Taking a page from Danielle and Cam, I thought I'd do a run-down on what I'm in the midst of read and/or on my "must start in the next week" pile.
1. Some of the books longlisted for the Man Booker Prize: Sitting on my pile are The Secret River by Kate Grenville, The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson, and Get a Life by Nadine Gordimer.
2. Books for a feature article reviewing the new/upcoming books on Hurricane Katrina: The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley, Path of Destruction by John McQuaid and Mark Schleifstein and The Ravaging Tide by Mike Tidwell.
3. Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante. I haven't read any of Elena Ferrante's work yet but this slender volume from Europa Editions looks fantastic.
4. Two novels to fulfill my role as a juror for ELLE Reader's Jury, so I can vote on the Grand Prix winner for 2006 (I was part of the January 2006 jury).
5. The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist. This is getting so much good press, and I promised a review on it. Top pick for long weekend reading.
6. The Gardens of the Dead by William Brodrick. Review copy - from the author of The Sixth Lamentation.
7. Drina Bridge by Jim Bartley. This is one of the advance reading copies I received at BookExpo Canada and I've been eagerly anticipating a chance to read it. It's finally neared the top of the "must read" pile, and I think I'm going to slip it in over the long weekend.
8. Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema. Another BookExpo Canada treasure.
9. Famous Writer's School by Steven Carter. The last chapter is sealed in an envelope at the end...I love a puzzle.
10. A Thousand Barrels a Second: The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World by Peter Tertzakian. This has been on my review pile for a while, as I slowly work my way through it. I'm still processing my response to this challenging book and hope to finish the book, and review, this weekend.
11. This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers by Elizabeth Merrick.
CONTEST ALERT: I received two review copies of This is Not Chick Lit and decided it was time to hold my first contest. Here are the details - leave a comment here (including a link to your blog/website/profile so I have a way to contact you if you win) telling me your top pick out of what you're currently reading and why. I'll put all the entries in a hat on September 15 and pick the winner.