"Elsa was the youngest Emerson by ten years: the blondest, happiest accident."
Sounds like it will be light reading, which could be a good thing (I'll get through it faster, right?) or a bad thing (it could be lower quality writing and end up torturing me and drag on forever) depending on how I look at it. But it is a book I need to read (review commitment) so it will be up sooner or later regardless. (304pp)
A distinct voice from the get-go awakens my interest, and the lovely cover art and compact size make it pleasant to hold. Pair that with Crowe's review and I find myself eager to dive into this one. (172pp)
"After dark the rain began to fall again, but he had already made up his mind to go and anyway it had been raining for weeks."
The writing sounds promising, but based on the fact that the last book I read that was based on a Shakespeare play (A Thousand Acres) didn't work so well for me, I'm a bit skeptical. Plus, it's an Oprah book selection which means the content is likely to be a little rough at parts. It's a book club pick though, so I can only procrastinate so long! (562pp)
"We had been wandering for so long I forgot what it was like to live within walls or sleep through the night."
I've never read Alice Hoffman, and this one looks like it will pack an emotional punch. Looks pretty captivating to me though. The biggest selling point is how much you all enjoyed it—looking forward to it! (501pp)
"Mariam was five years old the first time she heard the word harami."
Embarrassingly enough, I've never read this (or The Kite Runner—don't shoot me) and feel the need to rectify the situation. I am, admittedly, a little put off by its extreme popularity, but I just need to get over it already. This is on loan from a book club friend. (415pp)
"Maisie Dobbs shuffled the papers om her desk into a neat pile and placed them in a plain manila folder."
Ah, Maisie! I've missed you! This is only #2 in the series, but I enjoyed the first so thoroughly that the thought of returning to Maisie's world is a promise of comfort and delight. Here's to the hope that this promise will be fulfilled. (309pp)
Do you know what an angioplasty is?"
I've had my eye on this for a little while, because out of all the books to have emerged from the latest wave of Austen-admiration, this one looks the most promising. I'm hoping that I'm in for some laughs and smiles, and an all around enjoyable experience. (126pp)
"In his great novel Moby Dick, written during the Famine era, Herman Melville described Ireland as a "fast fish," that is to say a harpooned whale lashed helplessly to the side of a ship waiting to be cut up by its predators."
It is difficult to describe my love of Ireland, it's in my blood, but I'm thrilled to have received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers, and can't wait to dive in, pencil in hand. I've yet to read a non-fiction account of the Famine that was written for adults (although I highly recommend Black Potatoes for a wonderful overview or for the younger set) so I'm quite eager to learn new things...even though I love England too and am not too sure what I'll end up thinking about the blame game. (235pp)
"Jean Patrick was already awake, listening to the storm, when Papa opened the door and stood by the side of the bed."
Last but not least, a book that I received from Indiespensable which also received accolades from some of my favorite bibliophiles (you!) Honestly, the biggest selling point for me right now with this book is that I've heard that it was fairly quick to read, which I'm hoping will win out over my fear that it will be too agenda-y. Opinions? (360pp)