Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cozy Summer Reading: Wednesday Wishlist

Happy Wednesday my lovelies!

It's a work day for me today. I took up a little side-job at a local boutique in town and am very happily working with some great people with great fashion.  I thought I'd go ahead and make my post this morning before I strutted off to work.

Also, if you notice, Auggie-Talk has a bit of a new look! I'm very happy to have found Itkupilli's blog where there is featured a lot of very whimsical and beautiful blog-things. Please run by and give your support to an amazing artist.

Alright! Let's see... where to begin. Today is... Wednesday... ah yes!

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This is going to be a new tradition here at Auggie-talk. Every Wednesday (sometimes accompanied with a review) there will be a posting of a list that consists of 10 books that I can't wait to read or own. With every book I list I'll tell you a little bit about why it's interesting to me! There are so many new and amazing books out there that it's pretty much impossible to keep up with them all! So this listy tradition is going to be fun!

Let's start, shall we?

Title: The Russian Concubine
Author: Linda Ivanova
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication: June 27, 2007
Pages: 517

Synopsis: A sweeping novel set in war-torn 1928 China, with a star-crossed love story at its center.

In a city full of thieves and Communists, danger and death, spirited young Lydia Ivanova has lived a hard life. Always looking over her shoulder, the sixteen-year-old must steal to feed herself and her mother, Valentina, who numbered among the Russian elite until Bolsheviks murdered most of them, including her husband. As exiles, Lydia and Valentina have learned to survive in a foreign land.

Often, Lydia steals away to meet with the handsome young freedom fighter Chang An Lo. But they face danger: Chiang Kai Shek's troops are headed toward Junchow to kill Reds like Chang, who has in his possession the jewels of a tsarina, meant as a gift for the despot's wife. The young pair's all-consuming love can only bring shame and peril upon them, from both sides. Those in power will do anything to quell it. But Lydia and Chang are powerless to end it.

Why I want to read it:

When I first started getting into historical fiction all I could read about was Communist China. For some reason I was just enthralled by the cultural revolution and the trials and tribulations that the people during this time faced. Though I've really branched out with historical history I'm still interested in this setting.

Not to mention. This is a love story. Gotta be good. 

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Title: The Bookmaker's Daughter: A Memory Unbound
Author:  Shirley Abbott
Genre: Memoir
Publication: March 1, 2006
Pages: 290

Synopsis: Richly detailed with family anecdotes, feminist insight, history, sociology, and Southern mythology, this memoir chronicles Abbott's volatile relationship with her father, a bookie at an illegal gambling house. "A moving attempt to understand . . . how a bitter failure of a man was also the father of a real maker of books".--Valerie Sayers, New York Times Book Review.

Why I want to read it: 

This book is actually based in my home-town, a beautiful little tourist city that was known for its clubs, casino's, and mob connections back in the early 1900's. I love history I can connect with, so I'm very much looking forward to this book. 

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Title: Sleeping Beauty WAKES UP!
Author:  Elle Lothloerien
Genre: Weird Romance
Publication: April 9, 2012 

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Sure, Claire Beau thought about sleeping with her doctor. With his moss green eyes and sexy petulance, neurologist Brendan Charmant is definitely worth fantasizing about. But she didn’t actually do it…did she?

Claire should be able to answer this simple question, but she has no idea. What she’s sure of: She met Dr. Charmant for an appointment one day, and woke up at home six weeks later to find that they are in the middle of a whirlwind love affair, a claim bolstered by her brother, their friends, and the weeks of steamy emails and text messages they’ve exchanged.

Claire is afflicted with “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome,” a mysterious disorder that causes her to sleep for days at a time, and black out for entire weeks.

Despite having no memory of their romance, Claire’s more than willing to fall for the seemingly perfect Brendan Charmant (again). After all, doesn’t every girl deserve a Prince Charming?

Sure, she knows that her best friend, the hot, blonde, tanned surfer, Davin Wibbens, thinks she deserves better. Still she’s crushed when he abandons their friendship over her decision to continue dating Brendan. She soon finds that getting to know Brendan--who already knows everything about her--feels less like falling in love, and more like a Prince Charming job interview. With her relationship with Brendan fizzling, Claire longs for Davin's familiar, flirty company.

But when Brendan’s arrested for a heinous crime against her that she can’t recall, and Davin disappears and is feared dead—all in a matter of days—Claire realizes that sometimes the best way to make your dreams come true might be to just stay asleep. So why is she risking everything to save them all from this hellish, waking nightmare?

Why I want to read it:

"Sleeping Beauty" meet "Momento". Enough said.

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Title: Fire and Hemlock
Author:  Diana Wynne Jones
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Publication: May 1, 2002
Pages: 432

Synopsis: Polly has two sets of memories...

One is normal: school, home, friends. The other, stranger memories begin nine years ago, when she was ten and gate-crashed an odd funeral in the mansion near her grandmother's house. Polly's just beginning to recall the sometimes marvelous, sometimes frightening adventures she embarked on with Tom Lynn after that. And then she did something terrible, and everything changed.

But what did she do? Why can't she remember? Polly *must* uncover the secret, or her true love -- and perhaps Polly herself -- will be lost.

Why I want to read it:

This is cassic Diana Wynne Jones. I am on a mission to read every book that she has ever written. This one looks like a one of the good ones (they're all good, though, aren't they.)

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Title: Dogsbody
Author:  Diana Wynne Jones
Genre: YA Sciencefiction
Publication: August 1, 2001
Pages: 272

The Dog Star, Sirius, is tried for murder by his heavenly peers and found guilty. His sentence: to be reborn on Earth as a dog until such time as he carries out the seemingly impossible mission imposed on him.

