Monday, May 14, 2012

Mondays: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings


Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books. This month it is hosted by Martha of Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf.

I received two books this past week, thanks to authors/publicists:
1) The Virgin Journals by Travis Laurence NaughtTravis Laurence Naught is a poet who is not willing to trade on tragedy. He is a man of risk, afflicted with ferocious, unrestricted thinking and ruthless questioning, though he has never taken an independent step in his life. Many in his shoes might feel confined by the metal of a wheelchair, but Naught's work conveys a freedom and an audaciousness that will surprise readers with his startling views. The Virgin Journals speak truth through poetry and prose. They tell the reader about Naught's frustrations, from being a quadriplegic to his life of celibacy in his late twenties. In the end, his expectation is for readers to forget physical disabilities and concentrate on that which makes us similar: life, love, and the obstacles we work to overcome.

2) The Islands by Carlos GamerroBuenos Aires, 1992. Hacker Felipe Felix is summoned to the vertiginous twin towers of magnate Fausto Tamerlan and charged with finding the witnesses to a very public crime. Rejecting the mission is not an option. After a decade spent immersed in drugs and virtual realities, trying to forget the freezing trench in which he passed the Falklands War, Felix is forced to confront the city around him - and realizes to his shock that the war never really ended. A detective novel, a cyber-thriller, an inner-city road trip and a war memoir, The Islands is a hilarious, devastating and dizzying surreal account of a history that remains all too raw.


Do you tend to read to the end of a chapter or can you stop anywhere?


I can stop anywhere. I don't even use a bookmark. I remember the page number and start reading right away!

17 comments:

MarthaE said...

Hi Gautami -
I have not heard of these titles but they both sound interesting.
Have a good week and Happy Reading!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Both of these sound interesting.

I didn't get anything this week, but come see my post anyway.

Mystica said...

New to me as well. I've got new books this week as well!

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Great sounding books. Both unfamiliar to me though. Hope you enjoy them :)

CMash said...

Both books "are new to me". I hope you enjoy. No bookmark? WOW, great memory!! Have a great week!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Both of these are new to me --enjoy

Kaye said...

Wow, I am in awe that you don't even need a bookmark. ;) The Islands sounds interesting. Have a wonderful week and happy reading.

bermudaonion said...

I can stop anywhere too, but I need a bookmark. Enjoy your new books!

Gigi Ann said...

I am a whatever kind of reader as far as having to stop at the end of the chapter. It is always nice if I can, but in the real world that isn't always possible.

Amy said...

I LOVE your answer - thank you for sharing! :)

Here's Mine:

http://amylunderman.blogspot.com/2012/05/musing-mondays.html

Marie Burton said...

(I can't live without bookmarks!)
Here is Mailbox.. Have a great Monday!

Cathy De Los Santos said...

The page I probably wouldn't remember as I am too fergetful, but I can get in the general area without a bookmark. Half the time I don't pay attention to book page numbers. Here's my Musing
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Cathy @ Addicted To Books

Tribute Books Mama said...

These titles I haven't heard of, they sound good, enjoy!

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/05/mailbox-monday_14.html

DCMetroreader said...

The Virgin Journals sounds very sad. I'm not sure I could read it.

Kwizgiver said...

When I was younger I was like you--I could stop anywhere and would be able to remember where on the page and the page number. Now... not so much!

Nise' said...

Both sound like intense reads. Enjoy.

Eugenia O'Neal said...

The Islands sounds good. I'm going to check it out.