In My Mailbox (August 7th, 2011)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren (inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) and indulges bookish voyeurism by letting bloggers show off what books they’ve gotten in their mailbox.

The books I got this week were all ones that I’ve had on my wishlist forever… a wishlist summer cleaning, if you will!

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  • Dune by Frank HerbertDune is an absolute SF classic. While I know it is pretty much the go-to book for SF fans, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if my non-SF-fan friend hadn’t recommended it! Also, amazon had this “masterworks” hardcover on sale for something like £5. Easy choice!
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett – OMG the EXCITEMENT. I adore Ann Patchett. Her writing is simple but just so beautiful and emotional. I absolutely can’t wait to read this!
  • Daughter of Hounds by Caitlin R. Kiernan – I adored a story of Kiernan’s that I read last year, but I never got around to buying any of her books! Hope the book is as beautiful as the cover.

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  • Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – This is the sequel to Raised by Wolves, which really surprised me. I’m looking forward to more from Barnes’ werewolf verse!
  • Hourglass by Claudia Gray – Bianca is pretty much the worst main character ever… but that said, I like everything else in Claudia’s verse. I hope Hourglass is ok!
  • Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund – Despite this misleading cover, this is actually a Sci-Fi YA novel! It is supposed to be fantabulous, so it’s right up there on my TBR pile.

So, that’s it! Aren’t they are lovely and shiny and all so very readable… what did you get in your mailbox?

In My Mailbox (July 24th, 2011)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren (inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) and explores the content of your mailbox.

I got some fantastic books over the past couple of weeks – books that I have been longing for since… well, it feels like since the dawn of time, so you understand my excitement.

  • Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead – I ordered the US hardback of this book because I really wanted the face!covers.  I was rather floored by how gigantic this book is – if wielded as a weapon, it could do some serious damage!
  • Pure Blood by Caitlin Kittredge – I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and so took the initiative to actually buy the next book in the series.
  • Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver – Received for review from Hodder & Stoughton – Yay! The new Lauren Oliver book!  Hodder also sent along a lovely cut-out puppet thingy.  Can’t wait to read this!
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater – OH MY YAY!
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Received for review from Hodder & Stoughton – I read this and absolutely ADORED it.  Absolutely everything I could ever hope for and just… yeah, fantastic.
  • Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber – This was a gift from my mother. She used to be very good buds with Fritz and really thinks I’ll love his books.  Looking forward to reading it!
  • Hunter’s Prayer by Lilith Saintcrow – I wasn’t over the moon about the first book in this series, but in Lilith I trust.
  
  • Crypt: The Gallows Curse by Andrew Hammond – Received for review from Headline
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver – Received from Hodder & Stoughton – This is the new UK paperback of Delirium (read my review here), and while I’m not in love with the cover the book is fantastic!
  • Shady Lady by Ann Aguirre – I haven’t started this particular series yet, but in Ann Aguirre I trust.
  • A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – MY MOTHER IS AWESOME AND GOT ME A SIGNED COPY OF THIS! I wish I had proper pictures of this to show you… but you’ll just have to take me for my word!
And that’s all!  Daughter of Smoke and Bone was the biggest surprise – wasn’t expecting to get it, nor was I expecting to love it.  A Dance with Dragons was also a huge surprise – I knew I’d get a copy eventually, but a signed one?  Never would have guessed!
*Off to check out other IMM posts*

In My Mailbox (June 26th, 2011)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren (inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) and explores the content of your mailbox.

So, this is a few weeks worth of books: a few fantastic weeks worth of books.  Let’s start off with the gem of the month:

THE A SONG OF FIRE AND ICE BOX SET by George R. R. Martin – Isn’t it lovely and shiny and brilliant?  I really really want to start reading this asap, but am also nervous to start it.  The Game of Thrones tv show was insanely addictive and I have a feeling the books will be just as good!

Bought:

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Exile by Rebecca Lim – This was brilliant.  Brilliant, I say! Y’all need to read Mercy already!
  • Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – I’ve wanted this for ages but never wanted to buy the UK paperback (as it is absolutely hideous).  So, now that the US paperback is out, I thought I’d get me one!
  • Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton – Bought this on the strength of Jenny’s review.  Hope it lives up to the hype!
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini – I know everyone and their mother has been talking about this book, so I am mildly curious about it…
  • Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton – I bought this purely on the strength of Maggie Stiefvater’s blurb.  It had better be fantastic, as I’ve bought the hardcover.

