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Sunday Salon:Book Coveting

This week has been a great week for books though horrible for reading. I was assigned Moby Dick to read this week and it nearly did me in. It’s a great book to read aloud from but with only a little bit more than a week to read it, I had to set aside other books to read it. Thankfully this week’s required reading is only a few poems by Emily Dickinson.

For this week’s Book Coveting post, I’m going to show you the books I’m most excited about, got my hands on, and in most cases was unable to start reading. I’m so excited to read them this week.


Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. I’ve been wanting to read this for so long and Maggie’s Southern Reading Challenge gave me the perfect excuse to pick it up.

The Music Teacher by Barbara Hall. Hall is the creator of Joan of Arcadia, one of my favorite series. When I found out she was publishing a novel, I had to put it on hold at the library. Here’s the first paragraph:

I am the mean music teacher. I am that cranky woman you remember from your youth, the one whose face you dreaded seeing, whose breath you dreaded smelling as I leaned over you, tugging at your fingers. You made jokes about me, drew caricatures of me in your notebooks, made puns out of my name, swore never to be me.

Well, listen. I swore never to be me, too.

Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni. Earlier this month Frances at Nonsuchbook wrote a great post about a reading she attended for Giovanni’s newest book, Bicycles: Love Poems. It’s such a great post for a few days afterwards, I kept going back to read it.


The fantastic Renay, from YA Fabulous, asked for volunteer judges for her upcoming young adult book tournament, Nerds Heart YA. I signed up and Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers is one of two books I need to read and judge within the next couple of weeks. I’m so excited!

The Song is You by Arthur Phillips. I first heard about this book from Michele at Read and Breathe. Michele recommended Kate Christensen’s The Epicure’s Lament, which I had a chance to read a little of and enjoyed before having to return it to the library. Christensen wrote a review for The Song is You. The first sentences of the review:

If novelists were labeled zoologically, Arthur Phillips would fall naturally into the dolphin family: his writing is playful, cerebral, likable, wide-ranging and inventive.

Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter by Seth Lerer. This book combines two of my favorite reading subjects: children’s literature and books about reading. Lerer won the 2008 National Book Critics Award for Criticism for this book, so it’s the perfect book for the end of the Book Awards Challenge 2.


Tales of Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan. I have been waiting months for this book from my local library. Tales of Outer Suburbia is a collection of short stories that as Heather said a few days ago, is the “perfect marriage between words and illustrations.” I have to agree with her. At 94 pages, this is a short read but one that will have you rereading it to catch everything you might have missed the first time you read it.

Last but not least is Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory. While I’ve waited months for Tan’s book, I’ve waited years for Gregory’s from paperbackswap. Everyday Matters is a illustrated memoir about Gregory and his family’s life after his wife is paralyzed from the waist down. Another short read that I cannot wait to dig into.

So that’s this week’s list. What books are you coveting?

19 thoughts on “Sunday Salon:Book Coveting”

  1. I am over half way through Mudbound and absolutely loving it. It is quite a quick read, but the story is powerful.

  2. Ooh, I’d totally love to read the first two on your list, too! I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you think.

  3. Vivienne, Jill, JoAnn, and Farm Lane Books: I’m starting to think we’re going to be the Hillary Jordan fan club in a minute! =)

    Nymeth: I can’t wait to start reading it. I’m so excited.

    Christina: It also makes me want to run out and get Christensen’s The Epicure’s Lament again.

    Meghan: I can’t wait to start reading them.

  4. I can’t wait to read your review of Bicycles. My son’s an English major at Virginia Tech and he says the students love Nikki Giovanni.

  5. I’m glad you join the YA Tournament!! I really want to read Debbie Harry too, I’m looking forward to your thoughts on it.
    Also, I was looking at Tales of Suburbia the other day and I was enthralled. I need need Need to read it!!!

  6. Vasilly- Somehow I hadn’t seen the Seth Lerner book before and now I civet it..and Bicycle and Mudbound…

  7. The blurb from The Music Teacher sounds great. I just finished reading Tales of Suburbia. Absolutely fantastic! I’m writing a review on it now. A piece of advice, don’t rush reading the book 🙂

  8. Thank you so much for the link love! I had such a great time that night it means a lot to me that someone else thought I did the event justice. And you will love the poems. The voice is so distinctly hers that you feel as if she is telling just you her stories. Happy reading!

  9. Have you checked out Danny Gregory’s blog? So inspiring. I haven’t read Everyday Matters but I got my husband one of his books on drawing. Which reminds me, I need to go borrow that from his shelves 🙂

    Lots of good books to covet!

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