Saturday, October 23, 2010

On My Wishlist...

The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Heroine's Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore (Nov. 1, 2010)
From Goodreads:
An exploration of classic heroines and their equally admirable authors, The Heroine's Bookshelf shows today's women how to tap into their inner strengths and live life with intelligence and grace.

Jo March, Scarlett O'Hara, Scout Finch—the literary canon is brimming with intelligent, feisty, never-say-die heroines and celebrated female authors. Like today's women, they placed a premium on personality, spirituality, career, sisterhood, and family. When they were up against the wall, authors like Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott fought back—sometimes with words, sometimes with gritty actions. In this witty, informative, and inspiring read, their stories offer much-needed literary intervention to modern women.

Full of beloved heroines and the remarkable writers who created them,The Heroine's Bookshelf explores how the pluck and dignity of literary characters such as Jane Eyre and Lizzy Bennet can encourage women today.

Each legendary character is paired with her central quality—Anne Shirley is associated with irrepressible "Happiness," while Scarlett O'Hara personifies "Fight"—along with insights into her author's extraordinary life. From Zora Neale Hurston to Colette, Laura Ingalls Wilder to Charlotte BrontË, Harper Lee to Alice Walker, here are authors and characters whose spirited stories are more inspiring today than ever.

UnearthlyUnearthly by Cynthia Hand (Jan. 1, 2011)
From Goodreads:
In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees. . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what it is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place--and out of place, at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make--between honesty and deciet, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny? 

So, what is on your wishlist this week?


  1. Neat pick for The Heroine's Bookshelf and of course I and many others already have Unearthly on our own wishing to read list Melissa, hope you get a copy of both to read soon!

    I have several things going this month at my place and one of them is My Wishlist post if you would like to stop by and check it out.. Also have several contests and my first Author guest post today!

    jackie >_<

  2. Unearthly sounds good! Won't read it right now, cause I've read some angel themed novels like Hush Hush or Fallen recently, but I'll put it on my wishlist:)
    Do you know if its part of a series?

    If you like to check out my wishlist:

  3. Sounds good :)
    My list, oh I forget most books the second I see them if I don't hurry over to Amazon..but then I see them again a week later lol

  4. Unearthly sounds good - i've not read any of the recent Angel stories but this one appeals to me!

  5. Great picks, Melissa, especially The Heroine's Bookshelf. I would love it if I had Lizzie Bennett and Jo March as guiding forces in my life. Not so much Scarlett O'Hara - she'd end up stealing my man!

  6. That second book is for sure on my wishlist. Look at that pretty cover!

  7. The Heroine's Bookshelf I'll have to add to my wishlist.

    Here's what I'm wishing for this week.

  8. I can't wait to read Unearthly, I'm counting the days to that one! Harper Teen has a whole slew of great ones coming out early next year:)

  9. @Jackie b... me too! :)

    @Miss Page-Turner... I haven't read Fallen yet, but I'm always on the look out for a good book no matter the paranormal character. Don't know for sure if it's a series.

    @Blodeudd... I just figure all the books are eventually on my wishlist anyway... ;D

    @StephanieD... maybe you'll find a way to make a fab dress from drapes then... ;D

    @Nina... I agree purty!

    @Pusserbooks... glad to be of service. :D

  10. "The Heroine's Bookshelf" sounds super interesting! Top 2 favourite movies of all time (I know, I know, only slightly book-related ;) )? "Becoming Jane" and "Pride and Prejudice"! I think I will have to check that out...

    And "Unearthly" sounds amazing! Part "Mortal Instruments", part "Fallen" (and BTW you should read "Fallen" it is great- and a gazillion times better than "Crescendo" IMO)...

    And yay! I participated in my first "On My Wishlist" today!

  11. YaY! Avery! Great choices this week. You've added a couple to my list!

  12. Unearthly sounds really good! I think I'm going to go add it to the list now. Thank you very much for helping this list keep growing... ;) Hope you enjoy all the ones you get. :)

  13. Unearthly looks good - and I like the sound of The Heroine's Bookshelf. Hope you get to read them soon! :)

  14. Ooooo I just finished Unearthly! Its SOOOOO good!


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