Monday, May 15, 2017

Bookends #1

Originally, I was going to participate in today's "It's Monday, what are you reading?" meme, but instead I've decided to start a new weekly post called Bookends, where I'll be discussing about what I'm currently reading, what I'll be reading next, and anything else related to the world of books.

What am I currently reading?

Last Monday, I started reading the reprint paperback of the 10th anniversary edition of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I had purchased the title at my local Walmart several weeks ago. My plan was to read the book before the television series debuted on STARZ, but I didn't start reading it until the day after the second episode aired. At a whopping 700+ pages, I've manged to read 456 pages out of a whopping 700+ pages in one week. The novel is very graphic, as well as the television series, and I don't think it would appeal to very many readers. Once I'm finished reading, I'll make sure to post a review on it.

What am I reading next?

Over the weekend, I decided it was best off that I stop the by the library and make sure my card was up-to-date, as I hadn't checked out a book there in quite awhile. I ended up checking out The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans, so that will mostly likely be my next read. Hopefully, if everything goes right, I should be reading the book by Wednesday.

Are there any new books on my bookshelves?

Of course I do! I have four new James Patterson titles:

16th Seduction
Two from the Heart
Private: Gold
Detective Cross

Two from the Heart contains two romance novellas; one by James Patterson & Emily Raymond and the other by Frank Costantini and Brian Sitts. 16th Seduction is the sixteenth installment in the Woman's Murder Club series. Private: Gold and Detective Cross are Bookshots novellas. I had thought Little, Brown and Company had stopped releasing Bookshots paperbacks and were only releasing the titles in ebook formats, but I must have been mistaken as these two titles were released this month.

I had purchased The Shack by Wm. Paul Young and The White Princess by Philippa Gregory back in March. Hopefully, I can squeeze in some time to read The Shack before the movie arrives on Blu-ray/DVD on May 30th. I would like to read the book before I see the movie. As for the The White Princess, I won't be able to begin reading it until the STARZ miniseries has concluded; maybe sometime in June.

I'm been trying not to make a habit of stopping by the local thrift store, as I already have way too many books, but I happened to stop by there on Friday and bought one paperback, titled "Fear Nothing" by Lisa Gardner.

Do I have any to-be-read books?

I have way too many to-be-read and to-be-reviewed books to be listed here in this week's post. However, I will mentioned my four newest ARC copies that landed in my mailbox recently.

While this title isn't exactly new anymore, I did receive an ARC copy of L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future: Volume 33 several weeks ago. The book got shoved aside and put on the back burner, but I do plan on featuring it in a "Book Blast" or Book Spotlight" on here later this week.

A week or so ago, I received an ARC copy of The Fallen: A Quinn Colson Novel by Ace Atkins. The book is scheduled to be published on July 18th. I'll post a review for it on or around the release date.

I very seldom win a giveaway on Goodreads, but I did win an ARC copy of the upcoming collaboration Indigo by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, Jonathan Maberry, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James Moore, and Mark Morris. I'll start reading it in a few weeks and post a review sometime next month.

Lastly, I received The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi last week as part of an upcoming book blog tour. I believe my review is supposed to be posted on the June 1st or 2nd, so keep an eye out on it.

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