You Can Mail That Book To…

During the two weeks that I was in the States last month, I received ARC’s from authors and publicists at four addresses.  My FPO, AP military address, my Japanese address, my in-law’s house in Virginia and my parents house in Maryland.  The stack I accumulated from these packages was added to by the shopping I did at Borders and Barnes & Noble. 

One day I spent two and a half blissful hours all by my self, just browsing the shelves at the White Flint Borders in Rockville, MD.  I worked as a music seller and then the store’s Corporate Accounts Representative from August 1997 to August 1998 so that store holdstons of sentimental value and memories for me.  It really was one of the best jobs I have ever had and the friends that I made while working there have remained in my life ever since.  You know who you are.

One thing I noticed while looking for books on my wish list was the amount of titles that faced out on the shelves are either books I have read and loved, are on my ARC TBR shelf (I’m a little late on reading/reviewing some), or have graced the pages of this blog as well as your book blogs.   As I started to recognize more and more books I decided to write down all the titles to share with you here.  Also, at the end of the list is a pic of my stack I accumulated in two weeks.

The Painter From Shanghai
Pillars of the Earth 
Baby Proof
Water for Elephants
Matrimony
Between Here & April
My Best Friend’s Girl
Man of the House
My Husband’s Sweethearts
The Last Summer of You and Me
The Summer of Naked Swim Parties
Boomsday
One Fifth Avenue
The Gargoyle
The Red Tent
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
The 19th Wife
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
Dewey
Bitter Sweets
Middlesex
The Historian
Free Food For Millionaires
House & Home
The Reading Group
The New Yorkers
Time of My Life
American Wife
Immortal
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Just Breathe

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Sunday Salon ~ August 3rd, 2008

This last week has been a busy one here at Planet Books.  We’ve been graced with guest posts from three great new authors.  (Click on the highlighted names to view the guest post.)  Kathleen McCleary, author of House & Home talks with us about what she learned in the three years it took to write her debut novel.  Author of Keeping The House, Ellen Baker, shares with us her different experiences that helped evolve a story she was writing that became her novel.  And last but not least, author of Schooled, Anisha Lakhani tells us why she chose to write her first guest post ever here at Planet Books and gives a little hint of what she’s up to now.   
I’m working on reading some ARC’s I received in the mail last week and staying cool during this extremely hot and humid Okinawan summer.  A schedule of reading in the air conditioning is what I have to look forward to this week.  Whew!  Oh, and watching the Washington Redskins play in the 2008 Hall of Fame Game against the Indianapolis Colts.  “Hail To The Redskins!!”
I’m really enthralled with an advance reading copy of Deborah Copaken Kogan’s Between Here and April right now.  I started it last night and am half-way through.  It’s a page turner!  What are you reading?  Any ARC’s or something that you purchased recently?  Not living in the States right now, I was unable to participate in the craziness that I’m sure filled many bookstores nation wide this past Friday night at midnight.  Did you get your copy of Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn?  If you did, or your teen did, are you/they done yet?  Is it any good?  Please no spoilers!!

Sunday Salon ~ July 13, 2008

                             
This week has been a busy one here in Okinawa.  It’s PCS (moving) season and for the first time in our four summers here we know a lot of people leaving.  My best friend on the Island, Summer, her husband and their Chow Chow left yesterday morning and my other close girlfriend, Juli, and her family leave next Saturday.  Change of Command ceremonies are occurring left and right on all bases and the flood of new families can be spotted as they walk around in a bit of a daze while getting used to life overseas.  Needless to say, with all the excitement I have had little time to read.  I did manage to finish one of my ARC’s, HOUSE & HOME, on Thursday as well as post my review HERE and on a new site HERE.  I also got to start another ARC, KEEPING THE HOUSE by Ellen Baker. 
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Notice the common theme of both titles… HOUSE.  Yeah, with all this moving happening around us the hubby and I have gotten the real estate Internet hunting bug, though we don’t move till next spring.  I’m hoping it dies down with us or else it’s going to be a long year of looking at great houses that will be plucked up by other buyers before we can get back and actively shop around. 

Sunday Salon ~ July 6th, 2008

This weekend is all discombobulated because the hubby had to fly off to save the world with very short notice on Thursday so without his work week keeping me on track sometimes I loose track of time.  I just realized it was time for The Sunday Salon because someone on my Google Reader had just posted theirs. 
I finished MY HORIZONTAL LIFE by Chelsea Handler last night.  You can find my review in the post below this one.  Today I started to read an ARC I received from a magazine to review and will hopefully be published in their November issue.  I can’t disclose the title as of yet but it is my first ARC so I’m pretty excited about it. 
Do you receive ARC’s from authors/publishers/magazines/review websites?  If so what have you read and reviewed?  Link from here to your reviews so we can check them out.  How did you get on the ARC circuit?  Do you enjoy it and take it seriously or do you just request them for free books?