Saturday, June 12, 2010

In My Mailbox, the second

Second week of IMM, hosted by The Story Siren! And here are the books that came into my house this week.

Via a book-swapping website:

Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle
Glass Houses: Morganville Vampires Book 1 by Rachel Caine
Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
Betrayals by Lili St Crow
Hunted by PC and Kristin Cast
Fat Kid Rules the World
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell

I'm really wedged into this YA-reading phase. I feel like I'm about to burn out on it, but here are the latest books vying for my attention. I've wanted to read something of Lauren Myracle's for awhile, which is why I picked up Kissing Kate. Something interesting about Glass Houses - I think the text on the spine of the book glows in the dark. That was creepy to wake up to in the middle of the night. Mysteries of Pittsburgh is the only adult book there, and Michael Chabon is almost a favourite author. Another House of Night books. The sequel to Strange Angels by Lili St Crow. Fat Kid Rules the World and A Certain Slant of Light were curious picks this week. Haven't really heard of the first, and the second's cover kind of creeps me out. But they both still made their way to me this week. And lastly, Notes From the Teenage Underground! I requested this book because I will be going to an event with Simmone Howell at the end of the month. Will write more about this later. (squeeeee!)

Also, as more books arrived this morning...

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
Random Acts of Kindness: 365 Ways to Make the World a Nicer Place by Danny Wallace

I've never read anything by David Foster Wallace, but I've been curious about him for awhile. Also, I'd never really heard of Looking For Alibrandi, but I've been waiting (impatiently) to read Melina Marchetta's other books (specifically Saving Francesca and Jellicoe Road) so I thought while I'm waiting... and I'm sort of, kind of reading another book by Danny Wallace at the moment and Random Acts of Kindness reminds me a bit of Erinn's Project Nice. So there we have it.

Charity shop finds:

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Little Children by Tom Perrotta
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
The 100 Greatest Women of All Time by Deborah G. Felder

I missed Angela Carter month, but still wanted to join in. This will be my first time reading her. I did pick up Little Children after reading Amanda's review over at The Zen Leaf. Art of Racing in the Rain was everywhere for awhile, thought why not. Magic Under Glass is a bit of a mystery. I don't like fairies, why do I keep picking these books up? I needed another book in the BOGOF offer, which is why I picked up Phantom of the Opera. And 100 Greatest Women was picked up on a total whim.

Won in a giveaway/via publishers

My So-Called Afterlife by Tamsyn Murray

A big thank you to Stephanie at Bah! to cancer, a really wonderful website, for this one. This has been on my wishlist for such a long time. It's a wonderful thing Stephanie's doing, do go check the website out!

And The Radleys by Matt Haig, sent to me by the lovely people over at Walker books. N reads Matt Haig and likes him, this is his new one about ... vampires. Looks like fun!

And that's it for me this week. I'd like to say next week will be a little quieter in terms of acquiring books, but I'm sure it won't be!

What books came into your house this week?


  1. Hope you like Little Children! :)

  2. Some interesting loot here! I really enjoyed A Certain Slant of Light - it has this dreamlike quality that I found irresistible. And Kissing Kate is a really interesting one too. Looking for Alibrandi is on my wishlist, so I'll be interested to hear you think of that one. And honestly, I don't think my YA phase will ever burn out. Mostly because YA has every genre and every kind of story you can imagine. The more I read, the more YA books I find that I want to read. I'm addicted. :D

  3. I agree with Lauren YA covers so many genres I never get tired of it :D
    I have read/reviewed quite a few of these already. I loved A Certain Slant of Light.
    Really interested in The Radleys and My So Called Afterlife :D

  4. I'll be interested to see what you make of a certain slant of light - I hated it but my husband and our lodger both loved it (they have reasonably girly taste for men which I think helps). I don't know whether I was being too harsh.

    Random acts of kindness is a funny little book - by coincidence I swapped that same title this week on readitswapit - it wasn't to you was it?

  5. I sometimes get on wild YA kicks and check out dozens of YA books (it's usually YA fantasy I get in the mood for), and then suddenly I'll crash and never want to look at YA fantasy again. But I always eventually do.

    I'll be curious to see what you think of David Foster Wallace. He's on my radar but I haven't yet seen anything that's made me want to dash out and read him.

  6. These look like some great reads!! Enjoy!

  7. Hey Clover, It's nice to see some Melina Marchetta in there - she's quite big here in Australia. I loved Looking for Alibrandi, and would be interested to see how much it's liked by non-aussies. Also, i think we've got very similar tastes in teen heartthrobs! :)

  8. I just finished Strange Angels a couple weeks ago, and I'm really excited about reading the next one.

  9. I really liked the film of Looking for Alibrandi. Hope the book is a goodie.


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