Sunday, 15 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. 
Books I Bought:

I went to a really good second hand bookshop this week and found lots of things I wanted to read in excellent condition. I know I shouldn't have bought so many when I have so many neglected unread books on my shelves but I couldn't helllp ittt. You know how it is.
Titles: 'Wicked' and 'Son of a Witch'
Author: Gregory Maguire
Published: 1995/ 2005 

These two beautiful books are the first and second in 'The Wicked Years' series. It is a tale focusing on the Wicked Witch of the West from 'The Wizard of Oz' and how she became so wicked. I have heard mixed reviews of these books but they were too gorgeous to pass up!

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning
Author: Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
Published: 1999

This is the first book in the 'Series of Unfortunate Events' series. These books were too young for me when they came out so they kinda went under my radar even though I would have absolutely LOVED them as a child. I have already finished this one and I am obviously still a child because I loved it.

Title: The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide
Authors: Tony DiTerlazza and Holly Black
Published: 2003

I loved the cover and feel of this book and decided I needed more fairies in my life. Again, children's books don't tend to be something I buy but it was cheap and pretty and about fairies AND I bought another Holly Black book on Amazon so I thought I would check it out!

Title: Woman's World
Author: Graham Rawle
Published: 2006

I LOVE this cover...and the idea behind the book! It is made up of a collage of clippings from women's magazines to form a narrative. Looks brilliant and I can't wait to read it.

Title: The Somnambulist 
Author: Essie Fox
Published: 2011

Looks fantastic- a book set in Victorian times about a girl leaving London to go to a potentially haunted mansion in the English countryside. Sounds like a perfect comfort read.

Title: True Grit
Author: Charles Portis
Published: 1968

I have been putting off seeing the film until I've read this book as I don't to ruin it! I hope it is as good as everyone says!

Title: White Cat
Author: Holly Black
Published: 2010

This sounds mysterious and gripping and all I am hearing about this series are good things. Will be bumped up the TBR pile for sure.

Title: The Host
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Published: 2008

Unlike most people, I have no strong feelings about Stephenie Meyer. There have been better authors, but there have also been much worse authors. I haven't read Twilight in full but I have read enough to know that much! This book sounds really interesting and as the film hype has kicked in now I want to read this first!

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: 2007

This book is everywhere: everyone seems to have read it! It is the first book in the 'Mortal Instruments' series, which is about Shadowhunters and love triangles and things I want to know more about!

Other Goodies:

Not technically books, but I got these items this week too and I REALLY LOVE THEM! I got a box of Doctor Who postcards (all from Matt Smith episodes) which are just beautiful and even though I'll never send them I LOVE POSSESSING THEM. I also got these pretty notepads- one little one with hearts on (already in use for book review note taking!) and one with Rio on the cover which is so niiice. I don't want to soil its pages with my ugly handwriting yet.

Let me know if you have read any of these and what you thought!


  1. Great selection there! I want to read City of Bones so bad. People love them!

  2. Awesome haul! I absolutely adored City of Bones and White Cat. I hope you love them too. Happy reading! :)

  3. The girlie had the Lemony Snicket books. Good haul this week and thanks for stopping over at mine today :)

  4. I really liked the "Wicked" series, and The Mortal Instruments is a lot of fun!

  5. Oh my gosh! You need to read City of Bones; I love Cassandra Clare's books! Okay, after you start The Mortal Instuments you need to read Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices series) they're even better than TMI! Ohh I hope you love it as much as I did! (No pressure though :p )

    On another note, is there another Pocketful of Books out there? I went to it thinking it was yours today and thought "Oh she redesigned everything!" But I now know it wasn't you! Weird... :)

  6. I loved reading A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Spiderwick Chronicles when I was younger! They were a couple of my favourite series'. Although I won't lie, I hated the ending of A Series of Unfortunate Events... It did not satisfy any of my hopes for the book! :(

    Thanks for following! I've followed you back!

  7. The Host is my favorite book EVER! City of Bones is a great book! I didn,t really like White Cat, although I know everyone but me loved it!


  8. I just gave away Wicked to my Local used bookstore! If we had met a week sooner it would have been yours!! You have some great books in your stack this week!!

  9. Thanx for stopping by!!! Following back :)

  10. I've been wanting to read the Wicked books ever since seeing the play on Broadway two years ago - the play was awesome and I think I would really enjoy the books.

    I read the Spiderwick books. They were fun, fast reads.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you enjoy your books! Have a great week!

  11. Wow, great book haul! Thanks for checking out my IMM post and following. Following you back :)

    Angela @ The Little Blue Pig

  12. OMG! I can't believe you haven't read The Host! It's so awesome the first like 100 pages are a bit boring but it gets so much better after that I promise! It's so much better then Twilight. Thanks for stopping by my IMM!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  13. I love the things you got this week! I remember that I really liked the host back when I read it. I hope that you enjoy it as well.

    Ezzy @ P a R a F a N T a S Y

  14. I've read or want to read most of these! I loved City of Bones and the Spiderwick books. I've also read all of the Lemony Snicket books. Wicked was okay, although I felt like it was a bit slow in places. I have The Host but haven't read it, and also really want to read White Cat. So many good books to read, so little time to read them!

    Thanks for looking at my IMM post! :)

  15. Great books! I especially love THE HOST and CITY OF BONES ... both are wonderful books! I just reread CITY OF BONES for, like, the 4th time and it's just as good. Soon you'll be hooked on the series (I hope!). THE HOST is awesome, too .... one that I've been wanting to reread for a while now.

