yes, I am one.

book - geek's guide to dating

The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

Books I Won:

I apparently have an entire (yet unnamed) constellation dedicated to my good fortune. This constellation, though, seems to only favour me in winning only books because I haven’t yet won the lottery—then again, there is a HUGE money pot up for grabs this Friday, which means I’ll have to talk this constellation up for me to have even a little crack at winning.

Nevertheless, I have a heart full of thanks to send out to many generous publishers and authors who have chosen me as the recipient of their book giveaways and contests. Me and my bookshelves are honoured!

Thanks to Penguin Random House on behalf of Razorbill and the Bloggers & Books Network Program for sending me the following book:

book - art of getting stared at

The Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston

I don’t have the tendency to get stared at, unless of course, I have something on my face like the remnants of the last cupcake I’ve devoured. Only then do people notice me. Still, this book looks good to read.

Thanks to my special friends at Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of the following for review:

book - mating for life

Mating for Life by Marissa Stapley

Personally, I mate for life. After being married a good 12 years to who I consider the sexiest man alive this year and for every year after, I know I’m in it forever. (I hope this book is as positive about marriage as I am.)

Thanks to Source Books who host a monthly book chat and for sending me a copy of the following:

book - paris architect

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

I love Paris. I haven’t been to Paris, but I love it still. And I look forward to reading this politically charged novel.

A big high-five to the folks at Retreat Random House of Canada for hosting a read-along. I was lucky enough to be one of the winners on the Rafflecopter to score a new edition of this book:

book - remains of the day

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Congratulations to author, Josephine Angelini, on her new publication of this bewitching YA, paranormal book. I’m glad to be one of the few winners who snagged an ARC from her blog giveaway:

book - trial by fire

Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

Tor Books sent me more magic by sending me a copy of this book, plus a cute Tor Books recycling bag as the winner of their giveaway contest. Thanks, Tor Books!

book - copper magic

Copper Magic by Julia Mary Gibson

Steph from the book blog, Feisty Little Woman, sent me a personal note along with my book prize from her giveaway. I was so pleased to receive both. Thanks, Steph!

book - interference

Interference by Michelle Berry

And thanks to the marketing folks on Twitter on behalf of Hyperion for sending me this book from their Twitter giveaway. I’m looking forward to reading all about Rosie:

book - love rosie

Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern

And last, but not least, a special thanks goes out to Giselle, a fellow book blogger whose reviews are as great as her web design! Be sure to check out her the book blog, Book Nerd. She sent me my choice of prize from her August 2014 Book Outlet Giveaway:

book - sharp time

The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell

Books I Bought:

These YA books caught my eye not only because of their plots and cover designs, but because of their unbelievable prices! Yes, I bought these babies on sale and the discount was so deep, they felt like they were almost free!

book - because it is my blood

Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

book - cross my heart

Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

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Based on the number of books in this collection, I think it’s fair to say that all the reasons I listed above most likely all apply to why these books may have poured in at once! Thanks to my loyal constellation, the generosity of publishers and authors, and the patience of my dutiful and hardworking postman.

(Here’s hoping that my luck is even better when I play the lottery on Friday…)

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Of all the books listed above, which are you most interested in reading and why?

Do you have any of these in your collection?

Which ones would you like to add to your bookshelf?

What’s the last prize you won?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

08.11.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

From anticipating the end of the school year for my children in June, to planning a 10th birthday party for my son who’s obsessed with LEGO, to all the activities planned for the rest of the summer—I blinked, opened my eyes, and realized, OMG, it’s already August, with only three more weeks left until the children return to school in the fall.

Amongst some of those summer activities is continuously adding new books to the Bibliotaphe Closet collection.

