Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bookish Recap

I'm joining Tynga's Reviews' meme Stacking the Shelves today. Thanks for hosting Tynga!

On the Blog This Week

Manga Mondays:



Books I Read This Week

-I didn't post a recap last week, because I was out of town, so this comprises the last two weeks.

Black Heart by Holly Black

Until I Die by Amy Plum

The Expats by Chris Pavone

Goddess Interrupted by Aimeé Carter

Belles by Jen Calonita

Books Received This Week

From My Parents - Actually Books I Bought My Parents and They're Giving Back to Me:

Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean

Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker

Book I Bought My Mother for Mothers Day and Read Before I Gave It To Her:

The Expats by Chris Pavone

Library Stash

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs
-If you haven't read Jacobs' book The Know-It-All, you really must.

CD Stash

Port of Morrow by The Shins

-I'm a huge fan of The Shins and so happy that they have a new album.

-Check out my favorite song "Simple Song" (the video is a real trip - anything but simple).

Get Behind Me Satan by The White Stripes

-Since I am obsessed with Jack White's new song "Love Interruption," I am checking out old White Stripes albums. I really like this one. I want to get his other albums too. And try The Dead Weather and Raconteurs again.

Video for "Love Interruption" by Jack White (single from his new album Blunderbuss)

-I posted this in my last Bookish Recap, but I'm including it again, because I'm still obsessed with it. I literally watched three different Youtube videos of the same song in a row today - the video and two live performances. The video is my favorite, because of White's facial expressions. It's funny how dark and creepy can be so sexy.


  1. I loved White Cat by Holly Black but haven't got my hands on Red Glove or Black Herat yet - but I want to!! :-)

  2. Okay, it's just awesome that your mom reads books you read, too! *_* How was Until I Die? I still have to read the first one, but I own both. v_v

    Patricia // My Haul/Week

  3. Fantastic books! I'd love to read Mara and Belles and I keep seeing Black Heart everywhere! I hope you enjoyed/will enjoy them :)

    My haul for this week

  4. Lots of great books in your recap this week, particularly Black Heart and Belles!

  5. I still have to get my hands on Black Heart and Until I Die! Gah, NOW :(
    The unbecoming of Mara Dyer is great, you'll love that one :)
    Here are my Books & Love Letters:
    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

  6. That is freakin' hysterical you read the books you give your mom! Why not? So cute and so nice of you to share your love of books with them! I wish my folks read faster so I could give them books. But what I give them ends up sitting on their shelves collecting dust.

    Oh, and thanks for the buzz kill this morning with the Shins vid ~ I'm kidding but man is that a heavy video and cool song! And Jake White is always doing something out of the ordinary ~ I like it!
    Have a great week!
    -Kristin @myparahangover

  7. I want to read a lot of these books!!

    Thanks for stopping by my
    Sunday Shout Out

  8. Black heart is on my list too. thats so cool about sharing books with mom. waving hello

  9. Oooo I loved Until I Die and Goddess Interrupted!!! I hope you did too! Looks like you had a terrific two weeks! Happy reading.

  10. I'm not sure if you posted your review of it yet and I may have missed it, but I was wondering, how did you like Expats? It's in my pile of books and I just haven't gotten to it yet.

  11. Ooh lovely stash of books! I really enjoyed The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - hope you like all the books. A few are on my list of books to be read as well.


  12. Oh you' got Until I die ! I read Die for me this week because i'm going to meet Amy Plum in Paris next week and I really enjoyed it. I'm going to receive my copy of Until I die tomorrow I can't wait to read it !
    Happy reading !

  13. What a busy week :) I hope you enjoy the new arrivals!
    Thanks for joining STS!

  14. I've had Blood Work on my TBR for a while. It sounds so fascinating!

  15. Sooo many awesome books! I really cannot wait to hear your thoughts! Awesome haul! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by!

  16. Just an awesome collection of books. Where do you find the time? Great post. Come see what i got this week.


  17. Thanks for stopping by!
    And I see that you got some fantastic books here! They are looking awesome!
    Have fun reading them :D


  18. I really want to read Belles! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was one of my favorites! Hope you're enjoying your books. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  19. Thanks for stopping by my StS! I really love the sound of Until I Die! Happy Reading!

