In the mail today …

So in the mail today, two new books. Both newly published, both some of the books I’ve been most looking forward to this year.

Joyce Carol Oates: Mudwoman

Well, JCO is one of my favorite authors – I just love her books. This one is about a girl abandoned by her mother and is lucky to survive. She is adopted and everything seems to be going perfectly for her – she becomes the first female president of an Ivy League university. But as the USA is nearing war with Iraq, she is challenged at work and she starts to fall apart. JCO writes women so well, she writes women with issues even better and this sounds like a classic JCO novel, touching upon her most known themes. This was the novel JCO was writing when she also was writing A Widow’s Story about loosing her husband. I’m thinking about reading the two together – or at least right after one another. I think that could be an interesting way of attacking this novel.

Gail Carriger: Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate #5)

So this is one of my favorite fluff  series. I love reading about Alexia Tarabotti and her adventures with her werewolf hubby, her favorite vampire friend and all the rest of the assorted company she keeps around. In this one, Alexia is trying to cope with having a toddler – which we all know can be really challenging! On top of that, something is happening in Egupt and the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive wants something from her. These are usually a great romp, a very fun light read. I’ve enjoyed the first four in the series, so I’m looking forward to reading this fifth installment.

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