Here are some new and great goodies waiting to be read on my shelf:

Books for Review:

A special thanks to Random House of Canada for providing me with the following books for review:

girls from corona del marThe Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

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lucky usLucky Us by Amy Bloom

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luminariesThe Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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colorless tsukuru tazakiColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

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Books Won:

A special thanks to Penguin Canada for sending me the following prize through a Twitter contest:

third plateThe Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber

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A special thanks to Doubleday Canada for sending me the following book as a prize from a Twitter contest:

distanceThe Distance by Helen Giltrow

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A special thanks to Graywolf Press for sending me two books as my prize from a Facebook contest:

karate chopKarate Chop: Stories by Dorthe Nors

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belmontBelmont: Poems by Stephen Burt

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Books I Bought:

 russian winterRussian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

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slammerkinSlammerkin by Emma Donoghue

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known worldThe Known World by Edward P. Jones

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how it all beganHow It All Began by Penelope Lively

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mercyMercy by Jodi Picoult

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alice hartle's happinessAlice Hartley’s Happiness by Philippa Gregory

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Books Borrowed:

 innocentsThe Innocents by Francesca Segal

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wisp of a thingWisp of a Thing by Alex Bledsoe

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splinteredSplintered by A.G. Howard

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unhingedUnhinged by A.G. Howard

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Out of all the books listed above, which ones are you most interested in reading?

Which book do you think I should read next?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

06.23.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s been a few days into our official summer, which means as the summer vacation nears as does the higher temperatures, we’re all afforded the privilege of being outside.

Wherever I am, especially when I’m out, I rarely fail to bring a book with me—just in case. For those moments I’m left waiting—waiting for a bus, waiting in line, or waiting in a reception room. Or for that unexpected moment when I spot a quiet place like a corner table at my favourite cafe, or a bench under a large oak tree. These are not bookish clichés, but real places in which I savour reading.

And so, summer really is the best time for me to stock up on my personal book collection. Even if it means bursting my budget to its already-tight-and-stretched-out-seams.

That said, I, nor this blog would exist, nor be called bibliotaphic if this wasn’t my compulsion—I mean, disposition.

Here’s how The Bibliotaphe Closet has been stuffed this week:

Books for Review:

A special thanks to Random House of Canada for providing me with a copy of The Quick by Lauren Owen for review.

The Quick by Lauren Owen

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A special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for an Advanced Review Copy (ARC) of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride.

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

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Books I (Busted My Wallet Out For) Bought:

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

my sister's keeper***

Waking the Dead by John Eldridge

waking the dead***

The Salesman by Joseph O’Connor

salesman***

Who By Fire by Diana Spechler

who by fire***

Astrid & Veronicka by Linda Olsson

astrid and veronicka***

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

heart is a lonely hunter***

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

city of falling angels***

At the Full and Change of the Moon by Dionne Brand

at the full and change of the moon

Open City by Teju Cole

open city***

Mr g by Alan Lightman

mr g***

The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck

secret book of frida kahlo***

The Fecund’s Melancholy Daughter by Brent Hayward

fecund's melancholy daughter***

Entice by Jessica Shirvington

entice***

Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

children of the jacaranda tree***

Books I Won:

A special thanks to Penguin Canada for a copy of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker, which I won through a Twitter contest.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

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Of all the books listed above, which ones are you most interested in reading?

What does your Summer TBR book list look like?

Did you receive any new books for your collection this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

06.02.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s been a while since I’ve last published a post on the new books that have been added to my collection. But, since then I’ve been privileged to receive a number of great works of literary fiction—books I have been waiting to buy and read. And so, I’m also looking forward to this year’s summer TBR list where I have a few months to fully indulge in some much-awaited down-time dedicated solely to reading!

Here is how The Bibliotaphe Closet has grown:

Books for Review:

A special thank you to Random House of Canada for providing me with a number of books to review for May and June 2014:

The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner

lobster kings***

Crimes Against My Brother by David Adams Richards

crimes against my brother***

Smoke River by Krista Foss

smoke river***

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

summer house with swimming pool***

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

elizabeth is missing***

Books I Bought:

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

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Books I Won:

A special thank you to Harlequin for sending me an ARC of Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan through a Goodreads Contest Giveaway.

empire girls***

A special thank you to Penguin Canada for a copy of A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki through a Twitter Contest Giveaway.

