Monday, December 22, 2008

Mailbox Monday: December 22nd

I missed posting my Mailbox Monday entry last week, so this is a double batch of bookish goodness. I received several new advance reading copies, a couple of great BookMooch finds, and two early Christmas gifts for myself during the past two weeks.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
I went back and forth on my decision to splurge for the Collector's Edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard several times since it went up for pre-order before firmly deciding that this would be my "big" Christmas gift to myself this year. I'm very happy that I went ahead and picked it up. The book is absolutely beautiful. It looks like it would be perfectly at home in the library at Hogwarts.

The Shining Darkness by Mark Michalowski
More Doctor Who goodness. (Have I mentioned that I love this show? I have? More than once, you say? Oh.) These books are always so much fun. I read this over the weekend and enjoyed it quite a bit. I'll have a review up soon.

Impossible by Nancy Werlin
I've read several great reviews for Impossible, so I was delighted to see a copy pop up on BookMooch a couple of weeks ago. I'll be focusing on middle grade and young adult fiction a lot in 2009, so Impossible will fit in nicely with my plans for this blog.

Tennyson by Lesley M. M. Blume
Jen Robinson's review of Tennyson by Lesley M. M. Blume sold me on this book. Another great middle grade fiction title that I'm looking forward to reading. Many thanks to Kelly at Random House for sending me a copy to review.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Proof that watching television actually makes me read more: After a fascinating interview with author Malcolm Gladwell on The Rachel Maddow Show last month, I knew I needed to read Outliers. (Please don't get me started on how many books I've read because of Masterpiece Theater and Masterpiece Mystery!) I have a feeling I'll be looking for Blink and Tipping Point after I finish this book.

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
I won a signed copy of Michelle Moran's latest novel, The Heretic Queen, in a contest hosted by Meghan at Medieval Bookworm. I absolutely adored Michelle's first book, Nefertiti, so I'm thrilled to have a signed edition of The Heretic Queen. Thank you, Michelle and Meghan!

The Dracula Dossier by James Reese
Another great BookMooch find, courtesy of Suzi at Fashionista Piranha. It's been years since I've read Dracula by Bram Stoker, so I'm planning to re-read it in early 2009. (Can anyone share an opinion on The New Annonated Dracula?) The Dracula Dossier will be the perfect follow-up.

Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale
There's something wonderful about receiving a book with such a lively, summer-inspired cover in the midst of the cold Pennsylvania winter. If I could, I'd jump into this cover Mary Poppins style, just to savor the warmth of the sun and the fragrant aroma of the sunflowers.

Have any new books have come into your house this week?


  1. I bought The Tales of Beedle the Bard for my hubby for Christmas - that way I can read it too. Can't wait to see what you think of Outliers.

  2. Great stuff this week, Ruth! I'll be looking to see what you think of Outliers, too, I keep seeing it in the store and wondering if it's worth picking up. Oh, and I hope you love The Heretic Queen. =)

    Have a wonderful holiday!

  3. What a great batch of books. I'm looking forward to reading The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Outliers looks very interesting. Simple Wishes looks like beautiful cover art.

  4. Some of those look great! I've got the Heretic Queen on my tbr pile, near the top!

    :) Wendi

  5. Wow, there are a great many good books in your list. I am jealous about Dracula's Dossier, Tennyson, and Impossible. Those look like some great reads. Have a good time reading and enjoy your holidays.

  6. I hope that you like Tennyson, Ruth. I've had my eye on Outliers, too, though I haven't picked up a copy yet.

  7. I have The Heretic Queen, too, but haven't read it yet. Hope you enjoy all your new books!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  8. :D Hey, have you read any of these yet? I'm quite curious to hear what you think of Dracula Dossier!

    ~Suzi @ Fashionista Piranha