Sunday, June 19, 2011

TSS: Bookish news on a Sunday

Today is Father's Day! I hope everyone out there is spoiling the fathers in their lives rotten. We've taken N out to a local castle and will be treating him to a nice Indian dinner this evening!

I haven't participated in The Sunday Salon in awhile, but I thought there was a fair bit of bookish news and other things that I'd like to share which didn't really fit into my other posts. So this will become a fairly regular occurrence, me joining together what I'm currently reading with some of the things I've come across this week.

Book(s) I'm currently reading
: I'm currently reading both David by Mary Hoffman and Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien. I've been reading David off and on for awhile. It's a really wonderful book, but I wanted to take it a little slowly and now I'm savouring the few chapters I read here and there.

And I've been looking forward to Birthmarked for absolutely ages! I'd seen it about on American blogs I read, so was thrilled to hear that Simon and Schuster had picked it up. From all the fantasy I've been reading lately, it's been nice to slip into a good dystopic read.

Haven't gotten very far into this one yet, but so far I've been enjoying it.

Books I've been obsessing about this week: Oh my god. This past week I've been trying my best to get through some of the sent-for-review books that lovely publishers have been sending me lately. I'm always slightly behind and I thought this week would be a good time to catch up. I managed to get through three fairly great books and then I got to Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck.

HOLY CRAP, how swept away did I get by this series? I finished the first book in under a day, and immediately picked up Tiger's Quest. I am now bereft and heartbroken that I will have to wait until NOVEMBER to read the next book in the series, Tiger's Voyage. November :( Such an excellent series of books, which come very highly recommended from me. Reviews soon, promise.

Bookish news: Usually I end up with lots of book trailers and news in my Inbox and I don't know what to do with it. Recently? Not so much. Just a reminder that Bloomsbury are still searching for a Favourite Harry Potter character. I've voted, have you? (click on the image above if you haven't yet voted and would like to! Don't forget to leave me a comment to say who you've voted for!)

Upcoming blog tours/guest posts: I'm hugely excited for all of the upcoming blog tours and guest posting I'll be doing soon enough! You can some of the banners on my sidebar over there --

A blog tour for Reckless by Cornelia Funke.

A blog tour for David by Mary Hoffman.

And a Guest Blogger Week at The Book Memoirs.

Look out for more on all of that soon.

Bloggy housekeeping: I've been doing a fair bit of work behind the scenes of my little blog, and I thought I'd use this opportunity to share some of it with you.

I've added a review page, in which I've listed all the reviews that have been published on Fluttering Butterflies.

I've also included pages for my personal posts on Wednesdays (called 'Behind the Books' button coming soon!) and my discussion posts on Fridays (now called 'Let's Discuss!' again, button coming soon!)

You may now subscribe to Fluttering Butterflies using the RSS feed, Google Friend Connect as well as an email subscription. All of those options can be found in the sidebar.

Would also love to hear if you're finding my 'Popular Posts' interesting at all? And if there's anything else you'd like to see more of/less of, please do let me know!

Books that have been added to my wishlist this past week: There's been quite a few wonderful reviews and interviews with authors that I've read recently and all of these things sort of bombard me and every so often, I'll add a bunch of books to my Amazon wishlist. This past week I went a little bit crazy, and added the following books:

One Seriously Messed-Up Week: in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite by Tom Clempson - This book just sounds absolutely hysterical and I feel like I need to read it.

Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner - I loved the interview with the author over on Serendipity. I really like the sound of it being in New York and there being an element of magic/magicians. And I think the cover looks sweet.

The Mermaid's Mirror by LK Madigan
- I've recently read LK Madigan's other book, Flash Burnout and found it to be hugely funny and moving and after Liz from My Favourite Books raved about it on twitter, I became even more excited and determined to read it.

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares - The four girls from the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants all grown up! I adored the series and I'm not quite sure yet how I feel about this new book, looking at the girls' lives 10 years on from the last book. Who am I kidding? Of course I'll read it, and I'm sure I'll end up loving it as well..

I've also added a fair few books that I'm looking forward to but aren't published for awhile: Adorable by Sarra Manning, Nine Uses for An Ex-Boyfriend also by Sarra Manning, and I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella.

Reading Challenges: I'm doing really well with my British Books Challenge, and I'm halfway to my goal of reading 200 books for the year! I didn't intend on joining any further reading challenges this year, but I couldn't resist the New York Book Challenge, hosted by Chicklish! I haven't yet decided on which books I'd like to read for the challenge, but do find out more information about the challenge here.

Possible books I'd like to read for the challenge include Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti and Love Story by Jennifer Echols.

And that wraps up my first Sunday News Round-up!

What are YOU reading today?


  1. birthmarked looks awesome - one I need to buy at some point!

  2. Ive heard nothing but great reviews of these Tiger books :) I can't wait to read them. In fact I think I'll put them on my birthday wish! :)

  3. Would you like to borrow my Vaclav and Lena? You are more than welcome.

    This is great way of setting everything out. All that news just needs to go somewhere.

  4. Kirsty - I'm loving it so far! Had been excited to read it for so long..

    Amy - Excellent choices, they are WONDERFUL to read. I hope you do get them for your birthday and that you LOVE them like I did :)

    Viv - Thanks so much for that lovely offer! I may well take you up on it, once I'm clear of some more books. Operation Read Own Books has been failing MISERABLY this year :(

  5. Birthmarked sounds really great, I hope you're enjoying it! And I voted in the Harry Potter thing - only a few more weeks 'til the new movie! :)

  6. Great post - really nice to get to read all these snippets :)

  7. Liz - Who did you vote for? :) I'm SO excited about the new film but will be super sad when it's all finished :( I really liked Birthmarked!

    Jenni - It's good to finally have a post to share them all too :)

  8. I love new posts - please keep doing them! OK, don't tell anyone, but I cheated - I voted for two people on the Harry Potter Fave Character poll. I just couldn't resist! I couldn't choose between the two (who were Harry and Dumbledore).

  9. Cliona - Thank you! I shall keep doing them :) Harry and Dumbledore, AWW. (My favourite is Hagrid)


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