Monday 13 September 2010

Monday Mail from Book Blogging Pals

I have to share some of the wonderful books that came my way during the summer from a couple of my blogging pals.

Firstly Carmen from Whoopidoo...ings sent me the first two lovely books.

Carmen knew I wanted to read The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale and sent it on to me when she had finished it. This is very much a fairy tale with a twist, think Rumplestiltskin. She also won two copies of Dark Life by Kat Falls and kindly let me have her second copy. This is very much a dystopian novel where everyone now lives under the ocean. Can't wait to read it.

Trish from Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity was having a bit of a book clearout and kindly sent me these two books all the way from the USA. Knowing I am a fledgling Hoffman fan in the making, she sent me Here on Earth, a dark romantic tale. Trish also let me have Charming Billy by Alice McDermott,which is set in then Bronx and deals with the loss of Billy.
So thank you ladies for sending me such wonderful books. Anyone else having a clearout?LOL.

I also purchased three brand new books in the holidays, two of which I am really itching to read.

Before I Fall caught my eye in June and I was over the moon to see it selling in Sainsbury's during the holidays. This book is a bit like Ground Hog day but with the main character living her last day over and over again.

Now the next one I hope will have Naida cheering in her seat. Naida is a big Stephen King fan and always writing such wonderful reviews about his books. So when I saw this I couldn't help but think of her. Under The Dome is about a small town in Maine, which is suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can get in and no one can get out. Scary huh?

The last book I bought was Coming Home by Melanie Rose. I reviewed her first book Could It Be Magic? here, and really enjoyed it. I found her style similar to Cecilia Aherne, where a little bit of magical realism is inserted into every day life. This one is about a woman who has an accident and loses her identity.

Quite a mixture of books from a range of genres, but I do like a good mixture. Now I just need more hours in the day to read them all.


  1. That's just reminded me that I promised you Local Girls! Going to the post office later this week, so I will get on that! I hope you love Before I Fall, I quite enjoyed it. And how wonderful that you were sent Dark Life. That's been on my wishlist for ages :) Happy reading!

  2. Glad you like them Vivienne :) I can't wait to read my copy of Dark Falls either. Reading a couple of others at the mo first ;)

    Love the sound of the Stephen King one and I remember reading about Before I Fall so will be interested to see your review on that.

  3. Charming Billy was the first Alice McDermott book I read - I keep all her books. It was years ago that I read it so I'll just say I hope you enjoy it.

  4. Before I Fall is fantastic! I read it a month ago and loved it.

  5. Book bloggers are such generous people! Enjoy all of your new books!

  6. First--welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful blog vacation. I suspect you've been back longer than just today's post, but I had to do a little "marking all as read" in my reader. Glad to see this post, though, and know that you got the books alright. I really do hope you enjoy them!! :)

  7. Good to see you back. And I liked what you got here!

    Have a great reading week ahead! Here is my Mondays: Mailbox/Where Am I/Musings post.

  8. I loved Here on Earth, I'm a Hoffman fan too.

  9. Wow! Enjoy your new, wonderful books, Vivienne. Naida is who I think of when I think about Stephen King, too.

  10. how fantastic. i love the cover for before i fall. enjoy your new books!

  11. Great mailbox Viv. I wonder how the Alice Hoffman book is. Dark Life sounds really interesting too.'re right...*yay* about the Stephen King book. I have that one sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read.
    Thanks for the mention and compliment too :)

    And lol about Suko's comment ;)

  12. I really can't wait to hear your opinion on the King book. I haven't read him since the 80's but this book definitely caught my eye!

  13. You did great this week! Enjoy your books!

  14. Clover - i had forgotten all about Local Girls. I can't wait to get it now. Thank you.

    Carmen -thank you again. You have spoilt me this holiday. I don't know what to read next.

    Mary - Alice McDermott is a new author to me, but I shall look out for more of her books on your wonderful recommendation.

    Amanda - I can't wait to read it. I might have to read that next. It will either be that or Room.

    Kathy - thank you. I love book bloggers.

    Trish - thank you so much. I can't wait to read them.

    Gautami - glad to be back. I feel like I have been away for ages.

    Julia - thank you for visiting my blog. I can't wait to read this Hoffman one.

    Suko - isn't funny how we all think of Naida when it comes to Stephen King.

    Priya - thank you.

    Naida - perhaps we should do a read along.LOL. No problem on the mention and compliment. Both well deserved. You have opened up a new genre to me.

    Mary - thank you.

    Christina - the whole concept of the story just had me reaching for my purse to buy it.

    Yvonne - thank you.

  15. Nice bunch of books, Vivienne :) I only have Before I Fall of these but my sister has borrowed it so I haven't read it yet but I've heard it's really good.

    I want to read The Book of a Thousand Days, Under the Dome and Dark Falls as well.

    I haven't read anything by Alice McDermott or Alice Hoffman.

  16. What fun! I really loved a different McDermott book I read (That Night), and I've been meaning to follow up with her. :)

  17. Ladybug- I am getting more and more excited over Before I Fall. Everyone seems to love it.

    Eva - I hadn't heard of her before. She must be an American author, not well known over here.

    Alice - thankyou.

  18. I loved the only Alice Hoffman book I read so I've been meaning to pick up more by her. I need Under the Dome! I think it's the only Stephen King book I don't have. Happy reading!

  19. A readalong would be fun Viv! lol
    I'm always happy to recommend favorite authors to others.


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