  20. Belles is a book I would like to read. Blood Work probably reads like a horror story. The kind you both want to read and know you shouldn't. Enjoy your books!

  21. Hi Alison

    Thanks for bobbing round to my blog.

    I've got "Until I Die" on my list. Something to do with the fact that it's my ambition to go to Paris in the next couple of years.

    As for "The Expats" - naughty young lady by reading it then giving it as a gift. ;) That said, I like the moodiness of the cover.

    Happy Reading!!!

  22. I have Holly Black's White Cat sitting on the coffee table waiting to be read. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has been on my TBR list for quite a while. Happy reading!

  23. so many great books! i really need to read Holly Black's new series! and the unbecoming of mara dyer! soo soo good!! happy reading! and listening!

  24. Oh...Rin Tin Tin! *jealous* Enjoy! And thanks for reminding me that I still need to read Red Glove!

  25. Wow, what a lot of great-looking books - I hope that you really enjoy all of them! I really need to check out Mara Dyer to see what I think of it - there's been so many mixed reviews. Hope you have a great weekend, Alison!

  26. I want to read Bloodwork so bad! Hope ou enjoy your books! Until I Die was AMAZING!


    So say we all!

  27. That cover of Black Heart looks amazing! And Belles looks lovely as usual! I hope you enjoy your reads. Thanks for stopping by earlier today. Following you!


  28. I've been wanting to read Until I Die. I loved Before I Die. I also want to get my hands on the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

  29. Awesome post. I can't wait to read Until I Die. Thanks for stopping by my Stack

  30. Great books this week! I really want to read Black Heart and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! Happy reading!

    My IMM

  31. Drop Dead Healthy looks really good and I have heard good things about it! Also, I love the cover for Until I Die.

    Have a great week!

  32. Black Heart and Rin tin tin sound awesome!!! enjoy!

  33. i have mara dyer on my shelf and i can't wait to read it. 2nd book is coming soon! awesome books this week--happy reading :)

    thanks for stopping by our "new books" post.

    Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  34. Awesome books this week Alison!! I really enjoyed Until I Die!! I hope you do as well :D

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!!

  35. I've heard great things about the Holly Black series. I should give them a try. I loved Goddess Interrupted. I need to get Until I Die and Belles sounds really interesting. Thanks for stopping by My Stack!

  36. I just bought Die for Me, and I cannot wait until I get the chance to read it! Until I Die looks so good, and I just love love love the cover! I hope you enjoy all the books you received this week, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  37. I love the new covers for the White Cat series! I really need to catch up on them. I read the first one when it first came out, but I couldn't tell you much of what happened now. Lol.

  38. Dang, it's insane how out of the loop you become when you're not listening to the radio or any other source of hearing new music. I'm glad we seem to have the same taste in music because I may start using you as a source to find new tunes. LOVED The Shins and Jack White song!

  39. You pretty much have every single YA book I need to read on here! Haha. But a fabulous haul!

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  40. Wow! You were quite fortunate. That's a lot of stuff. I had to chuckle when you said, "Book I bought for my mother but read before I gave it to her." Enjoy your books this week.

  41. You have been very busy this week! I entered the giveaway for Goddess Interupted.

  42. So many great books! I've got Black Heart, Goddess Interrupted, Mara & Until I Die all on my wishlist.

    Enjoy them all (:

  43. Great books! Belles and Until I Die are on my To Read ASAP list! I just finished and loved TUoMD, hope you enjoy it!

    Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting!


  44. I hope you like The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It was definitely interesting. I liked it a lot, more than I thought I would. Until I Die makes me think I need to get reading!

  45. The White Stripes are going to be at the Austin Music Fest and I'm already try to plan to see how I'm gonna get there. LOL

    And, what a fantastic way to make the most out of a mother's day present. I would have done the same, but my mom wanted 50 Shades of Grey, so I skipping on reading it first. LOL

  46. I have a few of those books on my TBR list! Hope you enjoy all of them!

    Thanks for stopping by my STS!


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