Look What Just Arrived! (#8)

Carrie Pictures 2012It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but I’m still getting new books, so here are my latest books:

  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • I Never Walked Alone by Shirley Verrett
  • There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack
  • Genome by Gary Alan Henson
  • Arlo and Jake Enlist by Gary Alan Henson

I loved Cinder by Marissa Meyer so much that obviously I had to get Scarlet as soon as I could.  I haven’t started it yet because of previous commitments (read: getting through my In Progress page), but it’s one I’m eager to start.  11/22/63 by Stephen King is a book I got ripped off at the airport for, but I suppose it was worth it.  I’m nearly on page 300 and so far, so good.

I Never Walked Alone by Shirley Verrett is sentimentally and financially the most valuable book I own.  Shirley Verrett was an incredibly talented woman in the opera scene who faced ridiculous amounts of discrimination in the 70s and 80s.  She also is the best Tosca I’ve ever seen, which is saying a lot because Tosca is my second favourite opera.  But the incredible thing about the copy I own is that it is signed with a personalized message to a man named Hal.  I bought her autobiography used because it was $40 new, so I never, ever expected to get an autograph from my hero.  Yet there it is, clear as day: signed and dated.  There’s something incredible about holding something your hero once held that I just can’t explain.

There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack is a book I received from the author himself and so far, so good.  It actually looks like a different take on fantasy, so there’s lots of promise.  Both Genome and Arlo and Jake Enlist by Gary Henson are short, but look promising and I can’t wait to read them.  I also received these from the author himself.

Do you guys have any books you’re really excited about?  Discover any new authors?  What do you consider to be your most valuable book (in terms of financial or sentimental value)?


  1. Zen A.

    That’s a very nice haul you’ve got there. I’ve had Stephen King’s book on my shelf for a while now, but I’m too intimidated by its thickness to start! Cinder is one book I’ve been wanting to read, so I’ll take your word for it.

    I’m excited about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway. Can’t wait to get started on those! The book that has the most sentimental value to me is a Ladybird edition of Thumbelina, only because it’s the first book I ever bought. =]

    • Carrie Slager

      Cinder is awesome; you won’t be able to put it down if you do get it. You’re right that 11/22/63 is pretty intimidating, but once you get going it’s not so bad.

      It’s always nice to have books to look forward to. And aww, you’re so lucky! I don’t even remember what the first book I bought was, let alone if I still have it.

  2. Streetlight Reader

    I hope you enjoy Scarlet Carrie! I personally wasn’t a fan of Cinder, but a friend of mine who also wasn’t a fan really enjoyed Scarlet! Genome sounds like it’ll be an interesting book! Great Haul!

    • Carrie Slager

      I’ve only read one other Stephen King book (The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon), so I can’t really compare this book to his others. But as I said, so far it’s pretty good. It’s an intimidating looking book, but once you get into it, it’s not so bad.

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