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Items about books I want to read, #25

Posted on: November 23, 2011

Wow, we have reached 25 posts listing books I want to read. As a reader, this does make me happy because I know I won’t be running out of options to read anytime soon. The list does keep getting bigger, but hey, it’s all good. In addition, GoodReads, the site where I keep track of the books I read, added a new recommendation feature where they recommend books based on what you have read already. I have been adding a few books over there to my TBR list as well. I continue to hope that my two readers might find these lists of interest. If anyone out there reads any of the books I list here, do feel free to comment and let me know. I always like hearing about what other people are reading. So, here we go:

Items about books:

  • PhiloBiblos provides a brief review on Anthony Horowitz’s new Sherlock Holmes novel The House of Silk. It’s another one of those “Watson had some manuscript hidden someplace that could not be revealed until now” kind of deal. Given that I do like Sherlock Holmes, I will likely see if I can read it.
  • PhiloBiblos also reviews another Sherlock Holmes item, this time a collection of short stories. The book is A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon.
  • My Favourite Books has a review of Teeth. This is a new vampire tale anthology featuring writers like Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, and Garth Nix. It is classified as YA literature, but I think it may be worth a look. I certainly hope it is better than those other sparkly false vampires out there. The reviewer says that “if you want a different kind of vampire then please check this anthology out. The authors involved have put together a thoughtful, terrifying and satisfying book that’s a keeper.” That sounds like a pretty good endorsement.
  • Staying a bit on the monsters theme, My Favourite Books also offers a review of the anthology The Monster’s Corner. The publisher describes it as “nn all original anthology from some of todays hottest supernatural writers, featuring stories of monster’s from the monster’s point of view.”
  • Bibrary Book Lust reviews the book The Story of L (Amazon link as I could not find it on WorldCat. I wonder why), a lesbian retelling of The Story of O. The review makes me curious enough to consider it for me to read or maybe to share with the Better Half.
  • Bibrary Book Lust also reviews a book of paranormal erotic romance. While this is not an area that I read a lot in, I do have to keep my reader’s advisor cred for one. And yes, I will admit I am curious because I do read erotica now and then. Plus, I am always looking for things to share with the Better Half, who does read a bit more in the paranormal romance genre. The book is Red Velvet and Absinthe. The book is published by Cleis Press (link to publisher; content warning for the sensitive), which has a good reputation when it comes to erotica, thus I feel the book is worth a look.
  • This book sounds interesting. It is a history of a condom producer in Germany, but it is also a history of how the Nazis stole businesses from the Jews and even a little about sexuality and sexual politics at the time. The book is Fromms: How Julius Fromm’s Condom Empire Fell to the Nazis. It is reviewed here at The Berlin Review of Books. A hat tip to 3 Quarks Daily.
  • Via Blogging for a Good Book, a book for those with epicurean interests. The book is From Here, You Can’t See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant. The blog describes the book as follows: “The author, an American, sets out for a year to observe, experience, and record the life of a small chef-owned restaurant in Les Arques, a small village nestled in southwestern France. This is not simply the story of the restaurant and its owner, but, of the village, its inhabitants, and the struggle of this rural town to defy the likelihood of becoming extinct as the dwindling year-round population ages.” You can read the full review here.
  • Kendra Holliday, of The Beautiful Kind, interviews Robert Rosen (warning to the sensitive. This is an adult content blog), author of Beaver Street: a History of Modern Pornography. The book is due to be available in the U.S. some time in March 2012. For me, this is another example of a microhistory, but it is also a topic I do have an interest in. And yes, I do enjoy some porn now and then.
  • And while we are looking at some sensual stuff, here is a review for an introductory book on S&M via KissinBlueKraken (warning: this is an adult content blog). The book is simply titled SM 101: A Realistic Introduction. The book is described as being informative rather than erotic, so it may be a good book not only for those curious about the lifestyle and kinks but also just for dispelling common myths.
  • Guys Lit Wire review Cavalcade of Boys, which they describe as “over 500 pages of gay goodness, more of a graphic anthology than a graphic novel, as it features recurring characters and their romantic adventures and mishaps.” I had not seen this comic before, so I definitely want to read it.
  • The Contemporary Japanese Literature blog reviews a book about Tokyo. The book, Tokyo on Foot, is a graphic city guide and art book at the same time.

Lists and bibliographies:

  • Shelf Talk has a list of fiction books about hitmen.
  • The Food Politics blog has a new list of books about food and food politics. If you are interested in issues like food economics, sustainability, etc., a book or two from here may be of interest.
  • Bibrary Book Lustannounces that the 2011 Over the Rainbow nominees are out and highlights some of the selections. You can find the full list over here from ALA. Over the Rainbow is a “Book List from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.”
  • Via The Prosen People, a post about another “Schindler,” a person who helped Jews during the Second World War. Here is an Irena Sendler reading list to learn more about this extraordinary woman who “helped create over 3,000 false documents to help Jewish families and joined the  Żegota resistance (Council to Aid Jews) as head of their children’s section. “

2 Responses to "Items about books I want to read, #25"

Thanks for posting these! I always enjoy these and find more to add to my toRead shelf.

Thank you for stopping by Danielle. Best.

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