Saturday, 7 April 2012

In My Mailbox!


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a where we can let the books we got this week flaunt it. Work it baby.

Photo of this weeks books!
Books I Bought:

The Maggie Steifvater edition it would seem! There was an amazing deal on this week at a UK shop called 'The Works'. It mainly sells dodgy discount books...self-help, sensationalist dead celebrity crap, Nazi or shark books etc etc, but this week they had all these Maggie Steifvater books 3 for £5! That is amazing- you can't even get one book for that in the UK normally. So I got them all.

Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls
Author: Maggie Steifvater
Published: 2009-2011 
I have heard good things about this series...and I don't mind the occasional werewolf (UK 'Being Human' is a bit of a guilty pleasure!) What also intrigues me about this series is the way there's not much info about the plot on the back of the first book.I love that as I think detailed blurbs can often ruin a book or make you build up high expectations.

Series: Books of Faerie
Author: Maggie Steifvater
Published: 2008-2009
I really love these covers and I am, again, hoping that this series is decent! I don't know an awful lot about it either (I tend to avoid all info about the book until after I've read it as spoilers are my nightmare) so when I get round to reading them I hope they are OK! All I know is that the main character can see faeries...I love mythological creatures so hopefully I will like this!

Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Steifvater
Published: October, 2011

I have seen so many positive reviews about this book recently which has made me really want to read it. I still don't totally understand what it's about...some sort of race on the beach where people ride horses...from the sea? I don't really know where the scorpio comes in...I assumed scorpians were in it but I have seen no mention of them!

Title: The Devotion of Suspect X
Author: Keigo Higashino
Published: March, 2011

This book was also very cheap in 'The Works'- I had never heard of it before but picked it up because the cover looked interesting and because it's apparently sold over 2 million copies in Japan. It is a thriller/mystery puzzle-within-a-puzzle, dramatic plot twist kind of book and I have had a hole in my life for that since 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'!

Title: Porno
Author: Irvine Welsh
Published: August, 2o02
This is the sequel to 'Trainspotting' which, criminally, I haven't read yet! The cover is pretty graphic and Irvine Welsh certainly isn't for sensitive, drugs and violence are what he does best. If you haven't seen the film 'Trainspotting' you should try it- it's brilliant and Ewan McGregor provides druggie hotness.

Title: The Night Watch
Author: Sarah Waters
Published: 2006
To be honest, this isn't something I would normally pick up as it looks a little chick lit, but there was something about the font and the cover in general that appealed to me. Sarah Waters wrote the books 'Tipping the Velvet' and 'Fingersmith' which were set in the Victorian times and made into a really successful drama in the UK. This one is set later on, during the 1940's during the war, and I am looking forward to seeing what the story's like!

Netgalley/Edelweiss Books:

Title: Some Kind of Fairy Tale
Author: Graham Joyce

This was my 'Waiting For' Wednesday book a couple of weeks ago so I was really excited to see it on NetGalley and get it on my Kindle! I love fairy tales and this one is all about a faerie abducting a girl...sounds really good!

Title: The Uninvited Guests
Author: Sadie Jones

LOVE the cover! So pretty! The whole book sounds right up my street; a mystery set in the Edwardian era in a manor house...I devour these books when I need comfort reads and something to read quickly!
Title: Home
Author: Toni Morrison

I was so excited to get this one; this author is absolutely STUPENDOUS when she's on top form and two of her books are among my  favourites; 'Beloved' and 'The Bluest Eye'. I hope this is one of her awesome ones- the plot about a veteran of the Korean war does sound promising!

Title: Pure
Author: Andrew Miller

This. Looks. So. Good. It was my 'Friday Find' a couple of weeks ago when I saw it in a bookshop and fell in love with the cover and Gothic premise...but had no money to buy it. So I was thrilled when I saw it on NetGalley! So excited to read it! Eeeee! 

Title: I, Iago
Author: Nicole Galland

I love the premise of this novel: a kind of retelling of Shakespeare's Othello from the bad guy's perspective (not Jafar's parrot from Aladdin...although that would be awesome). 

Lots of lovely books this week- I really need to speed up my reading so I can read them soon! Let me know if you have read any of these and what you thought!


  1. I also like the Shiver series. I'm so glad they don't have long blurbs too. I'm really excited to read the immortal rules when it comes out, but its blurb is truly too long.
    Have a fantastic time reading!

  2. Wow, that's a huge haul for one week. Very nice!

    I, too, found you through Erin's Bibliomania blog. Great to have met your acquaintance. And that blog header of yours is insanely cool. I wish I'd thought of it. ;)

    Jonathan @ I Read a Book Once

  3. So many Stiefvater books! :P I've only read Shiver, but I'm hoping to get my hands on her other books sometimes in the future. Happy reading!

