Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I reading?/Musing

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It has finally found a permanent  home at Mailbox Monday with the following new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree
Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit
Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach

I received the following poetry books, thanks to the poets:

Jan 29, 2014

Controlled Hallucinations by John Sibley Williams

Filled with impassioned logic and musicality, John Sibley Williams’ debut collection strives to reconnect language to the things they describe, to control the uncontrollable by redefining the method of approach. In these compact poems, so edged in dark corners and the strenuous songs of beauty and identity, Williams establishes a unique
world of contradictions and connections that works to bridge the foreign with the familiar. Moving through art and history, through apocalyptic visions and family, into and back out of the paradox of using language to express languagelessness, Controlled Hallucinations weaves universal themes and images with the basic human reality of touch, word, and what is lost in their translation.

Jan 31, 2014

Why Photographers Commit Suicide by Mary McCray

Why Photographers Commit Suicide explores, in small narratives and lyrical poems, the American idea of Manifest Destiny, particularly as it relates to the next frontier—space exploration. Mary McCray examines the scientific, psychological and spiritual frontiers enmeshed in our very human longing for space, including our dream of a space station on Mars. These poems survey what we gain and what we lose as we progress towards tomorrow, and how we can begin to understand the universal melancholy we seem to cherish for what we leave behind, the lives we have already lived. McCray unearths our feelings about what it means to move ahead and stake out new territory, and what it means to be home.

Hosted by Sheila @ One Person's Journey Through a World of BooksWe discuss the books that we've read and what we're planning to read for the week. 

I finished reading the following:

18. Mangled Hearts by Felicia (Romance) (e-book)
19. The Personal History of Rachel DuPREE (Historical literary fiction)
20. She Belongs To Me (Southern Suspense Series) by Carmen DeSousa

I am in the midst of reading:

A Dark Redemption by Stav Sherez

I posted reviews of the following novels on my blog:

       I have started reading e-books on my laptop. I do not own an e-reader. Maybe this will lead me to get one. I do not know. I must say, my reading is slow when I read e-books. I am a very fast reader when I read print books!


bermudaonion said...

Your new books certainly have interesting titles. I hope they're both terrific!

Yvonne said...

Enjoy your books!

Bakey said...

I'm the other way round, read quicker on my kindle than with a book. I think it may be because the screen doesn't strain my eyes as much but not sure. If I read more than 2 ebooks in a row I do miss holding and reading a book though.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

It is easier for me to set down an e-book. I just stop reading and forget about it. Not so with a real book.

Here's my It's Monday!

Harvee said...

Controlled Hallucinations sounds like poetry I'd enjoy - connecting contradictions.
Book Dilettante

Elizabeth said...

Interesting books.

ENJOY your week.

Silver's Reviews
My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

Kathy Martin said...

Nice assortment of books. Come see my Monday Report here. Happy reading!

Serena said...

I enjoyed both of those poetry books when I read them. I hope you like them.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

Why Photographers Commit Suicide is certainly an interesting title.

I tried to read books on my laptop and couldn't stay focused. I have no problem reading using my Nexus Tablet with the Kindle app. Maybe because it "feels" like I'm holding a book and a laptop doesn't.

Mari said...

Enjoy your books!

Happy Reading.

Anna said...

They sound like great poetry books. Looking forward to your thoughts. Happy reading!

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

I like to read ebooks via my laptop - seems to be bigger pages - easier to read.
What I like about paper books is that when I mark something to note,I can easily find it later! very useful when posting my reviews =)

Have a great reading week...and ty for visiting FHC!!

Bob/Sally said...

Interesting collection - I think the Poet Suicide book wins for oddest title I've seen in a while. :)

Thanks for stopping by my page

Cheryl said...

McCray's book sounds fascinating. Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for visiting The Busy Mom's Daily.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Gautami,

I wouldn't be without my Kindle, although any opportunity to read a 'real' book is snapped up!

Mind you, I do have the advantage of working with books every day, so my demons are constantly being fed!

I love the cover of the Mary McCray book, although it suggests anger to me.

What an interesting mailbox this week, I don't read poetry on a regular basis, however when the mood takes me, I will open a poetry book, even if I only read one or two poems.

Thanks for sharing and have a good week,


Gigi Ann said...

I like both my Nook and Kindle. I also read books on my iPad and iPhone if I am waiting, I just pull out my iPhone and read away. However I still like my paper books. I haven't given up reading them yet.

Sonia Lal said...

Interesting collection! The photographer suicide book looks good.

Sonia Lal

Anonymous said...

Enjoy! your new books.

Vicki said...

I hope you enjoy your books!

Martha Eskuchen said...

Your poetry books look interesting.
I think I read faster with the ereader... I let it read to me while putting away dishes, for example. I still try to read one print book a week. :-) Have a great week!

Jen at Introverted Reader said...

I feel like I read slower on my nook as well. That's probably because I mostly just read it at the gym, which isn't that much time. It's nice to read there though because I don't have to try to hold pages open and I can increase the font to make it easier to focus on. And of course it's great for traveling. Enjoy your week!

Essentially Italian... said...

Your books have thought-provoking titles! I find it hard to read on my laptop. Even if you don't have an ereader you can still download the Kindle or kobo app on your tablet or android phone.

The Reading Date said...

You've got some intense reading ahead of you! Enjoy your new books.

Teddyree said...

Nice line up of books, hope you enjoy them all!

Anna said...

Hi Gautami! There's a response to your
comment on my Mailbox Monday about how you can get a review copy of the new MJ Rose book. Just thought I'd let you know. :)

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

You definitely need an ereader or a tablet!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out