Monday 4 May 2009

Monday Mailbox and Library Loot

This is my first time participating in Mailbox Monday - I don't normally have many books sent to me, so I thought I would use it to show some of the books I have purchased this week. If you would like to join in on Mailbox Monday, you will find it here at the Printed Page.

At the end of last week, I put myself on a self imposed book ban, by Friday I was in desperate need of some therapeutical book buying and these are the books I bought. All charity shop finds, from a new charity shop in our area. The paperbacks were all 30p each and the bigger books were a £1.

I bought:

  1. My Family and Other Animals by naturalist Gerald Durrell. I watched this on the television last year and absolutely loved it, so I was pleased to find this book especially as it was originally sold for 40p many years ago.
  2. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx - been after this book for a long while too.
  3. Flambards by EM Preston - when I was growing up this used to be one of my favourite programmes to watch, so I couldn't resist buying it.
  4. The Complete Works of Jane Austen - this is a beautifully bound book that does not look like it has ever been read and I got it for a £1!
  5. The Best of James Herriot - by James Herriot. This is another programme I was brought up watching so I am really pleased to find this book with quite a selection of his book in it, also for a £1.
  6. Mysteries of the World - non fiction book about everything weird and wonderful in our world.

I thought I would Library Loot as well today as this is something I have not done for awhile. In fact I have avoided the library, as I have so many of my own books to read, but I had to take some back and I find it physically impossible to not look round and come back out with at least one book. Am I the only person who has this problem?

These are the books I borrowed.
  1. Magyk by Angie Sage
  2. The Whispering Road by Livi Michael
  3. Darkhenge by Catherine Fisher - I read a few stories by Catherine Fisher at the beginning of the year, so I was pleased to find this one.
  4. European Cruises and Ports of Call - purely research
  5. Wild Flowers and how to spot them - I do get frustrated over my lack of plant knowledge, so I am trying to rectify this with a beginners guide (children's version!)

So there you go, as per usual I am inundated with books. What did you get this week?


  1. Welcome to Mailbox Monday! It looks like you've got a lot of good reading ahead of you!

  2. Oh, how I love used book stores! Unfortunately, we just don't have any great ones around here. You made quite a haul there...hope you enjoy ever one of them!

  3. Welcome to Mailbox Monday :D
    Looks like you got and borrowed some great books

  4. So glad you could join in MM. It's lots of fun to see what others are reading. You got a real bargain on the Jane Austen. Enjoy! Have a gret week. Here is my mailbox

  5. Welcome to Mailbox Monday - this is one of my favorite weekly posts!! :) You had a great week.

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  6. What a nice stack of books you received this week! I hope you enjoy all the new editions to your library!

  7. Hi. I don't think I got anything this week.. no, hang on. Thinking about it, I did buy a copy of The Hunger Games this week.

    I just wanted to say I sent you an email awhile back, asking for your address. I meant to blog about it weeks ago, but you won my copy of Looking For Alaska..

  8. Welcome to Mailbox Monday! I can totally understand the lure of therapeutic books buying! (I succumbed this week too.)

  9. Those are some great finds! Particularly the complete Jane Austen for £1!

  10. Welcome to Mailbox Monday.
    Love your find of The Complete Works of Jane Austen. Enjoy!!!

  11. Excellent books! I think I"m with everyone else = envious over your Austen find!

  12. I am very jealous of that beautifully bound Jane Austen book you managed to find. Good for you. Looks like you have a lot of good books there. Book bans never work for me, I've just given up on them. lol.

  13. Hi!
    Looks like you made a great sweep of books!! Got some good reading to do! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great evening!


  14. The Jane Austin book is absolutely beautiful. Getting books in op shops is a great way to still get books but keep the bank balance happy!

  15. Glad to see you here for Mailbox Monday!! What great buys!! I love James Herriot, Jane Austen, and The Shipping News is great!! Have fun!!

  16. I'm glad you joined Mailbox Monday! The Jane Austen book looks beautiful! No, you are not the only person who has trouble leaving the library with just one book. I am the same way too! The life of a bookworm.

  17. Great books!I love used book stores and all the gems I find there. :)

  18. I can never go to the library and not grab a book either lol. Great bunch of books, I see Jane Austen! Happy reading :O)

  19. That's a great bargain you've gotten for yourself. Great buys!

    Enjoy all your books, Viv!


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