Monday, October 19, 2009

In My Mailbox Monday

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature sponsored by The Story Siren.

Mailbox Monday is inspired by Marcia of The Printed Page.

I thought I wasn't going to have anything to mention this week because I have pulled the harness tight and didn't buy any books.  I deserve those cheers and accolades, so let them flow!  LOL   Here are the wonderful books that found their way to my house this week in spite of my great display of willpower:

From BookMooch   (If you bookmooch, let's be friends.  My name is booklogged there, too. Look me up.)

The Secret History by Donna TarttTrack of the cat by Nevada BarrTrack of the Cat by Nevada Barr - after reading and loving 13 1/2 earlier this month I decided to try her Anna Pigeon series.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt - a debut novel set in Vermont.

Review Copies
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova - I loved The Historian so when this offer came, I happily pounced.  I'm going to read this for the Art History Challenge.
The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova
Alice I Have BeenAlice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin - A year or two ago I read Alice in Wonderland for the first time.  Then I followed that up with two wonderful fantasy books by Frank Beddor - The Looking glass Wars and Seeing Redd.  I was excited to be offered a chance to read Alice I Have Been which is told from an 80 YO Alice Pleasance Liddell.

An Offering of Leaves by Ruth Lauer-ManentiAn Offering Leaves by Ruth Lauer-Manenti -  I received this book from Eco-Libris.  They are sponsoring a 1 day event where over a hundred bloggers will simultaneously post their reviews on Nov 10 at exactly 1:00 pm EST of different books published using the "green" criteria (recycled or FSC-certified paper).
The campaign is called Time for a Green Book: 1 Day, 100 Bloggers, 100 Reviews.
Lies My Mother Never Told Me by Kaylie Jones
Books I've Won - I hit the jackpot this week!

Lies My Mother Never Told Me by Kaylie Jones - This came to me from Jenners of Find Your Next Book Here.  Many thanks, Jenners!

Alex Cross's Trial by James PattersonAlex Cross's Trial by James Patterson - I haven't read any of the Alex Cross books, but since this isn't directly about Alex, but his ancestor, I thought it may be a good introduction to Cross.  I won this book from a contest at Karen's blog, Bookin' With Bingo.  Thank-you, Karen!
Mortal Friends (2009) by Jane Stanton Hitchcock
These last 3 books all came from a mega-giveaway of ARCS.  A mega-size thanks to Wendy's Minding Spot.

Mortal Friends by Jane Stanton Hitchcock - a mystery set in Washington D.C.

Searching for Blue Mercury by J.M.E. Flowers - another mystery.  YAY!

Searching For Blue Mercury by flowersjme
The House of Allerbrook by Valerie Annand -a historical novel set at the time of Henry VIII.

The House Of Allerbrook (Exmoor Saga) by Valerie Anand
What luscious, inviting books made their way to your house this week?  Please share a link to your list.

I hope your week is filled with lots of cozy reading hours.


Katrina said...

wow, you got a lot of books for not expecting any. Good luck reading them all!

gautami tripathy said...

Thats a lot and all look good to me! Happy reading!

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Anonymous said...

Wow, i must say you showed GREAT restraint... I think I have the secret history somewhere on my shelves but can't remember if I finished it!

Here's mine

Kristen said...

Good for you not buying anything! That is a major accomplishment. :-) I too have Alice I Have Been and think it looks really good.

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

The Swan Thieves!! I've been eagerly anticipating this one so I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think!

bermudaonion said...

You had a great week! I can't wait to read The Swan Thieves!

Anonymous said...

Alice I Have Been looks really good. A Secret History is absolutely wonderful. Enjoy!

jenclair said...

I loved The Historian and am so excited about The Swan Thieves! Quite a few others in this list caught my attention, too!

Literary Feline said...

I'm really looking forward to reading The Swan Thieves eventually. It'll be so hard for me to wait until the paperback version comes out, but I'm going to try and wait it out.

I hope you enjoy all your books!

CJ said...

I'll be looking forward to your review of Swan Thieves.

I love Barr's Anna Pigeon series so I'll be looking for that review, too.

Good reading!


Serena said...

Wow, you got a full mailbox this week.

I'm jealous of The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. I want to read that one!

I have Alice I Have Been!

Happy reading.

Wendi said...

I'm cheering for you!! Lots of great books last week. :) I really want to read Alice I Have Been.

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Nice variety!

Mari said...

Lots of books! Enjoy. :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Very nice books. I have several of the Nevada Barr books (unread) still. I'm glad you enjoyed 13 1/2.

I also have Swan Thieves and Alice I Have Been --looking forward to reading your review.

Cath said...

Wow, you did well. The Secret History is of course excellent. And I'll have to check out Swan Thieves if it's a new book by Elizabeth Kostova.

Good luck with the non-book buying. I'm trying to do the same until at least Christmas.

Allison said...

Wow! You received a lot of books this week and they all look SOO good!

Staci said...

You have some great reads there!! I hope you enjoy them all :)

Kailana said...

If you aren't planning to read The Secret History right away, maybe we can read it together... If you are interested anyways. :)

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I think Alice I have Been sounds wonderful!

Bookfool said...

Track of the Cat is one of my favorite Nevada Barr books. I hope you love it as much as I did.

Anna said...

You had an awesome week! I'm on the green books tour, too. My mailbox post is here.

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Thoughts of Joy said...

Oh my! Where are you putting all these books!?! I can't wait to see what you think of Track of the Cat. I'm going to look into that one some more.

Zibilee said...

Ooh, I can't wait to hear what you think of The Secret History. I read it a few years ago, and kept it for my permanent shelves. I do so hope you enjoy it and I'll be looking out for your review.

Jen - devourer of books said...

I've heard fantastic things about "The Secret History," so I'm excited to see what you think. I really enjoyed "The Swan Thieves," although it was a quieter novel than "The Historian," so hopefully you do too.