    Happy reading!

  16. OH YES. We all know how it is to buy buys we don't need but that we TOTALLY WANT.

    Also, Middle Grade FOREVER.

  17. WICKED!! I love that series, although I haven't gotten to the last book yet! Its a political satire, and so well done. And its takes the story of the Wizard of Oz and turns it on its head. Can anyone say..."Scapegoat?" (lol, that line is in the Broadway musical!)

    LOVE all of Cassandra Clare's books, and highly anticipation the next one that comes out May 8th!

    Happy Reading!

  18. Great set! Love City of Bones. I also really liked Wicked. Enjoy
    My IMM

  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Following back! :D

  20. I've heard good things about White Cat too, looking forward to your review!

  21. I'm SO excited for you to read Wicked - it's one of my FAV books of ALL time!! Son of a Witch is awesome too, but Wicked is definitely my fav. You got an amazing week of books this week! I have recently bought White Cat myself and I'm looking forward to reading that! I haven't read City of Bones either, it's waiting patiently on my shelf - really glad I'm not the ONLY one who hasn't read these two books/series! :D

    Somnambulist has been on my wish list FOREVER i LOVE books set in the Victorian era and it just sounds fantastic!

    I hope you love all your books and all the extras you got too - they look lovely! Second hand shops are sometimes the best places!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog - going to follow yours in my RSS reader! :)

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  22. A lot of cool books you've got there! I'm with you on the book buying binge. Last year I went to the greatest used book store in the world and dropped $160 on books. My wife just about killed me.

    Congrats on the awesome lot of reading material! Hopefully you didn't have to dodge an angry spouse when you got home, too. ;)

    Jonathan @ I Read a Book Once

  23. Oooh! You got lots and lots of goodies this week! I can’t speak for the books, but I really love the musical based on the books, Wicked! I have heard that the musical and books are quite different though. The musical is more light-hearted and the books are very serious. The Host is a really good book and I hope that you will like it as much as I did. The Mortal Instruments series is probably my favorite series EVER so I also hope you love that book too! Enjoy your reads!

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

  24. So many good books! I like that cover for A Series of Unfortunate Events. The movie for True Grit was awesome, so I'm sure the book is too - I haven't read it yet :) And City of Bones is SO good.

  25. my sister would so rob you for the dr who cards. i have put off reading wicked and the others my sis saw the play in NYC and loved it, i just city of bones from her, i have heard alot of good things about the series and want to know what's going on. your list is awesome and I hope you enjoy them very much. Swing on by and check out my IMM

    Happy reading

  26. What a great mailbox! Aww... Lemony Snicket! I read TBB in 5th grade and I was in love with that whole series. I even made a Lemony Snicket scrapbook, with character profiles and all. :) I have City of Bones, but I haven't read it yet. I need to get to that series! I haven't read The Host or any of the Wicked books (I did love the broadway show, though). Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

  27. You found some really great books there! I read White Cat and City of Bones and they are both really good :) I hope you get to enjoy the others too!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following!
    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

  28. The Host is an awesome read! Happy reading :-) My IMM Post

  29. Great lot of books! And the Doctor Who postcards look amazing. It would be great if they made a box of postcards from all the new series though.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  30. The Series of Unfortunate Events is beautiful, as is Spiderwick Chronicles. Both were too young for me when they came out but I still read them (it's odd cause I have Book 1, 3 and 5 of Spiderwick?!)
    The others sound really good too!
    Thanks for stopping by.

  31. City of Bones is awesome! I really want to see the movie of True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld sounds like an amazing actress; I didn't even know there was a book... Enjoy!

  32. Hi,

    Thank you for popping over to my blog! City of Bones is amazing and I really enjoyed the Host when I read it a couple of years ago. Wicked is also really cool, I haven't read Son of a Witch but I'm sure it is just as good as Wicked!

    (new follower!) Happy Reading

  33. You got some great books. I have never read Lemony Snicket but all the quotes I see I like a lot. Must try him out.
    As or the postcards: Better send them. I also hoard those things and then years later I regret that I kept them all for myself.

  34. GREAT haul! And seems like we're both starting on Mortal Instruments series, I've just finished second book. And I really want to read the Host one day!

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

    Agnieszka @ Nook of Books

  35. I love the Spiderwick Chronicales! They remind me of the stories my grandmother use to tell me when I was little. I am going to start reading them to my daughter very soon! I have not read the Host but I want to read it, before the movie comes out. I loved City of Bones, but I have not had the chance to read any of the other Mortal Instruments books. You have a great haul of books, and I hope you enjoy them all!

  36. So I know this is super late because it didn't show up in my reader until yesterday, and I suck and am just going through today, but I have to comment! OMG insanely jealous about your Doctor Who postcards, I am immediately looking up how to possess my own. Also, fantastic books! I didn't love City of Bones, but the series gets so much better (I only read the first three); I'm just about done with Red Glove, the sequel to White Cat, and it is such a great series. I also randomly got back my own copy of Wicked this week, which I loaned to a friend like 2.5 years ago. Enjoy!

  37. This comment comes very late because I am lazy and I need to get a move on, but this is a great haul. I genuinely hope you enjoy "Wicked." At times it cam be a slow read, but it is an excellent book. "City of Bones" however is a 'never-put-it-down-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-can't-wait-to-read-the-next-book' kind of read. I really hope you have that experience with it!

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