Monday, 4 April 2011

In My Mailbox #1

In My Mailbox idea is from Kristi @The Story Siren.

In fact, the entire idea of my creating my own blog is from Kristi/The Story Siren, who inspired me by being so fabulous and having such an obvious and wonderful love of books. Thank you, Kristi.

Anyway, I thought that due to my rule of "No New Books Until my TBR Pile Decreases", it would be ages before I could take part in IMM. But then I remembered how I flout this rule every week and voila! I did get new books this week and here's what they are:

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
I already have about 12 library books out and I'd said "no more", but Marylebone Library happened to have the 3 exact books I'd been thinking about this week, so I figured that was a sign for me to go down there and grab 'em. Why this book? Well, there's been talk about a new Cleopatra movie, starring Angelina Jolie and directed by David Fincher. Interesting, right? Especially if you're a Classical History geek like me. Anyway, I think the movie is still just rumoured/in development but the supposed source for the rumoured movie is this book by Stacy Schiff and apparently it is excellent source material. The good thing about me and non-fiction books is that I read them alongside fiction books (whereas I never read more than one novel at a time) so I foresee getting this book done quite quickly and not having to renew it 6 times.

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
Also from Marylebone Library. I spoke about why I wanted this one in an earlier post. Another reason is that I'm getting back into historical fiction after a long run of YA paranormal/fantasy. The Amazon link has the new paperback cover, which I much prefer and it's now the same image as the US cover but with different colouring.

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
Also from Marylebone Library. Westminster libraries have started issuing some books without the plastic protective covering; I don't know what that's about; I was thinking maybe they don't want to look like library books, in case some people are prejudiced against them. Maybe some people will only let library books use separate water fountains or sit at the back of the bus, so these library books are trying to 'pass' as bought ones. Anyway, I'm going to take extra care not to damage it in any way, 'cause Lord knows I hate when I get damaged library books.

Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter
I bought this one! I have a Sainsbury's Nectar card and whenever I hit 500 points on it, I use that to get a £2.50 Amazon voucher and put that voucher towards a book. Yep, I've got a whole system going.


  1. Don't you love systems like that which allow you to get books discounted or free?!! The Cleopatra books look like good reads!

  2. Yep! I don't know what I'd do without all the libraries in London - I'd probably be only borderline literate!


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