Gift: One of the women I work with at the used bookstore I volunteer at was telling me what a great author Ann Patchett is. She said that Bel Canto is the best of her books and told me I just had had had to read it... and then she found it in the store and bought it for me! So sweet! She said that this way if I don't like it, I won't have lost anything.
From Publishers: Getting this in the mail was a total surprise; it's a book I hadn't heard of before it showed up. It's set in a small town and sounds like something I might really enjoy, so... fingers crossed.
Bought: I am so excited about these books!! One of them sounds hilarious, another is by Jodi Picoult (and I tend to really, really enjoy her books), and the third is just... ohmygoodness, and the fourth is by an author I've been curious about for quite a while. Odd Girl Out in particular sounds like exactly my cup of tea and it's a book I've been wanting to read for quite a while but didn't find until recently. I'm so thrilled about this particular book that it's really overshadowing what would usually be much enthusiasm for Mercy and the other books on this list.