In My Mailbox 29/08/10
What happens when you come back from a month away when your mail had been held? You collapse under the piles that show up early in the week, that is what. I had been considering doing a vlog this week, but there are just too many books to talk about for that to be possible!
First of all, a small housekeeping item. The BOOKRAGEOUS calendar is now available for purchase! It is an 18 month calendar running from January 2011 to June 2012 featuring booksellers and book bloggers showing our enthusiasm for books. I am January 2011! It can be purchased on Zazzle for a cost of $25 and all proceeds go to First Book. I will post about it again at a later date.
Alright, on to the books!
I got home from my trip to find this lovely book on my bed. My roommate had picked it up at a big sale at our local Indigo store. (You know, that sale Colleen talked about not being able to resist heh.) I had to use the picture of it where the cat walked through because, hey, the book is Cat Shots by National Geographic! It’s a coffee table book with a collection of pictures featuring cats from all over the world.
Then on Monday evening Colleen and I met up for coffee and book chat (though we ended up just chatting and skipping the coffee – which neither of us drink anyway!) before heading to the release party for Mockinjay. Colleen fed my addiction by lending me a whole stack of books.
- Girl Parts by John M Cusick (already completed)
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (already completed)
- thinandbeautiful.com by Liane Shaw
- We Are Not in Pakistan by Shauna Singh Baldwin
- The Breakwater House by Pascale Quiviger
- Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott
- The Weight of a Mustard Seed by Wendell Steavenson
- Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald
Then of course we went to the release party (which I talked about in this post). While there we both picked up a couple of books (if you count Mockingjay!).
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (already completed)
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (already completed)
- The Tiger by John Vaillant (half way through – excellent book!)
This is already seeming like a lot of books… but then on Tuesday all of my held mail came! I received a number of books from BookMooch.
- Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah
- The Poison Tree by Alan Prendergast
- A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
- Freedom Forest by Sigvard Berggren
- Chasing Shadows by Hugo Gryn
- The Mortal Storm by Phyllis Bottome
I also received a large stack of books for review.
- It Just Hasn’t Happened Yet by Karin Anderson from the author, and see that lovely card peeking in on the right of the picture? That is from Ms. Anderson as well! (already completed)
- Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius from Peirene Press (already completed)
- three Simon Van Booy books from Harper Perennial, Why Our Decisions Matter, Why We Fight, and Why We Need Love
- Between Sisters by Adwoa Badoe from the publisher
- The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes from the marketing group responsible for it
- Naked in Eden by Robin Easton for a TLC Tour, for some reason I was sent an ARC and a hardcover version of the book – watch for a giveaway of this!
- Muhammad by Deepak Chopra for another TLC Tour (already completed)
And one more pile! The last group of books is a combination of prizes and purchases.
- The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness – book two of the Chaos Walking trilogy. I pre-ordered the paperback copy of this back when I ordered book 1. It just arrived in the mail this week.
- The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson – I won this from Fresh Ink Books.
- What They Always Tell You by Martin Wilson – I won this from the GLBT challenge.
- Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - I won this and the Pfeffer book listed above from Reading With Tequila and am beyond excited for both. They are all great authors that I had heard a lot about but hadn’t read yet.
- Queers in History by Keith Stern – I won this from In the Forest during Rae‘s LGBT event.
- In The Land of Believers by Gina Welch (signed) – I ‘won’ this on the Book Blogger Convention auction.
I also received (oh, you thought that was it?) some lovely Dark Divine stickers and bookmarks from Chelsea M. Campbell. I actually won nail polish, but it turns out you can’t ship that across the border. Crazy right? So instead I got these lovelies. If you win a giveaway from me in the near future do let me know if you would like one of these included!
This also reminds me that I have The Dark Divine audiobook – I really much listen to that soon!