Sunday, 20 May 2012

In My Mailbox #31 - the Nautical Edition!

In my defence, I have gotten through five whole this week for the Bout of Books read-a-thon. Because, you know, that more than completely justifies the FOURTEEN books that have snuck their way into my house this week when I wasn't looking.

Anyway, this week is Nautical Week because I accidentally came home with the following five books within the space of two days:

The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists book cover, by Gideon DefoeThe Pirates! in an Adventure with Communists book cover, by Gideon DefoeThe Pirates! in an Adventure with Moby Dick book cover, by Gideon Defoe

Book cover of The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest HemingwayBook cover of Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Vintage edition

Sense the theme here?

I haven't actually managed to shut up about The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists since I read the damn thing. I know I've infected a few of my readers with the Pirate Bug already :) But hey, that copy was a library book, so I had to go out and buy my own, and while I was there I may also have picked up the next two... I've actually read ...Moby Dick already, so review to follow.

And then we have Moby Dick. I did want to read it anyway, but I admit that Gideon Defoe's book did spur me on a little. And The Old Man and the Sea because it fell off the shelf in Waterstones right in front of me. Signs from the Book God can't be ignored.

Ah, if only that was all. 

Book cover of The Goddess Experience by Giselle ScanlonHeat Stroke by Rachel CaineLike Water for Chocolate book cover by Laura Esquivel

Book cover of Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny ColganBook cover of My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du MaurierBook cover of The Borgia Ring by Michael White

 Charity shops are lethal, especially when you volunteer at one. Staring at a shelf of books for four hours can make you desperately need books you never knew you wanted. None of the above were actually on my wishlist, but I've heard good things about the Jenny Colgan book.

The Goddess Experience I pretty much bought because it's so very beautiful. I read her earlier book, The Goddess Guide, and liked it a reasonable amount, so I couldn't resist this one. It's got a shiny gold and cream cover, and the pages are like glossy magazine paper. I love it :)

What else? Oh, Heat Stroke. Although I haven't read Ill Wind yet, Rachel Caine hasn't actually managed to write a bad book yet, so I figured I may as well buy the second while I could.

My Cousin Rachel and Like Water for Chocolate are both on my Project Fill in the Gaps List, so naturally they were a viable investment :) And pretending-to-be-intelligent thrillers are my guilty pleasure, so that explains The Borgia Ring!

Book cover of The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen
The Land of Decoration has been on my wishlist for a while and I was 4th on the library's reserve list, so I was thrilled to have my swap requested for a copy. It's an ARC, but in wonderful condition.

Vintage edition cover of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodVintage edition cover of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

And finally, Ellie from Musings of a Bookshop Girl was awesome enough to send me these two beautiful Vintage books - The Handmaid's Tale and The Woman in White. I love Vintage books - the covers are beautiful and the red spines all look lovely when lined up on a shelf.

*smiles at Ellie, who is perched on the mantelpiece eating chocolate buttons*

Wow. I don't think I've ever felt so guilty after an IMM. I have a TBR shelf that runs the entire length of the not-small room, and now I've had to add another pile on the floor to the one that was already there. Oops.

Make me feel better - what's in your mailbox this week? 


  1. The Handmaid's Take has been on my wishlist forever Fantastic reads, I hope you enjoy them all! :)

  2. Don't feel guilty about so many good books! The Handmaid's Tale and The Woman in White are among my favourites, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

    1. I love The Handmaid's Tale too! I read it years ago and loved it, so it was on my wishlist to replace my scruffy old cover. Don't you just love the cover?

      I'm looking forward to The Woman in White too, although it's a lot bigger than I expected!

  3. That's a LOT of books this week. I love Rachel Caine and really want to read her Weather Warden sries, but I am waiting to either get all copies of US version, or wait till the UK versions have been released with new covers.

    My Stacking The Shelves

  4. THE WOMAN IN WHITE IS THE BEST THING EVER! And The Handmaid's Tale is not half bad either. Love love love the Vintage covers :). Also, I like the title 'Like Water for Chocolate' for some reason that I can't explain.

    Also, don't feel bad at all! I bought two MASSIVE books this week (plus a couple of others) and I have literally nowhere to put them. Bad, no book space, times.

    1. How can I resist a recommendation as enthusiastic as that? :) It's a lot bigger than I expected though! I have actually read The Handmaid's Tale and I loved it, just wanted to replace my tattered second-hand copy.

      Oh thank God! Was it Terry Pratchett who said 'if you have enough space for books, I don't want to talk to you? ' :p

  5. I've had my eyes on The Land of Decoration since it was published, though will probably wait until it's in paperback. I'll be interested to know what you think of it.

    Studied the Handmaid's Tale at A-Level - good book!

  6. The pirate books look awesome. I need to add them to my list :)

    1. Do :) And I'll add YOU to MY list of people I've converted to it!

  7. I TOTALLY KNEW YOU LOVED VINTAGE COVERS. That is because you are a woman of Good Taste. I have or have read eight of these books already, which means that by extension I must also be a woman of Good Taste. I like that.

    I will be most eagerly waiting your thoughts on The Land of Decoration because it's floating around my wishlist, maybe, and yet I have NO CLUE what it's about. I'll also be eagerly awaiting your thoughts on the five books I've got but haven't read yet, so I know which to read first. You are very helpful that way. :P

    Sooooo, I'll just be sitting here on the mantlepiece pelting you with chocolate buttons until you're done, okay? *swings legs idly, admiring the awesome shoes she stole from the closet to try on earlier*

    1. You got me in trouble, lady! I'd managed to successfully hide my huuuuuge pile of books this week, but then The Woman in White fell out from behind the TV when my Mum was in the room, and then she found the whole stack! Not that I'm not grateful, but next time I'd like a book that can go invisible at will please :)

      It's about a girl who makes a pretend town out of tin foil, which I assume is A Metaphor.

      So, did you put the shoes on BEFORE attempting to climbing up to the mantelpiece, because I'm pretty sure that's not the most awesome idea you've ever had :p

  8. I love that cover of Moby Dick even though I don't really want to read it I've been tempted! I'd not seen that edition of The Handmaid's Tale, I want!

  9. Feel better by looking at mine. :p Ha.

  10. Awesome haul! Looks like you have some wonderful reading in your future! :)

    Thanks for sharing,


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