  4. Now I am positively envious. I've been meaning to get my hands on Maggie Stiefvater novels for the longest time, having read rave reviews about her series, but I never get a chance to really find them on book bargains. It definitely is a Stiefvater week for you. I also love going to out-of-the-way almost-forgotten second-hand-bookstores, I should ask you for directions if I do get a chance to visit UK in the near future. I also love that you mentioned Trainspotting - it's a film that I often use with my students when we discuss deviant behavior in class , love the look on their faces as I shock the wits out of them, and yes, Ewan is sooo young and such a darling here. I didnt know about Porno, so I should look for that one up as well. I am also a huge Morrison fan - I am not sure if I have HOME in our bookshelves, but Beloved is also a favorite (were you able to watch the film adaptation? not bad, quite worthy of the book too) - I have given a spare copy of Beloved to a distant cousin who came to visit my place just a few days back. I'm hoping she'd enjoy it. :)

  5. Shiver, Linger and Forever are all great, and I've got a copy of the Scorpio Races, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet.

    Happy reading!

    Thanks for checking out my IMM!

    -Lexi, the Literature Lion

  6. Lovely books this week indeed! I haven't read all of The Wolves of Mercy Falls books, but Shiver and Linger were pretty intense :P

    Thanks for stopping by my IMM and following!

  7. Looks like someone went on a Maggie Stiefvater binge this week! :) I really do love the Shiver series, they're just some darn good entertaining books! Enjoy!

  8. I'm a big Maggie Stiefvater fan! Hope you enjoy your books. I loved Trainspotting and I cracked up when I saw the Porn cover! Happy reading!
    my IMM

  9. Wow, that's a great deal! I wasn't a fan of Shiver (romance isn't my thing) but I hope enjoy the books. Happy reading.

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

  10. So many good looking books!!! Now your making feel like I should have gone on those websites!!! I hope you enjoy your books they all look amazing, I might have to try the fairy books the cover look awesome, Ewan Mcgregor movie I haven't seen??/ Netflix right now!! Have a happy reading week

  11. Lovely books! The UK covers for Maggie Steifvater's books kill me, they are fantastic.
    The porn cover is also great. Very lol worthy :P
    And Some Kind of Fairy Tale looks awesome. Go fairy books!

    Happy reading! :)

  12. HaHa I thought maybe you went to a Maggie signing or something. I definitely see a theme this week. I think the cover of Porno is hilarious. It's certainly different that is for sure. I will have to check out the movie with Ewan.

  13. Wow! Great books this week! I haven't read Maggie's books yet. I should probably hang my head in shame, but it's true! Happy reading and thanks so much for your comment on our blog! :)

  14. Seriously the UK has awesome covers. That's great that they had a deal on stiefvater books. I am a fan and she is fun in person. I also like the look of that Japanese book. I love finding good international titles. thanks for stopping by my blog today. I like your book tastes and am going to start following. :) happy Passover/Easter!

  15. Thanks for visiting my blog for IMM! You got an awesome batch this week. Ive read the first in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and just havent had a chance to get back and read the reast, I hope you enjoy them all!

  16. Fantastic haul, I want to read the Wolf of Mercy Falls series. Thanks for stalking me, and I did the same, you have a lovely blog. My review of the Selection will post Monday :)

  17. Great mailbox! I love the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I also have been meaning to pick up a copy of The Scorpio Races. I hope you enjoy all of your books!

    Thanks for stopping by my mailbox!
    Traci @ The Reading Geek

  18. Whoa, what a great mailbox! I have Shiver but still haven't gotten around it yet. I'm jealous of your Scorpio Races cover, I like it a lot better than the American one. The spine for The Night Watch looks so pretty! Happy reading x

  19. Woow! All the books of Meggie Stiefvater!! :) :) Enjoy all your books this week and Happy Easter!! :) ;)

  20. Great mailbox! I love Trainspotting! Thanks for stopping by!

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

  21. You're right, this is like the Maggie Stiefvater edition! That IS an amazing price. I love the UK covers for Lament and Ballad, and I adored The Scorpio Races. Honestly, the 'Scorpio' connection is never really spelled out, but I would believe it's because it's a week-long festival that takes place on the island starting in the last week of October (sign of the Scorpio starts Oct. 21st), and culminating with the big race on November 1st. I liked Shiver, but couldn't get into Linger; I did watch the UK Being Human for like 2.5 seasons before falling off! I'm excited to hear what you think of Some Kind of Fairy Tale, it's on my list as well, but I forced myself not to request the ARC lest my pile get too big. Enjoy!

  22. The covers for all of your Maggie Stiefvater books are so pretty!! I go on kicks where I buy LOTS of books from one author. Especially when I know that I like them!! I really need to go and pick up The Scorpio Races myself I have heard so many amazing things about it!! You have an amazing haul this week and I really hope that you enjoy!! Thank you so much for stopping by my IMM this week and the follow!!

  23. Irvine Welsh is amazing! I really enjoyed Porno and Trainspotting. Enjoy your reads!

    Thanks for stopping by Alluring Reads.

