New Bookish Acquisitions, June 24

As if I don’t have enough books already…

Here are the books that have entered my ‘to be read’ shelves this week. 

Unseemly Science: A Novel, by Rod Duncan – I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It took a while for this one to arrive, but it finally showed up. I have no idea, looking at the book itself, what month it was/will be published, but it says it was published in 2015, so it may already be on bookstore shelves. It seems to be a fantasy thriller set in the 1800’s, and I am guessing it is hoping to appeal to fans of steampunk.

Speed Kings: the 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World, by Andy Bull – (expected to be published in October 2015) Another Goodreads giveaway win, this one is a history/biography about some of the athletes in the 1932 Olympics.

Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West, by Matthew Dennison – Another biography I won through Goodreads’ giveaways. Vita Sackville-West wast Virginia Woolf’s lover, among other things. This book came out on June 9th of this year.

I also picked up a few books from the Barkman library’s free shelf when I was turning in my slip for the adult reading program. I felt like a proper book nerd for recognizing the authors of some of these; it was a really good haul and makes me feel better about Pueblo. Clearly someone besides my family reads great books here. My library free shelf haul-

Depths of Glory, by Irving Stone – a biographical novel about the artist Camille Pissaro.

Babel Tower, by A.S. Byatt – Literary fiction set in 1960’s Britain. A.S. Byatt is best known for another of her novels, Possession.

The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey – This is a book I’ve had on my TBR list for a while, a modern classic novel that shows up on a lot of lists, about environmentalism following the Vietnam War.

Drop City, by T.C. Boyle – This one is a novel by the author of The Tortilla Curtain. This book is set in 1970, in Alaska, and I am guessing that the naked people on the cover contributed to its near-pristine state and presence on the free shelf.

Elizabeth I, CEO: Strategic Lessons from the Leader Who Built an Empire, by Alan Axelrod – This seems like a cross between a self-help book and a book on policy making and nation building, but with a cute twist in the form of Elizabeth I. I doubt that it is really necessary to reference her at all to lay out the principles presented in this book. but it may prove more entertaining than other books on this range of topics.

Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy, by Carlos Eire – I’ve heard good things about this memoir/autobiography. It is about life in the US as a Cuban refugee child, and is particularly timely with all the debates going on around the issue of child refugees.

With all these great books newly added to my collection, what did I read yesterday? Mockingjay. I checked it out from the library a while ago, and yesterday at the library my sister and I were discussing the Hunger Games series with one of the librarians, so I figured it was high time I finished reading the series. I liked Catching Fire best, I think, but I did like Mockingjay for the fact that the rebellion was finally out in the open.

What books did you adopt this week? Any I should be adding to my own wishlist? Have you read any of the books I just got? How were they?

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