Monday 18 January 2010

Monday Mailbox and Library Loot

Monday Mail is hosted by by Marcia at the Printed Page and you will find her blog here.

Yes, I know I am bad, bad book blogger who wasn't going to buy any books, especially as she received so many at Christmas. In my defence, hubby said I could have them and there are only five.

1) The Gates by John Connolly. This is about a young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell who are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween. Which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Avenue.

2) Kissed By An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler - This was one of my Friday Finds last Friday. Ivy always believed in angels. When she meets Tristan, it's the love of a lifetime. When he dies, her heart is broken and her belief in angels vanishes. And without that belief, she is unable to feel Tristan's presence when he returns--as an angel.

3) Fallen by Lauren Kate - another Friday Find I couldn't resist. This is about Daniel, a fallen angel, doomed to fall in love with the same girl every 17 years . . . and watch her die. And Luce, a fellow immortal, cursed to be reincarnated again and again as a mortal girl who has no idea of who she really is.
4) The Hollow by Jessica Verday -And yet another Friday Find purchase. When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone.
5) A Dictionary of Angels by Davidson. All these angel books got me thinking that I wanted to know more about them, so I bought this one too.

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

These were the books I was waiting for last week and they have only just turned up.

1) Skellig by David Almond. I have been waiting to read this for ages.

2) The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech - I have never read any of Sharon Creech's books, but I know she is very popular and has won lots of awards; this is her latest book.

3) The Catcher in The Rye by J.D Salinger - I am reading this one for the Every Month Is A Holiday Challenge. J.d Salinger was born in January, so I thought his book would be an ideal one to read.

4) Maximum Ride by James Patterson. I would normally read anything by James Patterson, as I am dubious about his books, but I couldn't resist this one as it is a graphic novel.

5)Fun Home by Alison Bechamel - another graphic novel for the graphic novel challenge.

6) Felt So Good by Betz White - this is a really interesting book with lots of things to make using old jumpers. I know that sounds really bizarre, but you can make journal covers, scarfs, even cupcakes.

Also I had to show you what else I received in the post this week. The Persephone Catalogue and Biannual Magazine. There are some incredible books in there and I spent a good couple of hours drooling over the books. I can't wait to order some.

So that's all the books that came to my house this week. What did you get?


  1. Fallen and Kissed By An Angel sound like good stories. I like the brief synopsis you included here. I'll include them in my wish list. Enjoy your books!

  2. Awesome mailbox for you :D
    I hope you will enjoy them, and I am sure you will

  3. Only 5 hey LOL. I've got Kissed By An Angel but havent read it yet and I'm hoping the birthday fairy will bring me Fallen :-)
    Enjoy your books!

  4. I make those sort of promised to myself but... hey promises are meant to be broken, especially silly ones LOL.

    I really enjoyed Fallen, hope you enjoy all your books!

  5. Oooooh lots of yumminess here. A definite them going on too!

    Looking forward to seeing what felt lovelies you make - I'm having a job finding some cheap wool garments to even start. Got my MIL on the case now though - she is drawn to charity shop bargains like a moth to a flame :o)

  6. So many great books! How weird that strange things happen at 666 Avenue =O

    I have Catcher in the Rye here on audio, hope I get a chance to listen to it soon(but the one I'm listening to now takes "forever" to finish).

    Enjoy all your new books :)

  7. Looks like you had a great week! I hope you enjoy all your heavenly books.

  8. Alice - I don't know which one to read first. Kissed by An Angel or Fallen?

    Blodeuedd - thankyou.

    Teddyree - I hope that birthday fairy brings you Fallen too.

    Alaine - I just don't see the point in promising myself I won't buy anymore books. I just can't keep to it. The way I see it, I don't drink or smoke, I don't spend loads on clothes and shoes and I am not one for going out all the time, so I am saving husband money, by just buying books!

    Carmen- what about bootsales for cheap jumpers. You could probably pick them up for about 50pence or so.

    Ladybug - I need to read Catcher in the Rye this week, as the library have already told me I won't be able to renew it, as someone else is waiting for it.

    Kaye - thankyou.

  9. Fun Home is a great graphic novel.

    I hope you enjoy the Persephone catalogue and biannually; the latter is a great read with a cup of coffee and the catalogue is so tempting!

  10. You have not been bad, because it doesn't count when it comes to books!


  11. Acquiring books is a disease, but I don't want a cure! You got some good books! I keep hearing great things about Fallen. Enjoy!

  12. Viv! You brought in a lot of books and they look good. A couple of those angel books look intriguing. I didn't realize there were so many out there on the subject and I enjoyed seeing the list vs. the constant onslaught these days over vampire books--a genre I am so not into! ;)
    Have a happy week--

  13. wow, you've got such great books! happy reading :)
    I read Catcher in the Rye in h.s. I need to re-read it one day.

    I just bought The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.

  14. Vivienne, I am loving your loot!

    I read The Hollow last year and it wasn't bad. I enjoyed it. :)

    A Dictionary of Angels looks awesome. Definitely something I'd like to pick up!

    Love The Catcher in the Rye. I couldn't put it down the first time I read it. <3

  15. I try to stop buying books. It usually doesn't work but I don't mind! ;) You have a great pile of books. Happy reading!

  16. Oh, it's like Christmas all over again!

    What a delightful haul!

    Mine is smaller...LOL.


  17. Great load of books. I'm curious what you'll think of Fallen. I'm on the fence about buying that one. Happy Reading!

  18. Great idea to combine the memes when you get so many wonderful books. I'd really like to read The Gates.

    Here's my Mailbox Monday link:

  19. Oooh, so many good books! I loved Skellig, and Salinger is one of my favourite authors. And I've been curious about The Gates ever since it came out - I really loved The Book of Lost Things.

  20. Hi, Vivienne! I've always been curious about Fallen. I've been hearing lots of news about it. I can't wait to read your review!

  21. I'd really like to read The Gates after falling in love with The Book of Lost Things awhile back. Fallen was on my wishlist until recently when I decided I needed a break from YA paranormal books.

  22. You are going to love Skellig. So many of my students loved this in middle school. I read it a long time ago, but it was great! I'm also anxious to read Fallen. I wish I could read faster. :)

    Here's mine.


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