Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mondays: Mailbox/Musings/Whereabouts

Monday Mailbox is hosted by Marcia.

I received the following three books, thanks to the authors.

1) Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes
2) Out Of Shadows by Jason Wallace
3) Semper Cool by Barry Fixler

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In the past two weeks:

I finished:

1) Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes
2) Out Of Shadows by Jason Wallace
3) The Likeness by Tana French
4) The Memorist by M J Rose

5) Inside Out by Barry Eisler

I am in the midst ofle reading:

Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell

I posted reviews of:

Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein
The Sounds of Poetry by Robert Pinsky
Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas


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What do you think of books that receive a lot of hype? Do you read them? Why, or why not?

In the beginning, I keep away from much hyped books. The publicity puts me off. However, I have read some hyped books after the hype has died down. The Da Vinci Code had a good beginning but the ending was a let down. I hated The Alchemist. And I have liked the first four Harry Potter books. I have not read the twilight series and don't plan to either. It depends. If I like the subject matter, I might end up picking up a much hyped book. Crime fiction is case in point. I have liked the Stieg Larsson books.


17 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I got Semper Cool too! I enjoyed Beat the Reaper, but it is quite graphic.

fredamans said...

Semper Cool catches my eye. Happy reading!

Diane said...

I have not heard of any of these books, but I hope you enjoy them.

bookfanmary said...

I'm not familiar with the books in your mailbox but I hope you will enjoy them!

pussreboots said...

Enjoy your books. Just one book for me this week. Pussreboots.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Fabulous-looking books. Enjoy!

Here's my MM:

http://laurelrainsnowcreations.blogspot.com/2010/06/mailbox-monday_27.html

BooksPlease said...

I find hyped books' publicity off putting too, but I can be tempted to read them sometimes, but never the Twilight series.

cometellmewhatyouread said...

Is it Coelho's The Alchemist? Then, it's unfortunate you did not like it. I only read it years after its hype and I liked it.

I'm not also bothering myself to read the Twilight series. I watched the first movie and I regretted it.

I'm currently into Stieg Larsson and tremendously enjoying it.

Mash1195 said...

Enjoy your books !! My MM is here
CMash

caite said...

I agree that a lot of hype will rarely get me to read a book, especially if it is a genre I don't like. So no Twilight, but loved Stieg Larsson.

diaryofaneccentric said...

Looking forward to your thoughts on Semper Cool. Enjoy your new books!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I'm back, posting on your "musing," and I agree with most of what you said.

I think that the rebel in me is put off by everyone saying "you must read this!"

Here's my musing:

http://meditationsbylaurelrain.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/monday-musings/

Serena said...

I'm glad that Semper Cool arrived safely. I hope you enjoy it.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Good reads. Have a super week with them all :)

NancyO said...

I don't do hype. For example, I read Girl With the Dragon Tattoo long before the whole series got so hyped and became THE thing to read.

Have you read Tana French's first book in that series, In the Woods? I really enjoyed that one, and have just bought her new one, Faithful Place. She's such a good writer!

happy reading

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

These titles are all new to me. Crossing Oceans is going on my wish list. I hope you enjoy all your new reads!

jlshall said...

I usually try to ignore the hype as much as possible, and look at the books on an individual basis. That's not always easy to do, of course. And I agree about The DaVinci Code - it really needed a better ending.