The 3 BEA Books I’m Most Excited to Read

After wandering the floor for a few hours, Emily, Ben and I walked by the Norton booth and saw that Nicole Krauss had a new book coming out: Great House. The three of us adored The History of Love so we were psyched just to have that knowledge. Then I spotted copies of the book. They weren’t really out for grabs but Emily went in search of a Norton rep and snagged us some copies.

Later that day we were (again) wandering and we stumbled upon a line of  people and overheard the words “Sara Gruen.” The three of us also adored Water for Elephants so we went in search of the back of the line. We got to meet Sara Gruen and get copies of her new book, Ape House.

And finally, we saw that Justin Cronin was signing at 4pm. I know The Passage comes out on Tuesday and I wouldn’t have long to wait to buy it, but I’ve been jealously watching everyone else read this so meeting him and getting a copy of  his book was a nice surprise (I thought I had already missed him).

I have more to say about BEA itself, but I wanted to share the books I’m most anxious to read and review. Which one should I read first?

The Rest of My Birthday Books (and then some)

Instead of saving this for a Mailbox Monday/In My Mailbox post (and because I may be giving memes up for a little while depending on the results of my poll which I’ll share tomorrow), I thought my new books would get their own post today. I had a good chunk of gift card money so on Tuesday, Ben and I had a date night (date night for us = dinner + book shopping).

Here is what I got:

Here are the books Ben picked up with his share of the gift card money:

And here are the other books that found their way into our home this week:

Mailbox Monday/In My Mailbox 3-15-10

I had a lot of books join my home this past week so I thought it was as good a time as ever to do my first Mailbox Monday (hosted by Marcia of  The Printed Page)/In My Mailbox Post (hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren).



  • The Dud Avacado by Elaine Dundy

Birthday Gift

  • The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
  • No One Belongs Here More than You by Miranda July
  • Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
  • Marriage and Acts of Other Charity by Kate Braestrup

Purchased with Birthday Gift Card

  • A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave


  • Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin