Monday Mailbox 9/17/12

Hello, and welcome to Monday Mailbox. This month, Monday Mailbox is being hosted by Kristen over at BookNAround.

This week I treated myself to a little Amazon shopping. Given my TBR pile (if we're just counting books I currently own, and not counting the ones I just bought, we're at 46) I really shouldn't...but I can't help myself. So, without further ado, my books:

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barberry
Purchased this specifically so that I can read it back to back with Barberry's Gourmet Rhapsody.

A Time of Miracles, by Anne-Laure Bondoux
Bondoux also wrote The Princetta.

Swell, by Ionna Karystiani
I'd be lying to you if I said I didn't buy this mostly for the cover/title.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, by Patrick Süskind
A few years ago I was doing a search on Netflix for Alan Rickman movies. This was when I was still paying to get dvds delivered, not just instant watch. The 2006 English-language German film adaptation of this novel popped up; I had never heard of it, but Alan Rickman was in it, and that was kind of all I cared about. It's a weird story...the film is gorgeous. Like...gorgeous. And I'd always intended on reading the novel, but things kind of got away from me....46 books on my TBR list, remember? Now I have it, and I'm planning to read it by year's end. 


Monday Mailbox 9/10/12

Hello, and welcome to Monday Mailbox. This month, Monday Mailbox is being hosted by Kristen over at BookNAround.

This week I picked up a handful of plays at my office. I also made an Amazon purchase, but those haven't arrived yet, so that'll be for next week. :D As for this week:

The Collected Plays by Lillian Hellman

Lillian Hellman and I go way back to junior year of high school when everyone got assigned a playwright on which to do this giant soul-crushing four-phase project. The year was 2001. The internet was sizeable, but it wasn't the Rancor it is today. YouTube was four years away; Wikipedia was still a fledgling site with only about 20,000 pages (today it has 22 million, 4 million of which are in English); and internet memes were somewhat less interactive. This meant a lot of time was spent in the school library trying to dig up information on a playwright that most people have probably never heard of. I had no access to JStor or Academia.org, and Google did not respond with the some 700,000 results if you searched "Lillian Hellman" as it does today. This meant I had to be very creative, and I had to be a little more critical of her plays on my own. So I read all of them. There's a soft spot in my heart for the broad; she was no-nonsense, she was a bitch, and she was kind of brilliant. 

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

I'm not going to pretend that anyone didn't read this in high school.

Democracy, by Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn may be better-known for his theatrical farse Noises Off which is, perhaps, the funniest damned thing ever written outside of a Dave Barry column (to me, at least) but his drama is also pretty awesome. This one is a spy drama that takes place in West Germany. The Broadway productionn (2004-2005) starred James Naughton and Richard Thomas, and it was one of the first Broadway shows I bought my own ticket for after moving to New York for college.

Did anyone else pick up plays this week?


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on Lauren's Fall TBR List

From The Broke and the Bookish:
Guys, it's that time again: the time to get excited about the books you'll be reading next season! And more particularly: what books you're most excited about that have made it on your Fall TBR list!

Well, we're in the home stretch: the final quarter of the year, and I am SO far behind on my reading this year. So the ten books here are the ones I'm hoping to finish by, say, the end of October:

1. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré
I just started this one last week, and I would have finished by now, except that I've been totally and utterly distracted. I've been playing Sudoku on the train ride home instead of reading. For shame. Ten points from Gryffindor. 

2. Tristessa, by Jack Kerouac
Almost forgot I had this.

3. Forever, by Pete Hamill

4. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barberry
Buying this so that then I can read...

5. Gourmet Rhapsody, by Muriel Barberry

6. The Gates, by John Connolly

7. United States of Americana: Backyard Chickens, Burlesque Beauties, and Handmade Bitters: A Field Guide to the New American Roots Movement, by Kurt B. Reighley
Consider this my election-season reading. They have that saying about keeping your enemies closer and understanding their though processes so that you can better defend against them but, frankly, just LOOKING at Mitt Romney's No Apology: Believe in America makes me angry. Should we ever actually be in a room together, I might throw it across said room. So I'm going for something a little milder: just plain prettyish Americana. 

8. A Time of Miracles, by Anne-Laure Bondoux
Bondoux also wrote my much-beloved The Princetta.

And finally, in honor of Halloween:
9. Psycho, by Robert Bloch
10. Jane Slayre, by Charlotte Brontë and Sherri Browning Erwin


Monday Mailbox 9/3/12

Hello, and welcome to Monday Mailbox. This month, Monday Mailbox is being hosted by Kristen over at BookNAround.

This week I picked up two books at my office's lending library:

Love in the time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez
Because I feel like this is something I should have read already, and haven't. 


A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar
The movie makes me cry. Can't wait.