I don’t receive many review books and the ones I do receive I genuinely have interest in. But sometimes life, or other books, get in the way of me reading them. I’m thinking it’d be nice for me to give a shout to these books, because they do pique my interest. I have read some pages for most of them, but feel like I can’t write a full post when I haven’t read the book back to back. So until then here they are in the order I received them (which went back all the way to last year -_- ‘):
The Taste of Apple by James Laidler. The Taste of Apple is written entirely in verse, and comes with an audio CD that contains selected tracks from the book. The character is a Filipino migrant and later gets involved in the East Timor freedom movement. East Timor was part of Indonesia before it won its independence, so the subject matter is something that is close to home for me. James Laidler is an Australian and has kindly sent me the book and CD personally.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Feel like this one doesn’t really need an introduction. Once I received it I started seeing it everywhere. Any pitch with the word “fairytale” in it would be very hard for me to resist! I’ve heard lots of good things about this book that is inspired by Russian fairytale.
The Thorn and the Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story by Theodora Goss. This book has one of the most beautiful design I have ever seen! It is in accordion-fold binding – one side tells the story of the hero and the other side the heroine. It comes with a hardcover box to hold the book in, so you can still have the book spine (the actual book doesn’t). There are also a couple of illustrations in it that look great. Love quirky book design!
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be able to resist a book with a title like that, with a cover like that! It even comes with a book trailer with cool black and white illustrations (from the book). This is one of those rare occasions where I received a children’s book!
The Body is a Temple by Luke Bitmead. This book is set in Thailand and Hong Kong and inspired by the author’s time of living and traveling in South East Asia. Apparently this is Luke Bitmead’s last book, because he has died in 2006 at the age of 34. The South East Asia setting intrigued me, as there are not many books set in that region.
Barack Obama in Hawai’i and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President by Dinesh Sharma. To be honest I’m not that interested in Barack Obama to read the whole book, but I’m very curious about the time that he spent in Indonesia, which the book seems to cover well (there are also photographs inside).
Something is Going to Fall Like Rain by Ros Wynne-Jones. This is the first novel by the author, set in South Sudan, where she covered the war there as a journalist in the late 90s. The novel is part war-story part love-story. From the email conversations that I had with Ros, she seems very nice, has tons of experience as a journalist, and has been to some places that I’ve been to or lived in. So there’s a bit of personal connection there :). The thing is, I got only a digital version of this, and I find that it is much easier to forget about a digital copy compared to a physical copy that always stares at you!
Horse Stories, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell. I’m not a huge fan of horses, but the list of author names totally caught me! It is a collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling, Saki, Mark Twain, Annie Proulx, Arthur Conan Doyle, D.H. Lawrence, John Steinbeck, Margaret Atwood, and Raymond Carver, to name a few. Also it’s the beautifully bound Everyman’s Library, so yes I said! This is the only book in this post that actually has not come out yet (out in October 2012) – so keep an eye on that people! :)
So does any of these books pique your interest too?