Chasing Tale is a regular look at the books I've recently added to my to-be-read pile. Sometimes I get review copies in the mail, sometimes they're purchased from my local bookshop, or even won via book giveaways.
Christmas is right around the corner and I still haven't done any shopping. I'm a guy, so the stereotype lives on. I was wondering if baking cakes and cookies might be a good way to go. I'm moderately skilled in the kitchen--and poor--so doling out sweets might be a viable option. And lord knows I'm inundated with chocolate when I unwrap my own presents each year. Tons of chocolate, but never a book. Go figure.
I may give books, too. Mom's easy to please. She's a Harlequinn Romance junkie. My sister used to be into Norah Roberts novels years back, but she's tired of them, plus she's raising a kid and reading time has become a fond memory for her. Maybe a reference book for gardening or cooking. We both like to bake, so that could work. Whatever I settle on, it better be soon, because the clock's ticking.
In the mean time, I find get a few books that I'll chalk up as early Christmas presents. And they are:
Abarat by Clive Barker - I was told that there are two kinds of editions for this novel, one with illustrations and one without. I waited until I spied an illustrated trade paperback at my local bookshop, then scooped it up. I am not too familiar with Barker's fantasy works outside of The Thief of Always, so I'm interested to see how I react to this one.
Shadow on the Sun by Richard Matheson - I really enjoy Matheson's horror stories, but he also penned one of my favorite westerns, Journalof the Gun Years. After reading that book, I put this novel on my wish list (WLW#45), and I just so happened to spy a copy sitting on a shelf at my local bookshop just before Halloween. Considering that, I'll chalk this book up as brain candy.
Shotgun Sorceress by Lucy A. Snyder - Earlier in the year, I read Snyder's Spellbent, which was a pretty darned good intro to a new urban fantasy series. Well, now I have the second book in the series, with much thanks to Celine from Nyx Book Reviews.