In his Earth guise, Sirius, renamed Leo, truly lives a dog's life. Although he is the pet of a girl who loves him, both child and dog are mistreated by the family with whom they live. But the worldly obstacles Leo faces are minor when compared with his chilling encounters with the Dark Powers that are set against him. His quest seems hopeless until at last Sol, Moon, and Earth itself come to his aid.

Dogsbody is a tense, exciting, sciencefiction fantasy, a thriller, and a touching dog story all in one.

Why I want to read it:

Greek/Roman mythology references? CHECK. Diana Wynne Jones? CHECK

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Title: Bitterblue
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: May 1, 2012
Pages: 563

Synopsis: Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Why I want to read it:

This is part of a very intersting series that I've already started. So, why not go ahead and collect the others. Anyway, the cover art is divine! (Yes. OKAY! I admit it! I sometimes judge a book by its cover!)

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Title: Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
Author: Kate SummersacleGenre: Historical Memoir/Fiction
Publication: June 19, 2012
Pages: 320

"I think people marry far too much; it is such a lottery, and for a poor woman—bodily and morally the husband’s slave—a very doubtful happiness." —Queen Victoria to her recently married daughter Vicky
Headstrong, high-spirited, and already widowed, Isabella Walker became Mrs. Henry Robinson at age 31 in 1844. Her first husband had died suddenly, leaving his estate to a son from a previous marriage, so she inherited nothing. A successful civil engineer, Henry moved them, by then with two sons, to Edinburgh’s elegant society in 1850. But Henry traveled often and was cold and remote when home, leaving Isabella to her fantasies.

No doubt thousands of Victorian women faced the same circumstances, but Isabella chose to record her innermost thoughts—and especially her infatuation with a married Dr. Edward Lane—in her diary. Over five years the entries mounted—passionate, sensual, suggestive. One fateful day in 1858 Henry chanced on the diary and, broaching its privacy, read Isabella's intimate entries. Aghast at his wife’s perceived infidelity, Henry petitioned for divorce on the grounds of adultery. Until that year, divorce had been illegal in England, the marital bond being a cornerstone of English life. Their trial would be a cause celebre, threatening the foundations of Victorian society with the specter of "a new and disturbing figure: a middle class wife who was restless, unhappy, avid for arousal." Her diary, read in court, was as explosive as Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, just published in France but considered too scandalous to be translated into English until the 1880s.

As she accomplished in her award-winning and bestselling The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Kate Summerscale brilliantly recreates the Victorian world, chronicling in exquisite and compelling detail the life of Isabella Robinson, wherein the longings of a frustrated wife collided with a society clinging to rigid ideas about sanity, the boundaries of privacy, the institution of marriage, and female sexuality.

Why I want to read it:

Historical fiction based off of a real memoir. Absolutely fantastic. Plus, I find the Victorian era extremely interesting especially where concerning women's thoughts, rights, and culture.

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Title: The Book of Madness and Cures: A Novel
Author: Regina O'Melveny
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication: April 10, 2012
Pages: 320

Synopsis: Dr. Gabriella Mondini, a strong-willed, young Venetian woman, has followed her father in the path of medicine. She possesses a singleminded passion for the art of physick, even though, in 1590, the male-dominated establishment is reluctant to accept a woman doctor. So when her father disappears on a mysterious journey, Gabriella's own status in the Venetian medical society is threatened. Her father has left clues--beautiful, thoughtful, sometimes torrid, and often enigmatic letters from his travels as he researches his vast encyclopedia, The Book of Diseases.

After ten years of missing his kindness, insight, and guidance, Gabriella decides to set off on a quest to find him--a daunting journey that will take her through great university cities, centers of medicine, and remote villages across Europe. Despite setbacks, wary strangers, and the menaces of the road, the young doctor bravely follows the clues to her lost father, all while taking notes on maladies and treating the ill to supplement her own work.

Gorgeous and brilliantly written, and filled with details about science, medicine, food, and madness, THE BOOK OF MADNESS AND CURES is an unforgettable debut.

Why I want to read it:

In all honesty this is not normally a book that I would immediately want to snatch up, but in an attempt to really broaden my reading scope I started looking around and found this book. It actually does seem very interesting especially since there's some cloak and dagger going on. 

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Title: Rules for Virgins
Author:  Amy Tan
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication: December 3, 2011

Synopsis: Amy Tan, beloved bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter's Daughter, tells a startlingly sensual fictional tale of an aging master courtesan instructing her beautiful young protégé in 1912 Shanghai.

Why I want to read it:

 I have read all of Amy Tan's books except for "Saving Fish from Drowning", which I own but haven't gotten around to reading yet. All of her previous books have been riveting and attention demanding, so I don't expect this one will be any different.

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Title: Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication: December 1, 1990
Pages: 175

Synopsis: Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime-until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. And as other brutal "copycat" killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects-or potential victims.

Why I want to read it:

I'm a big Sookie Stackhouse fan and I'm in the market for a good mystery series. Since I enjoy Charlaine Harris in the Stackhouse books then I think it's about time I give her earlier works a try! This is her first book in the Aurora Teagarden mystery series.

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Well my lovelies! There you have it!

And, as usual, the reminders: 

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  2. Love, love, love the new look of the blog. Great list of books, many of which I would never have heard of if not for you. Thanks!!!

  3. I have quite a few of these books on my TBR list. The one I'm most looking forward to is Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace- still waiting on my library to get their copies into circulation. I've had a request for this book since they ordered it.