Monday 22 February 2010

Monday Mailbox - Some Valentine's treats.

As I mentioned on Saturday, hubby was kind enough to give me some book vouchers on Valentines Day. They were burning a hole in my pocket for just over 24 hours before I knew I had to spend them. So after taking the girls to the dentist on Monday, I told them not to moan as I wanted to browse the book store for fifteen minutes. We were the only people in Waterstones and it was bliss just to wander around choosing books.

I bought the following four books with my vouchers.

1) The Girl With The Glass Feet by Ali Shaw. I have been after this one for ages and knew I had to get it after reading Peter's review. I know Peter, didn't really enjoy it, but I think it is more my cup of tea.

2) Flyaway by Lucy Christopher - I couldn't resist this one, as the description sounded really good. This is her second book, the first one she wrote was called Stolen and was quite popular last year. In this book, Lucy Christopher explores the remarkable bond between a young girl, a boy and a damaged wild bird - a relationship that will touch everyone who reads it. While visiting her father in hospital, thirteen-year-old Isla meets Harry, the first boy to understand her and her love of the outdoors. But Harry is ill, and as his health fails, Isla is determined to help him in the only way she knows how. Together they watch a lone swan struggling to fly on the lake outside Harry's window.

3)The Sweetness At The Bottom of The Pie by Alan Bradley. I wanted this one after so many bloggers recommended it.

4) Drood by Dan Simmons - I know Dan Simmons has recently brought out Black Hills, but over here in England, it is yet to grace our book shelves. However this one caught my attention a while back.

5) A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro. I bought this book separately and couldn't resist it at £2. I know a lot of bloggers have been praising Ishiguro lately, so I wanted to give this a try.

6) The two Zan Gah books were recently sent to me for review. They are prehistoric YA novels, so a completely new genre for me.
The books in the picture above were my charity shop finds this week.

1) The American Boy by Andrew Taylor is a historical novel, a murder mystery and a love story set in a school just outside of London in 1819

2) Cherry Ice by Jill Laurimore. Cherry Ice is set in 1964, largely aboard the great Queen Elizabeth during a voyage between Southampton and New York. I have always wanted to go a cruise, so this really appealed to me.

3) Maximum Diner by Christopher Nye is a non fictional book about Christopher Nye's dreams in creating an American diner in Uckfield, East Sussex. The diner is still up and running and I thought it might be fun to read this and then venture over to it for dinner.

4) Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther. I love all these old Virago Modern Classic books. I used to read them a lot when I was younger. I hope to collect quite a few of them.Mrs Miniver is a fictional character created in 1937 for a series of newspaper columns for The Times.

5)The Information Officer by Mark Mills - a romantic thriller set in war torn Malta.

So these are the books that came my way this week. What did you get this week?


  1. I got Zna-Gah too :) Wanna give YA a try from a YA point of view this time

  2. I have heard about Zan-Gah...I'm very interested in this series. Very different for me too. Your mailbox is so diverse and looks so tempting. Enjoy your reading this week. Can't wait to hear what you think of Drood

  3. WOW -- what a lovely book week you had!

    Drood has been on my reading list for over a year. I will probably have to retire before I feel that I will have the time to tackle that one though.

    I enjoyed Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I will look forward to hear your review.

  4. I really want to read that Ali Shaw book!

  5. OMG...I am jealous of all of these. Ali Shaw, Info Officer, Drood..lucky you!

  6. What a great week in books! I really want to read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Girl with the Glass Feet. Enjoy!

  7. Wow! You and Bermudaonion had very full mailboxes!

    I am expecting the Zan-Gah books soon. They are a new genre for me, too--prehistoric YA! :)

    I would love to read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

  8. Very nice week for you! I hope you enjoy your books.

  9. Grat mailbox! Happy reading. I received the Zan-Gah books recently too.

  10. As always, fantastic acquisitions! The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is one I really want to get my hands on as well.

  11. Book vouchers for Valentine's Day ... that's so sweet! You picked up some wonderful reads, enjoy!

  12. All those books look like fun! I've read Sweetness and Pale View of Hills, and I'm on my library list for Girl w/ the Glass Feet. I want to read it now though! ;)

  13. Woo hoo :) I've never heard of anything better than books for Valentines Day!

  14. What a wonderful Valentine's Day gift! Your husband is a genius. Those books look mouth watering and I'm green with envy. LOL

    I almost bought The Girl With The Glass Feet when I was at Borders a couple of weeks ago, but exercised restrain. ;-)

    Happy reading, Viv!


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