I know, I know... Consistency is supposed to be a trait of all good bloggers... and I have failed that test miserably.
Some new gigs, writing magazine stories about everything from colored diamonds and New York's fashion district, to Silicon Alley entrepreneurs; editing all kinds of high-intensity financial news; writing a column that mysteriously morphed from weekly to daily. Major Internet catastrophes (Verizon left me sans phone, sans Internet, sans connection to the outer world, from August through Thanksgiving...) -- and just real life. Travels have been fun -- including one jaunt to San Juan for a magazine story that involved me sampling "La Bestia" -- the longest and highest zipline in the Western Hemisphere. All I can say is, never again. They strap you into a harness so you're sailing above a forest and a river hundreds of feet in the air, looking down, and seeing a tiny little dot move across the ground, and realizing omigod that's me.... Nope. Done it. Got the T-shirt. (Yes, literally.) Nevermore.
Anyway... hanging out at BookExpo (BEA) last month reminded me of the fun that sharing favorite books and taking a hard look at books with lotsa buzz can be. Plus, my shelves are now absolutely jammed with new books, both the real shelves and the Kindle cyber-shelves. Indeed, I have (again) run out of shelf space. Oh, and wall space for new bookshelves...
Some of my new acquisitions:
From BookExpo, I managed to get galleys of the following:
- Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis
- The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam
- Sweet Tooth by Ian MacEwan
- The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann
- Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross KIng
- Zoo Time by Howard Jacobson
- The Twelve by Justin Cronin
- The Absolutist by John Boyne
- The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
- The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penn
- The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid
- Broken Harbor by Tana French
- The Joy Brigade by Martin Limon
- True Believers by Kurt Andersen
- Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews
- The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart
- The Lower River by Paul Theroux
- Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua
- Meander by Jeremy Seal
- The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Rian Malan
But I do promise to try to be a more frequent and diligent reviewer in the coming weeks and months... really! So, Uncommon Reading is open for business once more...