Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I reading?/Musing

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books5 Minutes For Books is hosting MM for the month of August.

I received two books in my mailbox:  

1) Sweat by Mark Gilleo

When Jake Patrick took a summer internship at his estranged father’s corporation, he anticipated some much-needed extra cash and a couple of free meals from his guilty dad. He would never have guessed that he'd find himself in the center of an international scandal involving a U.S. senator, conspiracy, backroom politics, and murder. Or that his own life would hang in the balance. Or that he’d find help – and much more than that – from a collection of memorable characters operating on all sides of the law. Jake’s summer has turned into the most eventful one of his life. Now he just needs to survive it.

From the sweatshops of Saipan to the most powerful offices in Washington, SWEAT rockets through a story of crime and consequences with lightning pacing, a twisting plot, an unforgettable cast of characters, and wry humor. It is another nonstop thriller from one of the most exciting new voices in suspense fiction.

2) Winter Journal by Paul Auster

In 1982, following the death of his father, Paul Auster published what has become a classic of personal memoir writing, The Invention of Solitude. Now, on the 30th Anniversary of his breakthrough debut, Auster gives us another unconventional memoir with Winter Journal.

Auster, now thirty years older, confronts his own aging, writing a history of his body and his experience as a human being, life’s horrors and its great joys. Facing his sixty-fourth winter, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster sits down to write a history of his body and its sensations – both pleasurable and painful.

A bookend to The Invention of Solitude, Winter Journal is a highly personal meditation on the body, time, and memory by one of our most intellectually elegant writers.

I also downloaded the following galleys from Netgalley:

Heiress Behind the Headlines by Caitlin Crews
Duty and the Beast by Trish Morey
Two Wrongs Make a Marriage by Christine Merrill
Her Good Thing by Vanessa Miller
Handpicked Husband by Winnie Griggs
The Valtieri Baby by Caroline Anderson
How to Disgrace a Lady by Bronwyn Scott
Improve Sewing by Nicole Blum, Debra Immergut

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey

I finished reading:

The Inconvenient Duchess by Christine Merrill
Duke of Deception by Stephie Smith
Spring's Fury by Denise Domning

I am in the midst of reading:

Varied Novels!

Have you ever reread a book and found that your opinion changed?

Not really. But yes I have re-read a lot of books...


Mystica said...

Both books new to me . Have a good week.

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Great reads and you've got to love netgalley

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I've always had a bit of trouble with Paul Auster's work, but this one is NF I think so I'm curious --enjoy

CMash said...

I hope you enjoy Sweat!! I have never reread a book. Have a great week.

Kaye said...

You got a nice list of NG books. I hope you enjoy them all!

caite said...

I am in the middle of Sweat right now...

but I am not a re-reader...just too many books awaiting!

Irene said...

I have to admit, I don't re-read on purpose. Too many new books to read.

Elizabeth said...


I don't re-read either. :)

Silver’s Reviews

Li @ said...

The Paul Auster book is garnering a lot of interest, perhaps I should check it out xD

Here's my thoughts for this week's Musing Mondays =)

Nancy said...

I'm not a big re-reader either, only a select few favorites. Don't you love NetGalley? :) Happy reading!


Nise' said...

There are a few books that I do re-read and still love. NetGalley is filling my Kindle quickly. Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy! your two new books.

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Sweat sounds like a great fast paced read! Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by My Added to the Bookshelf Post!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

Kristen said...

Looks like you have some great stuff lined up. I've been reluctant to use netgalley for fear the book would disappear from my Nook long before I'm finished reading it since I tend to be such a last minute looby!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Exciting mailbox books. Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Gautami,

I have to confess that I am not a fan of memoirs at all, however I do like the sound of the Mark Gilleo.

I checked out both this book and his first 'Love Thy Neighbor' and both have gone onto my never-ending wishlist.

Thanks for highlighting this new to me author,


JC Jones said...

I don't reread much.

Yvonne said...

I never re-read. I have enough trouble getting through my TBR one time.

Book of Secrets said...

That is a great list of books! Hope you enjoy them. As for re-reading, I wish I could reread some of my favorites, but I just don't have time! Have a great week. :)

Alyce said...

I have heard of Winter Journal. I'll be curious to see if you like that one.

Martha Eskuchen said...

Your titles look interesting - a thriller and a contemplative memoir.
I am afraid to read your NetGalley choices as I do not want to be tempted!
Have a lovely week. :-)

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Netgalley is so much fun! You never know what you will find there. Enjoy all your new reads.

Serena said...

Glad to see you are using netgalley. Sweat sounds like an interesting read. A friend of mine's husband is from Saipan.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

These are both new books for me. As for re-reads, I do have a few all time favorites, mostly science fiction, that I have re-read a few times.