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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Book Haul of the Week! And my new iPad...

This was a busy week of buying for me.  I was searching the web for books and adding to my new iPad!!  I had the book bug, for sure.  Some books are still on the way, and I look forward to sharing some new audiobooks I've been reviewing this week, as well.
Let me tell you I have been putting off purchasing an iPad for a couple of years.  See my new one in the red cover on the right above.  The last time I bought one was when they first came out and I couldn't figure it out...or I was in a bad place coming out of major surgery and didn't have the patience.  I sent it off to my 2 yr. old grandson who took to it immediately and still runs circles around it and me!  However, it's my goal this year to video on Youtube, so I had to get one, and I love it.  For some reason I'm finding it more user friendly, and I love the red cover!
You can see my first purchase along with the iPad was "iPad for Seniors...for Dummies."  Well, yes, I fall into both those categories!  It has helped me and I'm using it as a safety blanket!  :]
Here's a bit about the other books I got this week:
Small Summary:
A heartrending, gripping novel about two sisters in Belle Époque Paris.
1878 Paris. Following their father’s sudden death, the van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. ...With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opéra, where for a scant seventeen francs a week, she will be trained to enter the famous ballet. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work as an extra in a stage adaptation of Émile Zola’s naturalist masterpiece L’Assommoir.
Marie throws herself into dance and is soon modeling in the studio of Edgar Degas, where her image will forever be immortalized as Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

This book is published by Penguin Group and can be found at Barnes & Noble.  I just fell in love with the cover and know the author from her other book, "The Day The Falls Stood Still" which I really loved.  Since Paris is my favorite city in the world...had to have this book.

Small Summary:
Two hundred years after the Salem witch trials, in the summer of 1892, a grisly new witch hunt is beginning....
This is a newly released book by Crown Publishing that I'm dying to read.  I love anything about witch hunts, and this contemporary novel seems to have all the components of a good book...psychological interest, as well.  It has a serial killer theme which I always find intriguing.  A must read for me!

I mentioned this book earlier this week.  Read it in one sitting when I got it from Amazon later in the week on a quick delivery.  It is fascinating.  There are many journal entries and writings on slips of paper and in small books by Marilyn.  I was struck by how self-analytic she was in most everything...though I think she was made to be by her psychiatrists.  She was a fragile but intelligent woman who always strove for excellence and knowledge.  Interesting book.  I highly recommend it.  It's a very quick read because it's so absorbing.  It's published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
These two books below were sent by Sourcebooks:
Small Summary taken from the publisher:
"...an enthralling story set in the era of prohibition, the aftermath of World War I, and the height of the tuberculosis epidemic."
I absolutely fall for novels set in the World War eras.  So I was delighted to have been offered an opportunity to read and review this one.  It takes place in Louisville which evidently had the highest rate of tuberculosis in the country in the 1900's.  Should be a very interesting novel...love, medicine and music.
I received an ARC of
"The One-Way Bridge" a novel by Cathie Pelletier whom you may remember as the author of "The Weight of Water,"
winner of the New England Bookseller's Award,
and author of nine novels in total.
This novel is a return to Mattagash, Maine, the crazy little town where her books all started.  Pelletier has a wonderful sense of  humor and a crew of characters meant to make you laugh and cheer for them.  This should prove to be a good relief from the ordinary fare I read.   There is no finished cover available at this time.
Almost forgot:
Here's the first book I bought for my iPad....
Small Summary ~
Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone.

I couldn't resist this book in the YA dystopian category.  I've heard so much about it.  Danny Marks of Youtube fame...he's my favorite bookish personality on there...was the first to tell about it, I believe.  I'm half-way through the book and just love it for a change of pace.  Check it out.  Published by Hyperion.

So, that would be my haul for this week...
What did you find?  Share some.  :]



Oh, I hope you enjoy your new IPad, I love mine, especially the IBooks, Nook and Kindle Apps. And enjoy the book you bought for it. I read Beta and thought it was pretty good.

Carol N Wong

I just got an ARC of The Painted Girls so I am excited about that. If I can ever afford an IPAD I think I will get the dummy book.

Deborah Swift

Interesting to hear about the ipad. Just considering getting one and now you've persuaded me!


I just got BETA on Sat. Can't wait to read it.
SO jealous of your new iPad. I have to say, I am partial to my laptop, but the iPad is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your newest haul. Happy reading!

MK McClintock

I've been told that even though I don't like reading eBooks, I would likely enjoy an iPad. I'm still skeptical, so you'll have to let us know how you like it. :)


Update on my iPad...I'm still learning, but I think I have the app idea down! :P It would work for me as an ebook reader only if I'm out eating at a restaurant by myself, traveling, or something... I do like it better for reading than my old Kindle, though, MK.
My red cover with keyboard is just too cool for school, though! :P

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