Oh, joy! A large box of books appeared in my living room after the parents drove through. Whist we are still in the throws of renovation, it has sat, unexplored, for the better part of two weeks.
Unexplored is really a misnomer, because they are my books. Every couple of months, I package up all the hardcovers, ARCs and paperbacks that have accumulated and send them to my folks. I’ve turned my Dad on to the likes of John Connolly, Lee Child, John Sandford and Michael Connelly this way (Daddy stole my newly signed and unread copy of Echo Park, which I am really looking forward to reading.) My mom has different tastes, so when I package up a box for them, I try for a really wide cross section of titles.
Since the paint had finally dried in the living room, we put the little bookcase back in place (the one I use for my TBR pile – yes, it’s gotten so big that we had to buy a new bookcase, natch.) I pulled all the titles off, brought that lonely box over to the corner and reloaded.
There’s something so sublime about a full bookcase.
Since we do this dance several times a year, I sometimes forget what I’ve sent, and they don’t come back in order, so I’m always surprised by the contents of the return box. This one was no exception. Just for fun, I thought I’d run you through some of the titles that are now back in my possession.
John Sandford’s Prey series
Jan Burke – NINE and BONES
Diana Gabaldon – A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES and THE FIERY CROSS
Greg Iles – FOOTPRINTS OF GOD
Mo Hayder – THE BIRDMAN
Caleb Carr – THE ALIENIST
James Patterson – JACK AND JILL and BIG BAD WOLF (I saw his newest Alex Cross is coming – CROSS, on November 13. Very cool.)
Lee Child – TRIPWIRE
Tess Gerritsen – THE APPRENTICE and THE SURGEON
Are you seeing a trend here? I have a tendency to share crime fiction with the parents. Maybe I’m just trying to prepare them for what’s coming. If I can get them on board with all of my favorites, then Mom won’t be so horrified when she reads what her darling cherub has written.
And the hubby just walked into the room and asked why I’m sitting in the corner in front of the bookcase with the laptop. Why, I’m sharing my little corner of the world, of course.
I know I’m not the only one who does this. So share.
What are the most recent additions to your bookshelf? What new books are making you warm and fuzzy right now?
Wine of the Week — In honor of Halloween — Vampire Merlot from Transylvania (no, really!)