In My Mailbox

Didn’t get many books this week, though considering my horrendous backlog right now, that’s far more of a blessing than a curse, I think. I love being able to show off all the awesome books I’ll be reading, but there comes a point when I have to say that there are just too many. (And that point came long ago!)

Anyway, here’s my haul for this past week.

History’s Passion: Stories of Sex Before Stonewall, by Richard Labonte. Those of you who are long-time readers of this blog know that I don’t typically go for books that are primarily romance-heavy or classed in the romance genre, but I have to admit that I do tend to be more receptive to books that have a strong GLBT thread running through them. Thus why I requested the chance to read and review this book. It’s a bit of a break from my normal content here, but hey, variety is the spice of life. Besides, I’m coming to like historical fiction more, and there is the GLBT element that I do so love. Here’s hoping I won’t be disappointed by this departure from the norm.

Speaking of historical fiction, Thea Beckman’s Crusade in Jeans also looks to be interesting. I’m something of a sucker for fish-out-of-water stories, so a timeless tale of a modern kid getting stuck in the Middle Ages seems like it could be very good light reading, and I’m looking forward to it. This book was originally published in the early 1970s, but it’s continued to get awards since then for being a great story, and I’m looking forward to seeing just what keeps people coming back to it after so many years.

Half of me is wondering if I can review Jan Terlouw’s Winter in Wartime under my Nostalgia Friday segment. Not because I read this book when I was younger, but because I went through a years-long phase of being obsessed with what life was like for kids and teenagers during World War II, and this book is likely to set off the same feelings and emotions I went through back then. It wouldn’t seem fair, though, to give a book a nostalgic spin when it’s technically not part of my childhood. I’ll wait until I’ve read it to decide, I think. Either way, I don’t doubt that reading this book is going to at least provoke a few more Nostalgia Friday posts by reminding me that I have plenty of Robert Westall books still on my bookshelf!

And while there’s no current cover art for it on Amazon, I consider myself very fortunate to have gotten a copy of Maria V Snyder’s Touch of Power. I haven’t read any of her works before, though I do keep hearing that she writes good things, and I’m excited to be able to try her out and see just what this new book is going to be like.

That’s all for this week, folks! Did you get anything good in your mailboxes this week?

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