Netgalley Nooner- nonfic edition

I just got Pandemonium from the library yesterday, so I’ll be buried in that for a few days. Sorry kids, Mommy’s reading, feed yourselves.

But! I started three really good nonfics before my Pandemonium squealing began. Some people (read: most normal people) like to read straight through one book before they begin the next- which makes total sense. Since I’m neither normal nor do I often make sense, I like to hop around when reading nonfiction. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s a holdover from high school and switching classes every 90 minutes.
Anyway. Weirdness aside, I am enjoying each of these books for wildly varied reasons.


American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare, the Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, by Karen Abbott

I don’t know a thing about Gypsy Rose Lee, except that Bette Middler played her role in Gypsy. Right? I don’t know that I’ve even seen Gypsy. In any case, I am thrilled at the new-to-me genre of Not Boring Biographies. I read Devil in the White City two years ago for my bookclub, and ate it up. Then I read Sin in the Second City, and loved it. There was another one I’m forgetting now, but I liked whatever it was, too. Perhaps I’m a sucker for baudy, shady, dark figures in history. Certainly Gypsy fits that role. I’m excited to learn more about her, and Karen Abbott paints a beautiful story.

I’m a dope. While looking Karen Abbott up on the twitters, I realized: SHE WROTE SIN IN THE SECOND CITY.  No wonder I like this one, too.
As you were.


Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America’s Languages, by Elizabeth Little

I joke about being a word nerd, but it’s true: I love our ridiculous language. English is full of contradictions and double meanings and borrowed words and senseless rules, but it is also rich and deep and vast and full of literally endless possibilities. Elizabeth Little begins in Queens, New York, surrounded by dozens of foreign languages, and then treks across the nation to learn more about her own. Now I get to benefit from her journey, without paying for all that gas.


Lifted: Living the Resurrection Life, by Sam Allberry

Allberry is a pastor in the U.K., where Lifted was published in 2010, but it just came out statewide a few weeks ago. I didn’t think it was possible, but somebody has written a funny book about Christ’s death and resurrection. Ok, so it’s not a humorous look at the killing of our Lord and Savior, but it does have several funny analogies and chuckle-able parts. Allberry claims, and rightfully so, I think, that Christians in general and evangelicals in particular focus on the cross, and tend to forget the Three Days Later. I believe all Christians should study about and meditate on the redemptive power of Christ’s blood shed on the cross, but we shouldn’t glaze over the affirmation of filled promises of the resurrection. I’m really looking forward to finishing this one, and contemplating not just the cross during this Lenten season, but the full implications of a Risen Messiah.

So, that’s what I’m working on this week. What are you reading?

Posted from Marco Fuego (my handsome Kindle Fire). Please excuse any (er, all of the) typos. You look pretty today.


NetGalley Nooner

One of my (newfound) favorite things about being a book blogger/semi-legitimate journalist is NetGalley.

I freak out over books in general, and not-yet-published-for-the-masses books especially. Every time I’m approved for a new NetGalley book, I do a little happy dance.

That’s not hyperbole. I dance. Every time.


So, every so often here at SeeSavRead, I’ll post a NetGalley Nooner- which books I’ve got piling up in my To Read account, which I’m currently reading, and which I’m superduper excited about.


First, the SuperDuper Excited About one:

Jesse Andrews' book

I first heard about Jesse Andrews’ debut novel, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, from That Cover Girl’s AuthorThoughts post. Brilliant cover? Check. Hilarious author interview? Check. Much capital-letter-texting to That Cover Girl when I downloaded the galley? Supercheck. I trust TCG’s book opinions implicitly (even if we sometimes disagree when LOVING/LOATHING some books), so I believe this is going to be a great read.



The Currently Reading one:

Margarita Engle

The Wild Book, by Margarita Engle. This is a good one. It is musical, almost. It reminds me, in a way, of one of my most favorite books: In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez. But, a review will be forthcoming this week, so I can’t spill much more than that now.


The Piling Up one:

Kathi Lipp

I started reading this one, and highlighted the everloving mess out of it within the first three chapters. Kathi Lipp presents The Get Yourself Organized Project as an alternative to all the other Get Organized books out there, and I stand by her 100%. I haven’t finished it yet (or, ok, started any of the 21 projects she lays out yet), but I am really also pretty excited about this one.



These are just the first three of my fourteen current NetGalley books.

Oh, the dancing never ends.