Monday, March 01, 2010

HoldsFest 2010

It's a well-known fact in the blogiverse that holds always arrive at the library in clumps. I haven't had this problem too much in the past because it seems my library is always missing some of the "it" books that I decide I want to check out. Within the last week, though, I've placed oodles of good stuff on hold, and now two of them have arrived at the same time with more looming large on the horizon.

Yummies I've put on hold recently:

Aren't they pretty? I just wanna pet them all.

The first ones to come in, that I need to pick up on my way home today, as a matter of fact...are A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick and The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery. I've heard endless good things about A Reliable Wife, but I'm going to admit my utter shallowness and tell you that if it didn't have that crimson dress on the cover, I might never have paid attention. I tend to be swayed by pretty things lately, and that color red is freakin' divine. I also downloaded a free sample to my Nook, and then I was doubly sold.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog seems to be a love/hate book floating around the 'sphere right now, and I just want to know where I fall in the continuum. I can't resist a little controversy.

As for the others, there are all sorts of reasons I chose to put them on hold. I love Sarah Addison Allen's escapist goodness; The Forest of Hands and Teeth looks really creepy, and Heather recommended it; The Girl with the Glass Feet appeals to the fairy tale lover in me, and I want to lick the cover; going Bovine looks wonderfully weird and Melissa reviewed it.

I won't go through all of them, but you get the gist.

With two of these beauties awaiting me at once, and seeing as I'm still stuck in Franny and Zooey and totally enamored of an unnamed novel coming up for review soon, I can only hope I'll have the time to read them right now. I would hate to have to re-hold them. Re-holding is one of life's great timesucks. Wish me luck!

What's come in for you lately? What morsels are still on hold?

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