Sunday, 10 June 2012

Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday!


Mailbox Monday is a where we share the books we acquired in the week whether bought, borrowed or stole...or sent from a publisher! It is hosted by a different book blog each month; more details can be found here: Mailbox Monday. 

The host for June's Monday Mailbox is  Burton Book Review

Book Pile for this Week

I was visiting my sister in Bristol this week, and while I was there I insisted we visit some of the local bookshops. Bad idea. I ended up with too many books. This was the shop that most of my books came from (LOVE the name):

Here are the books I got:

Books I Bought

Title: Stories
Author: Neil Gaiman (Editor) and Al Sarrantonio (Editor)

This is a book of short stories by lots of different authors such as Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, Jodi Picoult, Chuck Palahniuk to name but a few! 

Title: The Diamond as Big as the Ritz and Other Stories
Author: F Scott Fitzgerald

Again, a book of short stories, this time by just one author: F Scott Fitzgerald. I have read 'The Great Gatsby' and loved it and have his short story collection 'Flappers and Philosophers' in my collection too. I must read.

Title: Eric
Author: Terry Pratchett

This book was so cheap, and is the ninth book in the Discworld series. I already had books 1-8 so it was the next one I needed! I have read 1-5 and adore them- they are the kind of books that you can pick up when you feel like something light and wonderfully written and read in a day.

Title: Middlesex
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides

I keep hearing great things about this book and I love the cover on this edition. I have read 'The Virgin Suicides' by this author and liked it a lot so hopefully this will be good too!

Title: Oryx and Crake
Author: Margaret Atwood

This book sounds right up my street. It is all imagination-y. I have the sequel so I have been looking out for this one for a while.

Title: The Sense of an Ending
Author: Julian Barnes

I'm not sure why I got this one because I have only read one other Barnes novel and I didn't care for it. However, I loved the cover and it won a prize so I went for it.

Title: Black Butterfly
Author: Mark Gatiss

I didn't know that Mark Gatiss had written books! He is one of the writers for Doctor Who, and has been in lots of programs I love, particularly 'League of Gentlemen'. I had to get it.

Title: Steampunk!
Author: Kelly Link (Editor) and Gavin J. Grant (Editor)

This is another collection of short stories under the banner heading of 'Steampunk'. It includes lots of amazing YA authors such as Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Elizabeth name but a few. 

Netgalley/ Edelweiss E-Books

I feel so spoilt this week by the amount of incredible e-books I received. Especially by HarperCollins who approved all of my requests for books I think look amazing. Squee.

Title: Defiance
Author: C.J Redwine

I am really excited about the upcoming Pixar film 'Brave' and this reminded me of that! I likes a redhead and I am so intrigued by this one.

Title: What's Left of Me
Author: Kat Zhang

Cover and title do it for me with this one. Intense.

Title: The Spindlers
Author: Lauren Oliver

I have seen a lot of people talking about this one for a while so I was really excited when I saw it was available. I love the word 'Spindler' and the cover is so cute!

Title: Strands of Bronze and Gold
Author: Jane Nickerson

Ahhh SO HAPPY with this one! It was my 'Waiting On Wednesday' book last week and I just cannot wait to read it. It is a fairy tale retelling of Bluebeard which MUST be fantastic.

Title: Over You
Author: Emma McLaughlin

This book is about a girl who comes up with a way to get over beig dumped. However, when her ex turns up her world starts unraveling. I love books like this in the summer- light and fluffy. 

That's my rather humongous mailbox this week- link me up to yours!


  1. That looks like a great bookshop! I have read Middlesex and Oryx and Crake. Middlesex is excellent, quite different from The Virgin Suicides, but I love Eugenides writing. I accidentally read Oryx and Crake after The Year of the Flood, so I got it the wrong way round, but I enjoyed it. Hope you enjoy all your books this week!

  2. What a lovely looking book store! You got a bunch of great-sounding books, I haven't read any of them but I have heard of most of them. And Over You looks like a really fun read, I'm looking forward to your review!

  3. Wow!!! I've heard Middlesex is fantastic!!

  4. I can't resist visiting bookstores either. Middlesex is good!

  5. Oh, enjoy all your new books! Middlesex was a great read, but it felt a little long at times. Happy reading!

  6. I'm entranced by the photograph of the bookstore right from the start of your post. What a shop, what a name! I wish I could go there.

    Sadly, both Oryx and Crake by Atwood, and Middlesex by Eugenides, disappointed me. I hope they don't do that to you! (Normally, I so love Atwood, but I think that applies to her older stuff...not so much the end of the world subjects she's been writing "lately".)

  7. Steampunk looks like a really good anthology- I haven't seen it before. I haven't read Middlesex, but I recently read Jeffrey Eugenides's The Marriage Plot and thought it was pretty good. Happy reading!

  8. Sounds like a great bookshop, enjoy all of your new reads.

  9. Ah!!! I hadn't seen Strands of Bronze and Gold before, but requested it immediately. I hope it's good.

    I love Oryx and Crake, and hope you like it as well. I haven't read the other books in the same world yet, but I need to. I went on an Atwood kick a few years ago, but was pretty disappointed in Cat's Eye, and haven't picked anything up since.

  10. That is the cutest book shop and it looks like you got yourself some really good books! I loved "middlesex" and look forward to reading you opinion on "Sense of an Ending".

  11. I'm anxious to read the Lauren Oliver book you got and I hope my request for Defiance gets approved as well:) Gosh what a massive pile of books you got! It looks like you have a lot of reading ahead of you:) And that book store looks lovely. We don't have any cool little bookstores like that in my are. Did it have a bookstore cat? It looks like the type place that would:)

  12. Wow, there is just so much going on here. You got some amazing stuff this week! First off, Bristol will ALWAYS make me think of Skins. Always. So hopefully you didn't do tons of drugs or get pregnant or do anything else they do on Skins while you were there. Back to the books: I laughed out loud when you used "Imagination-y" as an adjective--must work that into my vocab. I've never read any of FS Fitzgerald's short stories but I've been loving short stories lately so I hope you read and review it soon so I can see if it's worth the reading time. I listened to about half of Oryx and Crake and then totally forgot about it. I guess I'll have to start over if I decide to give it another go:-| Edelweiss seems to have done you well this week as well. My heart can't take the stress of review piles so I am happily working through my library books and those books that've been collecting dust since the mesazoic era. Oh, and I am excited to hear what you think of Steampunk. I haven't read it but I really liked Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link, who edited the collection. I bet she has kickass taste.

  13. I so envy that mailbox Steampunk short stories in particular. Hope you enjoy them all

  14. PSSST give me Steampunk ;)
    I have Oryx & Cake, I bought it last year when I found it really cheap. Hopefully I can get to it soonish.

    Lauren from Northern Plunder

  15. I can't wait to hear how you like "Strands of Bronze and Gold". It is on my list but I will have to wait until next year to read it.

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