Monday, 25 January 2010

Monday Mailbox

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My hubby is completely to blame for my book buying this week. He won £10 on the lottery and gave it to me to spend on books. So who am I to say no!
1)Wedlock:How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match by Wendy Moore - this is one the books that is being discussed on Channel 4's TV Book Club. From what I can gather this is a non fiction book based on the real story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, the richest heiress in eighteenth-century Britain. It tells the story of her brutal marriage to a handsome soldier called Andrew Robinson Stoney.
2) Gifted by Marilyn Kaye. I didn't buy this one, it was given to me by a friend who raved about it. She said I will love it. I don't know much about it, only that the main character has an extraordinary gift; similar to a character from Heroes.
3) Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters. A Young Adult book about zombies. I wish I had checked the reviews first though, as after looking on Amazon, I may have picked a dodo.
4) The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. With lots of talk about her new book 'The Swan Thieves', I thought I should try and read this one first.

5) and 6) The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. I now have the whole trilogy, so I hope to get round to reading them again this year.
What books did you get this week?

27 comments:

  1. Ooh I wanted to reach in and grab The Historian off your book pile. Nice mailbox haul, happy reading!

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  2. I read The Swan Thieves and am hoping to read The Historian at some point this year. It seems that people who like the 1st book don't like the second and vise versa, so I am very curious to read both.

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  3. What a wonderful hubby you have!!

    It looks like you put that money to good use :) I thoroughly enjoyed The Swan Thieves (review up soon - I hope) and I very much look forward to reading The Historian, which has been on my bookshelves for quite some time now.

    Have a great week, Vivienne!

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  4. Your hubby is a sweetie-pie, that's for sure. The Historian is on my list too. Enjoy all your new books and you never know with that "dodo", it might still have some life in it. My mailbox is here

    Have a good week and happy reading..

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  5. Hey I got the Historian some time ago and still haven't read it! Let me know if you want to do a buddy read in the future! :)

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  6. Teddyree - you can't have it. LOL.

    Nicole - I do hope to read both too,it will be interesting to compare them.

    Molly - I think it was because of you I picked up The Historian, after hearing how much you enjoyed The Swan Thieves.

    Kaye - I do hope so, I hate to think I wasted money on it.

    Christina - would love to do a buddy read in the future for this book. I have never done one before so you might just have to enlighten me on how it works.

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  7. what a sweet hubby to give you his winnings for books! love it...and it looks like you picked up some good reads, too. i'll be interested to know how you liked 'the historian' as i've heard mixed reviews.

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  8. I can totally relate to buying a book and then being disappointed by the reviews on Amazon. Hopefully the reviewers are wrong and you enjoy the book anyway!

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  9. I loved The Historian - I will have to look out for the new book :) I never go by reviews, most films that are panned I love and it has sometimes been the way with books too. Read yourself and make your own judgement - you obviously thought it sounded good :) Sounds interesting enough for me to go find out a bit more about it too :)

    Thanks for your comments about the spirit guides I think I definitely have to read that book. And about Etsy... Hummmm, it's a confidence thing. I feel a bit cheeky selling stuff that's so easy to make :) I will make you a ducky if you want one, just let me know what sort *g*

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  10. What a nice gift from your husband!

    The Historian and Swan Thieves are both on my lists to pick up at some point soon!

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  11. What a sweet hubby! I'm anxious to read The Historian, so I'll be looking for your review. Enjoy!

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  12. I could have written Bermudaonion's comment. Enjoy your new books, Vivienne.

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  13. I really liked The Historian; hope u do too :)

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  14. Aw, what a sweet hubby! I haven't read any of these but hope they all turn out to be good reads!

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  15. Absolutely loved the Pullman books. Read them after hearing Subtle Knife being read on radio4 once. Definitely in my top 10. I also have his adult stories of Sally Lockhart very victorian detective female Sherlock Holmes type Enjoy! xx

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  16. Awwww...what a sweet hubby you've got there! :D And what a lovely pile of books! I'm reading His Dark Materials for the first time right now...am on The Subtle Knife. Can't believe it's taken me so long to get to them...they are sooooo good.

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  17. Oh, what a wonderful stack of books! And your hubby must be a prize!

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    http://laurelrainsnowcreations.blogspot.com/2010/01/mailbox-monday_25.html

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  18. What a nice hubby! I can't believe that the money went so far. In Australia you'd only buy one book for that and that's only if it was second hand. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of The Historian, I just got The Swan Thieves.

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  19. yay for His Dark Materials! It's my all-time favourite series :)

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  20. You have a sweet husband! And you got a nice stack of books with that money.
    Happy Reading!
    Kim

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  21. I have Kiss of Life. I bought a book ages ago and it was on a Buy One Get one Free offer. I didn't (or had already read) the other books in the offer except Kiss of Life. Besides having bad reviews, it's also the second in a series, the first, I believe, being Generation Dead.

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  22. Thank you ladies, hubby is blushing a lot now. I can't wait to get onto the The Dark Material series again and you have all got me desperate to read The Historian now.

    Alaine - wow, books are expensive in Australia. If I ever visit, I will bring my own stack.

    Clover - that book has really gone down in my estimation now, if it is the second in a series. I shall try and get the first from the library.

    Carmen - would love a ducky!

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  23. lol...thats great he won the lotto and gave it to you to buy books with! you lucky lady :) happy reading.
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

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  24. What a good husband! I have had The Historian for ages. I really do need to read it one of these days. Enjoy your books!

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  25. Bless your hubby! And enjoy your new books. Like Dar, I've had THE HISTORIAN for ages too. LOL!

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