Books for Review:
From Razor Bill:

From Chicken House:

From Hodder and Stoughton:

In short, I’ve gotten some FABULOUS books lately.  Can’t wait to read them all!

So, let me know what’s been in your mailbox!

In My Mailbox (May 29th, 2011)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren (inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) and explores the content of your mailbox.

So, I was in the UK for about an hour-and-a-half this week, but I still managed to sneak in a trip to a bookstore!  Got a couple of books I’d had on my radar for a while now…

  • Die for Me by Amy Plum – This has been on my radar for quite a while, but I hadn’t actually planned on getting it until I saw Jenny’s (Wondrous Reads) review last week.
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson – I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this book.  I’m only about 40 pages in, but I have a feeling it will live up to the hype.
  • Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – Again, I hadn’t quite planned on getting this book.  I’ve been rather swamped by YA paranormals as of late… but after seeing so many great reviews for the novel, I gave in.
And, that’s all for this week.  I’ve got loads of books on the way from Bookdepository (their 10% off code is was a dangerous temptation), so next week should be a good one.  ♥

In My Mailbox (May 22nd, 2011)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren (inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) and explores the content of your mailbox.
So, this is actually the sum of all the books I’ve gotten this month.  Quite a few, as you can see!  But why so many?  Well, I made a fabulous 7-minute stop at Oxfam Books and I got 7 books in those 7 minutes!  Seriously, fantastic fantastic trip.  Gave me a chance to grab a bunch of books I might not otherwise have gotten.  I also splurged at Foyles and Bookdepository – buying quite a few books that I’d been looking forward to.
All in all, lots of yummy books!
  • Dante Valentine: The Complete Series by Lilith Saintcrow – Oxfam find #1 – Isn’t it lovely and gigantic… all 5 books for only £3!
  • The Replacement by Brenna Yonavoff – I finally cracked and bought the scary US cover from Foyles.  Really looking forward to this one!
  • Duty Calls: Dunkirk by James Holland – Sent for review from Puffin – thanks!
  • Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix – Oxfam find #2 –  I have never gone out of my way to get a Garth Nix book as the summaries never “spoke” to me.  But seeing as he’s had fantastic reviews, I thought – for a few pounds – I should give him a shot!
  • Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely #5) by Melissa Marr – Oxfam find #3 – Really need to catch up on series!
  • Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies – Oxfam find #4 – This one has a quote on the cover from THE Richard Adams.
  • Masques (Sianim #1) by Patricia Briggs – Oxfam find #5 – Seeing as I love Brigg’s Mercy series, I’m excited to see what her early work is like.
  • Afterlife (Evernight #4) by Claudia Gray – Oxfam find #6 – Again, really need to catch up on the series!
  • Trash by Andy Mulligan – Oxfam find #7 – This cover is even more gorgeous in real life.  Stunning book and stunning synopsis.  Hope I love it!

  • The Stress of her Regard by Tim Powers – Apparently, my mother knew Tim quite well when he was starting out as a writer.  When I googled him, I found out he’s had an AMAZINGLY successful career in fantasy.  So, I nabbed this at Foyles and am really looking forward to starting it.  (And isn’t the cover just gorgeous.)
Didn’t y’all miss my IMM posts?  Yep, me too.

In My Mailbox (April 17th, 2011)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren (inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) and explores the content of your mailbox.

I have books this week – YAY!  *applauds*  Funny, I thought getting a job would mean more books, not less.. hmm… anyhow, here’s what I got this week:

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  • Temeraire by Naomi Novik – I was so excited to find this one in a charity shop!  It’s a historical/Napoleonic take on dragons and has had some fantastic reviews.  Apparently this is supposed to be the perfect alternative dragon book for those of us who found Paolini’s writing rather dull.
  • The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong – Like the good girl I am, I finished off all my other books before starting this one.  I am terrified that it won’t live up to the Darkest Powers trilogy… but, given the awesomeness of the first chapter, I think I need not worry.
  • On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn – I am not much of a historical fiction fan, let alone historical romances.  But Julia Quinn is supposed to be worth her weight in salt, so I’ll be giving her a shot.
C’est tout!  I plan on splurging on a few books tomorrow evening if I spend the day studying – a reward to myself, if you will.  Alas, books take over a week to get here which means a whole lot of loathsome waiting will be required if I do go shopping online!
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