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Books I Received As Gifts:

A special thanks to my husband for taking the time to buy me a few books that have been on my wish list for our 13th anniversary:

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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Of the titles listed above, which book are you most interested in reading?

Which book do you think I should read next?

How has your book collection grown this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

08.24.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

After a long weekend without the privilege of receiving any mail from the post, I was happily surprised to receive a large package in the mail yesterday from one of my favourite book publishers—Random House of Canada!

While I’ve refrained from purchasing any books for this week, I was also lucky enough to receive one of my previous winnings from Twitter in the mail.

Here’s how The Bibliotaphe Closet has grown this week:

Books for Review:

A special thank you to Random House of Canada for providing me with a number of Advanced Readings Copies (ARCs) and galleys for my review:

moving forward sideways like a crab - arcMoving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo,

on sale April 29, 2014.

the lobster kings - galleyThe Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner,

on sale May 6, 2014.

the book of unknown americansThe Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez,

on sale June 2014.

the extraordinary journey of the fakir who got trapped in an ikea wardrobeThe Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas,

on sale August 5, 2014.

arctic summer

Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut,

on sale August 12, 2014.

Books I Won:

A special thank you to Penguin Books for sending me my prize through their Twitter contest for a copy of:

my wish list

My Wish List by Gregoire Delacourt

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Of all the new books listed above, which one are you most interested in reading?

Of all the new books listed above, which book do you think I should read next?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

08.14.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

While I was able to practice self-control this week, I was privileged enough to still receive some books in the mail. Here is how The Bibliotaphe Closet grew in its collection:

Books for Review:

A special thanks to Random House of Canada for providing me with the following books for review due off press at the end of the month:

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

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Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city–the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village–all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby Bell finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

– From Chapters-Indigo website

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Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo

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Jonathan Lewis-Adey was nine when his parents, who were raising him in a tree-lined Toronto neighbourhood, separated and his mother, Sid, vanished from his life. It was not until he was a grown man, and a promising writer with two books to his name, that Jonathan finally reconnected with his beloved parent-only to find, to his shock and dismay, that the woman he’d known as “Sid” had morphed into an elegant, courtly man named Sydney. In the decade following this discovery, Jonathan made regular pilgrimages from Toronto to visit Sydney, who now lived quietly in a well-appointed retreat in his native Trinidad. And on each visit, Jonathan struggled to overcome his confusion and anger at the choices Sydney had made, trying with increasing desperation to rediscover the parent he’d once adored inside this familiar stranger.

As the novel opens, Jonathan has been summoned urgently to Trinidad where Sydney, now aged and dying, seems at last to offer him the gift he longs for: a winding story that moves forward sideways as it slowly peels away the layers of Sydney’s life. But soon it becomes clear that when and where the story will end is up to Jonathan, and it is he who must decide what to do with Sydney’s haunting legacy of love, loss, and acceptance.

– From Chapters-Indigo website

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A special thanks to Sourcebooks for providing me with an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of the following book for review due off press in May:

The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert

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Nan keeps her secrets deep, not knowing how the truth would reveal a magic all its own Bay Singer has bigger secrets than most. She doesn’t know about them, though. Her mother, Nan, has made sure of that. But one phone call from the sheriff makes Nan realize that the past is catching up. Nan decides that she has to make things right, and invites over the two estranged friends who know the truth. Ruthie and Mavis arrive in a whirlwind of painful memories, offering Nan little hope of protecting Bay. But even the most ruined garden is resilient, and their curious reunion has powerful effects that none of them could imagine, least of all Bay.

