One of the best parts of having Reader Friends all over the country is that they frequently pick up books for you at signings you can't make it to! Crystal was able to go to a Jennifer Echols signing that I wasn't at and picked up signed copies of Forget You and Love Story for me.
And Jacki somehow wound up with a signed copy of The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg that she didn't need (what?) and sent to me!!!
Squeeeeee! I love Rick Bragg!
I also got some borrowed books this week - Purity by Jackson Pearce, which I borrowed from Crystal, and Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs from Jennie. I am one lucky girl to have such generous friends, right?
These next few are for review, mostly for TLC Tours I'm participating in, but a few also from random sources.
Bloom by Kelle Hampton from William Morrow - a story about a baby born with Down Syndrome and guaranteed to make me cry.
In The Bag by Kate Klise for a TLC tour - chick-lit-ish story about two people who connect on an airplane flight through their teenagers and some lost luggage.
The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay for a TLC tour - the story of a young girl growing up in poverty in Manhattan in the 1700's, a time during which men believed that sleeping with a virgin could cure disease.
The Book Lover by Maryann McFadden from the author - about a woman devoted to books, who loses her bookstore and becomes an author. I'm also guessing there is lots of book loving throughout.
The rest were all picked up on a recent trip to McKays, the used book store in town. I trade books there and haven't spent actual money in ages. It's brilliant! I trade in what I've finished and usually somehow manage to come out with more books than I dropped off.
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Man Booker winner in 2008, I've had my eye out for it ever since)
The Mighty Queens of Freeville by Amy Dickinson (possibly I already own this one, but it was only 75 cents so I figured I'd take that risk)
Moments of Being: A Collection of Autobiographic Writings by Virginia Woolf
Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern (I kind of thing I may have this one too, but it was cheap? I am an addict)
Naked Came the Manatee by a whole bunch of Floridian authors, but especially Carl Hiassen who I think is hilarious.
My Pet Virus by Shawn Decker (an AIDS memoir)
Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Best Sellers by James W. Hall
The Western Canon by Harold Bloom (who is kind of my boyfriend - don't ask how, it's a complicated relationship that mostly involves him having no idea who I am and me worshiping from afar - and have I mentioned my thing for older men? Because I'm fairly sure Harold - Hal to his friends, like me - is like 500 years old. Or maybe dead. Doesn't matter.).