Tuesday 2 March 2010

Monday Mailbox on Tuesday and Library Loot

I am sorry this is a little late, but yesterday I had committed myself to the Thaw post and so I thought I would wait until today to show you my hoard of goodies.

These first two books both came to me via Bookmooch and they are for the first stop of my literary tour - Alabama. Helen Keller was born and raised in Alabama, so she seemed an ideal person to learn about.

Now the next two pictures show all the books that my friend Alison gave to me. Alison is moving to Manchester next year and she decided she needed to get rid of a few things, so she sent me a list of books she was getting rid of to which I could choose from. Alison is the lovely person who made my American Journey button, which she has promised to show me how to make before she goes. All I can say is thank you very much Alison and I do wish you were not going. I chose the following fourteen books.

1) The Medici Seal by Theresa Breslin

2) The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar

3) The Dream Merchant by Isobel Hoving

4) Lucas by Kevin Brooks

5) Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

6) Lion Boy by Zizou Corder

7) Tamar by Mal Peet

8) Joyride by Amy Ehrlich

9) Small Minded Giants by Oisin McGann

10) Just In Case by Meg Rosoff

11)Genie Us! by Steve Cole and Linda Chapman

12) The Ghost Behind The Wall by

13) The Secret History of Tom Trueheart by Ian Beck

14) Treskillion by Will Peterson

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.

I haven't done one of these in a while,but with my American Journey about to start, I was in need of a few books to help me on my way.

1) My Eyes Have Seen The Glory: The Life of Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley
2) Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda : Love Letters of F.Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald by Bryer and Barks

3) Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

4) Nation by Terry Pratchett

5) The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King

6) Playing With Grownups by Sophie Dahl

7) The Brontes Went To Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson

What a huge haul and more to come from the library yet! Have you read any of these books?

What did you get this week?


  1. Ooh! Nation! Fried Green Tomatoes! Meg Rosoff!

    I love so many of those books. I quite liked Lionboy, and what I've read of Kevin Brooks I've enjoyed. Happy reading!

  2. Nation! Nation Nation Nation! I love that book so much it's silly.

    I see you and Debi both had good (or is it bad? :P) weeks acquisition-wise. You both make me feel better about my bad habits :P

  3. I was supposed to read Bog Child for my last YA book club but I never got around to it. Supposedly it's really good.

  4. What a ton of great books you've got.

    The Life of Rosa Parks is one I want to read too so I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that particular biog. Fried Green Toms - Oooh. Loved that film. Should really read the book.

    The Brontes Went to Woolworths? Interesting title. haha.

  5. Fried Green Tomatoes is really good

  6. What good friends you have. I'll be particularly interested to hear your thoughts on Nation.

  7. While I am sure it is sad to have your friend move, it was sure sweet of her to give you all those books! My goodness you will be busy. :)

    Of your library loot,I must say that Fried Green Tomatoes is the only Fannie Flagg I have not read. I adore Flagg and I think the only reason I have not read it, is because I saw the movie long before I even knew it was based on a book. I hope you enjoy her.

    The Brontes go to Woolworths is a book I spotlighted on Friday Finds well over a year ago but it has not been available in the States. But ta da! Now it is and it has just been put in my amazon shopping cart, along with another Bloomsbury Group: Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front 1939-1942. Have you seen that one also. I am thinking I may need to check further into this Bloomsbury Group!
    Happy Reading--

  8. Great month for you :D
    As for my library loot...8 textbooks for uni

  9. My mom bought me The Brontes Went To Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson and I will read it soon. Wow. So many books. I am jealous! Happy reading Vivienne!

  10. Clover - I know it is madness, isn't it. I am glad to hear Lionboy is good too.

    Nymeth - Nation,yay!I think Debi may actually be beating me though.

    Amanda - I have all three of the books by O Dowd and hope to read them altogether. It is such a shame that she passed away.

    Ceri - this will be my second time reading Fried Green Tomatoes and I just can't wait. The Rosa Parks story sounds fantastic.

    Kaye - I know and I can't wait to read it again.

    Petty - I know and I shall miss her. I really don't know what to read first.

    Kim - you must read Fried Green Tomatoes though. I think it is better than the film.

    Yes I have seen all the Bloomsbury group ones and hope to read them all.

    Blodeuedd - no light reading there in your library loot then. At least it will benefit your future.

    Andreea - I have started to read it now. It is a little odd as they live in their own fantasy world, quite a bit, so I have work out what is real and what isn't.

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  12. Umm, that guy seems to be missing his head. Not as bad as the creepy eyeball, but still a little worrisome.

  13. Wow, I just can't believe how many books you bring into the house. You'll need a house just for your books. lol.

  14. Oh! Beekeeper's Apprentice! I hope you love it! :D

    Enjoy your travels through the states...I'm not sure even as an American I've read a book set in each state.

  15. Been awhile since I read it, but I remember enjoying Crazy in Alabama. I would have seen the movie if it hadn't gotten so poorly reviewed, but as it stood I didn't want to risk remembering a bad movie instead of a good read.

  16. I've had Nation on my shelf pretty much since it came out and keep forgetting about it. I should pull it off the shelf so it catches my eye. :) Enjoy your books!

  17. I love looking through Library Lot because it is so varied and I always see such a great bunch of different books.

  18. Wow, that's a lot of books! I really enjoyed Crazy in Alabama!

  19. That's a lot of books. Bless your friend Alison!

    Also good luck with the American challenge!


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