The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. RowlingI went back and forth on my decision to splurge for the Collector's Edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard several times since it went up for pre-order before firmly deciding that this would be my "big" Christmas gift to myself this year. I'm very happy that I went ahead and picked it up. The book is absolutely beautiful. It looks like it would be perfectly at home in the library at Hogwarts.
The Shining Darkness by Mark Michalowski
More Doctor Who goodness. (Have I mentioned that I love this show? I have? More than once, you say? Oh.) These books are always so much fun. I read this over the weekend and enjoyed it quite a bit. I'll have a review up soon.
Impossible by Nancy WerlinI've read several great reviews for Impossible, so I was delighted to see a copy pop up on BookMooch a couple of weeks ago. I'll be focusing on middle grade and young adult fiction a lot in 2009, so Impossible will fit in nicely with my plans for this blog.
Tennyson by Lesley M. M. Blume
Jen Robinson's review of Tennyson by Lesley M. M. Blume sold me on this book. Another great middle grade fiction title that I'm looking forward to reading. Many thanks to Kelly at Random House for sending me a copy to review.
Outliers by Malcolm GladwellProof that watching television actually makes me read more: After a fascinating interview with author Malcolm Gladwell on The Rachel Maddow Show last month, I knew I needed to read Outliers. (Please don't get me started on how many books I've read because of Masterpiece Theater and Masterpiece Mystery!) I have a feeling I'll be looking for Blink and Tipping Point after I finish this book.
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
I won a signed copy of Michelle Moran's latest novel, The Heretic Queen, in a contest hosted by Meghan at Medieval Bookworm. I absolutely adored Michelle's first book, Nefertiti, so I'm thrilled to have a signed edition of The Heretic Queen. Thank you, Michelle and Meghan!
The Dracula Dossier by James ReeseAnother great BookMooch find, courtesy of Suzi at Fashionista Piranha. It's been years since I've read Dracula by Bram Stoker, so I'm planning to re-read it in early 2009. (Can anyone share an opinion on The New Annonated Dracula?) The Dracula Dossier will be the perfect follow-up.
Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale
There's something wonderful about receiving a book with such a lively, summer-inspired cover in the midst of the cold Pennsylvania winter. If I could, I'd jump into this cover Mary Poppins style, just to savor the warmth of the sun and the fragrant aroma of the sunflowers.
Have any new books have come into your house this week?