Every so often I hit a stroke of good luck and win some pretty awesome books. The month of September and October has been exceptionally awesome for me. Between the two months, I’ve won 2 books from Goodreads, 2 books from LibraryThing and received a fabulous book from Blogging for Books for review!
Now keep in mind, to receive books from any of these fantastic sites/programs, you really should be reviewing books. For instance, I know that your chances for receiving books from Goodreads and LibraryThing increases when you post reviews on books previously received from their giveaways. If you receive a book and don’t review it, your chances of getting another decreases (so, I’ve heard..) Blogging for Books will only send you a book after books previously sent to you have been reviewed. They send you books specifically for that review. The reviews don’t have to be 5 stars. Actually, they should always be 100% authentic and honest. In my opinion, a book in exchange for an unbiased review is more than fair.
I should probably mention that I do take part in other books for review programs. However, for this post, I am just focusing on books I’ve received from Goodreads, LibraryThing and Blogging for Books over the last month or so.
That said, lets take a look at these fabulous books!
Dunbar (Hogarth Shakespeare)
by Edward St. Aubyn
Published October 3rd 2017
‘I really did have an empire, you know,’ said Dunbar. ‘Have I ever told you the story of how it was stolen from me?’
Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he handed over care of the family firm to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan. But relations quickly soured, leaving him doubting the wisdom of past decisions…
Now imprisoned in a care home in the Lake District with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar starts planning his escape. As he flees into the hills, his family is hot on his heels. But who will find him first, his beloved youngest daughter, Florence, or the tigresses Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate?
Edward St Aubyn is renowned for his masterwork, the five Melrose novels, which dissect with savage and beautiful precision the agonies of family life. His take on King Lear, Shakespeare’s most devastating family story, is an excoriating novel for and of our times – an examination of power, money and the value of forgiveness. ~via Goodreads
I was actually super interested in Dunbar (the retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear) after receiving New Boy from a previous Goodreads giveaway. New Boy was the retelling of Othello and I absolutely loved it. I know that these Hogarth retellings get some mixed reviews but I am super curious and I love the idea of breaking down Shakespeare in a way so more people can digest and enjoy the works. Because, lets be honest, Shakespeare can be a bit much, despite the genius. Not everyone gets into it. On a personal level, I believe Shakespeare to be pure magic and I simply love to see how other brilliant authors interpret and retell the stories.
Everyday Chic: My Secrets for Entertaining, Organizing,
and Decorating at Home
Dey Street Books
Published October 10th 2017
Once upon a time, Molly Sims was a single girl who stored cashmere sweaters in her oven, and whose shoe collection far exceeded her recipe collection. But today, one husband and three kids later, a lot has changed. Supermodel? Try Supermomma! Molly has taken her style from the runway to the domestic arena, embracing the roles of home chef, party planner, organization expert, and design guru, as only she can.
Juggling a career and a growing household—and trying to look stylish while doing it—is a challenge for anyone! Molly knows this, and as her family has grown, she has had to be resourceful and savvy, finding fun and stylish solutions that work for her busy life. In Everyday Chic, she shares her secrets, drawing on her own experiences and expert advice from her go-to team of home gurus, chefs, event planners, and decor pros, including:
· Family-friendly meal hacks and time-saving techniques
· Party planning like a professional, so you can party like there’s no tomorrow
· Strategies for creating a zen-like space and kicking clutter to the curb
· The accessory rule for your house—always remove one piece from any room you’re decorating
· Prioritizing the positive without getting hung up on the perfect. Perfection is a unicorn!
Packed with gorgeous photos of Molly’s home and family, easy-to-follow exercises and checklists, and girlfriend-to-girlfriend anecdotes and advice, Everyday Chic will inspire you you to create the stylish home and life you want. Let Molly be your guide! ~via Goodreads
Do I really need a book on entertaining, organizing and decorating my home? Yes, to the YES! Over the summer, we moved into a new home and I have lots of work to do to really make it a reflection of who we are. I love to have friends over to entertain. I love cooking, decorating, and throwing little parties. Every Day Chic speaks to me on so many levels and I can’t wait to see what the gorgeous Molly Sims has up her pretty, little sleeves!
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls
(and Everything in Between)
Published October 3rd 2017 (edition w/bonus chapter)
In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls – the first and second times – and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.
“This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I’m talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called ‘you’re so much taller than the other kids.’ But no! I’m talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.” (Lauren Graham) ~via Goodreads
Lauren Graham is my tv bestie, even if she doesn’t know it. I adore pretty much everything she’s done on camera, so just the idea of this book is darling to me. When I found out that I won it from LT, I literally (very literally) squealed in delight and it’s probably going to the top of my TBR list just because… And with the bonus chapter!? I am kinda glad I held off (not intentionally) and got this edition. Yep! You’ll probably see me with my nose in Talking As Fast As I Can very soon (tonight).
Oh… and the audio version? I’ve been told Lauren does her own narration. Yeah, I’m gonna need to get my hands on that, too!!!
Tundra Books (NY)
Published September 19th 2017
A haunting, beautiful middle-grade novel about fractured relationships, loss, ghosts, friendship and art.
Annie and her mother don’t see eye to eye. When Annie finds a painting of a lonely lighthouse in their home, she is immediately drawn to it–and her mother wishes it would stay banished in the attic. To her, art has no interest, but Annie loves drawing and painting.
When Annie’s mother slips into a coma following a car accident, strange things begin to happen to Annie. She finds herself falling into the painting and meeting Claire, a girl her own age living at the lighthouse. Claire’s mother Maisie is the artist behind the painting, and like Annie, Claire’s relationship with her mother is fraught. Annie thinks she can help them find their way back to each other, and in so doing, help mend her relationship with her own mother.
But who IS Claire? Why can Annie travel through the painting? And can Annie help her mother wake up from her coma?
The Painting is a touching, evocative story with a hint of mystery and suspense to keep readers hooked. ~ via Goodreads
I am finding that I am a bit of a Tundra fan girl. Pretty much every book that Tundra Books puts out and I read, I wind up loving. That said, I tend to gravitate to Tundra books. Plus, look at this cover. The book just looks and sounds fascinating! I am very much looking forward to getting acquainted with author Charis Cotter by way of The Painting. I’ve read some pretty spectacular reviews about her works. Though, I am not totally surprised… Tundra.
What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky
Ten Speed Press
Published September 26th 2017
A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more.
Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts. This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky’s most brilliant features–such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets–as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Adults seeking to recapture the magic of youthful stargazing, younger readers interested in learning about natural history and outer space, and those who appreciate beautiful, hand-painted art will all delight in this charming book. ~via Goodreads
When I received this beauty in the mail last week, the first thing I did was snap a ton of photos to send to Greg. I couldn’t wait for him to get home from work to show off this GORGEOUS book. I was not expecting what I received. This book is just beyond! The illustrations throughout are pure magic and the writing is both fascinating and educational. And honestly, I’ve only scratched the surface with flipping through this book (for now). We are in awe of What We See in the Stars and even plan to share it with Pippa when she is old enough to appreciate it.
Have you read any of these books? Got recommendations for our TBR shelf? How about giveaways you’ve entered and won? I’d love to hear from you!!