Jun 042012

MAILBOX MONDAY… is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I got two books in my mailbox last week:

I Couldn’t Love You More by Jillian Medoff (this was on my WL and I was so happy to be able to mark it off. Hope I get to it soon)
Eliot Gordon would do anything for her family. A 38-year-old working mother, she lives an ordinary but fulfilling life in suburban Atlanta with her partner, Grant Delaney, and their three daughters. The two older girls are actually Eliot’s stepdaughters, a distinction she is reluctant to make as she valiantly attempts to maintain a safe, happy household . . .

Then Finn Montgomery, Eliot’s long-lost first love, appears, triggering a shocking chain of events that culminates in a split-second decision that will haunt her beloved family forever. How Eliot survives-and what she loses in the process-is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever loved a child. With hilarious honesty, wrenching depth, and a knockout twist, I COULDN’T LOVE YOU MORE illuminates the unbreakable bonds of family and reveals the lengths we’ll go to save each other, even as we can’t save ourselves.

 We Learn Nothing by Tim Krieder(“absurd humor of David Sedaris”…can’t wait to read this!)
Satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider here turns his most unflinchingly funny, brutally honest mind to the dark truths of the human condition.
Tim Kreider spent the past fifteen years of his life as a political cartoonist with an avid cult following, exposing the hypocrisies of our government and being, as author Myla Goldberg put it, “funny and crazy and brave enough to proclaim as truths the things the rest of us are too chickenshit to say out loud.” In 2009 he began writing for The New York Times, penning popular essays about love, death, and existential dread. Now, We Learn Nothing takes the reader even deeper into Kreider’s unique worldview.

Combining the keen insight of David Foster Wallace with the absurd humor of David Sedaris, Kreider confronts some of the knottiest and most intimate problems in life. The book feels like philosophical or spiritual inquiries, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn’t change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don’t even like? What do you do when a friend becomes obsessed with a political movement and won’t let you ignore it? How do you react when someone you’ve known for years unexpectedly changes genders?

Uncompromisingly honest, sometimes mercilessly so, these comically illustrated essays are rigorous, deeply personal exercises in self-awareness and self-reflection, in routing out delusion with the insight only hindsight can provide. These are the conversations you only have with best friends or total strangers, late at night over drinks, near closing time.


MUSING MONDAYS… is a weekly meme where MizB will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic.

Do you have a reading goal for the year, such as __ books? Why or why not?

I do have a few reading goals for this year. I want to cut back on the books I accept for review/tour. I have cut back some, but not as much as I’d like. There are so many good books out there and when I’m offered a book that sounds really good, it’s hard to turn it down. I hope to do better for the last half of the year. Why? Because accepting to many books makes trying to review them on time stressful, and reading is supposed to be nothing but fun.

Acting Balanced

MONDAY QUIZ ABOUT ME… posts 4 questions that everyone can answer. Then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered!

1. Finish this sentence – The first thing I do in the morning is…
Feed the dog and fish

2. What is your favorite kind of pie?
Weight Watchers Butterfinger Pie

3. Do you have pets?
Yep, a dog, a cat and a 75, 55, 45 and 2 15 gallon aquariums

4. What is your favorite chair in your house? We have a big leather couch that reclines on both ends, and I’ve sat in the same spot since we bought it. It’s perfect, and I love sitting down, reclining and watching tv. We also have a love seat and both seats recline, but I love my spot on the couch. My dog jumps on the foot and is just as comfy as I am.

And don’t forget to add a 5th Question on your own blog so we can answer as we hop around!

My Question:
5. What is your favorite way to get exercise outside?
For me, it’s biking. I LOVE to ride my bike!

  8 Responses to “Monday Mailbox, Musings & About Me”

  1. it is hard to turn down books…I am greedy…lol

  2. I enjoy receiving free books, but don’t like writing reviews, since I don’t consider myself a reviewer, but a reader of books, I don’t accept many books, because like I said, I hate to write the reviews. I really don’t have a goal of reading books, I just read for fun and when real life doesn’t interfere with my reading.

  3. I agree! Sometimes I fall into the trap of getting more and more books for reviews and end up not enjoying them at all! I should really take more care in picking books in the future 🙂

    Here’s my Musing Monday: http://bookaworld.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/musing-mondays-june-4/

    Have a great week ahead!


  4. Seems like many of us are in the same position – accepting too many review requests. Everything sounds so good. It’s hard to turn anything down. I’m working on it though.

    My Monday Musing is here.

  5. Too many books out there I want to read. It’s hard. Here’s my Musing

  6. I enjoy getting free review copies as well, but am trying to limit them now to ones that I think will interest me or won’t take up too much of my reading time. I don’t like feeling obliged to finish a book that I’m not enjoying all that much, but really need to finish so I can give the review justice.

    My MM post: http://wcs53.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/musing-mondays-june-4/

  7. We Learn Nothing looks funny. Enjoy you books.

    I don’t have a specific number of books I want to read this year, but I’ll probably end up reading about the same number as last year.

  8. I don’t review books because it’s too stressful to have to read a book by a certain date. Sometimes I struggle with my book group selections.

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