What is Your Latest New Book?

Have you ever thought about what calls you to a book, not only to read, but also invest in buying it? For me, it could be the subject matter or a reference in a news article. I can walk through the book store and be drawn to the cover art and it can be enough to cause me to pause and read the synopsis. Sometimes I stop and look at the staff recommendations. I will often seek out an author whose work I have enjoyed in the past. More recently, I began reading New York Times reviews again, but sometimes those reviews are too high brow for me.

The most powerful draw for me is a recommendation from someone I respect. Fellow blogger and author, Brett Ann Stanciu recently wrote a post about a book she received unexpectedly — Ensouling Language: On the Art of Nonfiction and the Writer’s Life by Stephen Harrod Buhner. Her post drew me in so much, I ordered the book. I wish I could tell you what she said that compelled me in such a way. Her words always seem to resonate with me.

I ordered the book without researching the author. This morning I read more about him on Goodreads and Amazon. I doubt, based on the types of other books he has written, I would ever have purchased this book, and I think that may be the point.

I can tell from the few pages I have read, this is going to be a powerful book for me. The person who wants to write but fears all the monsters that would stand in my way. I am the person who falls in love with words capable of taking me places I have never been. This is a book on writing primarily geared toward nonfiction and it has called to me — someone who loves fiction.

I think this may be an interesting journey.

So, please tell me, what is your latest new book? What drew you to it? Was it all you hoped it would be?

If you do not already follow her, take a few minutes to visit Brett Ann’s blog Stony Soil Vermont.  I linked to the post I referenced above, but I recommend you explore more than that one post.


19 thoughts on “What is Your Latest New Book?”

  1. I am reading “God’s Helix” the sequel to “The Bloomingdale Code” by Bradley Lewis. I’ve owned the book for over a year, but it’s been stuck in the ever-growing pile of books I want to read someday. I am also reading a history of the Spitfire, a British WWII airplane that has always fascinated me.

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  2. Last night I started reading Marriage Unarranged by Ritu Bhatal. Ritu is a blogging friend and this is her first novel. She has invented its own genre – ‘chick pea curry lit’ which she says is chic lit with an Indian twist. I’m really enjoying it.

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  3. I am STILL reading Agatha Christie, my mother’s leatherbound collection. I am truly enjoying them. The last book I bought was a book on mysteries of the ancient world, has a very long title and I don’t recall the whole thing. But! I can tell you that when I wanted the book twenty years ago, it was only available in hardback and cost more than $100 whereas I got copy in paperback for $27, which felt like fate. I read little of it daily, but I highlight and scribble in it, more like study. The last new book I bought and enjoyed was Strange Planet (a comic about aliens living as humans) and it took maybe 30 minutes to get through it because I was laughing so hard I cried.
    I love Toni Morrison, and every time I pick up one of her books, I have to read and reread the first few pages to get into her language. Once I’m in, I’m in, but it takes me a minute to get on her level. Her gift with language was awesome to me, in the truest sense.
    I hope you enjoy your new book 😀

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    1. It does take some time to get into the language of a book sometimes. But it is so worth it for an author like Toni Morrison.

      What has been your favorite ancient mystery (I dreamed of being an architect when I was a kid) so far? I love ancient mysteries. I also loved Nancy Drew as a kid! Girl sleuths are cool.


  4. First it’s the cover and then I read the synopsis 🙂
    Latest book I’ve finished was a romance story written by Jessica E. Larsen, a beautiful and talented blogger, mom and author 🙂 And yes, it was everything I was expected from the cover 🙂

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    1. I am always interested in discovering new bloggers and authors. Thank you for sharing her name. I am drawn to cover art — or repelled by it. It is our first impression of a book, I think.

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  5. Hi Maggie-I did check out Brett’s blog, looks very interesting! So does the book, I may have to read it sometime.
    My process is the same for picking out a book, if it’s a physical book, I will read the book jacket and see if it draws me in, if it’s an audiobook, I listen to a sample first, that’s how I tell if I will like it. Right now I’m listening to one book when I do my diamond art and reading an ebook at night. Cold-Blooded Killers: Nashville Noir by various authors is the ebook, and More Than Words by Jill Santopolo is the audiobook; I get mine free through my library and listen via the Libby app!

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    1. Kim, thanks for checking out her blog. She has a magical way of describing her everyday life.

      I have the Libby app on my phone, too. Our wait for ebooks here can be quite long, though! The narrator can ruin a book for me if their voice is not ‘right’ for the book.

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  6. I also read much on her blog just now. I love that she gets under the Vermont as Eden fallacy! As for me, I just read LuAnne Rice “Last Day” which I do not recommend. I like her stories since they are set in Connecticut, but this trek into mystery fell flat for me. Now I am on to “Brainstorm” by Daniel Siegel about the power and purpose of the teenage brain.

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