In my Mailbox!

Yet another good week when it comes to acquiring new books! I’ve never been able to do IMM posts for two weeks running before; this is a landmark moment for me! (Kinda sad, that, isn’t it?)

Anyway, let’s check out what I got this week.

This absolutely beautiful copy of Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches was kindly sent to me by the awesome people at Penguin, and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve been hearing some good things about it, and it seems to be being promoted all over the place, so I’m beyond happy that they were good enough to send me a copy for review!

I got my copy of The Other Side of the Island for slightly more than $1 at a book sale, but I know very well that price is not always an indicator of quality. The plot looks interesting, it’s a few years old, and maybe it just didn’t sell very well around here. But I’m looking forward to cracking it open, at least, and seeing which side of the mixed reviews I’ve read most closely match my own opinion. I’m a fan of dystopias, after all, and I love seeing all the different things that people can do with that concept, so I figure I’m bound to enjoy at least some of the story.

I couldn’t resist when I saw this on sale for $5. It’s a little sad to say, but I don’t know much about the stories of Robin Hood besides the Disney version (talking animals and all!) and what references people make to him in other books. I’ve never actually sat down and read anything about his adventures and misadventures myself, and I thought it was high time that changed. So now I have my very own copy of this book. it’s nothing special, as far as books go, but I’m happy to have it nevertheless.

These next ones I got from the library, after finally paying off the fines I’d had there for mumblemumble years… Let’s just say I’m pretty happy to have those fines over and done with, so that I can start taking advantage of the library more often once again. I’ve missed being able to do that, to make a point of going to the library once every week or so to see if they have anything new, and to check out any number of older books that look interesting. I used to do that all the time for years, but then I ended up not returning books, fines piled up, and I couldn’t afford to pay them. Let’s hear it for that tax return, though; now my fines are paid and my debt is clear and I can start enjoying weekly trips there!

I’ve heard some really good things about Cory Doctorow’s books, and For the Win has been one that I’ve wanted to read since I first saw it in a bookstore last year, so when I saw that the library had a copy, well, I wasn’t going to turn down the chance to read it! If I like this one, then no doubt I’ll end up trying some of his other works.

Brenna Yovanoff’s The Replacement is one that my roommate told me about before I ever saw it, and the plot sounded intriguing. Faeries and fey lore have fascinated me for a while, and you just don’t see enough urban fantasy that involves faeries. I expect this one will be a quick read!

From what I’ve heard, I’d be a fool to not read at least one of China Mieville’s books, and since Un Lund Dun was sitting right there on the shelves (and is yet another one I’d heard was good), I grabbed it. Hopefully it’s as good as people have told me it is, because I’m itching to open this one. (Too many other books that need to be finished first, though; I have to pace myself!)

I’ve heard neither of Epic not its author, Conor Kostick, but the plot seems dystopian and that always interests me, so I figured I’d check this one out too. It looks like it’ll be another quick read, but I find that to be fairly common with a lot of dystopian novels anyway, so that thought isn’t disappointing to me.

So that’s my book haul this week. I suspect with the library now open to me again, I’m going to start doing more regular IMM posts, because I’ll actually have the opportunity to get some new things each week, if I want! Libraries are awesome that way!

Happy reading, everybody!

6 comments on “In my Mailbox!

  1. Ooo, I've been eyeing up Un Lun Don so can't wait to see what you think of it…I've never read any China Mieville either but I'd like too.

  2. +JMJ+

    The Other Side of the Island has an intriguing enough title and cover for me to snap it up if I saw it on sale at such a bargain price. So many novels fall through the cracks because they don't get as much hype as others, which I think is sad. I hope this one turns out to be good. =)

  3. Wow! Great haul– I'm a dystopian and fey lore person and would have picked these too.

    As a kid, I couldn't get enough Robin Hood tales– hope you enjoy your book!

    So exciting to meet another bargain book shopper! I host a book haul linky party and the theme is bargain books! You have an open invitation to link this post and future bargain books finds!

    I don't see the GFC widget but I added your blog to my dashboard– looking forward to learning about more sci/fi and dystopian books.


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