  24. Wow! I love how diverse your books are! I just looked up the description of 'The Devotion of Suspect X' on Amazon, and it sounds so good I just had to put it on my TBR list! I am also looking forward to the release of 'Some Kind of Fairy Tale.' I'm always looking for deals on books as well, which is why I tend to frequent eBay.

    I'm now a follower of your blog! :)

    And thanks for stopping by my blog, by the way!

  25. wow alot of maggie stievfater's books!! hehe! Hope you enjoy them all! Great Haul and thanks for stopping by!

  26. Woo hoo! Great haul! I especially love how you got all of Maggie's books! So awesome! I've read the Shiver series and own (but not read yet) The Scorpio Races and have yet to pick up her fae series. I hope you enjoy these :) Happy Reading!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Jessirae @ Words, pages and books

  27. Holy book haul Batman! Looks like someone is getting into Maggie Stiefvater! Love her! I've not read The Scorpio Races though, so I can't wait to hear what you think about it.

    Laughed out loud when I saw the Porno book. HAHAHA! That's so awesome!

  28. Old follower hopping through! :)

    Maggie Stiefvater Edition, that's for sure! I hope you'll enjoy all your books. Haven't read anything apart from her Werewolf-books yet, so I'm curious myself!

    Happy Reading!

    Patricia // My IMM

  29. I want to read the Wolves of Mercy Falls series so badly. I hope you enjoy them. Great IMM!

  30. Awesome list of goodies. Porno sounds interesting. That cover is too funny. I've heard great things about The Scorpio Races. Enjoy!

  31. I have Shiver but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I hope you enjoy all you got :)

    Here's my IMM!

  32. I hope you really love the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, they're one of my favourite series of all time. Maggie writes so beautifully!

    Congrats on all your goodies, happy reading!
    Shaheen @ Speculating on SpecFic
    My IMM!

  33. Thank you very much for swinging by my blog. You netted yourself a nice haul this week! The Shiver Series looks very good. I think I'm going to check that one out.

    Happy Reading!

  34. All of Maggie Stiefvater's books are amazing, though I think Lament and Ballad have been my favorites. She's an incredible author, and it's so awesome that you were able to find her books on sale like that! Don't worry, you WON'T be disappointed. Some of the other books you mentioned looked interesting - I may have to check them out.

  35. New follower! Awesome deal on all of the Maggie Stiefvater books! The Wolves of Mercy Falls series is awesome - haven't read her others yet, although I want to. Enjoy all your finds! Here is my IMM if you'd like to follow back:

  36. I haven't read Ballad, Lament or Scorpio Races. Is that one series or two different series? I loved the Shiver series...wish there were more books in it!

  37. Wow! You got a bunch of books. Hope you enjoy them all.

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Livin' Life Through Books

  38. Awesome mailbox this week! I really want to read The Scorpio Races and The Wolves of Mercy Falls series :) I hope you enjoy all your great reads! Thanks for stopping by!

  39. Yay! Awesome mailbox :D The Scorpio Races is one of the best books. <3 I hope you'll love it :D And I also have those Shiver books; really need to read them soon :) Hope you enjoy everything you got :D
    Thank you for commenting on my mailbox and for following me. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

    (Psst, about Shatter Me: I read it when it came out in November :) Posted my review back then ;p Just bought a pretty international paperback copy of it :D Hih.)

  40. Ooooh.. You've got a collection of Maggie's books. I liked her books of Faerie series and I'm looking forward to the third one she's writing. I've read the first of the Wolves of Mercy Falls but I didn't get to finish the second one, I guess it's not my cup of tea. I hope you enjoy it though. I'm planning to read the Scorpio Races sometime too, let me know what you think of it. ^_^

    Great IMM. Happy reading!
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Janus @ The Blair Book Project

  41. I need to pick up the Shiver series. I actually debated at the store last week but didn't. My local bookseller has autograph copies and I keep debating if I should pick that up instead. A Sequel to Trainspotting that can only be crazy and the cover is freaking. I've never read the book Trainspotting just seen the movie a bunch of times.

  42. Maggie Stiefvater: nice, and what a great deal! :D

    Happy reading!

  43. Oh wow you had a great week! I really enjoyed the Shiver series!

    Xpresso Reads

  44. This is an insanely pretty selection of books! WHOA its a haul. I Have never read the Night Watch, but Booker shortlist says good things, and Maggie Steifvater= unbelievable. I liked the Shiver books but LOVE LOVED LOVED Scorpio Races. I can't help picking it up now and then and jsut reading a bit, its that good!

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  46. Awesome haul! I, too, have The Scorpio Races on my TBR. It sounds so interesting!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! =)

  47. Wow! Look at all those gorgeous Stiefvater books! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the UK covers!

  48. I think you will love all of Maggie's books, they're all so well written! Congrats on scoring some great books!

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