– From Chapters-Indigo website

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Books I Won:

A special thanks to Christa of More Than Just Magic blog for sending my book prize in the mail via The Book Depository:

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous — it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

– From Chapters-Indigo website

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Of the books listed above, which book are you most interested in reading?

Of the books listed above, which do you think I should read next?

What have you added to your book collection this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

04.07.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

The book hoarder in me is still alive and well though I’ve done my best to be a little more self-controlled. And even though I haven’t purchased a slew of books this week, they have (much to my husband’s dismay) come in consistently.

My worry now, seems to be how to house all these literary treasures! I may just have to swallow my pride, bite the bullet and buy an e-reader? I don’t know. I still prefer a tactile read than I do reading online. I’m going to have to see how long I can hold out before getting a Kindle…

Here’s The Bibliotaphe Closet’s latest additions:

Books for Review:

A special thanks to Random House of Canada for providing me with a copy of the following for review:

word exchange cvr

The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon, published by Doubleday Canada.

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Books I Bought:

casual vacancy

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling,

published by Little Brown and Company

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419

419 by Will Ferguson, published by Penguin Group Canada

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juliet

Juliet by Anne Fortier, published by Harper Collins

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Of the books listed above, which are you most interested in reading and why?

Which book of the above do you think I should read next?

Do you judge books by their covers?

What have you added to your book collection this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

03.31.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This week I haven’t yet received any books for review. But, that should buy me some time to read those books which have been neglected collecting dust on my bookshelves.

I have, however, continued to be lucky in the winning department and was able to score some great book prizes.

Here are a few of the books that were sent to me by mail (and by Lady Luck).

Books Won:

A special thanks to Harlequin Teen Books for sending me my book prize through a Twitter contest:

Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison

anything to have you

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A special thanks to the Yummy Mummy Club for sending me a copy of their latest book club read:

Know the Night by Maria Mutch

know the night

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A special thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me my book prize through a Twitter contest:

Wake Up Happy Every Day by  Stephen May

wake up happy every day

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What have you added to your book closet this week?

Out of the books listed above, which one are you most interested in reading?

Which of the books listed above do you think I should read next?

What are you reading now?

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Top 10 Books on My Spring TBR List

03.18.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

I have an entire bookshelf devoted to books I’d really like to read before the end of the year, a collection of previously published works and recent upcoming novels.

Here are the top 10 books on my reading list:

1. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

light between oceans

2. The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

 demonologist

3. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

enchanted

4. Falling Out of Time by David Grossman

falling out of time

5. Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

frog music

6. Moving Forwards Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mooto

moving forward sideways like a crab

7. Ruby by Cynthia Bond

ruby

8. The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

word exchange

9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

all the light we cannot see

10. Where the Air Is So Sweet by Tasneem Jamal

where the air is sweet

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What’s on your spring TBR list?

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Waiting on Wednesday

03.12.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

The middle of March is fast approaching, as is new books.

While my book collection continues to grow, my obsession with books fails to be satiated. There are a number of titles that lure me to buy, borrow, collect—and even wait for—as weeks and months pass by.

So far, I have a total of 2,555 books listed in my personal library. Let’s see what books will be coming soon that I may add to that collection:

Week of March 31:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, published by HarperCollins
dorothy must die

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, published by Little, Brown and Company (paperback)

burial rites

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Week of April 7:

A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story by Qais Akbar Omar, published by Picador (paperback)

a fort of nine towers

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Sea of Shadows: Age of Legends by Kelley Armstrong, published by HarperCollins

sea of shadows

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The Here and Now by Ann Brashares, published by Random House Children’s Books

the here and now

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, published by Random House of Canada (paperback)

behind the beautiful forevers

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In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen, published by Penguin USA

in paradise

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Acts of God by Ellen Gilchrist, published by Workman Publishing

acts of god

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Of the books listed above, which one would you be most interested in reading?

What books are you waiting for this Wednesday?

How do you decide which book you should read next?

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